Kuala Lumpur - recommendations within easy public transport from KL Sentral
I'm in KL for 2 days staying @ Susana next to Sentral.
Can anyone recommend some 'must eat' places within easy transport form there?
Would like get some great Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak, Nasi Kandar, Banana leaf lunch amongst others.
Any recommendations gratefully received!
Lucky you - Suasana @ Sentral is right smack next to KL's Little India/Brickfields district, so getting South Indian chow is no problem for you.
1. For Roti Canai, the closest place near you which I'd recommend is at Moorthy's Mathai, 78 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, about 10 minutes' walk away from Suasana.
Saravana Bhavan (which I loved), a branch of the famous vegetarian chain from India, is a 10-minute taxi ride away in the Bangsar suburb, which is more upmarket than the rather grungy Brickfields:
2. Nasi Lemak. Since you're close to Sentral (KL's main train station), you can take the LRT light-rail (Kelana Jaya line) to the Kampung Baru station, then take a walk to the heart of KL's Malay ghetto, Jalan Raja Muda Musa. There, Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa beckons:
It's only open in the evenings.
3. Nasi Kandar - I'm not a big Nasi Kandar fan whilst in KL, preferring to go to its city-of-origin, Penang, up north for the real deal. But the most famous one in KL is Pelita (it's part of a chain which originates from Penang):
You can take the same LRT Kelana Jaya line all the way to Suria KLCC station, then get down and walk about 15 minutes. Alternately, a 20-minute taxi ride (costing RM12 or about US4) will take you straight from Sentral to the restaurant's doorstep.
4. Banana Leaf Lunch - from where you are, take a 10 minute stroll to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, where traditional Indian decorative arches line the sidewalks. There are numerous South Indian eateries there among the Indian grocery stores, saree/silk shops and Indian jewellery stores. The most popular eatery on that stretch is Seetharam:
Little India is a noisy, chaotic place. Be very careful with you personal belongings there - I lost my digicam when I left it on a table (when I went to the wash-basin) whilst eating there.
If you want to go back to Bangsar (which I'd mentioned above), then Sri Nirwana Maju is a popular option:
5. Other recommendations - *definitely* Sin Kee, perhaps the oldest eatery in the area where you're staying. It's a mere 5-minute jaunt down from where you're staying. Best Hainanese-style pork chop I'd ever had!! Take note that it's closed on Mondays.
Another place to check-out, if you're game to try fiery-hot Chettinad cuisine, is Vishalatchi, 5-10 minutes' walk away:
Good luck with your Chowhounding!
No, although I ran past one day after taking the wrong turn during a lunchtime jog from St Pauls, it was a longer jog than intended. I remember as Tayyabs had been in the Metro a few weeks before featuring their grilled chops. Anyhow, we have escaped London and rural NZ doesn't require the commuter scowl but once you've mastered the 1000 yard stare ... useful for taxis and charity collectors.
Kids will be more interested in trains and monorails.
Out of interest does the bus service run from Sentral to Bangsar or are there a few good breakfast options at Sentral?
I think there should be, though I'd never tried to take one. Jalan Tun Sambanthan, when it traverses near Suasana, is one-way traffic towards KL city centre, whereas Bangsar lie in the opposite direction. Sentral is actually walking distance to Bangsar, but a 30-minute walk in KL's heat and humidity is *not* recommended at all. There's also a lot of contruction work going on in and around Sentral as skyscrapers are put up at an alarming pace - there's a lot of dust and broken pavements lying around - KL-lites are not a very organized lot.
I forgot to mention one of the eateries worth checking out at Sentral - Kelantan Delight at Sooka Sentral, which is 3 minutes away from you, there's also an Irish pub nearby:
View from Kelantan Delights restaurant of the LRT train running through the buildings at Sentral. Suasana would be just behind the row of buildings on the left of this photo. You can also see Malone's Irish pub just below the tracks - it's the most popular spot at Sentral to catch a beer.
This train would be heading towards KL city centre and the Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC station would be just 5 stops away. Enroute, Pasar Seni station is near the old, bustling KL Chinatown; then Masjid Jamek station will be near the old heart of KL and the Indian-Muslim quarter - kinda reminds one of Delhi's Chandi Chowk; Dang Wangi station is pretty sterile; Kampung Baru station is near the Malay precinct I was telling you about.
I'd recommend you go to Suria KLCC and acclimatise to KL's heat and way of life. Madam Kwan's is a very (and I do mean *very*) nice restaurant in there to try Nasi Lemak.
In the other direction, this LRT train will get to Bangsar station just one stop away from Sentral. But the subsequent walk from Bangsar LRT station to Bangsar's commercial-dining hub is about 15-20 minutes. Check Google Maps, you'd want to go to Jalan Maarof, Jalan Telawi 2, 3 and 4, and the Bangsar Village mall where all the eateries are.
Breakfast options in/near Sentral:
Moorthy's Mathai opens for breakfast pretty early.
In the Sentral main building itself, you'll find quite a few casual chain eateries, it's not one of the places I'd normally have breakfast at. My go-to place would be Secret Recipe, which opens at 9.30am weekdays, and 10.30am on weekends.