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Best sushi restaurants in KL
Restaurants

Best sushi restaurants in KL

If you're up for a sushi experience where the food does the talking, sit back and submit to the will of these sushi chefs for the best omakase and sushi meals in the city. RECOMMENDED: Best Japanese restaurants in KL

Winding down at Altitude
Bars and pubs

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
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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.  

Venom
Film

Venom

Venom, a slick-skinned alien ‘symbiote’ who first plagued Marvel’s Peter Parker back in a 1986 comic, has a Wikipedia entry roughly 10 metres long. That’s not to say that the villain deserves his own film – even a silly one like ‘Venom’ – or to be played by the jittery but often inspired Tom Hardy of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘The Revenant’. It only suggests that a lot of people take even the marginalia of comics seriously. So seriously that they might not grasp when they’re getting short-changed. It’s these superfans, not casual moviegoers expecting just another blockbuster smackdown, who are going to feel the most crushed as ‘Venom’ slides off the rails. When exactly does that happen? Is it when you realise that Hardy is going to be using that distracting Noo Yawk accent the whole time as Eddie Brock, a hard-charging investigative journalist based in San Francisco? Or when Eddie’s fiancée, Anne (poor Michelle Williams), supposedly a sharp lawyer, dumps him on the street, ring and all, after she gets fired by her Elon Musk-ish billionaire boss Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) after Eddie asks him a few uncomfortable questions about his mysterious labs? ‘Have a nice life,’ we hear twice in a few minutes, a repetition that just feels like lazy screenwriting. Nope, the moment when it all slides into accidental comedy comes when the booming voice of the alien (Hardy again, aurally masked, as he was with his plummy Bane) pipes up in Eddie’s head, calling him a ‘pussy’ and dragging him

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Contest: Win a plat du jour set at Brasserie Fritz
Restaurants

Contest: Win a plat du jour set at Brasserie Fritz

Here's your chance to indulge in a three-course meal at Brasserie Fritz

What’s on this week in KL

Barrio by Pisco Bar presents Mellifluous
Nightlife

Barrio by Pisco Bar presents Mellifluous

Get ready to party the night away. Mellifluous will be spinning alongside Reddi Rocket and Naufal, promising a night filled with hip hop and smooth R&B with a bit of soul and disco thrown into the mix.   

Destination: GOOD
Shopping

Destination: GOOD

There will be a pop-up bazaar at 2 Hang Kasturi with vendors from all over the region. Browse beautifully designed products by Asean social enterprises, and if you're lucky, you might snag some limited edition lifestyle accessories from upcycled collections. 

The Gaslight presents Geelanagig
Music

The Gaslight presents Geelanagig

Marrying the sounds of grunge and blues with a bit of post-rock and experimental music thrown in, this group puts a fresh spin on music. Their soulful ambient music is very chill, and hints strongly at Javanese roots. They will be supported by blues and jazz artist Dan Defy and indie experimental singer/songwriter Shavkat.  

Teater Normcore
Theatre

Teater Normcore

Teater Normcore is a series of experimentals stage plays by Malaysian novelist and playwright Ridhwan Saidi. This edition, titled 'Stereo Genmai', is a dark psychedelic tale presented in a two-act play about a novelist searching for his lost fictional character. It will be told in a dream-idea continuum, and there will be a discussion after the performance.

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New restaurants and bars in KL

RedTail Bar by Zouk
Bars and pubs

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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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