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10 things to do in KL this week

Our guide to the week's best events and recommended things to do

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Out now: August issue

Our #Throwback issue features KL's oldest restaurants, barbershops, retro cocktails and more

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Best cheap eats in KL

The best cheap meals under RM15 our city has to offer

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Time Out KL Food Awards 2015

Nominations are now open for the Time Out KL Food Awards until Aug 16

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Traditional Chinese bakeries in KL

Get your fix of old-school tarts, biscuits and cakes at some of the last-standing Chinese bakeries in town

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What’s on this week in KL

Music

Qu x sub:shaman - Split Release

Chronic Crony Collective presents Japanese instrumental rock band Qu and Singaporean alternative band sub:shaman as the two bands release their split EP, ‘ilm’. The EP will also be available in limited edition cassettes. Opening the show will be local acts Like Silver and Goodbye 20th Century.

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TEDxKL 2015: Infinity and Beyond

Now in its sixth year, the independently organised programme explores the thoughts and ideas that push the boundaries for the future with discussions by the country's leading thinkers and doers in various fields. This year, TEDxKL invites inspirational speakers such as naturalist Irshad Mobarak, guitarist Sam Triggy, eye surgeon Dr Kenneth Fong, the actor with many hats Afdlin Shauki and Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, founder of Sutra Foundation and Malaysian cultural dance icon.

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KL City Grand Prix

It's going to be a weekend of fast action on the streets with the inaugural KL City Grand Prix, the country's first Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) approved street motor racing event. Buckle up for an experience of thrills and spills as the race showcases some of the world's famed GT and Formula motor racing series such as Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia, Formula Masters China Series and V8 Supercars Championship. Cheer on as drivers zip through a 3.2km temporary circuit with 11 turns along Jalan P Ramlee, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Pinang. Don't forget to party at the post-race concert. Tickets are available online and at Rock Corner outlets.

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Good Vibes presents Echosmith and RÜFÜS

Good Vibes is taking a festival break this year but leading up to their comeback in 2016 will be the Good Vibes Presents series kicking off with Californian cool kids Echosmith. Supporting the show will be dance trio RÜFÜS and local dance floor movers and shakers DASH and Indiego & Co. Tickets are now on sale.

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The Tailor Made Man

Nominated for Best Costume and winner of the Audience Choice award at the 11th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2013, this intriguing Actspressions production returns to PJ Live Arts. The play takes place in ancient Egypt, where Joseph struggles through life and is haunted time and again by a mysterious character called The Tailor in his dreams.

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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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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

Time Out says
  • 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

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Double Claypot Curry Fish Head & Ribs Pot

You have to applaud a restaurant whose name is made up of its two signature dishes: fish head curry and claypot pork ribs. And luckily for them, both are outstanding enough to be shouted across the drab restaurant signage with little to no irony. Down the road, teenagers congregate at Rekindle, SS2’s wai sek kai murmurs with activity, and Jojo’s Kitchen fills with those who slurp on pan mee. People walk about as if unknowing to Double Claypot, unknowing to the fact that delicious curry lurks in their presence. But perhaps Double Claypot’s biggest flaw is that it hasn’t done a lot to make itself known. The restaurant’s interior seems to have been designed by someone who was allergic to colour, and in the company of the night-time buzz in the area, it drowns. But trust us, if you look past the hospital ward lighting, you’ll be greatly rewarded. On a rainy Thursday night (bless the rain where curry is present), the curry, the colour of turmeric, is brought frothing and bubbling in a clay cauldron. On first taste, it’s mildly sweet with strong notes of ground coriander in the curry blend. It varies from other fish head curries in that it’s mild, less reddish, less fishy and less sour, probably from the absence of tamarind. The fish is cooked perfectly, chopped into chunks and left in the curry like floating baubles. When left to sit, the curry takes on the juiciness and freshness of the tomatoes inside it. The tofu puffs explode like little bombs in the mouth, releasing bursts

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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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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Latest interviews

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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

Rebel Wilson

Her Hollywood currency is on the rise thanks to her genius talent for making funny funnier. We talk to Rebel Wilson about her new BFF J-Law and flashing President Obama in the ‘Pitch Perfect’ sequel. 

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Reese Witherspoon

The actress and Cheryl Strayed, the writer behind her tough new role in ‘Wild’, talk about filming a bestselling memoir Hollywood likes Reese Witherspoon. The problem for Reese Witherspoon is that it likes her sweet, wholesome and, well, Reese Witherspoon-y. Which drives her nuts: ‘I’ve had so many frustrating conversations with the studios.’ She laughs. ‘They say: “We don’t want to see you curse in a movie or do drugs. We don’t want to see you have sex.”’ In her new film ‘Wild’ the 38-year-old does all three: sex, drugs and swearing. The film is based on a memoir by the writer Cheryl Strayed who backpacked 1,100 miles of the pacific coast trail in too-tight boots to ‘save herself’ age 26 in 1995. Four years earlier, her mum died of cancer, spinning Strayed into a cycle of one-night-stands and heroin use. Which makes ‘Wild’ sound a bit ‘Eat, Pray, Hike’. It’s not. It’s tougher. I meet Witherspoon and Strayed (who gave herself that hardcore surname after a divorce in her mid-twenties) in a Soho hotel drinking tea. The two women might be sisters – matching blonds who finish each other’s sentences. Witherspoon produced ‘Wild’ with the company she set up to make films with complex female leads, snapping up the book three months before it was published. ‘My literary agent sent it to me, and I read it in 24 hours. I was on a plane from New York to LA and literally could not put it down. The next morning I called Cheryl.’ Getting a call out of the blue from Reese Witherspoon firs

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