A Pavilion for Food Lovers

The last couple of weeks has been really crazy for all of us in the retailing business. Running around frantically from one construction site to the next, eating dust while arguing over blueprints and technical drawings and not to mentioned getting a bad case of hat hair after donning those silly safety helmets. Why you ask? Well… for some bizarre reason all 3 new malls decides to open before the end of September. We have The Pavilion, Mid Valley Gardens, and Sunway Pyramid II.

The Grand Pavilion Entrance

And out of all the 3 new malls, I’m pretty excited about the Pavilion in Bukit Bintang area. As a fellow blogger Savante puts it on a recent post:

Been to the spanking new mall in town, the Pavilion ( was there any doubt? ) and I believe it rocks! Amazing design, endless plazas, airy wakways… the mall’s not fully open yet but it shows such sweet promise.

Food Republic Entrance

And one of the many promises apart from a great shopping experience is the coming of FOOD REPUBLIC. I have never been a fan of any food courts at all, but a visit to Singapore’s Vivo City earlier in the year has managed to convinced me otherwise (a little). Food Republic at Vivo City isn’t just a regular food court, it’s an experience…and below are some of the few reasons why I am excited that it’s going to open in Pavilion:

1. It’s “RUSTIC”and Neo-Old Skool
Making it Authentic
It’s rustic and new all at the same time. Plus it’s authentic street food in all it’s spleador…only you’re eating in an air-con environment!

2. It’s a JOURNEY Tru FOOD
Journey tru Food Republic
Where else can you find over 50 food stalls in a single place apart from Jalan Alor and Penang?

3. Cool NOSTALGIC deco
Interior of Food Republic
It’s like JALAN ALOR back in the 70’s! You can’t find that anymore now do you?

4. AUTHENTIC looking Food Stalls
Prawn Mee Store
Remember how old stores have these red painted signage?

5. A FEAST for the Eye and Stomach:
Noodle Making
Your meal is cooked right in front of you only without smoking up your face if they are frying your noodles!

6. Most of all, food’s GREAT!
Hokkien Mee
From what I heard, all the stores in this food court were plucked from popular street hawkers and sidewalks peddlers around Singapore to be placed in one place. No wonder food here’s good

My only concern is that, I hope the one in Pavilion doesn’t serve Singaporean food, but encourages popular Malaysia hawkers from different states to open here…we’ll wait and see! Until then, there’s J.Co Donuts to keep me happy!

5 Responses to A Pavilion for Food Lovers
  1. drownedglass
    September 28, 2007 | 2:52 pm

    Dust? Anyone? Dust?

    I was thinking how much the Food Replublic in your pic looks just like the one in Vivo City. Down to the same China girl slicing dough into the vat of boiling water.

    Then I realised, it was the one in Vivo City. Obviously, our exit sign would have actually said ‘KELUAR” :P

  2. jo
    September 28, 2007 | 4:29 pm


    Just popping by your fabulous blog while at work. The photos are making me salivate. Great job you’re doing! What’s this with elaborately decorated entrees at dinner parties lah? I make Jim eat out of the pot when I cook so we don’t have more dishes to wash! I shall have to hide this blog from him otherwise his expectations will rise.

    That’s crazy that so many malls have opened up in KL. I MISS HOME!!!!! I hope no one shuts down Sungei Wang though, I love that gritty hole in the wall!


    Jolin (out in Philadelphia)

  3. qwazymonkey
    September 29, 2007 | 7:26 am

    Drowned: I highly suspect that you only see the pictures and don’t read my long winded blog. If you had, you would know that IT IS Vivo’s food court!

    JO: Hehe, that’s what we ‘happy’ people do when we’re bored. We throw elaborated dinner parties to make you folkies wish you were gay like us too…Doncha!!! When you coming back lah?

  4. thompsonboy
    October 17, 2007 | 9:11 am

    but is the food any good? Deco doesnt feed the tummy

  5. qwazymonkey
    October 17, 2007 | 3:35 pm

    Thompsonboy: hi, well food’s not too shabby for food court style as the =concept in Singapore was to move existing popular hawker stalls and have them open at Vivo city. Hopefully in Malaysia they will do the same. Not sure how well that would be executed with our halal issue here.

    We’ll wait and see