Bukit Bintang


Local inspired food with a twist. Where can you actually find that in modern dining. It was a recent discovery for me that Bijan at Changkat Bukit Bintang is actually a well known Malay restaurant visited by many. With the success of this, they have expended it next door with SPG by Bijan. A twist of Malay Tapas and Light Bites and specialize cocktails with local infusion.

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If you are looking for Malay Cuisine then head to their classic well known Bijan.

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Certainly inlove with their ambiance. It reminds me of like when I am in Bali. Casual sitting area with fan and neon purple as background and classic mosaic bar is indeed a perfect place for gathering.

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Their cocktail series is indeed a bomb. Not your usual classic that you get in cocktail bar but it is indeed with local flavours infusion.  Believe that one of a unique cocktail in Changkat Bukit Bintang?

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Hit The Road Jack @ RM 35 : vodka, frangelico, jackfruit, lemon

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Kampung Girl @ RM 35 : gin, cucumber, ginger, blue pea flower

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One of the local inspired cocktail is :Petai Cocktail. YUP! PETAI! Stinkini @ RM 35 pickled petai, gin, vermouth. I was like whatttt.???!!! Decided to give it a try and it blew me away. I am not a fan of petai but this cocktail is another level. A well balance of mix with hint of fermented petai that brings the aroma right at the end. PERFECT PERFECT! – Recommneded!

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Blur Like Sotomg @ RM 42 : Spicy squid ink sambal tumis, anchovies, petai, mozzarella & coriander. One of my favourite for the night as a well nice mixture of flavor. not the usual Italian classic. A clever combination that brings all the flavour subtle.

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Or Chien San @ RM 22 : It’s SPG’s or chien meets okonomiyaki. Fried oyster omelette, miso chili sauce, aioli, bonito flake & sesame. Topped with fresh oyster and omelet is done right. Bonito flakes adds a layer of smokey flavour into it.

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One of the iconic entry for the menu is : Ah Ran Sini @ RM 25 Nasi Lemak flavours stuffed into rice balls & deep fried for deliciousness, served with anchovy mayo

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Lamb Dumplings @ RM 16 : Lamb & Chinese parsley dumplings served with black vinegar, shrimp chili oil. First time having dumpling made with lamb. Lamb is soft and chili shirmp is a great pairing.

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Duck Curry Bun @ RM 29 : Baked Keralan duck curry in a bun.  Extra bread for dipping +5. Second favourite of the night is this unique dish for me. Duck curry bun that had done to perfection. Fluffy bun dip into the bread is just perfect. With its hint of tumeric and duck meat cook to its softness.

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Spring Chicken Diavola @ RM 32 : Spicy roast spring chicken diavola-style with baby potato confit & sautéed vegetables.  A perfect plate to share as it fits well with beer as it is punch with spices.

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Seabass & Acar Noodles @ RM 43  : Crispy rice crust seabass fillet served with pickled vegetable “noodles”


A clever twist of local infusion with modern dining. Certainly one of my recommended restaurant if you are looking for a unique experience.

A joyful experience comes to this set back of MCO 2.0. This place currently being coverted into private event space till further notice:

Enquiries @ [email protected]
Contact: 03-20313585/

SPG by Bijan
3A, Jalan Ceylon, Bukit Ceylon
50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Operating Hours: 11am – 12pm (non MCO Period)

Tel: +603 2031 3575

Bukit Bintang is the heart of Kuala Lumpur. A shopping paradise for many travelers around the region. Easily pack with at least 6 shopping malls along the stretch. Not only that, hotel chains flocks around the area as the latest hotel that establish just right to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is Pavilion Hotel. The hotel just opened its door to public for less than 6 months.


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One of a convenient hotel that sits right in the same building as the mall. An excess direct into the mall which allow guest to move around easily. Hotel Guest can stroll all the way to KLCC in the close covered walkway. Just 10 minutes walk instead of taking a cab.

