Hold on to your handlebars - this new hidden rooftop cafe is the wheel deal: Perched atop a weathered Bangsar shop-house, Makan At The Basikal is a rustic refuge that's set to speed up its evolution from quirky neighbourhood secret to hip hangout.
As its name suggests & its decor confirms, this venue - accessible furtively via a back lane - is fuelled by pedal power, a community space created by cyclists for cyclists, with retail & repair facilities complemented by events & workshops. But food enthusiasts shouldn't simply whiz past; the cafe whips up a compact but well-considered menu of classic local crowd-rousers.
Terengganu-style laksa kuah putih (RM6), Penang's assam laksa (RM6), curry mee (RM7) & nasi lemak (RM4) are the highlights here - princely portions at relatively pauper-friendly prices, prepared with less salt & oil than the norm, in line with the cyclist's creed of healthy living. Kopi Muar Ais (RM3.50) & Bandung Soda (RM4) serve to refresh customers following the hike up The Basikal's narrow stairs, a climb that comes with several irresistible stops for Instagram photography opportunities.
Makan At The Basikal Cafe
Backlane of 90, Jalan Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Tues-Sat, 5pm-11pm. Tel: 012-645-9560
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