Best French restaurants in KL
From classic French staples like bouillabaisse and ratatouille to impressive haute cuisine dishes prepared by celebrity chefs, KL has a lot of to offer in its French restaurants. Here are some of our favourite restaurants where you can go to satisfy those Gallic cravings. Bon appétit!
What’s on this week in KL
This month's RIUH is heading back to the expansive Sentul Depot for RIUH Raya and celebrating the festivities through the array of vendors showcasing their products, creative workshops and more. There will be curated Raya goods (and goodies), plenty of good music and live performances, special Ramadhan storytelling and messy play sessions for the kids, and more. Don't miss the eye-opening 'Human Library' exhibit.
Storytelling and Story Acting workshop
This interactive beginner-level workshop organised by The Story Ninjas of The Story Book will see participants learning how to bring stories to life. Kids will discover the basics of role playing, narrating, storytelling and story acting, and will get to show off what they've learnt through the performance for their parents at the end of the workshop. For kids age four to 10 years old, and you can register for a spot here.
New restaurants and bars in KL
Part of The Marini Group, MariGin is fashioned after a traditional gin parlour and has been designed to match the elegance synonymous with the renowned nightlife purveyor. MariGin aims to raise the ante on the city’s gin bars and it does this via its classy yet casual décor and impressive menu. There are pool and tables for gin pong (yes, with gin) on the terrace, and inside are low sofas great for a laidback night out. For those who prefer something quieter or are looking to have a private celebration, go for any of the two private rooms that seat up to eight people. But it’s the gin that is the star here and there are 57 different types on the menu – enough to gratify even the most jaded of gin drinkers! There are exotic gin infusions, classic G&Ts and bespoke gin cocktails. The bold can try the Ginny in the Bottle, an infused Chrysanthemum and Wolfberry concoction that packs just the right amount of punch, while coffee lovers can go for the Padrino, a fragrant G&T with Nikka Coffey gin, coffee beans and East Imperial Tonic. Chi Sin (‘crazy’ in Cantonese) Gin promises a crazy (good) combination of Tanqueray 10, lychee liquor, lychee lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and lime juice – just what the doctor ordered to start the night right! And don’t leave until you try the Mari Gin-La, the signature gin infusion made with pandan and rose petals. These only scrape the surface of what’s on offer here, so gather your fellow gin imbibers and head to MariGin pronto!
PJ's very own vermouth-focused bar, Los Flowerpecker is a cosy spot that serves up delicious cocktails made with the aromatic fortified wine. The drinks here are mostly low alcohol thanks to the primary ingredients of wine and vermouth, and combined with the bright and cheerful Mexicana vibe, Los Flowerpecker is a great place to hang out.
No guesses for what this swanky space in Pavilion KL specialises in. Tapas Club offers diners the classic rich flavours of Spanish cuisine in dishes made with authentic recipes and fresh produce. On the menu are paella and cold cuts, but you're here for the restaurant's namesake. So expect to find an extensive selection and indulge in popular options like patatas bravas, iberico pork skewers, lamb meatballs, croquetas and more.
By the same people behind popular resto wine lounge Lavo, gin parlour MAZE and party space CHAZE, comes Liberte, a new restaurant and lounge that offers a menu of food and drinks that meld Western and Asian influences with interesting (and delicious) results. The spacious interior is subtly divided into a few dining sections – there’s the casual area with dining tables, a section with plush couches, the bar with high bar stools (red velvet seats decorated with the likeness of icons associated with the notion of liberty like Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and more) and an alfresco area. Food comes by way of both Asian and Western options, with the usual pizza and meat options alongside noodles, rice and dim sum. But what you should go for are the Asian-inspired tapas. Items like salted egg fish skin, prawns wrapped in bacon and truffle siew mai are great for sharing, and go well with a drink (or two) from the bar. Which brings us to the drinks. Non-alcoholic options include coffee and tea with Japanese infusions, and, just like its food, there’s a wide range of Asian alcohol from whisky and beer to soju, umeshu and an extensive selection of saké. In the drinks menu, useful information accompanies the list of saké, like recommended serving (chilled or warm), alcohol percentage, polishing ration and tasting notes. Bartenders are on hand to whip up custom cocktails if you’re in an adventurous mood, otherwise you also won’t go wrong with any of their saké-based
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.