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#MerdekaDay: A (Makan) Journey To Iconic and Historical Places This Merdeka Day 2018

1/ Step back in time to admire the glory days in the past at Old Malaya

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Old Malaya

If you want to be drifted back to the colonial time while enjoying lip-smacking delights, you cannot simply ignore Old Malaya. Located at Jalan Raja Chulan, the 99-year-old colonial building has been transformed from a prominent residential area to a dilapidated sanctuary and finally the home of numerous heritage-modelled restaurants that are much loved by Malaysians and tourists. Amongst towers of offices and gigantic malls, this old landmark stands out as a unique, worth-visiting aesthetic legacy to step back in time and value our past. Come to Old Malaya if you love to appreciate the glory days of Kuala Lumpur in the past through the remaining ornate walls that harken back to the old days.

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The journey to Old Malaya wouldn’t be complete without sitting at a restaurant here to revel in the magnificent view of the iconic KL Tower or the serene ambiance of this culinary enclave. If you have a knack for steak, there is no reason why you should not opt for one of the best steakhouse in town – PAMPAS Steakhouse at Old Malaya. If you are into Malaysian-accented culinary with a modern twist, walk in Manja and it won’t let you down. Pier 12 Seafood Tavern will bring you to the sea with its freshest seafood while Luce Osteria Comtemporanea is where you can find yourself an authentic Italian wood-fired pizza and Junior Chellapa will gratify your Indian food craving by showering you with authentic Indian dishes.

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KL Tower

A few minutes further from Old Malaya and you will set your foot on the highest telecommunications tower in Southest Asia – KL Tower. As the highest and most spectacular tower of Kuala Lumpur currently, the gleaming KL Tower has a spindle-like apex that allows visitors to admire the city centre. Boasting a theatre, an amphitheatre and beautiful cascading pools, this tower is a definite must-see sightseeing attraction. A visit to KL Tower would not be fulfilled without treating yourself to modern authentic Malaysian and international cuisine while rejoicing in the most spectacular view of the city centre at Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower.

 

2/ Visit Historical Trio at Once – Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Merdeka Square, National Museum of Malaysia

The more the better, you ask? Buckle up and visit these famous landmarks – Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Merdeka Square and National Museum of Malaysia.

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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Designed by one of the most prolific British colonial architects – Arthur Benison Hubback, the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station has marked its 118 years old this year and one who came here would not stop admiring the gorgeous facade of the gazetted heritage building, the dome-capped pavilions along the roof line and the Renaissance-like verandas with arched colonnade.

Merdeka Square

It would be a miss if you don’t visit Merdeka Square where the Malayan flag was raised for the very first time and take joy in the annual Merdeka Parade here. Keep in mind that when you are admiring the lofty flagpole that holds the flag of Malaysia, you are actually seeing one of the top highest flagpoles in the world! Merdeka Square is not only a historical place itself but is also ringed by the majestic charm of heritage buildings such as the prominent Sultan Abdul Samad Building and St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral. Take a few steps further and you can pay the renowned Chinatown a visit.

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National Museum of Malaysia

Finally, don’t forget to spend your time in the National Museum (Muzium Negara) which is the most principal museum of Malaysia. Set up in 1963, the museum is a repository of Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage. With its magnificent exhibitions and galleries, the museum imparts knowledge through the country’s historical past. Remember to admire the 3 note-worthy galleries here which are the History Gallery that traces back to the original days, the Cultural Gallery with a collection of various aspects of Malaysian culture and the Metalwork and Musical Instruments Gallery that showcases ceremonial ornaments and instruments.

Feeling peckish after wandering for so long? Don’t worry as there are a plethora of delectable food around for you to pamper yourself.

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Just take a few steps away from the National Museum of Malaysia and you will reach Hilton Kuala Lumpur which is well-known for its notable restaurants. Rest at the newly refurbished The Lounge to adore the picturesque scenery or find yourself a comfortable seat at the polished marble counter at Oro Cafe with a freshly baked croissant.  Yearn for a big meal? Walk in the all-day-dining Vasco’s for an impressive buffet of Asian and international favourites or savour classic dishes at the authentic modern European restaurant – Graze. You can also delight your taste buds with Japanese dishes at Iketeru or dwell in prime aged meat cuts or robatayaki-style skewers at Chambers Grill. Don’t hesitate to go for Chynna where the marinated-to-perfection Peking Duck will satiate your taste buds.

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A few minutes further to Bangsar area and you are in the heaven of food! Head to La Bodega BSC if you are searching for Spanish food or Madam Kwan’s BSC if you love Malaysian-accented dishes. Visit Vineria.IT for authentic Italian delights or dance your way to Dancing Fish for lip-smacking Malay and Indonesian flavors. You can also opt for a Western meal at Ben’s Bangsar Shopping Centre or The Daily Grind Bangsar.
If you are tired of the hustle and bustle, Jalan Bangkung is a great choice where a long line of eminent restaurants are set to whet your appetite. Savour Italian dishes at Opus Bistro or Leonardo ‘s Dining Room & Wine Loft, indulge yourself in Western food at Bobo KL, Lucky Bo or relish Spanish delights at Cava.

