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Aziamendi 88 pop-up restaurant
Three-Michelin-starred restaurants are not easy to get into, but this time, you get to eat at one without even getting out of the country. Celebrated Spanish chef Eneko Atxa from Azurmendi Restaurant in Bilbao, Spain, is bringing his Michelin-rated cuisine to KL at a pop-up restaurant set in Mandarin Oriental KL’s Mandarin Grill fine dining restaurant. Being Spain’s youngest chef to be awarded the prestigious three Michelin stars, we are expecting a lot, primarily the inventive execution and flavours he’s known for, and of course the impeccable plating. Running for 88 days, and hence the name Aziamendi 88, this pop-up will showcase Northern Spain cuisine that’s fused with Thai ingredients – a signature of his offshoot restaurant Aziamendi at the Iniala Beach House near Phuket. Chef Atxa will only be in KL for the first week of the pop-up restaurant, but rest assured everything will be done to his exact standards under the care of his chef de cuisine Alex Burger and general manager Behzad Davarkia. There will be lunch and dinner menus available daily except Sunday: a five-course lunch (RM198), an eight-course lunch (RM438), an eight-course dinner (RM438), and a 12-course dinner (RM598). Vegetarian set menus and wine pairing are also available. And throughout the duration, the restaurant will feature specially curated artworks by Wei-Ling Gallery; they are for sale and proceeds will go to a local charity.
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.
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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.
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Come lunchtime, it can be tough finding a seat at this popular Indian vegetarian joint. In the heart of bustling Masjid Jamek, there’s always a lively atmosphere here. There’s a substantial selection of a la carte dishes from Northern and Southern India, but to really appreciate Bakti Woodlands, you have to come for the lunchtime thali sets. The Madras thali will leave you fit to burst, while still attempting to savour all the flavours. 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 member with a free meal or other incentive. If you have eaten somewhere that you think should rank amongst KL's top 40, email us and we'll check it out: email@example.com.
Superstar chef Chris Bauer - who was once responsible for the brilliance of Frangipani - heads the French restaurant within Troika Sky Dining, a stunning 23rd-floor space that sports a fantastic view of the city. The food here sees sparks of genius on the part of Chris in the form of foie gras satay, roast Wagyu sirloin, butter poached lobster with fried beef tendon and the somewhat deconstructed apple crumble. Technicality, intricacy and innovation are well-practised at Cantaloupe, ranking it a restaurant of high standards in KL. The bar holds an extensive range of wines and liqueurs. Awards Food Awards 2013 Cantaloupe won Best New Restaurant in the Time Out KL Food Awards 2013. It was also shortlisted Best Fine Dining in the same year. Founders Christian Bauer and Eddie Chew were named Food Personalities of the Year in 2013. Our food awards are 100% voted for by the people of KL. This way, we guarantee that popularity and consistent performance are rewarded. 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 member with a free meal or other incentive. If you have eaten somewhere that you think should rank amongst KL's top 40, email us and we'll check it out: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charming and inviting, Erawan serves authentic and fusion Thai cuisine. Owned by two Thai brothers, dishes are carefully prepared with one of the brothers, Chef Korn, overseeing and cooking all the main dishes. Their pomelo salad and crispy papaya salad make a refreshing appetiser and their curries are also popular. Creatively handpainted walls, paintings and flowers decorate Erawan, adding to its appeal and cosy ambience. As Erawan is run by a small team, the restaurant requests that you make a reservation before arriving. Awards Food Awards 2011, 2012 and 2013 Erawan was shortlisted Best Thai in the Time Out KL Food Awards 2012 and 2013. It was shortlisted Best Thai/Indochinese in 2011. Our food awards are 100% voted for by the people of KL. This way, we guarantee that popularity and consistent performance are rewarded. 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 member with a free meal or other incentive. If you have eaten somewhere that you think should rank amongst KL's top 40, email us and we'll check it out: email@example.com.
