Named after Edouard Bunge and Alfred Grisar, who managed the Bangsar rubber estate in the early 1900s, Bangsar is to the Malaysian capital what Surry Hills is to Sydney, Islington is to London and Williamsburg is to the Big Apple: a well-heeled, glacially-cool leafy residential neighbourhood that receives its fair share of buzz, but hasn’t lost its somewhat quaint and charming spirit.
Imbued with an indie spirit and allure, Bangsar has long drawn locals and expatriates with its laidback vibe and reputation as a gastro-lifestyle destination and arty enclave. There are countless fantastic eateries to choose from in the neighbourhood, but we’ve managed to settle on these three as our top choices (for now!):
If you crave for la vie boheme in Kuala Lumpur, Yeast in the heart of Bangsar is an unpretentious classic-styled bistro that serves simple, honest French food that would have found fans in Elizabeth David and Julia Child.
While the menu of traditional comfort French food such as boeuf bourguignon and foie gras de canard will warm hearts and stomachs, it is the bread that is the star. The bread are made from organically grown yeast which lends it its deep and complex flavours. Whether as a bistro, a bar a vin or a boulangerie, Yeast rises to the occasion each and every time.
Address: 24G Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar
Time Out anointed it “The Best Meat in KL” honour for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, and it’s easy to see why. While the classy décor and ambience makes for a refined yet casual dining experience, it’s the succulent meats and cuts that give Ril’s Steakhouse its culinary chops. They take their beef seriously here, and it shows.
Address: 30 Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru
There are celebrity chefs, and then there is Chef Ismail, a homegrown culinary guru known for his traditional kampung (village) menu. Enjoy local delights like nasi lemak (coconut milk rice), local curries and satay (meat skewers) at Rebung Chef Ismail, a restaurant housed within a restored old bungalow.
Address: 4-2 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar Park
Stay tuned for more buzz around Bangsar!