“Best in Changkat at least if not in Kuala Lumpur”

Jalan Changkat reminded me of Little Italy in New York, but with more international varieties. The downside with Changkat is that it is too touristy. I am usually put off by enthusiastic ushers who try too hard to get you into the restaurant but in this case I was attracted by the mention of the Italian-Greek food. There are many Italians restaurants but this could be the only Greek Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur.

The cellar was impressive with a decently priced house recommendation. It was the last hour before sunset just after Christmas. Changkat was its best: cool, not much noise, not crowded, when alfresco was so pleasing.

As we had 3 teenagers with us we decided to go communal. We started with fresh oysters. This was not New Zealand, at USD 25 per dozen I did not complain. Next was the duck salad. My wife thought it was the best duck salad she ever had. Next was the antipasti. I was blown over by the grilled baby squids, just the way Greeks do it.

The children vetoed for us to proceed with the deserts: baklava and tiramisu. The tiramisu was outstanding. The caramalised grapes were out of this world. I topped the evening with a double expresso.

Our hostess for the evening was the manageress herself. It was a wonderful evening with the family: we had good conversations, excellent food and drinks, wonderful host, excellent desserts, good coffee, wonderful street sights and sounds. The only thing missing that evening was my Cohiba. The damage was about USD150 for 6 of us. 

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