Malayas Bistro G-9 Ground Floor,
CapSquare Centre, No.7,
Persiaran CapSquare, Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Monday to Saturday, 8.00am-1.00am.
Closed on Sundays and public holiday.
HERE’s a place to chill with friends and relax with a drink or two, before heading home.
Nestled between office blocks in the city, is Malayas Bistro — a common place for nearby office-goers to enjoy a mug of beer and bites with a Malaysian touch.
The two-year-old establishment’s uniqueness of serving Malaysian food in tapas portions to complement the alcoholic beverages, is a hit among its patrons, given the variety of over 50 dishes to choose from.
Its manager Thiagarajan Sungaran said many of his customers were regulars, who came over to unwind after a hard day’s work.
“Coupled with soft lighting and live music every evening, many find this place comforting and cosy,” he said.
The ambience was definitely welcoming. The dim lights, patterned tiles and old photos of Malaya, complete with kerosene lamp as the centre pieces was tastefully chosen to give it a homely feel.
However, the music was a tad too loud for a comfortable conversation indoors, which was why the outdoor seating area was packed. There were five best sellers for us to taste.
First up was the Golden Fried Ikan Pari and it was definitely a great start.
The thinly sliced fish was fried just right for a crispy bite and its succulent flesh. The same could be said for the second dish, Lotus Root with Salted Egg.
Next was the Vegetable Pakora, with different types of vegetables, dipped in batter and deep fried.
Those who like all things fried, would like this version of greens served with chilli sauce. Another dish that tasted good with chilli sauce was the Grilled Chicken Wing.
Lastly, the spicy mutton dish aptly named Mouth Watering Masalla Mutton, was just that.
Thiagarajan said most of the dishes could be prepared with added flavours such as extra spicy or salty to cater to the drinkers’ preference.
That explains why the Nasi Goreng Kampung with Petai and the Classic Mamak Fried Noodles were very spicy.
However, the char kway teow was well-prepared and could be compared with some of the best found in Penang.
It’s location nearby offices explains the fullhouse during lunchtime, given its reasonable pricing and variety of food.
From Mondays to Fridays, three types of lunches are served, There are set lunches in Chinese or Malay style for two, four, six persons priced at RM44.30, RM76.70 and RM109 each respectively.
Those who purchase for six diners or more have the privilege to choose the type of dish and the style of cooking just like in Chinese restaurants.
For those wanting a quick lunch, they can opt for the 1Malaysia ekonomi rice (RM14), which has up to 12 choices of dishes to choose from or the banana leaf thali set (RM16.80) comprising ten items.
Ending a meal on a sweet note is always comforting.
The fragrant Chendol with Sago was perfect in that sense.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not endorsed by StarMetro.