Kuala Lumpur Bri­tish Jar­rod & Rawlins

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Eat Amer­i­can BEAST

Ground floor, The In­ter­mark, 182 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (+603 2163 5732/the­big­group.co). Decked with stylish old leather couches against in­dus­trial steel, BEAST looks like a gen­tle­man’s club with plush leather arm­chairs. Even though there are mixed re­views about their am­bi­ence, their steak is still up to ex­pec­ta­tion. Choose from ten­der­loin, rib-eye, striploin and porter­house de­pend­ing on your pre­ferred mar­bling and thick­ness. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Thu, 12noon-3pm, 5-12pm; Fri, 12noon-3pm, 5pm-1am; Sat, 5pm1am. $$$$$

Fat­boy’s the Burger Bar

Publika, Jalan Du­ta­mas 1, So­laris Du­ta­mas, KL (+603 6206 1352/ fat­boys.my). Known for their juicy and tasty pat­ties, this is a burger joint where you can build your own burger. Pick every­thing from the type of bun and which meat to sauces and top­pings, which can range from the nor­mal mus­tard and ketchup to curry re­moulade and roasted gar­lic aioli. Don’t for­get to order their milk­shakes to ac­com­pany your burger. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Publika) Mon-Thu & Sun, 11am11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-12mid­night. $$

Ril’s Bangsar

30 Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru,KL (+603 2201 3846/rils.com.my). With a change of location from the orig­i­nal Jalan Tun HS Lee spot to the well-trod lanes of Bangsar’s Telawi strip, Ril’s may be a lit­tle on the ex­pen­sive side, but is worth go­ing to. The steaks here still draw the crowds, and you should end your meal with one of their in­ven­tive cock­tails af­ter. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6pm-3am. $$$$$

NEW The Daily Grind

26 Per­siaran Am­pang, Desa Pahlawan, KL (+603 4265 7600); Lower Ground floor, Bangsar Vil­lage 1, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, KL (+603 2287 6708/thedai­ly­grind.com.my). What you’ll get here is an ex­ten­sive menu of burger op­tions along­side other main courses and ap­pe­tis­ers. Def­i­nitely go for a burger here (the ten­der and juicy pat­ties are homemade), and end the meal with a milk­shake or one of their desserts. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Am­pang) Mon-Fri, 10am-10pm; SatSun, 9am-10pm; (Bangsar) Mon-Fri, 11am-11pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-11pm. $$$

32-M Jalan Medan Se­tia 2, Plaza Da­mansara, KL (+603 2093 5830); 63 Jalan Bangkung, Bangkung Row, Bangsar (+603 2095 1608/www. jar­rod-rawlins.com). As one of the orig­i­nal gas­trop­ubs in KL, this old timer fits any oc­ca­sion whether it’s ca­sual drinks with friends, a re­laxed fam­ily meal, or an in­ti­mate din­ner with your sig­nif­i­cant other. The full English breakfast will ap­pease any homesick Brit, but don’t miss out on their Sun­day roasts. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10.30am-12.30am. $$$ Cafés Acme Bar and Cof­fee

LG 10, Bangsar Vil­lage I, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, KL ((+603 2283 6288); Ground Floor, The Troika, Per­siaran KLCC (+603 2162 2288); Lot 3.100.00 Pavil­ion Elite, 168 Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (+603 2110 3373/ fb.com/acme­bar­cof­fee). This in­dus­trial chic café of­ten has spe­cial sea­sonal pro­mo­tions, so be sure to check out their Face­book be­fore go­ing. Apart from classy set­tings in each of their out­lets, this café pro­vides an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of food of­fer­ings along­side with at­ten­tive staff. Be sure to scout out the lip-smack­ing cho­co­late brown­ies. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Bangsar) Daily, 10am-12mid­night; (The Troika), Mon-Thu, 11am12mid­night; Fri, 11am-1am; Sat, 9.30am-1am; Sun, 9.30am12mid­night; (Pavil­ion), Mon-Thu & Sun, 10am-1mid­night; Fri-Sat, 10am-1am. $$$

Foo Foo

First floor, 64A Jalan Burhanud­din Helmi, KL (+603 2389 3155/fb.com/ foofoofinedesserts). Foo Foo is a charm­ing lit­tle place serv­ing plated desserts fo­cus­ing on premium in­gre­di­ents and in­no­va­tive flavours. Freshly made ice cream is served daily from the ever-chang­ing menu, and in­ter­est­ing op­tions like crispy prof­iteroles with salted caramel cof­fee ice cream and the straw­berry tart with bal­samic vine­gar ice cream. Pork-free. Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri, 3-11pm; Sat-Sun, 2-11pm. $$

The Bee

Level G2, Publika, So­laris Du­ta­mas, Jalan Du­ta­mas 1, KL (+603 6201 8577/the­bee.com.my). This pop­u­lar café’s out­let in Publika serves re­li­ably good hearty break­fasts, burg­ers and pas­tas with beer and cock­tails. Go for their bar bites, and pair them with beer or cock­tails. The re­laxed sur­rounds of­ten play host to reg­u­lar live mu­sic and stand-up com­edy acts, so time your visit with these. Daily, 11am-late. $$

