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!
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
Vinegar was given for us to self-sprinkle onto our dish.
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
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!
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
Spicy Prawn Noodles
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
Call them at this contact number: 03-2142 5670
Drop by at this address: 50 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia