Food Court Design in KL
I don’t expect much
from the food in a food court (I’m not a big fan of fast food, so I actually dread a visit to the fatty-court) so naturally, I expect even less from a food court in terms of design.
Now, imagine my surprise when I mustered up enough courage while visiting Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle district to visit the Pavilion mall and found one of the greatest food courts ever!
You see, the Pavilion only sells top brands (there’s no H&M or Old Navy in this mall, folks) and the prices are astronomical for the average backpacker. I was feeling bashful to enter this high-end establishment in my shabby black cotton skirt and my purple croc sandals, but I did anyways.
I should have known that such a fancy mall would have such a fancy food court! There are two main courts, one is outside and features more restaurant-style dining, while the other is indoors.
INDOOR FOOD COURT
The indoor food court is quite unique compared to most North American malls, but quite commonplace amongst Southeast Asian malls.
The space is designed like a giant rectangular racetrack, with all the fast food kiosks built into the perimetre. In the centre of the court is a large free-standing kiosk that serves beverages of every variety. The different fast food eateries do not include any beverages with their meals (a combo comes without a drink!), instead, you have to go to the beverage kiosk and pick one separately from your meal.
And for the food…
I was surprised at how many healthy options were available! It took me at least 45 minutes to circle the food court and make a decision. My visit to Kuala Lumpur happened in the second half of my backpacking adventure through Southeast Asia, so for the most part, I was happy to find North American food options (I would have traded one of my 5 Tshirts for a hamburger at one point!), but this food court had so many delicious cuisines to choose from that I opted out of the Nando’s Chicken and Pizza Hut options. I ended up with a delicious bowl of broth-y noodle soup (similar to Pho) with some seaweed salad and a spring roll on the side. Sadly, my photo of this meal is horribly out of focus. (Use your imagination!)
I was pretty impressed with the hoighty-toighty fancy-pants appearance of the Republic Food Court…were you? Is this something you would expect to see in Kuala Lumpur? I was not surprised to see this type of high-end design in Singapore, but Malaysia was a shocker (as ignorant as that sounds, it was true).
If you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur, make sure you venture into the Golden Triangle District (where Pavilion mall is located). This district takes opulence and impressive infrastructure to a whole new level! I’m sure there are many fancy food courts to explore in this area ;)