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Aki's Kohi, Cheras

Aki's Kohi, Cheras

October 26, 2020

Inspired by Japan’s autumnal hues, Aki’s Kohi is a cafe for all seasons, a cosy refuge run by friendly founders, husband-and-wife team Eric and Carmen.Aki’s Kohi opens relatively bright and early, so you can stroll in at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast - a simple but very satisfying sandwich, with fresh ...

Frank's Bar, Avenue K

Frank's Bar, Avenue K

October 25, 2020

Our favourite Sinatra song is 1947's One For My Baby (and One More For The Road), a wistful piano ballad where he begs the bartender to pour him a final drink in an empty bar at closing time. But others might prefer a more upbeat tune like 1958's Come Fly With Me, where Frank tells his lover,...

SUPE Vegan, Bukit Bintang

SUPE Vegan, Bukit Bintang

October 25, 2020

Giving sushi and ramen the herbivorous treatment, SUPE's specialities include its Strawberry Sushi (RM19; fruity with fresh sliced strawberries, well-balanced with seaweed, cucumber and carrots, rolled in Japanese short-grain rice, showered with mock chicken floss and toasted black and white sesa...

MJ Bakes Choux: Musang King Choux

MJ Bakes Choux: Musang King Choux

October 24, 2020

An October surprise for durian devotees: MJ Bakes Choux is offering Musang King Choux as its special of the month (five in a box for RM65).If you love luscious cream puffs, this gives you plenty of bang for your buck - even the smallest bite yields a richly dense custard with all the aromatic all...

The BBP, Bandar Utama: 2020 Menu

The BBP, Bandar Utama: 2020 Menu

October 24, 2020

With over half a decade under its belt, The BBP might no longer be a neighbourhood secret, but this restaurant-bar is still increasingly becoming one of Bandar Utama's favourite hangouts for a pint after work, a boozy brunch with family on weekends, or a barbecue-style feast with friends. When...

Craf, klpac

Craf, klpac

October 23, 2020

Leafy inside and out, Craf is a lovely cafe that beckons with fuss-free fare like spaghetti stir-fried with duck confit and olive oil (RM23). If you're seeking a bit of space and calm in troubled times, sit by the windows and savour some coffee (RM12.30) with a soothing view of Sentul Park.Craf C...

Lao You Ji Fried Kuey Teow: Foo Kee, Desa Sri Hartamas

Lao You Ji Fried Kuey Teow: Foo Kee, Desa Sri Hartamas

October 23, 2020

The Golden Moon Kuey Teow at Hartamas' Foo Kee kopitiam is a fun cross between char kuey teow and moonlight hor fun, complete with cockles and a raw chicken egg at its centre, to be mixed up with the flat noodles for a runny-yolked slickness (RM7.50). Purists can choose the duck egg char kuey teo...

Friendster Hub: Now Delivering Healthy Meals

Friendster Hub: Now Delivering Healthy Meals

October 23, 2020

Going green: Friendster Hub, a haven for healthy meals, is helping us turn over a new leaf with deliveries from its branches in Petaling Jaya, Kepong and Setapak. The restaurant specialises in a wide variety of vegetarian-friendly fare that relies on wheat gluten (seitan) as a substitute for meat...

8C's The Central Kitchen, Taman Shanghai

8C's The Central Kitchen, Taman Shanghai

October 22, 2020

This charmer of a restaurant is new to the neighbourhood, but it offers a step back in time, a short stroll from Taman Desa. If you love eateries that echo with nostalgic blasts from the past, swing on over.8C's kitchen is run by the folks behind KL's long-running Limapulo Nyonya restaurant, so e...

Creofe Baked Goods: Levain-style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Creofe Baked Goods: Levain-style Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 21, 2020

Inspired by the chocolate chip cookies of NYC's Levain Bakery, KL's own Creofe Baked Goods impresses us with some of the gooiest cookies around. Each melty-soft cookie makes monsters out of us all, clocking in at a chunky 100 grams, their crisp bite yielding to a indulgent chew. Get the Mixed Box...

