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Er Lou Cafe, Petaling Jaya

Er Lou Cafe, Petaling Jaya

February 27, 2020

Sarawak laksa with a sprinkling of grated cheese? In any other restaurant, this might be a gimmicky novelty, but we can trust Er Lou Cafe's Kuching-born founder Jasmine to do justice to her home state's heritage. The cheese adds a mild milkiness to this mellow bowl that's made extra-notable with ...

T42, Bukit Jalil

T42, Bukit Jalil

February 26, 2020

Welcoming vibes, wholesome cooking: T42 is a terrific fresh face in Bukit Jalil.T42's lei cha is lovely - fresh textures galore, courtesy of long beans, sweet leaves, black-eyed peas, pickled radish and peanuts, flooded with mint basil soup over steamed rice; for RM15, this might be the neighbour...

Vientiane Street Food, Laos

Vientiane Street Food, Laos

February 26, 2020

From spicy sausages to smoky skewers, crisp spring rolls to crunchy insects, Vientiane's nighttime street food scene throbs with temptations for every palate.

De.Wan 1958 by Chef Wan: High Tea Set & Malaysian Tea Delights Menu

De.Wan 1958 by Chef Wan: High Tea Set & Malaysian Tea Delights Menu

February 25, 2020

Skip the scones, cast out the cucumber sandwiches: KL’s most distinctive high tea of 2020 brings an exuberant medley of Malaysian sweets and savouries to the table, served in a 13,000-square-foot setting that’s as sumptuous as this triple-tiered feast.De.Wan by Chef Wan 1958 in The LINC KL promis...

The Great Fork, NU Sentral

The Great Fork, NU Sentral

February 24, 2020

The Great Fork might be NU Sentral's most gorgeously furnished restaurant, with cosy nooks lined with calming murals inside and a spacious, leafy terrace perched on the fifth floor outdoors. Its menu confidently crosses continents, hopscotching from Asia to America - starters span the Indonesian-...

Jang Salai House, Taman Sri Sentosa

Jang Salai House, Taman Sri Sentosa

February 23, 2020

Have you ever tried telur ikan mayong, Malaysia's equivalent of salmon roe? Like ikura, these translucent globules burst explosively in the mouth, lightly cooked in Negeri Sembilan's style of asam pedas at Jang Salai House. This relatively rare treat of fork-tailed catfish roe has a muddier, fish...

Nam Heong: Sunway Pyramid Opening Feast

Nam Heong: Sunway Pyramid Opening Feast

February 23, 2020

RM3 for main courses like prawn noodles, chicken hor fun, and chicken rice; RM2 per basket of dim sum; free egg tarts, tau fu fah and more: Nam Heong is celebrating the launch of its latest outpost in Sunway Pyramid with plenty of exciting offers starting 24 February 2020.Nam Heong in Sunway Pyra...

Breakfast, Wyndham Grand Manama

Breakfast, Wyndham Grand Manama

February 22, 2020

Wyndham Grand Manama offers a spectacular backdrop for breakfast, showcasing the skyline of Bahrain's increasingly modern capital city.

Smith: Wood-Fired Oven Breadsmiths, Damansara Heights

Smith: Wood-Fired Oven Breadsmiths, Damansara Heights

February 21, 2020

Sourdough scholars say the tradition of their bread is as old as brass-making - in Germany, known for some 300 varieties of bread, sourdough was a staple before brewer’s yeast emerged in the Middle Ages. Those medieval bakers began their efforts before sunrise everyday, tending to stone and clay ...

Breakfast, Radisson Blu Jeddah Corniche

Breakfast, Radisson Blu Jeddah Corniche

February 21, 2020

Local cheeses, grains, nuts and dates make for a satisfactory breakfast at Saudi Arabia's Radisson Blu Jeddah Corniche.

Hijau, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Hijau, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

February 20, 2020

TTDI goes green: Vegan product purveyor Hijau now offers its plant-based spreads, sauces and sambals as part of meals at Thursdvys cafe. Main courses (available 1pm-10pm) include edamame hummus with crispy kale chips and toasted pumpkin with sourdough toast (RM22), sweet potato gnocchi with plant...

Nam Heong: Hotdeals 50% Off with GrabFood Deliveries

Nam Heong: Hotdeals 50% Off with GrabFood Deliveries

February 20, 2020

If your family and friends are craving Nam Heong's cherished classics, combine the convenience of ordering on GrabFood with terrific savings of 50 percent off your order, valid until 8 March 2020.The promotion is available for Nam Heong's menu selection from its various outlets, including Sunw...

