Monday, September 5, 2016

Leaf & Co @ Mingle Kuala Lumpur Hostel, Chinatown

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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14 comments:

  1. The man must have thought that this was one of those old coffee shops (because of the looks), hence RM2 for kopi-o...hehe! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: i should had taken my phone out and recorded his reaction to the price - he sputtered something and seemed rather upset!

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  2. Lots of these coffee places around these days, not so affordable but I guess it is a lifestyle thing - great for young people to hang out, just order a cup...and enjoy chatting or take advantage of the free wifi...to post the photos of their coffee on Facebook. LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, you sound like you're speaking from the experience of seeing those young people or spotting their photos on facebook! :)

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  3. Very cool! With a lot of natural light, can take nice pics, hehe.

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    1. CK: yup, if you manage to visit this place, come before sunset! though i think it would look quite cool at night too ;)

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  4. Standing through the test of time! This place tells so much stories. Love it.

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    1. Lux: oh yes - if these walls could talk! :)

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  5. Your pics certainly told the history of this place; the images of the area, the buildings, the workers, the old steel folding doors, the exposed wires, the wood windows.

    I love the looks of Leaf & co but I'm not even gonna consider heading there in my car. LOL. Grabcar or Uber is a must when one wants to venture to this area.


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    1. Rebecca: thanks for noticing and noting all those details that you've listed - there's definitely a lot going on at this place. it was fun to explore and try to observe ;) heh, yeah, there seems to be unusual traffic on the main road in front of the hostel/cafe ... some construction roadworks ahead causing a bottleneck! so yeah, it's a bit of an extra effort to travel here!

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  6. A place that brimming with characters~

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    1. Choi Yen: yep, it was a charming place to explore ;)

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  7. Thanks for the wonderful review. We are still putting in some finishing touches and being careful not to destroy what's left of the heritage and vintage. The cafe started off with a small selection and menu is being constantly added on and improved. Happy to get some feedbacks... We are also looking at hosting events for the arts and music.... And there will be a surprise addition coming end of September . Do look us up

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    1. Sinleong: it's great that you guys have put a lot of thought and work into this place, and you have some creative ideas! All the best with the months ahead :)

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