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Guest will need to head to their lobby at level 8 and serve with a welcome drink. Checking in is smooth and will need to prepare RM 150 as a refundable security deposit. Checking in was swift and guided to my floor at level 9.

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Love this luxury room walkway and realize that different floors have different carpet design. To make it more interesting, I realize that to identify the room area, just look at the plaster ceiling. The ceiling with lights, that is where the room doors are.

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The room I am staying is Grand Oasis comes with comfortable armchair, a rain shower and an aromatherapy oil burner.

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My room view that overlook the head of Bukit Bintang.

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Room is equip with a coffee machine, complimentary water, coffee and tea. In the fridge is pack with drinks. These are NON-complimentary as the have a price list located just above it.

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My comfy huge KING bed for the night.

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Toilet is quite huge. Fit with a bath tub, rain shower head and separate urinal room.

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Return back to the room in the late evening with a surprise. they do make up and prepare your bed.

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Check out their sky pool at level 18 that overlook some skyline of city center which is not too bad.

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On the same level, it comes with sky gym too. Quite a complete gym.

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Spa would be another great options. They do have is single room and couple room. Couple room do comes with a bath tub that overlook the city.

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those that stay on the Club floors and above, you will enjoy this free access into the lounge that serve complimentary snacks, fruits, coffee.

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Free flow alcohol with wines, beers and own made cocktail are only available from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

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Ebisu is regard as one of the largest Japanese Restaurant in Hotel. Fit with 3 different sections as the bar, teppanyaki  and sushi counter dining area.

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For the night, we enjoy ourselves in this ….. menu

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The star highlight of the dish is this Chawan Mushi  It is a recommended item.. Prepared with crab meat and salmon roe. Pack with flavour. You can taste the sweetness of the crabmeat with salmon roe that burst in your mouth that give you hint of saltiness to balance it up, yet the egg custard is smooth and airy..

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For ice cream, usually I will try others flavours over the classic green tea. Their Sesame and … is a rockstar. Refreshing and love the toasted mild burnt sesame taste.

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Before calling off a night, we head down to their cocktail bar Whisky Cove at level 7M for a drink.

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A cozy bar that is just nice, not too big and best of all they have a few rooms and corners that you can hide off from the crowd that give you good space of privacy. Of course sitting in the bar is the perfect spot to be.

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Not a fan of cocktails but I am impress with this mixologist as his mix of flavours is well balance and you can taste each layer of flavour that being created. The funny part is, beer here is more expensive than the cocktails. Certainly do not mind to come here again for the cocktails.

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Rarely I will miss my hotel breakfast. Heading into The Courtyard to check it out.

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Breakfast buffet spread serve with western and locals.

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Coffee machine is available for your coffee just a touch away.

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The fridge where you grab your fruits, granola, yogurt, cheese and hams.

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My simple breakfast. Do not miss out their local cuisine there as I find it more impressive than the rest.

for hotels booking, you can book direct at their website as currently they have pre-opening rates special. (click here)

Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur Managed by Banyan Tree
170, Bukit Bintang Street,
Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2117 2888

For most people, the young especially, Bukit Bintang is a place that is no stranger to them. This town where sleep does not exist is best known as the fashion and entertainment center of Kuala Lumpur, and if you are familiar to Changkat, you would surely know how lively Bukit Bintang can be. But what do you do when you are tired of all the loud EDM’s, Techno Music and shopping till you literally drop? Here are 4 different things you can do here in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

video credit to: Getty Images: Rob Whitworth


  1. Jalan Alor


If you are on a hunt for the best gastronomic delights, Jalan Alor is where you should totally be. It is not called the cultural heart of the city’s local cuisine for no apparent reason, as you would surely start salivating as soon as you approach this road due to its most captivating smell and the most interesting ambience. Jalan Alor is a strip of atmospheric air-conditioned Chinese seafood restaurants with row of hawker stalls with a variety of food that would surely keep you coming back. Here are my top 7 pick for this street.

