Magenta @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas

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The old B&W family photos hanging on one of the walls are a good indication that Magenta is indeed a family run restaurant. Its minimalist decor with highlights of magenta color is classy and inviting alright but unfortunately we felt most of the food we had fell short of expectations.



Familiar Western dishes dominate the menu which also contains a tiny selection of Asian favorites such as Thai fried rice. The owners seem to have soft spot for Hainanese food too, as Hainan style Chicken Rice and Chicken Chop are also available.


Mango Prawn Cocktail @ RM16. The sweet and succulent prawns are enjoyable but the mango bits are tasteless and do not add any real flavor.


Oxtail Stew with Red Wine Reduction @ RM30, highly recommended by the waiter. I have no qualms about the oxtail, which has a wonderful beefy flavor and nicely cooked to a tender texture. I just wished the sauce had a little more seasoning to it.


I wonder why is it so difficult to get a decent Hainanese Chicken Chop nowadays, they just don’t taste like back in the old days anymore. The Magenta Chicken Chop @ RM29 is a bad attempt at recreating this nostalgic dish – uninspiring, bland tasting sauce and soggy fried chicken. Maybe we should have ordered the Chicken Rice instead.


Signature Pistachio Cake @ RM12 – way too spongy to be recommended and seriously lacking in pistachio flavor too.


Dilmah Jasmine Green Tea @ RM6, comes with a tea timer to ensure your cuppa is brewed correctly.


Cappuccino @ RM12



Overall it was an unconvincing meal and with so many restaurants to choose from within Publika, I think Magenta will find it hard to compete with the rest in both quality and price.

Lot G2-42, Publika Shopping Gallery
Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur

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