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Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2018
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Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2018

Presenting the shortlist for Kuala Lumpur's biggest independent Food & Drink Awards.

Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2018 shortlist
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Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2018 shortlist

The Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards celebrate the best of the city's eating and drinking spots.  This year, we started with open nominations of 17 categories, when you submitted your favourite restaurants, cafés and bars in the respective categories. From there, the top nominated outlets were compiled and are presented here in this shortlist. So head out there, and make the most of your city with this guide to the city's best eating and drinking – as voted for by you.  Voting is still open until 12midnight, Dec 2. So click over to the voting page to cast your vote and champion the city's best restaurants, cafés and bars.

27 things to do in KL
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27 things to do in KL

From secret gems to critics’ picks, here’s the definitive guide to the best things KL has to offer. So start checking off this bumper list curated by local experts.

Broadening culinary perspectives at Horizon Grill
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Broadening culinary perspectives at Horizon Grill

Perched on Level 58 of Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is Horizon Grill, a seafood and grill restaurant that serves impeccably cooked dishes within sleek surrounds. Marble flooring, handsome interiors and a great view add to the ambience, and two individual dining rooms provide private spaces to enjoy any occasion. Dining alfresco offers magnificent front-row views of the Twin Towers and the surrounding city skyline. The menu at Horizon Grill focuses on fresh seafood and premium steaks, with items including oysters and caviar alongside premium black angus and Kyushu Japanese beef. Add to that top-notch service with attentive staff discreetly attending to your every request, and you have the recipe for a fantastic dining experience. The chefs at Horizon Grill constantly showcase their skills and technique with well-executed seafood dishes. Start with the Crustacean Bisque served with warm fennel crabmeat gelée and lobster foam. This light broth is full of flavour, yet delicately balanced to ensure that you can taste the richness of the lobster and crab. Pan-Roasted Salmon and Seared Atlantic Cod can be difficult to get just right, but here they’re well cooked with a firm and flaky texture. Mains include a variety of beef cuts (both dry- and wet-aged) cooked on a Santa Maria Grill, one of the best in the business. Just let the wait staff know of your preferred done-ness, and the chefs will work their magic. The steak is simply seasoned and served without elaborate flourishes, whi

Weekend getaways: Best staycations in the Klang Valley
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Weekend getaways: Best staycations in the Klang Valley

Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway without travelling the miles? Here are some of the best places for a nice quick holiday which you can do without even leaving the Klang Valley. 

What’s on this week in KL

Artbox Malaysia
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Artbox Malaysia

Founded in 2015, Artbox Bangkok is a pop-up market/fair that hosts a carefully curated collection of local entrepreneurs with local home-grown products. Its success led to its expansion to Singapore, and now Artbox is making its debut in Malaysia. Over two weekends, Artbox Malaysia will see plenty of local brands peddling everything from apparel and acccessories to handmade goods. Lots of food as well as live music and interactive art installations by local talents will make for a lively and fun atmosphere.  

The Craft Affair
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The Craft Affair

Shop, but also learn how to make the craft yourselves (but also, shop) at this market of all things cute and kitschy. Look out for stuff from Kelang Leather Industries, Calli.Market, Pure Soap Co., Little Fren Crafts and Manik & Patch, among others. And there will also be workshops to participate in to create your own knick-knacks. Homemade Christmas presents, sorted.

Urbanscapes presents This is Home
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Urbanscapes presents This is Home

'This is Home' was designed to increase awareness about the plight of refugees, their journey and what it's like in a new place. The exhibition is arranged in three parts - mock-ups of how 'home' was like back in their home countries; artworks depicting their journey here; and a VR experience shows what it's like being in a house of a refugee in KL. 

Kota Wayang
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Kota Wayang

Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia and Cinephilia have collaborated to screen films that showcase our city in all its glory. These films cover everything from our journey since independence to the present day, told from new angles on its streets and back alleys or corporate buildings and the slums. After the screening, there will be Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.

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New restaurants and bars in KL

RedTail Bar by Zouk
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RedTail Bar by Zouk

By the same people behind Zouk Singapore comes this newest addition to the nightlife scene up in the highlands of Genting. RedTail Bar by Zouk is calling itself a new-style social gaming lounge, bringing fun and games to a whole new level.

Cielo Kuala Lumpur
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Cielo Kuala Lumpur

With its multitude of mamaks alongside bars and clubs that blare out Top 40 hits, Changkat Bukit Bintang isn’t where you’d normally go for a quiet romantic night out – which is why Cielo KL is such a welcome addition to the chaotic nightlife hotspot.

The Burnin' Pit
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The Burnin' Pit

KL is no stranger to Texan barbecue joints with cult favourites Beard Brothers’ BBQ and Mom’s BBQ food truck, but The Burnin’ Pit dwarfs them in terms of scale and ambition.

MTR Malaysia
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MTR Malaysia

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

Area guides

Bangsar
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Bangsar

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.

Hartamas
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Hartamas

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.

Damansara
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Damansara

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.

KL City
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KL City

Your cheat sheet to all the best restaurants, shops and things to do in the main areas of the city centre including Bukit Bintang, Petaling Street and Pudu.

Damansara Utama
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Damansara Utama

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.

Sunway
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Sunway

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
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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. 

The best coffee shops in KL
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The best coffee shops 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.

Best banana leaf restaurants in KL
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Best banana leaf restaurants in KL

Tired of the usual suspects when it comes to banana leaf rice? We bury our fingers in rice and curry to track down some of Klang Valley’s lesser-known banana leaf restaurants, plus a few old favourites. 

Best nasi lemak in KL
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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. 

KL's best cafés for desserts
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KL's best cafés for desserts

If your sweet tooth is what some would call 'legendary', we've picked out the best dessert cafés in town for cake, pastries and everything else to keep you happy.RECOMMENDED: The best coffee shops in KL

The best cheap eats in KL
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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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