D'Loovi's in Georgetown, Penang
This is a place that epitomizes authenticity - be it the food with its palatable home-made fusion recipes, or the live music at its finest, or simply the amazing company and homely vibes exuding from the people here, it makes for...an amazing experience.
To me, what makes this place stand out is the close-knit community that has been formed here. While I was taking photographs of D'Loovi's, a young gentleman walked in, and multiple times was he greeted cheerfully with the same question - 'How was Langkawi?!'. Everyone in D'Loovi's knew him; everyone pretty much knew each other. They laughed like old buddies, shared their stories; it was a very pleasant vibe. In time, others coming in D'Loovi's joined the throng. Musicians, office workers, and people of various occupations made this a welcoming community. The owner of this place, by the name of Kelvin D'Loovi, makes for a most friendly and genuine person.
I enjoy music thoroughly, and I love how the violin is prominently displayed here (I am a violinist myself). The music sensation is strong, where musicians often gather here for live performances. Reading the reviews online, live music is often mentioned to be amazing here. I sadly have yet to experience the music scene here, as the Movement Control Order due to COVID-19 has had the wings of fellow musicians clipped. That will have to be an experience for another time.
For dinner, I was recommended the home-cooked mutton rendang - and boy, it was impeccably prepared. Simply superb. Kelvin himself ensures that the dishes served are up to standard. When I requested for no Cole-slaw, he whipped up stir-fried vegetables with bitter gourd, and that, surprisingly, perfectly complemented the mutton rendang. As I previously mentioned, this place serves home-made fusion recipes at its finest.
I don't at all drink alcohol, but the non-alcoholic beverages were splendid. Fresh juices and mocktails are readily available. They're constantly coming with new ideas for their menu, and I was recommended the vanilla milkshake. A little bit on the sweet side, but still, kudos to the innovation the team here has.
D'Loovi's is beautifully designed. It boasts a majestic exterior of what looks to be grand pillars, with an entrance seemingly hidden to the eye. Enter the door and you behold an epiphany of colours, music instruments, and trinkets placed in an orderliness that complements the vibes of this place.
I have a strong aversion towards cigarette smoke (being a doctor, oh well), and I love how the interior of D'Loovi's is a non-smoking area. Should one wish to smoke (which of course, I would discourage), there is an allocated balcony outside which comprises of an artfully designed garden.
If you are into great live music, or into finding communities as such, this is the place to be at. Authentic music, authentic food, authentic people - that's D'Loovi's.More