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Zoe, Bangsar

Zoe, Bangsar

January 17, 2019

Asian by day, European by night; northern Thai curried noodles for lunch, Italian lamb ragu pappardelle when the sun sets: Zoe zigzags across continents for comfort cooking that crackles with zeal and zest.Chef-founder Zoe Rai’s new venue currently serves one savoury temptation in the afternoon, ...

Griffin, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Griffin, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

January 16, 2019

Ten points to Griffin for serving Bunny Chow, the South African street-food staple. Credited to ethnic Indian migrants who created the recipe in the 1940s, there's no rabbit in this meal - instead, it's a thick loaf of bread, hollowed out and stuffed with meaty curry (RM32.90 for a choice of mutt...

El Toro Loco, Fraser Place

El Toro Loco, Fraser Place

January 13, 2019

Charging into the city centre, KL's latest Spanish restaurant is crazy about pinchos, tapas and paella. When we visited early this month, the menu had not been finalised, but the kitchen served us a small, complimentary sampling of what to expect - our favourite was the quintessential potato-pack...

Avobar, Shah Alam

Avobar, Shah Alam

January 12, 2019

Millennial and minimalist: This spartan space specialises purely in avocado beverages, marketed under the homegrown Avacadavra brand. Grab-and-go bottles of avocado juice, milky in texture, sweetened with honey, are offered at RM10 per 400ml serving, each textured authentically with avocado in al...

Pebble, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Pebble, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

January 9, 2019

Rocking up with playful pizzazz, KL's latest burger parlour showcases lively highlights like spiced-up fried chicken burgers (RM14.90; with jalapenos and sriracha aioli) and luxed-up wagyu beef burgers (RM48; with foie gras and truffle aioli). The chicken is thick and tender, while the wagyu beef...

Tail & Fin, MyTOWN Shopping Centre

Tail & Fin, MyTOWN Shopping Centre

January 7, 2019

Tail & Fin heads into KL this month with its poke bowls, sushi burritos and sushi tacos, curated by one of Nobu's former executive chefs, Karu Wedhas. The brand first launched in Las Vegas in 2016, specialising in social media smashes like poke bowls presented in pineapple shells - our Pineap...

Modern Madness Beers, Ales & Lagers

Modern Madness Beers, Ales & Lagers

January 6, 2019

Malaysian-brewed beers that cost as low as RM10 per glass, in mind-bending, mould-breaking varieties like Bak Kut Teh, Lemongrass Sour, Chrysanthemum or Chocolate Coffee: Have the lovable lunatics at Ales & Lagers and The Great Beer Bar finally gone stark-raving insane?There's a method to thi...

Azzurri Italia, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Azzurri Italia, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

January 3, 2019

Fresh-faced yet familiar: Bearing the colours of the Italian flag at its entrance and the nickname of the Italian national football team in its brand, TTDI's new casual Italian restaurant promises all the typical fan favourites, from pasta al pesto to pizza margherita.The Oxtail Spaghetti might b...

SEVEN Bar & Lounge, The RuMa Hotel & Residences

SEVEN Bar & Lounge, The RuMa Hotel & Residences

January 2, 2019

SEVEN's bar snacks are one or two notches above the norm - Nyonya pai tee comes packed with yellowtail tuna, sriracha, sesame seeds and spring onions (RM32), while chicken wings are stuffed with biryani-spiced mince for a persuasive punch of Malaysian flavours (RM32). Even the gin-and-tonics show...

Jerry G's, Bukit Damansara

Jerry G's, Bukit Damansara

December 30, 2018

Japan x Italy: Jerry G's Japanese Curry Chicken Pizza unites the culinary traditions of two countries, with a topping of chunky chicken, onions, carrots and tomatoes in a mildly sweet, creamy curry sauce over a thick, bready base. A constructive change from KL's conventional chicken pizzas, the p...

M Cafe & Bar, Desa Sri Hartamas

M Cafe & Bar, Desa Sri Hartamas

December 29, 2018

Marvellously mouth-watering: M Cafe's nasi lemak with beef rendang exceeds expectations for such a ubiquitous dish. The secret rests in the behind-the-scenes effort in its meticulous preparation, imbuing a rich fragrance to the rice and a robust tenderness to the four-hour-cooked sirloin meat; th...

FOOK, Sultan Ismail Road

FOOK, Sultan Ismail Road

December 27, 2018

Fuelled by eclectic East Asian influences, FOOK's fare shows sparks of potential, though its food is outshone for now by its shimmering setting and sparkling service.  Exploring this new venue (which takes over from NEO Tamarind), we tried out a trio of starters to see whether we should venture ...

The Tree House, Solaris Mont Kiara

The Tree House, Solaris Mont Kiara

December 26, 2018

Tree's company: If you're out on a limb for a solid set lunch, The Tree House won't have you barking up the wrong banyan. Taking root in Solaris Mont Kiara with a striking tree-themed bar centrepiece, its 'trunk' encircled with bottles of brandy and whisky, this vibrant new venue offers weekday m...

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur: Christmas Day Buffet Dinner

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur: Christmas Day Buffet Dinner

December 25, 2018

Festive feasting remained in full swing at Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur on Christmas Day, with an evening buffet packed with Yuletide-themed protein - roasts of turkey, beef and lamb, plus fried quail and curried duck - combined with plenty of colourful cooking and celebratory baking that helped t...

Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel: Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner

Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel: Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner

December 24, 2018

Good cheer and good will to all prevailed at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel's Christmas Eve buffet dinner - when we arrived at 6:45pm, all was calm; within half an hour, the hotel's TEMPTationS' restaurant was packed with patrons digging into a smorgasbord of freshly shucked oysters, lobsters, tu...