Ben’s Gen­eral Food Store

699 Glo­mac Da­mansara, Jalan Da­mansara, KL (+603 7733 6044 ext. 11); Lot 6-7, Ground floor, Plaza Batai, Jalan Batai, Da­mansara Heights, KL (+603 2093 9968); Level UG1 Publika, So­laris Du­ta­mas 1, Jalan Du­ta­mas 1, KL (+603 6205 2024); Level two, The Gar­dens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Val­ley City, KL (+603 2280 0197/ the­big­group.co). This un­con­ven­tional gro­cery store lo­cated at lo­ca­tions around the city com­prises two sections – the gro­cery store it­self and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing café. You can find every­thing for both adults and kids from pizza and roasted chicken to whole­some sal­ads, cof­fee and hand-crafted bev­er­ages. If you’re in a hurry, opt for the take­away ser­vice. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Glo Da­mansara, Publika & Plaza Batai) Daily, 9am-10pm; (The Gar­dens) Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$

Breakfast Thieves

Lot M, APW Bangsar, 29-5 Jalan Riong, KL (+603 2788 3548/ break­fast­thieves.com). This In­sta­gramm­ble hip eatery offers a brunch menu fea­tur­ing Aus­tralian dishes with Asian in­flu­ences – think kam­pung eggs with but­tered toast; soft-shell crab with homemade lemon­grass-chilli sauce; blue co­conut and pan­dan rice served with crisp chicken strips. Cap your meal with a cof­fee. Tue-Sun, 9am-5pm (kitchen closes at 3pm). $$

Botan­ica + Co

G5 Podium, The Ver­ti­cal, 8 Jalan Ker­inchi, Bangsar South City, KL (+6016 965 6422/botan­ica.com.my). With a light-filled space dom­i­nated by two Fi­cus trees, this eatery offers two op­tions; the restau­rant or a deli next door. The pizza list is long, and com­ple­mented by Asian and Western com­fort food like crab and cray­fish laksa, ro­tis­serie chicken, fish and chips and burg­ers.

Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. MonThu, 11.30am-10pm; Fri & eve of pub­lic hol­i­day, 11.30am-12mid­night; Sat, 9.30am-12mid­night; Sun & pub­lic hol­i­days,9.30am-10pm. $$

Huck­le­berry Food & Fare; Huck­le­berry Af­ter Dark

2G & 4G Jalan Medan Se­tia 2, Plaza Da­mansara, KL (+603 2098 7933/ huck­le­berry.my). This café is a mul­ti­tasker: By day, the ca­sual place serves a hearty brunch menu along­side a se­lec­tion of cof­fee and freshly made bread. When night falls, the vibe trans­forms into a laid­back bistro of­fer­ing a melange of Mex­i­can and Amer­i­can street food like tacos, burg­ers, pizza with a se­lec­tion of craft beer, cock­tails and even boozy milk­shakes. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Food & Fare) Mon, 7.30am-4.30pm; Tue-Sun, 7.30am-mid­night; (Af­ter Dark) Tue-Fri, 5.30pm-12mid­night; Sat-Sun, 5.30pm-2am. $$

NEW Kopen­hagen Cof­fee

Vista Kiara, Jalan Kiara 3, Mont Kiara, KL (+603 6211 6363/ fb.com/kopen­hagen­cof­fee). This Scandi-chic café is a good place for a sim­ple breakfast or late lunch. Try their spe­cial­ties such as bagel with cream cheese, scram­bled eggs and toast and brook­ies. Cof­fees here are al­ways a treat and they’re all served in blue and white pat­terned Royal Copen­hagen cups and mugs, which are things of beauty. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Fri, 7am7pm; Sat, 9am-7pm. $$

Mer­chant’s Lane

150 Jalan Pe­tal­ing, KL (+603 2022 1736/Face­book: Mer­chant’s Lane). Who would have thought this place once used to be a brothel. With an over­all chill am­bi­ence, this charm­ing café is the per­fect place to wind down and escape from the hus­tle of the crowded city. Food-wise, ex­pect Asian dishes mixed with Western in­flu­ence com­fort food such as burger with sam­bal sauce, grilled sal­mon served with masak le­mak cili padi sauce and Can­tonese-style Hongkie Beef Stew. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri, 11.30am-10pm; Sat-Sun,9.30am-10pm. $$

NEW Ra-ft

Unit G1, Ground Floor, Bin­jai 8, 2 Lorong Bin­jai KL (+603 2181 1091/ ra-ft.com). This café in the mid­dle of KL is spa­cious and brightly lit, thanks to high ceil­ings and huge win­dows that al­low in plenty of light. Self-de­clared an Ital­ian-style café, Ra-ft serves a menu that doesn’t just fo­cus on the typ­i­cal pasta and pizza. There are also pan­cakes and tasty brunch op­tions, and the Ital­ian own­ers en­sure the cof­fee is up to stan­dard. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Sat, 7.30am-10pm; Sun, 7.30am-7pm. $$$

