10 things to do in KL this week
Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's best events. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our homepage for daily updates on the best restaurants, events and whatever else KL has to offer before our next hot list is published on Monday.
May issue of Time Out KL: Best fried chicken + monster burgers + more #foodporn
Warning: Our May issue will trigger some serious food cravings. This issue is all about the decadent food everyone loves. So for this month at least, let us forget about calories and just enjoy eating. Few things are as addictive as fried chicken. You want the crispy skin, the juicy flesh, and in the case of Korean fried chicken, that sweet and spicy sauce that sticks to your fingers. After rounds of eating, we have compiled ten of the city’s best fried chicken. Now get ready to lick your fingers. Our burgers have certainly grown in size. No longer content with just buns and patties, the monster burgers these days come with unusual ingredients (in a burger at least) such as pisang goreng, peanut butter, mac and cheese, and even two whole chicken chops. Then again, that’s how we like our street burgers: sloppy and messy. A fan of the versatile meat that is pork? This feature lists some of the city’s best pork restaurants, from tonkatsu to barbecue ribs, and even a porky Indian restaurant. To round off our food-heavy issue, we went looking for the best Japanese kakigōri and Korean bingsu. These shaved ice desserts are the perfect treats to cool you down in our hot weather. And if you’ve always been curious about saké, we have a guide for you, too. Can’t find that cult lipstick in KL? Fret not; just check our list of top online beauty stores for all your cosmetic and skincare needs. We also spoke to acclaimed director Saw Teong Hin on his Penang Hokkien feature
What’s on this week in KL
After 50 years in the performing arts industry, director Joe Hasham is attempting an ambitious take on Harold Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’. He will be directing the play in English and Malay as two separate shows, which will be performed on alternate nights by the same cast. The play is about a married couple, Robert and Emma, and her affair with Robert’s best friend Jerry. This adaptation seeks to dissect our preconceived notions of love, loyalty and betrayal.
Astro A-list presents...
Together with Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia, Astro A-list presents Japanese jidaigeki comedy film 'Samurai Hustle'. Set during the reign of the eighth shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, Masaatsu Naito is summoned to perform a custom that requires the daimyo, a powerful Japanese feudal lord to visit the shogun in Edo. However, the time needed for the visit is eight days, and he also learns that the daimyo wants the gold mine in the Yunagaya domain.
Eric Chou live in Malaysia
Taiwanese singer Eric Chou will be making his way to our shores for his ‘This is Love’ tour. Dubbed by the Taiwanese media ‘king of lovelorn people’, this 21-year-old heartthrob is known for his powerful ballads ‘How Have You Been’ and ‘Let’s Not Be Friends in The Future’. Also making an appearance is Mandopop singer Tai Ai Ling. The concert will be taking place in Resorts World Genting’s Arena of Stars.
Celebrate the harvest festivals of East Malaysia – Pesta Kaamatan and Hari Gawai right here in KL. The night features an all-Bornean line up with Leslie playing the Sape and DJ duo Renry Hollins and Ruud will be on the decks for the night. Most importantly, there’s plenty of tuak and tuak cocktails to go around for the night.
New restaurants and bars in KL
Mr Chew's Chino Latino Bar
The restaurant and bar is brought to you by the same team behind Troika Sky Dining; so you know they’d have the styling here down pat. Located on the highest floor of the WOLO Hotel, the space has been transformed into an inspired venue for food, cocktails and of course, Instagram.
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Bangsar has gone through many phases – unobtrusive residential area, clubbing haven, arts and culture quarter, and now, café district. From the busy streets of Telawi to the more laidback Jalan Bangkung and Jalan Kemuja, we round up the best restaurants, bars, cafés and things to do in Bangsar.
Populated by expatriates and upper middle class families, Hartamas is fancy – even its name says so (‘harta’, treasure; ‘mas’, gold). This isn’t saying that the area is inaccessible for us 'mere mortals' – in fact, it’s quite the opposite now. With many cafés and eateries opening up around the 'hood, plenty of non-Hartamas residents flock here, and not just for the lineup of Japanese restaurants. By the way, we're also including the best places to eat and visit in neighbouring areas Mont Kiara and Solaris Dutamas. Fun fact: The area was the premise of a local TV show titled (surprise, surprise) ‘Hartamas’ starring Ida Nerina and Rashidi Ishak.
The wide land that is Damansara has the privilege of being both KL and Selangor. It can be confusing – Bukit Damansara for example, is not exactly near the main Damansaras while Ara Damansara is somewhat Subang (and sometimes even Shah Alam). To make things easier for you, we've picked some of the best restaurants, cafés, bars and things to do in each Damansara area.
Damansara Utama is home to Damansara Uptown, the land of hard-to-find parking spots and more cafés than you can shake a stick at. We say park in the new Starling Mall and walk about the area before you eventually step in to an eatery. Here are our picks of restaurants, cafés, shops and things to do in the area. PS: If your favourite spot isn't featured here, let us know in the comments.
Let’s not mask the fact that Sunway is an area dominated by students, which isn’t saying that it’s a bad thing. If you need help getting around the area, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is making things better. It’s fast – not a concept Malaysians are accustomed to hearing and practising. Let’s not also forget about Sunway Pyramid and Sunway Lagoon, where there are plenty of things to do. If you don’t have plans in Sunway, you do now.
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100 best local dishes and drinks in KL
We are a food city. One that caters to the food-obsessed; one that alternates between street and traditional dining, at any budget and time of the day. Here are the 100 best dishes and drinks that truly defines us, from the contentious nasi leamk to the humble roti canai. Loosen your belt – you've got much eating to do.
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.