Small Shifting Space: Poultry, Pastries, Pinot

Small Shifting Space: Poultry, Pastries, Pinot

October 20, 2020

Strange, stealthy serendipity: Small Shifting Space is a place that nearly never existed. When 2020 started, its founder was running a bubble tea store on Petaling Street, while its current chef had spent several months working in a freshly launched restaurant in Shenzhen.Both men have made the b...

Code:Black Espresso, Selayang

Code:Black Espresso, Selayang

October 20, 2020

Code green alert for fans of pumpkin pie, sourdough pizzas, intriguing cakes and coffee: The pumpkin pie isn't always available, so call ahead to check. It's a rare treat that few cafes serve - Code:Black's is fresh-baked with roasted pumpkin, soft and naturally sweet, nuanced with nutmeg and cin...

Li Yen, The Ritz-Carlton

Li Yen, The Ritz-Carlton

October 20, 2020

For dim sum done at the peak of the kitchen's prowess, Li Yen remains the city's most reliable destination. You'll be hard-pressed to find har gao that's so expertly executed, with fresh prawn meat and steamed bamboo shoots packed tightly in perfectly proportioned skin. Beef siew mai also boasts ...

CITTA Mall & 1 Mont Kiara: New Delivery Platforms for Online Shopping

CITTA Mall & 1 Mont Kiara: New Delivery Platforms for Online Shopping

October 20, 2020

Stay safe and carry on shopping from Ara Damansara and Mont Kiara's favourite neighbourhood malls! CITTA Mall and 1 Mont Kiara have now launched their own delivery platforms, myCITTA and my1MK. Through their websites, you can order everything you need from CITTA Mall and 1 Mont Kiara in the comfo...

Bhai Jim Jum, AEON Taman Maluri

Bhai Jim Jum, AEON Taman Maluri

October 19, 2020

Bhai Jim Jum launched its second outpost in KL this month, branching out to Aeon Taman Maluri two years after first introducing its pork-free range of Thai street food in Pavilion. This homegrown Malaysian brand focuses on jim jum (Thailand's equivalent of hotpot) and 'kaikata' (its own take on b...

Sushi Ten Omakase, Empire City

Sushi Ten Omakase, Empire City

October 18, 2020

Celebrate the birth of the Klang Valley's latest omakase specialist: Sushi Ten Omakase offers luscious lunches and enchanting evenings for fans of multi-course Japanese meals. This is the fantasy-fulfilling omakase for patrons who love to see sea urchin all across their sushi, accompanied by ever...

KITA Dining, Damansara Heights

KITA Dining, Damansara Heights

October 17, 2020

KITA charms with colour and cheer. We’re instant fans of its Asian affair, the KITA Platter that brings people together with three mounds of aromatic rice - one blue with butterfly pea flower, another pale-green with pandan, the third tinged with ginger - playfully plated with super-satisfying, s...

Mak Cik Wong: Chili Pan Mee Delivery

Mak Cik Wong: Chili Pan Mee Delivery

October 17, 2020

Here are a few things we know about KL’s new pan mee delivery service, Mak Cik Wong Chili Pan Mee. Mak Cik Wong worked in advertising for 13 years before her passion for cooking prompted her to start this business. She’s a longtime fan of chilli pan mee; when she experimented with a halal version...

LavoWine: Largest e-commerce wine store for delivery in Malaysia

LavoWine: Largest e-commerce wine store for delivery in Malaysia

October 17, 2020

With a wide range of red wine from France, plus plenty of Champagne, a full food menu and much more, LavoWine is an online store that offers everything you need for drinking and dining at home, as well as for social gifting. Wind down and wine up at lavowine.com from the comfort of your own home...

Bistro Monologue, Puchong

Bistro Monologue, Puchong

October 16, 2020

In pursuit of pork? Bistro Monologue might want a word with you. Its hearty people-and-pocket-pleasers include nasi lemak with crispy siu yuk (RM13.90), raisin-laced pork roulade (RM22.90) and pizza heaped with ham, cheese and cherry tomatoes on a cracker-like crust (RM13.90). Wash down the porci...