Chi­nese Chynna

Level 5, Hil­ton Kuala Lumpur, 3 Jalan Ste­sen Sen­tral, KL (+603 2264 2515/life.hiltonkl.com/restau­rants). This place offers great Chi­nese food. A restau­rant for all oc­ca­sions, Chynna’s spe­cial­ties in­clude Pek­ing duck, but­ter prawn, wok-fried beef and of course the dim sum. The price is on the high side but it’s worth every ringgit you spend. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Fri, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm; Sat-Sun, 11am2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm. $$$$$

Din Tai Fung

Lower ground floor, The Gar­dens Mall, Mid Val­ley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (+603 2283 2292); Level 6, Pavil­ion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (+603 2148 8292/din­tai­fung.com.my). This restau­rant boasts an ex­ten­sive menu of Chi­nese food which in­clude their famed de­li­cious xiao long bao (steamed dumplings filled with meat and broth). Aside from the good food, you also can watch the chefs pre­pare the dumplings and hand-pulled noo­dles from their open kitchen. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Mid Val­ley) Daily, 10am-10pm; (Pavil­ion) Mon-Fri, 11am-10.30pm; Sat, 10.30am-10.30pm; Sun & pub­lic hol­i­days, 10am-10.30pm. $$

Dolly Dim Sum

Lower ground, NU Sen­tral, 201 Jalan Tun Sam­ban­than, KL (+603 22731450); 1, Pavil­ion. 168, Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, Bukit Bin­tang, KL (+603 2110 5019); Ground floor, Av­enue K, 156 Jalan Am­pang, KL (+603 2181 3830/dol­ly­dim­sum.com). Just be­cause they don’t serve pork doesn’t mean the flavours are lack­ing. Here you can get an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of dim sum clas­sics; we say go for the egg cus­tard bun. Ha­lal. Child-friendly. Daily, 11am10pm; (Pavil­ion) Mon-Fri, 11am10pm; Sat-Sun & pub­lic hol­i­days, 10.30am-10pm. $$

Ming Room

Third floor, Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Ban­daraya, KL (+603 2284 8822/ ori­en­tal­restau­rants.com.my). This restau­rant serves au­then­tic Chi­nese food and their famed dim sum is the clos­est to Hong Kong dim sum you’ll find in KL. Don’t for­get to try their Hokkien noo­dles, duck dishes and crispy fried pan­cakes with red bean paste. Come early dur­ing week­ends as it can get quite packed. Daily, 11am-3pm, 6-11pm; Sat-Sun & pub­lic hol­i­days, 10am-3pm,6-11pm. $$$

Restoran Sek Yuen

313-315 Jalan Pudu, KL (+603 9222 9457/Face­book: Restoran-Sek-Yuen1948-Jalan Pudu). This old school restau­rant in Pudu serves up au­then­tic Chi­nese dishes in rea­son­able prices. The sim­ple fur­ni­ture may seem dated, but that only adds to the charm of the place. Let the staff rec­om­mend and get their spe­cial­ties like pork belly, deep-fried whole fish or the duck. Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended on the week­end. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm; 5.30-9.30pm. $$$

Sin Kee

194 Jalan Tun Sam­ban­than, KL (+603 2274 1842). A hid­den gem at Lit­tle In­dia. This ca­sual Chi­nese restau­rant serves

home-cooked dishes like Hainane­ses­tyle pork or chicken chop and steam rice. Lunch hour and din­ner time are al­ways crowded, so come early to avoid dis­ap­point­ment. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 11am-2.30pm; 6-9.30pm. $$

Yut Kee

Jalan Ka­munt­ing, off Jalan Dang Wangi, KL (+603 2698 8108). This KL stal­wart has been serv­ing KLites for over 50 years, and offers a re­li­able menu that in­cludes their sig­na­ture Hainanese chicken chop. Their equally good Hailam mee, roti babi and mar­ble cake also draw in the crowds, which can get massive dur­ing week­ends. Tue-Sun, 8am-5pm. $$

Euro­pean French French Feast

20 Tengkat Tong Shin, KL (+603 2110 6283/french­feast.com.my). An au­then­tic French restau­rant must have an au­then­tic French chef. Lo­cated in a bustling area of the city, this café is set in a charm­ing old house and serves French dishes like steak tartare, foie gras and crème brûlée on the menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Fri, 6.3010.30pm; Sat, 10am-10.30pm; Sun, 10am-2pm. $$$$

Ren­dez-Vous

100 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, KL (+603 2202 0206/ren­dez-vous.com. my). This neigh­bour­hood restau­rant serves up un­pre­ten­tious French food in a lovely setting and am­bi­ence. Helmed by a French chef, their set and din­ner menus change daily, but don’t miss out to try the Tar­ti­flette, boeuf bour­guignon and boudin noir. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 12-3pm; 6pm-12mid­night. $$$

Yeast Bistron­omy

24G Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, KL (+603 2282 0118); Ground fl oor, Mid Val­ley Mega­mall, Mid Val­ley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (+603 2288 8011/yeast­bistron­omy.com). If you’re crav­ing a real crois­sant, this is the place to be. Yeast pro­duces freshly baked bread ev­ery­day and the

smell of it is enough to en­tice din­ers into this French café. It can get packed on week­ends, so best come to early. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Bangsar) Daily, 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-10.30pm. (Mid Val­ley) Daily, 8am-10pm. $$

