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Review: Pretz N' Beanz Cafe, IPC Mutiara Damansara

>> Saturday, January 17, 2015


Oh my goodness...in a blink of an eye it's been almost a month since my last post! I've been extremely busy with youth planning retreat, office projects & house renovations that I didn't have time to even sit down & blog :'(

It felt as if a significant part of me went missing when I was on 'break' from blogging. Ah, how I miss blogging & meeting foodies at food review sessions! *screams...* I'M BACK!!! :D

To kick start the blog for this year, I've to thank Xavier & aunty Lilly for the opportunity to review the delicious pizza pretzel at Pretz n' Beanz, IPC :D

Overall comment: Fluffy pretzel base that goes well with pizza topping!
Halal: Pork-free

Have you had Pretzel Pizza before? If you haven't, drop by IPC at Mutiara Damansara (right next to Ikea) or Mont Kiara to get your fix of pretzels + coffee!

I love the story behind Pretz n' Beanz :) Being the first cafe in Malaysia to offer pretzel pizzas, I was just intrigued by how they came up with the combination of pretzel + coffee & oh, there's also a story behind their logo! If you look carefully at their logo, you'll notice 3 main elements:
i. pretzel
ii. coffee bean
iii. the Chinese character for people ("ren")

Anna, the co-founder of Pretz n' Beanz, shared with us that the cafe's main focus is their customers & thus, serving good cups of coffee & delicious pretzels for their customers' satisfaction are their priority.

It's rare to find a good cafe for both pretzels & coffee; in fact it's a challenge to find a cafe that serves delicious pretzels! I love pizza & I love pretzels - you can imagine how I was totally delighted to try out the pretzel pizza here :D

Waiting for my pretzels with a cuppa Caffe Green Mint Mocha (RM13.90/cup)
Just right for me!

We taste-tested 2 of their top selling pretzel pizzas:

Beef Pepperoni Pretzel Pizza (RM21.90/10" pizza or RM15.90/7" pizza)
The pizza base was fragrant, flavorful & soft/fluffy. Sufficient toppings helps a great deal as well :D It's pretty different from the usual pizza base like Domino's. Texture is slightly chewy like a pretzel & not as 'compact' like the usual pizza dough (in Cantonese, they call it more "soong").

Hot Pepper Chilli Chicken (RM20.90/10" pizza or RM14.90/7" pizza)
Enjoyed the chunky pieces of chicken & the slightly spicy "zing" on the pizza.

Apple Cinnamon Filled Pretzel (RM10.90/piece)
Just one filled pretzel is more than enough for a meal - SO filling! Love the balanced taste of slightly tart green apples, cinnamon & sufficient amount of sugar; it's not overly sweet :)

Cheesy Chilli Chicken Filled Pretzel (RM12.90/piece)
This reminded me of the cheesy-crust pizza at Pizza Hut, but with a MUCH better crust!

The yummy apple cinnamon filled pretzel

Sweet Potato Filled Pretzel (RM10.90/piece)
One of the best sellers at the Mont Kiara outlet is the sweet potato filled pretzel (piece on the right). You may think that it'll be mushy, but it's I can testify that it's actually delicious! Soft, firm, & smooth; no where near mushy!

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel (RM5.90/piece)
The simple pretzels are good enough. Pair it with a cup of aromatic coffee & you have your day starting on a happier note :P

Basil Cheese Pretzel (RM6.90/piece)

Apart from pretzels, Pretz n' Beanz serve a substantial variety of freshly cooked pastas & burgers too! Yes, not those microwaved dishes! *hurray!*

Aglio Olio Spaghetti (with prawns RM26.90, with mushrooms RM16.90, with smoked salmon RM24.90/serving)
I'm not a great fan of this aglio olio. It was a tad too heavy on the chicken broth used to coat the spaghetti.

Sambal Seafood Spaghetti (RM26.90/serving)
This is one interesting dish if you like your food spicy. It reminded me of nasi lemak as there was sambal used in the pasta sauce, but with spaghetti! Those who fancy fusion dishes will find this interesting, but I found it too spicy for my liking...hehe.

Tower Chicken Burger (RM21.90/serving)
Thumb up! I love this chicken burger. Love the runny-yolk fried egg & especially love the chicken patty! It reminded me of nuggets, but it's a whole piece of chicken thigh...the batter is commendable :D

Caramel Butter Thick Toast (RM13.90/piece)
I think I had too much bread during the review...haha. This wasn't highly fascinating to me although I have to say that the bread was crispy/well toasted on the outside & fluffy on the inside. The load of whipped cream was just scary to me since I don't enjoy whipped cream! Hahaha...

I've been talking so much about the pretzels & food that you must be wondering, "how about their coffee?".

Here at Pretz n' Beanz, all their beans consist of only Arabica coffee beans from Africa, South America & Indonesia. Their roaster is based in Singapore & one of the reasons why Anna selected this roaster is because the roasted beans have a slightly more chocolatey taste. The coffee beans are shipped in smaller amounts to maintain the freshness i.e. 15kgs each shipment.

Anna also highlighted that the latte steamed milk is set to the precise 60C, so that it'll not be too hot 'til the richness of the milk gets affected & more importantly, the temperature will not burn the coffee. For those who love coffee with a chocolatey note, you could give Pretz n' Beanz a try.

Do try their pretzel pizza too!! Now there are certainly more options of food when we shop at IPC or even Ikea :D

Pretz n' Beanz Cafe
G23, Ground Floor, IPC Shopping Center
No. 2, Jalan PJU 7/2
Mutiara Damansara
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
URL: http://pretznbeanz.blogspot.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pretznbeanz

22, Jln Solaris 4, Mont Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (+603) 6204 9733
GPS: 3.175942, 101.659857

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Pretzel pizza - what an innovative idea!


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