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Truffle Roast Duck at Way Modern Chinois

Still want more choices? We have got your back! Take a short drive to Damansara Heights to treat yourself to Japanese Tapas (aka Japas) at Babe which is conceptualized by Michelin-starred chef Jeff Ramsey or relish Asian fusion dishes at PLOY. If you love contemporary Chinese cuisine, walk in Way Modern Chinois and try their iconic truffle roast duck or go to The Point or Mezze Bar & Bistro in case you are craving for Western-fusion delights.

 

 

 

7 Most-Liked Ramadan Buffets

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Few days left before the Ramadan ends – time flies! We hope that you have been enjoying a wonderful Ramadan and shared precious moments with your friends and family. Before Ramadan month comes to an end, mark the last Ramadan week with a grand feast at the 7 Most-liked Ramadan Buffets in KL.

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The Mill Café @ Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
Go for traditional bazaar concept! Embrace the spirit of the holy month and embark on a unique epicurean journey at The Mill Café, located at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur. The Mill Café features a 5-star buffet where you can savour a lavish selection of Asian and international flavours, including over 100 tantalising specialities presented in 24 market-styles stalls. TABLEAPP Exclusive: Book Now to get 34% OFF!
 
 
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LINK – All Day Dining @ Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
Almost 300 dishes and condiments, all prepared in their traditional best! The special “Selera Kampung” fare presents an array of delish delights which include but not limited to: traditional Malay appetisers, claypot assam pedaskawah favourites, traditional Malay kuihs and local / seasonal tropical fruits, and onsite Turkish ice-cream maker.
 
 
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Passage Thru India @ Off Jalan Bukit Bintang
Treat yourself with authentic Indian cuisine at Passage Thru India, voted as the Best Indian Restaurant by the culture, arts, and Tourism Ministry! Get thrilled with the buffet of mouth watering dishes prepared with recipes from India. This Ramadan, the restaurant features over 30 mouths watering dishes with pure spices and selected herbs and only using healthy cooking oils.TABLEAPP Exclusive: Book Now to get 10% OFF!
 
 
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Bijan Bar & Restaurant @ Changkat Bukit Bintang
Come to discover traditional and local cuisine with innovative fusion! At Bijan, they are innovating ways of enjoying Malay food, introducing accompanying wine to enhance flavours and ways of preparing local delicacies in a fine balance of old and new. This ‘Selera Ibunda’ buffet will be taking diners down the memory lane and stirring up fulfilling memories of some almost forgotten dishes. Not to forget their famous Chocolate Durian Cake made from D24!  
 
 
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Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall @ Jalan Putra, Chow Kit
Free flow of steak, anyone? Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall’s buka puasa buffet features special daily carvery including Halal Australian beef, New Zealand lamb and BBQ chicken from their Josper Charcoal Oven that adds uniquely special flavour to the meats. You will also have access to homemade desserts table and local specialities. 
 
 
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Atmosphere360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower @ Menara Kuala Lumpur
Breaking fast with an incredible Kuala Lumpur city view! The restaurant is housed in the world's 7th tallest tower – the KL Tower – where the view is breathtaking. The modern authentic Malaysian and International cuisines served for its buffet will leave a lasting Ramadan mark in your heart. Come with family or friends and enjoy this delightful buffet.
 
 
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Gobo Chit Chat @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Who’s up for international flavours with traditional Malay recipes? Gobo Chit Chat offers a variety of local and international dishes. Other culinary highlight includes lok lok steamboat delights, Penang murtabak, tempe kelapa and a variety of Arabic dates. Plus, free flow of Haagen-Dazs ice cream while enjoying gamelan performance which is available every night! For every group of 6 persons, one dines for FREE.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Ultimate Coolest Restaurants in KL

5 Ultimate Coolest Restaurants in KL

Tips of how to be cool: Know where the coolest restaurants are in KL. Because cool people hang out at cool places.

 

 

Ever have the moment your friends look at you and wonder how you know about such cool places? Wanna be THAT cool friend? Don’t worry, this is going to be a cool guide to cool restaurants for cool people like you! Check out these coolest restaurants in KL!

 

 

Dining In The Dark KL

 

Ever imagine eating and drinking in pitch darkness? This idea might seem a little strange at first, but by suppressing the dominant sense of sight, you will enter a whole new world in which one is uncertain of their surroundings. The blind guides at Dining In The Dark KL will lead you through a gastronomical journey. At Dining In The Dark KL, guests will embark a new sensory experience where the thoughtfully designed and carefully prepared surprised menu fit for a fine dining will only be revealed after the meal.

 

 

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Atmosphere 360

 

Keep a close watch on your table here at Atmosphere 360 because the dining table area actually revolves! Housed in the world's 7th tallest tower – the KL Tower, Atmosphere 360 is crowned as Malaysia’s highest restaurant, 282m above ground. Other than having the crazy revolving experience, the 360-degree bird eye view of Kuala Lumpur surely makes the dining experience a memorable and lasting one.

