LRT No. 01/50 articles – LRT Bank Rakyat Bangsar: Prasarana x Malay Mail x Rebecca Saw
NOTE: This is my year long collaboration with Malay Mail and I am charged to explore gastronomic around (within 600 m walk) fifty selected (Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (RapidKL) train stations (LRT & MRT).
** Written work (pre-edit by editor) and images are mine.
Published article: Published 19th JUNE 2017
1. In Malay Mail e-Paper:
2. On Malay Mail.com: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/eat-drink/article/bangsar-a-gastronomic-haven
ORIGINAL submitted article: My long winded one!
I like Bangsar.
If I were to relocate from my current home, I can easily imagine myself as a Bangsar resident.
Located on a sweet spot between KL city and urban PJ, Bangsar is home to locals and expatriate residents as well as the address for many sky-scraping office buildings and lifestyle outlets.
This suburb offers almost all modern conveniences possible. There are banks, jewelers, a LRT station, places of worship, several malls, a wet market, weekly night market as well as spas, gyms and salons.
And when it comes to fulfilling one’s gastronomic desires, one is truly spoiled for choice here; be it fine dining, street grub, fast food or desserts.
Stroll the Telawi streets and take your pick – Banana leaf rice? Lobsters? Steaks? Vegetarian? Waffles?
Over at Lucky Garden, hawker delights abound and prices are friendlier to the wallet.
Nearer to the Bank Rakyat-Bangsar LRT Station a short stroll will take you to an established Nyonya restaurant, a modern biryani house, a cosy café, an oyster bar as well as several Muslim-Indian restaurants.
For Peranakan style dining, Straits Food Company commands a loyal following and a strong lunch crowd, a testament of the demand for fairly priced yet decent Nyonya food.
I recommend the Pai Tee (RM5.50) and the Pohpiah (RM4.50) as appetizers while the Nasi Lemak (RM6.50) and the Nyonya Laksa (RM7.00) proved to be satisfactory choices as mains.
Another popular eatery on this stretch is Fierce Curry House.
Proudly a homegrown restaurant with the heart and soul of India, Fierce has since evolved from its early days of serving merely biryani to an outlet that offers tandoori lamb burgers, naan breads, North Indian food as well as their latest hybrid of banana leaf rice and biryani.
Their biryani is of the Hyderabad Dhum Biryani of which are believed to be the best biryani.
The common varieties are the Chicken and the Mutton Biryani while Friday specials includes Fish and Vegetarian Biryani. The ones that got tongues wagging in disbelief are the luxury sets of Lobster Biryani, Cod Briyani and King Prawns Biryani. However, I was told that the Lobster Biryani is much sought after although a set cost nearly RM200!
I opted for the basic of Mutton Biryani (RM19) which was served in a pot sealed with flour as how it originally should be.
Taste-wise, it was decent. The few chunks of mutton I found were tender and there were ample of rice to fill one up.
Along the same road a small café beckons with its cosy interior.
Pronounced “Drink”; not “Dr. Inc”, the cafe itself is unorthodox as as unique as its name.
Accessible within 200m walk from the Bank Rakyat-Bangsar LRT station, DR.Inc is a cafe cum retail outlet stocking unique stationary, jewellery, and hand-crafted souvenirs by local designers.
At its front is a little pebbled garden where guests can choose to enjoy the outdoors with their choice of caffeine.
Inside is a cosy space sufficient to fit about 30 customers at any one time, charmingly decorated with the unique artwork and handicrafts by the local brand Nala Designs, of which the creator is by one of Dr.Inc’s co-founders.
Recommended drinks are the Che Guevara (espresso over ice served with a slice of lemon and brown sugar) and Fat Americano (espresso with Coke) as well as the Presso Bomb (RM14), a concoction of shot of espresso in Malacca-sourced local ice cream soda.
Straits Food Company/Dr Inc/Fierce Curry House:
Exit the fare gates and head right towards the lobby of Menara UOA Bangsar.
From the lobby, exit the building and walk towards the street. Stay on the same side as Menara UOA Bangsar and walk towards your right for about 500 metres.
The Straits Food Company is a corner lot at the end of the road. Along the same row is Fierce Curry House and Dr Inc.
Last but not least….
My original article is usually longer/ ‘more complete’ since I wrote on and on without restriction.
Understandably, due to space constraints, the original was edited prior to publication. Thus I’ve shared my original article as above.
You may also find that my articles for this Prasarana x Malay Mail x Rebecca Saw series rather diplomatic/non- opinionated, but it is meant to be so as per the brief given.
Anyhow, if you think I’ve missed out on some eateries worth highlighting near any MRT/LRT stations, please let me know! I’ll be sure to go check it out.
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Thank you and I look forward to your suggestions! 🙂