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The best places to eat in Petaling Street and Old KL

Here are the best restaurants and cafés in these historical parts of the city

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Time Out KL Food Awards 2015

The shortlist is out and it's time to vote! You have until Oct 28

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Blog

Out now: The singing and dancing issue

Our September issue features the top 50 karaoke songs, the best karaoke joints in town, and the best clubs to get your groove on

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Win a champagne brunch for two worth RM730

Welcome to #TimeOutBreakfastClub, where the only rule is to take a photo of your breakfast and post it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtags #TimeOutBreakfastClub and #TimeOutKL

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What’s on this week in KL

Music

Publika Jazz Festival

This two-day jazz festival within Publika (The Square, Black Box, The Bee and The Social) will feature a lineup of local jazz talents and international musicians to bring you the groove: Steve Thornton, Evelyn Feroza Fernandez, Ashton Moore, Reza Salleh, Talitha Tan, The Doo Doo Rascals, Art of Tree, Valtinho Anastacio and many more.

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Nightlife

Ohrwurm presents Kate Simko

Chicago native Kate Simko has had quite a colourful career for a DJ/producer. Not content with setting dancefloors on fire, she has remixed for the likes of Philip Glass, composed film scores and dished out her own brand of melodic house and techno. She released her debut back in 2002 and has since gone on to produce and release tracks on labels such as Ghostly, Get Physical, Leftroom, Dame and more. Currently, she’s working on releasing Tevo Howard’s debut and collaborating with Jamie Jones. She’s also working on a project titled ‘London Electronic Orchestra’. Yes, interesting doesn’t even begin to describe her.

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Paradise Festivals: The Musical Wanderlust

Featuring some of the top mixers and DJs in the business such as Wolfpack, Brennan Heart, Alex M.O.R.P.H. and more, this twoday festival is sure to give you more beats than you are prepared to handle.

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Things to do

The Silverfish Festival of Cabbages

Now that Silverfish has moved into their shiny new quarters in Bangsar Village II, this independent bookstore wastes no time in celebrating intellect and ideas through The Silverfish Festival of Cabbages. An expansion on the Silverfish Public Talk series, this festival will be held every weekend until September, featuring speakers like Susan Philips on the Malaysian counter culture phenomenon, Isa Kamari from Singapore on the Malay writing scene, Edward Soo on non-profit activities, and more.

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Art

Nyoba Kan International Butoh Festival 2015: Half Man, Half Ghost

The poster exhibition features artworks on the theme of dialogue: ambiguous exchanges between Green Snake and the Monk, the Butterfly Lovers' farewell, Empress Dowager Cixi's powerful speech with the Forbidden City, the pillow talk between Tajomaru and the Samurai's wife, and the dialogue between Butoh and its audience. Serving as a multilevel discourse among photographers, graphic designers, calligraphers and Nyoba Kan members, the event is also a fundraising effort for the Nyoba Kan group to continue its creative journey.

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One Mic Stand

Hosted by Brian Tan, Prakash Daniel and Keren Bala Devan every Tuesday, this weekly open mic night provides a platform for emerging comedians and experienced jokesters to test out their new material.

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Latest restaurant reviews

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Bakar

Guys, let’s all calm down about the ‘grill-concept’ trend. Grilling as a cooking method is at least 300,000 years old, and these days, there’s nothing novel about a restaurant that cooks food directly over a source of heat. Fortunately, Bakar’s affiliation with charcoal fire is far from opportunistic – spend one night here and it’s easy to see that boundaries are meddled with, for KL standards at least. Trust The BIG Group in all manner of aesthetic; every detail is measured to enhance the experience, from the white marble tiling, to the matchbox mural, to the open kitchen – it’s stylish, but not outwardly so. And when I ask for recommendations, the waiters are kind and welcoming, a true refresher in Bangsar. I start with the barbecue classic – grilled watermelon. It comes in a salad with strawberry, pomegranate, chilli, radish, cucumber and coriander. Objectively, the flavours sound threatening, but when eaten together in one forkful, they open up well. The juiciness of the fruit against the sharpness of coriander, the surprise crunch of the cucumber, the mild nuttiness of sesame seeds – it’s like playing many rounds on a coin-operated claw crane, and getting a different soft toy at every attempt. The second starter of parcelled clam bake is more predictable, but still very, very good. The flavours – lemongrass, chilli, pandan – can easily be found in any Asian- Western mash-up, but at Bakar, Chef Keith Choong extrudes the most out of each ingredient. The broth in which t

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Ribs at the Burgeon

Please, by all means, do not judge Ribs at the Burgeon by their website. The moment you’re in, meandering piano notes begin to play, which you’ll find yourself maniacally attempting to mute. And then, there is what looks like stock footage of blooming orchids, of a man on a surfboard rushing into a wave, of a stunt motorcycle driver flipping through the air, of a middle-aged white man gazing into the horizon. In the background, there is a narrator voicing phrases like ‘discover what we’re truly capable of’ and ‘follow our intuition’. A bit of snooping around and I find out the video is taken off a website dedicated to ‘unlocking human potential’. On a restaurant site, it’s way too schmaltzy. Guys, you’re selling pig, not insurance. There also isn’t even a hint of a menu. Thankfully, in real life, Ribs at the Burgeon is way more relaxed. In fact, one could even call it fun. The space is white and minimalist, service is brisk and bright, and food is mostly served on wooden boards in hefty sharing portions. It’s a fantastic first impression, and other people seem to agree. The restaurant doesn’t accept reservations so naturally, there’s a line of phone-jabbing yuppies seated at the waiting area for a table to free up. I opt to sit at the bar across the brightly lit panels of whisky bottles. It’s a nice view. Even before looking at the menu, I make an order of ribs. I suggest you do the same as they can run out as early as 8pm. It comes in a hunk as large as a bodybuilder’s cal

