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10 things to do in KL this week
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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.

Best bingsu and kakigōri in KL
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Best bingsu and kakigōri in KL

Shaved ice desserts can be the relief for any hot day. Discover the many varieties that KL cafés have to offer – there are your typical green tea, red bean and injeolmi flavours, but also more creative (and sometimes bizarre) creations.

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.

May issue of Time Out KL: Best fried chicken + monster burgers + more #foodporn
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May issue of Time Out KL: Best fried chicken + monster burgers + more #foodporn

Warning: Our May issue will trigger some serious food cravings. This issue is all about the decadent food everyone loves. So for this month at least, let us forget about calories and just enjoy eating. Few things are as addictive as fried chicken. You want the crispy skin, the juicy flesh, and in the case of Korean fried chicken, that sweet and spicy sauce that sticks to your fingers. After rounds of eating, we have compiled ten of the city’s best fried chicken. Now get ready to lick your fingers. Our burgers have certainly grown in size. No longer content with just buns and patties, the monster burgers these days come with unusual ingredients (in a burger at least) such as pisang goreng, peanut butter, mac and cheese, and even two whole chicken chops. Then again, that’s how we like our street burgers: sloppy and messy. A fan of the versatile meat that is pork? This feature lists some of the city’s best pork restaurants, from tonkatsu to barbecue ribs, and even a porky Indian restaurant. To round off our food-heavy issue, we went looking for the best Japanese kakigōri and Korean bingsu. These shaved ice desserts are the perfect treats to cool you down in our hot weather. And if you’ve always been curious about saké, we have a guide for you, too. Can’t find that cult lipstick in KL? Fret not; just check our list of top online beauty stores for all your cosmetic and skincare needs. We also spoke to acclaimed director Saw Teong Hin on his Penang Hokkien feature

What’s on this week in KL

Betrayal

Betrayal

After 50 years in the performing arts industry, director Joe Hasham is attempting an ambitious take on Harold Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’. He will be directing the play in English and Malay as two separate shows, which will be performed on alternate nights by the same cast. The play is about a married couple, Robert and Emma, and her affair with Robert’s best friend Jerry. This adaptation seeks to dissect our preconceived notions of love, loyalty and betrayal.

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Astro A-list presents...
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Astro A-list presents...

Together with Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia, Astro A-list presents Japanese jidaigeki comedy film 'Samurai Hustle'. Set during the reign of the eighth shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, Masaatsu Naito is summoned to perform a custom that requires the daimyo, a powerful Japanese feudal lord to visit the shogun in Edo. However, the time needed for the visit is eight days, and he also learns that the daimyo wants the gold mine in the Yunagaya domain.

Eric Chou live in Malaysia

Eric Chou live in Malaysia

Taiwanese singer Eric Chou will be making his way to our shores for his ‘This is Love’ tour. Dubbed by the Taiwanese media ‘king of lovelorn people’, this 21-year-old heartthrob is known for his powerful ballads ‘How Have You Been’ and ‘Let’s Not Be Friends in The Future’. Also making an appearance is Mandopop singer Tai Ai Ling. The concert will be taking place in Resorts World Genting’s Arena of Stars.

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Kaamatan-Gawai Festival
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Kaamatan-Gawai Festival

Celebrate the harvest festivals of East Malaysia – Pesta Kaamatan and Hari Gawai right here in KL. The night features an all-Bornean line up with Leslie playing the Sape and DJ duo Renry Hollins and Ruud will be on the decks for the night. Most importantly, there’s plenty of tuak and tuak cocktails to go around for the night.

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New restaurants and bars in KL

Mr Chew's Chino Latino Bar
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Mr Chew's Chino Latino Bar

The restaurant and bar is brought to you by the same team behind Troika Sky Dining; so you know they’d have the styling here down pat. Located on the highest floor of the WOLO Hotel, the space has been transformed into an inspired venue for food, cocktails and of course, Instagram.

Oyster & Seafood Bar by Mercato
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Oyster & Seafood Bar by Mercato

The double-height ceiling and the street-facing glass wall give this oyster and seafood bar a sense of airiness. The bar serves oysters from various regions in France, including Cancale, Tatihou, Marenne-Oleron and more, and you have a choice of either three, six or 12 pieces per serving. They are served raw with lemon wedges, diced shallots and Tabasco sauce on the side. Otherwise, you can also opt for the oyster shooter or baked oyster. However, you’re not just limited to oysters as the bar also offers the same menu as the adjacent Mercato Café. This means you can order tapas, soups, salads, pastas, burgers, sandwiches and even bigger mains such as tuna steak, slow-roasted lamb, pan-grilled seafood platter and more. Pair your meal with a craft beer from either Australia (Holgate or Gage Roads brewery) or Ireland (McGargles brewery), and finish off with a cup of coffee.

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Mercato Café
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Mercato Café

Located one floor above the Mercato supermarket in Pavilion KL, the Mercato Café is cool and bright, thanks to the street-fronting glass wall that opens out to Jalan Raja Chulan. It’s a place that’s made for lingering, evident from the ample sofas and couches around. Mercato Café touts that it has the first ever Belgian hot chocolate fountain in Malaysia, featuring all three common chocolate denominations – dark, milk and white. Aside from the core offerings of coffee, juices, pastries and bingsu, the café shares the same menu with the adjacent seafood and oyster bar – and it’s an extensive one. There’s a small selection of breakfast items, tapas and soups, as well as your usual café fare of salads, pastas, burgers and sandwiches. For something more filling, the main dishes include tuna steak, slow-roasted lamb with rosemary, pan-grilled seafood platter, roasted chicken, and more. You’ll be pleased to know you can also enjoy craft beers here at the café; your options are Australian labels Holgate and Gage Roads as well as McGargles from Ireland.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Makirito
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Makirito

Previously a pop-up joint offering buritto versions of a maki, Makirito now has a permanent outlet in APW. Operating from a cosy space above 52 Barbers, Makirito is primarily a grab-and-go eatery that offers six-inch long maki burritos.

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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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