Starhill Gallery

Starhill Gallery is one of the (if not “the”) grandest shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. It aims to provide “a gallery of rich experiences” to its visitors. With 7 floors of retail space all offering a different niche, Starhill Gallery makes the ultimate statement in fashion, food, beauty and art.

Starhill Gallery

Starhill Gallery

The interior of Starhill Gallery is a sight to see. It offers a rare shopping experience that is private, glamourous and exclusive. All 7 floors are specifically designed to play its role. The classy interior, the grandeur of the design and its overall elegance makes it the perfect destination for those looking to splurge. Word of caution, Starhill Gallery is not for those looking for a bargain.

Its unique concept revolves around its 7 unique floors; Feast, Indulge, Adorn, Explore, Pamper, Relish and Muse. Feast and Relish provides an exclusive dining experience. Fine dining outlets such as Vansh, Shooks!, Gonbei, Jogoya and many more occupy the 2 floors. Indulge, Adorn and Explore offers shopping of the expensive kind. Names such as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Porsche Design, Davidoff, Dior, Tiffany, Vertu, Bang and Olufsen and many more can be found here.

The Pamper Zone is known as the world’s largest urban retreat dedicated to health, beauty and relaxation. Some of the world’s best therapists are housed right here in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Muse is dedicated to art and it houses some of the best local art galleries ranging from canvas to photography and sculptures as well.

Starhill Gallery

Starhill Gallery

Some people have compared Starhill Gallery to Suria KLCC because of certain similarities. Both offer an obscene amount of high end shopping, art and food. But the big difference is that Suria KLCC offers an all round shopping experience with a fair bit of bargains and food courts. In any case, Starhill Gallery, with its beauty, grace and grandeur, might be a better choice for those looking for a more private shopping experience.

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December 25, 2009 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

Th Rib Shop

The Rib Shop has a name that is pretty self-explanatory. It is a haven for meat lovers as here is one rare find where pork is generously served. The restaurant’s motto itself is enough to instil curiosity as The Rib Shop intends to flavour your lips with their ribs. Pork ribs aside, the menu has a variety of other options for those who are less of a carnivore.

The Rib Shop

The Rib Shop

o     The Vibe

A simple interior with hues of tangerine and white creates a modern chic look. Within the Rib Shop is the Wine Shop which stacks bottles of wine from wall to wall and ceiling to floor thus creating a cosy ambience for the enjoyment of great wine with gourmet food in the same vicinity.

o     The Food

The creamy wild mushroom soup prepared using natural ingredients is wholesome and ideal for gourmet lovers. However those with a lighter palate may opt for the double Boiled Pork Rib consommé which is not so thick in its base. Served with salted vegetables and smoked bacon, this combination whets your appetite for the next upcoming dish. The highlight of the meal will be the Barbecue Pork Ribs (RM28.00). It is marinated with the chef’s secret recipe sauce which is a blend of east and west and serves to treat the palates for a delightful exotic feel with some spicy tinge after feel. The smooth and creamy mashed potatoes which accompanies the ribs balances the dish with a more neutral blend. The meal will not be complete without the Chocolate Brownie served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. It is sweet but not too overpowering and its lighter texture allows one to enjoy it without feeling too overwhelmed.

The Rib Shop

The Rib Shop

o     The Service

There are not many staff stifling around as the establishment is not very large. Service is good as they are friendly, attentive and always smiling. The food requires some wait but you can be assured that the chef is ensuring the quality preparation of your food for an exquisite dining experience.

SD Food Advisor’s take on The Rib Shop

A rare gem indeed to specialise in pork dishes. Better yet, prices are reasonable and the food is good. Pleasant ambience with gourmet fusion food served to please your senses. Take no offence and indulge yourself!

December 25, 2009 at 4:10 am Leave a comment

Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square is currently the Malaysia’s largest shopping mall. With 7.5 million square feet of built up floor area, Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur contains a huge shopping mall as well as two five star hotels.

Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square

This giant of a structure is located smack in the centre of Kuala Lumpur city. Located along Jalan Imbi, Berjaya Times Square is accessible by monorail. It is also walking distance from other attractions  and shopping malls such as Bintang Walk, Sungei Wang Plaza, Starhill Gallery and Lot 10. Its strategic location makes it convenient for tourists and locals alike.

Its massive grounds boasts 13 floors of retail space offering and abundance of shopping, food and entertainment. The spacious floors consists of 700 specialty retail stores, 65 food outlets of different varieties and many unique entertainment outlets.

Shopping at Berjaya Times Square is no different than shopping at any of the other popular shopping malls in KL. You’ll see similar brands and similar collections at similar prices. Book fans will be happy to know that the current largest Borders store in the world is located in Berjaya Times Square. Other tenants include Metrojaya, Cold Storage, MNG, Esprit, Bossini, Dockers, Levi’s and up-market labels such as Tag Heuer and Dior.

Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square

There’s no shortage of food outlets at Berjaya Times Square either. The 3rd and 4th floors are dedicated to food, food and more food. This unique feature offers an “al-fresco” concept indoors. Some might think that it would defeat the purpose but the cooler air-conditioned interior is a welcome environment compared to the heat, rain, noise and smog outside. There’s an outlet for every occasion. Have a cup of coffee at Starbucks Coffee or if you’re looking for a quick fix there’s the option of fast food. If you are looking to splurge, you can do so at one of the up-market restaurants that offer exotic and tantalizing cuisines.

One of the main attractions of Berjaya Times Square is the entertainment that it offers. Asia’s largest indoor theme park and IMAX 2D and 3D can be found here. Cosmo’s World Theme Park is open to both adults and children. You can opt for the thrill rides that offer a dose of adrenaline or the slower and more mellow family and children’s rides. The IMAX 2D and 3D Theatre is Malaysia’s first and movie lovers are given the opportunity to experience movies in a larger-than-life sort of way.

With all these facilities, services and attractions, it’s a wonder why Berjaya Times Square isn’t making its mark as a shopping and entertainment destination. It has become the white elephant of the city. The theme park has been labelled “cheesy” and the shopping as well as food outlets are nothing out of the ordinary. Such a pity though for Berjaya Times Square had so much potential.

December 24, 2009 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Telawi Street Bistro

A dining outlet in Bangsar known for good food coupled with good times, Telawi Street Bistro also boasts an excellent selection of cocktails and other beverages. It has become a landmark icon on the street of Telawi while many of its competitors have come and gone.

Telawi Street Bistro

Telawi Street Bistro

o   The Vibe

Telawi Street Bistro screams chic and fun. It resembles a modern and hip café adapted from the streets of New York. The warm glow of the dim lights, the comfortable seats and soothing music further enhances the warmth of the place. It is casual yet romantic, elegant yet simple which makes it suitable for hanging out with friends, a romantic dinner or a business luncheon.

o   The Food

The menu is extensive and hosts an eclectic mix of east and west. If you have a small appetite, there are many snacks, starters and salads for you to just pick on. The Lebanese Lamb is an interesting way to start off your meal. It resembles a giant curry puff and can often be ordered as a main course because of its substantial size. Alternatively, you can share it with your fellow diners. The lamb is marinated and wrapped with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and green chilli and oozes with an oriental flavour to without compromising its Lebanese origins. The Mixed Seafood Risotto is highly recommended. This rice cake served with scallops, prawns, squid, fish and octopus comes in a generous portion. Each piece of fresh seafood is carefully cooked to perfection sealing in its flavour and juices. Don’t forget to try the Chocolate Volcano which is absolutely divine. Topped with vanilla ice cream and oozing chocolate fudge, it is not too sweet and rich which makes one serving a perfect end to the meal.

o   The Service

The service staff at Telawi Street Bistro is friendly and very attentive. They do not hesitate to make sure your dining experience is a satisfying one. The only setback is that the food comes slower than expected. Giving the benefit of doubt that the chef is whipping up a flawless and perfect dish, they do make up for it by your gourmet food experience thereafter and serving French loaf with olive oil and vinegar to sooth your tummy before the meal.

Telawi Street Bistro

Telawi Street Bistro

SD Food Advisor’s take on Telawi Street Bistro

Telawi Street Bistro is definitely one of the best restaurants around Bangsar and possibly Kuala Lumpur. Its comprehensive menu practically suits any food lover and the prices are reasonable, ranging from RM20 to RM60 for a main course. The environment is comfortable, fun and laidback. Make it a point to visit Telawi Street Bistro on your next trip to Bangsar!

December 24, 2009 at 4:30 am Leave a comment

Lot 10 Shopping Centre

Lot 10 Shopping Centre is one of the oldest shopping malls in town. It has become a landmark that every city dweller is familiar with. Its location is key to its success. The big green building sits nicely at the Sultan Ismail and Bukit Bintang crossroad. Lot 10’s location is in the centre of the hottest new shopping and entertainment district with many other shopping malls, food and beverage outlets as well as entertainment outlets surrounding it.

Lot 10 Shopping Centre

Lot 10 Shopping Centre

Lot 10 is slightly more upmarket compared to its counterpart across the street, Sungei Wang Plaza. If that’s not upmarket enough for you, then Starhill Gallery is just next door. Its interior is lavishly styled for a shopping centre that was built in the 1980’s. It possesses a style that will never go out of date. Each floor is spacious and well maintained.

Lot 10 maintains a nice balance, with a handful of international brands amidst a handful of upmarket local boutiques. One of the anchor tenants of Lot 10 is the Japanese departmental store, Isetan. Other outlets include Guess, Body Shop, Calvin Klein, British India and many more. There is an even blend of glamour and groove at Lot 10 to cater to the young and trendy, the working professionals as well as the socialites.

There is also an ample supply of food outlets at Lot 10. Trendy cafés such as Dome Café, Café Societe and the ever popular Delifrance can be found. It is the perfect place to take a break in between floors. A food court is available at the lower ground floor if you’re looking for a decent meal at an affordable price.

