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Jamboo KL, Tun H.S. Lee Road

Jamboo KL, Tun H.S. Lee Road

November 29, 2021

Jamboo jazzes up Chinatown's cafe scene this week, serving up modern Asian bowls, snacks and sips. Jam out with Jamboo's bowls topped with gula Melaka-infused chicken, edamame, seaweed flakes and crispy potatoes on brown rice, dressed with yuzu aioli. Or order the Lei Cha and Sarawak Laksa, w...

Nothing Fancy, Taman Overseas Union

Nothing Fancy, Taman Overseas Union

November 29, 2021

Nothing Fancy is much too modest about its mighty pleasures: OUG’s latest cafe, a contemporary diner in pretty pastels, takes patrons on a worthwhile culinary journey through Western Europe, from duck parmentier to lamb risotto. The Duck Parmentier is primed to be a smash hit, the French ...

Nyonya Pakay Bunga, Taman Overseas Union

Nyonya Pakay Bunga, Taman Overseas Union

November 28, 2021

Named for the classic Nyonya song, OUG's new Nyonya Pakay Bunga deserves to be a contemporary choice for Malaccan Peranakan fare, heartfelt and heartwarming, hearkening to times when Malacca was more sleepy hollow than tourist hotspot.Ayam Pongteh, our benchmark for beautiful Nyonya cooking, aces...

At Sette, Taman Desa

At Sette, Taman Desa

November 28, 2021

Homey, heartwarming Italian cooking: Taman Desa's new Italian restaurant makes delicious recipes out of handmade pasta, from tagliatelle tossed with a ragu of pork and beef (RM31.90) to gnocchi boscaiola with mushrooms (RM34.90). No surprise, since its chef has been intimately involved in Italian...

Loo Loo Casual Dining's latest menu is a labour of love, reimagining paella, tangyuan & more

Loo Loo Casual Dining's latest menu is a labour of love, reimagining paella, tangyuan & more

November 27, 2021

Over a year after we first visited Loo Loo Casual Dining, we returned recently to find chef William Loo and his team making a fresh leap of faith with their latest menu, from Japanese oysters dotted with yuzu pearls to a dark, decadent deconstruction of Spanish paella to a hot-and-cold recreation...

Seasons by Spatula, Aurora Place

Seasons by Spatula, Aurora Place

November 26, 2021

Seasons change, but cake cravings stay eternal: Bukit Jalil's new destination for decadence is a sightly space for juicy watermelon cakes, joyful jasmine grape cakes and jovial genmai gateau, aromatic with fruity, floral flavours, moist and fresh-tasting, creamy but not cloying. Seasons by...

World Italian Cuisine Week: Bridging borders with Italian masterclasses for Malaysia's future chefs

World Italian Cuisine Week: Bridging borders with Italian masterclasses for Malaysia's future chefs

November 26, 2021

World Italian Cuisine Week is in full swing throughout the globe: Italian restaurants across the continents are serving exclusive menus that offer a true taste of Italy, including in Malaysia, where 14 establishments in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Langkawi are thrilling patrons with specia...

Yakitori Haki, Cheras

Yakitori Haki, Cheras

November 25, 2021

If you love atmospheric Japanese restaurants, Yakitori Haki offers a colourful homage to everything from samurais and sumo wrestlers to Hello Kitty and Kamen Rider - take a table by the crimson chochin lanterns to be transported from Cheras to Chiba for a feast of familiar favourites, from sus...

Sisu Pantry: A Malaysian cancer survivor serves up inspiration for body, mind & soul

Sisu Pantry: A Malaysian cancer survivor serves up inspiration for body, mind & soul

November 25, 2021

As you explore Sisu Pantry, you'll find pockets of inspiration everywhere.  Books on the shelves speak of the search for "courage, strength and happiness," while magazines provide an insightful, up-to-date glimpse into global affairs. A reminder pasted on the coffee machine says "be kind...

The Crown by W1, Bangsar

The Crown by W1, Bangsar

November 24, 2021

Get your best revenge dress on for a night out at The Crown, Bangsar's new British-inflected bar, with The Queen winking and waving at patrons as they sip on martinis and Pimms. The Crown by W1,First Floor, 22, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm-12am.

