The best places for tea in KL
Nothing a hot cup of tea can't cure; from traditional Tieguanyin oolong with a bowl of tea eggs to modern tea the likes of chocolate chai, we show you the teahouses in KL for you to spend your afternoons in.
The best nasi lemak in KL
We pick the best places in town for a satisfying plate of the country's pride and joy – the mighty nasi lemak. Hunt down these nasi lemak joints for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper, because our national dish doesn't restrict itself to a certain meal time – which is why we love it so much.
The best milkshakes in KL
Introducing the freakshakes. These epic milkshakes are supersized, monstrous concoctions, and can easily fix all your sugar cravings in one go. It has the creamy goodness of a milkshake, but piled high with salted mini pretzels, toasted marshmallows, ice cream, brownies, popcorn, macarons and a carnival of colourful toppings. Of course, we've also featured some more down-to-earth milkshakes in our list. Here’s where to go for your next fix.
The best kopitiams in KL
This is a tribute to the humble kopitiams, aka the city’s original cafés. Always the dependable option for a morning coffee, roti bakar and half boiled eggs, these old-school coffee shops have become an institution for their respective neighbourhoods.
New restaurants, cafés and bars in KL to try this month
We’ve been scouting out the city’s newest restaurants, cafés and bars to bring you this ultimate list. Change up your dining routine this month with these recent entries. Let the Instagramming begin.
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Brolly weekday lunch
If you’re in the KLCC vicinity for lunch on a weekday, head to Brolly for their lunch sets which include seafood fried rice (RM28) or creamy ayam...
Cedar on 15 business lunch set menu
Skip the usual office lunches and dine with a panoramic view of the city at Cedar on 15. The three- and four-course business lunch set menus span main...
Sitka Studio tasting menu
The ambitious test kitchen that sits above Sitka Restaurant in Plaza Batai, Sitka Studio is open for dinner twice a month, offering a seven-course tasting...
The Lazy Weekend Brunch at Graze
For more brunch options, Graze's new lazy weekend do offers ruffled egg and salmon bagel with dill crème fraiche, Swiss bircher muesli, fillet mignon...
Kogetsu weekend brunch buffet
It's an all-you-can-eat weekend spread of fresh sashimi, sushi, teppanyaki, grilled meats, deep fried and simmered seafood, soups, noodles and dessert at...
Zipangu Saturday sushi brunch buffet
If you're tired of big breakfasts heaving with fried fare, go Japanese for Saturday brunches at Zipangu. There will be red hot beef roll, Busan roll with...
New restaurants and cafés 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, and it’s almost Japanese in vibe. Well-known tea specialist HOJO supplies 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 coffee. In the near future, the tea bar will transform into a casual restaurant at ni
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The best cafés in KL
You’ve got to admit that a trip to a good café sets you in a cheery mood – the sun-soaked space, glorious sunny side ups and that tingling dose of caffeine. The Time Out KL team maps out the best cafés for every occasion, from Instagram eye candies to the brunch of champions.
The best chai lattes in KL
Gaining precious real estate space on KL café menus is the chai latte, an updated version of the masala chai available on the streets of India and in most Indian restaurants around town. Instead of espresso, the chai latte is made with frothed milk and concentrated spiced tea. The next time you crave chai, here’s where to go.
The best teahouses in KL
Fancy a spot of tea? Whether you're looking for traditional Chinese tea over dim sum or prefer to take the English route with scones and clotted cream, head to these recommended teahouses in KL.
The best restaurants and cafés in KL
The Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food 40 is our monthly, definitive guide for where to eat in the Klang Valley. Establishments will only appear in this list if they offer cuisine of a very high standard that is truly unique and worthy of your custom. No entry into the Food 40 has provided any Time Out team member with a free meal or other incentive – although plenty have tried! All have been chosen honestly, anonymously and after a great deal of deliberation by our team of expert food critics.
The best restaurants in KL for healthy eating
Get in on the healthy food movement and start eating clean at these top restaurants for healthy eats in KL. We've also included a quick guide to meal portions and healthy-eating alternatives as recommended by some of the individuals behind these eateries. RECOMMENDED: Guide to eating clean
The best banana leaf restaurants in KL
Tired of the usual suspects when it comes to banana leaf rice? We bury our fingers in rice and curry to track down some of Klang Valley’s lesser-known banana leaf restaurants, plus a few old favourites.