Peranakan cuisine has always been one of my weaknesses and any mention of udang petai (prawns stir-fried with stink beans) would instantly start a wild saliva party between my teeth. So when I saw a friend's Facebook photos of his nyonya lunch at Limablas, my keyboard got drenched.
But more than just serving up mouthwatering Peranakan food, Limablas' contempo-retro decor is a photographer's dream come true and would turn even the most camera-shy into an instant camwhore.
Here. I must come!
|Tucked along the eclectic Jalan Mesui lined with quirky shopfronts, the entrance of Limablas is an invitation to travel back in time. It felt like I was walking into a 70s hipster's home.|
We had initially wanted to come by for lunch on Sunday but the restaurant was closed so we came back on a Monday expecting a large lunch crowd but it was comfortably patronised. Unfortunately, they were out of petai (stink beans) that day and I'll have to find equal pleasure in Limablas' other menu offerings to make up for the disappointment.
|... but of course, I can't emulate my evergreen idol so it's free-styling with the patchwork of vintage furnishings.|
|Limablas has an open bar at the patio but it was too early to sample their interesting sounding cocktails.|
|Hello there! This uncle chio or not? Hahaha...|
|Interior of Limablas... Yesterday didn't happen once more, it never went away.|
|Retro-hip... a place to feed the stomach and the camera!|
|This flower fan looks like it fell out of the pages of Alice in Wonderland.|
|One of the fun things to do was to take a closer look at the display items... sometimes recovering a memory, and sometimes discovering a good laugh.|
|Old things given a new purpose at Limablas... me not included.|
|The period setting very got 'feel'. We stayed till past 2pm when all the customers had left and practically had the restaurant all to ourselves to shoot.|
|Put me in a vase and I'll bloom for you :)|
Now that I've fed my Olympus Tough TG-4, it is time to feed the tummy...
|No room for dessert... We were thinking of some Peranakan sweets to end off the saliva party but we were too stuffed!|
Address : 25, Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours : 11am - 3pm, 6pm - 10:30pm (Mon - Sat)