CC The Baker: Marvellous Malaysian cakes for Musang King Durian & Onde-Onde enthusiasts

CC The Baker: Marvellous Malaysian cakes for Musang King Durian & Onde-Onde enthusiasts

November 24, 2021

CC The Baker makes unmistakably Malaysian cakes packed with crowd-pleasing ingredients. The baker behind this brand, Cecilia, is totally self-taught. Since early 2020, she has dedicated her time and energy to treats that she bakes with love and passion.We recently tried two of CC The Baker's top ...

Bones: Return of the Patties, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Bones: Return of the Patties, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

November 23, 2021

TTDI's new burger truck, Bones, marks the return of a familiar face, the original founder of this neighbourhood's Sixty Bites burgers. Fans who missed his specialities will find their favourites here, still hitting the spot for a satisfyingly meaty burger, from the Sloppy G (RM13; a thickly jui...

Kohi Barista, Cyberjaya

Kohi Barista, Cyberjaya

November 23, 2021

Fans of hidden coffee bars might relish the adventure of hunting for Kohi Barista, probably the most challenging-to-find business in Cyberjaya's Tamarind Square. Your reward? Spanish lattes and Australian-inspired iced chocolates.Kohi BaristaD2-5-1, Level 5, Tamarind Square, Cyberjaya. Tel: 019-6...

Miink Coffee, Sri Petaling

Miink Coffee, Sri Petaling

November 22, 2021

That touch of Miink: Fans of cute coffee shop corners can spend a cosy afternoon at Sri Petaling's cool new cafe. Distinctive drinks include the Kopi Kelabu (RM12.30; gorgeously grey with black sesame and bamboo charcoal) and the Kopi Jatuh Cinta (RM15.60; lovely with floral scents and fruity sen...

CoBlue Coffee, Kuchai Lama

CoBlue Coffee, Kuchai Lama

November 22, 2021

If the Monday blues are dragging you down, CoBlue Coffee hopes its flat white will get you through the afternoon with flying colours - even with the 10-minute version of All Too Well playing on the speakers when we visited. CoBlue Coffee 5-G, Jalan 1/114, Off, Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuchai Business...

Bun Bun Coffee, Bangi

Bun Bun Coffee, Bangi

November 22, 2021

This charming Bangi coffee stop shares a space with a  laundromat, serving up playful peanut butter lattes with style and smiles.Bun Bun CoffeeG-47, Jalan Kajang Impian 1/11, Taman Kajang Impian, Seksyen 7 Bandar Baru Bangi, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor.

Big Hawker Premium, Desa ParkCity

Big Hawker Premium, Desa ParkCity

November 21, 2021

Big Hawker Premium's signature char koay teow comes complete with fresh cockles and crunchy lard, with a choice of large, tender prawns to put the premium in this platter, creamy with duck egg and crave-worthy with wok hei (RM18.90).The village chicken is smooth and clean-tasting, meaty and tende...

KL Bunga Raya, Cheras

KL Bunga Raya, Cheras

November 21, 2021

Bunga Raya is reputedly one of Auckland's top Malaysian restaurants, enduring for more than a decade now in in New Zealand's most populous city. The brand has recently spread its wings into KL serving fare that'll be familiar to everyone in Cheras. Still, there's no harm in having another place f...

World Italian Cuisine Week: Experience The Extraordinary Italian Taste at 14 restaurants in Malaysia, 22-28 November

World Italian Cuisine Week: Experience The Extraordinary Italian Taste at 14 restaurants in Malaysia, 22-28 November

November 20, 2021

If you've been enviously watching Stanley Tucci eat his way through Neapolitan pizza and Campanian buffalo mozzarella on CNN's Searching For Italy this year, the time has come for you to finally indulge in Italian cuisine to your heart's content in the Klang Valley, Penang and Langkawi.Fourteen o...

Kawan, Paradigm Mall

Kawan, Paradigm Mall

November 20, 2021

If your friends and family crave a comforting taste of Malaysia, take them to Kawan, which offers everything from Nasi Lemak distinctively served steaming in claypots to Mee Rebus that harnesses a family's three-generation-old secret recipe from Bentong.Kawan might be in a modern mall, but it tak...

