The Bee @ Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

May 17, 2010

The Bee is getting lots of buzz, thanks to its live music performances and array of affordable burgers. If you like The Pink Sage or The Daily Grind, you might feel at ease here.

It's still their first week in business, so some things aren't working perfectly just yet (a few recipes need tweaking, and the food takes quite awhile to arrive during peak hours). But The Bee has potential; its proprietors and staff seem to have their hearts in the right place.

Roasted pumpkin, couscous, pine nuts, mesclun salad & mint mustard dressing. Generously loaded with sweet, melt-in-the-mouth chunks of pumpkin. The couscous added a nice textural twist to what might otherwise seem like a run-of-the-mill salad.

Huevos Rancheros Wrap, with beef bacon, cheese, Mexican rancheros beans, cured chillies, fried egg and melted cheese. A guilty pleasure, served piping-hot; definitely delicious, but even a few bites will make you soberly contemplate all the calories in it.

Their signature beef burger, with a patty made in-house, beef bacon, cheese, pickles, lettuce & tomatoes. Good but not great; the patty was forgettable, lacking the kind of juiciness that you could really sink your teeth into.

Ebi-Fry Burger, with prawns deep-fried in bread crumbs & Japanese Bull-Dog sauce. Not bad for only RM15 (which includes a free drink). The Daily Grind serves better burgers, with more heed paid to the quality of ingredients, but The Bee helps customers spend less.

Vegetarian Falafel Burger with mint yogurt dressing. The lentil patty was kinda stodgy. Also, all the buns and fries here are a bit too generic to really elevate the burgers.

Desserts are worthwhile. The peanut butter & chocolate cake was moist and rich.

Pavlova. Not the best in town, but decent enough if you can't get to Alexis.

Mars Bar cheesecake. Seemed like a hot seller; this was the last slice in the chiller.

Wine is available for that lunchtime tipple.

Or you could play it safe with orange juice and iced coffee.

The Bee,
Jaya One.