What’s on this week in KL
WET Sessions present Anja Schneider
The multi-talented Berlin DJ, producer, radio broadcaster with her own creative label Anja Schneider is known for being one of electronic music's most notable artists. Her soulful blend of underground house and techno beats was showcased in her renowned album 'SoMe', and her ear for good music has made her one of the most astute experts in the industry. Expect a great party with even better music.
Curious Crafts Bazaar
Quirky knick-knacks abound at this whimsical fair that offers plenty of inspiration to stimulate imagination and encourage creativity. You can find all sorts of vendors peddling interesting items like handcrafted accessories, natural skincare, handmade pottery, home decor items and more.
The Working Dead Musical
This locally-produced musical comedy tells the tale of Edwin, a hardworking employee whose untimely death pushes his demanding and uncaring boss to hire a bomoh to bring him back to life as a corporate zombie to work. It's now up to his wife and colleagues to save the undead Edwin from being exploited.
Malaysia Coffee Fest
The highly popular Malaysia Coffee Fest is back! In this four-day event, you can expect to see all things coffee (and tea) - from local artisan roasters and independent coffee houses to the top local baristas. There will be workshops, coffee clinics, the Malaysia Open Barista and Open Latte Art Championships, lucky draws as well as plenty of exhibitors who will be showcasing coffee equipment, machines, products and more. Local bakeries and cafés will also be present for food and to pair their pastries with all the coffee and tea.
New restaurants and bars in KL
PJ's highest rooftop bar is located on Level 35 of the Pinnacle PJ Tower, and boasts panoramic views of both the PJ and KL city skyline. This jungle-themed bar gives off plenty of chill tropical vibes with walls covered in leaves, animal-print covered seats and a soundtrack of familiar pop and pop-rock tunes. There's an extensive list of cocktails (which include creative signature drinks made with local ingredients), beer, liquor and wine, as well as a variety of food like pizza, mains and appetisers to pair with your drink.
Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara's specialty French Mediterranean restaurant offers an elegant space in which to indulge in flavourful dishes paired with signature cocktails and drinks. The contemporary restaurant features an impressive art deco ceiling, and there's indoor and alfresco seating by the pool, as well as an outdoor bar. Watch the chefs in action in the open kitchen, or lounge by the pool with tapas and a cocktail.
Located on Level 50 of Naza Tower at Platinum Park, BlackByrd offers diners great views of the city skyline from both its restaurant and lounge. Its warm interiors are outfitted with lots of wood and rattan furniture as well as customised table and wall lamps, making for a cosy yet sophisticated dining environment high above the city. Food comes by way of classic comfort Southeast Asian dishes presented with a touch of elegance. Head to the Lounge for a drink – there's an extensive list of wines and spirits to choose from, as well as in-house signature cocktails.
With the uncomplicated principle of ‘Simple Thai Cuisine’, La Moon is one of the city’s newest additions, serving authentic Thai cuisine in a cosy and slightly upscale setting. The kitchen is headed by Chef Korn (formerly of Erawan), who transforms simple ingredients into delicious dishes with typical Thai spices and great technique.
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.