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The Backroom Coffee, Heritage Row

The Backroom Coffee, Heritage Row

December 4, 2022

The Backroom Coffee bounds to the frontline of cafes to check out in the city centre, secretively soft-launched, serving up contemporary fare with Japanese inflections in a striking first-floor setting on Chow Kit's Heritage Row. Brunch on hearty bowls of japonica rice topped with house-made ...

Round, Happy Mansion

Round, Happy Mansion

December 3, 2022

Round and round: Section 17’s new cake-and-coffee cafe by day, pizza parlour by night fires up pies topped with top-tier Italian DOP cheeses (try the Quattro Formaggi), replacing Happy Mansion’s longest-running cafe in the circle of life.  Round BG-8, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Petalin...

Nomms Fried Chicken, SS15 Subang & Kota Kemuning

Nomms Fried Chicken, SS15 Subang & Kota Kemuning

December 3, 2022

Sourcing fresh poultry straight from the farm, pressure-fried for a juicy crunch, Nomms Fried Chicken has served up some of Subang's most succulent fried chicken for six years, with a second branch in Kota Kemuning. If you crave flavourful fried chicken that's crisp to the bite and tender to the ...

Old Hands Cafeteria finds new home, launching third location in Shoppes at Four Seasons

Old Hands Cafeteria finds new home, launching third location in Shoppes at Four Seasons

December 3, 2022

Time for taiyaki in the city centre: Old Hands Cafeteria has launched its latest location, opening in Shoppes at Four Seasons to complement its outlets in Petaling Jaya and Lot 10.This newest home for Old Hands Cafeteria is a pop-up that slated to stay here until at least March - it's a lovely li...

The Gardenman KL flourishes with our favourite Southeast Asian flavours in the city centre

The Gardenman KL flourishes with our favourite Southeast Asian flavours in the city centre

December 2, 2022

We return to The Gardenman KL to find a restaurant in full bloom, now nearly twenty months old, evoking a secret sanctuary in the the city centre. The Gardenman flourishes with familiar, favourite flavours, mainly featuring authentic Southeast Asian fare to warm the heart. Its cooking captures ...

Sakana Japanese Dining: KLCC's culinary oasis welcomes all Malaysians with reinvigorated menu

Sakana Japanese Dining: KLCC's culinary oasis welcomes all Malaysians with reinvigorated menu

December 2, 2022

After six months of recalibrating its recipes, Sakana Japanese Dining in Suria KLCC has relaunched its menu, welcoming all Malaysians to sample its authentic culinary masterworks.Headed by chef Makoto Saito, Sakana is now believed to be Malaysia's first restaurant that uses halal-certified vinega...

Musang Wang launches healthier new fruit-based gelato cakes for festive season

Musang Wang launches healthier new fruit-based gelato cakes for festive season

December 2, 2022

Homegrown chilled dessert maker Musang Wang is launching an impressive indulgence, just in time for the year-end festivities: Premium fruit-based gelato cakes, wholesomely crafted with no preservatives and no artificial colouring.These vibrant temptations prove perfect for every celebration, comi...

Real Japanese cheese, real joyful meals: CHIZU is our cheerful choice for cheese drinks & croissants in the Klang Valley

Real Japanese cheese, real joyful meals: CHIZU is our cheerful choice for cheese drinks & croissants in the Klang Valley

December 1, 2022

It's been five years since CHIZU started popularising the pairing of cheese drinks with croissant meals in Malaysia, taking the country's contemporary tea culture to a fun new level.With 11 outposts throughout the Klang Valley, mainly in major malls, plus more in Triang, Pahang and even Indonesia...

The Peranakan, Bangsar

The Peranakan, Bangsar

November 30, 2022

Bangsar’s new hideout for Nyonya cuisine offers a beautiful refuge for teatime in Telawi, serving laksa that does hearty, spice-heated justice to Jonker traditions and cendol that cools the spirit. Dinner offerings are more elaborate: Ayam belimbing, udang gulung and more.The Peranakan17A, Jln ...

Bungalow18 by Frankitas, Taman Damansara Endah

Bungalow18 by Frankitas, Taman Damansara Endah

November 29, 2022

A pop-up cafe on a bungalow patio near Damansara Heights: Every Friday and Saturday, Bungalow18 by Frankitas welcomes patrons for home-cooked meals of time-honoured Indonesian classics like bakso, soto and gado-gado, hearty and heartwarming, soulful and soothing, brimming with beautiful flavo...