Breathing Space, Petaling Jaya

Breathing Space, Petaling Jaya

November 19, 2021

Waiting to exhale? Come up for air, ales and espressos at Breathing Space, PJ’s new model of minimalism, poised to be a major magnet for cafe pursuers. Breathing Space’s founder offers stark relief with a soothing setting that brings together her favourite furnishing. On a mellow Friday m...

Don Julio, Mont Kiara

Don Julio, Mont Kiara

November 18, 2021

Beef is in Argentinian chef Ramiro Moya's blood. This year, he co-founded Don Julio, a restaurant in Mont Kiara that pays homage to the pampas where herds of cattle have thrived on vast, fertile pastures since the centuries of the conquistadors.Don Julio is as close to an authentic parrilla, an A...

The Present Cafe, Bukit Jalil

The Present Cafe, Bukit Jalil

November 18, 2021

The past might be history and the future a mystery, but The Present is a cafe of eccentricity. Hidden inside Bukit Jalil’s Who Nail salon, it only opens for three hours in the morning on weekdays, 8am-11am, serving purely protein shakes for breakfast. The PresentC-9-1, The Link 2, Bukit Jalil, Ku...

Today's By Dalton: Finally welcoming patrons for dine-in with a delightfully refreshed look

Today's By Dalton: Finally welcoming patrons for dine-in with a delightfully refreshed look

November 17, 2021

When we first visited Today's by Dalton in January 2021, this cafe had only started serving beverages for takeout, in a simple setting beside Pudu's bustling streets.Fast-forward nearly one year later, Today's by Dalton is finally ready to welcome patrons for dining in, beginning 18 November 2021...

Hakurin TTDI

Hakurin TTDI

November 16, 2021

Taman Tun's newest Japanese restaurant puts a sleek spin on snacks and skewers, tinged with Malaysian twists. Start with two wagyu wonders: The Belacan Wagyu Maki is made memorable with a bit of belacan on top, bringing fermented umami to this beefy roll (RM48), while the Hakurin Chahan is fried ...

S+I Dining, Bangsar

S+I Dining, Bangsar

November 16, 2021

With Oasis on the wall and Feeder on the speakers, S+I rings true as a Crown culinary colony, bringing British fare to Bangsar, prepared by a UK-born chef, served by a warmly enthusiastic multinational team.Fun fact: S+I refers to the restaurant's husband-and-wife founders, chef Simon Stevens and...

Nihao Cafe, Bandar Rimbayu

Nihao Cafe, Bandar Rimbayu

November 15, 2021

Say hello to Nihao Cafe, Bandar Rimbayu’s friendly new neighbourhood bakery-cafe, now welcoming patrons with takeouts of pure pastry pleasure. Curb your carb cravings with oven-fresh croissants, flaky and flavoursome, and pain au chocolat, buttery and chocolaty.  Nihao Cafe is slated to open fo...

Petite Pagi by Pagi Baker & Lakar Ideas

Petite Pagi by Pagi Baker & Lakar Ideas

November 14, 2021

Mousse cakes and monsteras come together at Petite Pagi, a Kajang cafe that shares a space with a plant store, in a fresh collaboration between Pagi Baker and Lakar Ideas, a convenient getaway from the city, less than a half-hour’s drive from Bukit Jalil.Petite Cakes by Pagi BakersLakar Ideas, Lo...

RYU TTDI

RYU TTDI

November 14, 2021

Take a table by the window at this Japanese-inspired hideout for long conversations over skewers and soups - chunky deep-fried kushikatsu, spanning chicken thigh and tail to broccoli and garlic, and light, steamy broths, swimming with fish cakes, broccoli and brinjal - washed down with bottles of...

Table Matters & Farm, Teluk Panglima Garang

Table Matters & Farm, Teluk Panglima Garang

November 14, 2021

Table Matters & Farm relies on produce cultivated by community micro-farmers to round out its meals - protein pleasures like rib eye steaks (RM75 for 250 grams) and Basque braised chicken with red peppers and mashed potatoes (RM36) would be satisfying even on their own, especially the succule...

