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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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Food Trend 2017 4.0 : Top 5 Mediterranean Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

The robust flavours of Mediterranean cooking are perfect for summer eating just like in Malaysia. With its simple preparation characteristics, Mediterranean cuisine is best described as cooking by using the most frugal ingredients possible. Find out more on where to savour this cuisine in Kuala Lumpur here.

Sapore at Ampang

Top 5 Mediterranean Rest in KL_Sapore

An Italian, Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant located strategically in Ampang, simply brings you an authentic taste of Italian and Spanish food. With its interesting slogan – “Serving you Artisan Food and Fine Wine”, Sapore promises their classic dishes which they belief in bringing people together through food. The chefs might also surprise you with some dishes off the menu!
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Mezze Bar & Bistro at Medan Damansara

Top 5 Mediterranean Rest in KL_Mezze

At Mezze, what you see is the all fresh and new ideas constantly changing and evolving from time to time on their menu. Their tapas are always complemented by a vivacious variety of small plates, charcuterie and cheese boards and not neglecting their wide selection of main courses. You can never go wrong when you come for Mediterranean cuisine here as the key to Mezze is flexibility where flavours are catered to local taste buds. When you think of Mediterranean, think of Mezze!
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The Point at Damansara Heights

Top 5 Mediterranean Rest in KL_The Point

This is an intimate venue which combines two different concept under one roof, that offers modern creative Asian and European dishes using fine ingredients in a casual dining environment. From their very own tapas to own twist Classic Bruschetta to a very fine sea urchins menu to tempt your taste buds, assure you that you will ask for more! Always remember to go to The Point with your stomach empty.
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Cava at Bangsar

Top 5 Mediterranean Rest in KL_Cava

Cava is the place for authentic Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine, featuring the favourites that include tapas, paella and steaks. If you cannot decide what to eat here, you can always choose their ever-affordable Executive Set Menu, priced at RM28++/person, a 3-course set menu where you can choose their mains from seafood to poultry to meat selections. There are a lot more in the a la carte menu should the set menu is insufficient to satisfy your cravings for Mediterranean dishes.
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La Cucina Mediterranean Kitchen at Pullman Bangsar

Top 5 Mediterranean Rest in KL_La Cucina

Experiencing the finest contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in a world-class setting, but welcoming you with a homely atmosphere here at La Cucina Mediterranean Kitchen. Delight in the live seafood bounty, indulging an extra-matured beef fillet grilled to perfection and exquisite menu that caters for any special dietary requirements can be found here.
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I'm naturally a muscular gal with some curves, so eating a Mediterranean diet makes my body happy.
– Debi Mazar

5 Enticing Chocolate Desserts to Indulge in Kuala Lumpur

5 Enticing Chocolate Desserts to Indulge in Kuala Lumpur

Chocolate, a wonderful lust even among avid food lovers! Find out more about where to satisfy your sweet indulgence!

Chocolate Cremeux, Coconut Custard, and Coconut Espuma at Sitka, Eatinghouse + Winebar

5 Enticing Chocolate Desserts to Indulge in Kuala Lumpur_Sitka, Eatinghouse + Winebar

Sitka, Eatinghouse + Winebar in Damansara Heights never fails to impress patrons with its ever-changing innovative menu of modern cuisine. This intimate, 40-seat neighbourhood eatery works with hand-picked local producers, fishermen and small farms to encourage and support sustainable food practices. Make sure you order their one-of-a-kind heavenly creamy Chocolate Cremeux which we guarantee that you can’t get it anywhere else!

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Warm Bitter Chocolate Fondant, Almond Crumble and Pistachio Ice Cream at Yeast

5 Enticing Chocolate Desserts to Indulge in Kuala Lumpur_Yeast

This chocolate dessert from Yeast is something to die for. Enjoy a heart-melting romantic moment when you sink you teeth into the chocolate fondant – hot and intense with a meltingly soft core. A gooey, decadent dessert with a molten middle – irresistible! In the picture is another chocolate dessert from Yeast – Chocolate Mousse.

