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Dishes to try at Time Out Dine Out
Come sample the signature dishes from some of KL’s most popular restaurants at our first urban picnic. For only RM65, you get to enjoy a sampling dish from each participating restaurant. Plus, we’ll even throw in some free drinks for you. Here are 13 dishes you can expect. Note: This is a pork-free event. The food served will be a sampling portion of the restaurant’s actual dish.
Now open: Raisin’ The Roof
Ready to eat clean? This healthy eats café uses only organic ingredients. Even the cakes and pies are healthy (but good)
The dish: Teochew fried porridge
If you think porridge is boring, think again
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Sunday Brunch at Mosaic
Have a swanky Sunday with brunch at Mandarin Oriental’s Mosaic featuring both local and international flavours. Choose to have a continental breakfast with mini bagels, sautéed mushrooms and baked beans, or go straight for the meat at the roast station with prime ribs and lamb chops. Don’t forget about the seafood counter where they have freshly shucked Fin de Claire oysters, beetroot cured salmon, flower crab, baby scallops and an array of sushi, sashimi and tempura. For other flavours that are more familiar, have the tandoori chicken, lamb kofta, stir-fry noodles, satay and more. Desserts come in choices of chocolate macarons, poached chocolate pudding with vanilla, velvet white chocolate and mango cheesecake, hot cross buns and more.
Torii Weekend Brunch
Have a Japanese brunch at Torii’s Jalan Batai outlet where you can choose between two sets: 'Chisai' or 'Oki'. The 'Chisai' features sautéed seafood and mixed mesclun salad, trifecta mushi and salted duck egg rice. For the 'Oki', you'll get sautéed spinach and mushroom in garlic butter with pine nuts, salmon crudo and baked creamy macaroni. Both sets come with bean curd clam broth and a minimum of three skewers selected by the chef. Add on RM10 for either coffee or ice cream, or have them both for RM15.
Sunday Roast at Marble 8
Make it a family-friendly affair on Sunday afternoons at the swanky Marble 8 with chef-to-table roasts and a buffet, free flow alcohol for the adults, and as many dollops of housemade gelato the kids can have. There will also be a bouncy castle on-site. The buffet starts at RM128++ but for RM168++, you get all the free flow beer, wine and Prosecco you can drink. Kids ten and below eat for free.
78 dishes for RM78 nett at Si Chuan Duo Hua
Si Chuan Duo Hua’s executive chef Gary Lim and his team have whipped up a menu featuring 78 various Sichuan and Cantonese dishes for only RM78 nett, comprising chicken, seafood, beef, bean curd, rice, noodles, and choices of dim sum. Highlights include chilled chicken in spicy bean paste, deep-fried Thai chicken, steamed seasonal fish, and Sichuan dandan noodles to name a few. For dessert, choose from signature homemade fine bean curd with wolfberry, chilled fruit rojak and traditional Chinese cake.
Happy Hour at Torii
From 5pm-7pm, purchase two drinks to get one free. Take your pick from six beers including Guinness, Kirin Ichiban, Strongbow, Kilkenny, Paulaner München, and Heineken. Available at both Torii Jalan Batai and Torii TTDI.
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Depending on how you look at it, Brolly could be the answer to indecisiveness come meal time, or it could be a total nightmare. Created by the same people who run Crab Factory and Smoking Hog in SS2, there are a total of nine different food concepts and menus here in one outlet. Besides the Crab Factory’s Louisiana seafood boils, everything else here are exclusive to Brolly – though you can only get the lunchtime Po Boy sandwiches here and not at the SS2 outlet. If you’re an oyster fan, you can now get fresh Fine de Claire No. 2 and Kelly’s Gigas Oysters No. 4 in the city centre here at Moley’s Oyster Bar in Brolly. There are also thin crust spinach dough pizzas from the Nove 9 Pizzeria menu; Silk Road inspired (read: sprinkled with spices) skewers in the vari.EAT.y menu; Japanese curry rice from the Raksaksa Mirai menu; grilled meats from Ember & Bara BBQ; addictive fried chicken wings (in nine different sauces) from My Wing Man; and of course desserts from Sweet Endings. Don’t miss the red mini bus parked outside – that’s the Bang Bang Baller Bar. You should really try the frozen margarita and beer cocktail called Beergarita, or the refreshingly smooth High-Ballrus, which is basically whisky, soda water and fruit purée. Don’t mistake Brolly as a food court. Far from it, it’s more a multiconcept restaurant as everything comes from one kitchen. Inspired by the fun disco era, the entire space is decked out like a garage, with automobile paraphernalia providing much of the de
Japan-born American chef Jeff Ramsey is set to put KL on the map with the opening of Babe, touted as the country's first restaurant by a Michelin-starred chef. Known for heading the Tapas Molecular Bar of Tokyo's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Ramsey's Babe will be a 'fun approach to modernist cuisine' serving Japanese-accented tapas – or 'japas' as Ramsey calls it. The menu will feature over 60 dishes, with highlights including the truffled nori fries, charcoal grilled Alaskan crab, and World's Juiciest Lambchop – an intriguingly named dish you'll want to try on your visit.
Raisin’ The Roof
Bukit Damansara now has a healthy eats establishment for your #eatclean days – just in time for the new year and the start of your healthy new life. Raisin’ The Roof is located in Plaza Damansara within the same vicinity as Huckleberry, Blue Elephant and The Gaslight Café. Owned by a German, a Thai and a Singaporean, the trio are all advocates of healthy eating, so they set up Raisin' the Roof because of KL's lack of cafés serving organic food. Although the café aims for a nutritious, meat-free menu with vegan and gluten-free options, none of the dishes sound plain or unappetising (as some would imagine healthy organic food would be). Items on the menu are a mix of brunch dishes, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts – yes, even desserts. A standout dish is the brown rice sushi bowl salad, described as deconstructed sushi with avocado, edamame, sautéed spinach, toasted seaweed and pomegranate seeds. Now on to the dessert counter: You'll be surprised to know that most of the desserts here are of the raw, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. The café serves up raw orange chocolate cake and key lime cheesecake (and by raw, we mean that the cake isn’t baked and uses raw ingredients – think crusts that are made of dates and pistachios). The purple pecan pie uses gluten-free flour for its crust and has a sweet potato filling topped with oats and pecans, while the bliss balls are a healthier version of chocolate truffles with variations like cranberry, fig and chia seeds, a
It's got nothing to do with that infamous Cecilia Ahern romance novel, but PS Tokyo is a love letter to Japanese flavours and culture. Decidedly minimalist, the dessert shop at SS2 goes for industrialist design in a big way: think naked light bulbs strung chandelier-style, simple wooden tables with pitch black stools and cushions, and walls devoid of wallpaper or paint (we spotted a large space at the back perfect for #ootd shots). While you’re at the counter, tip the little No-Face figurine with a 50 sen coin. Taking inspiration from Japanese cafés facing busy traffic in the zelkova tree-lined Omotesandō avenue, the big glass window at PS Tokyo offers a view of the SS2 landscape instead (good for people-watching), but come at night for a pretty spectacular view.PS Tokyo's claim to fame is its soft serve ice cream, specifically the hojicha and matcha flavours using tea imported from Uji, Kyoto. You can also add toppings to your soft serve for RM3 each, but you're better off enjoying the ice cream on its own to savour the rich tea notes. Aside from soft serve, PS Tokyo offers a range of cakes sourced from Project C, and you really shouldn't leave without trying the tofu cheesecake with ginger syrup – a treat that comfortingly reminds us of tau foo fah. Other cake flavours include hummingbird, rosy mango, matcha milk chocolate, cotton cheesecake and black sesame tofu cheesecake. At the moment, the menu may be quite sparse with only soft serve, cakes and Pocky snacks, but rou
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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
This charming restaurant and wine bar pulls off upgraded bistro fare that ranges from gourmet pizza to Angus ribeye. The pulled pork burger with whisky barbecue sauce is a must-try.
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The elusive hybrid of breakfast and lunch has never tasted this good. So kickstart your lazy weekend with these best brunch dishes Best brunch spots The Good Batch This new one is owned by former manager of The Bee, Andrew Tan. The setup is less cluttered and more spacious than most new cafés, and focuses more on food than coffee. All-day Western brekkie dishes are served, like upgraded mushrooms on toast, corned beef with fried potatoes, blueberry pancakes, and ‘roti canai’ burrito. What we like best is the all-day bar, where wines, beers and cocktails are available, including the popular passionfruit mojito. Ming Room Opened in 2003, The Ming Room serves authentic Cantonese cuisine with a touch of creative liberty. Recently refurbished, be impressed with the historical and elegant renovations, complete with antique terracotta horses as well as six private dining rooms to cater to 300 pax. Highlights include the baked foie gras with stuffed sea clams and the steamed fresh water prawn with radish cakes. In addition to the obvious Hong Kong dim sum, standard Chinese fare with a twist is served, such as the double-boiled superior shark’s fin soup with wanton in pumpkin and river carp medallion in stock. A popular dessert among their patrons is the chilled durian pudding. As featured in Time Out KL's 101 things to do in KL Awards Food 40 Food 40 is our monthly, definitive guide for where to eat in the Klang Valley. No entry into the Food 40 has provided any Time Out team memb
