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Santouits Sandwich Bar, Imbi

Santouits Sandwich Bar, Imbi

January 17, 2021

Santouits might be Greek for sandwich, but this new cafe speaks the universal language of love for crisply warm, freshly grilled panini, packed with punchy fillings - now available for pick-ups and deliveries.Santouits serves a sourdough sandwich for every type of tastebud.For the meat maniac, tr...

Get Baked, Paramount Garden

Get Baked, Paramount Garden

January 16, 2021

Croissants that come close to pastry perfection; country loaves and butter blended with kombu or mentaiko: Get Baked - PJ's latest destination for oven-fresh delights - promises more carbs than our calculators can count, forcing us to postpone our Rebel Wilson diet plan for the sake of flaky, flu...

Burrow, Bangsar Shopping Centre

Burrow, Bangsar Shopping Centre

January 15, 2021

Burrow is KL's new cavern of canelés, cakes and cookies, available for takeouts. Cosy and charming, it's now lovely with leafs but is sure to be lively with laughter later this year.Canelés are the cornerstone of Burrow's baked temptations, offered in multiple varieties. Burrow's bakers do just...

Don by TSF: Home kitchen for affordable Japanese-inspired rice bowl deliveries

Don by TSF: Home kitchen for affordable Japanese-inspired rice bowl deliveries

January 14, 2021

The art of the Japanese rice bowl is beautifully collaged by the Klang Valley's new meal delivery service, Don by TSF, offering hearty meals with home-cooked highlights, spanning miso-glistened pork belly to soy-glazed eggplant.The founders of Don by TSF (Tastesome Food) have honed their craft in...

Today's by Dalton, Pudu

Today's by Dalton, Pudu

January 13, 2021

Now available for pick-up and delivery, Today's by Dalton serves a Canning Series of cool beverages, freshly prepared to order, then sealed and topped like canned drinks to curb spillage. Milo or Matcha lattes (RM12-RM13) make for a refreshing thirst-quencher, creamy but not cloying, smooth and f...

Morrow Cafe, OUG

Morrow Cafe, OUG

January 12, 2021

Morrow is a cafe for today, serving hearty fare at fair prices, from AM to PM - dense, crusty bread topped thickly with smashed avo and bacon for brunch (RM17.90), home-baked, savoury-sweet and ultra-creamy onion cheesecake for a distinctive teatime treat (RM9.90), and a wet, turmeric-hued revamp...

Left Surface 42, Subang Jaya

Left Surface 42, Subang Jaya

January 11, 2021

Subang's new hideout for cocktails harbours sweetly cool concoctions like the Sunny Bunny Sour (RM34; a twist on the typical sour with honey butter-infused bourbon, frangelico, calamansi juice and egg white) and Strawberry Shortcake (RM32; dessert as a drink, in the form of vodka, creme de mure, ...

Star Kabab, Bangladesh

Star Kabab, Bangladesh

January 11, 2021

Voted best Bangladeshi restaurant in a 2015 poll by the country's largest English-language newspaper, Star Kabab is a worthwhile stop in Dhaka for hearty, flaky paratha, accompanied by an array of meaty curries and dal.

Sumairu, Subang Jaya

Sumairu, Subang Jaya

January 10, 2021

Subang's latest Japanese restaurant tackles tonkatsu for lunch and yakiniku for dinner - the latter features plenty of protein possibilities, from lamb loin to beef brisket. Pork is respectably represented by choices like iberico cheeks that pack a firm bite and juicy chew (RM36). Grill the fresh...

Soul Kitchen, Sri Hartamas

Soul Kitchen, Sri Hartamas

January 10, 2021

Soul Kitchen serves spirited fare with contemporary East Asian cool. Fans of flavour-packed cooking might enjoy the lamb rack, richly saturated with a sweet-savoury char stew sauce, cushioned with carrots and onions (RM68), and river prawns in a creamy curry, coupled with a crisp bread roll for d...