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Oozing Nutella Beignets at BLVD House

5 Enticing Chocolate Desserts to Indulge in Kuala Lumpur_BLVD House
Soaking in the ambiance in rapt admiration of its elegant interior decor, BLVD House nearby KLCC offers not only the charm and service that discerning patrons, but also the must-have Oozing Nutella Beignets. The bite-sized beignets hold a centre of warm Nutella (omg!) and are then covered with Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar. This dessert is best eaten with the Salted Caramel Gelato which comes with it.

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The Point of No Return at The Point

5 Enticing Chocolate Desserts to Indulge in Kuala Lumpur_The Point
As what its name has suggested, this Valrhona Chocolate Ice Cream served with Mascarpone Cheese, Nut Biscuits, Salted Caramel Sauce and Viola Flower marks the start of a no-return journey of sweet indulgence. But really, who cares about the calories and guilt when you are having such a wonderful treat!

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Chocolate Durian Cake at Bijan Bar & Restaurant

5 Enticing Chocolate Desserts to Indulge in Kuala Lumpur_Bijan Bar & Restaurant
Imagine creamy D24 durian sandwiched between moist chocolate cake and coated in chocolate ganache – heavenly! Get one now at the award-winning Bijan Bar & Restaurant, located nearby Changkat Bukit Bintang. If you are a durian lover, make sure you don’t miss its Durian Cheesecake as well!

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Ahh, blessed!


5 Best Restaurants for Sea Urchin (Uni) Dishes in KL

In Season: 5 Best Restaurants for Sea Urchin (Uni) Dishes in KL

It’s creamy, subtly sweet, albeit briny. It can be rich gold in colour, or light yellow as well. Whether you call it sea urchin or uni, you won't be able to resist these standout dishes.

Special Uni Menu at Ishin Japanese Dining

5 Best Restaurants for Sea Urchin (Uni) Dishes in KL_Ishin Japanese DiningIshin Japanese Dining along Old Klang Road serves genuine Japanese and Kaiseki style cuisines that are cooked to order. Meals are prepared freshly using ingredient imported from Japan's famous Tsukiji Market with the finest ingredients of the season. For this season, Ishin imported Hokkaido sea urchin from Japan to prepare several new dishes that highlight the versatility of this highly prized ingredient. On the menu, we spot Hokkaido Uni Ohitashi, Hokkaido Uni Sashimi, Hokkaido Uni King Crab Teppanyaki and a few more tempting dishes.

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5-Course Seasonal Uni Menu at The Point

5 Best Restaurants for Sea Urchin (Uni) Dishes in KL_The PointBeing the only non-Japanese restaurant in this list, The Point in Damansara Height goes full blast with its extensive 5-course Uni Menu which will definitely spoil sea urchin lovers. In the photo is part of the mains in the seasonal Uni Menu – Grain Fed Australian Black Angus Tenderloin, Black Garlic, Mesclum Salad, Barolo Reduction and Uni Steak Butter. Taste as majestic as you see.

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Uni Sushi at Sushi Azabu

5 Best Restaurants for Sea Urchin (Uni) Dishes in KL_Sushi AzabuSushi Azabu, a Michelin starred sushi establishment in New York City, loved by Hollywood celebrities is now opening at Isetan Lot 10. The traditional house specialty sushi is crafted from freshly imported fish from Japan, prepared by chefs who refined their skills in Japan to execute elegant cooking and Omotenashi – selfless service with a spirit of warmth and respect, which you have to savour for yourself. Prepare to savour the sweet and creamy Uni sushi which priced at RM50 per piece.

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Uni Sushi at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

5 Best Restaurants for Sea Urchin (Uni) Dishes in KL_Nobu Kuala LumpurNobu is a Michelin-starred titan in the world of sushi, sashimi and tempura. Nobu Kuala Lumpur is Southeast Asia’s first branch with dramatic 360 degree views of the KL city skyline. Nestled on the 56th floor of Menara Petronas 3, diners are treated with amazing view of the KL city and of course, over 40 old and hot dishes on the menu. Expect signature Black Cod with Miso, Octopus Carpaccio, Uni Sushi, Whole Lobster Wasabi Pepper and more.

