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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.

 

 

 

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5 Definitely Not-Crispy Rendang That You Must Try in Kuala Lumpur

Following the current national’s trending topic of crispy chicken rendang saga at MasterChef UK happened just two days ago, we dig further into this juicy debate and hence, this list of juicy recommendations. Enjoy!

 

1. Rendang Tok at Bijan Bar & Restaurant, Jalan Ceylon

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Rendang Tok at Bijan Bar & Restaurant

Located nearby Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bijan Bar & Restaurant prides itself as a pioneer of fine Malay cuisine. Here you can find a good number of rendang dishes including Rendang Tok, a traditional slow-cooked caramelized beef in aromatic spices and coconut milk, and also Rendang Itik Bijan. Make sure you try out their famed Chocolate Durian Cake too! Bijan is also the recipient of multiple awards from Time out Food Awards, Malaysia Tatler, The Miele Guide, and The Lonely Planet Guide to Malaysia

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2. Rendang Daging at Enak KL, Feast Village Starhill Gallery

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Spices that being used at Enak KL

In celebration of its 13th anniversary this year, Enak KL is reopening its door at Feast Village Starhill Gallery, delivering heartwarming Malay classics through its thoughtfully curated menu. Check out their Rendang Daging, a slow-cooked beef in coconut cream and Enak’s signature blend of ground spices. If you are looking for something refreshing to go with, feel free to order their latest addition – Kerabu Jambu Air Ikan Bilis

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3. Angus Beef Rendang at Opium, Changkat Bukit Bintang

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Angus Beef Rendang at Opium

Served with a choice of lotus leaf buns or poppy seed rice, Opium’s Angus Beef Rendang is definitely a luxury version of rendang dish. Even the restaurant itself is unique enough to lure your hearts. This pork-free establishment focuses on Asian Oriental interior design and is furnished with age-old artifacts such as opium bed and opium pipes. Check them out!

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4. Nasi Bojari at Madam’s Kwans, all outlets

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Nasi Bojari at Madam Kwan’s

You have probably tasted Madam Kwan’s iconic nasi lemak at some point, so why not try out the second most popular dish at Madam Kwan’s – Nasi Bojari. This dish is a tri-coloured rice with beef rendang, assam prawns and deep-fried chicken drumstick. Till today, Madam Kwan herself stills cooks away in the central kitchen from 5am to 9am, including this beef rendang.

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5. Nasi Lemak Rendang Ayam at Wondermama, all outlets

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Nasi Lemak Chicken Rendang at Wondermama

Wondermama is a vibrant, modern and creative Malaysian restaurant that brings a modern twist to the traditional local flavours. Apart from the Nasi Lemak Rendang Ayam which features chicken rendang and sambal sotong & prawns, we can’t take our eyes off the Nasi Lemak Salted Egg Chicken either!

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5 Best Restaurants in KL for Malaysian Cuisines

5 Best Restaurants in KL for Malaysian Cuisines

Jom, makan!

 

 

Malaysians are so proud of their food that they will defend the pride to death (kidding!). Malaysians are the kind of people who go on foodie road trips, driving up and down the country in search of that chicken rice plate in Ipoh or that cendol store in Penang. We are so proud of our awesome food that nobody else’s cuisine will ever be able to measure up. In this blog we are going to reveal 5 BEST restaurants in KL that offer truly unique Malaysia taste. Check ‘em out!

 

 

Bijan Bar & Restaurant

 

Located a mere stone throw’s away from KLCC and Bukit Bintang, Bijan Bar & Restaurant is the ultimate destination for the city’s top high-end restaurants for Malay cuisine, with a warm, romantic ambience to set the mood for an unforgettable dining experience. While the typical Malay dishes such as rendang and ulam raja are well known here, the desserts – most notably the Gula Melaka Cake, Pandan Pudding and Bandung flavoured home-made ice cream and Durian Cheesecake – steal the limelight.

 

 

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Songket Restaurant

 

Songket Restaurant serves authentic fine Malay cuisine inspired by age old family recipes infused with a modern twist. It prides itself in its ability to retain the authenticity of Malay cuisine yet constantly finding ways to creatively blend this authenticity with the contemporary palate. The restaurant is housed in a bungalow that is converted to resemble a “kampong” house and has alludes a calming, relaxing ambience – an experience hard to find in the city. This complemented with a truly entertaining multi-cultural dance performance, makes one’s dining experience even more complete.

 

 

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Enak KL

 

With an elegant fine-dining twist, Enak KL offers Malay dishes in relative comfort. It is almost like a trip down memory lane to the good old days when you visit your great grandmother for a family dinner get-together. In addition to the nostalgic atmosphere, each of the familiar all-time local classics such as Satay, Gado-Gado and Rendang Padang are prepared using age-old recipes that have been passed down for generations to stay true to delivering their renowned traditional Malay Fine Cuisine that warms your heart! Plus, no sweet tooth could resist their tropical desserts such as pisang caramel!

 

 

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Mandi-Mandi

 

Housed in a rustic and inviting village-style shack about 15 minutes outside the city centre, Mandi-Mandi is surrounded by lush greenery and fetching water features. A popular choice for intimate wedding dinners thanks to its romantic ambience, patrons frequent this picturesque eatery for its satisfying Malay-Thai cuisine and private perfect-for-two pondoks. Mandi-Mandi is definitely a presentation of one great culinary experience that is unmatched.

 

 

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Madam Kwan's

 

Experience truly Malaysian cuisine at Madam Kwan’s. As a young enthusiastic foodie, Kwan Swee Lian was inspired by the rich cultural mix of cuisine in Malaya. Today, Madam Kwan combines elements of these diverse cultures to share her uniquely created Malaysian Cuisine for all food lovers to enjoy. From the signature Nasi Lemak to “wok” style Hokkien mee, there’s something for everyone to savour those special dishes that is uniquely Malaysian. She has made the menu not only unique to her but uniquely Malaysian to satisfy your palate.

 

 

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