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Kaching Island, Chow Kit

Kaching Island, Chow Kit

September 15, 2019

Customers seeking a wholesome, hearty meal at a friendly restaurant might hit the jackpot with Kaching Island's Nasi Lemak Salmon (RM25), pairing Malaysia's de facto national dish with a fish that's a cut above, plus plenty of peanuts, a poached egg, anchovies and sambal for completists.Kaching C...

Sofaer & Co, Myanmar

Sofaer & Co, Myanmar

September 15, 2019

Nestled in a heritage building in the historical heart of Yangon, Sofaer & Co serves up Burmese specialities like pickled tea leaf salads and coconut chicken noodles, complemented by cool cocktails like the Sanchaung Sophie (Monkey 47 gin with hibiscus cordial and pennywort).

Luckin Kopi, Panggong Road

Luckin Kopi, Panggong Road

September 14, 2019

Chinatown's latest contemporary kopitiam might occupy a shop-house that's many decades old, but its refurbishment is clearly targeted at social media devotees. Spend some time taking a slew of photos and videos, then replenish those calories over Indomie with an egg and gooey cheese that's heated...

Table9, Bangsar

Table9, Bangsar

September 13, 2019

Table9 has thrived on Telawi for more than two years now, but it remains one of Bangsar's best-kept secrets, a Korean-helmed restaurant with inspirations that leap from Italian pizzas and pastas to Scandinavian open sandwiches. Step into the venue and it's a beautiful retreat from the streets out...

Airbus Cafe, Myanmar

Airbus Cafe, Myanmar

September 13, 2019

A real-life plane, converted into a cafe nestled in Myanmar's Shwe Pyi Resort, popular with youngsters for coffee and cake.

Beryl's Lot 18, Panggong Road

Beryl's Lot 18, Panggong Road

September 12, 2019

Chocolate comes to Chinatown, courtesy of Malaysian homegrown brand Beryl's, which has launched a charming cafe and retail store in an atmospherically refurbished heritage shop-house.Search for a peaceful corner to nibble on a freshly baked chocolate cake, concealing a mousse-like, fruit-flavoure...

NZ Unlimited Cafe, Oasia Suites

NZ Unlimited Cafe, Oasia Suites

September 11, 2019

Pulled New Zealand beef brisket, sandwiched in a burger with a fried egg, onion rings and chilli jam (RM38), followed by Kapiti ice cream and sorbets in flavours like Hokey Pokey, Black Doris Plum with Creme Fraiche, and Chamomile with Salted Kamahi Honey (RM21 for three scoops): NZ Unlimited see...

Burma Bistro, Myanmar

Burma Bistro, Myanmar

September 11, 2019

One of Yangon's most atmospheric upscale restaurants, Burma Bistro offers regional Myanmarese recipes served in contemporary styles, from a Karen-style herbed pork salad to Kachin-spiced braised chicken to a Chin hill-region chicken soup with hominy and beans. Traditional comfort food, washed dow...

GrabFood: Makan-Makan Malaysia To Save 31% Off Your Local Favourites

GrabFood: Makan-Makan Malaysia To Save 31% Off Your Local Favourites

September 10, 2019

Hari Merdeka might be over, but GrabFood keeps the celebration of our country's cuisine going strong, all the way through Malaysia Day and beyond, with 31% off your delivery bill until 6 October 2019!The Makan-Makan Malaysia promotion pays tribute to homegrown restaurants and recipes, ensuring yo...

If Only, Taman U-Thant

If Only, Taman U-Thant

September 9, 2019

If only there were a sanctuary in KL’s city centre that feeds the spirit while soothing our stresses away: The Malaysian trio of Keith, Jean and Jonathan – who collectively have over three decades of experience in helming eateries, locally and abroad - have brought that vision to vibrant life, bi...

Eat Drink KL Coffee Pass Subscription: Participating Cafes Update

Eat Drink KL Coffee Pass Subscription: Participating Cafes Update

September 9, 2019

Here are the current participating cafes and restaurants. Click HERE to get your passesClick here to read about the subscription.PRIME PASSES:        Bofe Eatery (Section 19, Petaling Jaya)        Breakfast Thieves (APW Bangsar)Brew Berry (Q Sentral, KL Sentral)Brunch & Brasserie by Asian Tas...

Marco Polo, Pearl Continental Lahore

Marco Polo, Pearl Continental Lahore

September 9, 2019

Breakfast at Pearl Continental Lahore offers all the sustenance you'll need to explore Pakistan's second-largest city - fill up on local fare, like chicken nihari, aloo keema, and chana masala.