Aunty Kel's Kitchen Delights: Malaysian condiments & spices, homemade from a lifetime of love

Aunty Kel's Kitchen Delights: Malaysian condiments & spices, homemade from a lifetime of love

November 13, 2021

Over half a century of care and experience is embedded in each jar of condiments and spice by Aunty Kel's Kitchen Delights. “We won’t sell what we don’t eat ourselves,” Aunty Kel promises, the result of a lifetime of cooking with love. Now 76, Aunty Kel has been whipping up food for as lon...

The Baking Trip, Happy Garden

The Baking Trip, Happy Garden

November 13, 2021

A journey of a thousand carbs begins with a single cupcake at The Baking Trip, with two sisters and a boyfriend who've turned a Happy Garden house into a fresh haven for baked beauties.  Walk in between noon and 4pm to grab a bag of homemade treats - possibilities include decadently luscious ch...

Only Green Matcha, Mahsa Avenue

Only Green Matcha, Mahsa Avenue

November 12, 2021

 Follow the matcha-sipping stickman mascot to OG Matcha, specialising in Only Green snacks and slurps. Launching 13 November, PJ’s latest place for matcha promises matcha tres leches cake, matcha cookies, matcha tarts, and butter cakes with matcha sauce, mingling with masala-spiced matcha lattes,...

Yakiniku Hinata

Yakiniku Hinata

November 12, 2021

One of our favourite meals earlier this year was at Yakiniku Hinata, which is currently closed but might be relocating.Many fans of Japanese fare in KL have fond memories of Sushi Hinata, which first brought omakase dinners to mainstream attention in 2013, originally through the talents of chef O...

AD Butcher & Steak, Bukit Jelutong

AD Butcher & Steak, Bukit Jelutong

November 11, 2021

Checking out Bukit Jelutong's destination for dry-aged steaks: Ninety days of dry-ageing might take a toll on AD Butcher's Angus rib eye, depriving it of juiciness, resulting in a flavour that's somewhat closer to bresaola than regular steak - some might savour it, others won't, so it's certainly...

Pak Cik Cafe, Kepong

Pak Cik Cafe, Kepong

November 10, 2021

Transformed from a car workshop into a cool cafe, Pak Cik Cafe is a playful, pleasant stop.Eighties and nineties kids in the mood for nostalgia will be happy together with Pak Cik Cafe's wall of fame, pasted with portraits of Hong Kong pop icons, from Andy to Anita, Tony to Leslie and Maggie.Beve...

385F Cafe, Bukit Damansara

385F Cafe, Bukit Damansara

November 10, 2021

Meet Bukit Damansara's newest cafe, bringing some snazzy heat to the neighbourhood, nearly one year in the making. 385F Cafe is a calm, cosy space in the morning for a breakfast of sandwich champions - try the one thickly stuffed with aromatic mushrooms and melty cheese, paired with a fragrant oa...

SA Cafe Studio, Kepong

SA Cafe Studio, Kepong

November 10, 2021

Bringing together a baker, a florist and a beverage maker, SA3 Cafe Studio is a triple threat tucked on the first floor of a Kepong shop-lot. For walk-ins, pick-ups are available for a pick-me-up - sip on the nourishing Peach Gum, loaded with chilled red dates, white fungus, snow bird's nest and ...

23.5 Coffee Roastery, Mont Kiara

23.5 Coffee Roastery, Mont Kiara

November 9, 2021

23.5 Coffee Roastery is for the serious, scientific coffee drinker, with a counter that looks as much like a laboratory as a caffeine bar. But even on mornings when we're on the move, with not enough time for a slow-brewed beverage, this friendly new cafe is still a satisfying stop for a fast, fu...

Wan Chai Claypot, Petaling Jaya

Wan Chai Claypot, Petaling Jaya

November 9, 2021

Steamy, soulful stews and soups, bubbling in charcoal-fuelled claypots after hours of boiling: Wan Chai Claypot offers pure comfort for carnivores, specialising in rich, remarkable lamb stew and chicken soup. The Malaysian founder of this pork-free PJ restaurant takes inspiration partly from the ...