2. Starhill Culinary Studio

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As most of you might know (or might not), Malaysia is indeed known for its culinary heritage that leaves you wanting more and this is exactly the time when you wish you could recreate this at home. Fret not because Starhill Culinary allows you to participate in classes headed by Chef Wai, YTL’s Corporate Executive Chef. You will not only teach you the food preparation part but also on how to properly handle kitchen utensils and using the different type of local herbs, ensuring you will not only learn how to cook but to do so like a pro.

3. Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Sri Mahamariamman Temple

As the oldest and apparently the richest temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is Kuala Lumpur’s main Hindu temple. It is an incongruous sight between two Buddhist temples at the edge of Chinatown with large structures that incorporates Spanish and Italian tiles, precious stones and gold. With over 200 Hindu idols adorning the five tiers of the entry gate, this temple is the prominent feature during the annual Thaipusam festival.

4. Malaysia Heritage Walk

The Malaysia Heritage Walk, called Kasturi Walk by locals, is a covered, open-air flea market along Jalan Kasturi, a lane running alongside Central Market. Established in early 2011, in similar vein to Petaling Street, you can find vendors selling local snacks, fruits and fake label goods (think, T-shirts, flip flops, watches) set up side-by-side. Additionally, the goods are reasonably priced plus its convenient location makes a trip here worthwhile. Food stalls sell everything from Malay kuih and Chinese dim sum to Indian rojak and other local snacks.

The best thing about these places are the strategic location it is in. Set in KL’s Golden Triangle, everything is practically 10 steps away. Added to that, getting a hotel is will never be a problem at all when you are done exploring Bukit Bintang. No matter if you are booking the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur or just checking out the reviews for Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, get all your travel booking done through Traveloka Malaysia, my favourite website with more than 70,000 hotels and flights from all over the world.

To some travelers especially those who love to travel to Japan, there is this waffle shop is popular family own business in Shinsaibashisu Osaka known as Maison de gigi with many attracted to their cat logo. This famous little stall had expanded into the heart of Bukit Bintang. This might be another new pit stop for many travelers or snacks must eat in Kuala Lumpur.

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They have just open for business 2 days ago and their menu is quite interesting. The menu here is very different from what they offer in Osaka where they serve Belgian liege waffle, as the version in Malaysia with the waffle serve is known as Croffle. It is A hybrid of Waffle + croissant hence known as #croffle.

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They do have some merchandise available too.

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I am excited over this as they serve Nitro Dandy Tea or Coffee. Those who could not drink Guinness Stout, this is definitely alternative option as it do give you the smooth and creamy top. This process is actually Cold-brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas is released through a pressurized valve, with high pressure forces through one of the process, that is how it creates a creamy, stout-like effect.

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Look how creamy it is.

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Both have very distinctive taste as it do give you love and hate relationship. Long black drinkers will love this Nitro Dandy @ RM 9.90 Coffee as they use Indonesia Mandheling & Tanzania Specialty beans that gives you the chocolaty, medium strong body with a light lemon tang. – mild acidic and bitterness. love the aroma of it and smooth body.

My favourite will be the Nitro Dandy Tea as they use Specialty Organic Tea Leave which is also Caffeine Free that gives you the fruity floral aroma of Hibiscus, Rosehip, Lemongrass and tangerine.

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Croffle is prepare fresh so do have some patient in waiting. While waiting, the buttery arome of it is just tempting. Look at the puffy Croffle. Crispy edged and flakes just falls apart.

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Got Relax Wit (Pandan) @ RM 6.90 & Exciting Volcano (Spicy Sausage & Corn) @ RM 7.90. In love with this new snacks as it gives you nice buttery aroma, cripsy edges that give you nice mouth bite and pair it with either Nitro Dandy Coffee or Tea is just perfect. Exciting volcano do give you a little punch of mild spicy and I love it. Pandan is pretty classic as it is quite similar like eating mooncake.

Did try another one which is Harmony Chipechee (Chicken Papperoni & Cheese) @ RM 7.90 filling is just nice. Wish that they could have more cheese to my liking.

