Dragon View Restaurant Review

Dragon View Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur

We only went here as it was pouring rain and we jumped out of a taxi and walked straight into this restaurant. It is located conveniently at the end of the restaurant strip on Jalan Alor. This place looked inviting and clean, is busy, but the food is nothing special and the service wooden. The food is overpriced, you are much better off heading just next door or any one of the many places along the road actually. On the menu is a mix of Chinese/Cantonese dishes, Malay dishes and other Asian styles.

On arrival there is a small bowl of peanuts on the table, presumably complimentary. You wont find out that they are not until you get the bill and find you have been charged RM3 if you have eaten them. You are not told there is a charge for the peanuts, so be wary.

Other Things You Should Know

  • the restaurant is located on the corner of Jalan Alor and Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang, underneath the View Hotel
  • there are a few other Dragon View restaurants around, maybe not related

Location & Contact

  • address: Changkat Bukit Bintang | Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • phone: (03) 2142 4111

Eastern and Oriental Restaurant Review

1885 Eastern and Oriental (E&O), George Town, Penang, Malaysia

The historical Eastern and Oriental Hotel in George Town in Penang has several restaurants, such as Sarkies Corner, The Bakery, Farquar’s Bar, the Veranda, the Deck, and the place where we ate, 1885. The 1885 restaurant name is after the year that the hotel was established, and is the fanciest of the eateries at the hotel. We enjoyed a traditional English Afternoon Tea served in an elegant setting. We each had a different tea (served as tea bags): Fitness tea (which was a herbal tea) and Asam Mokalbarie tea (a rich full bodied broken tea with a lively aroma of malt and spices). Served with the tea was white bread finger sandwiches (no crust) with cucumber, smoked salmon, pork and pickles. There were also fruit and plain scones, served with jam and cream, and 10 tiny sweet portions – shortbread, fruitcake with strawberry and a mini croquenbush. It was way too decadent and posh for us – but great!

Other Things You Should Know

  • there is no dress code, but you may want to dress up for the high tea service to feel the part
  • open for afternoon tea 2.30pm to 5pm
  • make sure you explore the rest of this old hotel

Location & Contact

  • address: 10 Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
  • phone: 04-2222000
  • web: www.e-o-hotel.com

Coliseum Cafe Review

Coliseum Café and Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Coliseum Café and Hotel is a  historical landmark in Kuala Lumpur. We went for a evening drink and sat beneath the fans on a balmy night and felt like we had been transported back in time. It is well worth a visit to experience what Kuala Lumpur may have been like when the British colonial days. There was plenty of action in the cafe part so we assume that the food is OK too.

Other Things You Should Know

  • The Coliseum Café and Hotel was a favourite haunt of William Somerset Maugham during his stay in British Malaya
  • The hotel and cafe are located behind the famous Coliseum theatre, just down the road.
  • open until late

Location & Contact

  • address: 100 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
  • phone: +60 3-2692 6270

Jewel of the North Review

Jewel of the North, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Malaysia

Possibly serving up the best North Indian cuisine on the island of Penang, the Jewel of the North opened its doors in 1993 as one of the original restaurants in the area. Although the restaurant  specializes in North Indian cuisine, they have a variety of international dishes too. In actual fact we came here for breakfast and there was not an Indian meal in sight. We were disappointed with the cost, it is a bit expensive but that is what you pay for the nicer places to eat compared to the hawker stalls nearby. There is an open kitchen which lets you see your food being cooked right in front of you, so you can see it comes out fresh.

Other Things You Should Know

  • it is located at the other end of the road, towards Teluk Bahang, near Golden Sands Resort
  • open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, 7 days a week from 7am – 11pm.

Location & Contact

Karaikudi Restaurant Review

Karaikudi Restaurant, Little India, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Located in the famous Little India area in Penang, serving north and south Indian cuisine. This air conditioned restaurant will be a welcome relief from the heat of the streets of Penang. The waiters were very friendly (it helped when there were more wait staff than customers!) and helped us choose from the menu. It was an amazing meal, delicious and filling. We ordered too much, but as it was cheap it was great to try a large selection of food. We had the following: mango lassi, papadums with mint sauce (complimentary), egg biryani, chicken tikka (flame grilled charcoal flavor with yoghurt marinade), fish marsala (spicy and delicious), plain naan bread, kulcher paneer (cheese stuffed flatbread) and a cauliflower curry.

Location & Contact

  • address: No.20, Market Street, 10200 Penang
  • phone: 04-2631345 or 04-2631359
  • web: www.karaikudi.com.my

Old China Cafe Review

Old China Cafe, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

This is a charming restaurant decorated in the original style of the 1930s, specializing in Nyonya cuisine. It may be hard to find in the backstreets of Chinatown, but worth the effort.

old-china-cafe-frontThe premises is actually the old guild hall of the Selangor & Federal Territory Laundry Association, and provides a lovely ambiance to experience some local cuisine. The lady manager was very friendly when we visited here in 2010.  For entree we tried lobak, which are spring roll like filled with pork meat and sweet turnip, a slight cinnamon flavour and rolled in bean curd skin and served with a delicate slightly sweet chili sauce.  For main we ordered the Nyonya Rendang Chicken, a curry with a spicy dark coconut paste with kaffir lime leaves, with a side of blue rice (coconut rice with some blue colored rice) which was very interesting. We also tried Mee Siam, a rice vermicelli noodle dish with a spicy sauce made from candle nut, soy sauce, shrimp paste, tamarind, onion, brown sugar. It was a delicious well balanced meal. We finished the meal with lemon iced tea.  Don’t forget to check out the gallery upstairs.


Location & Contact

  • address: 11, Jalan Balai Polis, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • phone: +603-20725915
  • web: www.oldchina.com.my

Tree Monkey at the Tropical Spice Garden Review

monkey-treeTree Monkey @ the Tropical Spice Garden, Penang Malaysia

The Tree Monkey Restaurant is located in the grounds of the Tropical Spice Garden, just north of Batu Ferringhi on the Malaysian Island of Penang. The restaurant is perched on the hill with the outdoor seating area overlooking the Andaman Sea. We stopped for a snack after exploring the spice garden, and could not go past trying the dish that is pictured. I cannot remember what it was called, but you had a plate of some unusual ingredients including lime, nuts and chilli, which you rolled up in a leaf and ate. It was a fantastic mouth sensation. Also on the spice theme, we each had a spiced coffee. yummo.

Other Things You Should Know

  • make sure you take time to explore the Tropical Spice Garden too.
  • open 9am – 11pm (Sunday – Thursday) & 9am – midnight (Friday & Saturday).
  • the shop right behind the cafe has some cool food gifts to buy.

Location & Contact

  • Lone Grag Villa, Lot 595 Mkm 2,  Teluk Bahang, 11100 Penang
  • phone: 04 8813494
  • web: none