We’ve been scouting out the city’s newest restaurants, cafés and bars to bring you this ultimate list. Change up your dining routine this month with these recent entries. Let the Instagramming begin.
Château DeCanter offers plenty of breathing space – plush leather chairs, three private rooms and an airy smoking area cater to a wide range of drinkers looking for a place to lounge about. Both Old and New World wines are well represented, but it’s really the selection of Old World wines that catches our eye.
Dry-aged steak is a serious matter here, with a carefully curated selection from Argentinian chef Ramiro Moya that includes Spain's Rubia Gallega (Vantador’s pride and joy), Margaret River Wagyu, Tasmanian Angus and Victoria Hereford. Best to beef up on your dry-aged steak knowledge before you make your way to Vantador for a better appreciation of your meal.
Brasserie Fritz draws you away from the daily grind of Jalan Bukit Bintang to a fashionable Parisian street: freshly baked croissants, kouign-amanns and pain au chocolats greet you from as early as 7am, while a waiter in a creaseless white shirt and clipped tie stands ready to explain the menu and plat du jour.
Telawi’s new kid on the block is a promising one. Opened by Jaslyn Rangson right next to her namesake bakery/café, this new patisserie/florist marks how far Bangsar’s favourite baker has come since Jaslyn Cakes opened in 2014. While the neighbouring cake shop exudes a homely vibe with a counter packed with honest-to-goodness cakes and pastries, Dew is shiny, elegant and pretty in more ways than one.
The Face Suites is not a place you think about for a fine dining experience – and up until December last year, you’d be right. Since then, Tangerine has changed itself from being the hotel’s all-day dining venue to a Euro-centric restaurant that aims to be in the company of Marini’s at 57 and Cantaloupe.
Taking over the space Mr Brooks used to occupy in Bangsar Shopping Centre is another 'speakeasy'-style cocktail bar opened by three friends, Daniel, Eugene and Wai Hung. To find the place, look for the pop-up barbershop by Othrs. Barbers on the third floor, and pull on the wall panel that's plastered with a Muhammad Ali poster.