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Capitol Cafe @ Bukit Bintang, KL

[Pork Free]

I've heard many good things about this place from native KL folks. Praises like "amazing Nasi Lemak" and "legendary breakfast spot" are promising enough to drag me out of bed for an early breakfast! The restaurant is hidden from view while driving past the main road in Bukit Bintang as it's located in a back lane. With limited parking spots in the area, it's advisable to come very early or to take the MRT to Bukit Bintang station which is a short 2 minutes walk away. But of course, do as you please if you're somehow blessed by parking gods or just find thrill in illegal parking.

Capitol Cafe
No long queues around 7.30am

The ambience is reminiscent of the good yesteryear - classic floor tiles, stained-coloured windows, and vintage posters.

Capitol Cafe signboard
Capitol Cafe interior
Still pretty crowded inside so imagine this place during peak hours!
Capitol Cafe interior

Their menu features a variety of traditional Malaysian favourites. Despite seeing some complaints online about slow service, our experience was positive. The servers were friendly and food arrived promptly after placing our orders.

Let's makan!

Capitol Nasi Lemak (4/5)

Of course I had to try their signature dish. Aside from the usual condiments (fried anchovies, peanuts, cucumber slices, sambal, and half a hard-boiled egg), they serve their Nasi Lemak with a whole fried chicken leg. Crispy on the outside, and extremely juicy and tender on the inside! One of the better versions of fried chicken I've enjoyed with Nasi Lemak. The rice was fluffy with just enough lemak from the santan (creaminess from the coconut milk) and goes well with the aromatic sambal. But consume with caution if you can't handle your spice well - the sambal really burns!

Capitol Nasi Lemak with fried whole chicken leg
Capitol Nasi Lemak - RM14.90

Hainanese Chicken Chop with Boiled Egg (4.5/5)

It arrived drenched in classic brown gravy and baked beans - just the way I like my Hainanese Chicken Chop! The flavourful gravy pairs perfectly with the golden-brown exterior of the chicken chop. And they used a thick piece of deboned chicken thigh so it was also amazingly juicy. Not forgetting the addition of the soft-boiled egg in this dish. Though not traditional, I personally think egg lovers would enjoy the texture and flavours it adds to the gravy. Also, the generous chunks of carrots, potatoes and tomatoes made this protein-heavy dish feel slightly healthier, though I doubt health is your main priority if you order chicken chop for breakfast.

Traditional Malaysian Hainanese Chicken Chop with Boiled Egg
Hainanese Chicken Chop with Boiled Egg - RM15.90

Overall, I enjoyed my classic Malaysian breakfast here. The old-school interior adds to the dining experience and their service was good. No complaints about the prices as well given the decent portion sizes and location. Since it's only a short 4-minute walk from Pavillion, it might be worth checking this place out during your next shopping trip - just be ready to brave the queues!

Sabbylicious Makan Rating

Food : 4/5

Price : 4/5

Environment : 4/5

Service : 4/5

Must order : Nasi Lemak

Operating Hours Open daily (7am - 4pm)


Capitol Cafe,

46, Jln Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

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