We moved into our apartment at the weekend, and have now lived in Bangsar for two weeks. I am starting to understand how to get around, although the Grab (Malaysia’s Uber) guy did laugh at me yesterday for not taking the bridge to the super market and instead getting a much longer taxi ride with him – learning is a journey!
So Bangsar… Described as ‘an affluent residential estate the boasts of its own culture, especially that of food. The area is known for the wide array of cuisines offered by its plethora of eateries and restaurants that people from all over Kuala Lumpur (and Malaysia in fact) travel to just to get a taste of. With such a strong focus on food, Bangsar is not one to miss out on the booming hipster cafe trend.’ I can attest to all of the above – wow the food. I visited here a few years ago and was wowed by just how friendly and cosmopolitan the area was, naively I hadn’t imagined they’d be so much choice of food and places to get excellent coffee and this has only grown since my trip 3 years ago.
Another trip (yes the one in the cab where I could have walked) to the shopping centre started with this… A salted caramel brownie that can only described as a full on pudding. In the UK a brownie would be just that, a brownie but not here, sugar is everything. Coffee comes with sugar unless you ask for it without, natural fruit juices come with added sugar, bread is sweet (I am on a mission to find savoury bread, still), everywhere you walk there are sweet smells and restaurants dedicated to puddings, its amazing. Anyway I digress. mmm sugar!
Where to eat Bangsar
You can eat any cuisine you want in Bangsar, there is so much to choose from, you can plan your week around where you want to eat instead of the activities you want to do. Banana leaf curry is exceptional, Sri Nirvana Maju in Bangsar is apparently the best in KL and I can see why, delicious and so cheap, no wonder there is always a massive queue.
Saravanaa Bhavan, a vegetarian curry place (lots of places here are, which I love) which is fantastic. Set menu for 15 ringgit, £3, what’s not to love. Excellent food including a sweet rice pudding at the end, of course there would be something sweet, its Malaysia.
The mix of cultures and people in Bangsar (and of course KL more generally) is what makes it totally fascinating and liberating for me. The way people of all faiths and backgrounds live alongside each other is refreshing. People wish you well and send you away with wishes of happiness and success and it feels genuine. I feel lucky to be a part of this but also like I am the minority, which is a new and interesting perspective to experience. I feel very welcome, and intrigued to understand more.
- Understanding how to get around here is a journey (no pun intended)
- Bangsar is a beautiful mix of culture, food and greenness
- You can just about get away with buying 2 coffees in a coffee shop for 3 hours free ‘work’
- Order a brownie with your coffee at your peril, it may be a full on pudding – who knows!
- I have an uncomfortable amount of obsession over The BIG group and their restaurants, bars and shops!