Restaurants & Cafés

The best restaurants and cafés in Kuala Lumpur, including restaurant reviews, new restaurants and editors' picks

Guide to durian
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Guide to durian

We get the experts’ opinions on what to expect for this year’s durian season and how to pick the best fruits.

The best poké bowls in KL
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The best poké bowls in KL

From Fin's hefty servings of fresh fish, Rubberduck's ponzu-drenched bowls to Paperfish's vegetarian version heaped with avocado, here's where to get your fill of poké bowls in KL.

Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2017
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Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2017

Now you can start nominating for Kuala Lumpur's biggest independent Food & Drink Awards

New restaurants, cafés and bars in KL to try this month
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New restaurants, cafés and bars in KL to try this month

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.

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Table & Apron
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Table & Apron

Table & Apron – formerly The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Bakery – doesn’t exist to disrupt the scene. From the outside, it barely stretches the boundaries of what is an already saturated restaurant-cum-bakery scene. But none of it matters. Because right from its birth in 2014, Table & Apron has proven to be a restaurant that has in spades a component so elementary yet so rare – heart. Through hard work, dedication and all the boring old-fashioned virtues of an honest operation, owner Marcus Low and his team have carved for us a little treasure in Damansara Kim. (Credit must also be given to former co-owner Mei Wan Tan.) The narcissism you’ll find in so many KL restaurants is refreshingly stripped off here; there’s no time and place for vanity if the team is worrying about what’s going on your plate. If it’s all sounding a bit ingenuous to you, therein lies the restaurant’s charm. Of course, a large part of the restaurant’s ‘soul’ is owing to the service led by one gracious Nelaton Ong. Even at peak brunch hour on a Saturday, the floor staff are efficient, attentive and willing to provide customised service whether in the form of a complimentary cookie for your restless kid or an informed recommendation for your diet-restricted friend. There’s a sense that they actually want to take care of you. There are signatures that have stood the test of time, cementing their place on the menu. If you’ve been even once to Table & Apron, you would have tried the fried chicken (RM23) who

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Kayra
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Kayra

If your ideas about coconut have been limited to santan and gula Melaka, Kayra is the lesson that will change everything you know about the humble fruit. At TTDI’s bearer of Keralan cuisine, coconut is put on a pedestal, bestowed a gold crown, and praised with kind words no matter the form or colour it takes. All good meals here should begin with the Kerala Cooler (RM12), a milkshake-like beverage with a base of coconut milk, laced with brown sugar and cardamom. The Spiced Konju (RM18), tiger prawns marinated with crushed fennel and coriander seeds and grilled to a char, should follow closely. You will suck on the prawn head until the juices run out, you will chew on the fractured seeds that graze the sweet flesh, and you will reach for raw red onion to soothe the palate. It’ll be one of the best things you eat in any Indian restaurant in the city. The clear fish soup with pumpkin, tapioca and raw banana (RM12) is less rousing in comparison but is indicative of a clean, sparkling fish stock. Because of Kerala’s coastal setting, seafood is heavily featured in its cuisine, so I’d suggest focusing on prawn and fish over chicken or mutton. You won’t miss the meat when fronted with the Kerala fish curry (RM30), hunks of tenggiri carefully folded into a smooth, coconut milk-tinged gravy. 'Coconut is the true celebrant here' In a similar vein is the Chemeen Mangga (RM32), a curry with coconut-marinated prawns and raw mango slices. It’s creamy once again, and a dream when s

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Uroko Japanese Cuisine
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Uroko Japanese Cuisine

Uroko has a bit of everything. It’s a party box of choices – nigiri and maki rolls, sashimi platters, noodles, tempura, yakitori, nabe and donburi, all packed into a massive hardbound menu that requires ample table space to flip through and about 15 minutes to grasp from cover to cover. So far, it’s not unlike Sushi Zanmai, but an affluent man’s version, if you will. Commonly, a large menu can come across as unfocused or lacking of speciality dishes, but Uroko turns out to be an exception. Case in point: the salmon ball salad (RM22). Salmon sashimi slices finished with salmon roe are draped around a zesty, crunchy mound of watercress. It’s all the things a salad wants to be – bright, sprightly and textural. Many of the entries at Uroko are similarly exciting and sometimes, original. While it may be tempting to opt for a sushi moriawase, it’s far more rewarding to try the more out-of-the-box rolls swathed in flavoured mayo, roe and badassery. For instance, the Uroko Maki (RM38) is a glitzy display of salmon, crab sticks, avocado, mentaiko and caviar – it’s about as much as fun as you can have in Seksyen 17. Look out for the page in the menu titled ‘Chef’s Specialities’ where most of the restaurant’s playful items reside. As its name suggests, the baked oyster with cod roe and cheese (RM12) does no wrong. The prawn stick (RM24) – marked as a recommended dish – is skewered prawns slathered in a mysterious creamy, enigmatic garlic sauce and liberally topped with cod roe. The p

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French Feast
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French Feast

