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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.
Tut's Egyptian Eatery
Traditional Egyptian food gets a modern update at Tut’s Egyptian Eatery, a casual dining restaurant that was founded by Egyptian brothers-in-law Mohamed Zein and Mohamed Tarek Diab as a way to introduce Malaysians to their native cuisine. The dishes here span from time-honoured favourites like the Egyptian kofta meat balls, om ali bread pudding and Molokhia minced leaf stew to contemporary dishes like roast chicken, herbal hot plate chicken with baked rice and crispy fried chicken. For those new to Egyptian cuisine, they recommend starting with the molokhia minced leaf stew, which is made by mincing molokhia leaves – a vegetable native to the Middle East that looks like mint and tastes similar to spinach – that are then cooked with butter, garlic and spices like coriander, cumin and black pepper to create a rich, unctuous soup that was once served to Egyptian royalty. As for the mains, the roast chicken dish with spicy sauce comes complete with a side dish that you can pick from a selection that includes fries, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and spiced rice, while the hawaoshi baked meat foldover is an Egyptian favourite comprising seasoned beef or lamb that is stuffed into a baked baladi bread (an Egyptian flatbread made with wheat flour). The dessert selection includes the om ali bread pudding – whose history stretches back to the 12th century – which is given a Malaysian twist with Sangkaya coconut ice cream and gula Melaka.
Mr Chew's Chino Latino Bar
Mr Chew’s Chino Latino 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, this former duplex penthouse has been transformed into an inspired space for food, cocktails and of course, Instagram. The overall aesthetic is very eclectic; it’s like a Manhattan loft meets 1920s Shanghai jazz era with a bit of Art Deco thrown in, while a towering hand-painted mural behind the bar – a humourous interpretation of the iconic portrait of Empress Dowager Cixi – presides over the main dining hall. In terms of vibe and food direction, Mr Chew’s feels like an evolution of Fuego. The fun, carefree spirit of its sister Latin American-inspired restaurant and bar over at The Troika is strong here. The menu, however, is largely Asian with just a sprinkling of Latin American influences by way of ingredients such as avocado or food such as tacos. Perhaps more than Fuego, the team, helmed by Executive Chef James Thong and Chef Ivan Ong, takes more creative liberties here: The food is bold and punchy in flavours, but also very cheeky. It’s evident that both the menu and the decor share a sense of playfulness; it’s rare to see such cohesion in a restaurant. On the menu, you’ll find salads and tapas, buns and dumplings, fried snacks and of course, bigger main courses. The best thing to do is to order for sharing. You’ll be glad to know that you can now have yee sang at anytime of the year,
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