The Bee looks a lot like Central Perk, the café from Friends fame. What makes it stand out from the other cafés, bistros, restaurants and nightclubs at Publika mall is its neighbourhood java joint vibe. In fact the cafeteria-style restaurant looks like the type of hidden, hip joint frequented only by those in-the-know.
If you happen to pass by its green exterior, there is a huge chance you might walk right on by simply because from the outside, The Bee does not look like a restaurant: in fact at first glance it looks like a travel agency or bookstore.
Then you notice the aroma of freshly brewed java... Paying closer attention to the glass windows, you peer through its newspaper clipping and menu-covered windows to discover a seemingly undiscovered world inside.
Ingeniously making use of every inch of space they have, The Bee’s glass windows have diner-style messages on them, whether promoting milkshakes or lauding its live shows.
The interior of The Bee is very retro-inspired with exposed piping overhead, glossy concrete floors, mismatched black, red, light- and dark-brown wooden tables and chairs and cosy couches. The bar dominates the space with a large chalkboard hanging above it, sometimes featuring daily specials, other times with inspirational quotes written on it.
The Bee’s first outlet opened in Jaya One in Seksyen 14, and its newer venue in Publika mall follows the same theme as its flagship venture.
A lively neighbourhood hangout, The Bee serves inventive food (truffle omelettes and beef bacon pot hash) as well as more traditional offerings (burgers), plus there is also a staggering variety of coffee available.
A favourite here is the signature homemade burger: it is a thick, juicy slice of beef topped with bacon, cheese, pickled cucumber, lettuce and tomatoes, drizzled with aioli and sandwiched between lightly toasted burger buns. Served with a heap of French fries, the size of the burger was just right and not too much for those with smaller appetites.
The dessert selections are varied and include top-notch picks like peanut butter and chocolate cake: a divine creation that will have you dreaming about it days afterward.
The Bee is known for hosting events like karaoke nights, film showcases and even comedy club nights. And just like Central Perk, The Bee hosts open mic nights to bring the city’s talented artists out of the woodwork.
A favourite event here is barbecue/disco-themed Sunday. With burgers and hot dogs on the grill, cold pints of beer available, interesting tabletop games, raucous chatter and great 80s music in the background, it is a great way to round off your weekend.
Sandwiched between the entrance to Publika’s indoor car park and a ramp to exit the car park, it can be quite tricky describing The Bee’s location. Just keep a lookout for Fat Boy’s Burger Bar and then walk along the alfresco strip towards the car park and you will see The Bee’s green exterior.
Getting to Publika mall on the other hand is quite easy: from Mont Kiara and Martrade, simply take Jalan Hartamas 1, Jalan Duta Kiara and Persiaran Dutamas. Publika mall is located along Jalan Duta.
The Bee Publika
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 24:00 Monday – Thursday; 10:00 – 01:00 Friday & Saturday; 10:00 – 16:00 Sunday
- Address: 32B Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 6201 8577