In short, a high time

Travel edi­tor Brian Crisp spends 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - 48 HOURS KUALA LUMPUR -

Viet­namese. Sao Nam has re­sisted any Malaysian in­flu­ences. We sit out­side in the hu­mid night air. Some of the KLM flight crew are at the ta­ble next to us. They have driven more than 30 min­utes from their ho­tel just to dine here. That’s how good it is. Like most places in Asia, it is noisy. The owner, Paul Leow, or­ders for us. The dishes are del­i­cate and the pro­duce is fresh – an ex­plo­sion of herbs and Asian flavours.


The girl on the door at Twenty One Kitchen + Bar is a con­tra­dic­tion. She is Asian, but with short cropped blonde hair. She is friendly, but turns un­wanted guests away with strength and a ‘‘ don’t mess with me’’ at­ti­tude. Twenty One Kitchen + Bar is in the mid­dle of KL’s night­club strip on Changkat Bukit Bin­tang. It has an in­ter­est­ing pol­icy on who gets in – women must be over 21, men over 25. This is the place peo­ple want to come to party. It opens at noon each day and the clos­ing time is listed sim­ply as late.

Satur­day 11am

The sur­prise of this trip was our visit to the Is­lamic Arts Mu­seum Malaysia on Jalan Lem­bah Per­dana. Opened in 1998, the mu­seum is ig­nored by most vis­i­tors. When we ar­rive it is al­most de­serted. The white mar­ble floors and walls, cou­pled with KL’s best air­con­di­tion­ing, bring wel­come re­lief from the heat of the day. The ex­hi­bi­tions are spread over three floors, with gal­leries that dis­play arms

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