I suppose when it comes down to it, we all want to eat nice food in nice places that don’t cost the moon. Sure, we have French restaurants in KL where caramel is served upright in tangled webs; restaurants where the silverware is as shiny as the right side up of tinfoil; and of course, those that bestow themselves upon celebrities and socialites. But oftentimes, we don’t want the theatrics; we just want good, honest food in generous portions. We want thick hunks of bread to tear alongside juicy slabs of meat. We want to laugh until red wine squirts out our noses. Well, you get what I mean. And this is where French Feast comes in, like the bumbling, doting grandmother KL never had. Run by Jean-Michel Fraisse, formerly of La Vie En Rose, this restaurant is a celebration of all things tried-and-tested in French cuisine. Think Troyes tripe sausages with onions and mustard, braised rabbit with white wine and sautéed potatoes, and country-style terrines with onion jam and pickles. It’s a vintage French cookbook come to life, and frankly, it’s a hoot. Because I’m feeling a bit ’80s, I start with the French onion soup (RM28). And it’s just what the doctor ordered, if the doctor was Julia Child on a crackly television box set. The broth is not overly sweet or jammy, and the Comté cheese topping on the bread becomes sticky and chewy when pushed down into the soup. The next thing I order is irrespective of the chef’s skills because it comes straight from a can – ‘vintage’ mackerel c

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Café Atas 59
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Café Atas 59

What was previously Lorem Ipsum is now Café Atas59. The name change comes with a change in management; but fret not, many of the things we loved about Lorem Ipsum is retained – like the good coffee, art jam sessions and chilled-out vibe. For those unaware of Lorem Ipsum’s existence previously, the space is hidden above Drs. Chai & Partners Dental Surgeons along Jalan Bangkung. Finding it can be tough as there’s no signboard pointing to the café; instead, just look for a canvas painting of a person’s arm holding a cup of coffee leaning against the entrance of the staircase. Café Atas59 ticks all the boxes when it comes to the typical hipster café design – high exposed ceilings, and bare concrete floor and walls. (Despite that, Café Atas59 manages to pull it off without coming across as pretentious or unoriginal.) Canvas paintings by art jam participants give the place pops of colours, and the airiness and spaciousness make the café an ideal place to work. Aside from the usual coffee options, Café Atas59 also offers a range of imported craft beers. At the time of writing craft beers such as Hawkers Pale Ale and Two Birds Golden Ale were available, but the guys behind the café plan to change the selection regularly. Food-wise, there are decent choices for pastries and cakes; go for the baked cheese cake or key lime tart if you’re in the mood for dessert. Apart from that, the menu also includes all-day breakfasts, sandwiches and dessert pancakes. If you want to explore your a

Mitsuyado Seimen
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Mitsuyado Seimen

After establishing itself as a tsukemen specialist with 18 branches in Japan and three in the Philippines, Mitsuyado Seimen has now arrived on our shores – its latest outlet in The Starling promises to bring authentic tsukemen to Malaysia. Located on the second floor, Mitsuyado boasts the artistic touch of Japanese interior designer Takahiro Todoroki and his signature use of warm colour palettes. There’s a long table at the centre of the restaurant which is perfect for family gatherings and team lunches, and just above that is Mitsuyado’s centerpiece, a grand chandelier made with bamboo from Japan. At the front of the restaurant is a dedicated room where workers make the wheat noodles fresh on a daily basis, fronted by a large window to allow you to watch them. Mitsuyado use their own brand of imported flour from Japan, ensuring consistency and quality in every batch of noodles. Mitsuyado’s specialty is tsukemen – thick house-made wheat noodles served with a separate bowl of broth with kamaboko and pickle slices. Here, you get to choose from four flavours of broth – yuzu, tantan sesame, spicy karashi and chicken. Unlike regular ramen, tsukemen is best enjoyed by dipping and swirling your choice of cold or hot dry noodles into the broth as opposed to having all components already mixed into a bowl. The recommended combination is to get cold noodles with hot broth; the texture of the cold noodles is a lot chewier and it helps cut the saltiness and richness of the soup. Becaus

Black Ink No 6
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Black Ink No 6

Located on the corner of the Jalan Liew Weng Chee and Jalan Yap Kwan Seng intersection, this cosy café offers some respite from the hectic traffic and noise of the city centre. The decor is clean and easy on the eyes, and the cosy atmosphere is punctuated by warm lighting from hanging light bulbs. There’s a skylight just above the cashier which allows natural light to come in brighten the dining room; and on one of the walls, you’ll find a mural of an illustrated step-by-step process of how coffee is produced. Much like the café’s décor, the food options here are simple – four brunch items and four rice bowl dishes. For brunch, go for the breakfast sandwich – bacon, sautéed mushrooms, vinaigrette salad and a sunny-side-up egg on a bed of mashed guacamole and cheese, served on a slice of toasted country loaf. For something to appease the Asian palate, grab yourself the Yum Yum Bowl which is essentially a rice bowl dish served with sliced rib-eye steak, an onsen egg, pickled cucumbers and radish dressed with a tomato-based Yum Yum sauce. To take note: If you come in a group, your food may take a while to arrive since there’s only one person manning the kitchen; so while you wait, there’s that cool mural to keep you entertained. Over on the drinks menu, you get a standard selection of coffees as expected of a café, but it’s the specialty drinks that steal the show. Their signature Volcano drink is a standout – cold latte topped with loads of heavy cream and chocolate shavings

