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Willow, W Kuala Lumpur

Willow, W Kuala Lumpur

November 24, 2020

From heirloom tomato tarts with anchovy mascarpone to beras keladi with dehydrated watermelon, Willow serves up a menu with ambition and allure in equal measure.We went for two pasta-based mains with tantalising twists. Our favourite was the zitoni, pasta tubes presented intriguingly, ringing an ...

Susanoo, OUG

Susanoo, OUG

November 23, 2020

Fans of Japanese manga might enjoy the nods to Naruto at OUG's new izakaya that specialises in yakitori, slightly hidden on the first floor of a shop-lot - look for the side-alley entrance illustrated with the humanoid avatar for which Susanoo is named.Susanoo's setting is suitably gritty and gru...

Osteria Gamberoni, Yap Ah Shak House

Osteria Gamberoni, Yap Ah Shak House

November 22, 2020

Osteria Gamberoni's Roman-born head chef Daniele Ponzani credits the inspiration for his cooking to his family - to his gnocchi-making grandmother and his aunts who whipped up feasts for household gatherings of over 20 relatives on weekends. His earliest memories include helping to prepare pasta ...

Playground Coffeery, Taman Melawati

Playground Coffeery, Taman Melawati

November 18, 2020

Playground Coffeery's cheerful yellow entrance has become a familiar sight to Melawati's residents for five years now, beckoning customers for coffee and more. Inside, the space lives up to its name, with swings hanging by the window and bicycles in the back. This colourful cafe is even a playg...

Hinoiri Japanese Cuisine, Bukit Jalil

Hinoiri Japanese Cuisine, Bukit Jalil

November 13, 2020

KL's latest omakase-focused outlet has plenty of potential, spearheaded by a Malaysian chef who spent eight years sharpening his skills in Tokyo. Chef Foo, his right-hand man Jun and their crew do a diligent job of replicating the experience of having a Japanese maestro work magic at the sushi co...

Big Brooklyn Pizza, Subang Jaya

Big Brooklyn Pizza, Subang Jaya

November 7, 2020

The Klang Valley's latest pizzeria tempts us with two distinctively different genres of pizza - the Italian-inspired, wood-fired classic and the New York-style staple that can be ordered by the slice.At Big Brooklyn Pizza's foundation is a passionate chef's commitment to quality, underscored by t...

Canvass, Raja Chulan

Canvass, Raja Chulan

November 6, 2020

When a Copenhagen-origin chef and a Dhaka-born mixologist band together to open a Nordic-influenced restaurant with a genuine, generous heart for sustainability, the result is one of KL's best new eateries of 2020.We spent five hours on a recent weekend at Canvass, relishing a parade of beautiful...

Natalina Italian Kitchen, Avenue K

Natalina Italian Kitchen, Avenue K

November 1, 2020

The name Natalina Garaventa might not sound familiar, but her presence and portraits loom large in KL's latest Italian restaurant. Born in northern Italy more than 120 years ago, Natalina was the mother of Frank Sinatra (fun fact: the singer learned to cook pasta sauce from her and even sold it i...

Chica Bonita, Publika

Chica Bonita, Publika

October 31, 2020

Hola, Publika: With Coco playing on the TV and sugar skulls and colourful La Catrina portraits on the wall, KL's new Mexican restaurant has launched in time for the Nov. 2 Day of the Dead holiday. Fun fact: Chica Bonita is the sister outlet of Penang's Holy Guacamole restaurant.Tacos and burritos...

Aki's Kohi, Cheras

Aki's Kohi, Cheras

October 26, 2020

Inspired by Japan’s autumnal hues, Aki’s Kohi is a cafe for all seasons, a cosy refuge run by friendly founders, husband-and-wife team Eric and Carmen.Aki’s Kohi opens relatively bright and early, so you can stroll in at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast - a simple but very satisfying sandwich, with fresh ...

Frank's Bar, Avenue K

Frank's Bar, Avenue K

October 25, 2020

Our favourite Sinatra song is 1947's One For My Baby (and One More For The Road), a wistful piano ballad where he begs the bartender to pour him a final drink in an empty bar at closing time. But others might prefer a more upbeat tune like 1958's Come Fly With Me, where Frank tells his lover,...

8C's The Central Kitchen, Taman Shanghai

8C's The Central Kitchen, Taman Shanghai

October 22, 2020

This charmer of a restaurant is new to the neighbourhood, but it offers a step back in time, a short stroll from Taman Desa. If you love eateries that echo with nostalgic blasts from the past, swing on over.8C's kitchen is run by the folks behind KL's long-running Limapulo Nyonya restaurant, so e...

Bhai Jim Jum, AEON Taman Maluri

Bhai Jim Jum, AEON Taman Maluri

October 19, 2020

Bhai Jim Jum launched its second outpost in KL this month, branching out to Aeon Taman Maluri two years after first introducing its pork-free range of Thai street food in Pavilion. This homegrown Malaysian brand focuses on jim jum (Thailand's equivalent of hotpot) and 'kaikata' (its own take on b...

Sushi Ten Omakase, Empire City

Sushi Ten Omakase, Empire City

October 18, 2020

Celebrate the birth of the Klang Valley's latest omakase specialist: Sushi Ten Omakase offers luscious lunches and enchanting evenings for fans of multi-course Japanese meals. This is the fantasy-fulfilling omakase for patrons who love to see sea urchin all across their sushi, accompanied by ever...

BeReal Cafe, Kepong

BeReal Cafe, Kepong

October 15, 2020

Fresh ingredients from responsible producers, fermented seasonings, fantastic flavours: BeReal is the real deal. Tucked on a shop-house's first floor, converted from a residential space, BeReal lives up to its promise of being a natural kitchen, a remarkable destination not only for the neighbour...