On my bi-monthly visits to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, one place I look forward to shopping at is Lot 10’s Isetan Food Market supermarket. I’m a sucker for high-quality food, unusual items and friendly staff and Lot 10’s Isetan Food Market has all of these and more.
Location of Isetan Food Market – Situated in the basement of Kuala Lumpur’s Lot 10 shopping mall, Isetan Food Market is easy to find. To get to Lot 10, take the monorail to Bukit Bintang train station and you’ll see Lot 10 on the corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. You can also access the mall by the sky bridge at the station. Take the escalator to the basement and you’ll see the Food Market on your left hand side.
What’s So Special About Isetan Food Market? – I’ve always loved Isetan Food Market but since their recent renovation, I love it even more. More of an upscale gourmet market and delicatessen than a typical supermarket, you’ll find food products here you don’t see at other markets.
It all starts with their sushi counter, right at the entrance to the supermarket. Fresh and absolutely delicious sushi, with loads of variety, is set up in three large refrigerators. You can either select your own pieces or choose a packet of a variety of pieces already put together. I do the ‘select my own’, then have it priced by the store clerk. For 8-10 pieces of sushi, wooden chopsticks, a container of ginger and some packets of soy sauce, I never pay more than 13 ringgit (around $4.10), inexpensive for high-quality supermarket sushi.
Next to the sushi counter, there’s a refrigerated section full of freshly cut fruits that run around $1 a container. There’s also a bar where you can pick up Japanese bento boxes stuffed full of goodies, a juice bar, a soup bar and a salad bar.
On into the supermarket, for the typical already boxed and bottled food items, it’s anything but typical here. You’ll find Japanese, Indian, Thai, Chinese and Malay goodies, just to mention a few. I always pick up a few packets of Japanese crackers and candy and some Indian spices. The refrigerated section has unusual frozen Japanese entrees, snacks, ice creams and drinks. Their counters of candy and chocolate have Malaysian, Australian and Japanese offerings and even a few American brands thrown in for good measure.
Don’t miss their wine section either. A Malaysian friend told me in the evenings you can buy a single glass of wine to enjoy, although I haven’t tried that yet.
The Staff – Of course I’m used to living in Thailand where you’ve less chance of finding someone at a Thai supermarket that speaks English than you do of being shot by a red shirt protester. But, I do love Isetan’s Food Market where everyone speaks fluent English and they’re so friendly and helpful. The sushi counter lady was lovely the last time I visited, the checkout boy very helpful and funny and a couple of staff I asked questions of immediately helped me find what I needed.
I’m such a huge fan of Isetan’s Food Market at Lot 10, I shop there every day when I’m in Kuala Lumpur for at least one of my meals, plus snacks and items to bring home to Thailand. It’s quiet, mellow, and stuffed with unusual food products any foodie would love to try.