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Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2016

Now known as the Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards, here’s your chance to champion the city’s best cafés, restaurants AND bars. Nominations are now open until Aug 31

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Reviewed: Baked cheese tarts in KL

Here's what we have to say about these baked cheese tarts that are slowly taking over the city (and your Instagram feed)

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Health and beauty

The best spas, salons and beauty services

Instead of your usual neighbourhood standbys, check out the best places to get prettied up for the big event, from blowouts and makeovers to mani-pedis and spas

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The best Japanese restaurants in KL

If you can't afford a trip to Japan, experience Japanese cuisine right here in KL at these best restaurants and cafés for ramen, sushi, omakase meals, yakitori, matcha desserts and even coffee

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Petaling Jaya area guide

A guide to some of the best restaurants, cafés, shops, bars and things to do in PJ

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What’s on this week in KL

Film

Film Club at Pusat Rakyat LB

UndiMsia’s Film Club continues with ‘We Come As Friends’, a science-fiction-like documentary directed by Academy Award-nominated Hubert Sauper. The film was shot over the course of six years in Sudan – before it was divided into Sudan and South Sudan – and explores the country's relations to colonialism, holy wars and clash of empires. The screening is free but donations are highly encouraged.

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Dance

Laments of the Dead

As part of this year’s International Butoh Festival, the Nyoba Kan dance group will be staging a performance based on Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’. The show will be directed by Lee Swee Keong and stars Jess Liew, Foo Chiwei, Arson Ong, Hana Nadira with narration by Lim Kien Lee and Anthony Lee.

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APW presents Agak Agak Bazaar Ramadhan

Make buka puasa plans at APW for this Ramadhan bazaar curated by the venue and the Agak Agak project. Look forward to vendors such as myBurgerLab, Just Lasagna and Agak Agak themselves, as well as Raya-related booths like Batika by Hudaa for clothes and The Royal Press for cards and stationery.

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BookFest Malaysia

Co-organised by POPULAR Malaysia and Sin Chew Daily, the festival features hundreds of booths from various publishing houses and stationery distributors.

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New restaurants in KL

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The Ice Cream Bar

The Ice Cream Bar is the latest venture by the same people behind your favourite ice cream parlour, Inside Scoop. Things are done differently here as this bar – yes, we can call it a bar – specialises in alcoholic ice creams; think spiked Inside Scoop favourites such as Smoked Cognac, XO Cranberry, beer and more. Located in Desa Sri Hartamas near Naughty Nuri's, The Ice Cream Bar's minimalist interior (think bare white walls, strategically-placed pots of green plants and jet black chairs) ticks off all the stark-but-cool boxes. Try to cop these spots when you're here: the small outdoor seating area good for a party of two or three, the cosy (and prettiest) corner with two grey upholstered chairs, and if you're with your ice cream-loving troop, the communal table. Menu-wise, there’s a good selection of boozy and regular flavours. The Ice Cream Bar collaborated with The Singleton for a limited-time line of whisky-infused ice creams last May, so keep your eyes peeled for future partnerships with other brands. Meanwhile, take a few indulgent licks of brandy-infused dark chocolate Smoked Cognac, XO-infused cranberry and beer - your afterwork drink in a cone. If you’d rather have non-alcoholic ice cream, try premium and signature flavours such as white truffle chocolate with sea salt, mint stracciatella, raspberry yoghurt, blood orange sorbet or durian. After you've picked your scoops, opt to have it in a glass cup, handmade cone or on Inside Scoop's famed buttermilk waffles, an

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The Bean Belt

A café from Indonesian-based coffee company Degayo, The Bean Belt is one of the better cafés in the city centre. For one, they’re in charge of every process in their coffee trade: Coffee is harvested from their own highland farms in Indonesia and they have their own roastery. On our visit, we had their house blend, which mixes beans from Aceh and Bandung, and we loved it – it was well-rounded and smooth, with a bright fruity finish. For food, the selection isn’t huge but you can expect sandwiches, salads (think wholesome options such as cauliflower rice, quinoa and more), cakes and pastries. There are also brunch offerings, namely pastas, wraps and fry-ups. The breakfast sets (7.30-11am) are a good deal; starting from only RM9, each set comes with a drink. The café itself is bright, airy and calm, and we particularly like that it faces a courtyard – the open space is a nice respite from the crowded city centre.

