Leaf & Co at Mingle Kuala Lumpur Hostel, Chinatown: Cafe review

Battered but not beaten, ravaged but reborn: Time has taken a relentless toll on this two-storey shop-house on a corner of Chinatown, but after having weathered colonial rule, a World War, and decades of commercial wear-and-tear – most recently as a pharmacy – this address is now a new heritage hostel named Mingle Kuala Lumpur, with an in-house cafe called Leaf & Co

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The street-level setting is rich in character, bearing the scars of history on both its surface and soul. Photographers seeking a place to explore might find a fair bit of inspiration in the intricate details throughout this site, which is still a work in progress.

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The hostel is ready to receive bookings, with pod beds and private lofts slated to be available within the month. Could be cosy.

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East and West

The cafe’s repertoire spans East and West – for a taste of both, the crunchy-juicy buttermilk fried chicken leg with Malaysian fried rice, Indonesian sambal terasi and Thai-dressed sweet-sour salad makes for a fulfilling meal (RM23); other options include satay chicken baguettes and chicken chop with spaghetti.

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The piccolo latte is satisfactory too, though its presence illustrates how this isn’t a venue for the neighbourhood. True story: A man who works nearby walked in, saw the coffee on the table and asked how much it costs. Two ringgit, he guessed. When told it was RM10, he recoiled and muttered his surprise, leaving without hesitation.

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Location & Details

Leaf & Co

Mingle Kuala Lumpur, 53 Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur.

Daily, 1130am-930pm.

Cafe Tel: +603-6261-2228

Find: View directory for Leaf & Co here

29 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Ian Hadrianus September 12, 2016 Subscriber

    Alex Koh you came here kan?

    • Alex Koh September 12, 2016 Subscriber

      no…the one I went is lepaq lepaq…if I not mistaken,the cafe was on newspaper few weeks ago…

  2. Johanna Ezureen September 9, 2016 Subscriber

    Mohd Khairul Nizam Johari bsok jom

  3. Bin Ru Chong September 8, 2016 Subscriber

    Kar Ee Lau Loong Sui Mei Liew HueiDi Tan Kah Kiat Joseph Wong Ching Hui Chua Sikwoi Moree Chan Yk Sip new place for lunch

  4. Meamalinaazmi A's September 7, 2016 Subscriber

    Ashikin Kamir Grace K. Dharmain

  5. Louisa Allycyn Devadason September 6, 2016 Subscriber

    Afnan Rahman

  6. Jade Tong September 6, 2016 Subscriber

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  7. 鍾昀倗 September 6, 2016 Subscriber

    So total got 3 right? Please make them all down and we shall conquer them…lol

  8. Jess Tan September 6, 2016 Subscriber

    鍾昀倗 this is classic wei. But I think susah to get parking

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