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Uni Sushi at Hanaya Japanese Dining

5 Best Restaurants for Sea Urchin (Uni) Dishes in KL_Hanaya Japanese DiningConstantly rated 5 stars on Trip Advisor by patrons, Hanaya Japanese Dining serves an array of fresh sashimi, Japanese Wagyu, Hanaya’s unique courses, hot pots, and varieties of a la carte specialities which are prepared by highly skilled Japanese chefs yet with reasonable price. Patrons will find themselves enjoying the serene ambience of the restaurant in warm inviting earthen tones, amazed by the over 350-year-old cypress sushi counter, and traditional icebox used to maintain the exact temperature to protect the taste of fresh seafood. 

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5 Places for Irresistible Lobster Dishes in KL

5 Places for Irresistible Lobster Dishes in KL

The king of the crustaceans, lobster is a delicacy and many people love its rich taste. If you love seafood, you will almost definitely find lobster to be one of the tastiest and most special types. Check out where to get the best lobster dishes in KL.


Canadian Lobster at The Tokyo Restaurant

5 Places for Irresistible Lobster Dishes in KL_The Tokyo Restaurant

Located at ISETAN Lot 10, The Tokyo Restaurant is a newly opened foodie haven for contemporary flavours with a Tokyo essence. Be enveloped in generous leather booths with a view of the kitchen and a spacious, stylish bar serving classic cocktails and wine. Try their latest addition baked Canadian Lobster which is so flavourful that the flavours burst in the mouth when you sink your teeth into the sweet and succulent white, firm meat.

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Everybody Loves Lobster at The Point

5 Places for Irresistible Lobster Dishes in KL_The PointThe Point is an intimate venue in Damansara Heights which combines two different concept under one roof. A charming restaurant that offers modern creative fusion dishes in a casual dining environment and lounge bar serving crafted liquors, speciality cocktails and tasty tapas. Don’t miss this wonderful looking newest addition – Lobster with tagliatelle pasta, sundried tomato puree, and lobster reduction (RM88).

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Lobster Biryani at Fierce Curry House

5 Places for Irresistible Lobster Dishes in KL_Fierce Curry House

The award-winning Fierce Curry House in Bangsar is famed for its authentic Indian cuisines. At this restaurant, the Northern Indian comfort food of biryani has been elevated to new epicurean heights – including a Boston Lobster variation. Order a Lobster Biryani and get indulged in abundant long grain rice and a 900gm lobster. The Lobster Biryani needs to be ordered 24 hours in advance.

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Whole Lobster Wasabi Pepper at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

5 Places for Irresistible Lobster Dishes in KL_Nobu Kuala LumpurNestled on the 56th Floor of Menara 3 Petronas with KL Tower in sight, Nobu Kuala Lumpur offers a unique experience of contemporary Japanese cuisine. With over 30 locations around the world, Nobu has brought his global sophistication to Kuala Lumpur. While Nobu’s Black Cod with Miso has always been stealing the limelight, one must try their lobster with wasabi pepper sauce which will definitely leave a lasting memory. On top of that, one can find a few innovative lobster dishes here, including Lobster Tacos and Half Lobster Shiitake Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing.

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Lobsters cooked using 15 methods at One Seafood Restaurant

5 Places for Irresistible Lobster Dishes in KL_One Seafood RestaurantIf you’re in the mood for some fresh and good quality seafood cooked Chinese style, One Seafood Restaurant in Bukit Bintang area is the place to go. The restaurant adheres to a philosophy that only what’s fresh will be served. Here you will find Australian, Boston and local lobsters, cooked using as many as 15 cooking methods, including sashimi style and baked with cheese as well as salted egg.

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5 Dishes with Cheeky Names in KL That Will Make You Smile

5 Dishes with Cheeky Names in KL That Will Make You Smile

From Cheese-sin to Fifty Shades of Grey, catch these cheeky dishes in KL!

5 Dishes with Cheeky Names in KL That Will Make You Smile_WayModernChinoisGolden Rose Wanton | Way Modern Chinois
Rose? Nope, it’s a quirky dish of crispy prawn dumpling with Shiso leaf. Way Modern Chinois is a class, sensual avant-garde modern cuisine restaurant specialising in contemporary Chinese / Asian cuisine. Other quirky dishes include their signature Skinless Xiaolongbao.

