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jalan alor

Jalan Alor

Featuring an al fresco concept where you dine in the open air on chairs and table lining the curbs

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the ceylon bar

The Ceylon Bar

The name will doubtless be familiar but regulars on Changkat Bukit Bintang will have noticed that the look has changed almost beyond recognition

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lot 10 hutong

LOT 10 Hutong

The crowded corridors of Hutong are everything a mall food court should be.

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twenty.one kitchen+bar

Twenty.one Kitchen+Bar

The crowded corridors of Hutong are everything a mall food court should be.

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jalan alor

Jalan Alor

Featuring an al fresco concept where you dine in the open air on chairs and table lining the curbs, Jalan Alor needs no introduction to those who love their food. Characterised by rows of hawker stalls offering all kinds of local delights spanning the whole length of the street on both sides, it gets especially busy around lunchtime and dinnertime, although many stalls here are open until late seven days a week. Cheap and cheerful, the astounding range of local dishes available here could prove to be quite overwhelming to first-timers, so the best way to approach it is to walk right to the end of the street, taking note of the dishes on offer along the way, then walk back up and stop at the ones that strike your fancy.

(Information sourced from Kuala Lumpur Hotels & Travel Guide, http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws)


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the ceylon bar

The Ceylon Bar

The name will doubtless be familiar but regulars on Changkat Bukit Bintang will have noticed that the look has changed almost beyond recognition. Having celebrated six successful years as one of the authentic ‘locals’ in Kuala Lumpur, the Ceylon Bar has undergone an effective and attractive makeover.

The renovations have been tastefully done and they have added some extra style to the naturally friendly ambience that has proved so popular since 2005.

The open-air terrace right on the street, one of the city’s top spots to people-watch and soak up the party scene, remains, while the bar gets an elegant overhaul. Widely recognised as one of the top places in town to enjoy watching live sport, the televisions remain ideally placed. It is not unusual to see partners split up each weekend night, one half shouting and screaming at the television set as their football team plays while the other half sits out on the verandah making new friends and enjoying the moonlight. the Ceylon Bar caters perfectly to both tastes.

Not often immediately recognised for its food, the Ceylon Bar has a very good menu, especially when it comes to traditional western food. It is also non-halal, which means that its sunday breakfasts (with ‘proper’ bacon, of course) are always a hit with expatriates.

Address: 20-2 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2145 7689
Website: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2355263515
http://www.expatriatelifestyle.com/foodanddrink/venue/bar-picks/The-Ceylon-Bar

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lot 10 hutong

LOT 10 Hutong

The crowded corridors of Hutong are everything a mall food court should be. The food vendors here have been handpicked from the streets of KL and Penang to serve the most authentic hawker fare in the comfort of air-con. Fried oysters, beef ball noodles, roast pork, Hokkien mee, even pork burgers, you'll find them all here. Just don't expect hawker prices.

Awards

Food Awards 2010 and 2011
Hutong @ Lot 10 was shortlisted in the Best Hawker/Mamak category of the Time Out KL Food Awards 2010 and 2011. Our food awards are 100% voted for by the people of KL. This way, we guarantee that popularity and consistent performance is rewarded.

Details

Address: Lower ground floor, Lot 10, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Website: http://www.lot10.com.my

(Information sourced from Time Out Kuala Lumpur, http://www.timeoutkl.com)


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twenty.one kitchen+bar

Twenty.one Kitchen+Bar

twenty.one isn't so much a restaurant as it is a multifunctional cultural hub: a combined restaurant, bar and club venue with an excellent balcony space to boot. You can chew your way through some serious grub too (fish and chips, lamb shank, roast chicken, anyone?). That doesn’t mean serious in the sense of overwrought, fine dining stuff. The menu's perfectly judged and resists the temptation to impress with technical wizardry.

They know when to leave well enough alone and when to give the dish a contemporary nudge. Consistently excellent, twentyone's kitchen, to my mind, produces some of the best food in the whole of the Bukit Bintang area, which is some compliment.

On a recent visit, friends and I settled downstairs, trying to avoid eye-contact with the disconcertingly huge mirror that dominates one wall, while (thankfully inobtrusive) revelers went upstairs

It seems extraordinary to me that a happening nightspot could produce such wonderful food. And from such a bold menu. Not one ingredient or technique appears to have been sacrificed in their pursuit of creating a fashionable, sophisticated and cosmopolitan venue for a great evening out.

We began with a variety of soups and salads from their starters list (labeled 'x' on the quirky menu), served efficiently and were crammed with taste. The stand-out was unquestionably the mango salad with tiger prawns. The prawns were huge and the sweet and spicy flavours complimented each other well.

The mains were even better. Between us, our main courses ('y' on the menu - can you see the theme yet?) were the sausage and mash, with beautiful soft potato and delicious sausages from Rawlins; a gorgeous chicken pie with light pastry; a perfectly cooked, tender steak; and my marsala chicken.

This was a brave decision on my behalf as it is not a meal I would normally go for. But how glad I am that I trusted my instincts. The tandoori-style chicken was of the highest quality and served on top of three large pasta bows with garlic filling. On top was fresh rocket and tomatoes and all this sat on a superb light, minty yoghurt dressing.

The tastes complimented each other perfectly and, as with all the other dishes, the generous portions were not so enormous that we didn't find room for dessert.

In my case, I rounded the meal off with apple crumble, which appeared in an unusual filo pastry case. Normally, I'm a crumb kinda guy, but given how good the rest of the meal was, I'm prepared to forgive them this transgression. The upside down cheese mousse is an interesting concept that I think really worked. At least, my friends empty glasses certainly suggested as much.

We spent a while chatting over coffee, which took the bill over RM400 in total but for a main course and drink you could easily spend less than RM50 a head. And for the standard of cuisine you receive, there can't be many better value restaurants in the city.

Awards

Food Awards 2009 and 2010
twenty.one kitchen + bar was shortlisted in the Best Continental Restaurant category of the Time Out KL Food Awards 2010, and also shortlisted in the Best Fusion / Contemporary Restaurant category in 2009. Our food awards are 100% voted for by the people of KL. This way, we guarantee that popularity and consistent performance is rewarded.

Details

Opening Hours: 12noon-late daily
Address: 20-1, Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL.
Contact: +603 2142 0021
Website: http://www.drbar.asia

(Information sourced from Matthew Bellotti - Time Out Kuala Lumpur, http://www.timeoutkl.com)


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