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Restoran Yarl

Sri Lankan restaurants are few and far between in the Klang Valley, but this three-year-old restaurant in Brickfields is one step closer towards changing that. Run by a Sri Lankan Tamil, the food at Yarl is unique in that it specialises in cuisine from the northern province of Sri Lanka, aka Jaffna Tamil cuisine. The space itself is generic – there’s nothing that suggests it to be greatly different from the Chettinad operations in the area, save for its cleaner, newer walls. Food is displayed in large clay pots and metal trays filled with curry, vegetables and meats. As the sothi (mild curry with coconut milk) pot was almost completely dry, I skip it and go for the vengaya kuzhambu (onion curry), generous in shallots and watery in consistency. The sides of mutton peratal and dry chicken varuval are agreeable, but it’s the sora meen puttu that shines. Made of shredded shark meat, chilli and a few spices, it’s dry, slightly sweet and deeply aromatic. Paired with okra sambal and papadum topped with crispy dried chilli, it’s the stuff of perfect Saturday lunches. But I’m not nearly done yet. For a second helping of rice, I ask for the crab curry, for what’s a lavish Sri Lankan lunch without it? The curry is thick, gloopy and pungent, with strong notes of sweet crab. The crabs are left in pieces, all the better for you to get your fingers in the nooks of every leg. And just as you would suck a prawn head, you must slurp up the juices of the crab’s carcass when you’re done pickin

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Burgertory

Subang SS15, the land of colleges, atrocious parking and burgers. The gourmet burger trend back then resulted in a deluge of pricey burger outlets, all catering to the college kid with time to kill between classes. Now that the hype has calmed down, it’s time to head to one that is still thriving – Burgertory. My dining companions and I dropped by on a weekend night, completely famished from the parking hunt. The restaurant was a bustling, dimly lit space with long wooden tables and black steel fittings (factory-like, so to speak). I’ve never understood the hype for buns which cost the equivalent of several perfectly fine Ramly burgers, and so I viewed the menu with a certain degree of scepticism. Typos aside, their menu is extensive, featuring at least 16 types of burgers with various ingredients such as ebiko, habanero and candy pork bacon. Creative, yes, but whether these elements go well together remains to be seen. While waiting for orders to arrive, things to do include getting free refills at the soda machine or watching the crowd stream in for their weekend pork burger fix. A staff member patrolled the aisles, ensuring orders are delivered correctly. The staff were friendly and efficient, even though this is a self-service restaurant. Plagued with a sore throat, I wasn’t in the mood for giant chunks of meat in buns that night. However, it was a testament to the patty that I not only finished my burger (Porky Nest), I even contemplated ordering another. The homemade

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Life according to Shelah

A red lipstick is… red? It’s not pink, is it? Age is… appropriate. Always wear… clothes. Especially if you’re a lawyer on a mountain. As you go through life you’ll see… better if you’re not glued to your phone. Dating in KL is… a foreign concept. I mean, who even knows what a date is nowadays? It’s all about apps, how many metres away you are and dirty messy business (I mean sex!). Freedom of choice is… no longer viable. Don’t ask, don’t talk. For awhile it was also ‘don’t wear shorts, must wear sarong’. And not even a nice sarong! If you’re going to impose your narrow medieval thoughts on me, the very least you could do is provide me with a pretty piece of sarong. I’m not going to cover myself up with the crap you’re giving me. Genius is… sorry, what was the question? Oh, genius is when a light bulb suddenly appears above your head and you wonder where the ‘dimmer’ switch is. Growing up is… kind of fun. Making decisions not based on who has the best score on Candy Crush. Seriously people, what is this manic devotion/ addiction to the game? Never mind that the game is years old, I’m still getting requests to play it. Play other games please. For example, Monopoly, the game of buying and building an empire with other people’s money. You’ll find yourself asking at every turn, ‘Mana money tu?’ Harder, faster, stronger but… how will you have enough time to breathe? No point rushing to a destination when you don’t even know where you’re going. Every now and then slow down, watch w

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Will Meyrick interview

We talked to the star of Asian Food Channel’s (AFC) Street Food Chef about celebrity chefs, Malacca chicken rice ball, and where Malaysian food is heading. 

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Music

Dirgahayu interview

Dirgahayu is derived from former members of Akta Angkasa, Custom Daisy, Silent Scenery and Susur Masa – and in choosing the name ‘Dirgahayu’, it’s a bit of a statement in separating themselves from their former bands: ‘dirgahayu’ means ‘panjang usia’, or ‘long life’. 

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Film

Bob Odenkirk

Comedy vet and supporting player Bob Odenkirk hits the big time, starring in his very own spin-off, ‘Better Call Saul’. 

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The best of Kuala Lumpur

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Brunch

The elusive hybrid of breakfast and lunch has never tasted this good. So kickstart your lazy weekend with these best brunch dishes.

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Tourist attractions

Here are ten ways to earn your tourist badge in KL

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Coffee

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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Shopping

Vintage shops

Give grandma's closet a break and go to these stores instead.

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Cafés

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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Ice creams

Featuring customisable ice cream, alluring parfaits and nostalgic sundaes – these are the latest scoops in the city to keep you cool.

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