The Alexis chain of cafes are found throughout the Kuala Lumpur area. I tend to eat at the Gardens Mall and the Bangsar Shopping Centre branches. My go-to is the Sarawak Laksa, a rich and spicy broth with rice noodles, prawns, chicken and omelette strips. Today, this was my post-hangover meal as I find anything spicy helps perk me up after a big night.
I always order directly with the chef to ensure a gluten-free experience. Make sure to specify that you are allergic and request the Sarawak Laksa with no kicap or soy sauce, only rice noodles and for them to boil the noodles in a separate pot to avoid cross-contamination. Super delicious and a quick and satisfying meal. I pair it with a glass of Chardonnay or lime juice if feeling particularly hungover.
www.alexis.com.my for locations
Allergy friendly: *** The kitchen isn’t gluten friendly so dishes need to be picked with care.
Cost: $$ Around 80 for three courses without wine
Atmosphere: *** Shopping mall casual
Service: *** While prompt, the waiters are not aware of food allergy issues but are cheerful and helpful.
Once again, I am on the prowl for restaurants that do not distinguish between celiacs and non-celiacs, thereby rendering the cross contamination problem moot. Shucked, an oyster bar inside Ben’s Independent Grocer at Publika is one such place.
If fresh oysters au naturel is your thing, this place is your dream. Ever since returning from the US, I have been searching high and low for places that raw bars well, especially when it comes to oysters. This means that they shuck with a good amount of sea water and sans smothering in all sorts of sauces, thereby masking the brilliant taste of these bivalve molluscs.
Shucked does a decent job. Most of their oysters are sourced from the UK and Europe (for those of you who think of these two places are separate). They also have a lobsters, fish, and other sea creatures—all cooked very simply à la gluten-free. Service is a fine so long as the place is not crowded. Ambiance could be better given that it is a bar—it is best for quick meals. Oh, and it is cold. Bring a sweater.
Allergy friendly: *****
Atmosphere: *** Casual. Inside a grocery store. Very cold.
Service: *** Can be slow
Cost: $$$ Approximately RM100-150 per person, unless you get the lobster, which is RM250 per person