Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Intercontinental, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

In my final Malaysian post (until I return!) comes the nation's capital - Kuala Lumpur. On this trip I had already eaten my way through Hong Kong, Penang and Langkawi, so Kuala Lumpur was my last hurrah before heading home. I was only in KL for a few days, with precious hours already allocated to seeing my work colleagues and spending time with my dad, so I actually didn't have much time to get out and about as much as I would've liked.

I had the pleasure of staying at The Intercontinental which is about a 10-15 minute walk away from KLCC and the famed Petronas Towers. The hotel itself feels quite new and the service left me wanting to return.

The rooms are large and spacious - massive in comparison to a similarly priced hotel in the likes of Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Although there isn't a standout view of water or anything like that (the view is of a highway), there's a cute little lounge chair to sit by and thank the heavens you're not outside in the searing Malaysian heat.

The bathrooms have that old grandeur look to them which isn't particularly my favourite style as I prefer more modern, sleek designs but everything worked the way it should so I guess that what really matters. The shower was seriously phenomenal though! It basically became a mini steam room which was utterly soothing.

The Intercontinental's I've stayed at across the world all feel consistent in terms of styling which is nice. The Malaysian branch definitely doesn't feel as dated compared to the hotel in Sydney but the Sydney views are phenomenal. 

Bentley's Pub

I don't have any qualms about being a tourist versus a traveller. I personally despise the snobbery some people have in boasting they're well-travelled or more cultured than others. My holidays are definitely all about relaxing, shutting my brain off from work, eating, seeing sights and enjoying myself, no matter where that will take me. Whether you're relaxing in your hotel, eating street food, enjoying fine dining in a restaurant or crashing on your friend's couch, you can see and experience the world in any which way that pleases you. My KL time was very limited so Ryan and I somehow found ourselves at Bentley's Pub in The Intercontinental on a couple of nights enjoying some snacks and games of pool.

Jack Daniels Buffalo wings

These buffalo wings were pretty delectable. The marinate turned sauce was totally thick, sticky, sweet and finger lickin' good.

Cheeseburger, chips and salad

The cheeseburger wasn't bad at all and somewhat reminiscent, but not as good, as my beloved Mortons. To be expected, the food served in the bar wasn't cheap by local standards but was reasonable by Australia standards. Overall the food was pretty good and the bar itself was a nice place to unwind before heading back to your hotel room all but a measly few minutes away.

Bentley's Pub
The Intercontinental
165 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

It's a shame I didn't get to go to the Petronas Towers observation deck or skybridge although many have labelled it too busy and not a must-do in KL. I did however wander around the park at the foot of the towers to enjoy the view and take some photos.

Nam Heong Chicken Rice 

Hainanese chicken rice is honestly one of my most favourite foods EVER. I could seriously eat it all-day everyday and still want more. There's something so wholesome, simple and comforting about the dish but it's seriously delicious. Whenever I'm in Singapore or Malaysia, Hainanese chicken is my go-to dish, sometimes several times a day! Any establishment that lays claim to having served the original Hainanese chicken rice since 1938 was immediately moved to the top of my gastronomic travel itinerary. We caught a cab directly to Nam Heong which is located in Chinatown which was a good decision otherwise I wouldn't have found the little place!

Ryan and I ordered a combination of dishes from their relatively limited skew of food. In the end, it's all about the chicken rice and it just depends what cut of chicken you like. Chicken rice was one of those dishes I grew up with and fell head over heels with. Ryan still doesn't understand my vehement demands for chicken rice but I'm teaching him.

Overall, the chicken rice was pretty good! I'm not sure if it's I'll-go-out-of-my-way-and-voyage-out-to-an-unknown-destination good but it was thoroughly enjoyable. It did remind me of the Anthony Bourdain-approved Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore which many would argue isn't that great. Chicken rice is such a simple dish that it's about preference really. I feel chicken rice is definitely not as good in Sydney so I love ordering it when I'm in Singapore and Malaysia. If you're in the Chinatown area give Nam Heong a go but either way, just order Hainanese chicken rice if you're in the country.

Nam Heong
56 Jalan Sultan
50000 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Ben's

While wandering around the mammoth shopping centre that is KLCC, Ryan and I stumbled open Ben's. A cute little Western-style cafe which by all first impressions looked quite promising. I loved their motto and couldn't agree with it more - Inspired by great memories shared over meals, we believe in building relationships through food, thus "to eat is to love"


There were little games on each table which was a great way to break up what would be considered a normal lunch. The atmosphere was bustling and buzzing, with a younger crowd taking up most of the tables. Ryan and I had just finished up some shopping after lunch so weren't hungry yet but could do with some sweets.

The coffee wasn't too bad at Ben's but after two weeks abroad I was definitely missing coffee in Australia. 

Traditional English Afternoon Tea for Two - buttery scones with preserves and pure cream, assortment of finger sandwiches, quiche, passionfruit marshmallow and chocolate truffles, homemade cookies, chocolate cake and choice of tea or coffee

Ryan and I bit off a little more than we could chew with this afternoon tea spread but it was one of the last days of our holiday so we figured why not. Unfortunately for us they had run out of quiches for the day so were served little muffins instead. Afternoon tea was actually quite lovely and we were royally stuffed. The rich, decadent chocolate cake definitely tipped us over the edge and I would hope in the time since I was there they have begun serving the cake at the end of the meal because the ice cream melts everywhere.

Ben's
Lot 140, First Floor
Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
50088 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

I really loved my entire Malaysian trip and definitely have fond memories of Kuala Lumpur specifically. I would recommend staying at The Intercontinental because it's plush, close to KLCC and utterly affordable for the premium standard. When in Malaysia, my biggest advice is to eat everything you can get your hands on because you will not regret it.

The Intercontinental 
165 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2 comments:

  1. Awesome trip! I need to get to KL! The JD buffalo wings sounds glorious.

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  2. I agree. We're definitely very lucky when it comes to good coffee in Oz. But those buffalo wings look awesome! And that hainan chicken!

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