Breakfast, Sheraton Kuwait

Breakfast, Sheraton Kuwait

February 20, 2020

Breakfast at Sheraton Kuwait takes guests on a culinary tour through the Gulf region, from moutabel eggplant dip to warak enab stuffed grape leaves, hummus to the ubiquitous morning staple of ful medames stewed fava beans, plus steaming-hot lentil soup and om ali bread pudding.

Bunglow37, Bangsar

Bunglow37, Bangsar

February 19, 2020

Promising respite from the crowds of BSC and Telawi, Bunglow37 is Bangsar's hidden secret, a refurbished home-turned-restaurant tucked at the end of a road less travelled.Meals are pleasantly prepared, with an eye on wholesome ingredients - grilled organic chicken leg with mashed potatoes and veg...

Mad Mex, KLCC

Mad Mex, KLCC

February 18, 2020

Mad Mex, the Sydney-based chain of Mexican fast-food restaurants, rolls into the Thunderdome of Suria KLCC with its first Malaysian outpost, serving up customisable burritos and tacos with a focus on fresh, wholesome ingredients with authentic Mexican chillies and chipotles.First, choose your pre...

Breakfast, Al Najada Doha Hotel

Breakfast, Al Najada Doha Hotel

February 17, 2020

It's worth waking early for breakfast at Qatar's Al Najada Doha Hotel, where the spread might comprise bulgur wheat topped with chicken, meaty shawarma, tabbouleh parsley salad studded with pomegranates, sumac-spiked croissants, kanafeh pastry drizzled with Nutella, plus plenty of cheeses.

Lucky Coffee Bar, KLoé Hotel

Lucky Coffee Bar, KLoé Hotel

February 16, 2020

Luck be a latte done right: Bukit Bintang's latest boutique hotel boasts a beautiful coffee bar, blessed with a modest courtyard that's a calm cocoon from KL's cosmopolitan chaos. KLoé Hotel's hospitality is founded on the philosophy of the kindness of strangers, and Lucky Coffee Bar certainly ta...

Book Barter Cafe, Cyberjaya

Book Barter Cafe, Cyberjaya

February 15, 2020

Embark on the next chapter of your reading adventures at Book Barter Cafe, where you can bring in a book to trade with any of the ones here. Bestsellers are well-represented, from Dan Brown to Danielle Steel.The cafe component is compact and casual - sip on a subtly bitter flat white (RM8) while ...

Fuji Japanese Restaurant, Suvarnabhumi Airport

Fuji Japanese Restaurant, Suvarnabhumi Airport

February 15, 2020

For a spot of plane-watching with a few of plates of sushi, head to Fuji before flying out of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Wok It, Bangsar & Subang

Wok It, Bangsar & Subang

February 15, 2020

Wok It's build-your-own-box takeaways seem ideal for customers who enjoy customising their meals. We chose brown rice for our carb base, with cockles for protein and broccoli and carrots for fibre, tossed in a mild green curry sauce. It's a satisfyingly balanced preparation, wok-fired for a sub...

Horns Coffee, Bukit Jalil

Horns Coffee, Bukit Jalil

February 15, 2020

'Drink coffee, get horns' is the ominous-sounding threat of Bukit Jalil's latest caffeine bar - but with a flat white starting at RM6, fans of bargain-priced beverages might still come charging into this rhino-loving cafe.Horns Coffee9-10, Jalan Jalil Perkasa 15, Arked Esplanad, Bukit Jalil, 5700...

Bu Khalaf Coffee Shop, Bahrain

Bu Khalaf Coffee Shop, Bahrain

February 14, 2020

Tucked in the older neighbourhoods of Manama, Bahrain's capital city, Bu Khalaf is a calm, comforting stop for light-bodied Arabic coffee.

Ms. Wong Bao & Tea, Bukit Bintang

Ms. Wong Bao & Tea, Bukit Bintang

February 13, 2020

How now, brown bao? KL's latest rebooter of steamed buns stuffs slices of smoked duck with sesame seeds and spring onions into mantou (RM10) and minced unagi into house-baked fluffy charcoal buns (RM10), even passing off brioche as bao, served with butter and biscoff spread (RM6). The results cou...

Cafe Yamatatsu, Old Klang Road

Cafe Yamatatsu, Old Klang Road

February 12, 2020

Yamatatsu was born as a weekend food pop-up last year, but it now has a beautiful home of its own, in a space lined with Studio Ghibli anime artwork, plus manga-loving posters of Naruto, One Piece and Slam Dunk. Its cooking is equally soulful, spanning heartwarming comfort fare from Taiwan and Ja...

Haji's Cafe, Bahrain

Haji's Cafe, Bahrain

February 12, 2020

With a history dating back seven decades, Haji's street cafe is a time-honoured stop for a meal of Arabian lamb and fish in Manama, Bahrain's capital city.