Italian Pizza, Bukit Jalil

Italian Pizza, Bukit Jalil

November 28, 2022

With its bare-bones name and basic set-up, Bukit Jalil's under-the-radar Italian Pizza focuses purely on the pie - from the Margherita di Bufala with buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil to the  Tartufata with mushrooms, rocket leaves and truffle oil, these fuss-free pizzas hit the spot for comfort...

Heerop Kafae, Kajang

Heerop Kafae, Kajang

November 28, 2022

Heerop Kafae offers a calm hideout in Kajang for contemporary cafe fare - fans of fried chicken can check out the spicy spaghetti balado with crispy chunks of chicken and croffles (instead of waffles) with a crunchy-juicy chicken thigh. Heerop Kafae 23, Jalan Impian Makmur 3/B, Saujana Impi...

Et Cetera KL: A rebirth for Restart by Slo, soft-launching in Bukit Jalil

Et Cetera KL: A rebirth for Restart by Slo, soft-launching in Bukit Jalil

November 27, 2022

Fans of honest, handmade pastas, bookmark Bukit Jalil’s new Et Cetera, soft-launching 28 November. Et Cetera marks the rebirth of Restart by Slo, relocating here from Kota Damansara. Its revamped menu will start with a selection of fresh pappardelle and other favourites, before tackling ravioli...

Simply by DaYork, Petaling Jaya

Simply by DaYork, Petaling Jaya

November 27, 2022

Siu yuk, simple and satisfying: Simply by DaYork in PJ's Section 14, run by newly engaged couple Sunny and Peggy, serves roast pork with light, crisp crackling and juicy flesh, on sweet-savoury, sauce-slicked rice or mellow salted egg instant noodles, complete with creamy-yolked eggs, fresh-and-c...

Pacha, Qatar

Pacha, Qatar

November 26, 2022

Qatar might be an increasingly modern nation, but you'll still find centuries-old recipes served in its capital, Doha, including pacha - boiled sheep's head, stomach and trotters, served with bread sunken in hot, oily broth and more flatbread on the side. The cheeks and tongues are considered the...

Art Core: Eat & Paint at Plaza Arkadia

Art Core: Eat & Paint at Plaza Arkadia

November 26, 2022

Food and fun with acrylics come together at Art Core's Eat & Paint weekly event: Enjoy a delicious dinner at this venue in Plaza Arkadia, then ease on over to the easels to paint your own mini-masterpiece on a blank canvas. It's a wonderful way to spend an evening, unwinding while unveiling y...

Rimba KL, Tun H.S. Lee Road

Rimba KL, Tun H.S. Lee Road

November 25, 2022

Complete with slender trees that sprout to the ceiling, this new camping-themed bar brings back-to-nature vibes to Chinatown, serving up cocktails with names like Hammock, Tent and Starry Starry Night. Compass guides us precisely with pineapple-infused rum, banana liqueur, Milo and marshmallows...

Jifu Eatery, Seri Kembangan

Jifu Eatery, Seri Kembangan

November 25, 2022

  This welcoming new cafe in Seri Kembangan warms our heart with Japanese-inspired casual rice bowls like the Jifu Curry, blanketed with egg, edamame, shimeji mushrooms, spinach and carrots (RM17), and cools us down with its honeycomb-crowned matcha latte (RM14) and chilled Asahi oolong tea pour...

Good Stvff, Bandar Sri Damansara

Good Stvff, Bandar Sri Damansara

November 24, 2022

It’s a good day for some Good Stvff - this new offshoot of Bandar Sri Damansara’s Beam roastery serves filter coffee and Chinese specialty tea to go, ranging from Colombian, Costa Rican, Indian, Indonesian, Ethiopian and Kenyan single-origin coffee to Yunnan and Taiwanese tea. It’s the per...

Ricksha Bangsar: New menu with refillable side dishes on weekdays, marvellous bone marrow on weekends & more

Ricksha Bangsar: New menu with refillable side dishes on weekdays, marvellous bone marrow on weekends & more

November 24, 2022

Bangsar's boutique banana leaf restaurant is turning up the heat with its latest sensations.On weekdays, Tuesdays to Fridays, Ricksha has launched a new banana leaf set meal that comprises a refillable side dish - savour unlimited servings of your choice of chicken, mutton, fish, prawn or vegetar...

