Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cafe Blu @ Bukit Bintang

This cool-looking cafe has sprouted seemingly out of nowhere, outside Sungei Wang Plaza.

Cafe Blu offers two intriguing settings: Take a table in the air-conditioned interior, where windows supply glimpses of cars speeding toward Bukit Bintang ...

... or snatch a seat at the alfresco section, perfect for pedestrian-watching & graffiti observation.

Tapas whipped up by a Singaporean chef might be the top temptation here. Choices include the miso-glazed eggplant stacked with hummus & feta (RM20+) ...

... as well as crisp coriander fish cakes coupled with chili tomato jam ...

... & sauteed mushrooms (RM12+) made mouthwatering with garlic & a splash of cider.

Additional attraction: The Milkshake Factory has relocated here from Jalan P. Ramlee, so customers can come to Cafe Blu to savor shakes with plenty of potential mixers, from Mars bars to Kellogg's Pop-Tarts. Cafe Blu also serves its own ice cream, ideal for hot afternoons.

Cafe Blu provides no liquor, but no need to be blue about that; we can always paint the town red at some other outlet, like Mid Valley's Blu Med.

Blu Med whips up fun cocktails, including this one-of-a-kind Cempedak Daiquri (!!!).

Also creative: a creme brulee martini, made with rum, creme de cacao, milk & kahlua.
Entries on Blu Med's food: Jan. 17 & Feb. 7.

Cafe Blu @ Bukit Bintang

Cafe Blu,
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2630-9415
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37 comments:

  1. Hey Cafe Blu is in operation aredi...walked past several time while otw to Sg Wang n LowYat...hehe =)

    How's Blue Med casual dining...has it started? =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, cafe Blu is officially open now. The renovation work was quite speedy, and the final result looks pretty interesting =) ya, the "casual" dining at Blu med also has started, it includes the risotto and some items in the February blog post :D

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    2. Oooya...can wait to try both Blus...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: I'll be waiting to see if a third Blu surfaces in KL ... True Blu could be a cafe name, sort of :D

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  2. ah i saw this but haven't visit yet. I also heard that the famous macau pork bun is opening a stall in lot 10 food court. just back to malaysia today, shall try both in this week! (hopefully)..lol

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    1. Jean: oh yeah, you could grab the pork bun sandwich at lot 10 (it's quite nice!) and then cross the road to cafe Blu for some more snacks and maybe a milkshake :D

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  3. We drove pass this today and was suggesting to the hubby that we should check it out on days that we want to paint the town blue:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, if the skies are grey and the world looks dark, head to Cafe Blu for its cool, calm color =)

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  4. Pretty setting. I'd like an order of that miso-glazed eggplant stacked with hummus & feta.
    Creme brulee cocktail sounds tempting too.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, this could be a nice setting for a teatime retreat. The combo of eggplant, hummus and feta turned out to be quite a treat. And having a 'creme brûlée' cocktail definitely adds an interesting textural dimension to the drink :D

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  5. well, i like the colour of blue which is suite with my feelings~ =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: I hope it's a calm, cool blue feeling, ya =)

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  6. Heading to KL soon but unfortunately, not going to stay at BB. Everyone keeps telling me horror stories of road works, massive jams...and flash floods when it rains. I think I'd stay some place further away.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo that's true, it rains a lot in the evening in kl nowadays, so there's often agonizing traffic crawls from 5pm onwards =)

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  7. Now I know where the Milkshare Factory moved to! hehehe
    Did you try the coffee at Cafe Blu?

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    1. CK: oh ya, i think I prefer the previous location for milkshake factory, since it was easier for me to drive there from my office, heheh =) no, didn't try cafe blu's coffee. Hope it's good! :D

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  8. Hahaha cant help but LOL on the graffiti obsservation! Now that is true blue Malaysia.

    Cant help but imagine the "exoticness" of the cempedak daiquiri! No runs to the toilet?

    But the creme brulee martini sounds like a winner.

    Mich

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    1. Mich: heh, graffiti can add some character to our streets, though I think the graffiti outside sungei wang can seem like a bit of an eyesore for some =) ooo, the cempedak daiquiri was perfectly tasty and perfectly harmless. Though if I had to choose, I'd pick the creme brûlée martini instead since I don't really like cempedak, heh :D

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  9. This place is open now! I like the bright2 interior. Blue and White..nice combination.
    Ohh...I rmbr you blogged about The Milkshake Factory quite sometime ago. Now they've relocate..I think this location is easier for ppl to grab a drink.

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, it's a very soothing color combination for this cafe. Even though it's busy and crowded on the streets, the cafe feels very welcoming inside :D ya, I actually prefer the milkshake factory to be at Jalan p ramlee, since it was walking distance from a lot of office buildings. I don't often go to the sungei wang area, so I might not come to the milkshake factory much anymore =)

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  10. Hi Sean, I love the name of the cafe, it definitely suits the decor. The decor is so friendly and calm! The food looks quite interesting. I am wondering if you have restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that allow you to "bring your own wine." We have many of those here in Montreal. Great post, as always, Sean!

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, cafe blu could almost evoke a feeling of a beachside cafe, somewhere near the sea =) oooh, bringing our own wine can sometimes be complicated in Kuala Lumpur, since many outlets cater to Malaysia's Muslim majority and do not allow alcohol. And for other outlets, they charge a fee of maybe 10 dollars if we bring our own wine :D

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  11. Oh so blueeeee! It's been a while since I visited Sg Wang, used to be a fortnightly haunt for me.

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    1. Baby sumo: heheh, ya, the perfect place for people whose favorite color is blue :D ooo, sungei wang used to be a place where my mom might take me and my sister when we were schoolchildren, long before other malls like Klcc and pavilion existed, heh :D

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  12. it's under the monorail station??

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    1. 十六: yups, just exit the monorail on the sg wang side :D

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  13. The food looks rather classy, which will be a nice contrast to the herd of fast food joints clustered around that crazy corner of town.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: oh yeah, it's almost an oasis in this bustling street junction! i do wish they served wine and cocktails here though :D

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  14. for a while I thought you wrote "snatch thief friendly alfresco section" :/

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    1. KY: hahah, yes, be careful about leaving your bag or camera on the table/chair near the sidewalk! :D

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  15. So Greece Santorini feel~~

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    1. Choi yen: oooh that's an interesting comparison!

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  16. Thanks for coming Sean...hope to see u coming to Cafe Blu often..haha

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    1. Chef Andri: great job, chef, and hope it's been fun for you so far =)

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  17. Due to some pesonal difference in the Management , I decided to end my stint with them this month.. My last day will be on July 5th. I know I'm just here for awhile. But that's just how things are.... Anyway, thnks for the good review .

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    1. Chef Andri: I'm really sorry to hear that. Thanks for letting us know. All the best for your next stint, and I hope you'll find your way to another kitchen in KL at some point.

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  18. went there yesterday, i guess the closed the business

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