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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...

Char Grille, Desa Sri Hartamas

Char Grille, Desa Sri Hartamas

October 14, 2020

With a name like Char Grille, a steak was our first order here: The Argentinian Aberdeen Angus rib eye emerged a lovely medium-rare with full-bodied flavour, but it's not the most tender beef, so it can be a vigorous chew (RM171.60 for 330 grams). The accompaniments are excellent - Kampot pepper,...

Pizza Tokyo, Kota Kemuning

Pizza Tokyo, Kota Kemuning

October 13, 2020

Tipo 00 meets tataki: Pizza Tokyo isn’t for purists, but its niche in Neapolitan-inspired pizzas with Japanese-inflected toppings makes it one of the Klang Valley’s most distinctive pizza parlours. If the crunch of a wood-fired crust matched with umami-rich meat and sauces sounds oishi to you, an...

Bamboo Jungle, Raja Chulan

Bamboo Jungle, Raja Chulan

October 11, 2020

Bringing together Klang bak kut teh and Cantonese dim sum, Bamboo Jungle is worth foraging through. Start with claypot bak kut teh (RM23.80; a full meal for two persons), which does justice to this perennial favourite - the kitchen's team reputedly comprises Klang-born cooks, so it's no surprise ...

Le Pen Frozen Yogurt, Kota Damansara

Le Pen Frozen Yogurt, Kota Damansara

October 10, 2020

Kota Damansara's distinctive new dessert parlour puts a playful spin on frozen yogurt, transforming its wide-ranging flavours into colourful barks and slices, crowned with fruits and fun toppings. This is a cheerful venue that lives up to its twist on a Mandarin-language name, the promise of 'hap...

The Hub, Damansara Heights

The Hub, Damansara Heights

October 9, 2020

The Hub opened its second outpost in Damansara Heights on 5 October this year, exactly five years after the birth of its original outlet in OUG. Since 2015, The Hub has become one of KL's most respected coffee roasters, supplying beans to scores of cafes - a testament to its founders' pure passio...

Kam's Roast Malaysia, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Kam's Roast Malaysia, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

October 8, 2020

The Malaysian offshoot of Kam's Roast Goose, Hong's Kong's Michelin-lauded purveyor of poultry, takes flight in Pavilion. Similar to Southeast Asian spin-offs of Kam's Roast in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, goose isn't on the menu in KL, swapped out for the more readily available duck...

Something, SS15 Subang

Something, SS15 Subang

October 7, 2020

Something, somewhere in Subang: The SS15 neighbourhood's newest Korean restaurant and bar promises a modern-minded hangout for Seoul-inspired soul food and spirited beverages, run by an entirely Korean team. If you're craving everything from tteokbokki to tangsuyuk, Something is someplace to savo...

Staple Eats, Desa ParkCity

Staple Eats, Desa ParkCity

September 30, 2020

For the siblings who founded Staple Eats, a healthy diet has fuelled their lives since childhood. That experience brings authenticity to one of KL's most ambitious restaurants for wholesome eating, brimming with sustainable produce, organic ingredients and natural flavours.Staple Eats has been lo...

Gentilezza Cafe, Sri Hartamas

Gentilezza Cafe, Sri Hartamas

September 24, 2020

Genial warmth, genuine fulfillment: Gentilezza Cafe has a graceful new home in Sri Hartamas, serving honest, homely fare in a soothing space. Gentilezza's name is Italian for gentleness, kindness and thoughtfulness, all qualities embodied in this venue, which moved less than two months ago from D...

 Makoto Japanese Cuisine, Desa Sri Hartamas

Makoto Japanese Cuisine, Desa Sri Hartamas

September 23, 2020

Chef Hayashi Kazuhiko scoops up the whole, wriggling eel from the water, slaughters it with a clean swoop of his knife, then slices it with confident twists of the blade. Within minutes, the eel is cooking over crimson-hot charcoal, set to be served in Makoto, KL's best bet for the freshest, high...

Tiger Hotpot, Petaling Jaya

Tiger Hotpot, Petaling Jaya

September 22, 2020

A lovely space of lanterns and lattices, Tiger Hotpot first roared to life when its founders, Elbert and Sean, were strolling the streets of Shanghai last year and saw hordes of hotpot eateries brimming with enthusiastic patrons. They launched this restaurant in February 2020, offering their own ...

WOP Pizzeria, Plaza Damas

WOP Pizzeria, Plaza Damas

September 21, 2020

Five years ago, Ikmal Burhanuddin built his first brick oven, cooked his first wood-fired pizza, and began his foray into food services with his wife, Azara Nur Abdul Rahman. Every step they took was a leap of faith forward, from popping up at festivals to setting up tables and chairs for patrons...