Throwback Cafe, Tun H.S. Lee Road

Throwback Cafe, Tun H.S. Lee Road

January 9, 2021

Throwback Cafe's setting offers a step back in time, tucked on the first floor of a Chinatown shop-house. But its menu is decidedly modern, from a pretty tasty pasta bolstered by turkey ham and Hokkaido baby scallops in a light, house-made pumpkin sauce (RM25) to super-smooth Japanese iced coffee...

The 3 Dukes, Solaris Dutamas

The 3 Dukes, Solaris Dutamas

January 8, 2021

Steaks finished with fiery flamboyance, for tableside thrills and theatrics.The 3 Dukes' OP ribs (nearly RM195 for about 770 grams) are first grilled in the kitchen, then brought out, seasoned, sauced and torched as you watch, according to your preferred doneness. Remember to remove the meat from...

Sanyoso Mazesoba, Kota Damansara

Sanyoso Mazesoba, Kota Damansara

January 8, 2021

With a corner of potted plants and a floral mural, Sanyoso Mazesoba is a soothing space for a bowl of Japanese noodles. The Chashu Mazesoba is marvellously comforting - chewy-firm, slickly smooth noodles, mixed with a generous amount of minced pork, raw egg, soy sauce, scallions, seaweed and seas...

Em Hanoi, Desa ParkCity

Em Hanoi, Desa ParkCity

January 8, 2021

Lunch at Em Hanoi might seem a somewhat strange affair: Slurp on spicy beef pho (RM29), made fiery unmistakably with mala-style Sichuan peppers, while sipping Vietnamese beer and listening to a soundtrack of 1990s Korean pop. The reason for this riddle: Em Hanoi's founders are reputedly South Kor...

Mamamon, Taman Desa

Mamamon, Taman Desa

January 7, 2021

With twenty types of wine by the glass, spanning the south of France to South Africa, Spain to Argentina, costing RM20 to RM34 each, Mamamon merits a look for wine explorers. Each bottle is opened with the Coravin preservation device, which inserts a needle through the cork for pouring, prevents ...

Matang Seafood, Puchong

Matang Seafood, Puchong

January 7, 2021

From Perak to Puchong: Steamed tonguefish (RM10.50; flat and flaky like sole) and other varieties of fish (RM30 for soy-slicked, smooth and savoury preparations) are among the lighter a la carte offerings if you're not planning to order the made-for-sharing seafood porridge speciality at one of P...

Square 19 Glass House, The Hub SS2

Square 19 Glass House, The Hub SS2

January 6, 2021

For lovers of natural light, Square 19 Glass House offers a sleek, sunbathed setting surrounded by leaves and water. The menu is peppered with intriguing elements. Bar bites like chicken karaage come with tempting twists; the bite-sized meat is crisply crusted with crushed Mama instant noodles fo...

Unique Seafood PJ23: Lunar New Year 2021 Poon Choy & Boston Lobster Promotion

Unique Seafood PJ23: Lunar New Year 2021 Poon Choy & Boston Lobster Promotion

January 6, 2021

Unique Seafood is serving up a special treat this Lunar New Year for fans of poon choy and lobster - reserve a Triple Prosperity Combo of Poon Choy, Yee Sang and Glutinous Rice by 31 January 2021, and you'll receive a complimentary Boston Lobster for a luxurious touch to your festive feast. All y...

MK Krua Teerak, Pandan Indah

MK Krua Teerak, Pandan Indah

January 5, 2021

For an authentic Thai experience that's totally Muslim-friendly,  MK Krua Teerak offers the mouth-watering cooking of a Bangkok-born Thai chef who inherited her recipes from her grandmother, also a chef. She runs this restaurant (whose name loosely translates into 'lover's kitchen') with her Mala...

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral: Private Hot Pot Dining

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral: Private Hot Pot Dining

January 5, 2021

Putting the hot in hotel, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral offers a steamy start to 2021, taking hot pots to new heights with its Private Hot Pot experience, featuring a parade of premium ingredients and broths, served in private dining rooms for lunch and dinner. The Private Hot Pot promises a safe, p...

