Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika

Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika, Kuala Lumpur

Words: Aisling Cullen    Photos: Monica Tindall

To me, New York really does epitomise the best of America. And, if you are in a Big Apple state of mind, you should check out Bowery Kitchen and Bar which has recently opened in Publika. This spot has picked the best of cool Americana, from the trendy beats playing over the sound system to the American comfort-food inspired menu, as the welcoming theme for the Bowery Group’s latest concept.

Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
The start of the long bar
Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika

The interior has a fresh, stylish and slightly industrial appeal with a 30 foot long bar displaying a line of liquids which are used to create their handcrafted cocktails.  Very New York.  Bowery also has a large al fresco area where you can enjoy whats going on in the main square at Publika.

Everything here is made in-house with top quality ingredients – pastries, cakes, NYC style bagels and breads are all to die for.  The coffee is also beautifully mellow and smooth as they have sourced Brazilian beans as their house blend.

When we arrive, Monica and I are very thirsty so we ask the waiter if he can recommend a cocktail. Champion barista and mixologist Shane recommends we try the Agua Fresca Sandia which consists of tequila, watermelon puree, nectar lime juice and soda. Sounds refreshing, so we give it a go. What we didn’t expect was the huge punch bowl of cocktail, enough for 4 – 6 people to share! There are three varieties of the Bowery signature punch bowl cocktail, at RM180 each.

Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
Agua Fresca Sandia

Our thirst nicely quenched, so we now try some small bites. The Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Popcorn (RM23) hits the spot. The chicken is moist and the salted egg yolk crust has an extra pop of flavour with some curry leaves.

Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Popcorn

The Jalapeño Lamb Sliders (RM22) are a homage to the New York hotdog. Lamb sausages sit in a bun decorated with a spicy jalapeño sauce and a pickle relish.

Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
Jalapeño Lamb Sliders

Moving onto larger plates, the St. Louis Ribs (RM59) is a huge portion of succulent meat that falls off the bone. It comes with sweet potato fries that are beautifully crispy, coleslaw and a house BBQ sauce. The meat from the ribs has so much flavour that the sauce isn’t needed but if you are like me, I love an extra dipping sauce on the table.

Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
St. Louis Ribs

We then try the Lobster Mac and Cheese (RM59), which has a whole claw of fresh lobster made with a mountain of rich and creamy pasta bulking up the dish.  The chef doesn’t skimp on the lobster making this dish great value for money and really tasty too!

Bowery Kitchen & Bar, Publika
Lobster Mac and Cheese

The Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni (RM25) has generous amounts of spinach and a creamy béchamel sauce. The balance of flavour was just right for this dish. The pasta is house made too.

Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

For a healthy option, the Buddha Bowl (RM26) is packed full of great ingredients.  Pumpkin, roasted peppers, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato and salad greens were served with a side of tahini maple dressing.  Although I love salads, I wasn’t blown away by this dish but there are a variety of other salads to try out on the menu – worth a return visit to check out.

Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
Buddha Bowl

We just about had enough room for dessert and chose the Deconstructed Apple Pie (RM23),  a modern take on one of Monica’s favourite sweets.  We both loved this – it’s much lighter than a normal apple pie and has a touch of unusual flavours such as thyme to give it a twist.

Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
Deconstructed Apple Pie

If you are looking for a more robust dessert to share, the Banana Tacos (RM23) is a great dish to choose. The crunchy taco is a take on a sweet cannelloni that has a nice contrast to the smooth cream cheese and chocolate crumble.

Bowery Kitchen and Bar, Publika
Banana Tacos

Reasons to visit:  the stylish New York atmosphere, fun cocktails made for sharing, American comfort food, tempting desserts!

Bowery Kitchen and Bar
Lot 35 Level G2, Publika Shopping Gallery
Solaris Dutamas
No. 1 Jalan Dutamas 1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 6211 4989


  1. Love anything with salted egg, so you can guess which one I would pick.

  2. The dishes look tasty, attractive and satisfying. Even though I don’t drink alcohol, I like the long bar! It reminds me of days gone by, when I was a little girl, up to around my teens, when the pharmacies here had a soda fountain. It was a long counter with seats just like the bar in your photo, and you could order a milkshake, coffee, tea or meal. The food was always delicious. Too bad they are no longer around…at least here in Montreal they aren’t.

  3. Ah, this is the offshoot of the bakery in TTDI famous for its bagels. They also offer pizza delivery. Must bookmark to try 🙂

  4. Banana Tacos sound like my type of food!

  5. Every item looks wonderful and delicious!

  6. Lobster + Mac Cheese?
    That’s an interesting combo!

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