10 things to do in KL this week
Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's best events
Best new cafés, restaurants and bars of 2016
From modern interpretations of Asian cuisines to fine plated desserts and concept bars, these are the best new openings as awarded by the Time Out KL food and drink critics
Best cafés for brunch
Brunch has become Kuala Lumpur’s favourite weekend pastime. Cafés across town are filling their menus with breakfast and lunch hybrids, featuring sweet and savoury waffles, big English fry-ups and eggs every which way. So let us guide you to the best cafés in town to kick start your weekend.
Best bak kut teh in Klang
Bak kut teh in Klang is legendary, and this is due to the widely acknowledged belief that the dish was created here in Klang. Most of us have driven all the way to this port town just to sample this comforting dish. So whether you see this as breakfast, lunch or dinner, here are the best bak kut teh in Klang.
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What’s on this week in KL
Nevermind the '90s
Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ turns 25 so come as you are and celebrate at The Bee with Kyoto Protocol, Ali Aiman, Jaggfuzzbeats, Hadi of Laila’s Lounge, Priscillia Xavier, Brendan de Cruz and Couple.
Sausage Party at Frisky Rooftop Bar
Frisky Rooftop Bar’s regular film screening gets a special treatmeant with a sausage party: a BBQ party and a screening of the R-rated animated film. DJ anType will be playing some tunes before the screening.
theatrethreesixty presents Riwayat
Theatrethreesixty’s artist in residence Tung Jit Yang directs ‘Riwayat’ – a theatrical piece movement featuring multiple languages and music with an ensemble cast that includes Shane Capri Chin, Alfred Loh, Claudia Low and Stephanie Van Driesen. The play explores the ‘riwayat’, or history of the characters and their narratives and traditions.
Tiga live in KL
Jiro KL and FWD brings in Canadian DJ Tiga most famously known for ‘Sunglasses at Night’ and has worked with musicians and producers such as Stuart Price, 2manyDJs, The xx, Depeche Mode and Coldcut so expect a lot of dancing. Cover charge is inclusive of one drink. Xu and Alan Tand opens the show.
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Thai Hou Sek
Everything about this casual Thai diner says ‘fun’. For one, the name is punny; the word play in its name translates quite appropriately to mean ‘too delicious’ in Cantonese. The décor, bathed in a warm glow thanks to the neon elephant on the poster-covered feature wall, reminds us of Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown district. Coupled with the glass chandelier and colourful café standard chairs, Thai Hou Sek has this kitschy-meets-cool vibe that we find amusing. Thankfully, the food here is as punchy in flavour as the interior is showy. You’ll notice one thing immediately – pork plays a big part in the menu, and they try to use it in any way they can. Tom yam with siu yuk (roast pork), pad Thai with bacon, mieang kam with pork lard crackles, green curry with pumpkin and pork shoulder, pineapple fried rice with bacon, chocolate ice cream topped with Baileys and bacon… you get the idea. Thai food is known for their bold flavours where you get spicy, salty, sweet and sour all at once, and the food here delivers on that account. The menu is rather extensive, featuring all your favourite Thai dishes, ranging from barbecued meat, tom yam, som tam, fried rice and noodles to Thai red rubies, mango sticky rice and coconut ice cream. For drinks, there are beers along with a small selection of cocktails using Asian ingredients the likes of lemongrass, assam boi, lychee and longan.
Wild Honey – Singapore’s noted brunch joint that has queues snaking out the door every weekend – has finally made its way to KL. Sweetening up the dining options at Pavilion KL, Wild Honey is a warm and elegant space.
Xin Chao Viet Nam Restaurant
For more traditional fare in Solaris Dutamas, the cheery Xin Chao brings comforting bowls of pho and classic Vietnamese dishes to the Solaris Dutamas mall. The menu may be pork-free, but the fresh ingredients make up for the lack of swine (take note that beer is available). Attentive waiters greet you when you enter, almost immediately recommending the signature beef pho once you’re seated. Take their suggestion, for the warm bowl is filled with tender beef brisket, flank, meatballs, tendon and tripe. If you prefer chicken, the bun ga nuong – rice vermicelli topped with grilled chicken in lime chilli vinaigrette – is a good alternative. While the pho is the main reason you’re here, try starters like the grilled lemongrass chicken, mango salad with prawns, and summer rolls stuffed with chicken and shrimp with a peanut sauce dip. Pair it with Vietnamese drip coffee or ice-blended ciku. If you’ve got little ones in tow, there’s a dedicated menu of mini beef and chicken pho bowls. There's also a selection of sweet treats that include caramel pudding, longan dessert, imported Vietnamese yoghurt, and fried tapioca with coconut milk.
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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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