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Some one ordered this drinks and took a picture of it. It is under their Sparkling Refreshers @ RM 7.90 (R) and sure do look refreshing under this hot weather.

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While heading back to pick up my car, then saw there is a line already during after working hours.

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Enjoy this new snacks and certainly will be coming back again.

Tried a few during their promotion and my personal favourite are:


  1. Harmony Chipechee (Chicken Papperoni & Cheese)
  2. Exciting Volcano (Spicy Sausage & Corn)
  3. Amazing Salsa (Guacamole, Salsa & Cheese)


  1. Peaceful  Green (Red Bean & Matcha)
  2. Refresh Apple (Apple Cinnamon)
  3. Delight Mousse (Banana Chocolate)

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7.5/10, love the texture of the waffle-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Lot S6, Ansa Sidewalk Island
Bukit Bintang, KL
(located infront of Ansa Hotel/GreyHound Restaurant/ across Shoopen)

Maison De Gigi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Other Outlets:

Sunway Velocity (lower Ground)
Sunway Pyramid (opening Jan) In front of Zara

Heard so much about this place as Isetan The Japan Store that recently opens its door to public is world second concept store by Isetan Group. As usual, I will head to check out their food section first.

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They have many interesting snacks and to live the expectation as a Japanese items, the price do comes in premiums too.

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World Champion Financiers from Henri Chapentier

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there are a few island of eatery. Ranging from snacks, salads, sushi bar, udon/soba bar and the saddest part is WHYYYYY they do not have RAMEN Bar!

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This YAkitori stalls I am sure gonna come back to try them out. The smell of it when they did the prep work is good! I came back on the evening, this stall is flock with hungry diners.

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For some healthy take away, you can consider this.

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This place is rather interesting.

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Really premium item.

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One of the most well know place for sushi bento box or it is also a well known OMAKASIH style bento box. Gonna try this next.

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Snacks corner and also the auntie of this stall ask me to take picture of the glass above as it is hand painted by an artist.

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If you have not been to Japan, this Sushi/Sashimi bar do have the quality and style of the Famous Tsukiji Fish Market. The colour of those sashimi and price is indeed . . . . But those sashimi is indeed a satisfying piece.

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they have a steak bar too. ASk you pick the red meat in this freezer and you pay additioanl RM 20-RM 40 to allow them to cook for you on the spot and you can also pair with sake. The red meat quality here is superb. You can get great red meat with marble score of 9.

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Finally do not know what to eat and we Chose this stall for first stop. Sushi Dining Shoya offers pretty good don from the picture illustration and we have decided to order with their basic Special Bara Chirashi Don – filled with fresh sashimi cubes, serve with miso soup. Love this pot so much as for RM 25 it is indeed very affordable and with the amount of ingredeint they give it is speechless.

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Every bite is filled with satisfaction.

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Then I went to the sushi counter to make a take away to sit at this Bar. RM 20 for 4 pieces roll is indeed a great satifying quality. Generous in ingredient as you can see the ring of sushi rice is so little and filled with salmon, tuna, egg, squid and others.

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Trying out Takoyaki which is also the most expensive Takoyaki that I have tried so far. RM 18 for 6 balls is indeed a premium price. Texture is pretty unique to me as it is slightly chewy in texture and fragrant is different. They have different cooking method for this too. According to the cashier auntie, our version is cook wrongly by the trainer.

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If you explore further behind, you will be greeted with the Japanese Alcohol Zone. Ranging from their boutique beer, sakae, and premium whisky.

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They have draft toooooo!

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As walk around and their top floor capture the most attention as this floor indeed to reflects Tokyo alot. Love the ambiance in here where the whole built up is like a mini street of Japan.

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Some classes is conducted in here too.

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To all of you folks out there that have not been to Japan, this outlet will give you the best experience of a Japan shopping culture.

Isetan The Japan Store
Lot 10, 50 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL

Tel: 03 2382 7777

Website: www.thejapanstore.mistore.jp

Hours: Daily, 11am-9pm.

