There are many new restaurants popping out in Publika as one of the addition recently is Picknik Comfort Food Cafe. If you do watch Masterchef Malaysia, that Nik Micheal Imran is one of the finalist. Following his father’s footstep Dato Nik Ezar, cooking was his passion and already can see his creativity in cooking since then. Just 23 years old with his first restaurant pairing with his dad had come out with this cafe.
With its first of its kind open concept kitchen in Malaysia, is one of the main attraction that this outlet have. I still do remember I used to like to sit at the kitchen bar area to see the chef cook my dish. This outlet certainly brings back memory. I am not saying Teppanyaki cooking but a proper meal cooking.
Derive from the tagline comfort food, means that its a normal dining with great use of ingredient and for many people to enjoy. Creating pleasant ambiance that feels like home, with a simple menu for you to choose on your favorite food.
You can see Chef Nik in action and even you can talk to him. Not only that, they do have regular that love sitting at the bar area, dine and see him cook.
Menu is not huge but good enough to make you headache on your selection.
Its a very simple decoration that they have to suit on their tagline comfort food.
Dato Nik host us the dinner and its amazing to see his passion and burning desire on the things that he do, that his sumarry of life journey as a chef and corporate world is just to be admire. Alright, lets put that aside and head to the main selection.
Virgin Mojito, Shirley Temple and Lemonade.
Head start with something simple Stracciatella @ RM 7 where the soup is being served with the Itallian chicken consomme infused with Parmesan, croutons, parsley, and egg white ribbons.
A light and simple soup to start off your meal.
Watercress and Pear with Nuts @ RM 13. Fresh peppery watercress tattered with sweet pears, strawberries and almond flakes and special mustard dressing. Sweetness of pear and light sourish of strawberry with their special mustard sauce just balance it well. Then Dato Nik tell us why he added crushed almond in, is to give a crispy and crunchy bites
If you need something to munch while waiting for your mains, then Deep Fried Squid @ RM13 is a good option to go. Looks ordinary fried squid but the sauce is to die for which is chili salsa. A well balance sauce that give a perfect match to the squid.
Busy preparing our mains.
As it pass late dinner, more and more crowds are coming in.
The lamb Cutlet @ RM 20/piece
I must say this is the super star of the night, with one great marination that they have over the day, meat is so juicy and tender that the sauce of kimchi pairs very well although it sounds weird at first. I would not mind to have this 5 pieces on my own. Highly Recommended!
If you love adventure, this is another of my favourite that took a long process to do this according to Dato Nik. Chicken Liver Pate @ RM 16 is also known as one of the signature in the restaurant that you shall not be miss. Pureed chicken liver with butter that chill in a process that blend the taste very good and I have it in one bite. Flavourful, light and simple. – Recommended~
Spaghetti Marinara is something to go after. I do not prefer my spaghetti to be in tomato sauce or red. Filled with calamari, fish, prawns, clams and herbs in napolitana sauce is the sauce that win my heart away. @ RM 30
Spaghetti Aglio Olio is one of a classic range with just garlic and chili flakes of course olive oil. RM 14; with prawns RM18
Another great salad not to be miss.
If you are asking me where got nice Halal restaurant to dine during Christmas, surely this is one of it to be in the list.
UG1-05, Block A4,
Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
(facing main road/above Papa Rich)