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.
The best barrel-aged cocktails in KL
How do you make cocktails even better than they already are? By ageing them in wood barrels for several weeks, the process soften harsh edges and adds layers of flavour you wouldn't find in ordinary coktails. If that's got you thirsty for some silky-smooth afterwork drinks, follow our guide to the best barrel-aged cocktails in KL.
What’s on this week in KL
Plague of Happiness - Tunjal Tour
One of the country’s finest ska bands Plague of Happiness is going on a massive four-month Malaysian tour and they’re kicking it off right here in our city’s very own punk house. The nine-man band have built a reputation for their entertaining and rowdy live sets. Opening for them are Thy Regiment, Annihilation, Turbo Kids and Skunkfix.
Dhol and Bollywood Festival
Dance troupes from across the globe including Malaysia are set to make an appearance in KL this July and put on a show of Bollywood, classical, fusion and contemporary dance performances. In this festival, you can witness a Dhol drum performance performed by 300 drummers in an attempt to make it into the Malaysian Book of Records. And if you want to learn the art of dance and Dhol drumming, there will be several workshops as well.
Cinephilia film screenings
Cinephilia at Zhongshan Building's film screening nights kick off with three early films (screened on three separate nights) by renowned French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard: 'Breathless (À bout de souffle)', 'Pierrot le Fou' and 'A Woman is a Woman (Une femme est Une Femme)'. Help the Cinephilia folk (and guarantee more screenings at the creative hub) with a small donation of RM5-RM10 when you swing by for movie night.
POPULAR Malaysia's bookworm festival features hundreds of booths from various publishing houses and stationery distributors. Besides the mountain of books, expect book signings from popular author Cheeming Boey, sharing sessions with Tunku Halim, Stella Chin, Tong Pei Yin and others, hands-on coffee brewing with Barista Guild Asia, and lots more.
New restaurants and bars in KL
Tut's Egyptian Eatery
Traditional Egyptian food gets a modern update at Tut’s Egyptian Eatery, a casual dining restaurant that was founded by Egyptian brothers-in-law Mohamed Zein and Mohamed Tarek Diab as a way to introduce Malaysians to their native cuisine. The dishes here span from time-honoured favourites like the Egyptian kofta meat balls, om ali bread pudding and Molokhia minced leaf stew to contemporary dishes like roast chicken, herbal hot plate chicken with baked rice and crispy fried chicken. For those new to Egyptian cuisine, they recommend starting with the molokhia minced leaf stew, which is made by mincing molokhia leaves – a vegetable native to the Middle East that looks like mint and tastes similar to spinach – that are then cooked with butter, garlic and spices like coriander, cumin and black pepper to create a rich, unctuous soup that was once served to Egyptian royalty. As for the mains, the roast chicken dish with spicy sauce comes complete with a side dish that you can pick from a selection that includes fries, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and spiced rice, while the hawaoshi baked meat foldover is an Egyptian favourite comprising seasoned beef or lamb that is stuffed into a baked baladi bread (an Egyptian flatbread made with wheat flour). The dessert selection includes the om ali bread pudding – whose history stretches back to the 12th century – which is given a Malaysian twist with Sangkaya coconut ice cream and gula Melaka.
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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.