BeReal Cafe, Kepong

BeReal Cafe, Kepong

October 15, 2020

Fresh ingredients from responsible producers, fermented seasonings, fantastic flavours: BeReal is the real deal. Tucked on a shop-house's first floor, converted from a residential space, BeReal lives up to its promise of being a natural kitchen, a remarkable destination not only for the neighbour...

De.Wan 1958 by Chef Wan: 'Be Strong' Tiffin Sets for Two

De.Wan 1958 by Chef Wan: 'Be Strong' Tiffin Sets for Two

October 15, 2020

De.Wan 1958 by Chef Wan salutes the spirit of Malaysians with its 'Be Strong' tiffin sets, as the restaurant stands in solidarity with efforts to take care of each other and to keep communities safe.The 'Be Strong' Tiffin series is filled with nourishing traditional recipes and illustrated with s...

Char Grille, Desa Sri Hartamas

Char Grille, Desa Sri Hartamas

October 14, 2020

With a name like Char Grille, a steak was our first order here: The Argentinian Aberdeen Angus rib eye emerged a lovely medium-rare with full-bodied flavour, but it's not the most tender beef, so it can be a vigorous chew (RM171.60 for 330 grams). The accompaniments are excellent - Kampot pepper,...

Pizza Tokyo, Kota Kemuning

Pizza Tokyo, Kota Kemuning

October 13, 2020

Tipo 00 meets tataki: Pizza Tokyo isn’t for purists, but its niche in Neapolitan-inspired pizzas with Japanese-inflected toppings makes it one of the Klang Valley’s most distinctive pizza parlours. If the crunch of a wood-fired crust matched with umami-rich meat and sauces sounds oishi to you, an...

Woodfire Ampang

Woodfire Ampang

October 12, 2020

Johor's famed Woodfire burgers finally have a full-fledged restaurant in KL, with this friendly franchised outpost in Ampang. These big, bulky burgers live up to the wait, stuffed thick and tall - especially enjoyable if you like sloppy, saucy burgers.Many of the main burgers start from RM17.90, ...

Bamboo Jungle, Raja Chulan

Bamboo Jungle, Raja Chulan

October 11, 2020

Bringing together Klang bak kut teh and Cantonese dim sum, Bamboo Jungle is worth foraging through. Start with claypot bak kut teh (RM23.80; a full meal for two persons), which does justice to this perennial favourite - the kitchen's team reputedly comprises Klang-born cooks, so it's no surprise ...

Merry Me Ice Cream

Merry Me Ice Cream

October 11, 2020

Salted egg Oreo ice cream might sound like an abomination, but ice cream caterer Merry Me makes this flavour work surprisingly well, blending and balancing the mellow savouriness of preserved yolk with the sweet crunch of cookies in  a truly creamy creation. We were happy to catch them at a Desa ...

Ai Jiak Penang Food, Petaling Jaya

Ai Jiak Penang Food, Petaling Jaya

October 11, 2020

We brought a Penang-born companion to Petaling Jaya's Ai Jiak to see if this George Town-loving stop would hit the spot. His verdict - folks seeking a bit of the northern state's flavours can take a bite, though Penangites are notoriously finicky about matters of authenticity and quality.The Hokk...

Spice Mantra, Sunsuria Forum

Spice Mantra, Sunsuria Forum

October 11, 2020

Spice Mantra is a banana leaf restaurant that's barely two months old, but its founders have reputedly been in the Indian catering business for decades. The result - a capable, confident BLR meal (RM7.90) with the robust, requisite flavours, complete with poriyal, papadum, chutney and soulful, so...

Le Pen Frozen Yogurt, Kota Damansara

Le Pen Frozen Yogurt, Kota Damansara

October 10, 2020

Kota Damansara's distinctive new dessert parlour puts a playful spin on frozen yogurt, transforming its wide-ranging flavours into colourful barks and slices, crowned with fruits and fun toppings. This is a cheerful venue that lives up to its twist on a Mandarin-language name, the promise of 'hap...

