Reviews

Brickfields: Little India, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

First timers to Kuala Lumpur, like myself, might make the mistake of thinking that Brickfields is a specific place, but it’s not. Brickfields is an area to explore, a suburb, and so when we got our Grab driver to ‘drop us anywhere that’s good’, he let us off at the top of what seemed to be the main street.

We went at night, and I honestly feel that was the best time to go. The heat and humidity died down, the dinner queues were lining up, the shop fronts were blaring competing techno-Bollywood tunes. The whole place was a cacophony of sound and colour. Brickfields is famous for their multicoloured structures and street decorations and I found that wandering the streets at night just made everything more festive, with lamplight and fairylights coming from everywhere.

There’s no shortage of Indian diners to eat at. We found one that was packed from the back and spilled out the front, with bain-maries of curries and rices, and al a carte options. There’s street theatrics as master chefs make dosas and teh tahrik for the public.

Go to Brickfields for dinner, it’s a sonic and culinary experience.

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9PM in Little India and things are ☆ĹOUD☆

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Lim Kee Café, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Right off a main street in Chinatown is this chic, newly renovated cafe which boasts old timey Hong Kong vibes. Sleek marble tables, coat racks and memorabilia set the scene. I had a pandan affogato, a flavour that reminds me of summery Asia, and I loved it. Their breakfast options seem locally inspired, but I think this is a cafe that shines through its beverages.

Disclaimer : This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Kirribilli Seafoods, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

Kirribilli Seafoods has fantastic food and friendly, warm service. The guys remembered us and stopped to give us a personal experience which made us feel instantly welcome. The BBQ special isn’t cheap, but the octopus is tender and the calamari is buttery. The best seafood this side of the bridge for sure. If you want takeaway, they offer picnic blankets to patrons so you can enjoy your fish and chips under the bridge.

Disclaimer : This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

#FindtheLockerRoom, Thong Lo, Thailand

Locker Room is one of those fire-hazard, lucky-to-stumble-upon speakeasies off the main road in Thong Lo, and like a sock fallen down in your shoe, it’s hard to find, but such a great feelings when you do.

On New Year’s Eve, we we headed straight for our usual fave- Iron Fairies -only to find that it was closed for a private function. Plans dashed immediately, we asked the bouncer if there was anywhere nearby that would be open and without a word he shone his torch into a doorway. We followed the light to a service corridor and after some more searching we discovered The Locker Room (cue angel’s serenade).

After the novelty of finding the place has worn off, you have to sink into your bar stool and take stock- is it all it’s cracked up to be?

I’d say yes.

It’s a concept cocktail bar. It’s an unassuming gold mine.

Their menu takes classic cocktails, like an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan, and offers them 3 different ways; straight, with a modern twist or futuristic. The futuristic ones get really experimental with cheese foam or coconut oil or jam and they’re not to be judged on the sum of their parts. Each cocktail is fun, exciting and innovative. I’d wager there’s something for everyone, whether you like your drink traditional with no messing around, or you’re feeling a little adventurous. It’s the sort of place where you want to have that last one again, but if you do you’ll miss out on something new.

The bartenders are helpful and accommodating, and the pay off for finding this place is so rewarding. I recommend trying to #FindTheLockerRoom.

 

 

 

 

 

J. Boroski Mixology, Bangkok, THAILAND

J. Boroski Mixology is a true speakeasy. I heard about it from a couple in another speakeasy down Thong Lo (FindTheLockerRoom) and I was given vague directions and no address. Then, I tried to google it- no avail. It was only through this TripAdvisor thread that I could find the exact location.

When I did, I breathed a sigh of relief. This bar is understated industrial chic, drawing on steampunk vibes akin to Iron Fairies. Comfortable leather couches, butterflies from the ceiling, an audiobook playing in the bathrooms; the aesthetic is everything.

The bartenders know their job. Sit back, have a conversation, discuss what you like and they’ll mix you something original, on the spot, within your price-range. The ones made for me were absolutely delicious, and my partner’s cocktails were him all over.

I’ve heard mixed reviews of this place through the grapevine. The most common being that the bar is ‘pretentious and overpriced’. I think if you set yourself a budget and vocalise that to the bartenders, they can work within your constraints. Otherwise, if you just say, “bring me your finest whisky”, they’ll serve you their finest whisky.

Good luck finding it. If you do, you’ll be sure to have a swell time.

Disclaimer : This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park is a vast expanse with wildlife and opportunity for safari. It’s ideal around sunrise or sunset as that’s when all the animals are most active. There seem to be plenty of safari options available, and I wouldn’t enter the National Park without being on a tour (perhaps you can).

The downside of this is that a mass of jeeps all tracking around trying to see animals in their natural habitat. The whole adventure seems a bit congested and forced- but what else can you do? If you a good driver, they’ll take less populated routes and stop to show you something your untrained eye would miss; see on that branch? There’s a chameleon. See, in that tree? There’s a leopard. I’d never have known by myself, the animals are so well camouflaged!

There is a huge elephant population, and it should go without saying that tourists are advised against feeding them because it messes with their familiarity with humans then upsets their natural feeding routine.

That said, I spent a few hours here seeing animals “in the wild” and it was really magical. Water buffalo, elephants, peacocks, it was a pretty spectacular experience.

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Bird watching in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka

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Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.