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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
What’s on this week in KL
The Sikh Research Institute presents the stories of the Delhi Massacre adapated from its namesake poem by Sarbpreet Singh with text from Haim Bialik’s ‘In The City of Slaughter’. The group’s Malaysian tour is organised by Malaysian Young Sikh Leaders Initiative with proceeds going to selected community projects.
'Most Likely to Succeed' screening
Watch this documentary by Greg Whiteley examining the American system of education and the shortcomings of the conventional education methods in the modern world. The screening is organised by 100% Project and Teach For Malaysia. Ticket price is inclusive of dinner for Saturday’s screening and light snacks on Sunday.
Time Out Dine Out: Japan in KL
After a successful debut last year, Time Out KL's urban picnic returns to the Avenue K rooftop this May 28 with a Japanese theme featuring food from some of the city's popular Japanese restaurants and cafés. Like the previous Time Out Dine Out, the RM65 entry fee entitles you to sample portions from all vendors. Watch this space for more updates. Note: Only pork-free food will be served.
Radio Malaya & Seladang Sounds
As Chuah Thean Teng searched for a Malayan identity through his batik paintings, music in Malaya was also searching for its own voice. Composer and author Saidah Rastam talks about the influence of Radio Malaya in the 1950s and how the sound of a new nation was created in this three-hour programme at Ilham Gallery.
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Try a different spectrum of Indian cuisine at Kayra – the original restaurant in Johor first opened in 1949 – Keralan cuisine, to be exact. Kayra (derived from ‘keram’, which means ‘coconut palm tree’ in Malayalam, Kerala’s indigenous language) pays homage to coconut through its menu of authentic Keralan fare, where an assortment of thali sets, desserts and curries incorporates the use of coconut, be it grated, crushed or roasted. Check it out during dinner for a more varied menu than its lunch sets, but go early as Kayra fills up quickly.
Klangite pet lovers, put that road trip to KL’s pet cafés on hold because Klang's first dog-filled pet-friendly café is in town (the dogs are nearer and you get to skip the traffic jam). A stone’s throw from AEON Bukit Tinggi and on the same row as PappaRich, Tivoli by Adrian Gan and Danielle Chin is an extension of the Pets Trails pet shop (just a couple of doors away) and also offers pet hotel services as well as a furkid spa. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by host poodles Keiko and Ichigo. If you’re lucky, the whole troop (including Snow White the West Highland White Terrier, Taro Ball the Pomeranian, and Brownie and Coffee the poodles) will be there. Warm lighting and black walls highlight kitschy dog-themed accessories dotted about; there’s an all-white bust of a pug, soft toy dogs, a large mural of cutesy people and their dogs, and a ‘photoshoot’ wall with phrases like ‘best friend’, ‘together forever’ and ‘loving’. A glass wall separates the café from the pet hotel and spa, but you can take a peek to see dogs snoozing in spacious rooms or getting a grooming. True to the cheerful spirit of its Danish amusement park namesake, Tivoli, which opened in April, has a merry vibe, cute dogs in cute garb and friendly staff. Standard pet-friendly café rules apply: All dogs have to wear a diaper (if you forget, the café provides diapers for a fee), close the door behind you so the dogs don’t bolt out, and clean up after your furry one. If you’re thinking of bringing your Si
Hartamas may be more of a Japanese turf when it comes to food. Plaza Damas itself has three prominent Japanese restaurants: Uokatsu, Kushiyaki Kuni and Rakuzen. However, if it’s coffee and brunch food you’re looking for, there’s Tomorrow People. The café tries to stay low-profile – no Instagram hype, no Facebook page. The food here is brunch fusion; think gula Melaka French toast, opah-style spaghetti and beef potato pancakes reminiscent of begedil (called 'Eggs Yang Degil'). If you need something light and sweet to start the day, get the ‘Toast Manis’ – we like it for the homemade gula Melaka cream and pandan buttercream slathered against the thick, crunchy toast. Or if you’re being (really) adventurous, there’s tapai pancake, topped with homemade ice cream for an additional RM4. The ice cream flavours range from sweet potato to sago, depending on what they find at the market. As for coffee, the café uses beans by Artisan Roast.
The Glass House
The floor-to-ceiling windows at The Glass House certainly help lend character to its name – the windows span two storeys and let in lots of light. Headed by Kiwi barista Glen (formerly of Closer), The Glass House serves up a well-curated list of beans (think Canberra brand Ona, Taiwan-based Simon Hsieh, Tanamera from Jakarta) and expert brews. Plans for a coffee roasting facility are in the pipeline. For dessert, one might be tempted by the chocolate cookies, but we say go for the gluten-free Belgian chocolate and sea salt cake instead.
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