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The best restaurants and cafés in Kuala Lumpur, including restaurant reviews, new restaurants and editors' picks

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Best cold-pressed juices in KL

The top six cold-pressed juices in KL, plus the best juice delivery services in town

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The best cheap eats in KL

Eating well doesn’t mean you have to pay more. We’ve got you covered for the best cheap meals under RM15 our city has to offer.

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The best cafés in KL

The best cafés for every occasion, from Instagram eye candies to the brunch of champions

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The best sandwich shops in KL

Love a good sandwich? Whether you like yours hot or cold, pressed or toasted, our resident sandwich lover recommends these places in the city for your sandwich fix

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The best lunch sets in KL

Make the most out of your meal with these lunch sets

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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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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

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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

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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.

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Dinner in the Sky

Fancy having dinner way up in the sky? Now you can because the Dinner in the Sky experience will be in Malaysia this August. Make it a special occasion as you’ll be sitting down at a dinner table suspended in the air with stunning views of  the Twin Towers and KL Tower. After its maiden launch in Brussels in 2006, Dinner in the Sky has travelled to over 40 countries and KL will be the first location for Southeast Asia. The five-course dinner will be provided by Hilton KL (expect modern European fusion with vegetarian options) and will include free-flow water and some juices. Besides the dinner, admission also includes a printed photo of yourself in the experience as well as a free one-way Uber ride.  

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'Celebration' omakase dinner menu at Nobu

Celebrate togetherness with a seven-course omakase dinner at Nobu crafted by executive chef Philip Leong. Start your meal with the sushi bar moriawase which includes new-style botan ebi, unag-kyu tosazu and Nobu's signature toro tartar. Then, move on to salmon sashimi salad with jalapeño dressing, Chilean sea bass karaage with grapefruit ceviche, wagyu ginger miso with dashi braised bamboo shoots and cold soba. Round off the meal with oiwai dessert, coconut jelly with sago and shiso-mango sorbet.

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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.

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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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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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Acme Bar & Coffee

March 2012 In an era where ‘good enough’ seems to be the mantra, rare is the gem where boundaries are strenuously pushed and every possible detail, however minute, is tended to with meticulous care. That’s why Acme Bar & Coffee – an exquisite exercise in perfection – is quite possibly the best thing to have happened to the Kuala Lumpur gastronomic scene for a lamentably long time. Breathtakingly stunning interiors (picture a converted loft in a fin de siecle building in the heart of New York) are complemented by a mood that is irreverent but stylish, playful but chic, and with a modern retro sensibility that is irresistibly infectious. A cohesive design narrative starts at the main dining room, and meanders upstairs to the loft bar and intimate niches for private gatherings. Acme may not be the first ultra-stylish eatery to hit KL, but it differs from the rest because no matter how hard you try, it’s nigh impossible to find any cut corners here. Teething problems – usually par for the course with new eateries – were also absent in their first week of operations, and service and food quality were satisfyingly impeccable even with a full house. By extension, the menu is similarly thorough, and familiar food is given a well-thought twist to produce creative new proffering. This is perhaps best encapsulated by the dunking salad, which consists of unadorned honey romaine and a jar of dressing. Deceptively simple, the salad is both visually and texturally appealing, just as th

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Bakti Woodlands

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: editor@timeoutkl.com.

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Cantaloupe

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: editor@timeoutkl.com.

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Erawan

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: editor@timeoutkl.com.