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Not far from the Jalan Kemuja's row of eateries like Southern Rock Seafood and Fierce Curry House is Bean Reserve. Operated by the same team as Brewmen, the café serves as a coffee spot for folks using co-working space The Co. Of course, that shouldn't stop the café-hopping crowd from hanging out here, because what awaits them is soft-serve ice cream, among other things. Bean Reserve makes their own cereal milk soft-serve ice cream and in the future will add more flavours such as chocolate and coffee. Unlike other KL varieties of soft serve, the topping here is simple – cornflakes. If you want something a little more complex with a little more coffee, get the soft-serve affogato. For a quick meal, they serve simple sandwiches like smoked salmon, pulled beef, and a turkey ham pineapple variety dubbed the 'Hawaiian'. While Brewmen is famous for their nitro coffee, Bean Reserve adds one more choice to the nitro variety – Earl Grey tea infused with nitrogen to give it a foamy top, which may easily get mistaken for a pint of beer. Besides that, there's also chai latte (with chai syrup made in-house), a drink that is slowly creeping into the menu of KL’s cafés. With nitro drinks and soft-serve ice cream, Bean Reserve is a refreshing addition to the local café scene. But if you're here for just coffee sans nitrogen, you can't go wrong with a flat white.
Nara Kitchen & Co
Damansara Uptown has a good mix of places to eat – you have your cafés, your hawker stalls and your dessert joints. Run by the same team as The Good Batch and Hyde, Nara Kitchen & Co is a nice addition to the area for your #eatclean days. Dishes in the menu boasts a lot of fresh ingredients; the team makes their own jams, marmalade and almond butter, and even the breads are baked in-house (except for the croissants, which are outsourced for now until they perfect their own recipe). Once everything is up and running, you’ll be able to buy their bread to take home. There are also plans to supply these breads to The Good Batch. One of the crowd favourites for now is the Big Belly: a mix of quinoa, roasted beets, orange wedges, mint, sliced kyuri, hummus, miso vinaigrette and edible flowers. Another favourite is the Organic Scramble which uses free-range eggs, caviar, tobiko, tempura mushrooms and is served with a croissant. Their homemade soup changes regularly, but to give you an idea of what to expect, past soups include red bell pepper soup with feta cheese, creamy mushroom soup topped with tempura mushroom, and curry pumpkin soup. For cheat days, dessert here comes from local artisanal ice cream makers Forty Licks, home bakers Frost & Flourish and Saya Bake, and occasionally Nara’s own creations. As with The Good Batch, the coffee here is supplied by Papa Palheta and while they don’t serve alcohol, you can look forward to bubbly brunch sessions in the future. Besides ref
Located right next to Main Place mall in USJ, cosy neighbourhood café AM/PM is where residents of USJ and Putra Heights go for coffee and cakes. The menu consists of mostly western dishes like pasta (try the angel hair in beef broth), waffles, sandwiches and more. Try the tau fu fah cheesecake, sourced from Project Cake Therapy.
Le Pont Boulangerie
The word Le Pont means ‘the bridge’ in French and the owners of this café and bakery imagines the space to be a place where people could connect. Easily the most stunning café in the Old Klang Road vicinity, the French-style bakery and café takes up three stories. You start with the bakery on the first floor, then a beverage bar, and lastly a café. Menu-wise, they offer plenty of contemporary European dishes such as pasta, risotto with tomato confit, and a selection of fancy sandwiches. Case in point: Our smoked salmon sandwich came with gold leaf. We were told that their bread and pastry chef used to work for Joël Robuchon and also for the three Michelin-starred restaurant, 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong. There’s a wide selection of bread here, including several different types of focaccia, baguettes and croissants. Most of the pastries here are of the sweet kind (think doughnuts, red bean pastries and madeleines). If you’re familiar with the Old Klang Road coffee scene then you would know 3quartercup café, previously situated nearby. 3quartercup has now relocated to the second floor of Le Pont, taking over the coffee bar and headed by David Leong of the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association. 3quartercup also boasts its own brand of bottled cold brews. The team is serious about design; the space is absolutely beautiful, with a wall of light bulbs, clean lines, and a spacious area on the ground floor that is made to look like a mini urban park with a lot of exposed
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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