Winding down at Altitude
For a spot of afternoon tea on the weekend or an evening glass of wine to wind down after a long day, Altitude at the newly opened Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is the place to be. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow in plenty of natural light, as well as afford guests stunning uninterrupted views of the KL city skyline. The warm palette together with plush couches and long tables provide a welcome cosiness – a stark contrast to the bustling city surrounds outside. This sophisticated lounge offers a list of fine wines alongside a menu of casual dishes, to be enjoyed while taking in the impressive skyline. The selection of wine in Altitude’s cellar is being constantly updated, and friendly staff often interact with guests to discover popular preferences in tastes and palates. Altitude is helmed by manager Suraya Kaiv, who also happens to be the resident sommelier. She is certified by the Malaysian Sommelier Association and recognised by the global Wine & Spirit Education Trust, an international organisation widely regarded as one of the world’s leading providers of wine education. With references like that, you can be sure your wine choice is in good hands. She also frequently speaks to guests and chefs in order to select the best options. The panoramic view from Altitude also serves as the perfect backdrop to the afternoon tea set (RM94 per person) – an elegant affair with sweet and savoury treats, while a succinct menu offers a cheese platter, desserts and international fare like
Best Instagram spots in KL
Admit it – you’re always on the lookout for the pretty places to take your next photo (we don’t blame you, social media certainly has taken over). Or if not you, you know someone who is. Here we have a list of spots that will help rack up the likes and populate your profile with great frames.
Southeast Asia's best eco-retreat destinations
Southeast Asian capitals like Bangkok and Jakarta are known for their hustle and bustle – which is fine if you're into it. But when you're looking for the kind of peace and quiet only Mother Nature can provide, head out to these eco-retreats that are scattered across Southeast Asia.
What’s on this week in KL
Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960 - 1969)
Presented by ILHAM Gallery in collaboration with National Gallery Singapore and Musée National d'Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, 'Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969)' showcases the artist's thoughts and reflections during the 1960s when he travelled across Europe and Southeast Asia. With over 70 paintings, drawings and prints accompanied by archival documents, this exhibition explores the political and social landscapes across the two continents and how they shaped some of his most prolific work. This exhibition by one of Malaysia's most distinguished artists and poets isn't to be missed.
This collaboration between French duo Ilia&eb and local outfit Nadir will see the marriage of sounds, visual imagery, optical manipulation and choreography in one a stunning living art experience, filled with expressive themes. Original music by Nadir will be played live, accompanying the presentation.
Wind Down @ Commune
The Wind Down @ Commune festival will showcase a wide variety of drinks alongside a selection of popular German snacks to try. There will also be games and lucky draws to participate in, and adding to the festivities will be a live music performance by WVC featuring Janet Lee.
Publika Art Week
This public art show is curated by Segaris Art Centre and will feature works by 80 local artists, each interpreting the course of our nation's journey throughout the years and its aspirations. The exhibition seeks to pay tribute to the resilience of Malaysians and inspire hope and optimism for the future.
New restaurants and bars in KL
What started out as a humble vegetarian eatery in Bangalore almost a century ago in 1924, Mavalli Tiffin Rooms – or MTR – now has multiple outlets across Asia and the Middle East. Its latest outpost in KL promises hearty South Indian vegetarian fare that’s not only affordable, it’s also good for your waistline. Inside, posters on the brand’s long history are plastered on the bright red walls, while simple furniture and a spotless space allow the food to shine. The expansive menu is made up of familiar South Indian dishes like idli, vada, dosa, thali sets and more. A must-have is the masala dosa (RM9) – light and crisp, made with a mixture of grains and pulses laced with ghee, filled with spiced potatoes, and accompanied by green chutney, lentil sambar and even more ghee. The smooth, shiny surface of the crust is telling of a good dosa; here at MTR, it’s good. If that doesn’t fill you up, go for the Mini Meals (RM13). Don’t be fooled by its innocent-sounding name; this hefty meal consists of palya, vegetable sagu, plain rice, curd rice, sambar, rasam, papadum, pickles, payasum and a choice of either plain dosa, poori, chapathi or akki roti. If you’re really hungry, the Special Mini Meals (RM19) comes with even more items such as bisi bele bhath, kosambari salad and a dessert. If you’re working in the vicinity, you’ll be happy to know that MTR offers daily specials alongside the regular selection. We visited on a Thursday, so our options were pulliogre (RM8.50), thatte idly
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.
The best of Kuala Lumpur
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.