I rarely blog about restaurants or cafes, but my recent discovery of The Merchant's Lane (thanks to shutter therapy buddy Amir) at my usual street hunting ground, Petaling Street just begged me to photograph the location. Yes, the location itself is quite an interesting subject to shoot. It was an old heritage building, with well preserved old architecture and interiors, sporting a rustic look bringing back nostalgic memories of the 60s, or was it the 70s? The shop lot was renovated and refurbished with the cool retro interior well maintained. Instead of modern furnishing, there were wooden tables and rattan chairs, something of a rarity in today's food eatery settings in KL.
The best thing I like about the place is the spaciousness, without too many tables and chairs cramping the whole place like so many other restaurants and cafes that tried too miserably to fill in as many people as they can, creating an uncomfortably choking environment. That sense of large space is augmented by incredibly high ceiling, with partially exposed roof (through glass of course) letting light in from one side of the roof/ceiling. The natural light coming in during the day added a beautiful glow to the look of the whole setting!
Time to work out the magic of Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens!
Did someone not complained I did not have enough interior shots taken with the M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens during my review?
Of course I ordered food and drinks. I am a Malaysian. I live to eat. All Malaysians do.
Eat Die Me RM26
Gourmet chicken sausages, eggs, served with toasts with a serving of creamed corn, sauteed mushrooms and homemade hash
Flat White RM11
Superfruit Lemon Tea RM13
The food came in generous portions, perfect for a Malaysian like myself. The Flat White was good, but it tasted more like a Cafe Latte than a Flat White. The coffee was satisfactory.
Nonetheless, after a long walk under hot Malaysian sun in busy Petaling Street, coming to a spacious, well air-conditioned comfortable sit down place, with good coffee and some generous amount of sustenance, this place is hard to beat!
You may visit their Facebook Page here (click).
Address: No 150, Jalan Petaling, KL
Tel: 03-2022 1736