It was not until she sang the familiar Perfidia that I really paid attention to her voice. From the beginning of the acoustic set, my friends were already fully engaged to the performing duo of Dewi Liana Seriestha and her father, Yudhi Seriestha. I was, on the other hand, busy browsing the menu like how a school kid would excitedly flip through the fresh, glossy textbooks before the start of a semester. Her voice had a rough edge that's appealing to the generation that raves Christina Aguilera and those who sound or at least try to sound like her. This pretty Sarawakian lass can really sing anything and I imagined what a good recording artiste she'd become one day. Gosh, we all think and talk like those American Idol judges these days, don't we? A friend told me that she was on Mentor, a singing competition on television and that's how I knew her name.
Some single ladies behind us were busy singing along to Dewi Liana's repertoire, with champagne and wine in hand while the bar was occupied by a few guys chatting over some liquor. At the centre of the bistro, a family was celebrating the birthday of a child. It was really generous of the father to send over some roast chicken and chocolate cake. I could have thanked him by singing the kid a birthday song but of course, with professional singers around, that would be silly. Plus, I was not drunk enough for it. We were having a small, much belated birthday celebration ourselves sans a cake but with some alcohol, just the way we adults like it.
All enwrapped in the beautiful, incandesced interior that was perhaps inspired by the colonial times of Malaya, it's easy to imagine that this place lights up the Saturday nights of CapSquare with its attractive design, good turnout and cool music. The truth is, these were the only customers they had that Saturday night. It doesn't mean that it's a bad place to be in. It's definitely not. Located in a business centre, it's obviously brisker on weekdays and progressively slows down towards the weekend. So, not surprisingly, they are closed every Sunday. I personally like to chill in this bistro on a Saturday night. It's a more relaxing option to the loud lanes not too far from here.
Many of the dishes we requested for were either sold out or not available that night. Given the tapas sizes and relatively affordable prices, we ordered quite a bit of everything that remained. Fairly decent were the mostly regional dishes and one of their signatures, the vegetable pakhora stood out with its crispy batter and good mixture of vegetables. The extensive menu is worth a try during lunchtime as I'm sure interesting dishes like the thali and grilled fish must still be available.
Chinese-style fried rice
Fried calamari rings
Malayas Bistro, to me, is not the usual nightspot that's congested, loud and offers a substantially generic menu of expensive chicken wings and pizzas. And that's definitely not a bad thing.
G-9 CapSquare Centre,
No. 7, Persiaran CapSquare,
50100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (+603) 2691 1616
Click here for Sean's comprehensive post on the available dishes.