Sunday, November 6, 2016

Makan At The Basikal @ Bangsar

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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10 comments:

  1. I visited few bicycle cafes in different cities/countries, maybe I should combine them as a post, hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, these bicycle cafes are always quite fun, even though i'm not a cyclist. the decor is usually cool, and the energy is strong ;)

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  2. Oh my! Interesting concept. Wow!!! The assam laksa looks good. Never tried the white one before, would love to.

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    1. Suituapui: i do like the white one - the flavour is not as punchy as the assam laksa, but it's robust in its own way :)

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  3. So many bicycles :) The food prices are very affordable. Looks like quite a nice place to hang out.

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    1. Phong Hong: haha, yeah, bicycles and wheels galore ... i was quite surprised by the food prices - that could definitely be an attraction for customers :)

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  4. This is really a very unique location!

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, something quite different in bangsar ;)

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  5. The place looks huge Sean!
    And so airy with plenty of sunlight and spacious. I would love it. Plus point - affordable food and the portion looks fair too!

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    1. Rebecca: it's quite airy, and ya, they have the whole rooftop to themselves. so it'll be good on breezy evenings, but not so good on rainy or humid evenings! :) and yup, the food price and portions are really reasonable for bangsar - more of pantai prices than bangsar, actually :D

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