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Fight alongside your favourite heroes in Avengers: Damage Control
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Fight alongside your favourite heroes in Avengers: Damage Control

Marvel Studios and ILMxLAB (Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment studio) had recently announced the release of Avengers: Damage Control, a virtual reality fan experience. Fans can head over to The VOID in Resorts World Genting to explore the Marvel Cinematic Universe for yourselves.   The location-based virtual reality experience features Letitia Wright, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, and Evangeline Lilly. You will be enlisted by Shuri (Letitia Wright) to test her latest prototype design: Emergency Response Suits, created with a proprietary blend of Wakandan and Stark Industries technology. The plot will escalate when sinister forces intervene and guests at the Wakandan Outreach Centers will be recruited into action, exploring iconic locations across the MCU. Seize this chance fight side by side with Avengers like Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), and more. “The opportunity to bring such a beloved universe alive through immersive storytelling has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Shereif Fattouh, Senior Producer, ILMxLAB. "Avengers: Damage Control lets you feel what it's like to shoot repulsor blasts with your own two hands, suited up in Shuri’s latest technology. This original adventure allows you to go beyond the screen, and become a character in the story itself." Avengers: Damage Control pairs virtual reality with real-world sets and physical effects like heat and wind. The result is a uniquely immersiv

Singleton Whisky Presents The Singleton Social
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Singleton Whisky Presents The Singleton Social

There’s hardly ever a bad time to have a casual get-together when good friends, good food and of course, good drinks come together. Malaysia’s No. 1 single malt whisky Singleton has partnered with three gastrobars for you and your friends to discover the rich and smooth flavours of the Scotch whisky when paired with a variety of savoury dishes from meats and sides. Singleton boasts 200 years of expertise in whisky making. The rich and smooth flavour of Singleton of Glen Ord is a result of its slow batch distillation and fermentation process where you’ll then find notes of cherries and apples on the nose; dried summer fruits, rich raisins and apricots flavour on the palate at first, followed by a smooth, rich chocolate finish. For lovers of food, drinks, and a good time of fun in general, head to Powerplant Malaysia, #Miyagisays, and LAVO for the finest selection of Singleton and uniquely crafted sharing platters from November 2019 to January 2020. Lookout for the promotions below:  Powerplant Malaysia  - One (1) The Singleton of Glen Ord 12 YO bottle @ RM370++ - One (1) The Singleton of Glen Ord 12YO bottle + one (1) The Singleton Platter @ RM420++ (add on RM50++) - One (1) The Singleton Platter @ RM85++ The Singleton Platter includes siu yuk, mashed potatoes, cross trax fries, German black pepper sausages, boneless chicken, garlic mash, and assortment of cucumber, carrot, celery sticks and cherry tomatoes, accompanied with gochujang mayonnaise, pineapple sauce, kim

Train To Busan Horror House Experience
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Train To Busan Horror House Experience

All aboard! The Train To Busan from Resorts World Genting. Drawing inspiration from the blockbuster 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse movie, the horror house entails stopping at all stations, including the zombie-infected Seoul Station, the over-run Daejeon station platform and the toxic Chemical Cargo Train en route to Busan. So, local and global fans will be familiar with the story of a father and daughter attempting to survive among a zombie outbreak. Roger Ong, Assistant Vice President of Entertainment & Events from Resorts World Genting said “I hope that everyone will have a very good time,” says Ong. “We have spared no expense in recreating and replicating the world of the blockbuster film Train To Busan. It is truly a unique set-up and we hope our guests will love the experience. This Horror House is part of our drive to continue innovating and consistently introducing new and unique experiences found nowhere else in the world but at Resorts World Genting. The Train to Busan railway office is now open. I have my ticket, and I hope you do too. Please come aboard and let Resorts World Genting take you on a thrilling ride.”  The creator of the horror experience Jed Mok, Chief Executive Officer of VividThree said “We asked ourselves: what we would do if we were one of those ordinary, everyday Koreans that somehow got caught up in a zombie apocalypse? What would have happened if we made a different choice in those scenarios, compared to what was done by the movie’s char

Interview: Chef Tetsuya – Stalwart of Japanese Dining in KL
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Interview: Chef Tetsuya – Stalwart of Japanese Dining in KL

Why did you decide to become a chef and what inspires you? I was inspired by a good friend who worked in a restaurant and I decided I wanted to follow in his footsteps. My favourite aspects of the job include speaking to guests and telling them about our special menus and educating them about Japanese cuisine. I also really enjoy seeing how the kitchen staff improve and learn about how authentic Japanese food is prepared. How did you end up working in Malaysia and what are your thoughts on Malaysian diners in general? For example: are they knowledgeable about Japanese cuisine and have their tastes changed over the years? I came to Malaysia 20 years ago to set up Zimpangu at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur. This was an exciting opportunity as I had always been interested to work outside Japan. In the beginning, it was quite difficult to educate Malaysian diners about authentic Japanese cuisine as there were limited Japanese restaurants in the Klang Valley and less exposure. These days Malaysian diners are more adventurous and willing to try new dishes, and there are so many more Japanese dining options available. What do you enjoy most about your being a chef? My favourite part of being a chef is being part of the process of preserving the authenticity of the cooking, and trying new ways of improving flavours, recipes and types of cooking. By doing this, I help ensure that the new generation of diners are well versed on how and what to eat. What would you suggest diners order a

Rooftop bars in Malaysia
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Rooftop bars in Malaysia

Raise a toast during your holiday at these rooftop bars around Malaysia.

What’s on this week in KL

Madagascar The Musical
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Madagascar The Musical

Grab your tickets now for the highly anticipated stage version of Madagascar, which will be performed at the Plenary Hall of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Everyone’s favourite zoo animals – Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman – escape and embark on their fantastic adventure to Madagascar. King Julien awaits and it’s all about singing, dancing and big laughs. This is a show the whole family will love! Tickets from RM98 – RM498.

One: Mark of Greatness
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One: Mark of Greatness

The Axiata Arena plays host to an evening of world-class kickboxing action where two new world champions will be crowned. In the main event, world champion Muay Thai exponent Sam-A Gaiyanghadao from Thailand will take on world champion kickboxer Wang Junguang from China for the inaugural ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Championship. There will be a total of 13 fights from prelims through to the main card featuring famous Malaysian and international martial artists. Ticket prices start at RM30.

Yung Bae presented by Collective Minds x Kyo KL
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Yung Bae presented by Collective Minds x Kyo KL

Yung Bae, a future funk producer from Portland, Oregon, is headed to Kyo KL for a night of the grooviest funk, R&B, soul and Japanese city pop. This unique mix of genres will keep you on the dancefloor all night and his shows are famed for being really good fun. Yung Bae has also remixed with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Method Man. Advance tickets are available now at RM78.

Ultimate Music Crawl with the klpac Symphonic Band
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Ultimate Music Crawl with the klpac Symphonic Band

Celebrate with klpac’s Symphonic Band as they commemorate their 10th year with two performances showcasing their most memorable hits. The Ultimate Music Crawl will feature tunes from the 2015 concert ‘Godzilla Eats Las Vegas @ klpac… burp’, ‘A Halloween Ghost Story’ and ‘Wind of Provence’ from the famous anime film ‘Hibike! Euphonium’. Tickets are priced at RM45 with a special buy 3 free 1 promotion.

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New restaurants and bars in KL

Marimbar
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Marimbar

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.

Nizza
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Nizza

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. 

BlackByrd
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BlackByrd

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.

La Moon
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La Moon

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. 

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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