W Cafe & Dining, Dataran Prima

W Cafe & Dining, Dataran Prima

January 4, 2021

W Cafe & Dining brings together a touch of Japanese minimalism in its setting and traces of Japanese fusion in its food - it's a worthwhile stop for a casual lunch of skinny pizzas and fat focaccia, the former crisp and tasty with toppings like Japanese mushrooms (RM15.90), the latter turned ...

Gardenage by Craftman, Kota Kemuning

Gardenage by Craftman, Kota Kemuning

January 3, 2021

Coffee, tea or monstera? Take a break in this potted paradise that brings together baked bites, beverages and a bevy of botanical beauties.Leaf it to Gardenage's friendly bakers and baristas to serve you a chunky croissant coupled with briny kombu butter (RM6) and a light, lovely latte (RM8), eas...

Zebrew Cafe Bar, Puchong

Zebrew Cafe Bar, Puchong

January 3, 2021

Zebrew Cafe Bar brews up the A to Z, the black to white of trendy tea, from the Black Swan fruit tea (RM15.80; sparkling with blackberry and strawberry notes) to the Cheese White Peach Oolong Tea (RM14.80; with some savoury layered over the sweet). Warm service and cool beverages make this a wort...

Dlahcious Cafe, Klang

Dlahcious Cafe, Klang

January 3, 2021

Retreating from the afternoon's heat in Klang, we found ourselves in Dlahcious Cafe, where frosty, fruity slushies in fun flavours like Obnoxious Orange and Wacky Watermelon (RM9) brought us back to life. The friendly service crew at this cool space also recommended the Oolong Rose, as aromatical...

Mama Looi Private Kitchen: Penang-inspired Meal Delivery Service

Mama Looi Private Kitchen: Penang-inspired Meal Delivery Service

January 2, 2021

Proving again that Penang is often the birthplace of brilliant chefs, Mama Looi Private Kitchen channels an island-born matriarch's four decades of kitchen experience into the Klang Valley's latest meal service.Mama Looi, 54, is now a homemaker, but for many years, she cooked in Chinese restauran...

The Curious Gardener, Bangsar South

The Curious Gardener, Bangsar South

January 1, 2021

If your resolution for 2021 is to remain curious and ready for adventure, check out KL's latest wonderland of cocktails, where plants outnumber people, where a conservatory's worth of herbs and vegetables runs rampant throughout the space and in the beverages, where a speakeasy-style shed entranc...

White Land, Centrio Pantai Hillpark

White Land, Centrio Pantai Hillpark

January 1, 2021

Happy New Year to all our readers. All is calm, all is bright at White Land, which is expected to open very soon. White Land Centrio Pantai Hillpark, Jalan Pantai Murni, Kuala Lumpur.

Barrister's Brew, Desa Sri Hartamas

Barrister's Brew, Desa Sri Hartamas

December 31, 2020

Barristers and baristas come together at this cool space that combines a community law library with a cafe. RM5 gets you a surprisingly satisfying latte, a fresh and crunchy cookie, plus some friendly service - Barrister's Brew would assuredly be acquitted of profiteering.Barrister's Brew9-G, Jal...

Mockingbird, Bangsar: Bubbly Weekend Brunch

Mockingbird, Bangsar: Bubbly Weekend Brunch

December 31, 2020

Bangsar's Mockingbird recently launched a weekend brunch menu - the restaurant is now exclusively open on Saturday and Sunday (with weekdays mainly reserved for special events). Familiar favourites line the selection, cooked with confidence - it's been awhile since we had Eggs Benedict, so it mad...

Five O'clock Brasserie, Bangsar South

Five O'clock Brasserie, Bangsar South

December 31, 2020

If any time feels like a great time for paella, Five O'clock Brasserie strives to please, serving up a steaming-hot pan of Spanish-inspired, seafood-laden rice - at RM42, this is a treat for patrons who prefer a smaller, single-person portion that won't have to be shared.And since it's always f...

