Malaysia's luxury purveyor YTL surprised many by launching its latest hip hotel in one of KL's earthier locales.
Before Hotel Stripes' advent on Jalan Kamunting, this neighbourhood was better known for its many street hawkers and local restaurants that retain a kampung vibe fast vanishing within the capital. When we visited, it was quite clear all that has changed with scaffolding and construction delineating the skyline from all sides.
The makan aspect it seems is still quite intact in the midst of all that development. Hotel Stripes, a handsome resurrection encased within a modish red brick facade boasts of a trendy eatery that's attracting droves of the 'it' crowd from the nearby CBD. We sampled lunch, tea and dinner at Brasserie 25 and are impressed with the seared foie gras, fricassee de poulet and French onion soup, more when you take into account the current conversion rate between S$ and MYR. The l'entrecote de boeuf was however a tad salty yet bland (yes it's possible). But the quality of the meat was good.
For tea we were offered a selection of savouries and pastries, slurped down with a custom black tea blend. The soft chocolate cake with the fashionable speck of gold hit the spot for us. In fact we think it was quite the perfect confection. A giant macaroon with blackberries was also delightfully scrumptious.
Out on the street many old school eateries await. The Hailam legend Yut Kee is just 2 minutes from the hotel and over the weekend diners can queue for hours to get a seat. Everything looks so amazing and you can tell they are dishing out the real stuff just from the faces of the customers. We tried the Hailam chicken chop and it was good. The gravy was so comforting one can drink it as soup.
A kaleidoscope of tasty French pastries vying for your attention.
The steak that was just too salty and bland.
Beautifully seared foie gras.
At Yut Kee where the Hailam cuisine is legendary.
A friendly kopi stall owner asked if we wanted some drinks. Even though we declined, she smiled for the photo. Next time for sure.
Design accents at Hotel Stripes.
Hotel Stripes very probably has the best pool view in KL.
This old neighbourhood is going through 'the change'.