The last few years has seen Petaling Street/Chinatown as a food haven, with plenty of reputable cafes and restaurants setting up shop in the area. Why not when the area provides you with a perfect blend between old and new, right? It is one of my favorite ‘lepak’ spots, there is something in every corner, for everyone. So, naturally when I saw a new opening in the area on social media, we decided to drop by for a visit.
Crane KL is located in the Selangor Grocers Guild building, within the same row as REXKL and Tian Jing Hotel. As we visited during lunch hour, getting a parking spot along the street was rather difficult. So, we ended up parking at the basement carpark of the 5 Elements Hotel, located directly opposite, at a rate of RM 4 per hour.
This establishment operates as a restaurant and bar. Perhaps it is one of those with a restaurant by day and bar at night kindda concept, ey? Restaurant on the ground floor and cocktail bar on the top. I’d like to drop by the bar in the near future though as I was told that it has a speakeasy vibe to it, which I love.
The vibe was equally as awesome during the day. As soon as you enter, it opens up to a nicely designed dining space that would eventually lead you to a narrower walkway that was made up to give one an illusion of privacy when seated there. Very nice indeed. Its no surprise that you’d see numerous artwork around the space that is reflective of the animal this restobar was named after, the crane.
Madras Chicken Popcorn, RM 20 + Chicken Rendang Pizza, RM 30
Food was good. The Madras Popcorn Chicken was delicious. I dont know about you guys but whenever I come across a dish with Indian influences, I immediately assume that I should anticipate spices and this dish delivered. Each piece of the boneless chicken popcorn provided a burst of flavors. It was a delight munching on them.
The Chicken Rendang Pizza is apparently a crowd favorite and so, we went with that. The thin crusted pizza tasted good, the outer corner thin and crispy while the inner part was soft and dense. The taste of chicken rendang was surprisingly muted. If I was blindfolded, chicken rendang would not be something I’d be able to pick out immediately despite the distinct, unique flavor it often gives away. However, in this case, the pizza was delicious regardless.
Overall, it was a good visit, we had a good time here. I look forward to returning, would love to check out their bar upstairs next.
Address: 78, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, KL.
Opening hours: Restaurant – Everyday, 12 pm – 12 am. Bar – Everyday, 4 pm – 12 am.
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/CraneKL/
Contact Num.: 012 – 209 7057
Signing out now, Ciao.