Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's rejuvenated Chinatown, Concubine is rich with KL's history on the dark underworld trade – think secret mahjong nights, gang lord reunions, opium smokers, prostitution and sketchy merchants. This restaurant-cum-bar is decorated with murals and art installations that aims to give you an idea of the old days in KL. If you’re looking for a new Insta-worthy spot, Concubine is the place to go!
The concept for Concubine is inspired by unapologetic women who played a pivotal role in the old Chinese empire. But far from portraying the concubines of that era, Concubine KL wants to empower the modern, independent and strong-willed woman that we admire today.
Unfortunately, the cocktail menu was not ready so I did not get the chance to try out their drinks. However, I did sample some delicious signature dishes.
I tried the DBL Cheese Burger Gyoza (RM18) which was essentially a cheese burger disguised as a dumpling. This snack was delicious and also filling.
I also tried their Keropok Nachos (RM15) which was our local version of cheese nachos – keropok with sambal balado and hijau drizzle. You should definitely have this dish with a pint of beer, though I would recommend you finish it quickly as it went stale very fast.
My favourite dish of the night was the Tuna Tostada (RM22) which consisted of raw tuna, avocados, cucumber and sesame yuzu. The ingredients were fresh and the portion of tuna was generous. As a big fan of tacos, I truly enjoyed this.
Another dish I had was the Charred Lettuce (RM22) and the Beef Short Ribs (RM15, pictured above) which came with delicious kimchi mayo sauce. Both dishes offer a pleasant fusion of western and eastern elements.
Overall, I think this is a great and impressive place for parties. With the Lunar New Year coming up, this could be a good place to gather your friends for some pre-festive fun.