KL Cool Eats : 7 Restaurants And Bars To Check Out For A Gastronomical Journey

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Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia with gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals and Sean Connery’s 1999 film, ‘Entrapment was actually filmed there!

KL is also recognised for numerous reasons – the Petronas Twin Towers (world’s tallest twin skyscraper), Chinatown, and of course a buzzing culinary scene! If you do plan a trip down to KL, here’s a list of 7 not to be missed Cool Eats you need to check when you’re in town.

1. Opium KL

With a mise en place that resembles oriental opium dens, Opium KL is as addictive as its name…without the pipes!

Image source: Opium

Image source: Opium

Dubbed as “the best Asian restaurant in Changkat”, Opium specialises in Asian delights and oriental cuisine with a twist. Featuring dishes such as Dim Sum, Crispy Duck Noodles, Angus Beef Rendang, and the signature Beef Brisket & Tendon Stew, you sure can count on them for a gastronomical journey.

Image source: Opium

Image source: Opium

Fern Leaf Salad (Image source: Opium)

Fern Leaf Salad – Image source: Opium

Image source: Opium

Image source: Opium

Drool worthy food aside, what makes Opium one of our favourites is their creatively crafted cocktails. Sip on Peking Man (vodka, pu’er tea, longan honey,lime juice, egg white, orange bitters) or if you’re craving for something refreshing, go for The Red Moon (gin, fresh watermelon juice, mint leaf, lime juice, watermelon liquer, and Orgeat syrup.

The Red Moon - Image source: Opium

The Red Moon – Image source: Opium

Emperor's Tonic - Image source: Opium

Emperor’s Tonic – Image source: Opium

To make a reservation, head to their Facebook page for more information.

2. Tamarind Springs by Samadhi

Candlelight dinner is pretty common these days, so how about having a taste of jungle-luxe dining at the Tamarind Springs?

Image source: Tamarind Spring

Image source: Tamarind Springs Restaurant

Set within a natural forest reserve just 15 minutes away from the city, Tamarind Springs features Indochinese cuisine inspired by the classic flavours from Lao, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Image source: Tamarind Springs

Image source: Tamarind Springs

Image source: Tamarind Springs

Image source: Tamarind Springs

Image source: Tamarind Springs

Image source: Tamarind Springs

What we love best about Tamarind Springs is the lush sensual appeal. Merging seamlessly with the jungle, dining here will make you forget about the hustle bustle of the city. It has a calming effect that restores soul into your exhausted self.

Image source: Tamarind Springs

Image source: Tamarind Springs

Image source: Tamarind Springs

Image source: Tamarind Springs

Up for a ‘Zen’ kind of romantic dinner, head to their website to make a reservation.

3. PS150

Housed in a pre-war shop (once a brothel and a warehouse) in Chinatown, PS150 is a pretty sneaky cocktail bar, hidden behind a vintage toyshop front.

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Image source: PS150

With a trademark neon signage that feels like a Wong Kar-wai movie, PS150’s cocktail list is divided into five distinct eras in the history of mixed beverage: Vintage, Prohibition, Tiki, Disco and Contemporary. Each era presents a key cocktail reimagined in a Southeast Asia discourse, using ingredients native to this region.

Asam Boi Magarita - Image source: PS150

Asam Boi Magarita – Image source: PS150

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Lychee no.3 – Image source: PS150

We highly recommend the Asamboi Magarita, a sweet-sour mix of preserved plum tequila plata, triple sec curacao, calamansi and Asamboi syrup. If you’re craving for something citrusy, the Salty Chinaman (vodka, preserved orange, lime, lemonade and bitters) will be the perfect cup of tea.

Salty China Man - Image source: PS150

Salty Chinaman – Image source: PS150

PS150 is usually full house so do make a reservation if you plan to drop by. Visit their Facebook page for further information.

4. Dining In The Dark

Looking for a gastronomical experience that blows your mind? At Dining In The Dark, your sensory experiences will be well taken care of.

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Image source: Dining In The Dark KL

Yes, you’ve read it right. Dining In The Dark is essentially (and literally) dining in total darkness. All you have to do is sit back and relax, and the “Darkness Experts” will guide you and serve a thoughtfully designed 4-course dinner.

Image source: Dining In The Dark KL

Image source: Dining In The Dark KL

The concept of  Dining In The Dark is to have your optic nerve overridden while your other senses take over. Every sound, every taste, and every touch will feel like an adventure, especially when there’s a ‘Surprise Menu‘ (Vegetarian menu available) involved.

You don’t need Vader skills to manoeuvre your dinner here. The “Darkness Experts” are actually service crew who are visually impaired or blind, and led a daily life without or with minimal light. Rest assure that it will not be a case of the blind leading the blind as they are not known as ‘experts’ for nothing.

Keen to give the dark side a try? Do read their FAQ before making a reservation!

5. Suzie Wong

Feeling a little hush hush? KL’s most exclusive speakeasy cabaret, Suzie Wong might just be the place for you.

Image source: Suzie Wong.asia

Image source: Suzie Wong.asia

Inspired by the East-meets-West concept of Hong Kong, the Lan Kwai Fong-esque Suzie Wong is a luxurious speakeasy bar well hidden away in the back basement of one of KL’s oldest commercial buildings. It’s so hidden that being here will make you feel like an insider.

Food is served here too but if you’d like tap into The World of Suzie Wong, go for her signature cocktail, served under a dome class cover with a mini dimly lit plate.

Image source: Suzie Wong

Image source: Suzie Wong.asia

Image source: Suzie Wong

Image source: Suzie Wong.asia

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As mentioned earlier, it can be a little tough to locate Suzie. But here’s a hint – noodles stall. If you need help looking for her (or for reservation), click on their website for more info.

6. Limapulo: Baba Can Cook

Nestled in the famed Heritage Row, Limapulo: Baba Can Cook is all about authentic heritage Peranakan cuisine.

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Image source: Baba Can Cook

Peranakan or Nyonya cuisine comes from the Peranakans descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Penang, Malacca, Singapore and Indonesia, inter-marrying with local Malays. Their cooking is a result of blending Chinese ingredients with cooking technique commonly used by the Malay community.

Image source: Limapulo

Sambal Prawns – Image source: Baba Can Cook

Image source: Limapulo

Siam Noodles – Image source: Baba Can Cook

Limapuloh is perfect for an appetising dinner right before hitting the bars surrounding that area. If you have a sweet tooth, their thirst quenching shaved ice and Sago Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar Sago) will keep your cravings satisfied.

Image source: Baba Can Cook

Sago Gula Melaka – Image source: Baba Can Cook

Image source: Baba Can Cook

Ice Kacang – Image source: Baba Can Cook

Head to their Facebook page  for more information.

7. Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Fine cuisine with a million dollar view? That sure sounds like Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining!

Image source: Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Image source: Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Helmed by superstar chef Christian Bauer, Cantaloupe is part of a multi-concept dining experience nestled atop the iconic ‘The Troika’. What makes this place really unique is their Asian influenced European menu and their creatively curated dishes.

Image source: Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Image source: Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Image source: Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Image source: Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Image source: Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Image source: Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Cantaloupe is not just a feast for your taste buds. Every dish is so beautifully plated that its a form of indulgence by just looking at it.

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Image source: Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

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Image source: Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining

Head to their website  to make a reservation or head to their Facebook page for more delicious food photo! Just don’t forget to wipe off that drool on the side of your lips.

 

 

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