Best sushi restaurants in KL
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Best hotel staycations in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor
Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway without travelling the extra mile? Here are some of the best staycation ideas for a nice quick holiday – all without leaving Kuala Lumpur (or Selangor). RECOMMENDED ⭐️ Best hotels in KL 🏙 Best boutique hotels in KL ❤️ Best things to do in KL
The best bars in KL for a drink
The Time Out KL Drink List is where we handpick the best places to drink in our city. These are the bars and joints that serve up some of the most creative cocktails, offer the most rare labels (whether wine or liquor), and have on tap craft beer from some of the world's best craft breweries. Whether you're looking for a quiet night out over wine with friends, or a cocktail party overlooking our city's iconic skyline, we've got just the place for you. Drank somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDrinkList. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars here.
31 best things to do in Kuala Lumpur
We’ll get the obvious out of the way first; if you like street food, you will fall deeply in love with Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian capital is a veritable foodie haven, with finger-licking magic waiting around every corner. Hungry visitors are in for a real treat.The best things to do in KL cover much more than marvellous morsels. There is history, culture, architecture and excitement here, with one of the best nightlife scenes in the region and lots of activities to boot. One of the coolest cities on the planet? There's absolutely no doubt about it. RECOMMENDED: 🍽 The best restaurants and cafés in KL🛏 The best boutique hotels in KL🌳 The best parks in KL🎸 The best live music venues in KL
The best cheap eats in Kuala Lumpur
Eating well doesn’t mean you have to pay more, especially if you're in a food-centric city like Kuala Lumpur. Wherever you may be in the city, at any time of the day, there's bound to be a hot dish waiting for you... under RM15. We’ve got you covered for the best cheap eats our city has to offer.
The best flower delivery services in KL
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The best cafés in Johor Bahru
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Designer looks for less than RM100
There’s no secret to becoming a successful secondhand shopper – but then again, I’m a seasoned hand. I’ve spent a lifetime shopping at undesirable, unexpected places, like bundle stores, pasar malams, and, um, Sungei Wang Plaza. No, it’s not just that it’s cheap; I like the character of vintage clothing, the details, the quality. Thrifting is a treasure hunt and a game of hits and misses; be prepared to spend hours shopping in a cramped, dusty space that smells like a basement, and by the end of it, still not find anything you want to take home. Be patient – that aged leather jacket, Kenzo T-shirt, or velvet button-up skirt is out there somewhere. Also, a good two-thirds of shops in Berjaya Times Square and Sungei Wang Plaza – as well as bundle shops and vintage stalls – have a strict no-trying policy. That, or the store simply doesn’t have a fitting room. I only have one word for you: alteration. If a dress works better as a top, cut it short. If a skirt’s too long, cut it short. Finally, to paraphrase Macklemore, cop it, please, please, please wash it, then go and get some compliments.
Best things to do in Melaka
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Best of Melaka: Cafés, restaurants and bars
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Chef Norikazu Shibata started his career at a sushi-ya in Tokyo about four decades ago. Today, he’s one of the best in the business, as evidenced by Sushi Kazu’s recognition as a Michelin-selected restaurant in Malaysia. His is the Edomae way: the centuries-old tradition of Tokyo-style aged sushi, often cured before serving. At Sushi Kazu, elegance is everywhere; cloud lanterns float overhead the restaurant’s signature curved counter, where guests are served sushi starring only the season’s finest on tableware sourced from Japan. Lunch omakase menus start from RM258. Dinner omakase menus start from RM488.
Behind a discreet wooden door at the ground floor of Four Seasons Place is one of the city’s best omakase restaurants. At Sushi Hibiki, all dim lighting and dark wood, the counter takes centrestage. That’s where you’d want to be seated to enjoy chef-owner Makoto Saito’s multi-course omakase, as he serves up masterfully-crafted sashimi and sushi nigiri. It might include ankimo, a delicacy of monkfish liver, known as the foie gras of the sea; hoshigarei, a rare catch of spotted hablibut considered the king of white fish; and the buttery-sweet uni — all expertly paired with saké from across Japan. From RM580.
