About Graham S
Lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Since Dec 2011
50-64 year old male
Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets
Observation Decks & Towers
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Malaysia may be a muslim majority country but KL is a Chinese city and the Chinese love their pork! Morganfields is a local chain restaurant that has multiple outlets in KL and Penang. Their best-known outlet is in the giant Pavilion Shopping Mall on Bukit Bintang and the menu is a pork-lovers heaven. The portions are gigantic and considering the location the prices are very reasonable. Food is great, especially the ribs!
Finest Italian restaurant in KL. Super-efficient service and authentic recipes. Friendly owner Roberto has run other popular Italian places in the city in the past and knows all about good food and attentive but not overbearing service. Prices very reasonable as he values repeat business.
Long-running fine dining restaurant at the end of the famous nightlife street of Cangkat Bukit Bintang. It serves high-price mediteranean fusion cuisine. Gets mixed reviews these days but the ambiance is very nice for a romantic dinner for two. Beware of the shallow pool in the middle of the restaurant - at least one patron a week ends up falling into it! Primary attraction is the upstairs bar which is popular on Friday nights with the local hairdresser and shampoo-boy crowd.
Beautifully restored old colonial hotel close to the old KL railway station but now rather in the middle of nowhere. However you could visit the National Mosque, KL Bird park, and the Station before retiring to the Colonial Cafe in the hotel for lunch, high tea or dinner. Interesting dinner menu and a jazz quartet play in the evenings. Service and food quality of a high standard with prices to match.
Another mediterranean restaurant this time in the Pavilion shopping complex.. Excellent food quality and cooking especially the fish dishes. Service attentive, prices very reasonable. Sometimes the background music can be too loud for some but they will turn it down if you ask nicely.
This place has become quite an institution since it opened about two years ago. Italian food, quality OK but prices match the altitude. Its on top of the third KLCC (Petronas) tower so you get a close-up (some say too close up) view of the Twin Towers. Lighting is kept low and tables are a bit close together. Service theatrical but also can be snobbish I am told although, as a Westerner, they haven't tried that on me yet. Reservations a must and will be cancelled if you are late.
No point to say anything about this attraction. Its the number one sightseeing attraction in KL and the locals are very proud of it. Stunning Islamic architecture (designed by an Argentinian!)
This relates to the shopping centre and park at the base of the twin towers. The mall has all the same shops as Pavilion on Bukit Bintang so its nothing particularly special, although there is a Petroscience (Petrosains) Discovery Centre on the top floor for the kids. The park and fountains are beautifully well-kept and there is a jogging track if you are staying in any of the nearby hotels (Mandarin Oriental, Hyatt, Traders, Impiana) . Unfortunately there are construction works on a new Four Seasons Hotel taking place adjacent to the park so it is not as peaceful as it would ordinarily be. Park area is patrolled day and night and is quite safe. There is a childrens play area and a paddling pool too.
The centre of KL Chinatown host a world-famous street called Petaling Street. Here you can buy Rolex watches at astonishingly low prices all guaranteed for as long as they keep working. Fakes? Never! But great as fun gifts for Uncle Albert back home. Wander around and soak up the mainly tourist ambiance and then head for Central Market a few hundred yards further down Jalan Cheng Lock where you can buy handicrafts, paintings and artefacts. Best in the late afternoon - early evening
You can go up the tower to a revolving restaurant on the top. Its actually higher than the twin towers but thats because its on a hill. Restaurant is pretty average.
The old centre of KL. Various ceremonials are held here alongside the "Padang" most notably on August 31st when Malaysians celebrate the end of British colonial rule and the foundation of their nation. Merdeka means "Freedom" in Bahasa Malaysia. But older Malaysians still remember their schooldays under British rule with a degree of nostalgia. Many went to British curriculum schools followed by UK or Australian universities and emerged as the leaders of their country today. On the far side of the Padang (town field) is the venerable Selangor Club, home to retired lawyers and judges who like their Scotch Whisky. Cricket matches were regularly held on the padang until a few years ago when the Selangor club opened new facilities just outside KL at Bukit Kiara. There are a couple of museums to visit along Merdeka Square. The textile museum is the better of the two