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Where you can find incredible edibles at Bukit Bintang MRT
Monday 30 Oct 2017
Kuala Lumpur
A collaboration between RapidKL, The Malay Mail and RebeccaSaw.com
Among the value-for-money lunch deals at KL Journal Hotel. — Malay Mail pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — The Bukit Bintang MRT is a massive underground station and one with five exits connecting to different shopping and commercial centres, Noteal fresco cafés, swanky bars, posh hotels, bustling night markets as well as hawker eateries.
Depending on your budget, there is wonderful food to be had every few metres. It is impossible to name all options available and thus when faced with this colossal task of recommending good eats in Bukit Bintang, I’ve decided to cap it at six outlets covering breakfast to supper.

Pintu A is 10m from the iconic Alor food street where abundant local eats are popular both with locals and foreigners. In the mornings, the drunken chicken noodles could very well replace your java to jolt you into alertness.

An uncommon dish, Chinese yellow wine is added to infuse a lovely aroma and sweetness to the soup together with chicken, mushroom, fried egg and ginger. Heady and best consumed hot, it is believed to be nourishing for the body.

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    If an alcoholic dish in the morning doesn’t appeal, I’ll recommend the dry curry chicken noodle from Restaurant Gou Lou. Here, aromatic chicken curry is poured over noodles tossed with dark soy base. Toppings are chicken, bean sprouts and potatoes. The combination of both gravies creates a new flavour for this noodle dish.


    My favourite spot for lunch below RM10 is at Hutong Lot 10 where the amazing curated local delights by hawker legends of Malaysia won’t disappoint.

    Just slightly higher at RM20 nett, there’s an incredible lunch deal at KL Journal Hotel. This was my most surprising find recently and it is such an unbelievable deal for a hotel!

    Aside from a semi buffet of salads, soups, breads and desserts plus a chocolate fondue, patrons get to choose one from four mains plus a drink. The mains are huge and adeptly prepared using quality ingredients. My favourite is the signature wagyu beef burger with its 200g patty covered in gooey smoked cheddar!

    Should your lunch budget allow, feast on the finest Japanese food at one of the restaurants in Isetan The Japan Store Kuala Lumpur — the world’s first Japanese lifestyle specialty store. Out of the five restaurants on the fourth floor, I’ve tried Sushi Aburi, a branch of a Michelin star outlet in New York. The lunch specials for below RM100/pax offer patrons a good preview of its standards – premium air-flown seafood handled by a Japanese chef in an intimate setting, so one can decide if splurging on the omasake dinners is worth it.

    The rich cheesecake or indulgent tiramsu at The Tokyo Restaurant are ideal for those feeling peckish in-between 2 pm to 5 pm.

    Delectable noshes are available at Sushi Azabu. — Malay Mail pic
    Elegant fare at Sushi Azabu, a branch of a New York Michelin star outlet. — Malay Mail pic


    Come dinner time, the adventurous would love Dining in the Dark, the only restaurant that serves delicious food in absolute darkness.

    But a hidden gem in this area is the homely French Feast, helmed by the affable Chef Jean. Housed in a post-war double-storey lot with a charming colonial style exterior, you can be assured of an authentic French dining experience. This outlet is one of the few French restaurants in the city that has pork on the menu; its signature dish is the house-made pork sausages and many had raved about the wonderful French onion soup. However, if it is local fare that you’re hankering for, go for the Tong Shin Hokkien mee and the Ngau Kee beef noodles on the same street. The hokkien mee is fried using charcoal, assuring you of gorgeous wok hei as you slurp each strand of sticky, caramelised noodles. But be prepared to wait as there is a perpetual queue.

    Ngau Kee is a beef noodle stall that has been around for several decades. The signature dish is dry noodles topped with salty minced meat with springy beef balls in a bowl of clear soup.

    After hours

    Satiated from dinner, wind down with a relaxed session at a nearby bar. I suggest The Workers Union Terrace & Bar at KL Journal Hotel if you find the pubs on Changkat Bukit Bintang too rowdy for you.

    This alfresco beer garden is an open terrace space with soft music, open mic nights and a comprehensive list of alcoholic tipples designed to satisfy most palates. 

    * For more gastronomic adventures — keep up with Rebecca on www.RebeccaSaw.com and instagram.com/wackybecky.
Getting There
1. KL Journal Hotel
Jalan Beremi, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 

LRT/MRT: Bukit Bintang 

Distance: 210 metres 

Operating hours: Open all day 

From the station: Exit the fare gates and take Pintu F. Once you are on the street level, walk along Jalan Sultan Ismail (following traffic) until you see HSBC Bank. Turn into Jalan Beremi and you’ll see KL Journal
2. Jalan Alor

BEH Brothers (drunken chicken noodles), Wong Ah Wah Restaurant (chicken wings, moonlight beef kuey teow), Dining in the Dark.

Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur  

LRT/MRT: Bukit Bintang 

Distance: 400 metres

Operating hours: 6.30am–9.30pm, daily

From the station: Exit the fare gates and take Pintu A. Once you are on the street level, walk ahead 10 metres and turn left into Jalan Alor.
3. Tengkat Tong Shin

French Feast and Tong Shin Hokkien Mee

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

LRT/MRT: Bukit Bintang  

Distance: 500 metres

Operating hours: 10am-7pm 

From the station: Exit the fare gates and take Pintu A. Once you are on the street level, walk ahead 10 metres and turn left into Jalan Alor, continue until you see Tengkat Tong Shin on your left.
4. Sushi Azabu and The Tokyo Restaurant.Bar & Café at Isetan The Japan Store Kuala Lumpur
Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

LRT/MRT: Bukit Bintang 

Distance: 250 metres

Operating hours: 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm.

From the station: Exit the fare gates and take Pintu D. Once you are on the street level, look for Lot 10 and head inside for the 4th floor to Isetan, The Japan Store. 
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