Monday, March 25, 2013

Nook, W XYZ & Mai Bar @ Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

 Sniffing out the F&B options at Starwood's Aloft KL Sentral, the city's latest hotel, which features everything from a Polynesian-inspired rooftop bar with hand-carved Tiki totems to a twenty-four-hour lobby pantry for midnight munchies.

Aloft's main stop for solid sustenance is the first-floor Nook, whose intriguing interior represents Poole Associates' creativity (the folks behind 7atenine, WiP, EEST & QBA).

Lots of natural light, plenty of space & heaps of buffet offerings for RM78+ at dinnertime. 

From prawns, mussels & smoked salmon on ice to salads & a noodle counter that whips up a bare-bones rendition of Sarawak laksa ... 

 ... to East-&-West hot food that includes milk-roasted chicken, pan-fried orange-soy snow fish, briyani gam Johor, sambal tempe & kari ketam ..

 ... to dim sum of 'ma la' style beef, squid in belacan sauce & steamed egg in aloe vera sauce ...

 ... there's enough to keep customers going back for seconds, thirds & fourths ...

 ... all the way to desserts that might be defined more as 'guilty' than 'pleasure.'

Nook does not officially serve alcohol, but wine can be brought over from Aloft's bars, thanks to friendly servers & venue managers like Mr Maran.

 Nook closes at 10:30 pm, following which peckish guests can check out Re:Fuel, a pantry that conveniently stocks the likes of bircher muesli, Greek yogurt, Nicoise salad, muffins, nasi lemak, loh mai kai, salmon bagels, mushroom pies, egg sandwiches, cheese cakes & coffee.

Further socializing & pool-playing can be had at the comfortingly calm, lobby-level W XYZ Bar. 

Standard bar snacks, plus the tried-&-tested selection of liquor, are available here. 

Seeking a less sedate evening? Head up to Aloft's poolside Mai Bar, on possibly the 14th floor.

Take a table beside Tiki statues created by Australian artist Tony Twigg at the alfresco lounge or sit indoors; both sections offer OK views of KL's skyline.

For novelty value: Mai Bar's 'Out of the World' cocktail, a Mai Tai served in a Tiki cup alongside a mixer of pineapple juice, vanilla & cinnamon.

Everything might look blue, but who would have guessed that Mai Bar serves a jackfruit cocktail? It's as good a reason as any for now to visit this 482-room, 300-million-ringgit hotel, which will be linked later this year to the upcoming Nu Sentral mall.

Aloft KL Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2723-1188
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28 comments:

  1. Lots of things to "play" and "eat" ! If tired, can also stay over, next day go to work from here !!

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    1. Wong: heheh, yeah, it's in a very accessible location, just a short walk from kl sentral's trains :D

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  2. First ALoft in Malaysia. new place to accumulate starwood points too! =p
    I think KL Sentral gonna be the eat drinks hotspot again, for having Hilton, Le Meriedien, and now ALoft together at one place!

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    1. Jean: it'll also be interesting to see what happens when the Nu Sentral shopping mall opens beside Aloft. Hopefully there will be some interesting cafes in the mall too :D

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    2. YES the new Nu Sentral. the name is catchy.. haha..
      too bad my office is not nearby, but easy access with monorail! when the mall open, no more long outdoor walkway to get to kl sentral from monorail station too!

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    3. Jean: oooh, and i think Nu Sentral will have offices too, so maybe some of your friends might work here and you can meet them in this area for lunch/dinner =)

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  3. Can never be bored there.

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    1. Linda: thanks to a glass or two of wine, perhaps (or a keen interest in exploration, heh) :D

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  4. I like nyonya kuihs...but not many places can make really good ones.

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    1. Suituapui: true, i didn't try the nyonya kuih at the buffet here =)

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  5. read about this place last week.. looks rather cool! But I also heard it's not as sturdy as the other 5 star hotels.. is it true? LOL (as in looks good on the outside but don't inspect it too closely.. )

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    1. Ciki: ooh, there's still some unfinished business at the hotel. some sections appear to be still in the final stages of construction. think it should be all good soon tho! :D

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  6. I love the variety of the buffet, although I can't eat much, hahaha.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, nowadays i also can't try everything on the buffet table. usually i don't eat most of the desserts :D

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  7. W XYZ?! Cute name....Easy to remember too! haha

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    1. Melissa: heheh, ya, luckily it's not XWZY or something out of order! :D

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  8. had lunch at Nook's on Friday. Interesting to sit on the high chairs!

    Yet to check out the drinks at Mai Bar but I am planning to camp there for my birthday celebrations:D And to take a lift down to my room...beats driving home:D

    W XYZ is nice and cozy! Love the pool table there too...serves to entertain the hubby while I chill with the buddies.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooh, i didn't try the high chairs at Nook, cos we were lazy to climb up and down to get to the buffet tables :D
      the mixologist at mai bar seems quite enthusiastic about his creations, especially the jackfruit cocktail which is nearly as thick as a milkshake. i hope u enjoy your birthday celebration here! sounds very happening :D
      and ya, the pool table at W XYZ was consistently in use by customers here, both at 7pm when we arrived and 11pm when we left! :D

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  9. This area is getting quite some attention. Parking and traffic is going to be quite painful...

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    1. Sycookies: traffic is already a bit painful, due to double-parking by cabs and also construction work, heheh. but it's still quite a nicely accessible location by train =)

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  10. lol, so near my office~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: heheh, maybe you can check this place out someday =)

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  11. Was in Bali so didnt managed to catch the opening!
    I need to check it out soon :), since I stayed in Aloft BKK before, I wonder how similar this would be !

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    1. Tng: I think some of their concepts and features remain similar. For example, the swimming pool area is named "splash" at most Aloft hotels worldwide apparently :D

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  12. Looks like it could be a fun place to hang out for a few drinks. W's little sister right?

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, the resident mixologist here definitely has potential. He's young and passionate =) and yeah, they call the aloft hotels "a vision of w" :D

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  13. yeah i was wondering where is Aloft when one of my mom's friend was asking me last week. I am really outdated these days not keeping in touch with the new places.

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    1. Eiling: ooh, ya, it's crazy sometimes, how new restaurants, new bars and new shopping malls are popping up every week in KL :D

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