Gürumę Coffee
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Gürumę Coffee

Gürumę Coffee is out to prove that good coffee doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming affairs. Located in Mont Kiara, the coffee joint features a simple and functional interior with limited seating – rest assured you won’t find a crowd of WiFi hoarders here – while the colourful manga-inspired designs on their cups reflect their ambition of making gourmet coffee approachable, fun and quick. The coffee is made from a house blend of medium-roasted beans sourced from South America, Sumatra and Ethiopia to create a balanced cup of coffee that’s neither bitter nor too light. Coffees are reasonably priced, starting from RM4.90 for an espresso, RM6.90 for a long black and RM7.90 for a latte, with the latter two served in an 8oz cup. For those who fancy a more delicate brew, cold brews are also available at RM9 a bottle and RM15 for two. Aside from coffee, the store also has a small selection of house-made Danishes, cookies and muffins that are priced at a fraction of what you’ll find at coffee chain stores.

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Bakar
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Bakar

Guys, let’s all calm down about the ‘grill-concept’ trend. Grilling as a cooking method is at least 300,000 years old, and these days, there’s nothing novel about a restaurant that cooks food directly over a source of heat. Fortunately, Bakar’s affiliation with charcoal fire is far from opportunistic – spend one night here and it’s easy to see that boundaries are meddled with, for KL standards at least. Trust The BIG Group in all manner of aesthetic; every detail is measured to enhance the experience, from the white marble tiling, to the matchbox mural, to the open kitchen – it’s stylish, but not outwardly so. And when I ask for recommendations, the waiters are kind and welcoming, a true refresher in Bangsar. I start with the barbecue classic – grilled watermelon. It comes in a salad with strawberry, pomegranate, chilli, radish, cucumber and coriander. Objectively, the flavours sound threatening, but when eaten together in one forkful, they open up well. The juiciness of the fruit against the sharpness of coriander, the surprise crunch of the cucumber, the mild nuttiness of sesame seeds – it’s like playing many rounds on a coin-operated claw crane, and getting a different soft toy at every attempt. The second starter of parcelled clam bake is more predictable, but still very, very good. The flavours – lemongrass, chilli, pandan – can easily be found in any Asian- Western mash-up, but at Bakar, Chef Keith Choong extrudes the most out of each ingredient. The broth in which t

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Cantaloupe
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Cantaloupe

Try the deftly-prepared foie gras satay at one of KL’s most stunning restaurants.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Fuego
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Fuego

The city view may be stunning, but it's the modern approach to grill and the inventive cocktails that make this restaurant and bar one of the best in the city.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Mercat
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Mercat

This Catalan gastrobar in Bangsar is one of the area’s more stylish for a quick dash to Europe. Chef David Caral, formerly of Circus, has concocted a menu rarely seen in the city – Iberico ham croquettes, salmorejo (chilled tomato puree), rice cooked with squid ink and a fun take on patatas bravas are only a few of the tapas-sized plates on offer. When in doubt, definitely try the cold eggplant puree with pine nuts and honey; but when in a crisis, the Iberico pork ribs with roasted peppers are a must.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The best cafés in KL
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The best cafés in KL

You’ve got to admit that a trip to a good café sets you in a cheery mood – the sun-soaked space, glorious sunny side ups and that tingling dose of caffeine. The Time Out KL team maps out the best cafés for every occasion, from Instagram eye candies to the brunch of champions.

The best chai lattes in KL
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The best chai lattes in KL

Gaining precious real estate space on KL café menus is the chai latte, an updated version of the masala chai available on the streets of India and in most Indian restaurants around town. Instead of espresso, the chai latte is made with frothed milk and concentrated spiced tea. The next time you crave chai, here’s where to go.

The best teahouses in KL
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The best teahouses in KL

Fancy a spot of tea? Whether you're looking for traditional Chinese tea over dim sum or prefer to take the English route with scones and clotted cream, head to these recommended teahouses in KL. 

The best restaurants and cafés in KL
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The best restaurants and cafés in KL

The Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food 40 is our monthly, definitive guide for where to eat in the Klang Valley. Establishments will only appear in this list if they offer cuisine of a very high standard that is truly unique and worthy of your custom. No entry into the Food 40 has provided any Time Out team member with a free meal or other incentive – although plenty have tried! All have been chosen honestly, anonymously and after a great deal of deliberation by our team of expert food critics.

The best restaurants in KL for healthy eating
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The best restaurants in KL for healthy eating

Get in on the healthy food movement and start eating clean at these top restaurants for healthy eats in KL. We've also included a quick guide to meal portions and healthy-eating alternatives as recommended by some of the individuals behind these eateries. RECOMMENDED: Guide to eating clean

The best banana leaf restaurants in KL
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The 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.

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