Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cap Square,Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur

A BIG disappointment-I went there so that you don't have to.
Cap Square is a huge mixed development that KL property developers just love.
Comprising of retail space,offices and residential Cap Square has been operational for just over a year and is not yet finished.
Situated right in the city centre between Jalan Ampang ,Jalan Munshi Abdullah and Jalan Dang Wangi it feels like it's miles from anywhere and seems a bit out of the way despite it's city-centre location.If you're unfamiliar with the street names,it's located sort-of between the big AIA Building on Jalan Ampang and the Sheraton Imperial on Jalan Sultan Ismail and is within walking distance of Asian Heritage Row or from Dang Wangi LRT.
It's billed as "Kuala Lumpur's Dining and Entertainment Capital and is nothing of the sort.
If you're working in the nearby offices it's probably OK for lunch and (maybe) a quick beer after work but that's about it.
There are about 15 F&B places including a Jarrod & Rawlings bar cum deli, a Modesto's pizza place as well as Thai, Indian, Mexican, Malay and German restaurants.
There is also a small supermarket and a cinema...
And a couple of Bars.
With more to open.
So,on paper you would think it was an interesting place to go-but it just doesn't seem to work.
It's totally devoid of any atmosphere and after 7-8pm it becomes a bit of a ghost-town.
What could have been a great "feature"-the river outside is shunned as the development faces in on itself....imagine a few bars and restaurants overlooking a cleaned-up river front and it would be a great,unique location.
Maybe when it's "finished" it will be better but already a few places have closed down as the crowd just isn't there yet.

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