A Night Out On The Town in Kuala Lumpur

This is a continuation from “Ever Been Bitch Slapped By A Monkey?

SI CHUAN DOU HUA RESTAURANT – PARKROYAL HOTEL

Tonight we have been invited to dinner by Mei, the Marketing Communications Manager of the ParkRoyal Hotel. We meet in the lobby and are escorted to our own private dining room at the Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant which is situated downstairs at the ParkRoyal in Kuala Lumpur.

The Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant serves authentic Sichuan and Cantonese cuisines and is made unique with its premium signature Eight Treasure Tea brewed to perfection by an expert tea master. A master tea pourer, trained for years in China, serves the tea using a one-metre-long-nosed bronze kettle. He executes his dramatic pouring technique with absolute precision, combining martial arts, dance and gymnastics. The humble act of serving tea is raised to a fine art as he performs elegant stunts such as Nodding Phoenix and Boy Prays to Buddha as he fills your cup. You might think you have tea-pouring down pat, but once you’ve seen this guy do his thing, you will be ashamed to ever pour another cup of tea again!

Master Tea Pourer - Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant KL

I’m an avid tea drinker, but in all my years, I have never tasted tea of this caliber before – it was simply delicious and I may or may not have consumed no less than six cups throughout the course of our meal. I’m not exactly sure what made up the Eight Treasures, but it had a lovely fruity yet floral taste and aroma.

Mei suggested some menu highlights and we all agreed to order them. As an entrée, we indulged in another restaurant specialty – Eight Treasure Seafood Soup. Now, I’m going to be completely honest, I am not a seafood fan and I rarely enjoy trying new things, but, being the team player that I am, I agreed to go outside my comfort zone and give it a shot. You can imagine how shocked I am when the soup is delivered to our table and it is bright green; not only that, but it has chunks of shredded seafood floating around in it! I start to panic – what if I spoon it into my mouth and the taste is so hideous that my immediate reaction is to spit it out, in spray mode, all over Jess who’s sitting opposite me. Ahhh – why do I do this to myself?!?! Here goes nothing… *gulp*

Hmmm, interesting. It doesn’t taste like green; doesn’t taste too badly like seafood; actually, I think I rather like this… I go back for a second spoon, and third – my mother would be so proud to witness this moment! If you’re ever at the Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, let me recommend the spicy fried chicken and the beef to you as a main course – so satisfyingly delicious that I go ahead and help myself to seconds – Yum!

Dinner at Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant is definitely the best and most delicious meal we have consumed during our stay in Kuala Lumpur and the staff are amazing. It is easy to see why the restaurant has won Malaysia’s Best Restaurants for 2004/05/07/09 by Malaysia Tatler and the Award of Excellent for Best Value Meal at the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival in 2008.

LUNA BAR – PACIFIC REGENCY HOTEL

After dinner we head for pre-drinks at Luna Bar. Located on the 34th floor of the Pacific Regency Hotel, Luna Bar is a very chic-esque hang-out (sorry Kieron) and offers 360° impeccable breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur and the Petronas Towers by night. In the middle of the bar is a glistening swimming pool which is off limits to bar guests at night but available to hotel guests by day.

Luna Bar - Kuala Lumpur

We order a round of drinks and take in the view; I can’t say I’ve ever drank anywhere in the world quite like this before. While this view definitely can’t be beat, the drinks at Luna Bar are a little on the pricey end so we finish up and head on out to our next location.

Luna Bar View at Night - Kuala Lumpur

ZOUK NIGHTCLUB

We are quite keen on having a big night and upon recommendations from my awesome blog readers, we head to Zouk Nightclub. The line out the front looks quite ridiculous, but it moves rather fast. If you know me well, you know I can’t dance and hate hitting a club sober, so once we get in, we head straight to the bar and I order a beer – clearly still sober. I grab Jess’ hand and we dodge our way through the crowds to the less clustered side of the bar.

Jess: (To the bar dude) “How much for a jager bomb?”
Bar dude: “Fifteen ringgit.”
Jess: “FIFTY?!??!”
Bar dude: “FIFTEEN – ONE, FIVE!”
Jess: *Looks at me with dumbfounded expression on face*
Me: “That’s like… $5 AUD!!!!”
Jess & Me: <insert mouth dropping emoticon here>
Me: “We’ll take five… and a beer and two vodka, lime and soda’s too!”

Jess and I salute to cheap booze and down our jager bombs. Ordering rounds of jager bombs becomes a trend for the night. Needless to say, I am soon dancing the night away. I hadn’t been clubbing for a while in Melbourne because I am not a fan of doof doof music, but the music at Zouk is phenomenal! Top 40 with an added dance beat – so good… So good in fact, that Kieron feels inclined to break out the Justin Bieber love heart move on the dance floor (and in public) and sings and dances his little heart out to Katy Perry – bless his cotton socks!

Needless to say it is quite a messy night and somewhere along the lines, Miranda and I became a couple to protect ourselves from the greasy Israeli guy that keeps trying to grab me by the hips and the creeper hands-in-the-air guy that keeps dancing up on Miranda from behind. Kieron also has his fair share of male admirers standing very close behind him and grinding all up on his goods. Miranda also starts creeping on randoms and shimmies up behind them while they have their back turned or sings to them when they aren’t paying attention. For some reason unknown to me, she also carriers a pen with her while clubbing – she rips it out of her bag and labels us all FBFT – Facebook Fan Trip… the greatest of its kind, surely. We put our hands in and do Captain-Planet-esque hand raise into the air – clearly we can get away with this in public because we are super cool and everyone wants to be us.

My only complaint about Zouk, the music ended and the lights went on way too early – I think it may have only been 2am if memory serves me correctly… but don’t quote me on that. All in all though, an amazingly fun night out with the crew; I think we all bonded over jager *awwww*.

Zouk Nightclub - Kuala Lumpur

Zouk Nightclub - Kuala Lumpur

Zouk Nightclub - Kuala Lumpur

Zouk Nightclub - Kuala Lumpur

Zouk Nightclub - Kuala Lumpur

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