Date Night, Do it Right

When a culi­nary feast is sim­ply not enough, these restau­rants help el­e­vate your date night with ad­di­tional in­dul­gences that are guar­an­teed to earn you brownie points

Malaysia Tatler Best Restaurants - - Feature - BY GREGORY BASIL

Can­taloupe @Troika Sky Din­ing

Treat your date to dinner with a sweep­ing vista of KL city. Twenty-three floors up in the sky, Can­taloupe’s floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows pro­vide you with a mag­nif­i­cent view of the iconic Petronas Twin Tow­ers and the strik­ing city sky­line. Evenings are, by far, the best time to go as you get to sip your favourite tip­ple and watch the sun slowly dip into the hori­zon. En­joy the stel­lar night view of the city as you par­take in Chef Chris­tian Bauer’s unique French-in­spired creations that are guar­an­teed to tan­ta­lise the taste­buds. Here’s a rare all-around winner!

Bobo KL

If you both like a lit­tle af­ter-dinner en­ter­tain­ment, then Bobo KL is an ex­cel­lent choice to spend your date night. Bobo has an ar­ray of shar­ing plat­ters, in­clud­ing both West­ern and lo­cal favourites, per­fect to nib­ble on as you ad­mire the var­i­ous art pieces that adorn the walls of this es­tab­lish­ment, and en­joy each other’s com­pany. Af­ter dinner, head on up­stairs to the in­ti­mate pi­ano lounge where you can lis­ten to the sweet ser­e­nade of pop­u­lar Malaysian croon­ers such as Sean Ghazi, Melissa In­dot and The Michael Veer­apen Trio, mak­ing for a very spe­cial date night in­deed.

“Af­ter dinner, head on up­stairs to the in­ti­mate pi­ano lounge where you can lis­ten to the sweet ser­e­nade of pop­u­lar Malaysian croon­ers”

The Westin Langkawi Re­sort & Spa

Whisk your date away to The Westin Langkawi on the mys­ti­cal is­land of Langkawi, and in­dulge in the lux­ury re­sort’s Spa by Night. Re­lax and un­wind as ex­pe­ri­enced masseurs pamper your tired mus­cles and al­le­vi­ate your stress with the re­sort’s sig­na­ture Heav­enly Spa treat­ment. As you emerge re­ju­ve­nated from your treat­ment, a sump­tu­ous dinner, un­der­lined by the fresh lo­cal seafood and trop­i­cal in­gre­di­ents, awaits you in an in­ti­mate spot on the pris­tine beach. Sit back, re­lax and in­dulge in this ex­cep­tion­al­tional dinner against a back­drop of the stun­ning An­daman ndaman Sea. It doesn’t get any bet­ter than this!

Strato­sphere @The Roof

Take your date to dizzy­ing heights — 25 storeys high, to be ex­act — at Strato­sphere. Hailed as the re­gion’s only in­fin­ity grassed he­li­pad, the view from this lux­u­ri­ous rooftop cham­pagne bar is guar­an­teed to make you see the Klang Val­ley from a whole new per­spec­tive. Ar­rive just in time to watch the sun fade over the city as you sip de­signer cock­tails, crafted es­pe­cially for you by Strato­sphere’s ex­pe­ri­enced mixol­o­gists. It is an ex­pe­ri­ence like no other.

Rama V

If you want to get away from the usual fare, then a visit to Rama V is a must. Choose to dine at The Chalets, one of the few pri­vate din­ing rooms avail­able for in­ti­mate get-to­geth­ers. Rama V al­lows you to cus­tomise your menu and their bar­tenders will even con­coct a spe­cial drink for you. Imag­ine hav­ing a cock­tail named af­ter your sig­nif­i­cant other, now that’s spe­cial! As the chefs metic­u­lously pre­pare your dinner, take in the charm of The Chalet with its uniquely Thai set-up, and bask in the tranquility of the lo­tus blos­som pool that over­looks the main din­ing hall. Pre­pare for a feast of the senses – heav­enly aro­mas, a spec­ta­cle of colours and a myr­iad of tex­tures – as you nosh on de­lec­ta­ble Thai fare.

“Imag­ine hav­ing a cock­tail named af­ter your sig­nif­i­cant other, now that's spe­cial!”

Tamarind Springs

It is only 15 min­utes away fro­mom the city cen­tre but it might as well be in an­other stat­es­tate. This el­e­gant restau­rant, sur­rounded by lush green­ery, is the per­fect set­ting for cou­ples who want a quiet respite from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city. Sen­su­ous lounge mu­sic plays in the back­ground as you in­dulge in ex­quis­ite Indo-chi­nese fare. Give in to the gen­tle ca­ress of the jun­gle breeze, the ser­e­nade of the crick­ets and the mes­meris­ing wonders of Mother Na­ture. Re­gard­less if you’re a na­ture lover or a city slicker, this chic es­tab­lish­ment ticks all the right boxes for the per­fect date night.

Warm light­ing sets the scene for a ro­man­tic night

Rasp­berry and peach The beck­on­ing bridge at Can­taloupe The floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows af­ford din­ers a mag­nif­i­cent view of the Petronas Twin Tow­ers Yuzu wa­ter­melon and miso

The sump­tu­ous mush­room cus­tard

The pi­ano lounge is a great place for af­ter-dinner en­ter­tain­ment Bobo the Dog is a prom­i­nent fix­ture in the restau­rant Art lovers will take de­light in the many pieces here

In­dulge in an in­ti­mate dinner by the beach af­ter your spa treat­ment; (In­set): Grilled lob­ster, king prawn and seabass make for a de­li­cious main course Pamper your date with the re­sort’s sig­na­ture Heav­enly Spa treat­ment

At 25 storeys high, the views from here are breath­tak­ing Strato­sphere is guar­an­teed to af­ford an ex­pe­ri­ence like no other A stun­ning ar­ray of cock­tails

Bron­tosaurus­rus Beef Ribs; (In­set): Ten­der­loin in the Wild

The plush interior looks out to the lo­tus blos­som pool

Yel­low prawn curry with be­tel leaf Be mes­merised by the ex­otic moves of Thai dancers

Be greeted by sen­su­ous mu­sic as you walk through the en­trance of Tamarind Springs

Away from the city, Tamarind Springs of­fers din­ers a quiet respite The din­ing area is sur­rounded by lush green­ery; (In­set): Sat­isfy your sweet tooth with tan­ta­lis­ing desserts In­dulge in deca­dent Indo-chi­nese fare

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