Bangsar is is often seen as an a upscale neighbourhood where everything is a little on the expensive side. We found that besides some of the good cafes there are a lot of local food to be had here and some are really wallet friendly.
Bangsar's Best Kept Secrets
“Eh Lunch Mana?” has always been the age old question as the clock slowly approach the lunch hour. To save you from the fuss of figuring out on where to beat the Monday blues, we’ve made a compilation of great lunch places, near you! This week we’ve picked Bangsar, one of the most difficult area to pick a good and hearty place to “makan” as there seems to be an endless amount of restaurants and eateries in the area.
1. Kari Kepala Ikan Anuar
We’ll begin this problem solving list with Kedai Kari Kepala Ikan Anuar, made famous by their... you guessed it, Kari Kepala Ikan, that packs a punch! With a very minimalist menu consisting of only a few items such as Ayam Goreng, Ikan Goreng, Sotong Goreng and crunchy Taugeh, this place is a lunch must for all. You only have to spend about RM4 for a plate of Rice and Fried Chicken, but if you want some Fish Head Curry, prepare to pay the good man about RM20-RM45 (depending on the size).
2. Om Shakti Chello
Just a few steps down you’ll find Om Shakti Chello. If you’re not feeling too peckish but still have the need to munch on something light, this little Vegetarian Indian stall have all the answers for you. They have a wide array of classic indian bites from Karipap filled with spicy potatoes to crispy Ghee Tosai and Chapati. But most of all, you can just settle for their best Sweet Appam’s - Brown or White Sugar, it will only cost you about RM1.80.
You can find both Om Shakti Chello and Kari Kepala Ikan Anuar at Lorong Ara 3
3. Raj's Banana Leaf
This relative newbie in Bangsar is one of those places you go to when you feel like treating yourself to some hearty banana leaf rice set and starting from RM8 it will surely fill your tummy but won’t empty up your wallet. But of course if you want to spend a bit more, it will be great to just get a plate (or two!) of their Spicy Fried Squid or Ayam Goreng which you can split between your makan buddies!
4. Restoran Berjaya
Next door is Restoran Berjaya where you can get your fix of Nasi Padang. They’re famous for crunchy Paru Goreng that strongly resembles Beef Jerky or Daging Dendeng. If you're not in the mood for rice, don't worry - they're also known for their Wantan Mee & Curry Mee; perfect to fill you up but not put you to sleep as soon as you get back to work! You can roughly get a hearty meal here from as low as RM6.
Killer Gourmet Burgers is one of our favourite burger spot which is heavily inspired by American burger joints. It will satisfy your cravings like no other with burgers like The Shack and Spiked Shack. Or if you're in the mood for some Salted Egg... as most Malaysians do at the moment, their Salted Egg Chicken Wings with Jalapéno is a MUST TRY! So, a burger would cost you about RM14, and if you wanna add a drink and fries on the side it can go up to RM22. Not too bad eyh?
6. Mikey’s Original New York Pizza
Literally a few doors down you’ll see Mikey’s Original New York Pizza. What more can you ask for from a legitimately good pizza joint? Order a slice of the Classic Pepperoni or if you’re bringing the whole office, mix and match different slices and make your own pizza pie! About RM9.95 for slice or RM100 for a whole pie.
7. Jaslyn’s Cakes
What’s a lunch in Bangsar without a quick pit stop to Jaslyn’s Cakes? For those of you who don’t know this quaint little half lot shop, it bakes up one of the best cakes, pastries and baked goods in Kuala Lumpur. From Chocolate Chip Cookies to Pavlova and their scrumptiously soft as clouds Cheesecake, you can’t go wrong with a bit of dessert before stepping back into the office. It's a bit on the pricey side, but if you have a sweet-tooth you wouldn't mind spending about RM9 on a delicious Banana Yogurt Loaf.
Not leaving out our fellow Vegetarians who want more than just Sweet Apam, we have this hidden gem tucked in a quiet neighborhood of Lorong Kurau, Bangsar called Ganga. Serving up some of the best North Indian eats, a must have is their ''Thali'', served along a heap pile of steamed Brown Rice with a few tasty sides. You can never go wrong with their Spinach Palak Paneer if you're not sure on what to order on the side and it will roughly cost you about RM16 onwards for a meal set.
We know how fickle people can get when deciding on "where to makan"...so here's a bonus spot for you to explore
Grind 22 & Wok It
Grind 22 serves an array of coffee and desserts, meanwhile Wok It, which shares the same space serves up DIY Fried Finger Foods and Chinese take-out fry ups. Some of our favourites at both these joints are the Nona Latte which is a coffee with a Gula Melaka twist, Frozen Mango Cheesecake - refreshing and absolutely delicious! and the must try; Wok Kit Salted Egg Fried Rice and their Mango Chilly Noodle with Prawns! It's a great lepak place with indoor and outdoor setting, perfect for *cough* dates *cough*, work meetings and of course, lunch. It's located at 22, Lorong Maarof - Bangsar Park; you can get a good full meal here from RM10 onwards.
So what do you think of our list? If you have more suggestions, please comment below so we can do some reviews at YOUR favourite places soon! Lookout for more ''Éh Lunch Mana'' GIF on our Facebook page, next week as we uncover more makan spots near your work place. Happy lunching!