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Pâtissez Malaysia

If Garage 51's over-the-top milkshakes laden with decadent toppings get you shuddering with delight (or horror), brace yourself for the original freakshakes from Canberra. Pâtissez, home of the freakshakes, has opened doors in Bangsar, and you should make your way there to try these creamy monstrosities. For now, there are only four types of freakshakes gracing the menu: Muddy Pât (housemade chocolate fudge shake with torched marshmallows), Pretzellâ (nutella shake with salty pretzels), DurianFreâk (durian with salted caramel and white chocolate), and Like â Velvet (a red velvet cake concoction). Priced at RM23 each, these shakes are made for sharing (both price-wise and calories-wise). Taste-wise, these are pretty good shakes. We’d order the Pretzellâ again (smooth, not too sweet, does Nutella justice), but the DurianFreâk is strictly for fans of the durian popcorn snack only. Should you want to save your arteries, there’s a range of coffees, teas and juices. Apart from its shakes, Pâtissez doesn’t have much to offer by way of dessert, but its café dishes are nicely executed. Pick from an extensive menu of mains, all-day breakfast, burgers and specials. Highlights: roasted mushrooms, poached eggs, marinated feta and smashed avocado on toast, slow-cooked beef with baked eggs and sourdough slices, and the Freâk Burger (beef with smoked chicken bacon jam).

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Weiner

Sandwich specialists Sarnies have ventured into the business of frankfurters. If you’re up for some artisanal pimped out wieners, not only are the juicy home-made wieners sandwiched between buttery brioche buns (sourced from a neighbourhood bakery), the dogs are fully loaded – the Mac Daddy features pork sausage, mac ‘n’ cheese, crab meat, homemade bay seasoning and crushed Ritz crackers, while the beefed-up El Chapo includes chilli con carne, jalapeños, tortilla chips, cheese, mustard, ketchup and crispy onion rings in its topping line-up. Wash it all down with some ice cold beer.

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Area guides

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Bangsar

Bangsar has gone through many phases – unobtrusive residential area, clubbing haven, arts and culture quarter, and now, café district. From the busy streets of Telawi to the more laidback Jalan Bangkung and Jalan Kemuja, we round up the best restaurants, bars, cafés and things to do in Bangsar.

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Hartamas

Populated by expatriates and upper middle class families, Hartamas is fancy – even its name says so (‘harta’, treasure; ‘mas’, gold). This isn’t saying that the area is inaccessible for us 'mere mortals' – in fact, it’s quite the opposite now. With many cafés and eateries opening up around the 'hood, plenty of non-Hartamas residents flock here, and not just for the lineup of Japanese restaurants. By the way, we're also including the best places to eat and visit in neighbouring areas Mont Kiara and Solaris Dutamas.  Fun fact: The area was the premise of a local TV show titled (surprise, surprise) ‘Hartamas’ starring Ida Nerina and Rashidi Ishak.

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Damansara

The wide land that is Damansara has the privilege of being both KL and Selangor. It can be confusing – Bukit Damansara for example, is not exactly near the main Damansaras while Ara Damansara is somewhat Subang (and sometimes even Shah Alam). To make things easier for you, we've picked some of the best restaurants, cafés, bars and things to do in each Damansara area.

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Sunway

Let’s not mask the fact that Sunway is an area dominated by students, which isn’t saying that it’s a bad thing. If you need help getting around the area, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is making things better. It’s fast – not a concept Malaysians are accustomed to hearing and practising. Let’s not also forget about Sunway Pyramid and Sunway Lagoon, where there are plenty of things to do. If you don’t have plans in Sunway, you do now.

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KL City

Your cheat sheet to all the best restaurants, shops and things to do in the main areas of the city centre including Bukit Bintang, Petaling Street and Pudu.

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Sri Petaling

Sri Petaling is a mixed bag of old eating establishments, massage parlours and cafés. You can get around most of the Jalan Radins by foot, although ideally a bicycle would be nice. The 'hood is quiet but by no means dead. Here are our picks of restaurants, cafés, shops and things to do in the area. PS: If your favourite spot isn't featured here, let us know in the comments.

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The best of Kuala Lumpur

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Top 40 restaurants and cafés

The Time Out KL Food 40: Our monthly guide to the best places to eat in town, reviewed anonymously by critics.

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The best tourist attractions in KL

Whether you're a first-time visitor looking for things to do (without resorting to too many clichés), or a local who just wants to play tourist for a day, here are ten ways to earn your tourist badge in KL.

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The 15 best dishes in KL

This year, we look at the top entries that speak to our larger KL culinary scene, inspire our midnight cravings, and demonstrate real respect for flavour. Here are the dishes that best stood out in 2015.

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The best coffee shops in KL

KL's coffee culture is an expanding landscape of imported beans, state-of-the-art machines, hip baristas, and silky smooth pours. Here are the best coffee shops in KL that call the shots.

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Time Out KL Food Awards winners

Every year, we ask you to put forward your nominations for the best cafés and restaurants that deserve the highest recognition in the Kuala Lumpur dining scene. You’ve voted, and here are the award results.

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Best cafés in KL

You’ve got to admit that a trip to a good café sets you in a cheery mood – the sun-soaked space, glorious sunny side ups and that tingling dose of caffeine. The Time Out KL team maps out the best cafés for every occasion, from Instagram eye candies to the brunch of champions.

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