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5 Dishes with Cheeky Names in KL That Will Make You Smile_ThePointCheese-sin | The Point
A modern yet charming restaurant, bar and lounge, The Point offers exquisite flavours and innovative dishes including this dish named Cheese-sin, a cheese platter consists of Italian Gorgonzola, French Camembert, Spanish Manchego, English Sharp Cheddar, accompanied with pine nuts, pistachios, honey and a swirl of balsamic reduction!

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5 Dishes with Cheeky Names in KL That Will Make You Smile_TBFSunwayGizaDarth Vader Burger | T.B.F Sunway Giza
200g of homemade beef patty made into 4 mini burgers in two styles! Apart from this cheeky burger, make sure you try their Damn Good Steak, Pigs In Blanket, White Chick – oh my, the (pun) names!

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5 Dishes with Cheeky Names in KL That Will Make You Smile_OpiumFifty Shades of Grey | Opium
Dubbed “The best cocktail bar in KL”, oriental-setting Opium quickly gains reputation for its indulgent and creative cocktails, for example, this “ Fifty Shades of Grey” with liquid nitrogen infused roses. Other quirky cocktails include Genghis’ Poison Chalice and Mo Xi’s Orgy.

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“Fun Guy” Spaghetti | PLOY Publika
With a name that goes by “Fun Guy” Spaghetti, this is a bowl of delightful al dente spaghetti sautéed with a blend of fragant shiitake umami bits and olive oil along with heaps of oysters and button mushrooms. Check out other creative dishes like Emperor Burger and Spicy Salmon!

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Halloween 2016 in KL

5 Places in KL to Celebrate Halloween 2016

Whether you're celebrating Halloween 2016 or just want to spice up your everyday life, here are KL's best places to celebrate the spooky event!




Halloween 2016 Pisco Bar
Pisco Bar | Bukit Bintang

One of KL's hottest yearly Halloween party, this year Pisco Bar will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos with free face painting, eerie-themed drinks, costume contest at midnight and many more. There will be dancing, drinking, and amazing display of costumes and general merry-making spirit. Come dressed up to the nines as your favourite character and win prizes!


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Halloween 2016 SkyBar

SkyBar | Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Zombies Invasion with DJ Kesha Ayres at SkyBar on this October 29, Saturday! The award-winning SkyBar, one of the city's most popular rooftop bars, is located high up on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, and features a variety of cocktails, nightly DJs and amazing views of the Petronas Twin Towers from its cabana booths. Free face painting + Triller bites + Bloody shots will be available on the Halloween night!

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Halloween 2016 Ojos Bar

Ojos Bar | Jaya One


Dress up and stand a chance to win prizes at Ojos Bar’s Halloween Costume Party on this October 29, Saturday, 9pm onwards. Prizes include Hennessy, the world’s finest cognacs since 1765 and Ojos Halloween Signature Cocktail. If you need a helping hand for your make-up, make-up artists will be available from 7pm to 11pm. What are you waiting for?


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Halloween 2016 The Point
The Point | Damansara Heights

Join The Point for this exclusive Yelloween party happening on the 28th October 2016, Friday. There will be a live band performing from 8pm to 10pm. Get ready and dress up as the best dressed wins a beautiful golden-yellow Veuve Clicquot Magnum champagne. The party is by reservation only, so grab your spots now!


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Halloween 2016 The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole | Changkat Bukit Bintang

Spooky alert: “Chinese opera” ghost will be appearing 3 times per night at The Rabbit Hole®  on both 28th and 29th October! It’s time to visit this dine, drink and dance establishment which is conceived, designed and build around inspirations of well-known fantasy narratives of Alice in Wonderland & Narnia Chronicles.

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Halloween 2016 Forbidden City

Forbidden City | Changakat Bukit Bintang

“Follow us into the DARK HALLS" of Forbidden City for an exquisitely aristocratic Halloween Show!  For this exclusive evening, Forbidden City opens its doors to all the lost souls of former times. Enjoy Ryotjones’ 8 piece Funk/ Soul Band that has garnered rave reviews before partying with DJ Jazzy Jay. Also, dress in their best interpretation of a “beautiful creature” and stand the chance to win spooky prizes. Cover charge is RM50 per person which includes an irresistible “Immortality Shooter”! 

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Looking for more places to celebrate Halloween 2016 in KL? Check out more here >