Sunday, February 2, 2014

El Negra Distro @ Ipoh

Who says the sleepy city of Ipoh can't sustain the semblance of a cultural nightlife? El Negra Distro, recently launched in Ipoh's Old Town neighbourhood, is determined to prove otherwise.

 El Negra rises only a few hours before sunset & stays open till midnight, enabling indie musicians to find their late-hours groove in casual, improvised performances that feel like an initiative to bring busking indoors.

Battle drowsiness with coffee: unfortunately, the latte is too weak & bland to recommend (truth be told, it's terrible), while the affogato could benefit from softer ice cream. 

El Negra considers itself a 'distro,' a cross between a deli & a bistro; the menu's a mishmash of chicken-&-egg sandwiches, bread-&-butter puddings, roast chicken, meatball spaghetti & tiramisu. Service can be a mixed bag; there are several friendly staff members here, but a few behind the counter are smiles-free and bored-looking.

Still, this venue is blessed with potential; the first-floor, shop-house ambiance is winsome. With some fine-tuning of everything else, El Negra could someday become an Ipoh success story.

El Negra Distro
121 First Floor, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Ipoh, Perak
Open 4pm through midnight, except Tuesdays. Tel: 03-241-2544


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12 comments:

  1. Ooooo...live entertainment. I'd like that!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, especially in this case, when the music is gentle and not overwhelmingly loud! :)

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  2. Some interesting things happening in Ipoh!

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, it's turning into quite a weekend attraction for KL-ites =)

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  3. I love the colours and menu lettering. Someone is very artistic!

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    1. Linda: ya, the creative streak here is pretty cool! :D

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  4. This place looks interesting, especially their chairs!
    No food? How come? :P

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    1. CK: heh, yup, the furnishing here is nicely chosen :D I think the food menu wasn't tempting enough at the end of the day =)

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  5. Wow so many new cafes sprouting out in Ipoh too!

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    1. Ken: ya, it's easy to spend a full day hopping from one café to another in Ipoh :)

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  6. definitely the place to 'let your hair down' after a hard days work!!

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    1. Thelawyerboy: that sounds very tempting! =)

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