Sushi Masa by Ishibashi
From The Curate Group behind such excellence as Sushi Ryu and Wagyu Kappo Yoshida, Sushi Masa by Ishibashi is an extension of Michelin-starred chef Masakazu Ishibashi’s Edomae-style sushi restaurant first set up in Tokyo’s exclusive Ginza district. Take a seat at the counter to marvel at the sushi master at work; it’s currently helmed by chef Yossy, who more than holds his own. He’ll start you off with appetizers of boiled soft octopus, crab croquette, and sweet potato, before running the rest of the show with sushi nigiri, which might feature kindemai, the sweet splendid alfonsino with lightly-seared skin; Japanese tiger prawn; and nodoguro, the rare blackthroat seaperch fish. To conclude the meal, tamago is served two ways (cake- and custard-style) and for dessert, finish with an ice cream or wagashi. Lunch omakase from RM488. Dinner omakase menus start from RM988.
Hoshun Sushi Kaiseki
Sushi is, well, you know what sushi is — while kaiseki is a centuries-old Japanese haute cuisine tradition. Hoshun offers an omakase experience that combines the two. At Hoshun, the degustation-style meal, meticulously prepared and artfully plated, more or less begin with starters, followed by a soup, sashimi, seasonal nigiri sushi, a couple of cooked or grilled dishes, a rice course and dessert — and depending on the menu, you can even opt to upgrade your main dish to more sushi. While you dine, note the artist Red Hong Yi’s feature piece of a long mountain range made from vegetable printing blocks. Lunch omakase menus start from RM380. Dinner omakase menus start from RM450.
Two things to note of importance: Ed.ju seats only ten, and serves aged — not fresh — fish. It’s a technique that chef-owner Eddie Ng has perfected with a variety of fat fish, aged anywhere between a week to two months. At the helm, he’s joined by chef Wataru Inoue, a Michelin-experienced sushi master whose 30-year career has spanned across Japan and other parts of Asia including Macau, Hong Kong and Thailand. The omakase experience blends tradition and innovation; think classic nigiri sushi alongside cooked fish, to beyond Edo-style offerings of crispy tempura. Lunch omakase menus start from RM290+. Dinner omakase menus start from RM380+.
Chef Hiroyuki Murakami, formerly of Tokyo’s Ginza Sushimasa, makes the most sublime small plates at The Linc’s Sushi Hara. The pursuit of perfection is relentless: from the freshest fish air-flown from Japan to its eventual setting on exquisite made-in-Japan tableware. For omakase, sashimi might include servings of akagai red clams, chutoro, and fugu pufferfish, while sushi could feature kuruma ebi or nodoguro, the rosy seabass. There’s also an a la carte menu, offering donburi (think Australian wagyu steak don and unagi don) and kaisendon, topped with assorted rich fish. To drink, there are over 30 sakés to choose from, plus Japanse whisky, wines, and tea. Lunch omakase menus start from RM168+. Dinner omakase menus start from RM428+.
The Michelin-selected Sushi Taka serves Edomae sushi at KL’s The St. Regis, where chef Daichi Yazawa works only with fresh wild-caught seafood air-flown directly from Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo. Settle in at the 300-year-old Hinoki wood counter seater to experience his 18-course omakase, which includes seasonal small plates of appetizers and sushi nigiri. Past standouts have profiled awabi served with a liver sauce; horsehair crab with tosazu jelly; and mozuku, a prized seaweed paired with ground ginger and tosazu vinegar. Don’t miss: the signature Taka Tamagoyaki. The humble tamagoyaki is elevated into a special treat here; it’s custard-like, not cake-y, with a melt-in-your-mouth texture, sweet from shiba ebi, eggs and honey. Lunch omakase menus start from RM600. Dinner omakase menus start from RM1000.
Sandwiched between an electronics store and a 7-Eleven in Sea Park, this unassuming (but so, so ambitious!) omakase eatery offers something a little different to the others. Helmed by head chef-owner Jack Weldie, Chipta11A is a curated dining restaurant with a convivial vibe. The “no-menu menu”, as the self-taught chef of Kadazan-Dusun descent calls it, is a culinary journey fusing Japanese-Malaysian ingredients and techniques. A Chipta11A one-of-a-kind creation is, for instance, the grilled aka ebi with kulim emulsion, mixed herbs and a belacan vinaigrette; kulim, a rare jungle fruit native to Malaysia, is used here for its earthy notes. These days, the nigiri courses may feature the fist-sized sea snails awabi; masaba and dry-aged tuna smoked with pine wood; and samurai oysters from Hokkaido. Expect the unexpected. Lunch omakase from RM280. Dinner omakase menus start from RM350.