Ger­man Brotzeit

Ground floor, Mid Val­ley Mega­mall, Mid Val­ley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (+603 2287 5516/brotzeit. com.my). If you’re in Mid Val­ley area, pop into this bar to un­wind for a quick bite or tip­ple. Named af­ter Ger­man word for ‘bread time’, Brotzeit famed for its pork knuckle and their ex­ten­sive beer se­lec­tion. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Sat, 11am-late; Sun, 10am-late. $$$

Ital­ian La Risata

128 Jalan Kasah Medan Da­mansara, KL (+603 2095 9572); 16 Per­siaran Am­pang, KL (+603 4252 6269/www. la-risata.com). This restau­rant has been serv­ing sim­ple and best Ital­ian dishes to lo­cal din­ers for the past 20 years. Their sta­ple menus in­clude ravi­oli di pesce; freshly made sal­mon ravi­oli served in a creamy sal­mon sauce and risotto pri­mav­era; pan seared fresh scal­lop wrapped with beef ba­con, on a bed of green peas, as­para­gus and spring onion risotto. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm. $$$

NEW Proof Pizza + Wine

29 Jalan Riong, Bangsar, KL (+603 2788 3618/fb.com/proof­piz­za­APW). Lo­cated in Bangsar’s APW, Proof Pizza +Wine is pos­si­bly the best new pizza restau­rant in town. Proper Ital­ian wood-fired ovens are used to bake the piz­zas, which are avail­able with clas­sic or gourmet top­pings. What re­ally sets Proof’s piz­zas apart from the rest is the dough used for the base – crispy and slightly charred on the out­side, pil­lowy soft on the in­side. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon & Fri-Sun, 12.15-3pm, 6-10.30pm; Wed-Thu, 6-10.30pm. $$$

Mod­ern Euro­pean Can­taloupe

Troika Sky Din­ing, 23A Tower B, The Troika, Jalan Bin­jai, KL (+603 2162 0886/troikasky­din­ing.com). As the flag­ship restau­rant of the Troika Sky Din­ing in­sti­tu­tion, Can­taloupe prides it­self to be one of the best mod­ern Euro­pean din­ing es­tab­lish­ments in the town. There are over 20 ex­quis­ite dishes to try but you don’t come here to eat all; you come to feast on the ex­cep­tional flavours. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Fri, 12noon-2pm; Daily, 6.3010.30pm. $$$$

Din­ing in the Dark

50A Changkat Bukit Bin­tang, KL (+603 2110 0431/dininginthedarkkl. com). This unique con­cept restau­rant is ex­actly what it sounds like. Led by blind staff, din­ers sit in a pitch-black restau­rant and use all their senses when eat­ing. Only pre-set menus are served, you only need to choose your pre­ferred type of (clas­sic, vege­tar­ian or wine pair­ing). But not to worry, the menu items will be re­vealed at the end of the meal. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 6-9.30pm. $$$$$

Sage Restau­rant & Wine Bar

The Gar­dens Res­i­dences, Level 6, The Gar­dens, Mid Val­ley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (+603 2268 1328/ sagekl.com). Headed by Chef Daniel, Sage is one of two restau­rants to earn five-star re­views from Time Out KL. Serv­ing an in­no­va­tive fu­sion of FrenchJa­panese fare, Wagyu beef is a firm favourite with the sea bass and the snap­per com­ing in a close sec­ond. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Lunch) Mon-Fri, 12noon2pm; (Din­ner) Mon-Sat, 6-10.30pm. $$$$$

Sitka Restau­rant

8-5 Jalan Batai, Da­mansara Heights, KL (+603 2011 1117/ sitkarestau­rant.com). This in­no­va­tive and in­ti­mate eatery serves mod­ern fine cui­sine and only can cater to 40 pa­trons at a time. Prides it­self on us­ing lo­cal, sea­sonal pro­duce and prac­tices the farm-to-ta­ble ethos, the menu here changes and evolves from time to time. Their whole­some menu in­cludes salad, snacks, shar­ing plate, desserts and even lunch spe­cials. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$$

Span­ish Marta’s Kitchen

The Sig­na­ture, 3 Jalan Sri Har­ta­mas 22, Desa Sri Har­ta­mas, KL (+603 6411 0832/fb.com/ Mar­tasKitchen­inKLPael­laBar). Tucked within The Sig­na­ture in Har­ta­mas is pos­si­bly the best Span­ish restau­rant in town. The non-de­script space is packed every night, and pretty much every­thing here is fan­tas­tic. There’s a range of mouth­wa­ter­ing paella and tapas op­tions, but the tor­tilla de patatas and cro­que­tas, which prac­ti­cally melt in your mouth, are be­yond com­par­i­son. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 11.30am-11.30pm. $$$

