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A modern take on the heritage of Petaling Street, Merchants Lane is a cafe and restaurant that sees the transversing of local charm. Closed on Wednesdays. *Daily last call at 9pm*
US$4 - US$6
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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
European, Fusion, Cafe, Asian, Malaysian
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With so many positive reviews I am excused wanting to give it a go. At the top of a shop up narrow stairs the typical chinese house reveals itself with 2 different rooms. The first is the main eating area, the second is more chilling...with a hanging - chairs corner. The decor is to todays taste.That is the 1 star of this review. The menu looks promising but it is clearly made for the local taste. Sweet ( very) beef, nasi lemak pancake, and typically chicken in all forms. My order of tortillas was disgusting. It resembled a tortilla but did not taste anything remotely like mexican food! I did not eat much of eat as it felt like cat food. ( not sure cats would eat it). The beef was far too sweet and tough. It was served with not cooked pad choi. The bill came at Rm75. An expensive lunch that must have gone to the bins to feed ....very hungry cats? Not again.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 10 February 2021 via mobile

Stumbled upon this cafe whilst in Chinatown and thought my friends and I could give it a try. Coffee was decent whereas environment was really nice. However little could be said about the food, tried their B.T.S dessert and taukay burger but the fusion just...doesn't work. Price wise was as expected as it is located in probably the biggest cafe district however it just doesn't deliver on its end for food.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 9 February 2021 via mobile

Came here with my son for my birthday treat and really loved the environment but food was really underwhelming, it might not be suited to my taste but overall for the price as well it just misses the mark for me. Haven't been there since...November but I don't mind going back there for a casual cup of coffee with friends if that chance comes.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 7 January 2021

This was my second time trying to come to this restaurant. During my first attempt, the wait was long because it's CMCO/RMCO so limited seats, etc. I ordered the Kai Fan 4.0 which was supposed to be a recommended item on the menu... It was...alright. Not great, not super delicious. Felt like mine was already pre-made, and they just heated it up before serving. My friend had the butter chicken pasta, which many people seemed to be ordering that day. It was alright, too. Too sweet for our liking. Also, for the price i think you'd be better off eating elsewhere. Wouldn't return to this place unless i've got friends who want to try.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 28 December 2020

Was there with my wife and a friend. Ordered a chicken sandwich, butter chicken pasta and a salmon dish. Everything was sweet devoid of any spice. The sandwich was doused in a sambal mayonnaise dressing which completely overwhelms the sandwich, and made eating it a...really messy affair. The pasta's sauce was overly sweet. The salmon was the best out of the three, although it is still on the sweet side. Don't be fooled with the hype. Overpriced & overrated garbage. 3/10 will not go again.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 14 December 2020 via mobile

nice food.. 4 of us finish the food.. Its normal to q, as here is more for ig ootd place.. Will come again next time..

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 30 November 2020

I really didn’t like the food, we ordered Kg. Sg. Tua. It came like dog food. Who the hell pour gravy on a seared Salmon? Which ruin the star of the food. Sweet potato mash is bland. Vege is not cooked and seasoned properly. It’s...like boiled for 10 seconds and mix dry herbs. At least cook it with butter and fresh herbs. The food presentation was poor. The environment is dusty and dirty. Please clean your lamps and at least deep clean the whole restaurant once a week. The music needs to match the environment. Please train your staff with good etiquette and service. I would not recommend this place or come here again.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 10 October 2020

Heard and read about Merchant Lane as one of the cafes to visit. Had quite a high expectation seeing all the beautiful pictures. Super long queue before and after lunch. We wanted to come here for brunch but seeing the queue we went somewhere else...instead. After lunch we walked around and ended up at Merchant Lane, so we decided to try our luck and queue. I would say we waited about 20-30minutes before we got a seat at the back/garden section. The moment i walked to the back section, my wow was extinguished. The outlook was really not as impressive as I hope it to be. Probably over hyped on social media. One thing i noticed there were a few tables that were empty, it's not close to each other but yet they left it empty and make us queue and wait at the stairs for a table. This is based on my own observation when I was there. I could probably think of one reason for doing so, to create a queue to look in demand. Anyways i could be wrong. Food/Drink is on the expensive side. My tea cost me RM17 - just for a roasted oolong. That's too expensive. I don't like the Caramel cake, a malay word to describe the feeling is Muak, means something like feeling pukey after having a few spoon (like it's too much for the mouth. My friend had the Kai Fan 4.0, he said it's good. The toilet is quite icky. I am happy to finally try this place and write it off my food list but i won't be back.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 9 September 2020 via mobile

It was unexpectedly gorgeous Not expecting the area is along the shop lots. You just have to walk slowly so that you won’t miss the door. The food was good and reasonably price. Just expect a slow service when they have a high number of...customers.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 21 August 2020

Visited the place as a second option when our first one was already closed! Nice place (entrance is not easy to be located). Food was tasty, however, I have asked for non spicy (0 tolerance and mentioned it 3 times to the waiter) and my...burger came out spicy even though I was reassured that the food is 0 spicy as per my request. Drinks are a bit sugary but not bad. You need to order and pay at the counter. If you go there, do not leave the place without dessert. I think this is their No1 selling point...they all taste great!! Toilets were wet but clean and must admit that I was really pleasantly surprised to see in KL a place with toilet paper (like more than half a roll) on offer and display. Friendly staff but not everyone was wearing their masks properly.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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