Old Hse Nyonya Cuisine, Taman Bukit Indah

Old Hse Nyonya Cuisine, Taman Bukit Indah

September 8, 2019

With a Penang-origin chef in the kitchen, Old Hse is a new spot for savouring some of the northern island's soulful favourites, such as loh mee that's unabashedly vice-laden, saturated in a rich, slurp-worthy gravy, slicked up with luscious slices of pork belly (RM13.90; other noodle choices incl...

Royal El Mansour, Tunisia

Royal El Mansour, Tunisia

September 7, 2019

Dinner is typically a buffet affair at the Royal El Mansour hotel in Tunisia's coastal city of Mansour; traditional recipes take centre stage with local produce from both land and sea, cheeses and wine.

Kopitiam Hop: Puchong

Kopitiam Hop: Puchong

September 7, 2019

Text by Chee Gee Ren Our latest Kopitiam Hop brings us to bustling Puchong, with its thriving landscape of local fare, rife with traditional coffee shops that serve much, much more than chicken rice, char siew and char kuey teow.Foong LeiFoong Lei is an institution for hawker samplings in Pusat B...

Chaunsa Mangoes, Pakistan

Chaunsa Mangoes, Pakistan

September 6, 2019

Summer brings stifling heat in the weather but cooling relief in the harvest of Chaunsa mangoes, Pakistan's king of fruits, richly aromatic, nectarously sweet, juicy and pulpy.

Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia: From the South of France to the Grand Diplôme

Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia: From the South of France to the Grand Diplôme

September 6, 2019

By Chee Gee Ren From a home cook’s perspective, I harbour curiosity and admiration for the intricacies of French cuisine, often watching French recipe videos in my free time. I've long been familiar with the name Le Cordon Bleu, which is synonymous with French cooking worldwide, its blue ribbon a...

King Coconuts, Sri Lanka

King Coconuts, Sri Lanka

September 5, 2019

Native to Sri Lanka, king coconuts are notably sweeter than regular coconuts; plus, they're believed to have more health benefits, with their juice being used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Cloud 9, Pavilion Elite

Cloud 9, Pavilion Elite

September 5, 2019

Perched on the ninth floor of Pavilion Elite, with a bird's-eye view of Bukit Bintang's streets, Cloud 9 floats to fine heights, exuding a sense of stylish elegance seldom seen in malls. With a veteran Italian chef currently commanding the kitchen, the European-accented menu also shoots for the s...

Donkas Lab, Sunway Geo Avenue

Donkas Lab, Sunway Geo Avenue

September 4, 2019

Donkas Lab serves donkas, the Korean equivalent of Japan's tonkatsu - the pork cutlet is familiar enough, thinly breaded and deep-fried, but what sets Donkas Lab apart from tonkatsu joints is how the meat is accompanied. Try it served in a skillet with Karae Rice, similar to a Japanese curry prep...

Round Off, Seoul

Round Off, Seoul

September 4, 2019

Caffeine addicts checking out Seoul's Insadong neighbourhood might want to be at Round Off (or be square!); the cold brew latte is a lovely antidote to the city's scorching summer afternoons.

Terrasse Cafe & Bistro, Petaling Jaya

Terrasse Cafe & Bistro, Petaling Jaya

September 3, 2019

Sunshine and starlight pour into Terrasse, courtesy of a glasshouse ceiling that's the centrepiece of this warm and welcoming new restaurant.  The complete menu wasn't available yet when we visited, but bar bites include buttermilk fried chicken with a satisfying crunch (RM15); other possibiliti...

Dessertisme, Bukit Jalil

Dessertisme, Bukit Jalil

September 2, 2019

Tong sui "r" us: Dessertisme tackles the classic sweet Cantonese soups that generations have grown up on - a rotating range of at least six varieties is available daily, from a creamy wheat porridge with corn to a warming peanut soup (RM3.90-RM4.50 each). Our favourite is the ginger-sharpened sou...

Hollys Coffee, Incheon

Hollys Coffee, Incheon

September 2, 2019

Hollys Coffee, South Korea's pioneering brand for espresso-based coffee, boasts scores of outposts, but one of its most evocative is in Incheon's lush Songdo Central Park.

Dream Art Lamp Cafe, Sri Petaling

Dream Art Lamp Cafe, Sri Petaling

September 1, 2019

As much an Aladdin's cave as a cafe, this venue is a fascinating trove filled with lamps for sale, including many personally made by founder Jermaine Zhu himself, crafted out of sewing machines, toys, telephones and more. There's no full-fledged kitchen here, so food and beverage are kept simple,...

