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The people behind Table 23 have creatively sourced their furniture and décor – imagine tables from primary schools, a Vespa, and pictureless frames. The compact menu lists pork belly with beetroot purée, sautéed asparagus and potato fondant, beef cheek with bacon, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini, sloppy pork burger with apple chutney, and oyster mushroom, pear, and pickled fennel salad. Check out desserts such as apple strudel with vanilla ice cream and salted vanilla cream, and brandy-infused chocolate torte with berries. 23 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2141 0023. A very grown-up restaurant serving excellent pork-based dishes, with hints of fusion. Think glam-chic interiors with dark leather and exposed brick walls. The kitchen produces elaborate, ambitious dishes. Try Spanish cured ham with grilled pork shoulder and poached zucchini, oven-baked pork ribs, pork chop panini, minced pork in an Oriental-flavoured soup, and decadent salads. Expect friendly service and an extensive wine list. Black Market debuted at its Kampung Pandan outlet, a great location overlooking the Royal Selangor Golf Club. 1 Jalan Tengah, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2022 2060.
DINE IN STYLE Where food meets fashion.
RENOMA CAFÉ GALLERY This festive season celebrate with family and friends at Renoma Café Gallery. Indulge in the four-course Christmas Eve degustation menu inclusive of two starters (sea prawns chilled cocktail-style and ovenbaked, plus turkey confit), a main course (a choice of either foie gras and beef tenderloin with Christmas nut-crusted puff pastry and truffle sauce, or poached lobster with prawn ravioli and squid tagliatelle), and dessert (warm Christmas pudding with vanilla ice cream). 510 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2143 9919. ELEGANTOLOGY GALLERY & RESTAURANT Part gallery, part restaurant and boutique, Elegantology combines art and culture with sculptures, paintings, and men’s fashion from hot KL designers Joe Chia, Justin Yap, and Michael Ong. Stylists are on hand to make you over. Stay on for lunch or dinner – the restaurant serves fusion food and excellent cocktails. Try crispy chicken with lemon-infused Thai chili sauce, nyonya curry chicken, lai yau ham tan (salted egg with buttermilk), squid or pan-seared sea bass with lemongrass sauce, spaghetti with white wine, steamed clams, and herbs. 35, Level G2, Publika Solaris Dutamas. Tel: 03- 6206 5577. Chef Toni Valero’s background translates into a menu of delicious, immaculate tapas dishes. There’s foie gras with truffle potato purée and confit egg; suckling pork; Wagyu striploin with roasted baby potatoes; and salted cod confit. Sit at the Long Bar and watch him work. After dinner, stay on for one of the city’s most exclusive clubs, Providence. Be advised to make reservations. G-18, Ground Floor, The Intermark. Tel: 016-229 0231.
Beef Cheek, Renoma Café Gallery