THE BUSI­NESS From mod­ern Chi­nese to gau­cho fare, new KL hot spots to hit.

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rooftop ter­race bar. 183 Jalan Mayang, Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2161 2291. WAY MOD­ERN CHI­NOIS Not your typ­i­cal Chi­nese restau­rant, Way Mod­ern Chi­nois spe­cialises in con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese cui­sine. Or­der wa­ter­less chicken soup, Pac-Man dumpling (steamed prawn mar­i­nated in Szechuan spices), golden rose won­ton (deep-fried prawn stuff­ing wrapped in a crisp rose shell), truf­fle roast duck, cheong fun stuffed with shred­ded duck or Pina Co­lada crab. Cock­tails here are in­no­va­tive; sip on Jour­ney To The West ( Ron Za­capa rum, dried lon­gan, dried dates, gin­ger beer, lime juice, and lime peel) or Long March with jas­mine teain­fused vodka, el­der­flower syrup, egg white, and lemon juice. G-1, Work@ Clear­wa­ter, Jalan Changkat Se­man­tan, Da­mansara Heights. Tel: 03-2095 1118. ZENZERO RESTAU­RANT & WINE BAR This smart restau­rant is a must for Ital­ian food lovers. Try black ink risotto with grilled mar­i­nated cala­mari, home­made fet­tuc­cine with truf­fle sauce, pan-fried foie gras with caramelised pear and crispy smoked duck ham, ravi­oli filled with Pied­mon­tese beef, and At­lantic cod with Si­cil­ian salmoriglio. A- 0-9, St Mary Place, Jalan Ten­gah, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2022 3883. NEXO RESTAU­RANT & BAR Mir­rored ceil­ings, plush fur­nish­ings, and cool light­ing jazz up this restau­rant with its breezy al­fresco area and red hot lounges. Tasty tapas dishes abound; have cro­quettes with pick­les and gar­lic aioli, chipirones en su tinta (squid cooked in its own ink, with caramelised onions and crunchy rice crack­ers), sar­dines with sherry and gar­lic, and suck­ling pig con­fit. Fin­ish off with mes­meris­ing Span­ish drops. G-13, Ground Floor, Nexus, Bangsar South. Tel: 03-2242 2226. TORII JA­PANESE YAK­I­TORI & WHISKY BAR Sam­ple in­ven­tive Ja­panese tapas-like dishes such as a trio of unagi, omelette, and foie gras, steamed duck-egg cus­tard crowned with foie gras, shrimp and sal­mon roe, shrimp tem­pura topped with sea urchin and plum sea salt, and an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of over 40 grilled skew­ered spe­cial­ties (imag­ine chicken liver coated with BBQ sauce, wagyu sir­loin, and beef tripe with salsa). In­ti­mate and mod, it even car­ries the iconic Ja­panese whisky Shin­jiro Torii. 18 Lorong Datuk Su­laiman 1, Ta­man Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-7733 9309. IN­TER­LUDE TTDI This slick restau­rant of­fers the best of mod­ern Euro­pean with splashes of Asian. Tapas-style, the food here is won­der­fully imag­i­na­tive and well ex­e­cuted: pork belly slow-cooked for 17 hours, chick­peas braised with spinach and pi­cada nut-and-gar­lic sauce, braised baby leeks with parme­san foam and pork ba­con bits, and Nor­we­gian sal­mon con­fit. In­ter­lude has a com­fort­able, un­fussy feel through­out, with a cock­tail list to match. 50 Lorong Rahim Ka­jai 14, Ta­man Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-7733 7119.

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