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Many of us are willing to travel far in search of good food, but if we just look more closely at places surrounding us, there are gems we often missed, and there’s probably a Chinese proverb that explains this.

The nasi lemak at Wisma Genting Food Court (between Wisma Genting & Wisma Cosway) is one such places for me. It is often regarded as one of the best nasi lemak in KL, but for some reasons it took me almost two years to finally try it despite working just a stone’s throw away.

food court between Wisma Genting and Wisma Cosway
food court between Wisma Genting and Wisma Cosway

Wisma Genting food court is situated right between Wisma Genting and Wisma Cosway, and sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Wisma Cosway food court. It is a semi open area that was probably first designed as a walkway in the architect’s drawing.

The nasi lemak seller is situated at the stall closest to the entrance, and you really can’t miss it. There’s almost always a line of office workers queueing up at the stall.

piping hot and very fragrant rice, reasonably priced as well
piping hot and very fragrant rice, reasonably priced as well

The nasi lemak here is comes steamy hot, and there are plenty of different side dishes you can choose from to go along with the basic – rice, hard boiled egg, cucumber, anchovies, peanuts, and sambal. For my breakfast, I chose cuttle fish, alternatives include fried chicken, fried egg, fish ball look-alike-thingy, curry chicken, and more.

The nasi lemak is a bit wetter than usual, and definitely much warmer than the “usual” ones. It was delicious and all those ingredients compliment each other perfectly. For those who appreciate breakfast to be warm and full flavor, this is a place to be. I think it is also right up there with other popular nasi lemak places such as Village Park at Uptown, Nasi Lemak Tanglin near the National Mosque, and Nasi Lemak CT Garden at Kampung Baru.

nasi lemak, kuih, meehun too
nasi lemak, kuih, curry puff, and meehun too

Other than nasi lemak, the same stall also offers quite a good choices of traditional Malay breakfast dishes such as currypuff, meehun goreng, begedil, and more.

If you work around the area, check this out, if you don’t, find an excuse to go there before 10-11 am to give it a try.

wisma cosway map

Address:
Wisma Genting Food Court
Wisma Genting, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Bukit Bintang, 50540 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.150407, 101.711326

Ozeki Italian Cuisine is situated at the back corner on ground floor at Wisma Cosway, occupying the lot that was previously held by a Tosaya, a Japanese restaurant that I went quite a few times over lunch but somehow never bother to write about.

Ozeki is a name I’m familiar with, when my office was at KLCC, I used to frequent Ozeki Tokyo Cuisine at Menara TA whenever my wallet and taste buds agree. So when I found out that they open this Japanese infused Italian restaurant, I knew that I must give it a try.

Update 8/8/2013: Unfortunately this place is closed, perhaps too ahead of it’s time

Ozeki Italian Cuisine at Wisma Cosway is non-halal
Ozeki Italian Cuisine at Wisma Cosway is non-halal

The restaurant is non-halal, they have coffee, wine, pasta, pizza, steak, and pork in the menu. Today though, we’re going to talk about their lunch menu, which I thought provided awesome value for what you get, albiet with limited choices of only 4 sets.

We’ve tried two of the four so far.

black angus steak platter
black angus steak platter

The Black Angus Steak Platter was the one that caught my attention on my first visit (and also my second visit, hehehe).

At RM 30 it is also the most expensive option, but you get mixed salad, appetizer (mixture of beans of some sort, varies from day to day), a baked tiger prawn, Italian steamed egg custard that tastes very similar to chawanmushi, and soup of the day (I had mushroom soup once, and minestrone soup another time).

Then of course, there’s the 80 gram black angus beef prepared to your liking, I like mine medium rare, and they prepared it exactly how I wanted. It was savory, juicy, and went very well with the Japanese steamed rice and mushroom. RM 30 was well worth it, and they serve cold water with no extra charge too.

roasted chicken and risotto platter, soup included, but not the coffee
roasted chicken and risotto platter, soup included, but not the coffee

If you go with the Roasted Chicken and Risotto Platter (RM 26), you get everything described above, but instead of beef & rice, it’s cheese risotto and roast chicken thigh with chef’s special sauce. This was actually a pretty big serving and my colleague who tried it gave nothing but glowing review.

The other two selection on the lunch menu are Vongole Pasta Platter (RM 24) and  Tonkatsu Panini Platter (RM 18). The former is pasta with clams and mushroom, and the cheapest option is a pork sandwich, both serves with soup of the day and Italian steamed egg custard.

If you haven’t tried Japanese style Italian food (if that make sense) and don’t want to break your budget, lunch at Ozeki Italian Cuisine would be a good place to start.

wisma cosway map

Address:
Ozeki Italian Cuisine
Ground Floor
Wisma Cosway
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50540 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2148 9390
GPS3.150875, 101.711812
Hours: Lunch and Dinner 

While walking to our original intended target – the pork free food court between Wisma Cosway and Wisma Genting, a few colleagues and I chanced upon this new little restaurant by the name of Siamese Cafe located just behind the interesting Yashi-no-mi Japanese cafe.

NOTE: unfortunately this place has already been closed down

the glorious siamese nasi lemak with everything
the glorious siamese nasi lemak with chicken, squid, petai & prawn

The restaurant has only some 10 tables that sits 2-3 people each, and on the menu there are less than 10 items on offer. This is fine by me, the bigger the menu usually only means the bigger the confusion and time taken to order.

