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Knowhere, Bangsar

Knowhere, Bangsar

February 8, 2019

Step inside Knowhere and it's clear that this is a strikingly hypnotic space with a design to be different, lined with psychedelic murals of keyholes that seem like doorways to other dimensions, beneath a ceiling that looks like a galaxy-spanning blanket of stars.While it has been running for mor...

The Saké Place, Plaza Arkadia

The Saké Place, Plaza Arkadia

February 3, 2019

For saké's sake: This new restaurant immerses customers in the winsome world of saké, promising not only a remarkable range of the Japanese rice wine, but saké tasting menus, playful food pairings, and even a saké mini-museum to explore.The Saké Place's affable Malaysian founder, Danny Leong, a M...

Rocket Kitchen, Mont Kiara

Rocket Kitchen, Mont Kiara

February 2, 2019

Crafting a creatively wholesome bowl of flavourful fare isn't rocket science at this venue, which promises a plethora of nutritionally balanced meals with playfully tasty sauces.The process should be familiar by now: First, pick a base (we chose cauliflower rice), pack it up with a protein (slice...

Rikka Japanese Curry House, Kota Kemuning

Rikka Japanese Curry House, Kota Kemuning

January 27, 2019

Cloud nine for Japanese curry fans: Rikka rolls out a robust range of curries, relying on classic powder bases produced by Tokyo's nearly century-old S&B Foods. The curries strive to be rich and resonant, with ingredients in the powder that include (deep breath!) turmeric, coriander, fenugree...

Tanuki by Crustz, Taman Bukit Indah

Tanuki by Crustz, Taman Bukit Indah

January 25, 2019

One of KL's coolest dessert destinations, Tanuki by Crustz tackles plated ice cream cakes and sorbet floats; as its name suggests, this new OUG outlet is the latest initiative by the skilled founders of PJ's Xiao by Crustz, so expect a clear passion for craftsmanship here.These treats are conceiv...

Cafe Comma, Mont Kiara

Cafe Comma, Mont Kiara

January 22, 2019

This alfresco cafe has an abundance of allure, both in its ambiance and its agreeable fare. Whether you're at Cafe Comma for a short pause in your day or a full stop, the Garden Bowl Smoothie is worth harvesting - sliced fruits float in a bowl of blended kale and spinach, invigoratingly chilled, ...

Fat Fook Inn, Mont Kiara

Fat Fook Inn, Mont Kiara

January 20, 2019

Raise the red lantern for our favourite new Chinese restaurant, which promises diversely robust recipes with a timeless allure. Fat Fook Inn's head chef and co-founder has honed his craft for nearly two decades, resulting in a sense of capable confidence throughout the extensive menu. Lip-smackin...

Hibikii Japanese Cafe, Kota Kemuning

Hibikii Japanese Cafe, Kota Kemuning

January 19, 2019

For fans of soulful Japanese fare, Hibikii is a restaurant worth seeking out; tucked on a calm street in Kota Kemuning, this friendly venue is scarcely six months old but has secured a loyal neighbourhood following, particularly for its hearty, spirit-warming bowls of maze udon, ramen and more, p...

Dyllon's Kitchen, Dutamas Raya

Dyllon's Kitchen, Dutamas Raya

January 15, 2019

Dyllon's Kitchen celebrates how the comfort of cooking can bring people closer together, crossing countries and cultures. Sri Lankan native Dyllon Ekanayake and his Malaysian wife Bibi welcome potential new friends to their beautiful home for meals that promise a nourishing introduction to the r...

Whisky Cove, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Whisky Cove, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

January 11, 2019

Wooing us with wicked whisky cocktails, this winsome new bar is a haven in the heart of Bukit Bintang, offering a comfortable sense of calm and cool on the seventh-floor mezzanine of the new Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Watch the mixologists of Whisky Cove conjure their cocktails at the bar, or t...

Ebisu, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Ebisu, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

January 10, 2019

Ebisu exudes elegance, blending a traditional sense of zen with timeless strains of style, spread throughout the spacious eighth floor of the new Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Classic Japanese cuisine is the cornerstone of this restaurant, crafted by a team whose maestro, Ricky Kamiishi, ranks amo...

Hoi Kee Lobster & DimSum House, Segambut

Hoi Kee Lobster & DimSum House, Segambut

January 6, 2019

Lobster siu mai, lobster cheong fun, lobster porridge, and even lobster laksa: The claws are coming out at Segambut's casual new lair for crustacean lovers.Relying on U.S.-sourced lobster, Hoi Kee aims for a measure of affordability in premium dim sum like the lobster siu mai and lobster cheong f...

Crust, Mont Kiara

Crust, Mont Kiara

January 3, 2019

Trust the crust: The first bite for the wood-fired, char-spotted pizzas here reveal a tantalisingly textured sourdough base, yieldingly crisp and airy, primed for rich toppings with robust flavours.If you favour bold-natured pizzas that pull no punches, spring for the Figaro, layered unsparingly ...

Venien's Gastrobar, Subang Jaya

Venien's Gastrobar, Subang Jaya

January 1, 2019

A playful gastrobar that brings together East and West, embodied by murals of a geisha raising a mug of beer in her grasp and twisting spaghetti on her fork, this new venue is spearheaded by a Malaysian couple who pride themselves on tasty temptations offered at prudent prices, perfect for Subang...

Forebidden, Ara Damansara

Forebidden, Ara Damansara

December 30, 2018

Forebidden fruit tastes the sweetest: Proving that there's no taboo in offering tasty new takes on traditional temptations, the kitchen here serves up modern Malaysian Chinese cooking with plenty of panache. Pork belly can be tenderly braised in herb reduction broth that recalls bak kut teh, rou...