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If you’ve always wondered what the Danish word ‘hygge’ means, you’ll get a sense of it at this cool new coffee shop which bills itself as ‘a little Scandinavia in Mont Kiara’. ‘Hygge’ is one of Oxford’s shortlisted words of 2016; it’s hard to pronounce (try ‘hooga’) and even harder to explain, but it roughly refers to a way of life that’s about simplicity, unwinding and slowing down to enjoy life. As with anything Scandinavian, you can expect a clean, minimal space – unfussed and uncluttered – with sunlight streaming in, and cosy corners filled with couches and (modern) Nordic print throw pillows. There’s an air of peace and easiness here that make for a quiet respite from the city; this is a space made for lingering. The menu is small at the moment, limited to pastries, scrambled eggs and sandwiches (there are plans to expand soon). For drinks, there’s your standard espresso-based coffee (with beans from local roaster Sprezzatura), matcha latte and Gryphon tea – all served in blue and white patterned Royal Copenhagen cups and mugs, which are a thing of beauty.
Burger & Lobster
The new SkyAvenue mall in Genting is now home to the famed London-based Burger & Lobster (this outlet is the chain’s first in Southeast Asia). As you enter the place, you’ll see a number of aquariums housing the lobsters. The lighting may be a bit dim, but the atmosphere is lively with upbeat music, clanging utensils and the sound of cracking lobster shells. Inside, there’s a wall decorated with lobster traps that gives the place character. Food-wise, the menu is pretty straightforward with three options each for burgers, lobsters and lobster rolls. For burgers, go for the ‘B&L Burger’ – lobster bits, Australian beef, onions, lettuce, tomato, cheese in a sesame charcoal brioche bun served with salad and fries on the side. If you want something a little lighter, try the ‘Seven Samurai’ lobster roll; it’s shredded steamed lobster doused in a special seven-spice sauce and served in between sliced brioche bun that has been toasted in butter. If you’re here for the lobster though, you have the option of having them steamed or grilled, and they come with a side of salad, fries and lemon garlic butter sauce. One of the options for lobster is unique to this particular outlet – the ‘Chilli Lobster’. This dish, inspired by the Singaporean chilli crab, is lobster served in thick sweet-and-spicy chilli and tomato sauce accompanied by butter-toasted brioche buns to scoop up the sauce. The drinks menu boasts a wide selection of beer, wine, cocktails, mocktails and more. One of their sig
Meat the Porkers
Indian food and pork may sound like a bizarre concept together, but Meat The Porkers, the bold new restaurant by the people behind the hugely successful Fierce Curry House, managed to marry these two disparate culinary worlds into one delicious menu. This concept of porky Indian food could very well be the first in Malaysia, if not in Asia. Instead creating wild new ‘fusion’ dishes, what Meat the Porkers has so cleverly done is to take the classic Indian dishes and flavours that we all know so well and love, and incorporate pork into them while adding in a little twist for surprise. Case in point: the tandoori pork ribs. Pork, being a heavier and oilier meat than chicken, remains distinctly flavourful, which add on beautifully to the punchy flavours of turmeric and paprika in the tandoori marinade. Here you’re given three condiments: the usual mint sauce, the house tamarind barbecue sauce to add tang and sweetness, and pol sambol for bite. (Pol sambol is a traditional Sri Lankan condiment made with shredded coconut, but at Meat the Porkers, it’s mixed with lime and chilli powder.) Even the crowd-pleasing biryani is given a porky makeover, and this time with siew yuk (roast pork belly). While the use of spice in the rice completely overwhelms the pork, it is the pork belly’s gelatinous fat and oiliness that really elevate the rice dish. Don’t forget to sprinkle on the pork crackling before you dig in. Other notable dishes include the bacon and cheese naan (made with two dif
Taking over the space that was formerly The Apartment at KLCC, Duddha serves up modern interpretations of Southeast Asian dishes. Chef Jet Lo helms the kitchen, and he’s no stranger to this type of cuisine – the Sabahan chef was previously with the popular modern Asian eatery Ding Dong in Singapore's Chinatown. Duddha is a character conceptualised by the restaurant, and her likeness – styled in Roy Lichtenstein-inspired comic book pop art illustrations – decorates the walls of the restaurant. The decor is kept very modern with subtle Asian touches, like mahjong tiles at the bar counter. The menu is an experimental one with dishes like wagyu beef tartare with watermelon, pickled cucumber and shallots, and served with papadum; and sous vide duck curry with passion fruit, raw cauliflower and cherry tomatoes. It doesn’t stop at starters and mains; the experimentation goes on to the dessert menu as well with the upside down onde-onde with sambal, and cempedak brownie with sour cream. Once you’re done with dinner, order a cocktail. They’re all Asian-inspired – ‘Sour-nya’ is a concoction of gin, turmeric, yuzu and calamansi juice; and ‘Ice, Ice, Melon’ is tequila, rock melon, coconut and crispy sago.
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