FINDING a connection to a shopping centre is important when in need of retail therapy.
Some shoppers are attracted to malls with plenty of floor space and rows of shops while others prefer cosier destinations like Shoppes at Four Seasons Place.
The avant-garde facade of Four Seasons Place, which features the designs of renowned architect Benoy, integrates retail and lifestyle in one destination with Shoppes, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Four Seasons Private Residences.
The new retail destination on Jalan Ampang is another interesting addition to the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) commercial district for its handpicked retail partners, exquisite restaurants, boutique grocer and even hawker offerings.
Malaysia Boleh is a popular destination for various types of hawker food.
With six levels of shopping space, lifestyle brands such as Robinsons, Sushi Hibiki, Atlas Gourmet Market and Decadent by Four Seasons are among the attractions here.
Venture into Shoppes’ B1 and find an enclave fitted with gourmet offerings which will resonate well with Malaysians.
The pleasant surprise is in finding upscale restaurants alongside eateries dishing out hawker fare.
Malaysia Boleh with its elaborate non-halal hawker fare is quickly becoming the talk of the town, attracting customers from the minute this kopitiam opens at 10am.
Needless to say, lunch hour is a busy time with office workers in the vicinity making a beeline for Malaysia Boleh.
Its clean appeal with evergreen Chinese melodies playing overhead, high columns with Peranakan balconies, chicken coops as well as bird cages artistically incorporated into the decor give the place character, reminiscent of a kampung.
A variety of imported products can be found at Atlas Gourmet Market.
Interesting caricatures and drawings on the walls make for conversation pieces over lunch or dinner.
Malaysia Boleh and the halal Encik Tan are Singaporean brands, and their successful branding was why they were included among the attractions at Shoppes.
Fei Siong Food Management Sdn Bhd operation manager Alexander Oo said there are 14 stalls in Malaysia Boleh with cooks specialised in hawker offerings.
“We have various local dishes. The taste of dishes may differ from what we have in Singapore as we cater to local taste buds.
“Our Hokkien mee, char kuey teow and wantan mee are popular with diners. So, is our cendol as it can sell up to 650 bowls a day,” said Oo.
Alternatively, those who want some place a little more upmarket will enjoy dining at the classy Atlas Bistro.
Decadent offers handcrafted artisanal chocolates, luscious gelato and sherbet.
This modern day bistro is linked to the boutique Atlas Gourmet Market (AGM) where Atlas Fine Meat and Poseidon Reserve are located.
The fine meat section has a range of cuts, marbling grades including Sanchoku Wagyu, Miyazaki A5 Wagyu, Tomahawk, and Black Angus among others while Poseidon prides itself on its live lobsters, oysters, caviar, king crab and a variety of crustacean.
There are also fresh wild oysters, royal oysters, Irish Gallaghers and French Fine de Claire, air-flown weekly from France and Ireland.
Fresh local produce are a highlight as well with fresh Sandakan prawns available at the market.
Diners can select their cut of meat or preferred seafood from the range of fresh ingredients displayed.
“All our ingredients are inspired from the product offerings from our very own grocer with the chef picking ingredients and spices from the shelves to ensure diners freshness on a plate,” said Atlas Gourmet Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Bernard Ng.
At the bistro, attention is given to details with Wagyu burger patties hand chopped, while fries are hand cut and double-fried to ensure crispiness.
Chickens are sourced from local organic farms, brined in a selection of herbs and juices for 24 hours and roasted to perfection for that juiciness and flavour.
At AGM, diners can visualise freshness on a plate just by walking through the colourful display of vegetables, fruits and imported ingredients.
Here, shoppers can find Kusmi tea, Hui Le Blanc Oils (J.Leblanc – one of the best producers for gourmet oils), Castaing Foie gras, and Venchi chocolates as well as a variety of truffle products, truffle butter, oils and sauces.
AGM houses 40 types of cheese.
Ng says Atlas Gourmet is the only grocer in Kuala Lumpur offering Iberico sausages.
Wholly Cheese has an impressive variety of hard, semi-hard, soft and blue cheese from various countries including Holland, France, Switzerland, Italy and UK.
With an in-house sommelier to guide guests, there are old and new world wines with more than 400 varieties stocked up at AGM including premium types such as Chateau Petrus, a Bordeaux wine estate in France.
AGM also has the finest quality of Iberico, Jamon Iberico, cured meats, house-made sausages and hams.
Ng said, “We are the only grocer in Kuala Lumpur offering Iberico sausages. All sausages are freshly made without preservatives.”
Let us not forget Atlas Pizzeria.
Lifestyle foodcourt and retail for Four Seasons Shoppes KL. — Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star
There are no shortcuts at this eatery as pizza dough is made in-house and so is the tomato sauce using the freshest of ingredients.
To savour traditional thin crust and hand-tossed pizza, make a date with Atlas Pizzeria.
There are classic favourites as well as new and innovative flavours like rendang pizza.
Expect cooks to use a combination of ingredients such as Italian pecorino cheese and Swiss Emmenthal Cheese with local ingredients such as bunga kantan and serai.
Just a short walk away is Decadent by Four Seasons where handcrafted artisanal chocolates, luscious gelato and sherbet using quality seasonal fruits and natural flavours tempt those with a sweet tooth.
Malaysia Boleh’s cendol is so popular with diners that it can sell up to 650 bowls a day.
Let us not forget the dreamy chocolates, pastries, baked treats and delicate cakes.
If decadent sweets are not your thing, then perhaps artisanal hand-roasted coffee ranging from nitro coffee to espresso might be the better option to have at Decadent.
To complete the experience, Fleur by RLD is the local florist and gift shop provider providing artistically designed flower arrangements for all types of occasions.
Shoppes also has a money changer, laundry shop and news stand.