& 1950's Vibe to a Degustation Experience. These two will blow you away!
There are so many Bars in KL, restaurants to visit in Kuala Lumpur, it can get confusing! The question we ask frequently is where to go out at night in KL? Of course there are a great mixture of tourist places all around (you really need to look for all of those).
Many of my dear friends have been leaving KL, that is part of the expat life -- the part we do not like… One of my friends from Colombia is moving to HK, so we decided to go to Suzie Wong and Mr. Chew's Chino Latino Bar before they go in order to try these places in town.
I was the one who recommended going to Suzie Wong KL, as I have been there twice before and I LOVE IT!. When you get to the place, do not get fooled by the entrance way, because it is a little bit ugly and dark, and you might think you are in the wrong place—well, you are not! Suzie Wong is located in the back side of a building, kind of hiding, that if you pass by you won’t see, unless someone tells you “the entrance is ugly!”… but mostly, it is intriguing...
As soon as you walk in to this secretive place, there is a traditional noodle market… yes! you read that correctly, and they smell so good!! Noodles and delicious dumplings for your delight. But don’t get hold by the noodles, continue the way in, and you will get into the “Robert Room” and you will see this incredible decoration, vibe, and glamour from a 1950-Bangkok. It’s an amazing place, with its red velvet swings, chesterfield couches, ladies with this cute dresses and same-alike hair style, wearing the same makeup and welcoming you to this place, full of details! – That is just the FIRST SECTION! You can have cocktails in this section, which I totally recommend that you order (at least one), cause the drinks are out of this world—I tried “Smoked Pineapple”, and it was an explosion of summer flavor. They also have small plates, but not too much variety, because the concept is not to eat there, but as to enjoy the atmosphere!
The second section continues to have this 50’s Bangkok vibe. You will go through a hidden doorway, red velvet curtains to go to the “Suzie Room”, with smalls tables for groups to enjoy in the intimacy of a private zone but still enjoying the energy of the place as a whole. There are “society” ladies elegantly holding pipes, Chinese birdcages all around, exotic pieces and ornaments, that continues to give this mid-century vibe. They have a stage, where the live band plays every night. But, not only you will see the live band, but you will also see the cabaret shows and dancers perform every night too!! As the night progress, the energy builds up, and you will definitely have an incredible night, cause there is nothing that you will not like about Suzie Wong!! I have gone three times, and would love to go again anytime, for sure it will be a blast!
Address: Wisma Lim Foo Yoong, 86, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6017 22 66 480
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 4.00pm - 3.00am, Saturday: 6.00pm - 3.00am, Sunday: CLOSED (To visit a booking scheduled in advance is required by appointment only)
Second place I want to talk about is Mr. Chew’s Chino Latino Bar, this was recommended by another Colombian friend, and what a place she had chosen! Mr. Chew’s is from the same owners of , which has been mentioned to me before but haven’t gone (just yet!). As soon as the elevator doors open and you get into Mr. Chew’s you are already “wow!” by its decoration: this deep blue walls, the pinks, the brick walls, multicolor woods, and the private group corners for cocktails and to have a good time with friends.
When we got there, our table was not totally ready yet, so it gave us the chance to seat on the second floor of this magnificent “loft”! Mr. Chew’s also have great cocktails, and the one that I can remember right now is the “Take Away” which one of my friend’s ordered—the cocktail is served in a paper carton like a “to go” Chinese rice box (super cute!). When our table was ready, we were seated in this huge table for a big group (we were 8!), where we could totally enjoy ALL the plates we ordered, and also enjoy a great conversation. We ordered so many things, and the ones I remember: fried rice, pan seared barramundi, crab pancake, and so much more…and dessert…how could I forget these desserts? This was a degustation experience!!!
Address: The Penthouse, Wolo Hotel, Corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-4065 0168
Opening Hours: Open daily from 5pm to 1am, Dinner service from 6pm to 10.30pm
Hope that you could make it to one of these places… they are my favs!!
Fabi has her own blog called fabiscrapbook about her stories and adventures living in Malaysia and also her travels around Asia. She describes herself as the youngest of three sisters, the godmother of three children, she loves to travel, meet new people and also has a love for Cheese, Bread and wine(don't we all!)
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