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Bombay Palace Restaurant torned down, makes way for Bombay Tower Kuala Lumpur

Bombay Palace Restaurant. No. 215, Jalan Tun Razak. Bombay Palace Restaurant. No. 215, Jalan Tun Razak.

The famed Bombay Palace Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur has quietly relocated to Life Centre at Jalan Sultan Ismail since several months ago. The former site will be turned into Bombay Tower.

The North Indian cuisine restaurant was previously housed in a well-preserved 2-storey colonial bungalow at the junction of Persiaran Stonor and Jalan Tun Razak. It is located directly opposite Japan Embassy across Persiaran Stonor and the US Embassy across Jalan Tun Razak.

The landowner, Tong Ah Company Sdn Bhd, is believed to be redeveloping the bungalow site into a 32-storey corporate office tower tentatively called Bombay Tower.

The glassy-looking squarish office block will have 6 levels of podium carpark and 4 levels of basement carpark.

A recent visit to the site revealed that substructure works have started and that the entire bungalow has been demolished. Several upcoming luxury residences are being planned next door such as Aria KLCC Serviced Residence, 10 Stonor, Stonor 3 and a private project.

This is again another old world charm that has silently diminished from the sight of the general public and media. Presumably, no efforts were made to preserve its colonial architecture and creatively incorporating them into the design of the new office tower.

Since the demolition of the 77-year-old Bok House on Jalan Ampang in 2006, many city folks and even visitors to Malaysia have expressed their sadness over the destruction of the building, saying that old buildings like Bok House should be preserved.

During the old days, Tong Ah was known to be a distributor of liquor and spirits. The company is now involved in the distribution of traditional Chinese medicine and herbal products.

The company is also currently building a 6-storey budget hotel on Jalan Sultan, near Petaling Street, which is Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown.

According to Bombay Palace Restaurant website, it claimed to be the world's largest authentic North Indian fine-dining chain of restaurants. Bombay Palace Restaurant has been operating in Kuala Lumpur since 1994.

The award-winning restaurant offers heritage recipe from India and amongst its signature dishes are mango lassi, palace sizzling grill, zinga masala, palak paneer, chicken makhni, kulfi and family naan.

The restaurant has international branches in New York City, Washington D.C., Beverly Hills, Toronto, Ontario, Montreal, London and Hyderabad.

The Kuala Lumpur branch is now opened for business in Life Centre at Jalan Sultan Ismail.

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