Nasi Lemak Ujang Corner
If you ever find yourself hungry for nasi lemak in Bandar Baru Selayang or Gombak. Nasi lemak is done a little differently at Ujang Corner, self-styled ‘the best nasi lemak in town’: fragrant coconut rice is plated on a banana leaf with cucumber slices, half a boiled egg, and a scoop of sambal. But ikan bilis and peanuts are nowhere to be found, although Ujang Corner more than makes up for it with over a dozen lauk add-ons, from ayam masak merah, ikan keli berlada and the east coast specialty ikan tongkol berlada to rendang daging, rendang limpa, sambal sotong, and more. Prices are affordable: a plate of nasi lemak plus any of the above add-ons will set you back only RM7. If you opt for bergedil, and you should, that’s RM2 à la carte. Queues are long, but fast-moving.
Siti Li Dining
Chef Wan once declared that Siti Li Dining’s nasi lemak was exactly how he’d prepare it at home. If it’s good enough for Chef Wan, it’s more than good enough for us. In the upscale neighbourhood of Damansara Heights, chefs-proprietors Siti Kadir and Shareen Ramli celebrate classic Malay cuisine, no shortcuts: e.g. favouring the healthier Basmathi parboiled rice over other grains; roasting all spices in-house; using gula Melaka sourced from a Malay community in Batam (our local makers in Malacca don’t produce nearly enough for the restaurant’s needs) instead of white sugar for a smokier sambal ikan bilis. The nasi lemak, priced at RM20, is accompanied with sambal ikan bilis, telur kampung, sliced cucumbers, anchovies and roasted peanuts. Add on RM15 for ayam goreng, RM16 for ayam masak merah, or RM18 for rendang daging. It’s not the cheapest nasi lemak on our list, but surely, you can’t put a price tag on authenticity. This might surprise you: the nasi lemak isn’t even the best thing on the menu. Many diners consider Siti Li’s laksa johor to be the finest in the city.
Napa Thai Cuisine
Napa, the new kid on a block off Sri Hartamas, specialises in long-lost Thai delicacies but doesn’t skimp on all the more familiar flavours, either. Start with the yum cha om goong kai mod dang, a salad of ant eggs (!) and shrimp, served with crispy acacia in a spicy lime dressing. Some standouts include char-grilled Australian Angus beef strip loin with homemade panang curry; pan-fried squid egg with spicy coriander lime sauce and mint leaves; and slow-cooked marinated lamb shank in a sweet and sour sauce, all best paired with a frosty glass of Singha beer. If you’re in the mood for classics (but elevated), go for deep-fried stuffed chicken wings, Surat Thani crab fried rice, and end on a sweet note with a do-it-yourself dessert: crispy pancakes with egg yolk angel hair, Thai meringue, sesame and shredded savory coconut.
Gai by Darren Chin
Darren Chin is as much a culinary storyteller as he is a celebrated chef. At Gai, meaning chicken, his interpretation of Thai cuisine is a family affair; his Thai wife, Nana, and her parents, Papa Suwit and Mama Nuanta are the heart and soul of the restaurant. In a charming little space above Darren’s existing eatery Bref, his narration translates his in-laws’ homely Northern Thai recipes into contemporary, elevated dishes, such as Papa Suwit’s tom saeb oxtail stew; a sour-spicy broth with chillies, Chinese celery and fresh lime juice. Other recommended dishes include Mama Nuanta’s Thai green curry chicken; Lady Boss Nana’s signature tom yum seafood featuring Sabah river prawns, Hokkaido scallops, jumbo shrimp, fresh crab meat and baby cuttlefish; and Darren’s reimagining of Jay Fai’s crab omelette, featuring onzen ivory eggs with 150gms of chunky fresh crab meat, served with signature seafood nam jim dipping sauce.