Wenchang Chicken & Wenquan Goose, Hainan

Wenchang Chicken & Wenquan Goose, Hainan

October 9, 2020

Wenchang chicken, fed on coconut and peanut bran, and Wenquan goose, fattened on bran, rule the roost for poultry pleasure in Hainan, firm and fleshy to the bite, bearing the full-bodied flavour of fowl in each chew.

The Hub, Damansara Heights

The Hub, Damansara Heights

October 9, 2020

The Hub opened its second outpost in Damansara Heights on 5 October this year, exactly five years after the birth of its original outlet in OUG. Since 2015, The Hub has become one of KL's most respected coffee roasters, supplying beans to scores of cafes - a testament to its founders' pure passio...

Kam's Roast Malaysia, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Kam's Roast Malaysia, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

October 8, 2020

The Malaysian offshoot of Kam's Roast Goose, Hong's Kong's Michelin-lauded purveyor of poultry, takes flight in Pavilion. Similar to Southeast Asian spin-offs of Kam's Roast in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, goose isn't on the menu in KL, swapped out for the more readily available duck...

Kanteen, Mont Kiara & Tropicana Avenue: New Dinner Menu

Kanteen, Mont Kiara & Tropicana Avenue: New Dinner Menu

October 8, 2020

Family-style sharing plates of Malaysian classics like ikan asam pedas and egg fu yong, solo bowls of curry mee, char kuey teow and chicken chop: Kanteen has launched a new dinner menu that rounds up familiar favourites for a fun feast in a stylish setting. If you live or work near Kanteen'...

Something, SS15 Subang

Something, SS15 Subang

October 7, 2020

Something, somewhere in Subang: The SS15 neighbourhood's newest Korean restaurant and bar promises a modern-minded hangout for Seoul-inspired soul food and spirited beverages, run by an entirely Korean team. If you're craving everything from tteokbokki to tangsuyuk, Something is someplace to savo...

HoorayWu, Cheras

HoorayWu, Cheras

October 7, 2020

Hip home, HoorayWu: This weekend cafe in a terraced house is a welcoming venue for reviving kombucha (in flavours such as grape, grapefruit or passion fruit) and tempting desserts like the textured cempedak cake. Reservations are recommended.HoorayWu19, Jalan Pantas, Taman Connaught, 56000 Cheras...

BAPE Cafe Malaysia, Suria KLCC

BAPE Cafe Malaysia, Suria KLCC

October 6, 2020

The first Malaysian store of Japanese fashion brand BAPE boasts its own cafe, a stylish space with a cool KL crew and fun Tokyo-loving fare. The Unagi Toast is a should-order on the soft-launch menu - sourdough bread blanketed with soft, creamy scrambled eggs and a large slice of luscious eel in ...

Curio Coffee Roaster, Riverwalk Village

Curio Coffee Roaster, Riverwalk Village

October 5, 2020

Perched on a first-floor rooftop accessible only by a spiral staircase, Curio is a charmer of a cafe, a beautiful vision in white, helmed by husband-and-wife team Chris and Jook Yie.Curio is also a micro roaster; while it's serious about beans, it knows how to have fun with beverages - try the mi...

Pizza Roma, Ampang

Pizza Roma, Ampang

October 4, 2020

With more than 30 pizza flavours, available starting from six-inch personal portions that cost between RM7.90 to RM17.90, Pizza Roma makes it easy to throw a pizza party with plenty of varieties. The restaurant is located in Ampang but accepts delivery orders on its website, so we decided to summ...

Vernakular, Bangsar

Vernakular, Bangsar

October 4, 2020

Bezels and balance springs, baristas and bakers: Vernakular speaks the language of hand-wound watches and hand-brewed coffee, combining a store for timepieces with a corner for cakes and cappuccinos.While we can't tell our chronographs from our calendars, we're sure this friendly venue is worth y...