Cucur Udang Gendut & Sambal Bilis Co

Cucur Udang Gendut & Sambal Bilis Co

December 30, 2020

If you like your prawn fritters in princely portions, Cucur Udang Gendut should float your boat. Crackly shell-on crustaceans in pleasantly chewy batter, paired with a subtly spicy peanut sauce and a sweet chilli sauce that both pair perfectly with the classic cucur. Generous servings for RM6.50....

Wawan Kitchen & Cheppenim's Kitchen

Wawan Kitchen & Cheppenim's Kitchen

December 30, 2020

Wawan Kitchen’s Nasi Ayam Roasted Berlambak lives up to its name, with what amounts to almost a double serving of chicken with rice, cucumbers, soup and sauces (RM12). The roast chicken holds up after delivery, still warm and juicy, slobbering with soy sauce. The chilli sauce is on the tamer side...

Mr. d'Hazard Salai & Dendeng Roy

Mr. d'Hazard Salai & Dendeng Roy

December 30, 2020

Mr. d’Hazard Salai's Daging Salai is an experience, even when you first open its container and the smoky aroma of the beef hits you. The meat bears the typical chew of Malaysia's equivalent of jerky, swathed in the spice and santan of its quintessential lemak cili api gravy - one of the most popu...

Golden Bites Durian Cheesecakes & Duurio Durian Crepes

Golden Bites Durian Cheesecakes & Duurio Durian Crepes

December 30, 2020

Golden Bites’ Mini Durian Cheesecakes bring together the king of fruits and the perennially popular cake in one strikingly doughnut-shaped dessert.  The topping is reputedly a blend of 70% organic durian and 30% cheese - it's vibrantly aromatic and unmistakably ripe and pulpy, smoothened out so...

Ohana360, Bukit Jalil

Ohana360, Bukit Jalil

December 30, 2020

This family-friendly condo cafe and convenience store in Bukit Jalil is open to the public for a light meal or a teatime treat of house-baked Hokkaido cupcakes, Tokyo cheesecakes and cream puffs, all fresh-tasting. For shoppers, everything from tuna to peanut butter is available of course, plus c...

Cork & Cleaver, Bukit Tunku

Cork & Cleaver, Bukit Tunku

December 29, 2020

If you're game for dining outdoors amid greenery galore, Cork & Cleaver might be your next new favourite haunt, especially if meat is your sustenance of choice.Start with the salmon hinava - inspired by the Sabah Kadazan-Dusun people's equivalent of ceviche - featuring raw cubed salmon cured ...

Michelle Young, Bukit Jalil

Michelle Young, Bukit Jalil

December 28, 2020

A visit to Bukit Jalil's new Michelle Young bakery-cafe in the morning is a blissed-out balm for the sweet-loving soul, with the scent of fresh-from-the-oven cookies and cupcakes in the air. While this space currently only offers takeouts and deliveries, it should eventually turn into a charming ...

Craft, APW Bangsar: Cha & Maki

Craft, APW Bangsar: Cha & Maki

December 27, 2020

Perched like a secret treehouse in APW Bangsar, Craft promises a cosy, charming setting that blends inspirations from Taiwanese teahouses with Japanese sushi parlours, serving a well-executed variety of cha-based beverages and maki rolls to relish on the move.The concrete steps that lead up to Cr...

The Black Sails, Shah Alam

The Black Sails, Shah Alam

December 26, 2020

The Black Sails takes pasta lovers on a pleasure cruise that embarks for the familiar ports of puttanesca and bolognese, aglio olio and carbonara, propelled by fresh, house-made tagliatelle.The kitchen leverages on this single type of broad-cut ribbon pasta, distinctively delicate-textured here, ...

Koro Koro Cafe, Subang Jaya

Koro Koro Cafe, Subang Jaya

December 26, 2020

Serving cheerful Japanese-inspired meals, Koro Koro Cafe is worth a stop in Subang for light fare like beef tataki with a sauce that bears sweet, earthy nuances (RM16), an umami-rich rice bowl with egg (RM4.90), and fizzy yuzu sodas (RM13).Koro Koro Cafe11g, Jalan SS 18/1b, Ss18, 47500 Subang Jay...