When this outlet Greyhound Cafe open for business at Bukit Bintang, KL, it had made waves of hype over it where I certainly do not understand what is the buzz and it was not till recently I was invited to attend my friends event Zomato Foodie Meet up at the restaurant only got to know that it is actually a famous restaurant chain in Bangkok as I have also heard mix reaction on food quality on this including services.

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It was on Thursday and the place is fully book, not because the event was there but there are actually quite a good crowd for this brand. For those who love to take pictures, this will turn into another paradise for you if it his day time. With its cool scrable marble like decor on the bar, a little greens around the area and with a huge kitchen rack wall at the dining area make it another good spot.

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Draft beers ready to cater for your thirstiness.

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Its a fusion menu, from street Thai food, to Italian and other Asian cuisines.

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Drinks, I like their Thai Ice Tea with Milk @ RM 12, Thai Fresh Coconut Juice @ RM 12 & Oriental Kiss @ RM 16

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Kick start with a clever dish that play with your palate, is this Salmon Sashimi in Spicy Hot Sauce @ RM 26, will cleverly entice your palate with sourish grind herbs, a hint of garlic cloves along with minty end.

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Greyhound Famous Fried Chicken Wings @ RM 18

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This is one of a unique dish to play with. Yes I mean play where the cabbage is serve at the side with 2 ingredients for you to add on along with their so called Complicated Noodle @ RM 26.

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This is how you put your ingredients, then wrap it to a squarish version and stuff the whole cabbage that you have wrap into your mouth.

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Galanga & coconut Soup (Tom Kha Koong) @ RM 27. 

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Tom Yum Kong @ RM 27. 

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Street Style Beef Skewers and Sticky Rice @ RM 46 – grilled beef marinated with garlic and pepper served with sticky rice and :Jaew: sauce.

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Pad Thai @ RM 16

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Mince Chicken with Sweet Basil and Hot Chilies  @ RM 27. If you have been to Bangkok then you would know that this is the most popular street style dish. Serve with Fried Egg, rice and clear soup.

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This smells and taste quite similiar to Thai street food that I have tried. Noodle with Thai Duck Stew @ RM 31. Soup base taste with hint of herbs taste, yet with their fragrant soy and their duck meat is braised to perfection that it is so soft, tender and juicy.

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Penne with Seared Scallops, Asparagus in Light Peso Cream Sauce @ RM 46

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This is their all time signature cake where also crowd’s favorite. Fresh Coconut Crepe Cake @ RM 22 – light and thin crepes, layered fresh cream and fresh coconut meat from Thailand. So soft that like eating chilled tau hua, and it do not taste heavy too like tiramisu. Love the texture of it too. – Recommended!

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For something refreshing to end your meal, you can opt for their Coconut Ice cream where they are slightly icy base, fresh coconut taste and a great ending dessert.

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Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Cake @ RM 22

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Coconut Sago with water chestnut served with coconut shaker @ RM 16

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Their Mango Sticky Rice is presented in cup version where not the usual on a plate with mango slices top on top. Sticky rice is warm and mango is sweet! @ RM 18 

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Outside is another place can do some nice photoshoot here from where the other entrance you are walking towards the hotel lobby.

As for food, they are not yet established yet as on the event day and I went back again two days ago there where a huge different in taste and presentation too. For service, they still have a lot to improve where alot error.

However worth to give it a try if you are willing to dig into your pocket for this and maybe would advise come back in 2 months time when they are more stable in their kitchen where they are still rather new.

My recommendations if you are first time there:

Mains: Thai Duck Stew, Basil Rice & Complicated Noodle

Desserts: Thai Ice Tea & their Ice Lemon Tea Greyhound Style. Fresh Coconut Crepe Cake or Coconut Sago with water chestnut served with coconut shaker

Greyhound Cafe
Lot 0.2, 101, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
(in between Farenheitt 88 and Lot 10)

Operating Hours:
Daily – 11am-11pm

Greyhound Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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