Kafe Kleptokrat has been a great hit these days. If you wonder what Kleptokrat means, you’re missing out some humour. Kleptokrat (or kleptocrat in English) is a ruler who uses their power to steal their country’s resources. Yes! Welcome to Malaysia and embrace the Malaysian-humour. However, we believe Kafe Kleptokrat has nothing to do (I hope) with this term. We were wondering its hype until one day we stumbled upon its photos on Instagram and decided to give it a go.
Kafe Kleptokrat is located at Jalan Tun H S Lee, in the bustling city centre of Kuala Lumpur. If you’re taking public transport, the most convenient and accessible station would be Masjid Jamek LRT Station, it’s literally within short walking distance away. We recommend taking public transport as parking in the area can be a little inconvenient. There are several illegal parking spots along the roadside of Jalan Tun H S Lee but it’s illegal and no reason for taking the risk. If you have to drive there, please take note that there are two parking areas located at each end of Jalan Tun H S Lee. Rate is around RM5/hour.
As we were there on a weekday afternoon, no queue was spotted but we did have to wait a little before getting into the café. Order must be made at the entrance – if you’re not sure what’s best on their menu, the friendly staff will be happy enough to recommend. We made our order based on his recommendation too, and were pleasantly delighted. After making payment, we were officially in the café!
Kafe Kleptokrat: Interior
We completely adore this café. In the middle of it, there’s a shallow pool – not sure if people do swim in it, but we spotted a lifebuoy (legit one) at its side. The café exudes a sense of vintage elegance. From its mottled walls to climbing plants, it was as if the café re-emerged from time tunnel. And there’re different dine-in areas to suit your mood – long benches and tables, sun terrace under shade of umbrellas, it can be a little unimaginable but you will appreciate it. Every corner is Instagrammable.
Kafe Kleptokrat: Food and Beverages
Kafe Kleptokrat serves a fusion menu – but mostly Malaysian flavours. Apart from the usual breakfast and brunch items, we also found local delights like Nasi Lemak, Lontong, Laksa, Soto (and the list goes on). Just in case you think cafés as such create good photos but so-so dining experience, it’s not the case here in Kafe Kleptokrat.
Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng Berempah (RM21)
First and foremost, I just want to express how much I like the earthenware they use here. It feels so authentic and genuine.
I ordered Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng Berempah. It came with all the basic nasi lemak condiments – sambal, hard-boiled egg, cucumber slices, toasted peanuts and anchovies. At first glance, the fried chicken thigh seemed a tad too dry. However, the skeptic immediately vanished into thin air after the first bite. I won’t say it was a juicy piece of fried chicken, but it was aromatic with the spices they used to marinade it. It’s the type which got more aromatic the more you chew into it. (*_<)
Lontong Kering Pakcik Alam (RM22)
The dish somehow reminded us of our neighbour. During festive season, they would always give us lontong. I’m not too sure if this is a festive food, but we always welcome it with open-arms. To be frank, I am not a lontong-goer, I just simply dislike the texture of compressed rice cake. While I still dislike the rice cake, Kafe Kleptokrat’s Lontong Kering actually gave me a new dimension to appreciate this dish. We opted for Rendang Ayam version, and were blown away by the rich, creamy and aromatic rendang. It’s so flavourful and together with other condiments, I bet it’s even more a delight to those who love lontong.
*If you wonder what lontong is, do read more here.*
After the mildly spicy meal, we indulged in a slice of Lemon Poppy Seed Cake (RM12)
The cake was ultra moist, but too sweet to our liking. We know it’s meant to be a dessert, but it’s really too sweet.
Kafe Kleptokrat is one of the very few cafés in Kuala Lumpur where we truly felt their food worth a mention, so don’t go there merely for your Instagram!
Kafe Kleptokrat @ Jalan Tun H S Lee
📍 Address: 18, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ Opening Hours: (Weekdays) 10AM – 10PM; (Weekends) 8AM – 10PM
☎️ Phone: +60128760262
🚗 Parking: There are two parking areas at each end of Jalan Tun H S Lee.
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OUR RATING:Ambience: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Quality of Food: ⭐ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Price: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2