Introducing another Werner Kuhn’s latest establishment on the happening street of Changkat Bukit Bintang, would be a unique setting of eastern smoking den meets Western hipster hangout, surrounded with a mixture of Chinese oldies upbeat and some funky grooves in between. Love their interior as every corner is adorned with a different ambiance which brought out the opium den cum Chinese culture.
Different types of opium pipes displayed on the wall on one side, separated by a communal area with a wall of shelves displaying the custom-made Chinese ceramics traditionally used to store Chinese wine. So drunken master like. Haha. By the way, this is Opium KL that we are talking about & it was just opened July this year and this outlet aspires a 1930s-1960s look and feel
On the other side would be a sophisticated bar with a different personality of orient express style where spirits are put to order to create their booze.
It’s all very theatrical, but that’s nothing compared to the drinks! So while you may not be smoking, your glass is! Must check out their signature cocktails and booze created & served in a very unique way.
Indoor dining area for a more intimate experience. A very different dining experience compared to their al-fresco dining area which stands out with their burlesque-like striking pink seats making the whole place looks hip at the outdoor.
The Rose Room, with their centre piece of the opium bed. Well, it’s actually meant for drinks and chitter-chatters 🙂 You could also book this area for a more private function/ occasion.
Opium KL also has a rather special tagline:
– A 1994 Taiwanese film directed by Ang Lee, referring to the basic human desires and accepting them as natural. Meat, drink, seeking pleasures in life which fits to the theme of this restaurant: A place for people to unwind and focus purely on the food, conversation and quality time.
What’s Opium KL’s call?
Asian Oriental Fusion food & addictive cocktails that you must order!
Opium Specialities (Non-Alcohol)
For those who can’t take alcoholic drink, like me 🙂 You can definitely check out some of their house specialties. Nicely concocted to ignite & refresh your palate. These drinks are served in a mini pot which is adoringly cute!
Mango Asam Boi – RM15
Calamansi Apple Ginger – RM15
Signature House Cocktail
Each cocktail is served cleverly in different glasses & pots, crafting a more interesting approach in letting patrons discover their drinks.
Peking Man – RM32
Vodka, Puer tea, Longan, Lime Juice ,Egg white, Orange Bitters. And the way they serve their peanuts! So cute!
Tea Trader – RM32
Rum, peach puree, black tea syrup, lemon juice, egg white
Shanghailander – RM38
Whisky, peated puree, black tea syrup, lemon juice, egg white
Trader Vic Heads East – RM32
Rum, spiced rum, orange curacao, lime juice, dutch almond syrup, mangosteen
Tiger Draft – RM22
Drink like a real Chinese man! Tiger drafts served in small wine pots and drink it from a bowl!
Crunchy Bites – Dimsums with a twist!
Money Bags – RM15
Crispy dumplings with fillings of chicken, squid, leek, spicy sauce & seaweed.
Crab Cakes – RM18
The crab meat was infused with herb sambal.
Cheese Samosas – RM18
Crispy popiah skin enwrapping 3 types of cheese & raisins. Apricot chutney served as dipping sauce. Good stuff.
Fern Leaf Salad with Grilled Prawns – RM24
Great flavours of wild fern leaves tossed with grilled prawns, sambal, ginger, shallots & drizzled with coconut lime juice. First try having fern leaf as a salad serving, it was really appetizing with all the mixtures of flavours.
Curry Spaghettini – RM28
Playing fusion, they uses spaghetti cooked in coconut based broth well infused with spices and topped with other ingredients like dried shrimps, chicken, long beans, bean sprouts, prawns, tofu puffs & eggs! Brimmed with goodness, it tasted like nyonya curry noodles.
We’ve personally tried pasta cooked with Eastern flavours during our days in UK. But back here, this was our first time! Great combo 🙂
Wagyu Beef Rendang – RM38
A pot of wagyu beef cooked tenderly with spices, coconut, tumeric leaves & kaffir lime leaves. You can opt to this main dish with either Lotus Leaf Buns or their Poppy Seed Rice. Very well flavoured and it’s almost too addictive.
Creamy Butter Prawns – RM42
Prawns cooked with milk, butter, chili, garlic & curry leaves creating a creamy and fragrant dish. You can also choose to have this with either Lotus Leaf Buns or their Poppy Seed Rice. We love dipping their buns into the creamy sauce. Yum! Tasted just right and not too empowering with too much butter.
Sweet Stuffs for Sweet Ending
Cheesy Banana Fritters – RM18
Fried banana, aged cheddar & banana ice cream. The perfect combo of hot and cold. Loved it!
For all dessert good ness in a glass, you can opt for these selections instead:
From left to right:
Sago Gula Melaka – RM15
A mixture of sago pearls, gula melaka, coconut milk & jackfruit
Opium Ice Glass – RM18
Shaved ice with grass jelly, waterchestnut, basil seeds, peanuts, corn, mung bean paste, coconut milk, gula melaka & topped with coconut ice cream
Melon Ice – RM15
Honeydew melon with sago pearls & coconut milk
50 Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: +603 2142 5670
Sundays – Thursdays : 4pm – 1am
Fridays – Saturdays : 4pm – 2am
More of Werner’s establishment on Changkat Bukit Bintang (read our previous reviews below) 🙂