Battered but not beaten, ravaged but reborn: Time has taken a relentless toll on this two-storey shop-house on a corner of Chinatown, but after having weathered colonial rule, a World War, & decades of commercial wear-&-tear - most recently as a pharmacy - this address is now a new heritage hostel named Mingle Kuala Lumpur, with an in-house cafe called Leaf & Co.
The street-level setting is rich in character, bearing the scars of history on both its surface & soul. Photographers seeking a place to explore might find a fair bit of inspiration in the intricate details throughout this site, which is still a work in progress.
The hostel is ready to receive bookings, with pod beds & private lofts slated to be available within the month. Could be cosy.
The cafe's repertoire spans East & West - for a taste of both, the crunchy-juicy buttermilk fried chicken leg with Malaysian fried rice, Indonesian sambal terasi & Thai-dressed sweet-sour salad makes for a fulfilling meal (RM23); other options include satay chicken baguettes & chicken chop with spaghetti. The piccolo latte is satisfactory too, though its presence illustrates how this isn't a venue for the neighbourhood. True story: A man who works nearby walked in, saw the coffee on the table & asked how much it costs. Two ringgit, he guessed. When told it was RM10, he recoiled & muttered his surprise, leaving without hesitation.
Leaf & Co
Mingle Kuala Lumpur, 53 Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 1130am-930pm. Cafe: 03-6261-2228
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