A small cafe that gives exceptional care and attention to their food and guests.
Now there’s another cafe to satisfy your coffee and danish craving at the Publika Shopping Gallery without having to endure the perpetually swarmed Delifrance. Mont Blanc Bakers is the new offshoot cafe from the popular Italian eatery, Positano Risto @ Publika. The offerings from this coffee shop and bakery aren’t particularly Italian themed. Instead, they focus on all the buttery, flaky favourites from across Europe: croissants, danishes, scones and more.
Ambience & Amenities
There’s very little seating at Mont Blanc Bakers, with just three tables overlooking the parent restaurant, Positano. There’s space for one more in the yellow armchair that is inside the cafe. We were told that more seating will be added in the garden courtyard at Positano. Guests will be able to sit there and have their coffees and pastries brought to them from this cafe.
Having just been open for about ten days when we visited, the service was incredibly friendly and accommodating. We were greeted warmly by the staff and they offered to bring everything to our table so we wouldn’t have to lift a finger. The table next to ours included a young toddler who obviously couldn’t drink anything on the menu, but the owner specially made him a hot chocolate which was so thoughtful. Realistically though, I don’t think the service will be this attentive as time goes on and this cafe gets more busy.
There’s no toilet at Mont Blanc Bakers and guests will have to use the public washrooms at Publika. The nearest one is down the corridor that is to the left of the cafe.
Right now, the menu is tiny with just six different coffees and whatever pastries they have around the cafe. There are no options for young children and people who can’t drink coffee so late in the afternoon, like me. However, they do plan to have a fridge with juice and non-caffeinated beverages in the future.
On the left side of the cafe, all of Mont Blanc’s baked goods and pastries are arranged under protective domes. There are scones, big chocolate cookies, croissants, danishes, and a couple of savoury or take-home items like quiche or ciabatta loaves. The chilled cabinet along the back wall contains pretty mini cakes, pies, muffins and more.
Mark’s Long Black (RM6.95) was a lovingly made cup of coffee with an attractive, chocolatey-looking froth on top. He really enjoyed this coffee. It was a strong brew with no burnt taste.
The staff warmed up both of our pastries, a Pain au Chocolat (RM8.95) and a Cinnamon Danish (RM8.95). While it was a nice touch for both, in the case of the croissant, it made a huge difference. The chocolate inside was wonderfully melted and much more satisfying to eat than a hard tube of chocolate. The danish was tasty, not overly sweet and was crunchy on the outside like the top of a muffin.
The pastries at Mont Blanc Bakers just look better than the ones at Delifrance. They’re made in small batches with care instead of mass-produced efficiency. The owner informed me that they fine-tuned their croissant recipe close to a hundred times before nailing the perfect one. I also hate how Delifrance served all their dine-in food in cheap, paper takeaway cups and boxes. Mont Blanc Bakers uses nice-looking china and branded mugs. I don’t care what you say, it does make the food and drinks taste better!
The coffee prices are very inexpensive by Publika standards and have excellent taste. You can tell that Mont Blanc Bakers believes in their product, and take pride in serving great coffee and food. I’m cynical and don’t expect to be treated like a VIP when we visit again in the future, but I hope that the quality of the pastries remain at this high standard as this cafe grows in popularity. If they do, I will always choose Mont Blanc Bakers for my afternoon pastry fix.
Price for 2 Pax: RM27.35
Long Black: RM6.95
Pain au Chocolat: RM8.95
Cinnamon Danish: RM8.95
10% Service: RM2.49
Mont Blanc Bakers
Address: Block D1-G4-06 (across the street and upstairs from Positano), Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, No. 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm
Alcohol Served: No