Be@Two: One World Hotel's new casual dining venue with a flexible event space

[email protected]: One World Hotel's new casual dining venue with a flexible event space

November 23, 2022

[email protected] is PJ's new place to be at One World Hotel, serving lip-smacking specialities in a spacious, stylishly casual setting. Feast on fettuccine stroganoff, wagyu udon, orzo with wild mushrooms, and otak-otak stuffed chicken wings, crafted with honest ingredients, while sampling fresh bread and ...

Coffee Stain: Serving up a refreshed experience in Publika after a decade of dedication

Coffee Stain: Serving up a refreshed experience in Publika after a decade of dedication

November 23, 2022

It's been 10 years since Coffee Stain brewed its first cup in Solaris Dutamas, launching a decade of dedication to the craft of coffee.One of KL's trailblazers of the contemporary cafe movement, Coffee Stain recently refreshed its space, creating an even cosier, calming experience for customers.B...

Natalina Italian Kitchen: Celebrating the contemporary Roman soul of Italian cuisine

Natalina Italian Kitchen: Celebrating the contemporary Roman soul of Italian cuisine

November 22, 2022

It's been two years since Natalina Italian Kitchen launched in the city centre, slowly but surely becoming the toast of the town for fans of Italian fare.Now heading one of KL's top Italian restaurants, chef Diego Reali continues to celebrate the cuisine of his birth city, Rome, reinterpreted in ...

Minori Japanese Restaurant: Sashimi to sushi rolls, nabe & noodles to yakiniku

Minori Japanese Restaurant: Sashimi to sushi rolls, nabe & noodles to yakiniku

November 22, 2022

It's our third time back to Minori Japanese Restaurant this year, but we still haven't run out of dishes to explore.If you're here for the first time, here are some ideal introductions to Minori, from sashimi to sushi rolls, nabe and noodles to yakiniku. Minori's Salmon Belly (RM42) makes for a s...

Kooky Plate, Chow Kit

Kooky Plate, Chow Kit

November 21, 2022

The kooky cousin of Kooky Cream, Chow Kit’s new Kooky Plate dishes out colourful desserts and cheerful drinks in downtown KL, plus hot meals like beef ramen and mala-spiced pappardelle. For a teatime treat, Kooky’s kimchi chicken quiche is quite tasty, with a punchy kick in each forkful, while ...

Curio Dark, The Grange

Curio Dark, The Grange

November 21, 2022

  Curiouser and curiouser: Opening soon this month, Curio Dark will be the yin to its founders’ yang, an upcoming coffee bar in The Grange @ Ampwalk that’s the polar opposite of the original Curio Coffee Roaster in Ipoh Road’s Rivercity. The first Curio is bright-white, basking in natural s...

Moodmood, Tun H.S. Lee Road

Moodmood, Tun H.S. Lee Road

November 20, 2022

Moodmood is a mood, a place with potential, suave and shadowy, serving up soulful pastas and hearty platters that infuse Italian inspirations with influences that span Tokyo to Tunis.Starters showcase a transformative take on fish, specifically bonito, whipped into an umami-dense cream an...

Gumi Coffee & Co, Ampang

Gumi Coffee & Co, Ampang

November 19, 2022

Gumi Coffee & Co is Ampang's sweet new hideout for sugar cinnamon doughnuts paired with potent coffee and playful coolers, served by a friendly team in a distinctive setting. Gumi Grinds 13A, Ampang Point, Jalan Mamanda 5, 68000 Ampang, Selangor.

Redamancy, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Redamancy, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

November 18, 2022

With wide windows that overlook TTDI's neighbourhood homes, Redamancy is a striking, spacious new bar that does delicious cocktails - the Grand Bloom blossoms with roselle and roselle jam in genever and crème de cassis, while the Open Matcha Sesame blends Irish whiskey and Japanese green tea wit...

Victoria Harbour, KLGCC

Victoria Harbour, KLGCC

November 18, 2022

With a gorgeous view of golfing greens, KLGCC's new Victoria Harbour is a beautiful venue for Chinese fare. While its focus is seafood, its specialties also include free-range chicken, tenderly smooth, naturally full-bodied, with firm, flavourful rice and triumphantly thick, textured ginger s...

