Disclaimer: Opium KL does not deal nor supply Opium in any way, shape or form.

You need to get those somewhere else 😉

 

 

Right after its grand opening mid last year, I was invited to the latest establishment along the vibrant Changkat Bukit Bintang, Opium KL.

And no, as mentioned above, it doesn’t supply the illegal substance, contrary to its name.

 

Located at the corner of the bustling street, its brick walls boast a deep, crimson red hue

with framed modern portraiture of young Chinese maidens.

 

First impression: Opium KL’s oriental theme and relaxed al-fresco atmosphere

is a sure pull-factor for all patrons and party-goers of the city (especially Caucasian tourists!)

 

 Eat. Drink. Man. Woman.

Can’t wait to see what this new kid on the block has to offer! Big Smile

 

Walking into Opium KL, I was spellbound by such authentic interior decor, perfectly capturing 17th century China within its four walls.

It was complete with the opium pipes, opium chests and other opium equipments, as well as the ‘lounge-bed’ chairs akin to those of opium dens!

 

 Whoa. No seriously, WHOA. And that’s not even all of it.

Beautiful. Really a work of art in its class! I felt like I was walking into the Forbidden City

or a museum of illegal artifacts.

They offer separate rooms too, for private dining!

 

 I was ushered to my table upon arriving.

 

 Beautifully-dressed waitresses began to serve us our soup & appetizers.

Boy, they really look the part too!

 

Peppery Lamb Soup

 

I loved this! Two of my favorite ingredients were made out of it – pepper and lamb!

Its combination of lamb cubes, carrots, potatos, spices, coriander and fried shallots worked well as a starter, to warm my tummy up for the courses ahead.

Not too peppery nor spicy too.

 

Fern Leaf Salad with Grilled Prawns

The next starter was a unique one. Wild fern leaves were prepared with huge prawns and tossed in ginger, sambal, flower shallots, coconut and lime juice.
It was slightly spicy, but juicy and delicious all the same.

 

Vinegar was given for us to self-sprinkle onto our dish.

 

Crab Cakes

These were such delightful bites! Real crab meat is made into tiny balls and infused with herb & sambal. It was indeed as juicy as it looks, with fillings oozing out of every bite.

 

Chicken or Beef Satay

You really can’t go wrong with satay. Opium KL nailed it perfectly too.

Assembled with the standard fare of peanut sauce-cucumber-onion-rice cake combo, there was however, one VERY note-worthy thing.

Each skewer contained little to no fats! If you’re a fitness junkie like I am, you’d appreciate that fact just as much as I did. 😉

 

Check out how water was served here!

Like the way they traditionally drank rice wine back in ancient China,

it was served in a porcelain bowl too.

 

Took a stroll around the restaurant while waiting  for my drinks and main course to arrive.

 

Yes, I found the lavatory signs very amusing and creative.

 

When I got back to the table, voila! It was filled with Opium KL’s signature house cocktails and twisted classics. Let’s take a closer look at them one-by-one, shall we?

 

5 fragrance mojito

This refreshing concoction comprises rum, lime, mint, 5 spices & soda.

It’s not your average mojito, I’m tellin’ ya. 😉

 

50 years storm

A bit of an acquired taste, this consists of cognac, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters, peychauds bitters & sugar

 

 Shanghailander

For the bold whiskey lovers, enjoy this whiskey, smokey whiskey, honey water, ginger & lemon juice combo!

 

Silk road martini

A simple yet strong pair of Gin or vodka and Noilly Prat – now served with diced caviar too!

 

Teatrader

Turn up the heat with this frothy shake of rum, grand marnier,

lime juice, orange juice & 5 spiced syrup!

 

After the cocktail tasting, I stepped outside to take a breather before the main course.

 

Dusk slowly easing in.

 

With Sascha, the outlet manager of Opium KL!

P/S: To all single ladies out there, he’s newly single now 😉

 

Angus Beef Rendang paired with Lotus Leaf Buns

This Angus beef was tender to taste, simmered to perfection with spices, santan, tumeric leaves and kaffir lime leaves.
Tastey and relatively spicy (but bearable!) the beef rendang was definitely worth coming back for. Laughing

 

                                                     Just sandwich it in the lotus leaf bun and eat it as a whole.

 

Spicy Prawn Noodles

 

This dish reminded me a lot of Penang Hokkien Mee.
It had a similar combination of yellow noodles & rice vermicelli, served with scallops, eggs, prawns, water spinach (kangkung) and beansprouts, all steeped in hearty prawn broth.

This Penang girl definitely approves!

We were full to the brim and adjourned to the al-fresco deck to have desserts and a few more drinks, we saw that the patio was booked out with Opium KL’s dinner crowd.

 

Moo and I just before dessert time.

(At that point, little did we know that we would end up officially together!)

 

Eat. Drink….. Man. Woman!

 

Cheesy Banana Fritters

Talk about a strong banana boost! Boyfie and I loved this heaps – we almost went for seconds but unfortunately we couldn’t stomach any more food. Who can resist fried banana and aged cheddar, topped with banana ice-cream?

Unless you aren’t a banana fan, but that’s besides the point.

 

Last but not least – Melon Ice to wash everything down. 😀

Honeydew melon, sago pearls & coconut milk combo was a great end to a fantastic oriental meal

 

Thank you so much, Sascha and Opium KL for having me tonight – I had a superb feast!

 

——————————————————————————————-

For more info on Opium KL, get in touch with them!

Log on to their official website: www.OpiumKL.com

LIKE them on Facebook: fb.com/opiumkl

Join them on Instagram: instagram.com/opiumkualalumpur

 

For reservations/dine-in:

Call them at this contact number: 03-2142 5670

Drop by at this address: 50 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Share: