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 Dining - Artscafe


Café with Art and a link to the expat world

Finally a place in town that has superb food, décor and concept, and it is not in Bangsar or Bintang Walk. The place is called Artscafe and it is snugly located on the ground floor of the National Art Gallery on Jalan Tun Razak.

The café provides further attraction to the National Art Gallery, the home to thousands of pieces of priceless Malaysian art. The cafe itself has its own charms. Its high ceiling, full length windows, wooden floors and modern furniture creates a wonderful relaxed ambiance.  Weather it’s after viewing some of Malaysia’s famed artworks or talking over a few drinks Artscafe has an interesting blend of East and West, and Art. 

Well, to begin with, you can see a wooden baby cot transformed into a magazine rack, a wheat grinder used as a table base and pots with holes used to cover the lights.  Although still minimal, the innovative furniture ignite the spark of creativity which is the aim of the café.

Dining at Artscafe
Greenpeace, Artscafe's vegetarian snack

For those looking to pick something up various handmade crafts from “hobbyists” that the owners handpick from all over Asia including handmade coasters, painted stones, books made out of sari and tie-and-dye, cushion covers, bags, postcards and t-shirts are all reasonably priced.

The food is really something.  Now your saying to yourself, how many food reviews say something like this, but it’s true.  I can honestly say that at first glance the menu looks a bit scary.  Being “art-inspired”, you will find the likes of iced flower lemon tea, tandoori chicken sandwich with tapioca chips, red sambal snapper and stir-fried kuay teow served with chicken rendang Kelantan.  They don’t like to call it fusion but the food here is nevertheless different. The food is not spicy but it is tasty!

Marinara Stew, a healthy full hearted meal

The café is no stranger to expats, they have catered for a standing cocktail for the likes of Phillip Morris and a sit down dinner for Nokia’s VIP’s.  Weather you are looking for a place to have lunch with the friends or a dinner for two with a difference then the Artscafe is the place. 

As you can imagine artscafé has art on the walls, very tastefully done.  At the moment hanging on separate walls are works from two different artists.  One of which is a British lady whom used batik to create an incredable effect.  From a distance the work looks as if it was painted with oils or acrylics but a closer examination reveals in fact it is batik

Artscafe offers light and tasty lunches with reasonable prices. It also serves set dinners for RM38 nett every Friday and Saturday night.  For your chance to win one of four dinners for two enter the competetion on the front page.

The great thing about this place is there is lots of parking and it’s easy to find.  It is attached to the National Arts Gallery located on Jalan Tun Razak.  Artscafe is open daily from 10am to 6pm. For enquiries, call 03-40252315.


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