Long Live Cocoa: Premium French chocolate maker Valrhona celebrates 100 years of commitment

Long Live Cocoa: Premium French chocolate maker Valrhona celebrates 100 years of commitment

November 17, 2022

For chocolate enthusiasts across the globe, the name Valrhona represents the pinnacle of premium chocolate, transforming cakes, ice cream and other desserts into decadent delights. But most of us might not realise that this French chocolate maker is celebrating its centenary.One hundred years ago...

Marvel Pizza, Damansara Uptown

Marvel Pizza, Damansara Uptown

November 17, 2022

With its mural of world-famous landmarks, from the Empire State Building to the Petronas Twin Towers, Marvel Pizza strives to serve pizzas inspired by cities around the world, topped with ingredients that span New Zealand lamb and Norwegian salmon to Italian mozzarella. This casual space in ...

Signature Tiffins Cafe: Bandar Rimbayu's oasis for tasty temptations served with thoughtful touches

Signature Tiffins Cafe: Bandar Rimbayu's oasis for tasty temptations served with thoughtful touches

November 16, 2022

As we approach Signature Tiffins Cafe, the plant-wreathed entrance fills us with a feeling of calm, beckoning us into a sanctuary for the senses.This modest hideout in Bandar Rimbayu is an oasis away from the city, serving a soulful take on classic Malaysian comfort food, from meals in tiffin car...

Kayra: Bringing KL's first modern Indian high tea experience to Bangsar Village

Kayra: Bringing KL's first modern Indian high tea experience to Bangsar Village

November 15, 2022

It's been three long, tumultuous years since our last visit to Kayra, one of KL's brightest beacons of regional Indian cuisine.In tough times, Kayra is the sort of space that lifts the spirit, with its beautiful setting in Bangsar Village and its invaluable insights into the coastal cuisine of Ke...

Vintage Kissa Cafe, Kota Damansara

Vintage Kissa Cafe, Kota Damansara

November 14, 2022

Audiophiles, assemble! Lovingly helmed by a husband-and-wife team, Vintage Kissa Cafe is a distinctive new destination where every corner echoes with sounds from the past, embodied in the LP records and cassette tapes, gramophones and vinyl players that embellish this space. With Julie London a...

Taverna, The Gardens Mall

Taverna, The Gardens Mall

November 13, 2022

Taverna by The Tokyo Restaurant is The Gardens Mall's new for Italian cooking infused with Japanese ingredients and influences. Officially opening 17 November, it dishes out distinctive takes on pastas and more, served by a poised team in a polished setting.Overlaid with lots of luscious uni an...

The Sticky Wicket's new cocktail menu is an Italian-led adventure through Asia, South America & beyond

The Sticky Wicket's new cocktail menu is an Italian-led adventure through Asia, South America & beyond

November 12, 2022

Since 2016, The Sticky Wicket in Damansara Heights has bowled over customers with its hat-trick of cricket, cuisine and cocktails. Customers come together to catch screenings of Asia Cup matches while feasting on crab kottu and cullen skink, the staples of cricket-loving cities.From the start, Th...

Oomph, Bukit Jalil

Oomph, Bukit Jalil

November 11, 2022

Oomph, there it is: Bukit Jalil's new cafe by day, restobar by night, Oomph packs a punch in its dishes and a kick in its drinks, serving brunch for early birds starting 9am, staying alive with wine for night owls till 2am. Kickstart the morning with buttery kale-topped toast with eggs or butte...

Corridor at Triptyk, Kampung Attap

Corridor at Triptyk, Kampung Attap

November 11, 2022

One of Kampung Attap's four remaining buildings that have reputedly survived for nearly a century, most recently serving as a workers' hostel, this address is now home to Triptyk, a two-level collective of cuisine, cocktails and community.True to its name (a tribute to the triptych, a three-pan...

Elli Rocks embarks on a new era, nurturing new friends from TTDI to Damansara Heights

Elli Rocks embarks on a new era, nurturing new friends from TTDI to Damansara Heights

November 10, 2022

A new era beckons for Elli Rocks: A familiar favourite in TTDI since 2018, Elli Rocks has broadened its reach to Damansara Heights, with a second restaurant and bar that bears a beautiful tropical theme.Recently rebranded as Elli Rocks (formerly Elephant Rock), it operates exclusively in two loca...