Acumi Kerepek: Pisang Salai & Ubi Cheese Snacks

Acumi Kerepek: Pisang Salai & Ubi Cheese Snacks

December 26, 2020

If you love munching on fun snacks, Acumi Kerepek could be for you, offering distinctive treats with a Malaysian flourish.The Pisang Salad is crisp at first bite but softer to the chew, delicious strips that blend the tropical sweetness of banana with a slightly smoked sensation (RM15).If chips a...

Lebowski Bar, Iceland

Lebowski Bar, Iceland

December 25, 2020

The Dude abides, in Iceland's capital, of all places: Inspired by the Coen brothers movie, Reykjavik's Lebowski Bar is a cool diner that dishes out a wide variety of American burgers and White Russian beverages in a setting with bowling-alley vibes.

Sisu Pantry, Klang

Sisu Pantry, Klang

December 24, 2020

In recent years, Nordic concepts like Sweden's fika and Denmark's hygge have been embedded in Malaysia's cafe culture, becoming buzzy catchphrases for the positive-vibes-only psyche that pervades KL's IG-filtered communities. While Sisu Pantry seems to ride that wave, borrowing one of Finland's...

Project 1.0, Setia Alam

Project 1.0, Setia Alam

December 23, 2020

First time's the charm for Project 1.0's founders Sebastian and Winnie, who've set up a soothing sanctuary for coffee and croissants on a bleak, barren corridor of offices. With a pastry and latte clocking in at only RM10 (with beans roasted by the relatively new Syarikat Kopi Kok), caffeine and ...

The Pyes: Five Flavours of Pies

The Pyes: Five Flavours of Pies

December 22, 2020

The Pyes have it: Order a combo of 10 mini pies that span five different flavours for delivery at RM41.The Steak and the Lamb should both satiate carnivorous cravings for red meat, with a convincingly fleshy chew bolstered by a robust gravy. Meanwhile, the Chicken & Mushroom is that classic c...

270 sqft, Sea Park

270 sqft, Sea Park

December 22, 2020

270 sqft may not sound like a lot of space, but it's enough to harbour the hopes of its founder Vivien, who opened her first cafe in Sri Petaling in March this year and ran it for nine months before relocating to Sea Park in a change of scene, name and concept.Much of 270 sqft's furniture isn't i...

Henry & Camille, Bukit Damansara

Henry & Camille, Bukit Damansara

December 21, 2020

Cream puffs and coffee make for cheerful companions at Henry & Camille, Bukit Damansara's latest focal point for flat whites. Comfy couches, warm service and a leafy view of the neighbourhood are all bonuses.Henry & CamilleM-45, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. Op...

Bizbox Cafe & Business Centre, Petaling Jaya

Bizbox Cafe & Business Centre, Petaling Jaya

December 21, 2020

With a name like Bizbox, combining a cafe and a business centre, customers might expect a stark, sterile space that's purely workmanlike. But this new space is a pleasant surprise, passionately put together by friendly founders Edgar and Jessica - as warm and welcoming, cosy and comforting as hom...

Eatery by Nutmeg, 163 Retail Park

Eatery by Nutmeg, 163 Retail Park

December 20, 2020

Fried catfish, po' boys and gumbo: Mont Kiara gets a little taste of Louisiana, courtesy of Eatery by Nutmeg, a new Cajun cafe concept in 163 Retail Park mall. Eatery's fried catfish fillets are lovely, served hot and crisp in the cornmeal-crusted style of the south, moist and fresh-tasting withi...

Fiction Food, Bangsar

Fiction Food, Bangsar

December 20, 2020

Parasite-inspired ram-don paired with Potter-style butterbeer? Fiction Food seeks to spin culinary magic out of pop culture fantasies. The ram-don should make for a satisfying supper snack, with juicily seared sirloin cubes flavourfully laden over Korean instant noodles in a robust black bean and...