Swiss NEW Chalet Suisse

C11-1, Jalan Am­pang Utama 1/1, off Jalan Am­pang, Am­pang (+603 4252 4589/chalet­su­isse.com). Chalet Suisse has been around for quite some time and has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for its au­then­tic and af­ford­able Swiss cui­sine. Try their au­then­tic (and yummy too!) ver­sion of both fon­due and raclette. Child-friendly. Daily, 5.30-11pm. $$$

Food court Nasi Le­mak Fa­mous

Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, KL (+6012 653 2132). Nasi Le­mak Fa­mous is and al­ways will be the lo­cal favourite for co­conut and pan­dan-in­fused rice, sam­bal and their fa­mous fried chicken. Ha­lal. Daily, 5pm-5am. $

In­dian

Aunty Manju’s Ba­nana Leaf Restau­rant

18 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Ta­man Tun Dr Is­mail, KL (+603 7733 5954/fb.com/ aun­ty­man­jus­bananaleaf). Aun­tie Manju’s home cook­ing is leg­endary and it would be a big mis­take not to try her fa­mous mut­ton bone mar­row curry. Ha­lal. Daily, 7am-10pm. $$

Fierce Curry House

16 Jalan Ke­muja, Bangsar, KL (+603 2202 3456/fb.com/ FierceCur­ryHouse). With its not-so-se­cret weapon, the hy­der­abad dum biryani, Fierce Curry House reg­u­larly makes Time Out KL’s short­lists for ‘Best Cheap Eats’ and ‘Best In­dian’. The biryani here is rice (that have al­ready been par­tially cooked with spices) steamed with mar­i­nated meat in a pot cov­ered with dough, which is peeled off to re­veal the beau­ti­ful meal within. Pork-free. Daily,12pm-10.30pm. $$

NEW Sri Nir­wana Maju

43 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar This hum­ble eatery has gained al­most cult-like sta­tus, with their ba­nana leaf rice be­ing the very def­i­ni­tion of com­fort food, and served with your choice of cur­ries and sides (get the fried squid, bit­ter gourd and mut­ton varu­val). The queue dur­ing meal­times is tes­ta­ment enough to Nir­wana’s rep­u­ta­tion. Ha­lal. Daily, 10am-1.30am. $$

Ja­panese Bankara Ra­men

Level 2, Av­enue K, 156 Jalan Am­pang, KL (+603 2181 8618); Third floor, Mid Val­ley Mega­mall,

Mid Val­ley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (+603 2201 8618/ bankara­malaysia.com). Tokyo’s ra­men spe­cial­ist Bankara has sev­eral out­lets around the coun­try and serves four styles of ra­men: Sig­na­ture Tokyo style, Hakata-style

tonkotsu ra­men, Sap­poro-style miso ra­men, and tsuke­men. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am10pm. $$$

Kam­pachi

Level 6, Pavil­ion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (+603 2148 9608); Ground floor, The Troika, 19 Per­siaran KLCC, KL (+603 2181 2282/kam­pachi.com.my). Snag­ging three Time Out KL Food Awards ti­tles, Kam­pachi has its fish flown in from the famed Tsuk­iji fish mar­ket in Tokyo. If that’s not enough to con­vince you, they also hand­make their own soba noo­dles. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Pavil­ion) Mon-Thu & Sun, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10.30pm. (Troika) Daily, 12noon-3pm, 6-11pm. $$$$

Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Level 56, Me­nara 3 Petronas, KLCC, KL (+603 2164 5084/ nobu­restau­rants.com). Only Nobuyuki Mat­suhisa (aka Nobu-san) could grace­fully pair pre­cise Ja­panese tech­niques with the colours and zest of Peru­vian cui­sine. Ad­mit­tedly, the prices are on the high side, but with it you’ll also get a gorgeous view from the restau­rant’s lofty height on the 56th floor of Me­nara 3 Petronas. The restau­rant re­cently in­tro­duced Sky-High Teas fea­tur­ing sweet and savoury of­fer­ings paired with matcha. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Fri, 12noon-2pm; Mon-Sat, 6-10.30pm; (Sky-High Tea) Sat-Sun, 2.304.30pm. $$$

Uokatsu

Ground floor, Plaza Da­mas 3, Jalan Sri Har­ta­mas 1, KL (+603 6201 0339/fb.com/uokatsu.malaysia). Qual­ity pro­duce and an un­pre­ten­tious setting make din­ing here a very pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence. Order the awe­some men­tai rice (fish roe on egg on rice), grilled ocean trout, and the scal­lop sashimi. Then try the wasabi ice cream where the st­ing of the horse­rad­ish is ac­tu­ally a wel­come sen­sa­tion. Tue-Wed, 11.30am-2.30pm; ThuSun, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-9.30pm. $$

NEW THE TA­BLE

Fourth floor, Ise­tan The Ja­pan Store, Lot 10, 50 Jalan Sul­tan Is­mail, KL (+603 2141 7777/the­japanstore. mi­s­tore.jp/my). The Ta­ble is a premium din­ing con­cept lo­cated on the fourth floor of Ise­tan The Ja­pan Store, com­pris­ing six fa­mous Ja­panese eater­ies all who made their de­but in KL with their out­let here. You can ex­pect fresh, au­then­tic Ja­panese food, every­thing from grilled meat and tonkatsu to Miche­lin-starred sushi and more. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am9pm. $$$$