163 Retail Park, Mont Kiara: East Asian Extravaganza

163 Retail Park, Mont Kiara: East Asian Extravaganza

September 1, 2019

From Korean barbecues to Chinese mixian noodles, Malaysian lor bak to Japanese shaved ice desserts, 163 Retail Park is cooking up a storm for fans of East Asian fare: Our latest exploration of Mont Kiara's most vibrant mall takes us on a culinary voyage through crowd-pleasing favourites that span...

Milk Farm & Voila Ice Cream, Seoul

Milk Farm & Voila Ice Cream, Seoul

August 31, 2019

On a sultry August afternoon in Seoul, Milk Farm's organic milk ice cream and Voila's sea salt ice cream might be the best cool-me-down, pick-me-up pleasures for battling South Korea's soaring summer temperatures.

Comamos At Rueben's, Subang Jaya

Comamos At Rueben's, Subang Jaya

August 31, 2019

With more fine-tuning for its food, Comamos could become an enjoyable destination, with a wide-ranging menu of Tex-Mex and Filipino favourites. The huevos rancheros is hamstrung by a cloying sauce that evokes mass-market salad dressings (RM14.95), the guacamole would be more pleasant as a chunky,...

Big Fish Small Fish, Bandar Sunway

Big Fish Small Fish, Bandar Sunway

August 31, 2019

A substantial catch awaits fans of finned fare at Big Fish Small Fish in Bandar Sunway, the first Malaysian offshoot of a Singaporean brand of restaurants with a setting inspired by shipping containers. Our order of sea bass (RM17.70) came out chunky, crunchy to the battered bite, concealing hot ...

Cafe Inuk, Greenland

Cafe Inuk, Greenland

August 30, 2019

All-you-can-eat affairs are rare at restaurants in Nuuk, Greenland's capital, but the in-house cafe of the Inuk Hostels serves up a fair buffet spread on selected mornings, with local shrimp and salmon among the highlights.

Summer Hot Pot, Bandar Sunway

Summer Hot Pot, Bandar Sunway

August 30, 2019

Hankering for hotpot? Summer Hot Pot could be your destination for all seasons, bringing this traditional favourite of Chinese emperors to Bandar Sunway for fans of hearty communal fare. The founders of this fuss-free but colourful space have years of experience in preparing hotpots, so brace you...

Lick A Spoon, Subang Jaya

Lick A Spoon, Subang Jaya

August 29, 2019

The Klang Valley's first dessert parlour that specialises purely in edible cookie dough, Lick A Spoon strives to live up to its name with cookie dough in fun flavours like chocolate chip, peanut butter and fudgy brownie, baked with the brand's own blend of heat-treated flour and pasteurised eggs....

Jhann, Damansara Heights

Jhann, Damansara Heights

August 28, 2019

Presenting a polished take on North Indian cuisine, Jhann strives to bring reinvigorated life to familiar classics, touched up with ingredients seldom seen in traditional South Asian cooking. Soft-shell crab carves a clear presence in biryani that punches through in savouriness (RM49) or fried o...

A Hereford Beefstouw, Greenland

A Hereford Beefstouw, Greenland

August 27, 2019

Steak enthusiasts in Greenland's capital make a beeline for the beef at A Hereford Beefstouw, the local chapter of the Danish steakhouse chain (Greenland is, after all, a not-for-sale autonomous constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark). But what makes A Hereford Beefstouw unique and wel...

Flying Monkeys at Tribeca, Imbi

Flying Monkeys at Tribeca, Imbi

August 26, 2019

Defying gravity and dancing through life over the streets of Bukit Bintang, Flying Monkeys promises everything we'd want from a cocktail parlour - the courage to come up with cheekily unconventional concoctions, the brains to brilliantly weave culinary magic into both food and beverages, and the ...

Frangipaani, Republik Damansara Heights

Frangipaani, Republik Damansara Heights

August 25, 2019

Frangipaani is a beautiful new restaurant by every measure, from its leafy, sunlit terrace to its interior that's meant to channel colonial-era Indian elegance. Its menu is equally enticing, paying homage to centuries of a culinary heritage that spans Punjab to Goa - the latter is brought to life...

The Vanilla Place Cafe, Oasis Corporate Park

The Vanilla Place Cafe, Oasis Corporate Park

August 25, 2019

An oasis within an Oasis: The Vanilla Place Cafe brings comfort food, caffeine and cheer to Oasis Corporate Park - stop by for a salad, sandwich or spaghetti in a soothing space where the prices feel fair and service is friendly.The Vanilla Place offers a long list of pastas that span mixed mushr...