Pod Temida, Poland

Pod Temida, Poland

October 3, 2020

Pod Temida offers a step back in time to communist-era Poland - this is one of Krakow's enduring 'milk bars,' which once served as popular public cafeterias that offered cheap but nourishing fare. Expect authentic, no-nonsense Polish grub, like steamed potato dumplings and buckwheat groats in hea...

Soleil & Copper: Souvenirs of the Past

Soleil & Copper: Souvenirs of the Past

October 3, 2020

Cooking winter vegetables with mom in Ghent; growing up on noodles and porridge in Kuching: Evert Onderbeke, head chef of DC Mall's Soleil, and Chai Chun Boon, who previously led Menara Shell's Copper, spent their formative years in vastly different regions, but like many passionate chefs, they s...

Ren, Suria KLCC

Ren, Suria KLCC

October 2, 2020

Ren's top temptations comprise specialities inspired by northwest China's autonomous territory of Xinjiang, refined for this sparkling new restaurant in KL. Instead of lamb skewers, Ren offers tenderly grilled New Zealand lamb cutlets instead, alluringly spread out and authentically spiced up wit...

Tau Ke, Taman Sea

Tau Ke, Taman Sea

October 1, 2020

Tau Ke tackles local favourites with a focus on Peranakan pleasures. Crunchy bits of pork lard bring a nice bite to jiu hu char (RM10.95) and prawn popiah (RM10.95), while braised pork belly offers a savoury chew for the cute 'kiap pao' (RM4.95). Starchy selections span the purple and blue, the f...

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral: Mix’n’Match for the Perfect Autumn Picnic

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral: Mix’n’Match for the Perfect Autumn Picnic

October 1, 2020

Seasons change, but Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral stays as appetising as ever: After launching summer-themed picnic sets earlier this year, the hotel's new Autumn Picnic sets offer the perfect inspiration for a diverse, delicious feast with loved ones.Aloft's creative culinary team has prepared two ...

Staple Eats, Desa ParkCity

Staple Eats, Desa ParkCity

September 30, 2020

For the siblings who founded Staple Eats, a healthy diet has fuelled their lives since childhood. That experience brings authenticity to one of KL's most ambitious restaurants for wholesome eating, brimming with sustainable produce, organic ingredients and natural flavours.Staple Eats has been lo...

Cafe Deli by El Meson: Now in Desa ParkCity, Mont Kiara & Bangsar

Cafe Deli by El Meson: Now in Desa ParkCity, Mont Kiara & Bangsar

September 30, 2020

When El Meson first opened in Bangsar in 2009, it instantly became a Spanish restaurant to watch, impressively showcasing everything from sherry-sauteed chicken livers to suckling lamb leg. After enduring for a decade, El Meson has evolved and expanded, transforming into Cafe Deli by El Meson...

Brew N Bloom, Bukit Jalil

Brew N Bloom, Bukit Jalil

September 29, 2020

Food and foliage: Few cafes feel as near to nature as Brew N Bloom, tucked beside the teeming flowers and plants of the Bukit Jalil Nursery. This alfresco cafe is shaded from the heat, so feel free to order a steaming-hot, soothingly light bowl of prawn mee (RM10.90), paired with coffee - cold br...

Six steps to improve our modern diet by looking to the Orang Asli

Six steps to improve our modern diet by looking to the Orang Asli

September 29, 2020

So often, we search for insights into the future of food by turning to dining trends elsewhere. But sometimes, looking to the centuries-old traditions of our homeland's own communities can yield even more meaningful observations.In 2019, Rachel Thomas, a Sunway University lecturer and food techno...

Chef William Loo: The chefs who inspired me

Chef William Loo: The chefs who inspired me

September 28, 2020

From soul-searching in Manila to returning to KL this year to launch his own restaurant, chef William Loo has been through a long, sometimes lonely journey this past decade. After Loo Loo Casual Dining officially opened last month, William spoke to us about the chefs who've inspired him and how t...