Vogue Lounge KL: Valentine's Menu

Vogue Lounge KL: Valentine's Menu

February 12, 2020

A four-course dinner with a glittering skyline, a live vocal performance, and an eveningwear fashion show: Vogue Lounge KL knows how to celebrate Valentine's Day in style, blending passionate romance with pleasurable cuisine and panoramic views.Chef Kazuhiko Kojima presents a special four-course ...

Aliyaa: Jaffna Food Festival, 17-19 February 2020

Aliyaa: Jaffna Food Festival, 17-19 February 2020

February 11, 2020

Thriving for more than a decade, Aliyaa has become Kuala Lumpur's premier Sri Lankan restaurant, introducing a generation of Malaysians to kothu and kiribath, string hoppers and sambol, Colombo-style crabs and Dutch-Burgher-influenced lamprais.Its inspirations begin with Dr. Parvathy Kanthasamy, ...

Khubz Tannour, Bahrain

Khubz Tannour, Bahrain

February 10, 2020

For a fresh snack on the go in Manama, Bahrain's capital city, grab a serving of khubz tannour - hot-from-the-clay-oven flatbread, buttered up for melting goodness.

Uo Sho, Sri Hartamas

Uo Sho, Sri Hartamas

February 9, 2020

If salted tuna entrails, fermented firefly squid and grilled cod milt pique your culinary curiosity, head to Hartamas' new hideout for traditional Japanese temptations, helmed by Saitama-born chef Kunio-san and his collegial crew.The sound of Japanese-language conversations resonate through this ...

The Flavourist, Taman Melawati

The Flavourist, Taman Melawati

February 9, 2020

The Flavourist promises Aussie wagyu beef at a reasonable price, with a juicy, buttery-tasting cut costing RM65, weighing between 210 to 250 grams. The kitchen strives to do justice to the meat, an entry-level full-blood wagyu bred in South Australia by the Mayura Station boutique beef producer.T...

Burger & Taco, Cyberjaya

Burger & Taco, Cyberjaya

February 8, 2020

Burger & Taco serves precisely what its name promises.For burger buffs, start with The B&T Original, bolstered by a 150-gram Australian beef patty with tomatoes, cheddar and lime aioli (RM14.90). The patty is American diner-style - coarsely textured, with a crisp bite that yields to a ten...

Snout, Damansara Perdana

Snout, Damansara Perdana

February 7, 2020

Pork pursuers shouldn't turn their nose up at Snout's Signature T-Bone Pork Chop, which surfaces in striking fashion, heaped high with a more than a forkful of classic carbonara, purely eggy with bacon bits and parmesan cheese (RM33). It's a luscious synergy of pork and pasta, with a worthwhile f...

Shakshouka, Saudi Arabia

Shakshouka, Saudi Arabia

February 6, 2020

Shakshouka is the ideal breakfast before exploring Saudi Arabia's city of Jeddah - spiced, skillet-scrambled eggs, moistly fluffy.

Uinah Sabah Beverages: Ginger Beer from Borneo

Uinah Sabah Beverages: Ginger Beer from Borneo

February 6, 2020

In the heart of Sabah's highlands, fewer than 2,500 mainly Dusun villagers live in Tambunan valley, tending to terraced rice paddies less than 50 kilometres from Mount Kinabalu. In recent years, Tambunan has also become a fertile source of ginger, now cultivated across areas equivalent to more th...

The Enclave Gastrobars, Bangsar & Ampang

The Enclave Gastrobars, Bangsar & Ampang

February 5, 2020

It's 5pm on a weekday evening, on what seems like the calmest street in Bangsar. A tinkling piano accompanies Norah Jones' unmistakable voice, wafting gently out of The Enclave Gastrobar's speakers. Two women enjoy early drinks at their table, seated beside vintage local advertisement artwork fro...

Apollo Dining, Bangsar

Apollo Dining, Bangsar

February 4, 2020

Aphrodite herself might be charmed by Apollo Dining, rustic with rammed-earth pillars and counters, elegant with a leathery-leafed kelat nenasi tree rising to ceiling height. The restaurant promises intriguing perspectives - it's co-founded by a Malaysian who found inspiration in Milan, run by a...

Madfoon, Saudi Arabia

Madfoon, Saudi Arabia

February 3, 2020

Madfoon is one of the Arabian peninsula's most time-honoured recipes, a relic of times when Bedouins cooked their food in buried underground pits. Fall-off-the-bone lamb with fluffy, aromatic rice - a should-try in modern Saudi Arabia.