Pasta Beats: Trio of music-makers promise pasta pleasure for the people

Pasta Beats: Trio of music-makers promise pasta pleasure for the people

November 8, 2021

Turning the beat around, entrepreneurs Kagehoshi, Vision X, and Haikal Ahmad have gone from making marvellous music to preparing mouthwatering pasta. For years, the trio of trance DJs ran their own independent record label, Neutralize, while taking their act to events throughout Malaysia, ...

Not Cute Sisters: Dynamic duo go from gummy bear cakes to gorgeous bagels, loaves, cookies & more

Not Cute Sisters: Dynamic duo go from gummy bear cakes to gorgeous bagels, loaves, cookies & more

November 7, 2021

The two Malaysian sisters who run Not Cute Sisters might seem like expert bakers, excelling in UK-inspired bagels to Manhattan-style cookies.  But not everything they’ve made might be embraced by customers: One of their earliest efforts was a childhood creation of gummy bears, Kit Kats, M&M...

The Lull, Kepong

The Lull, Kepong

November 6, 2021

This calming new cafe brews up a variety of Chinese tea for the soul - sip on smoky, citrusy Fujian black tea to be whisked away into a soothing state of mind. The Lull9A, Jalan Desa 2/7, Desa Aman Puri, Kepong, 52100 Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 2pm-10pm. Tel: 010-831-0625

Suirinmi by Aurelia Atelier, Cheras

Suirinmi by Aurelia Atelier, Cheras

November 6, 2021

Earrings and espressos come together at Suirinmi, the new in-house cafe of Cheras’ Aurelia Atelier, a Korean-made jewellery store. Even if you’re not shopping for necklaces, stop by to snack on carrot cakes (RM8) and sip a Korean-inspired strawberry ade fruity-fizzy beverage (RM14) in a calm, whi...

KAPE, Kepong

KAPE, Kepong

November 5, 2021

Kepong’s KAPE is a cool new cafe for contemporary Korean casual cuisine - the Korean Street Toast sandwich is served hot and hearty with ham and cheese, thick, tender and tangy with cabbage- and carrot-stuffed egg (RM20.90), while the Dalgona Latte comes complete with a crush of candy, soothingly...

Wagaya KL Japanese Cuisine, Imbi

Wagaya KL Japanese Cuisine, Imbi

November 3, 2021

If you only have one omakase meal this month, make it at Wagaya, which wowed us on multiple fronts.The food harkens to the original lure of omakase, teeming with seasonal surprises to take us on a voyage through the unknown.The cost is fair: A RM680 menu is loaded with many more courses than expe...

Grillsmith, Sri Petaling

Grillsmith, Sri Petaling

November 2, 2021

Meet Sri Petaling’s new pitmaster for Mex, mac and meat: Grillsmith founder Elsie is firing up a storm every evening outside The Store for the next six months. This pop-up serves up Tijuana-loving beef tacos (RM14 for two, crispy-shelled FTW, stuffed with savoury-smoky, stick-to-your-teeth flesh)...

Buttery TTDI

Buttery TTDI

November 2, 2021

As its name promises, you'll bump into a bevy of baked treats at Buttery, TTDI's under-the-radar destination for butter cakes (fresh and moist-crumbed), jammers (thick, soft biscuits with decadent centres of jam) and scones in flavours like chives with cheese (fluffy and lighter than expected).Bu...

WU DI Cafe, Bukit Bintang

WU DI Cafe, Bukit Bintang

October 31, 2021

Buoyed by Balinese-inspired vacation vibes, WU DI Cafe woos us with a Galloway getaway in a restored heritage building whose history stretches back to the 1920s.Explore multiple floors of intriguing corners, furnished with custom-made rattan flourishes, rounded out with ceramic basins and creaky ...

Restart by Slo, Kota Damansara

Restart by Slo, Kota Damansara

October 31, 2021

Serving sourdough, coffee and kombucha, Restart by Slo marks a fresh beginning for its founder Sean, a barista-turned-kombucha maker who relies on the fermented beverage to strengthen his health. He launched the Slo home-brewed kombucha brand in 2020 and now, his first cafe in Kota Damansar...