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Best biryani in KL
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Best biryani in KL

As common as the dish may be in KL, it’s not easy to find biryani that’s done well. From biryani cooked in bamboo tubes to siew yuk-filled variations, we find the best Klang Valley has to offer.

Best places to watch live sports in KL
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Best places to watch live sports in KL

Why watch a match at home when you can do it at a lively venue filled with like-minded fans. From semi-open air food courts to sports bars, these are the best places to catch live screenings of sports broadcasts.

New restaurants, cafés and bars in KL to try this month
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New restaurants, cafés and bars in KL to try this month

We’ve been scouting out the city’s newest restaurants, cafés and bars to bring you this ultimate list. Change up your dining routine this month with these recent entries. Let the Instagramming begin.

George Town: Tried & tested
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George Town: Tried & tested

Penang is a bit of an anomaly. It’s in the tropics but cannot boast of clear seas and powdery sand. Connected to the mainland by two iconic bridges and a rickety ferry service, the difference is apparent as soon as you step foot on the island. It’s by no means idyllic and its history dictates that what visitors see, taste and hear now is the result of centuries of colonisation, immigration and inter-racial connections. Food For Malaysians, Penang is synonymous with food – from roadside stalls and market treats to unique cuisine highlighting the centuries of cultural fusion. Considered the unofficial foodie capital of Malaysia due to the proliferation and variety of hawker food, the best places have withstood the test of time. Everyone has their favourite spot and many a (friendly) argument has been started about where the best char kuey teow stall is or whether the Nyonya cuisine in that restaurant really is that good or is it just for ‘tourists’. Our advice is, when in Penang try everything! Breakfast in Penang requires a hearty appetite and the ability to sniff out good hawker food. The Pulau Tikus Market is a bit of an institution for Penangites; it’s where our mothers and grandmothers bought their groceries and where chickens used to be slaughtered á la minute. It’s less wet now and the chickens are already dead, but the surrounding food stalls are still churning out the same cholesterol-inducing goodness they always have. Chee cheong fun, Penang prawn noodles and ap

Best pho in KL
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Best pho in KL

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of phở? When done right, the popular Vietnamese street dish is a big bowl of beefy comfort, with a stock made from a long-simmered mix of beef, tendon and bones together with spices like ground cloves, cinnamon and star anise, and nước mắm.

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Picha Raya
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Picha Raya

The Picha Project is a social enterprise that aims to empower marginalised groups as well as refugee families currently living in Malaysia. To do this, The Picha Project offers catering and lunch delivery services with food made by these families. This year, celebrate Raya with these communities by learning how to make (and eat) cuisine from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. There are other activities as well, including live music and a photo booth. You can also meet and get to know some of the refugee families working with The Picha Project. Visit the event page for information on how to book your spot.

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Cinephilia film screenings
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Cinephilia film screenings

This month, Cinephillia explores the works of celebrated actors such as Gena Rowlands, Cate Blanchett, Setsuko Hara and more to highlight their acting prowess and versatility. Each week features different actors. Visit the event organiser’s website for complete list of films and the screening schedule. Admission requires a minimum donation of RM10.

More or Less
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More or Less

This exhibition features the works of artists from Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The art pieces showcased are of varying complexities, each one an exploration and trying to discover what makes perfection, especially in the context of art.

Bobo KL presents Christian Palencia
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Bobo KL presents Christian Palencia

For the month of June, Bobo KL’s resident artist on Wednesdays is indie singer-songwriter Christian Palencia. He’s a popular name in the local music circuit thanks to his artistic versatility and way with words. His predominantly folksy tunes will make for a relaxing mid-week session. 

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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

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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.

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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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