The Bee has always appealed to both families and youngsters – known for its spacious, cosy setup and food and drinks that are both hearty and unpretentious. I like the Publika outlet because it is bigger and more conducive for conversations, so I tend to pick this venue when I have work meetings around the area.
And partly because if I don’t feel like coffee, I get to order a cocktail. It’s a win win situation and they don’t judge when you start drinking in the afternoon. Trust me, I know. The Bee is one of those places you get to kick back and relax with friends, and not feel the need to conform. I usually go for a cocktail or glass of wine while rif sticks to a long black.
On days we’re hungry, we like the burgers and to some extent, the light bites. Granted the food isn’t what The Bee is known for, but it is decent and (somewhat consistent). I’ve been ordering their burgers regularly and they almost always come out the same.
The only thing that might to be inconsistent is the service, which can be slow when there’s a large crowd. It varies really – I’ve gotten good service and also subpar ones when I was there. I love how they make the mac & cheese poppers; each bite yielded rich, stringy cheese and a gooey centre. Also decent was the cheese fritters eaten with a spicy mayo dip for extra kick.
These treats, I find ideal for a drinks night out. I had a Gintonica with Tanqueray No.10 which had an option of ingredients – I picked Rosemary because I love a bit of scent in my cocktails. On weekends from 9.30pm onwards, expect live performances from various artists and open mic nights. During their Tunes and Pints every Friday night, expect to see different DJs do their thing – we got DJ Lawrence playing funk-disco electronica when we were there.
The Bee aims to bring you many nights of fun, good drinks, food and music, and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon! :) I’ve attended several events here and I’m amazed at how many people The Bee can fit in one seating. The layout certainly allows for the place to “open up” and fit in the necessary décor.
By the way, they serve a pretty awesome lamb rendang pasta for the buka puasa crowd – al dente and flavourful from the spices. I wouldn’t mind having this again. If pasta isn’t your thing, try the lamb rendang tortilla where the same lamb rendang comes with a side of flat bread. Not my kind of thing, but it’s a lighter alternative to pasta.
36B, Level G2, Publika,
Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6201 8577