Korean Chicken House

15 Jalan So­laris 4, So­laris Mont Kiara, KL (+603 6211 5928). Korean fried chicken is the cur­rent food trend and Chicken House is the place to be to get your fried chicken fixed. Order orig­i­nal, spicy or gar­lic honey mar­i­nated chicken wings with kim­chi pan­cake as your side dish and washed down with a jug of fruit soju. Tue-Sun, 12noon-12mid­night. $$$

Jung Won Korean BBQ Restau­rant

255 Jalan Am­pang Hilir, KL (+603 4257 5555/fb.com/ MYJungWonBBQ). The al­lure of bul­gogi or Korean style bar­be­cue lies in the com­mu­nal ex­pe­ri­ence. This restau­rant is evoca­tive of a quaint vil­lage, spruced up with a water wheel, koi pond, fairy lights and long wooden pav­il­ions where you dine cross­legged. The dung sim ju mul ruk (grilled mar­i­nated sir­loin) is doused in a sweet mari­nade (a combo of soy sauce, pear purée and sesame oil) and is se­ri­ously tasty. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am11pm. $$$

Malaysian Ny­onya

Lima­pulo: Baba Can Cook

50 Jalan Do­raisamy, KL (+603 2698 3268/ Face­book: Baba-CanCook). Make your way to this con­tem­po­rary Ny­onya restau­rant for an au­then­tic Ny­onya meal. Helmed by Un­cle John, an erst­while vet­eran cook, every dish here is good but go for the Ny­onya laksa, ayam berem­pah, sam­bal petai prawns and chicken pong teh. Pork-free. Mon-Sat, 12noon-3pm; 6-10pm. $$

NEW Baba Low

11 Lorong Ku­rau, Bangsar (+603 2284 8486/Face­book: Baba Lows); 2 Jalan Ab­dul­lah, Bangsar (+603 2202 0038/Face­book: Baba Low Bangsar Utama). The in­te­rior may not be the most stun­ning, but this place serves one of the best Ny­onya food in the city. Go for their mee siam, pai tee, sam­bal prawns and kangkung bela­can. Fin­ish off your meal with the peren­nial favourite of cen­dol. Ha­lal. (Lorong Ku­rau) Daily, 7am-10pm; (Jalan Ab­dul­lah) Daily, 10am-10pm. $

Ma­mak & ko­pi­ti­ams Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea & Cof­fee

Lot G85, Kom­pleks Per­ni­a­gaan Bersepadu Pudu (ICC Pudu Mar­ket), Jalan 1/77C, Pudu, KL (fb.com/ AhWengKo­hHainanTea). This lit­tle stall moved (along with the Imbi Mar­ket) to these new premises in 2016. Mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions of cus­tomers have dined here on the same meal – roti kah­win, half-boiled eggs and Hainanese cof­fee or tea. Tue-Sun, 5.30am-2pm. $

NEW Chef Low

2 Lorong Ara Kiri (+603 2095 2766). This Lucky Gar­den stal­wart has an ex­ten­sive menu that will please ev­ery­one. The sim­ple decorations don’t de­tract from the con­sis­tently good food com­ing out of the kitchen. You can ei­ther come in large gath­er­ings so you can order more food to share, or in a small group when you should ask for rec­om­men­da­tions. Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm; 6-11.30pm. $

Lai Foong Restau­rant

138 Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL (+603 2072 8123). This Chi­nese ko­pi­tiam houses a clus­ter of stalls sell­ing sig­na­ture beef noo­dles and char kuey teow and other lo­cal favourites. Daily, 6.30am9pm. (Beef ball noo­dles stall) 6.30am-4.30pm; (Wan­tan mee) 6.30am-6pm; (Hokkien mee) Late af­ter­noon8.30pm. $

Mun Wah Hokkien Mee

155 Jalan Ma­hara­jalela, KL (+603 2144 7404). The stal­wart team that serves the sim­ple but mouth-wa­ter­ing slip­pery black noo­dles at this sup­per­time es­tab­lish­ment has been around a long time. Plus points for the sin­ful amount of pork lard that comes with each plate­ful. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 5pm12mid­night. $

Restoran Kin Kin

40 Jalan De­wan Sul­tan Su­laiman Satu, KL; 6-G, Jalan Peru­batan 4, Ta­man Pan­dan In­dah (+6016 293 3043); EAT Food Vil­lage, Publika, Jalan Du­ta­mas 1, So­laris Du­ta­mas, KL. Restoran Kin Kin takes chilli pan mee up a notch us­ing its own recipe.The flour noo­dles here are hand­made and topped with minced pork, an­chovies and soft poached egg. For those who can tol­er­ate spici­ness, take ex­tra pan­roasted chilli flakes as many as you can han­dle. (Jalan De­wan Sul­tan Su­laiman Satu) Mon-Fri, 7.30am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 7.30am-4pm; (Jalan Peru­batan 4) Daily, 8.30am-7.45pm, closed al­ter­nate Mon­days; (Publika) Daily, 10am-9pm. $

