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