Myanmar Mixed Rice

Myanmar Mixed Rice

August 24, 2019

The Burmese equivalent of a Malaysian mixed-rice lunch offers loads of traditional recipes with rustic flavours, from mutton curries to pork with fermented bamboo shoots to lentils with fried shallots.

H For Haven, Subang Jaya

H For Haven, Subang Jaya

August 24, 2019

Tucked inside a Subang coworking space, this friendly caffeine bar offers easy-sipping lattes and long blacks, satisfyingly brewed with beans sourced from Kota Kinabalu's Mountain Coffee Roasters. Coffee with milk costs RM8; without is RM6.Note: H For Haven is more of a booth than a cafe, so seat...

Myanmar Rice

Myanmar Rice

August 23, 2019

Myanmar might not be as renowned as neighbouring Thailand for rice, but this remains its most crucial crop, cultivated in monsoon-lush paddy fields across the country's numerous villages, an everyday staple in steamed and fried preparations.

Asian Spices, Petaling Jaya

Asian Spices, Petaling Jaya

August 23, 2019

From rich, robust Indian recipes to Malaysian and Thai staples, Asian Spices strives to serve up a flavour-packed spectrum of this region's cuisine.The Indian specialities seem the most enticing here: The Kerala Prawn Curry (RM28.50) brims with no lack of crustaceans in coconut-heavy cooking (RM2...

Myanmar Markets

Myanmar Markets

August 23, 2019

Myanmar's markets brim not merely with food, from fried samosas and snacks to fresh vegetables and fruits, but all manner of life at its most vigorous, with stall-keepers selling precious local gems, beautifully woven sarong-like longyis and intricate wood carvings.

Anagram, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Anagram, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

August 22, 2019

Whether you prefer your coffee serious or playful, Anagram might be worth rearranging your schedule for, if you're seeking an afternoon of serene sipping in one of Taman Tun Dr Ismail's friendliest caffeine hideouts.This new coffee bar is stocked with a variety of beans roasted both in Malaysia a...

The Social, 163 Mont Kiara

The Social, 163 Mont Kiara

August 21, 2019

The Social Group's sixth and latest outpost might be our favourite so far from this family of restaurants, launching with a leafy rainforest tropical theme and introducing Japanese-inspired, Josper-grilled skewers to Mont Kiara's new 163 Retail Park mall. It's been 18 years since The Social fi...

Il Bargello, Siena, Italy

Il Bargello, Siena, Italy

August 21, 2019

The medieval streets of Siena brim with fresco-filled squares, picturesque cathedrals, patrician villas and atmospheric eateries like Il Bargello. Stop by for a plate of pici - the 'fat spaghetti' that originated in this Italian city - drenched in duck sauce.

Happy Stan, Republik Damansara Heights

Happy Stan, Republik Damansara Heights

August 21, 2019

We stan a bar that slings out cocktails and coffee in equal measure, bringing together bartenders and baristas, so you can enjoy a tipple long before the sun sets - perhaps the classic Aviation (RM42; Martin Miller London Dry, The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur, Luxardo Maraschino, fresh lemon) - or...

Mooncakes Sparkles, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Mooncakes Sparkles, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur

August 20, 2019

Text by Chee Gee Ren Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur lights up this Mid-Autumn Festival, literally and luminously, by thinking outside the box for an iridescent innovation that outshines pedestrian mooncake packaging.This signature Mooncake Sparkles theme showcases nine-inch Glass Light Globes that g...

Il Feudo, San Gimignano, Italy

Il Feudo, San Gimignano, Italy

August 20, 2019

Amid the fourteenth-century piazzas and pavements of Italy's Tuscan town of San Gimignano, Il Feudo seems among the friendliest restaurants, beckoning patrons for a warm plate of truffle cream ravioli paired with local Vernaccia white wine.

The Sticky Wicket, Damansara Heights

The Sticky Wicket, Damansara Heights

August 19, 2019

A true all-rounder: The Sticky Wicket might share the contours of a sports pub, with a perpetual play of cricket and rugby on its screens, but it scores a century by serving up food and beverages of match-winning skill and imagination. Running full throttle for three years now, this remains one o...

Bakerry La, Damansara Kim

Bakerry La, Damansara Kim

August 18, 2019

Stepping into Damansara Kim's new boulangerie should spark a sense of excitement for bread enthusiasts, with a counter lined with croissants, cruffins and kouign-amanns, bolstered by a backdrop of pastry chef Barry Lee's freshly baked loaves, French wheat flour sacks and professional butter block...