Asia Street Food Club, Petaling Street

Asia Street Food Club, Petaling Street

February 2, 2020

Savoury sandwiches with a triple-pork threat of bakkwa, luncheon meat and pork floss, stuffed with a soft omelette in an equally soft bun (RM10); grilled pork skewers, sweetly glazed, with a creamy fried egg and rice (RM15): Asia Street Food Club takes inspiration from regional hawker fare to off...

Tiennielicious, Subang Jaya

Tiennielicious, Subang Jaya

February 2, 2020

Tucked on the first floor of a Subang shop-house, Tiennielicious is a family-run cafe that's a labour of love, led by its founder Tien, who lives in this neighbourhood and is now pursuing her passion for baking after raising her daughter nearly to adulthood. This space is meant to make customers ...

Mona, Publika: 2020 Menu

Mona, Publika: 2020 Menu

February 1, 2020

It was past lunch hour when we visited Mona this month, but the restaurant remained bustling and boisterous, a testament to its popularity for Publika's visitors. The setting is lustrously polished, coupling nostalgic photographs with glassy, reflective modernity, but Mona's F&B offerings mig...

Geprek Bensu, Bukit Bintang

Geprek Bensu, Bukit Bintang

February 1, 2020

Indonesian celebrity presenter Ruben Onsu's Geprek Bensu has launched its first Malaysian outpost in Bukit Bintang, serving up the increasingly popular ayam geprek - batter-fried chicken smashed with raw chilli sambal that's insidiously fiery. For this KL salvo, Indonesia and Malaysia meet, as th...

Jibril, Subang Jaya: 2020 Menu

Jibril, Subang Jaya: 2020 Menu

January 31, 2020

It's 3pm on a Tuesday afternoon and Jibril is packed with patrons, filled with tables of twentysomethings catching up with each other on their latest hijinks. They've all succeeded in discovering the restaurant's not-so-secret entrance, a discreet door that opens up a brick wall into a whole new ...

Alcea Coffee, Cyberjaya

Alcea Coffee, Cyberjaya

January 31, 2020

Named for the alcea flower, beloved by the wife of Alcea Coffee's co-founder, this is one of Cyberjaya's top stops for thoughtfully brewed coffee.Sip on a Ethiopian Ayehu pour-over, relying on naturally processed beans from a sustainability-practising farm, beautifully light and pleasant, with of...

Big Bottle, Petaling Street

Big Bottle, Petaling Street

January 30, 2020

Big Bottle might sound like a watering hole, but it springs one intriguing culinary surprise: Zao cai fen gan, the Foochow speciality of mustard greens fermented in red rice wine that's beloved in Sarawak's Sibu town. Served soupy with thick vermicelli, pork and prawns, this is a piping-hot bowl ...

Caffeine, Kuwait

Caffeine, Kuwait

January 29, 2020

Hipster cafes have overrun the world, including in Kuwait, where Caffeine serves locally inflected open sandwiches topped with labna yogurt cheese, za'atar spices and espresso balsamic to complement coffee relying on beans from across the globe.

Krung Thep: Noodle Bar By Day

Krung Thep: Noodle Bar By Day

January 29, 2020

If noodles fuel your food fantasies, Krung Thep's Noodle Bar By Day could be your afternoon delight, with the exuberant sounds of stir-frying echoing throughout the open kitchen. KL's hottest new Thai restaurant of the past six months has introduced a fun concept that replaces its a la carte men...

Tapestry Dining: Dinner Menu

Tapestry Dining: Dinner Menu

January 28, 2020

Brunch enthusiasts have been flocking to Chow Kit's captivating Rise & Shine by Tapestry - but now, this space can finally be savoured past sunset, when it takes on a dreamy, dramatic glow in the beautifully lit dark. Tapestry Dining's exemplary evening menu sources sustainable ingre...

Royal Canton: Lunar New Year 2020

Royal Canton: Lunar New Year 2020

January 28, 2020

You have until the end of this month to enjoy a meal at Royal Canton, which wraps up its time in DC Mall on 31 January 2020.Royal Canton's Lunar New Year selection hits all the essential notes, with mid-range menus that span everything from hot and hearty poon choy to steamed dragon tiger grouper...

Satay Pappasu, Petaling Street

Satay Pappasu, Petaling Street

January 27, 2020

Like many of Petaling Street's recently revived shop-houses, Satay Pappasu charms with an interior that nods to nostalgia in its effort to entice today's social media generation. Its satay selection includes Australian lamb, beef tenderloin, beef stomach, and sotong - lean, with a sturdy chew.Sat...

Samfu, Malacca

Samfu, Malacca

January 26, 2020

Samfu is a striking space, but its appeal is more than skin-deep: Its Nyonya specialities include pongteh that comprises both pork and chicken instead of forcing customers to choose only one, plus a stirringly spicy babi cili garam that showcases beautifully tender pork with plenty of heat. The p...