Lot 10 Shopping Centre

Lot 10 Shopping Centre

Lot 10 is a favourite amongst the city folk as it offers a well balanced shopping and dining experience. The fact that is right smack in the middle of Bintang Walk makes it a suitable place to shop while seeing the sights. With the ultra hip Sungei Wang Plaza across the street and the big daddy of designers (Starhill Gallery) next door, Lot 10 is in the perfect position to attract tourists and up-market shoppers. Not too pricey, not too shabby.

December 23, 2009 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

La Bodega

La Bodega has made a name for itself over the years and it is now a landmark in the Bangsar area. With two outlets servicing the residents and visitors of Bangsar, its popularity as an authentic Spanish restaurant has grown amongst the youngsters, the working professionals, the expatriates and locals.

La Bodega

La Bodega

o     The Vibe

La Bodega takes on a deep masked red interior; its muted lights create a warm and cosy feel akin to an authentic Spanish restaurant. The accompanying background Spanish music for a moment, makes Spain surreal.

o     The Food

Tapas is a typical snack or appetizer in Spanish culture and here at La Bodega, it is almost like a degustation set with a variety of tapas served concurrently. The portions come in two different sizes, small and large, depending on the appetite of your dining partner(s).  The Queso de Mahon Frito, which is deep fried cheese served with sun dried tomato paste, is surprising light on the palate when taken in moderation. Crunchy on the outside, it oozes out with warm cheese. The Salchichas al Diablo is spicy chicken sausage sautéed with onion, chilli and tomato. It balances well with a sweetish tinge to it and it is neither too bland nor too spicy. The highlight of the meal would be the Gambas al Ajillo which is tiger prawns sautéed in olive oil and garlic. It comes to your table bubbling and piping hot. Tapas is often served with wine and La Bodega has kept that tradition by introducing White and Red Sangria. White you might ask? Indeed, La Bodega has concocted White Sangria to tease the curious wine lovers but if you’re not an adventurer, you have the option Red Sangria and many different types of beer to accompany your meal.

La Bodega

La Bodega

o     The Service

Unfortunately, there are no Spaniards waiting on the tables and working the counter. Nonetheless, La Bodega provides excellent service with their friendly and attentive staff. On top of that, the food is served in a timely fashion by smiling waiters.

SD Food Advisor’s take on La Bodega

La Bodega is possibly the first restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that boasts an authentic Spanish menu. It is a refreshing change from the usual local, western, Italian or Japanese cuisine that is abundant in the city. The food is delectable, prices are fairly reasonable and the ambience readily sets you all perked up for a great tapas tasting session! La Bodega is indeed one restaurant which speaks for itself so head down for a jolly good time!

December 23, 2009 at 4:33 am Leave a comment

Bangsar Shopping Centre

Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) is understandably located in Bangsar, an affluent neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur and BSC is the neighbourhood shopping centre that sits along Jalan Maarof. It has been a key structure in Bangsar since the early 90’s and this modest looking shopping centre sits comfortably in the midst of large bungalows and towering condominiums.

Bangsar Shopping Centre

Bangsar Shopping Centre

BSC is no a large city mall like Suria KLCC, 1 Utama or Mid Valley Megamall. It is more of a community mall serving the residents which consists of many expatriates and the wealthy locals who stay around the area. The concept of BSC is kept simple and modest.

The tenants of BSC basically covers the whole lifestyle spectrum. There’s lots of food outlets, a supermarket, boutiques, pharmacies any many more at BSC. It is a cool and relaxing place to hang out and “jalan-jalan” (walk around) as the locals would say. The concept is different from that of the Telawi side of Bangsar which is surrounded by bars and pubs. At BSC, things are a bit more laid back and mellow.

No international designer brands can be found at BSC but there are many local boutiques spread across the 250,000 square feet mall. Just because there’s a lack of a departmental store such as Isetan or Tang’s doesn’t mean there’s no shopping involved. These local boutiques offer a more interesting and affordable shopping experience.

Bangsar Shopping Centre

Bangsar Shopping Centre

Besides the shopping, BSC has increased its focus to Food & Beverage. Many food outlets are present, ranging from a standard food court to high end restaurants. There’s something for every type of palate at BSC. Amongst some of the notable outlets would include Chinoz, La Bodega, Uncle Chili’s, Coffee Bean, Austin Chase and McDonalds.

There are many weekend activities available at Bangsar Shopping Centre. On Saturdays, BSC is the venue for the Saturday International Bazaar where a huge variety of items can be found. Handicrafts, jewellery, food, plants, clothes and many more go for a bargain at the bazaar. On Sundays, there’s the Sunday Jazz Fiesta to keep you occupied. Enjoy a cup of coffee while professional musicians serenade you with Jazz and Blues.

BSC is a refined shopping mall. It is clean, organized and has an air to it. Nevertheless, it isn’t a snob either. There are the exclusive items for the wealthy and the affordable stuff for everyone else. BSC maintains a nice balance which makes it suitable for everyone. It has a lot more to offer than just an ordinary neighbourhood shopping centre.

December 22, 2009 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

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