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Merchant's Lane

The long stretch that is Petaling Street can get real touristy at times, so if you need to take cover, walk a bit further down the road and head to Merchant’s Lane. Joining The Front Door and Einstein Café, Merchant’s Lane is a cool addition to the Chinatown café scene. This calm little hideaway is located above an old shop next to the Advance Tertiary College building. No main signage is up yet for now but don’t worry, there’s a small sign leading up to the place that’s not too hard to find. Fun fact: Before it was abandoned more than five years ago, the space was a brothel.  Inside, the café uses a teal and pink colour scheme on their counter and display cases – a nice pop of colour from everything else in the shop that sports a rustic look. However, it’s the outdoor area that really shines with the building’s original design. Co-owner Kenneth Tan explains that they’ve tried conserving the outdoor components as well, like the window and railings, but some things couldn’t be preserved due to old age. Most of the furniture are custom-made, including some of the benches which were fashioned out of old wooden staircases.  Kenneth and another partner were previously with Butter + Beans, but having their own café was always in the pipeline. The menu will see some changes in the coming months, but items so far include breakfast and Asian-inspired comfort food. For example, the aglio olio is served with an option of prawns or chicken rendang; and the Cantonese-style Hongkie Beef

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Closer Kitchen & Espresso Bar

Occupying an unlikely spot in Menara TSR (a short walk away from the Curve) is the geometry-themed Closer Kitchen & Espresso Bar. The space ticks all the right boxes for a cool café vibe. Think stark white walls, black steel touches, design magazines, and a single white orchid in a glass vase resting on a long wooden table. Co-founders Paige and Stan, from design and media backgrounds respectively, are well-versed in what elevates a café beyond the ordinary, and it shows from their carefully planned menu (with a molecular gastronomy chef as consultant) and attentive staff. Odd location, but parking is free on weekends.

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Mama San

Award-winning chef Will Meyrick’s Mama San occupies a prime spot in KLCC overlooking the KLCC park. With thriving outlets in Bali and Hong Kong, Mama San’s strength lies in its menu of innovative Southeast Asian dishes that are a twist on the classics. For its KL outpost, the menu is quite an extensive one. There are salads, fish, seafood, meat and poultry dishes done in a variety of styles – Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, Malay, Singaporean, Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese. Some of the interesting dishes include sambal jantung pisang with fresh prawns, lamb martabak, wood-roasted Balinese-style barramundi wrapped in banana leaf, rogan josh lamb shank, Acehnese chicken korma, and udang assam tumis, among others. Come lunch, there are set meals too, such as Indian thali and chicken rice. Don’t leave without trying Mama San’s cocktails – they are known for it. The cocktails are an extension of the food concept, ie you’ll find classic cocktails made with local or Asian ingredients: coconut passion fruit pineapple daiquiri, pineapple kaffir lime margarita, and more.

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Huckleberry Food & Fare

Even in its infancy, Huckleberry Food & Fare is shaping up to be one of the best bakery-cafés around. The space is huge; it takes up two shoplots with one dedicated entirely to the bakery, where you’ll see master baker Christophe Gros working away with a 120-square-foot Bongard Omega2 artisanal oven. The corner lot, where the table settings are placed along with the cake and bread counter, is stunning. Executed by interior design firm Seshan, this bright, airy space has a rustic, industrial cool about it, updated with modern European aesthetics. Huckleberry’s breads are made the old fashioned way, using sourdough starters, and the loaves are left to rise longer than usual to produce a lighter texture while letting the flavours develop. Their signature is the Miche Sourdough range, but they also have the classic multigrain, organic meteil, farmer’s bread, and flaky, buttery croissants, just to name a few. As Huckleberry is created and run by the team behind the highly commendable Mezze Bistro, chef Yves Renou has a hand in the kitchen here as well, which serves pork-free, classic comfort food. There are brunch classics such as eggs Benedict, shakshuka, banana French toast, and the punchy chilli cheese toast with fried eggs (a Mumbai breakfast staple). There are also salads, pastas, pies and sandwiches. For drinks, Huckleberry serves coffee sourced directly from the farmers, organic loose leaf tea from Roleaf Tea, smoothies, and slow-pressed juices that are served in bottles

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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 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

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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

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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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Cake shops

The heat is on – here are the top cake shops that rise to the occasion. 

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Cheap eats

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

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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

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