The choices are simple, you can either have nasi lemak, or Siamese mee hun to go with fried chicken, Kristan chicken (a type of thick curry), ikan kembung, assam squid, sambal petai prawn, or kerang (cockles).

there's siamese mee hun too, and those anchovies are darn good
there’s siamese mee hun too, and those anchovies are darn good

Everything is priced at RM 8, except for Nasi Lemak (or meehun) special that comes with squid, petai assam prawn, and fried chicken, that is at RM 10. The set comes with an ice lemon tea, and the sides that includes half a hard boiled egg, peanuts, some potato + onion thing, and fried anchovies.

and here is winnie, as eye candy, nothing more
and here is winnie, as your eye candy

While the meehun tends to be a little on the dry side, the nasi lemak was fragrant and full of santan flavor. The chicken, petai, and squid were all very good too, and I particularly love the sweet and spicy fried anchovies they serve at the side.

The special set is really value for money at RM 10 with drinks. Business seems to be quite brisk at this new place, and I certainly hope this cafe is here to stay.

wisma cosway map

Address:
Siamese Cafe
Ground Floor
Wisma Cosway
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50540 Kuala Lumpur

GPS3.150875, 101.711812

I must have walked by Yashi-no-mi at least a dozen times without thinking that it was available for lunch.

The outside says Japanese Cafe, but with the darkened glass panels and dodgy looking main entrance, this place looks more like an old school arcade or pubs where married men prefer not to let their wives know if they went there the previous night.

Yashi-no-mi Japanese Cafe at Wisma Cosway
Yashi-no-mi Japanese Cafe at Wisma Cosway

Feeling a little adventurous yesterday, I walked by Yashi-no-mi again yesterday, and just by chance I spotted a piece of laminated A-4 paper that says (among other things), lunch at 12 pm – 2:30 pm. The door wasn’t fully closed, I peeked in and saw a handful of diners in there eating something. I decided to head in too.

buta shougayaki don - pork belly in ginger sauce with rice
buta shougayaki don – pork belly in ginger sauce with rice

The cafe looks like it was lifted from a neighborhood pub in suburban Japan and got transported to this country by mistake. Maroon faux leather bench chair, wooden tables, a brick wall, heavily tinted glasses, and a TV older than most college kids.

The place is quite hideous, but at the same time it was also quite charming, a little old lady prepares your food right behind the bar, the server was friendly, and time slows down by at least a factor of two when you are there.

the set comes with salad, miso soup, and drinks
the set comes with salad, miso soup, and drinks

There were less items on the menu than you have fingers, which makes it easy to order. I chose the buta shougayaki don that comes with a bowl of fried pork belly with onion in light onion sauce on rice, a serving of salad with the lovely wafu dressing, a drink (choice of ice lemon tea or green tea), and a bowl of miso soup too.

All for RM 17, if you order the “S” size. Add 2 bucks for M, 4 for L, and so forth.

The pork belly and rice I had was excellent too (same can’t be said about their miso soup), and I think I’ll be heading there whenever I need to get away a little. There’s still a few dishes to try out, like maybe that pork cutlet with mayo.. ermm.

wisma cosway map

Address:
Yashi-no-me
Lot  G.01, Ground Floor
Wisma Cosway
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50540 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.150875, 101.711812
Tel03-2148 4254

I’ve been working at the proximity of Bukit Bintang for over half a year now, and I gotta say that compared to KLCC, this place has so much more lunch options. One of my relatively recent discovery is this little Japanese ramen shop on the first floor at Wisma CoswayTon Chan.

Ton Chan at Wisma Cosway
Ton Chan at Wisma Cosway

The interior decoration is not unlike other simple Japanese outfit, with plenty of lanterns and empty sake bottles. I spotted a few Japanese dining within, and that was when I decided that this is probably a place worth visiting.

Chasiu ramen with glistering pork & 3/4 boiled egg
Chasiu ramen with glistering pork & 3/4 boiled egg

On my first visit I ordered the Chasiu Ramen (RM 15), since it’s supposed to be a ramen restaurant, they should serve good chasiu ramen, the original stuff.

And what came was a bowl of ramen with five pieces of chasiu that stared at me so seductively it could make a grown man cry. Half of a perfectly 3/4 boiled egg, plenty of green onion, home made ramen, and their light but tasty soup made up the rest of the dish. It was a bowl of good ramen that ensured my return to this restaurant.

rice with pork, rice with chicken & egg, ramen
rice with pork, rice with chicken & egg, ramen

On my second visit with a few colleagues, I tried their braised pork with rice. Served with the same half an egg and a side of soup, the braised pork were seriously one of the bests I’ve had. It was fat, succulent, and super savory. I’m gonna have trouble choosing between this and the ramen.

My colleagues tried ramen and liked it, another ordered oyakodon (rice with chicken and egg) and gave good reviews to them too.

map to wisma cosway

A meal at Ton Chan typically costs somewhere around RM 15-25, but you do get real Japanese food that are different from your typical sushi/sashimi shops.

Give it a try if you’re at the area.

Address:
Ramen Ton Chan
Lot 1.18-1.21, 1st Floor
Wisma Cosway
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50540 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.150875, 101.711812
Tel: 03-2148 9389