In short, a high time
Travel editor Brian Crisp spends 48 hours in 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.
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