Ten places to get last minute Christmas gifts
Time’s a-ticking, and it's mere days to Christmas. If you still haven't settled your festive shopping, here are ten places to run to for good last minute presents. Lifeshop Atelier A life without Lifeshop Atelier is no life at all. Expect to spot a variety of carefully curated, quirky furniture and décor, ranging from antique art pieces to chic vintage French round chairs, and clothing, confections, lighting, scents, and stationery. Sunday’s Sunday’s is stuffed with everything from ceramic cups, pillows, and toys, plus artwork prints, vintage knick knacks, and other home décor essentials. Nala Designs Photo: Ng Su Ann Even if it is a last minute gift, your giftee will be feeling the love for months to come with a present from Nala Designs. The handcrafted, locally-grown brand, which began as a salmagundi of stationery, has expanded to include accessories, books, clothing, home décor and homeware. Ben’s Independent Grocer The grocer is a great place to source (edible) presents for your foodie friend. Think balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and T2 teas. Pick up a bottle of wine on your way out. Kaison Malaysia The gift and home décor retailer delivers affordable, cute-sy home furnishings. Think of it as an atas Daiso. Come here for framed inspirational-type quotes and metal plates, mugs, mass-produced artwork and paintings, pillows, soft toys, stationery, wooden letter blocks, and home décor items. Ilaika Photo: Ng Su Ann Pick up something thoughtful from pur
Now Open: Isetan The Japan Store
The Malaysian embrace of Japan is nothing new. In a city and a country already well-versed with the culture, merits and imports of Japan, the launch and opening of Isetan The Japan Store at Lot 10 is the icing on the proverbial cake; it's the first of its kind in the world, aside from its smaller counterpart store within the Japan Cultural Institute in Paris, France. Isetan The Japan Store is a swanky specialty store, featuring 11,000 sq m spread over six floors of fashion, lifestyle and technological products from Japan, with more than 200 brands debuting outside of Japan for the first time. In concept, it differs from other departmental store as the products are coordinated and curated around the four pillars of the Japanese philosophy of aesthetics: iki (cool), miyabi (elegance), sen (sophistication) and so (pure). For the time being, only five floors are operating, with each floor designed with and dedicated to a single theme: The Market, The Museum, The Studio, The Room, and The Cube. The sixth and final floor, The Table (a premium dining floor featuring authentic Japanese cuisine), is set to open in Jan 2017. We break down every floor and its offerings below: Fresh produce and dine-in eating bars at The Market The Market Best for: Bites, Japanese sweets and seasonal groceries Dine and shop for seasonal groceries at The Market. The floor offers authentic Japanese food and flavours, as well as seasonal ingredients (seafood, sashimi, meat, vegetabl
Watch Jocelyn Stemilyn's new music video 'Pedicure'
‘I like to break myself,’ Jocelyn Stemilyn begins to sing, softly, ‘You probably didn’t know that’. The singer-songwriter works through several devastating themes on her latest single: love and loneliness; her exasperation, displayed front and centre; a pretty pedicure hiding her pain, like a too-wide smile stretched over sad lips. There’s a lot going on sonically; it’s a song that’s carefully, painstakingly crafted. The beats build up in the background: it grows into a full groove – the bass thumps, the synths twirl – but stutters and segues, and the last minute of the song sounds like a lullaby for the self. ‘It’s time to come clean that what we want is less than what we need.’ There’s an accompanying music video, too (frequent collaborator Dae Kim directs, with additional shots by hqa aka HAVERHUCK VHS), in which Jocelyn goes through the motions: posing for a family portrait; standing her ground as people, walking past, shove her aside; painting her nails. When Jocelyn tears down the wallpaper behind her, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' comes to mind – and we ask, at which point does the lady go insane? It doesn’t end well, but what’s ‘well’, anyway? For more, visit www.facebook.com/jocelynstemilynmusic.