You’ll find cafés in KL walking a thin line between restaurants, patisseries and bistros. In our book, a café is like an informal version of a restaurant – its laidback ambience and bespoke service encourage you to linger. Here are the top cafés in the city. Looking for a new hangout spot? Our critics pick the best cafés in the city for eating and lingering Jibby & Co Jibby & Co is undoubtedly one of KL’s handsomest cafés; bulb wiring dramatically plunge from the high ceilings while pretty pastels pop up in cupboards and cloth sofas. The mishmash of knick knacks is so easily made disastrous in other cafés, but Jibby exudes composure with a synchronised warm glow. Though overpriced, the food is mostly well-executed with the indulgent soft-shell crab burger taking top spot. It’s the kind of dish that bears the ultimate lazy weekend stamp: messy, greasy and staggeringly unsexy. BreadFruits Café This café in Hartamas offers well-executed brunch fare, some of which feature their signature ingredient – wild honey. Owner KK and his uncle harvest wild hives from Pahang rainforests before manufacturing and packaging honey into bottles. Raw, unprocessed, locally sourced honey is something of a revelation, and the wild nature of the bees makes for a complex, treacle-like sweetness with hints of lychee and sugarcane. Pour the golden liquid onto the excellent roasted banana French toast, watch it cascade sexily down the banana, take a photo of this madness, and get eating. Sitka Restauran
KL's burgeoning café scene has brought in some remarkable food. Our critics pick the ten best café dishes that will feed you from daybreak to dinnertime Guide to coffee in KL Best coffee in KL 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. KL's third wave coffee: The trends and the cafés We examine the third wave coffee trend in KL and highlight the cafés that are at the forefront of this artisanal coffee movement. The geek's guide to different coffee brewing methods Coffee brewing is a serious science. Here's all you need to know about six of the world's hand-pour coffee equipments, as explained by an expert. Kopitiam: KL's original coffee shop Kopitiams have long been a mainstay of our café culture, but they won’t be around forever. A documentarian takes us on a tour of these ageing coffee shops. KL's best places for hot chocolate Three Little Birds The folks behind Artisan Roast have come a long way since their humble RAW days. This breezy new café in Sentul’s airy D7 building is testament to their maturing style and quality. Monjo Coffee This coffee house serves single origin Arabica coffee in a roomy, modern interior. A location in Cyberjaya caters to the lack of cafés in the area, as well as to the rising office blocks. Signature dishes include the croque madame, the breakfast burger and choux pastry cream puffs alongside the rich
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Eating in KL isn't expensive if you know where to look. Some of the city's best food lies in its labyrinth of back alleys, where family-run businesses have forged a culinary legacy out of Hokkien mee, Hainanese tea and even chapatti. But a revolution is stewing. Food trucks are bringing artisanal offerings to the masses at affordable prices while hawkers are constantly putting a fresh spin on street food. RM5 and below Cendol The abundance of gula Melaka takes centre stage in this pleasingly kao cendol, which boasts a sugary quality that stops just short of being overly cloying. The creaminess of the fresh coconut milk also shines atop the finely shaved ice and amidst the green pandan cendol jelly – a combination that makes this local dessert such a favourite. Yong tau foo and curry chee chong fun Thick, slippery and absorbent, cheong fun (flat rice noodles) is so versatile it can be eaten in a soupy broth or slathered in rich sauces. You could eat it in soy sauce, but that’s a little boring. Ditto sweet sauce – it works, but it’s hardly exciting. Even savouring it in curry seems kind of ordinary... until you try it at Yap Hup Kee. The wide, silky noodles are drenched in a rich, creamy curry humming with just the right amount of heat. Have some yong tau foo on the side (each piece stuffed with fish paste) or, if you think you can handle it, fried pig’s intestines coated in sweet marinade. Pisang goreng and kuih bakul Uncle Chiam’s delectable pisang raja is pisang goreng
Our critics pick the best coffee shops in KL that call the shots 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. Pulp The paper-cutting room for the nearly 50-year-old Art Printing Works factory and warehouse on Jalan Riong may have gotten the makeover it deserves. Pulp, helmed by Singaporean coffee boutique Papa Palheta who also runs Chye Seng Huat Hardware and Loysel’s Toy cafés, has been integrated with the time-honoured factory. Although the stellar coffee and desserts here encourage lingering, the owners insist that Pulp be described as a coffee retailer and supplier, rather than as a café. Get serious in a cupping room where you learn from baristas who work their gear with topflight technique. Or marvel at the mementos of the warehouse over a Blue Batak brew. Standing Theory If there was a standing theory to the perfect cup of coffee, the boys of this PJ hideout don’t have it. Instead, their experimental bubble-and-whiz ways with coffee defy the norms and stretch boundaries. Take their excellent cold brew – the dark, broody mix is left to steep for a whopping 48 hours and is served on the rocks. The first sip is harsh and bitter, but the flavours round up and mellow as the ice melts, opening up gateways to notes you’d never associate with coffee – bourbon and whisky. Coffee Stain by Joseph We like Coffee Stain’s medium body espresso