Cafe Chef Wan, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Cafe Chef Wan, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

November 10, 2022

Cafe Chef Wan unveils its third location today, welcoming guests to a gorgeous space in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. It's a pleasure to explore, filled with tasteful furnishing and thoughtful flourishes that evoke nostalgia and nature, with windows that overlook the neighbourhood from TT Gardens' seco...

UpperDeck KL, Petaling Street

UpperDeck KL, Petaling Street

November 9, 2022

All hands on deck for Petaling Street's new UpperDeck KL, opening Thursday, 10 November: With a soaring ceiling and streaks of midday sunlight on the walls, this looks to be a lovely setting for a locally inflected lunch of Asam Pedas Oxtail Pasta, Pesto Ginger Riso and Tomato Prawn Dumplings...

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant's latest menu brings special soups & stir-fries to One World Hotel

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant's latest menu brings special soups & stir-fries to One World Hotel

November 9, 2022

From double-boiled superior garoupa bone soup to Taiwanese rice vermicelli stir-fried with flavours that blend pesto with lei cha, the latest menu at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant has us returning to One World Hotel for distinctive delicacies. If you're seeking a twist on typical Cantonese fare, ...

The Grinz, Seputeh

The Grinz, Seputeh

November 8, 2022

A Seputeh bungalow residence repurposed into a striking Mediterranean restaurant: Climb the slope up to The Grinz for a surprising space that's perfect for patrons who love alfresco dining, set in a peaceful, leafy neighbourhood. Explore the interior too, comfortable for lounging, with private ...

Mauu Coffee, Kajang

Mauu Coffee, Kajang

November 7, 2022

A specialty coffee bar that opens at 6:30am? In a warung nasi lemak? Pairing lontong with a lemon Aerocano? Want!  Mauu Coffee is serious about coffee, run by a husband-and-wife team who live in this neighbourhood, relying on beans by respected local roasters, with Toothless Coffee currently...

Ayame Ramen, Solaris Dutamas

Ayame Ramen, Solaris Dutamas

November 6, 2022

Ayame Ramen is KL's new restaurant for ramen in tori paitan, serving its noodles mainly in a milky-white, chicken-based broth with a lightly frothy foam. With mellow, easy-going flavours and textures, the recipes here prove soothing, spanning the original bubbly broth to others flavoured with g...

Lovely in a lush landscape, Fu-Rin remains a favourite for Japanese fare at Glenmarie Hotel & Golf Resort

Lovely in a lush landscape, Fu-Rin remains a favourite for Japanese fare at Glenmarie Hotel & Golf Resort

November 5, 2022

It's been more than a decade since our last visit to Fu-Rin Japanese Restaurant - so much has changed in the world since then, but this restaurant remains reassuringly a bastion of Japanese cuisine in Glenmarie Hotel & Golf Resort, serving classic fare with contemporary flair.In this time o...

BilaBila Mart: Growing fast to serve grocery shoppers & support local producers in Malaysia

BilaBila Mart: Growing fast to serve grocery shoppers & support local producers in Malaysia

November 4, 2022

If you regularly shop for groceries, you'll certainly have spotted BilaBila Mart - since its physical launch in March 2020, BilaBila has blossomed in numerous neighbourhoods throughout the Klang Valley, becoming one of Malaysia's fastest-growing homegrown grocers.By the end of this year, BilaBila...

Petiteserie Bakery & Cafe, Ara Damansara

Petiteserie Bakery & Cafe, Ara Damansara

November 3, 2022

Fans of baked fare have long recognised Petiteserie as one of the Klang Valley's reliable purveyors of pastries and cakes, supplying to cafes and through online orders.This month, Petiteserie launches its own bakery-cafe, welcoming patrons to sample not only straight-from-the-oven croissants, ban...

Get a Taste of Home at Ayam Brand's 130th Anniversary Celebration, now to 6 November in Sunway Pyramid

Get a Taste of Home at Ayam Brand's 130th Anniversary Celebration, now to 6 November in Sunway Pyramid

November 3, 2022

Ayam Brand's 130th anniversary celebrations are in full swing with the Taste of Home roadshow in Sunway Pyramid, exclusively until this Sunday, 6 November 2022.Commemorating more than a century of homely deliciousness through quality food innovation, this five-day event promises exciting activiti...