Shin Kee Beef Noo­dle Spe­cial­ists

7A Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, KL (+603 2072 5020/+6012 673 7318). Dubbed as the ‘beef noo­dle spe­cial­ists’, Shin Kee is in his own league. Get the dry ver­sion and your choice of noo­dles. Then choose a type of beef (brisket, meat­balls, tripe, lean meat), and they will be served in a flavour­ful broth and topped with a spe­cial minced beef sauce. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 10.30am7pm. $

Wong Ah Wah

1-9 Jalan Alor, off Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (+603 2144 2463) Food on this famed street is all good but Wong Ah Wah’s bar­be­cued chicken wings coated in a sweet and sticky sauce are the best in town. Daily, 5pm-4am. $

Tra­di­tional Malay Bi­jan

3 Jalan Cey­lon, KL (+603 2031 3575/ bi­jan­restau­rant.com). This high-end restau­rant fea­tures gen­uine Malay cui­sine like ulam raja and ren­dang. Their desserts are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing – try the gula Me­laka cake, pan­dan pud­ding, ban­dung-flavoured ice cream and durian cheese­cake. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 4.30-11pm. $$$

Fa­timah Sel­era Kam­pung

5 Jalan Haji Yahya Sheikh Ah­mad, Kam­pung Baru, KL (+603 2692 1073).

Fa­timah’s homemade cui­sine served in a pri­vate Kam­pung Baru home is the place to try sim­ple kam­pung food, which is usu­ally the best type. Her spe­cialty is seafood with ikan

kem­bung, a small fish that grills well, served with a dip­ping sauce of ke­cap Nikko­ma­nis and chopped chill­ies on the side, or stuffed with grated co­conut, turmeric, chilies and lemon­grass. Ha­lal. Mon-Sat, 12noon-4pm. $

NEW Restoran Re­bung Dato Chef Is­mail

5-2, Aras 5, Park­ing Bert­ingkat Bukit Aman, 1 Jalan Tan­glin, Ta­man Botani Per­dana, KL (+603 2276 3535/restoran­re­bungda­tochefis­mail. com). Hav­ing a meal here is like go­ing for a kenduri (a Malay wed­ding buf­fet). The buf­fet lines are filled with a va­ri­ety of Malay dishes, and you shouldn’t avoid the dessert sta­tion. Al­most every­thing here is homemade with recipes passed down from Chef Is­mail’s grandparents. Ha­lal. Daily, 8am-10pm. $$

NEW Songket Restau­rant

29 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KL (+603 2161 3331/songke­trestau­rant.com). Songket is the com­fort­able mid­dle ground for when you want au­then­tic Malay dishes – not your typ­i­cal mod­est food courts, and more ca­sual and laid­back than high end Malay restau­rants. Go for their char-grilled mar­i­nated short ribs served with

pegedil (deep-fried potato pat­ties), a spicy sweet soy sauce and sam­bal

bela­can. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Fri, 12-3pm; 6-11pm; Sat, Sun & pub­lic hol­i­days, 5-11pm. $$$

Ma­mak Devi’s Corner

14 Jalan Telawi 4, Bangsar Baru, KL (+6012 267 6714). The ba­nana leaf game is strong here and it’s one of the most pop­u­lar places for that moun­tain of white rice, veg­eta­bles and all those lovely cur­ries. To sup­ple­ment this, order the fried squid or fish and their fa­mous crab curry. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 24 hours. $$

Nasi Kan­dar Pelita

2 Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, KL (+603 2282 5532); 149 Jalan Am­pang, KL (+603 2162 5532); No. 8-G, PV 128, Jalan Gent­ing Klang, KL; 24 Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Har­ta­mas, KL (+603 6201 8532/ pelita.com.my). Con­sid­ered the quin­tes­sen­tial ma­mak, Pelita’s spe­cialty is nasi kan­dar and teh tarik. Grab a plate, load up (it’s rec­om­mended to mix cur­ries to achieve the best taste) and tuck in. Ha­lal. Daily, 24 hours. $$

Orig­i­nal Kayu Nasi Kan­dar

1 & 3 Jalan Dwi Tasik 1, Ban­dar Sri Per­maisuri 1, Cheras, KL (+603 9173 2777); Petronas Ser­vice Sta­tion Lot 36904, PT 2723,Ta­man Dato Ah­mad Razali, Jalan Ko­lam Air, Am­pang, KL (+603 4252 3777); Ground fl oor, Mid Val­ley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (+603 2202 0377/orig­i­nalkayu.com.my). What be­gan as a hum­ble stall in Pe­nang is cur­rently a full-fledged es­tab­lish­ment with mul­ti­ple branches na­tion­wide. Order the nasi kan­dar – plain white rice with ac­com­pa­ni­ments (we rec­om­mend the chicken ren­dang, fried squid and some greens) – for a de­li­cious meal. Mean­while, the roti tisu, a pa­per-thin crispy sugar-coated cone, is a great snack. Ha­lal. Daily, 24 hours. $$

