Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Opium @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

In a setting that harkens back to Oriental opium dens of yore (with a bed & lamps, but no pipes), Changkat Bukit Bintang's latest hotspot surfaces without a whiff of smoky sleaze so far but with a wealth of fusion food & curiously addictive cocktails.

The menu's a mishmash, with Wagyu beef rendang (accompanied by steamed lotus-leaf buns, RM38++) sharing space with other East-meets-West creations including tuna sashimi pizza, five-spice duck with cranberry jus & prawn curry spaghettini.

What lies beneath the lids? Opium's selection showcases snacks galore, from crispy popiah-skin samosas stuffed with three cheeses & raisins (paired with apricot chutney, RM18++) to regular old-fashioned dim sum. Opium is a no-pork establishment, so the siu mai features a mix of chicken, prawns & mushrooms (RM12++).

 Intriguing desserts include the banana fritters topped with strands of aged cheddar, coupled with banana ice cream. The combination works well enough to leave a positive impression.

Something cool & refreshing for these heat-ravaged evenings: Shaved ice mixed with (deep breath!) grass jelly, water chestnuts, basil seeds, peanuts, corn, mung bean paste, coconut milk, gula melaka & coconut ice cream. RM18++.

What makes Opium worth visiting: Cocktails, crafted in relatively novel presentations that underscore the restaurant's theme. 'Traders Vic Heads East'  (RM32++) comprises spiced rum with mangosteen (subtle), orange curacao & Dutch almond syrup; other options boast names like Forbidden City, Genghis' Poison Chalice, Tea Trader & Shanghailander.

 Peking Man (vodka, puer tea, longan, lime juice, orange bitters, egg white) & Mojito with a five-spice twist. We'd like to try the ASEAN Daiquiri (with calamansi, asam boi & kaffir lime leaves) & Red Lantern Margarita (with pomegranate seeds) someday.

 Even the wine is served in a memorable fashion that's elegant & evocative. Service is pleasant too, a hallmark of the Changkat watering holes run by Werner Kuhn of El Cerdo, The Steakhouse & Dining In The Dark.

 Many of the outlets at Changkat thrive on alfresco areas, bustling on weekend nights; Opium is no exception.

 A lion dance to celebrate Opium's launch, fitting in well with the Far Eastern flavour here. This address has housed a series of ever-changing eateries in recent years, including Werner's & Ten On Changkat. In this era of no sure bets, Opium has its work cut out to satisfy a steady flow of customers & show more longevity.


Opium: Eat Drink Man Woman
50, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Daily, 4pm-1am (2am on Fridays & Saturdays). Tel: 03-2142-5670


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25 comments:

  1. Can't say I like the name but the food looks great - that rendang must have tasted really good. Love the dessert drinks too - look like a more sophisticated version of our jelly pisang here.

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    1. Suituapui: that rendang was thick with complex spices :) we enjoyed the desserts, they were definitely different from what other restaurants might serve :D

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  2. I like how they serve the wine LOL!

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    1. Ken: heheh, yeah, it was a pleasant surprise when they served the wine! :D

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    2. which wine is recommended ya ^^ ?

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  3. This is very cool, Sean!

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    1. Linda: a fun concept, for sure! :)

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  4. Tat Mekong vessel is quite cool! =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, heheh, a neat way to serve an exotic cocktail :D

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  5. Thanks for the peep inside. I was wondering what it looked like.

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    1. The Yum List: ya, i was curious to see how they would decorate the interior, and i think they did a nifty job :D

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  6. Banana fritters with cheese? Think I'd need a fair amount of wine for that to go down well..

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: heheh I was skeptical too but that turned out to be one of the better dishes here. They managed to make the recipe taste like something natural :)

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  7. I have been waiting to see this post, haha.
    So hot lately, I want that shaved ice!

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    1. CK: heheh, ya lor, any cold desserts would be my favourite right now! good weather for ais kacang :D

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  8. wah, what a classic restaurant, enjoyed with the view~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: ya, there's a nostalgic feel here :D

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  9. interesting! they serve dimsum too eh? will want to visit soon for brunch. =D

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    1. Jean: ya, there's lots of dim sum available here ... the restaurant is not open for brunch though, it's open for dinner :)

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    2. oh.... then shall go for the cocktails.. lol

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    3. Jean: heheh, ya, cocktails are always a good idea :)

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  10. I also like how they serve the wine. Food looks rather interesting too.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, am glad we ordered the wine, it's one of the most memorable presentations i've seen for wine :) the menu tries to be playful too :D

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  12. Do they serve anything vegetarian?

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