City stories: Nasib Lemak at Appu Uncle Curry House
We like people who try their best to elevate Malaysian cuisine to new heights. This fortune-telling nasi lemak from Appu Uncle is one such example. Instead of trying to recreate the nasi lemak in roti canai form or the tried-and-tired nasi lemak ice cream, Appu Uncle decided to insert fortunes into packets of nasi lemak – ie the Malaysian Indian version of a Chinese fortune cookie. Nasib Lemak, as Appu Uncle – who may or may not be a real person – tells us, is the first thing you eat in the morning, so why shouldn’t it be fun to read as well? Eat them and read them, he says. We bought a few packets of Nasib Lemak one morning and while the nasi could do with a touch more sambal, here’s what we think about our fortunes: ‘When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane’ – Appu Uncle ‘First of all, this fortune is a lie – nothing’s working out my way. Also, this is better suited to the cab driver I had earlier today, who drove very dangerously on the wrong lane the entire ride. Thank you for the splitting headache.’ – Ng Su Ann ‘Sometimes a man just needs to get his hands dirty, to finish off that banana leaf’ – Appu Uncle ‘This is actually deeply profound. I shall go to Lebuh Ampang for a banana leaf rice lunch.’ – Joyce Koh ‘Change will not come to those who don’t go to the cashier’ – Appu Uncle ‘What if I ask for the bill instead?’ – Nadia Rosli Nasib Lemak available from 7am-11.30am; 3pm onwards. For Nasib Lemak deliveries, email appuunclecurryhouse@g
Watch now: Three new local music videos
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Five free things to do at The Cooler Lumpur Festival 2016
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The 10 best Simple Plan lyrics
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Introducing Amplify FM, Malaysia’s first online radio station to play only local music
Malaysia is ready for a radio platform dedicated to Malaysian-made music. Enter Amplify FM, the country’s first online radio station to exclusively play only local music by homegrown musical talents. It’s available by streaming on computers, phones and tablets. To critics who say that there simply isn’t enough good local content to fill up the airtime, Amplify FM will lay to rest that argument. Featuring exclusive tracks and even full albums from many Malaysian bands whose names should be familiar to you – Kyoto Protocol, for example, and Froya – the radio station will introduce a world of local music to listeners, as well as finally giving Malaysian artists the airtime they deserve – that is to say, 24/7 and without commercial interruptions to boot. Featured artists on Amplify FM include electronica duo +2dB, pop punk outfit An Honest Mistake, jazz trio Bassment Syndicate, singer-songwriter Bihzhu, theatrical pop group Fazz, R&B/pop act GTXperiment, acoustic soft rock band Jumero, dance rock outfit KissKillMary, electropop duo Macropsia (in which Froya is one-half of), radio-friendly pop musicians Paperplane Pursuit, singer-songwriter Talitha Tan and blues rock band The Endleaves. Also, here’s a sneak peek of what’s next to come for Guinness Amplify for the rest of the year: Firstly, the Amplify Live Tour returns in September to host free weekly shows featuring local acts in Klang Valley, Ipoh, Penang and Johor; and secondly, a two-day celebration and performances on Sep 30
Drink for good: A Rumah Api fundraiser
Chase those pesky Monday blues away – preferably with a cold beer, and even better, the knowledge that you’ll be doing good while drinking said cold beer(s). If you’re the type to need a reason to drink, you’re in luck: In the spirit of solidarity, Brian Gomez’s Merdekarya – the shindig du jour for independent live music, art, dan lain-lain – is holding a fundraiser for port of punk music Rumah Api tonight. ICYMI, a fire broke out at Rumah Api on the morning of Jul 19 last week. According to Man Beranak, a co-operator and -owner of Rumah Api and member of hardcore thrash band Sarjan Hassan, the fire ‘destroyed the entire building electrical system’. The cost of re-installing and re-wiring will add up to approximately RM5,000. Rumah Api hasn’t seen the best of days in recent times. The Star recently reported Tan Sri Noh Omar, the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government minister as stating that the proposed Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) highway will go on as planned, despite months of complaints and protests. The Star also reported that development of the highway, which will cut through Pekan Ampang – where Rumah Api is located – will mark the closure of the local independent punk venue, along with over 40 pre-war premises in Pekan Ampang, built during the British era and some over a hundred years old. Come through tonight, there will be beers, music (on the lineup are instrumental rock act Skits, folk musician Hameer Zawawi, and singer-songwriter Brend
