6 years. Can you believe it? It has been 6 long years since I last visited my second childhood place!! The last time I was there, I’m pretty sure I just finished high school and was about to head off to university in Melbourne. And oh how KL has definitely changed over the past 6 years! Bigger shopping malls, more innovative cafes and definitely more people.
I decided (with a friend) to go on a very chill 4 day short trip to KL to try the new eateries and to meet old and new friends along the way. This is going to be a very short post so expect not a lot of photos lols.
Day 1: Grand Millennium Hotel, Pavillion, Duck Village in Bangsar and Bar Atas in Bangsar.
Me and my friend shared a room at a very nice hotel at The Grand Millennium hotel in Bukit Bintang, KL, and right across it was a place where my wallet went to die, Pavillion shopping mall. You know, if you put two girls in the central of the busiest place in KL filled with shops you know it’s where we will live for the next few days!
Duck Village had ‘apparently’ one of the best duck dishes in KL. I beg to differ. Like honestly I think it tasted just like any other chinese restaurant. Nothing too special there.
Ooh but I really enjoyed this cute bar in Bangsar. It was an only over 21 YO outdoor bar where they played RnB music (my fav) and their decor was very interesting. There was a rusty old bike hanging from the ceiling and the lights were red. Quite lowkey. What I hated most about this club was that smoking was allowed inside. My hair and clothes stank after the night was over. I liked that ladies received free drinks before 12am, so bonus for being female!
Day 2: Greyhound Cafe, Midvalley and house party.
We happen to stumble across this cafe called Greyhound where I know I’ve seen and heard the name many times before on social media. It was right across from our hotel, it was a SIGN, people!
Greyhound opened in 2015, and it is a trendy restaurant caters several western style dishes, in addition to Thai food, pasta, sandwiches and many more. Not only did it look appetising but it tasted really delicious too. The taste of East meets West of both Asian cuisine combines with a Western approach really did knock it right out of the park. It was too strong with its flavours neither was it too weak. Also, I did manage to get a few pretty good Instagram-worthy shots.
What more can I say? House parties are always fun. It was definitely good seeing everyone after graduation. Nothing is more fun than seeing your friends drunk on a chill friday night in!
Day 3: Raj’s Banana Leaf in Bangsar, Chan Meng Kee in SS2, Sangkaya, Cendol in SS15 Subang Jaya and Zouk KL Imperial Club.
This was my all time favourite meal in KL. I had been dreaming about this moment for months! It’s been on Instagram and Facebook and was all the rage about how fresh and delectable these local dishes were! And I was on a mission to try the most popular dishes before I would leave KL.
These dishes are so popular because in most Asian cultures eating on a banana leaf is very common, but in all Western cultures people be like ‘Whatttt? Why??’ Lols. But with or without the banana leaf it made no difference to how wonderfully delicious everything was on the leaf!
On our banana leaves we had some rice, pumpkin, vegetables, cucumber, spicy pickles, papadams, curry and fried chicken!
I will definitely be back for more, Raj!
Around 12 years ago, when I was a young child, my mother would bring home one of the best barbecue pork dishes in the world for us to try! I would say it was my ultimate favourite childhood dish. It was black in colour, but it was sweet and sticky like toffee and the meat would just melt in your mouth. It was devine and I would crave it more than anything the longer I was away from KL.
So this weekend was THE weekend, I would reunited with my original Bae! There are a few barbecue pork shops but we picked the one closest to us at SS2. Honestly, the very first bite made me think of the many childhood memories of myself and my cousins playing in my small apartment in KL. Good times, good times.
Sangkaya offers really good coconut ice cream with toppings and it was not only affordable but was super refreshing on a hot day like it usually is in KL.
Word on the street is that the best cendol ever is located in SS15 Subang Jaya, and with the price of RM$2 (USD$0.45) for a bowl who can say no to that! It really truly was the best cendol, and also very generous with its toppings and syrup.
The night ended with a very fun night at Zouk KL club on the top floor of Imperial. And check out this cute little sign, I just gotta snap it!
Day 4: Kenny Hills Bakers.
Today was a short meet up over brunch with my two favourite Malaysian cousins. Also 6 years since I last saw them. So much to catch up on with so little time!!
This cafe was very quaint and cosy and had really good Western brunch food of baked eggs, croissant sandwiches, pastries, cakes and baked goods.
Day 5: Pavillion and Ploy in Publika.
Back to the place where I would spend most of my afternoons at, really going to miss this place!
My last dinner was at Ploy in Publika. This place is quite a romantic place for me and my two friends, which are a couple, third wheeling at its best! The dishes were very interesting, experimental, quite simply and at the same time it tasted phenomenal.
Black rice with egg and shrimp, wagyu and omelette on rice, salmon quesadillas, deep-fried soft shell crab and salmon angel hair pasta.
It’s been a long time, KL, and I miss you already and all the best childhood memories.
Maybe I’ll be back in another 6 more years? 🙂
101, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur, 55100.
Raj’s Banana Leaf
38, Jalan Telawi,
Bangsar Baru, 59100.
Chan Meng Kee
44, Jalan SS 2/66, SS2,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
No. 25, Jalan SS 15/4b, Ss 15,
47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
SS15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Kenny Hills Bakers
63, Jalan Langgak Tunku, Taman Tunku,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
C4, Publika Shopping Gallery,
1 Jalan Dutamas, Solaris Dutamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.