In November 2019, in partnership with global media company, Conde Nast, Vogue Lounge opens its doors in Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur. One of the most developed neighborhoods in recent years, Bangsar South went through an overwhelming amount of growth since my arrival in KL. They went from a single bar on Kerinchi Road to four large shopping complexes with over a hundred restaurants and shopping lots!
One of its kind globally, Vogue Lounge KL joins other renowned Conde Nast restaurants including Vogue Cafes in Kiev, Moscow, Porto and Riyadh, GQ Bar in Berlin and Tatler Club in Moscow. As an emerging fashion capital with a plethora of local high caliber talent, Kuala Lumpur is fast becoming a hub for a trendy fashionistas seeking new experiences and eager to experiment with new bold ideas. Located on Level 38 and rooftop of Menara SuezCap in Bangsar South, Vogue Lounge is poised to attract the crème de la crème of the capital.
At Vogue Lounge you have an option to dine in style in their main dining area right next to a cat walk, have a nice cocktail over at the cocktail bar or enjoy one of the multiple VIP rooms they have, while the rooftop garden features a rooftop bar and seating that allows the viewing of the spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya skyline.
Guests can indulge in fusion premium dining featuring a mix of Japanese and French flavours or simply head to the rooftop bar where their bartenders will perform magic in concocting a perfect drink to enliven your evening.
With its promise of ‘Food for the Fashionable’, Vogue Lounge menu was created by Chef Kazuhiko Kojima. It features things like; Hokkaido Sea Urchin with Ossetra Caviar, Roasted Margaret French Duck Breast, Blue Crab Bisque and Japanese Wagyu Steak. From the first glance, certainly looks rather impressive.
Without any further delay, lets get on with our fantastic dining experience!
At Vogue Lounge, they do not shy away from details. As soon as we placed our order, well-trained and professional staff were quick to set our table accordingly. They followed up with fresh and warm bread alongside a small appetizer of artichokes and olives.
We started our evening with two appetizers, Hokkaido Sea Urchin with Ossetra Caviar (RM269) and Cold Beetroot Soup (RM42). A must eat Hokkaido Sea Urchin from Shakotan or as some people call it uni, immediately revealed everything there was to know of what’s to come. Rich, deep with an elegant sweetness sea urchin was partnered together with creamy Japanese Carrot Puree, flavourful Consomme jelly and sprinkled with one of the most prized caviar in the world, Ossetra Caviar. Easily one of the most desired starters currently served in KL and my personal highlight.
Service staff have assured us that they use Japanese Beetroot for their soup and you could clearly feel the hint of red wine reduction. The soup itself was creamy with no thick bits and incredibly pleasant and smooth. It was served with a thin slice of melba toast and sour cream, which in turn added a well needed crunch. Once again, the presentation was outstanding, from an interesting variety of dishes and platters all the way to a colourful presentation of food itself.
Not before long we licked our plates clean of appetizers and proceeded with main courses. As I have always been a duck fan, I decided to try Roasted Magret French Duck Breast (RM89). It was served with a traditional Japanese Hatcho Miso, coffee and Cacao sauce and a variety of seasonable grilled vegetables. Duck was as robust and full-bodied as any steak. And addition of Hatcho Miso, coffee and Cacao for garnish was an interesting selection. Hatcho Miso gave the duck really intense, bold flavor with good umami. Because of the rich flavour of coffee paste, you only need a small amount of it in every bite. Its rather unorthodox garnish for a duck which they certainly made work.
My partner decided to go with a Truffle Mushroom Risotto (RM99). An Italian risotto rice with black truffle, served with an onsen egg and grated Grana Padano cheese. You could smell black truffle from the moment the waiter put the dish down. Rice was cooked so it remained partially chewy and remained consistent throughout. Just like risotto is meant to be!
I have to admit, when it comes to Japanese desserts, I severely lack in experience, therefore, I couldn’t resist trying their signature Matcha Affogato (RM55). Red bean ice cream with gyuhi (a form of wagashi, traditional Japanese sweet, a softer variety of mochi), contrasted with matcha Langue-de-Chat biscuit, poured over with a pure greet tea. Incredibly light and soothing dessert that comes highly recommended.
We couldn’t resist trying Vogue Lounge’s Apple Pie (RM45). Thinly sliced apple in compote, accompanied by Caramel Sauce Pain d’Epices (spice cake) Crumble, Homemade Honey Ice Cream and Walnut Oil Powder. We found this to be an interesting take on a traditional apple crumble and exceptionally delicious ice cream. Apples weren’t too sweet and extremely soft in contrast to crumble.
Upon finishing our meal, we were too full to make any sudden moves and decided to stay for a couple of cocktails. Vogue Lounge’s cocktails spring for pleasure with infused liquors that play on unique Asian Influences. From the bittersweet tropical-themed Jungle Fever (RM58, Banana infused Rum, Campari, Pimento Dram, airdry Pineapple, Citrus and Palm sugar), to tart and herbaceous Royal Flush (RM62, Lemongrass infused Gin, Violet, Orange, Citrus, Honey and Black Lemon) and many more. The barman was incredibly professional and friendly and walked us through the whole process with ease.
Overall, Vogue Lounge KL with its unique interior and professional staff has the potential to become one of KL’s most prestigious dining destinations. A standard expected from Conde Nast International umbrella. Very easy to get to and certainly a place to visit when you feel like getting out of the usual hassle of busy KLCC area for that special occasion or a simple chilled evening.
I would like to say a special thanks to Vogue Lounge for having us!
Vogue Lounge KL
Level 38, Menara SuezCap
1, KL Gateway, Jalan Kerinchi
Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +6016- 665 5984
Tel: +603-27711530 / 1531
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday – 5 pm till 1 am
Friday and Saturday – 5 pm till 2 am
Sunday – 5 pm till 1 am
Closed on Mondays