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ICYMI, Malaysia’s very own experimental electro-pop singer-songwriter The Venopian Solitude – aka Takahara Suiko of ‘Tenangkan Bontot Anda’ fame – has been invited to attend the reputable Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal from September 24 to October 28 this year. There, she will join 69 other up-and-coming music-makers from 38 countries all around the world, including Lebanon, Iceland and Peru. This is a big deal because a) she happens to be the first Malaysian musician to have been selected to join Red Bull’s world-travelling music institution; b) she was chosen from over 3,500 applicants from 102 countries; and c) by the way, past Red Bull Music Academy alumni include Flying Lotus, Hudson Mokawke, and Katy B. To celebrate, we present you: the ten best The Venopian Solitude lyrics thus far, picked from albums such as ‘A Slur Of Slothfulness’ and ‘I Spent 10 Hours On This Bunch Of Crap’ from 2011, to her most recent full-length ‘Hikayat Perawan Majnun’ in 2014. She released yet another EP – the latest in a long list of albums – ‘Kereta Merah’ last year, a conceptual collection of songs adapted from the Malaysian nursery rhyme. From 'A City' From 'Radical Addiction' From 'Lumrah Raya' From 'Tenangkan Bontot Anda' From 'Radical Blues' From 'Hadiah Untukmu' From 'Radical Addiction' From 'History In A Piece' From 'Kehadapan Para Pencemar' From 'Lagu Jeles' For more music, visit www.thevenopiansolitude.bandcamp.com. For updates on Red Bull Music
Vote for your favourite Tiger Jams finalists
Here’s a quick recap: We’ve written about Tiger Jams before – the music and art initiative by Tiger Beer to help local undiscovered artists be, well, discovered – and the ten finalists, as shortlisted by a panel of music industry veterans, are TMJB, Cats in Love, Nick Yungkit, Mango Bicycle, Home Court, Donamarie, Rozella, RYÖT JONES, Son Of A Policeman, and The Backseat Affair. Darren Ashley Photo: All Is Amazing From these ten, your votes on the website will ultimately narrow it down to the top three. The top three local acts will win RM15,000 each to fund their musical dreams, and they’ll be paired up with Hong Kong’s punk pop outfit ToNick, Singapore’s pop band The Sam Willows and Malaysia’s own producer extraordinaire Darren Ashley (as well as three established visual artists: Donald Abraham, Flex, and Kenji Chai) to produce an original Tiger Jams track and music video. Plus, a mystery renowned international artist will then handpick one of the top three finalists to collaborate with on a remix, which they’ll perform at the big finale. You’ve got until June 30 to vote for your favourite Tiger Jams finalists. For more info and to vote, visit tigerjams.com.
How to decorate your table on a budget
Photo: Shawn Lor/PixelPix Studio When it comes to a Japanese-style table setting, there's no need to splash out. Instead, head to Daiso for thrifty tableware finds to add a little zen to your dining. Need help? These are our top five styling tips: 1. It’s a classic cliché, but flowers are always a good idea. If you’re not into flowers, then might we suggest fruits, herbs or vegetables - think lemons as place cards or succulent table runners. We used twigs picked up by the side of the streets. You can too.2. Patterns: they’re made to match, but are more fun when they’re mixed. Here’s a crash course in clashing courses: if you’re unsure, choose compatible colour palettes; layer dense-patterned plates with the not-so-dense; and remember, some repetition is good.3. Try some DIY decoration – think candles in old wine bottles and glasses, flowers in rustic wood boxes as centrepieces, or drape vintage jewellery over silverware.4. Improvise, improvise, improvise. If you can’t fold napkins, just roll them up. Use linen curtains as table runners or wood cutting boards for cheese platters. There are shortcuts. Find them.5. Add some finishing touches to your tablescape. We like a final bit of shine and sparkle with some gold-plated cutlery to set the scene. All items from Daiso 1 Utama (03 7732 9588), Avenue K (03 2188 7500), Mid Valley (03 2201 9696) and Publika (03 6206 3282). All items at only RM5.30 each. Styling by Ng Su Ann, assisted by Joyce Koh.