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A spin-off of the regular iced coffee, the cold brew trend has the industry clamouring for the title of 'the best'. And just like a steaming cup of foamy latte with a panda etched on top, the cold brew process is complex. Here are some of the best coffee shops in town to get your cold brew fix.
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The cocktail scene in KL has finally come into its own. Increasingly, bartenders are featuring and experimenting with local ingredients in their drinks, giving our local cocktail scene a unique identity. So expect some of the most refreshing and inventive cocktails with ingredients such as tamarind juice, ginger, cincau, nangka (or jackfruit), tuak (rice wine), dragon fruit and more.
What’s on this week in KL
Caius Martius earns the title ‘Coriolanus’ after the war. Yet despite this honour, he becomes greedy and insists for more, resulting in a betrayal, his exile and an ensuing quest for revenge. In this adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, the play will be presented in the styles of a '90s video game. Think animated, fast-paced and high-octane.
Catch an Indian classical odissi dance performance by January Low and Rathimalar Govindarajoo at Bobo. Although you would rarely (if ever) see a pregnant dancer, this show will see Low in her seventh month of pregnancy. Diners at Bobo restaurant with a minimum spending of RM100 per guest will be treated to a special 50 percent discount for the show.
Collecteral by Design Union
Design Union's first curated event gathers local designers and the public to better understand the design landscape in Malaysia. Expect a showcase of marketing collaterals from across the globe, workshops by The Alphabet Press and a good reason, screenings of design-related documentaries, as well as a redesign campaign of the many illegal advertisements we see daily. Admission tickets will be available at the venue during the event.
Art Expo Malaysia
Art Expo Malaysia, noted for being the longest running art fair in Southeast Asia, is back for its tenth edition with the aim of promoting the arts as well as local galleries and artists to the masses. This year, there will be over 2,000 works (which include installations, paintings, photography, sculptures) on display, by 60 renowned art galleries from all over the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
New restaurants and bars in KL
Peter Hoe Café
Peter Hoe was a stalwart in Chinatown where its much-lauded shop and café have been for the more than ten years – until its former home, the Lee Rubber Building, was closed off and put up for sale. This new café at The Row feels brighter and airier, thanks to the abundance of windows. You’ll find the usual Peter Hoe styling here: napkins made from batik prints, decorative tile motifs and more. In fact, this new location is fitting for Peter Hoe, as the restored old shophouse (the high ceiling, the exposed beams and bricks are highlighted as design details) is a nod to the brand’s old meets new philosophy. For now, the hot food menu (12noon to 4pm) is limited to pastas, soups and salads as the team works on additional items. The chicken and mango salad is very enjoyable, and rightfully one of the best sellers. Of course, Peter Hoe’s signature creamy quiches are available, along with a selection of cakes. Coffee is of the filtered variety. And while the café is only open in the daytime, dinner is also served on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm. When you’re done with your meal, hop over to the Peter Hoe shop next door. Expect a colour and sensory overload, as usual, with its kaleidoscopic collection of Malaysiana bags, accessories and home decor items. Both the café and shop are located on the first floor; to head up, look for the staircase next to skate shop Wheel Love.
Farm to Plate
For satisfying grilled ribs (not just any meat, but ibérico de Bellota ribs from the famed acorn-eating Spanish hogs) and farm-fresh produce, Farm to Plate is Damansara Kim’s latest spot to gnaw on a bone or two. The clue is in the name – owner Chris Chew runs contract farming businesses in Spain and Cameron Highlands, which directly influences the freshness and quality of the produce in the kitchen. The menu focuses on ibérico ribs (either slow-baked for tender meat or grilled on high heat for smoky flavours), but there are also pizzas, salads, pastas as well as lunch dishes such as pork stew rice, handmade noodles and all-day breakfast on weekends.
With three outlets in Hokkaido and one in Penang, Hokkaido-style ramen (special toppings include butter and corn) joint Menya Miyabi has opened its first outlet in Klang Valley. Located in Sunway Pyramid Hotel West, Menya Miyabi’s menu includes the usual suspects such as tonkotsu ramen and gyoza, as well as wildcard options chukadon and yakisoba. For RM4, you can supersize your ramen to share. Standout dish: the yaki miso ramen (made with roasted miso) with a hearty broth.
A pet project of Joey Mah, the co-founder and coffee roaster of the famed Artisan Roastery, Someplace Beautiful is what you’d expect of a modern tea bar. A sleek white space offset by pale wood furnishings, there’s a minimalist calm to the space. A wooden frame of a house dominates the seating area, where there’s only a scattering of tables. There’s a lot of quiet space here; it’s almost Japanese in vibe. At the risk of sounding pretentious, it’s a space for quiet contemplation. Well-known tea specialists HOJO supply the tea. There are currently 14 varieties to choose from, ranging from black tea to white tea, flower tea, oolong, green tea and pu-er. The latter is the most interesting of the lot, as Someplace Beautiful also offers raw pu-er – this unfermented variety has a slightly sweeter aftertaste compared to its darker and bolder fermented counterpart. Knowing Joey Mah, tea is given the artisanal treatment here. For instance, the Rose Damascena from the Xinjiang desert is brewed with white tea to give it extra depth and body. Milk tea is made by steeping whole tea leaves in cold milk overnight; as a result, you get a cold and creamy milk tea that’s richer and more refined in taste. There are also two types of soft serve ice cream (coffee and chocolate), and hats off to Joey for making a coffee soft serve that retains the nuanced flavours of the beans used. Besides the unmistakable coffee kick, there are also floral notes, much like a good medium-roasted bean. In the ne
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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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