The best grilled cheese sandwiches in KL
The best thing since sliced bread? It’s sliced bread buttered, grilled or toasted, and filled with melted cheese. So go #treatyoself to this comfort food – here are our picks of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in KL. Oh, we’ve also included the French variation – the croque monsieur – in this list.
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From the outside, Tujoh gives off the impression of a small quaint café, but pull the door open and you’ll be greeted by black-and-white wall murals of pop icons, old television sets, bright posters of motorsport racing as well as plenty of tables and chairs. In addition to all that, what brings the crowds here is the leafy courtyard with rays of light streaming in from the skylight (prepare to up your Instagram game). Go for the all-day brunches such as Moroccan baked eggs and the Full Aussie if you’re in the mood for the usual late breakfast suspects, or get the wild mushroom and vegetable ragout bowl to tide you over while you decide on your main meal. The creamy and slightly spicy soft-shell crab fettuccine or the Wafu Hambagu – a chicken patty stuffed with an egg yolk, topped with garlic mashed potatoes and drizzled with sweet shoyu – should fill you up. End your meal with a hojicha latte and a slice of cake (ask the friendly staff for the day’s selections or check the cake display at the front).
The Embassy Cafe
The Embassy café in The Starling is a clean, brightly lit space with plenty of natural sunlight streaming in during the day. With a nature-themed decor that includes murals of palm trees and animals on the walls plus a scattering of ornamental plants, The Embassy offers a laidback spot to while away an afternoon. There’s also an alfresco area with a view of the surrounding Uptown area. On the menu you can find a mix of pork-free Western and Eastern cuisines, along with coffee and cakes. For starters, the Spicy Sausage Ikan Bilis offers a spicy kick while the Nordic salad will appeal to clean-eating diners with its mix of seasonal greens, crispy soft-shell crab and spicy dressing. The mains are more substantial: try the Rack’O Lamb (grilled lamb cutlets on a bed of garlic butter mash with a side of honey-glazed baby carrots and mint sauce), or if you prefer Asian flavours, get the Embassy Nasi Istimewa – fried rice with anchovies, tempeh, mango kerabu and aromatic ayam pindang. Another highlight on the menu is The Ambassador burger: a thick chargrilled beef patty topped with a sunny-side up and beef bacon strips. To end your meal, go for the gula Melaka cake, the cendol cake, or the café’s signature Sago Kg Melaka – cubes of sago and diced fruits drenched in gula Melaka and santan. Otherwise, try the Café Borgia, a sweet, bitter and tangy hot drink made with espresso and chocolate, topped with whipped cream and lime zest.
One Half x Ilaika
Remember the commendable pop-up coffee bar at Brats last year? Founded by Adly Azmy and Keith Koay (one of the top baristas in Malaysia), One Half have since opened two new offshoots after ending their run at Brats: one at Random Food Store in Damansara Uptown, and the other at Taman Paramount’s Ilaika multi-label store, just a few doors up from Brats. The coffee bar is hidden at the back of the store; the space is minimalist and small, with just a few cosy seats. But we suggest you grab a seat out front, where a few tables have been set up among the potted plants. It’s a very pretty spot. Drink-wise, you can always count on their filter or pour-over coffee, which uses a selection of single origin beans that changes periodically. There are also espresso-based coffee such as long black, latte and cappuccino, as well as a small selection of tea and iced drinks. If you’re feeling peckish, check out the display of cakes from local bakers.
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.
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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
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.
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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.
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