There are a few things I like about The Bee in Publika. The interior, the coffee counter, and mostly because they just started serving Papa Palheta coffee. I knew about Papa Palheta when Jeen took me around Singapore and enjoyed the coffee experience there. So when I found out Papa’s is available at The Bee, I wasted no time.
Ben and I chose to sit at the coffee counter to watch as the barista prepared our coffees. From water temperature, weight of the beans to the type of grind, everything has to be taken into account for a good cup of coffee. Since I had Ethiopian and Columbian coffee at Papa’s in Singapore, I tried the Guatemalan pour-over (RM10) instead.
It’s best to leave the coffee to cool for a minute or so, to allow the flavours to develop. I smelt laces of floral elements when I took a whiff. It was full bodied with a crisp and pronounced acidity. As it cooled further, the floral elements of the coffee stood out more. Perfect for a chilled out weekend.
Ben ordered an espresso made with Costa Rican beans from Sensory Lab– bold and smooth with a strong acidity. Levi the barista also made me a latte, which was one of the better ones I’ve had in KL. The latte – which came in a rosette latte art – had a nicely frothy top and a strong coffee presence. Most places in KL serve latte with too much milk.
Then there are two things I don’t like about The Bee – food and service.
While the coffees were pretty good, I was very disappointed with the food and service (not including the baristas, who were efficient and friendly). The Bee’s Fettuccini Carbonara (RM18.50) comprised fettuccine pasta tossed with bacon, onions, Parmesan cheese and egg yolks. Average at best, I found the carbonara gravy bland and the bacon was hardly flavourful. Also, the fettuccine was overcooked.
The Chili Prawn Pasta (RM19.50) was slightly better than the carbonara, but I still didn’t find it tasty. Like the fettuccine, the spaghetti – tossed with bird’s eye chili, parsley and white wine – was overcooked and the prawns were not fresh. Not something I would order again.
While every restaurant deserves a second chance, the service at The Bee killed any second chance it deserved. No water was served despite numerous reminders and it wasn’t as though we didn’t order a drink – we had three coffees. Also, the staff didn’t bother giving us serviettes even after being reminded several times. It was as though they didn’t give a damn about working there.
I would come here just for coffee, but won’t bother wasting money and calories on the food (and service).
Food: 3/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Come for the coffee, skip the food.
36B, Level G2, Publika,
Tel: 016 673 6142