 

 

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Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe

 

Welcome to the World’s First Hello Kitty Gourmet Café! Styled on a chic Parisian café with atmospheric pastels and Kitty's iconic pink, you will be transported to a world of sweet romance and sophisticated flavours. Hello Kitty Gourmet Cafe is extravagantly decorated in Hello Kitty themes down to every detail. Their signature dishes are adorably decorated with Hello Kitty's cute character. Definitely a place of happiness for Hello Kitty fans!

 

 

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Brolly KL

 

A fun, quirky restaurant that brims with colour, character & charm – showcasing nine kitchens in one venue. Inspired by the fun disco era, the entire space is decked out like a garage, with automobile paraphernalia providing much of the design cues – tyres as wash basins and surrounded by sideview mirrors, walls decorated with hubcaps and tools of a mechanic, and there’s even a vintage car mounted upside down on the ceiling above a pool table, not to forget there’s a foosball table and a wall of vinyl records! At Brolly, break open the Canadian red lobsters, spanner crabs and meat crabs to reveal the sweet flesh, or get busy eating the Gumbo, Southern Chicken & Waffle and more. If it is a group dining, check out their ridiculously fancy bucket of goodness – Big Bang Theory. Ideal for a group of 8-12 seafood lovers, the bucket comes with king crab, lobsters, meat crabs, prawns, yabbies, mussels, corn, chicken sausages, potatoes and button mushrooms.

 

 

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Opium KL

 

Inspired by the Opium regimes of the east, the interior speaks for itself. Furnished with age-old artifacts such as an opium bed in the Rose Room, opium pipes and huge Chinese wine pots displayed vividly at the Communal area, the outlet aspires a 1930s-1960s look and feel. At Opium, Asian Oriental cuisines are served with a twist; such as Phoenix Dumpling, Fern Leaf Salad, Crispy Duck Noodles, Wagyu Beef Rendang, and the signature Beef Brisket & Tendon Stew just to name a few. One simply must try their Signature House Cocktails, Twisted Classic Cocktails and Opium Special Mocktails. These giggle juices are served up in bowls, even water and beer are served in the traditional Chinese way… in a rice bowl.

 

 

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Kuala Lumpur Skyline

5 Amazing Restaurants in KL with A Breathtaking View

Take your dining experience to the highest level, literally.

 

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is always a vibrant city with dazzling lights and amazing sunrise and sunset. Take in the breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur city from a whole new height while dining high above the ground.

 

 

Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower
Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower

 

Atmosphere 360 is a modern and elegant revolving restaurant situated 282m above ground level. Housed in the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world – the KL Tower, it offers luxurious fine dining experience of modern authentic Malaysian and International cuisine that will leave a lasting memory for the diners. 

 

 

Looking a lot like a spaceship with colourful neon lights and starry fibre optic ceiling lights, the intimate table arrangements and romantic, sky-high views make it a popular place for date nights.

 

 

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Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar

 

Nestled on the 37th floor of Regalia Residence, Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar presents diners spectacular views of Kuala Lumpur, and unblocked view of both the KLCC Twin Towers and KL Tower. 

 

 

Overlooking the iconic Twin Towers and KL Tower, Hemisphere vows to deliver excellent service to diners, from ensuring the freshness of ingredients (without MSG too!) to providing extensive food and beverage menu as well as creating top quality dining environment.

 

 

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Samplings On The Fourteenth

 

An enchanting 14th-floor view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline, the award-winning Samplings On The Fourteenth offers an Western classic premium dining. Experience exquisite fine dining cuisine paired with tasteful vintage wines to suit diners’ discerning palate.

 

 

The layout boasts a spectacular bird’s-eye view of downtown Kuala Lumpur, framed by massive floor to ceiling windows. It also features an open kitchen concept where diners get a crystal-clear view through the glass-walled, semi-circular kitchen, of the chefs preparing dishes. 

 

 

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Inaho Sushi Skypark

 

At the 10th-floor Skypark rooftop of Subang's One City sits Inaho Sushi, a Japanese restaurant overlooking a suburban landscape. A mental note to make: Inaho Sushi's outdoor tables are limited, so advance reservations are highly recommended if you wish to enjoy the scenic view. The restaurant has a spacious air-conditioned interior as well to accommodate more customers. Diners can also stroll around the rest of the rooftop to enjoy the breeze and view.

 

 

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Proof Cafe & Sky Lounge

 

Located on the roof of the iconic The Signature Serviced Suites & Studios, Proof Cafe serves an effortless breakfast with an European charm, scrumptious cakes, and Executive Lunch sets that will make your boss envious.

 

The serenity at Proof Cafe complements with its smoothing view of the surroundings of Sri Hartamas and Mont Kiara. The people of Proof have nurtured friendships with Melbourne-based chefs & coffee specialists to help them reach for fresh heights. Definitely a hidden gem in the city.

 

 

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