The last time I visited Publika, it was a weekday and the place was awfully quiet. You can tell that the economy has really taken a toll on both the F&B industry and consumers' spending. Among the dozens of restaurants and cafes we walked by, Ante Kitchen & Bar was the only one that seemed to be buzzing with life.
For an Izakaya, Tsubohachi is alright in my book. One thing I feel they did right is maintaining the food prices affordable enough for frequent visits. They recently introduced a brand new, limited time only menu called Crab of Tsubohachi which features imported Snow Crab prepared in various Japanese styles.
Guest Head Chef Jes Chew is now cooking at Elegantology Gallery & Restaurant. His specially created 3 course a la carte menu offers a series of colored dishes that could be paired with cocktails and in store fashion items. Priced at RM150++ per pax and available for a limited time only, the exquisite dishes are prepared by using premium ingredients with a local twist.