It has been a long while since we last visited this cafe. Kafe Kleptokrat requires no introduction, as it has likely graced many individuals’ lists of top cafes to visit in downtown KL. Nestled within historic shoplots that have stood since the Colonial Era, this cafe possesses a certain charm that appeals to many, especially those with a penchant for nostalgia. The interior emits an air of vintage elegance, thanks to its rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere, and coupled with its inviting courtyard pool, it undeniably captures the attention of all who step foot inside.
Kafe Kleptokrat is situated on the ground floor, adjacent to Timothy Cafe, and below the backpackers’ accommodation known as Mingle Hostel. It is worth noting that Kafe Kleptokrat, Timothy, and Mingle Cafe (located along Jalan Sultan) are all under the same management. This can be inferred from the similar interior and ambiance present in all three establishments.
Parking: There are several open carparks available in the area, within walking distance. During the day, I suppose this is the only parking option available nearby, if you are driving. However, during evening hours and beyond, finding a suitable parking spot becomes more convenient. I successfully managed to secure parking along the roadside, precisely outside the church (Cathedral of St. John), which is merely a short 5-minute walk away from the café.
The purpose of our visit to this establishment was primarily to sample some offerings from their updated menu. Historically, the cuisine at this venue has embraced Asian influences and this time around, it seems they have incorporated more items with local flavors.
The Thai Boy, RM 12 + Passion of Kleptokrat, RM 15
We started off our visit here with some refreshing drinks. The Thai Boy was made up of Calamansi, dried plum, soda and garnished with mint. It had a pleasant mix of sweet and sour. As I am a fan of Asam Boi, naturally I gravitated to this drink. Passion of Kleptokrat was essentially a mix of Passionfruit, soda,mint and a slice of lemon. This drink was on the sweeter side with hints of sourness thanks to the passionfruit. Both drinks were perfect thirst quenchers, especially on a hot day.
Lontong Kering Pakcik Alam, RM 25
We ordered two of their bestsellers and started of with the Lontong, a traditional dish that is a staple at Malay weddings. Who would have thought we would be served a speciality wedding dish at a cafe? Certainly not me. This by itself makes the dish unique.
Upon its arrival at my table, at first glance, I must say that it looked like a lot of food on a plate for a single eater but color me surprise when I managed to eat it all. It was delicious. I enjoyed it. The dish consisted of Lontong, Serunding Kelapa, Sambal Penganting, Kuah Kacang, Chicken Rendang, Tempe, Tauhu and a small portion of mee hoon. It was a feast, that was certain. The mix of flavors was good and the Rendang was da’ bomb. Given a choice, I would not mind ordering this dish again.
Nasi Ambeng, RM 30
Then, the Nasi Ambeng arrived. Woah, another dish fit for a wedding. With this dish, you would not only get one serving but two servings of chicken. One being Chicken Rendang and another being Ayam Goreng Berempah. On top of that, there was a serving of rice, bergedil, tauhu, nuts, anchovies and sambal. Once again, another delicious dish. Just like the lontong, this was a stomach filler. Did I stop eating at this point? Nope. What about desserts? I am not one to say no to that.
Thai Tea Panna Cotta with Ice Cream, RM 18
This unfortunately is the only image I have of this yummy dessert. The rest of the images mysteriously got deleted. At the bottom of the bowl, there would be a generous portion of Panna Cotta. The Italian style custard is topped with sweetened nuts and ice cream. The crunchy nuts were a perfect addition to an otherwise dense dish. The difference in texture was certainly appealing and so was the pleasant sweetness from the nuts and ice cream. Despite looking like a heavy dessert, it was surprisingly gentle on the stomach.
All in all, we had an awesome time during our visit here. Thank you Kafe Kleptokrat for having us. We would also like to extend a special appreciation to Mr. Jackie for his exceptional efforts in ensuring our visit was both enjoyable and seamless.
Address: 16 – 22, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Open daily. Sunday – Thursday, 11 am – 10 pm. Friday & Saturday, 11 am – 11 pm.
Contact num.: 017 – 642 8052
Signing out now, Ciao.