Restoran Santa

11 Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL (+6019 269 9771). This es­tab­lish­ment churns out fresh cha­p­atti, painstak­ingly rolled and cooked on a griddle with ghee, best paired with spicy mut­ton keema. If you want good cha­p­atti, this is where you should go. Mon-Fri, 6.30am-6.30pm; Sat, 6.30am-3pm. $

Mid­dle East­ern Al-Amar

Level 6, Pavil­ion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (+603 2166 1011); Al-Amar Ex­press, Ground fl oor, Fahren­heit 88, 179 Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (+603 2141 3814/ al-amar.com). When one thinks of Le­banese food, one thinks of Al-Amar, whose of­fer­ings in­clude mezze (fresh Le­banese sal­ads, shawarma and hearty meat dishes). Prices at the more ca­sual Al-Amar Ex­press are more wal­let-friendly. Get the ten­der chicken and beef shawarma. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Pavil­ion) Daily, 12noon1am. (Fahren­heit 88) Daily, 9am12.30mid­night. $$$

NEW Byblos Cafe and Lounge

H-G-05, The Hive, TREC, Jalan Tun Razak, KL (+603 2110 0460/ by­blosmy.com). There are count­less great Mid­dle East­ern restau­rants in KL, but this Le­banese eatery stands out for its dishes that rely on sim­ple, fresh in­gre­di­ents and lots of grilling. Make sure you order the flavour­ful mixed grill, kofta and shawar­mas. Best part is, the por­tions are huge, so come with empty tum­mies. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun. 12noon-3am. $$$

NEW Hadra­mawt

314 Jalan Am­pang, KL (+603 4256 0678/ hadra­mawt.com.my). Hadra­mawt is one of the few Ye­meni restau­rants in the city, so its niche has essen­tially been carved out for it. The food here is un­doubt­edly au­then­tic and full of flavour, prices are wal­let­friendly, and por­tions are gen­er­ous. Go for the chicken or beef shawarma. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Fri, 11am-11pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-2am. $$

Sana’a Res­tau­rantt

B2-B4 Mez­za­nine Floor, Fahren­heit 88, 179 Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (+603 2141 0654); Lingkaran Cy­ber Point Barat, Cy­ber­jaya (+603 8319 1776/fb.com/SanaaRes­tau­rant). This eatery is full with Ara­bic ex­pats, so it does say a lot about the au­then­tic­ity of the fares here. Serv­ing au­then­tic Ara­bic and Yeme­nese dishes, Sana’a boasts a wide range of menu from grilled meat to dif­fer­ent types of tra­di­tional pas­tries, so you’re spoilt for choices. Ha­lal. Child-friendly. (Bukit Bin­tang) Daily, 9am-2am. (Cy­ber­jaya) Daily, 24 hours. $$$

Seafood Bait

65 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL (+603 2201 8187/baitkl.com). Oys­ters don’t come any fresher than at Bait. So, if you’re ready to splurge, this is the place to get fat, juicy oys­ters on the half shell. Apart from oys­ters and seafood, they also serve pas­tas and meat dishes like duck con­fit and oven baked spring chicken. The restau­rant/bar at­tracts an in­ter­est­ing crowd on week­end nights. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Fri, 3pm till late; SatSun, 2pm-late. $$$

South­ern Rock Seafood

34 Jalan Ke­muja, off Jalan Bangsar, KL (1800 88 3474/ south­ern­rock­seafood.com). Es­tab­lished in 2008, South­ern Rock Seafood aims to pro­vide the finest air-flown fish and seafood to the all seafood lovers. Come savour fresh oys­ters and other yummy seafood bites, and wash them all down with a great se­lec­tion of wines, cham­pagne and beer. The por­tions here are gen­er­ous, so come with an empty stom­ach. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am10pm. $$$

South Amer­i­can Fuego

Troika Sky Din­ing, Level 23A, The Troika, 19 Per­siaran KLCC, KL (+603 2162 0886/www. troikasky­din­ing.com). Fuego presents South Amer­i­can-in­spired dishes like smoked snails in a jar, grilled wa­ter­melon with fried hal­loumi, smoked quail eggs and salted cod cro­quettes. And, they have a team just mak­ing dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions of gua­camole! Fuego’s clincher is un­doubt­edly the awe­some view of the Twin Tow­ers. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 6pm-12mid­night. $$$$$

La Mex­i­cana

347, Jalan Am­pang, KL (+603 4266 6262/Face­book: La-Mex­i­cana). La Mex­i­cana whips up the usual tacos and gua­camole along­side some more un­usual treats like grilled cac­tus and beetroot soup. Served in colour­ful sur­round­ings, the dishes are well com­ple­mented by a tequila-filled drinks menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Fri, 12noon-3pm, 5-11pm; Fri-Sun, 12noon-11pm. $$$

NEW El Maiz

A-G-2, Me­nara Am­pleWest, 6 Jalan Pun­cak, KL (+603 2022 2173/ fb.com/el­maizvenezue­lan­cu­sine). A wel­come ad­di­tion to the grow­ing num­ber of global eater­ies in KL, El Maiz spe­cialises in typ­i­cal Venezue­lan cui­sine and offers dishes unique to this Latin Amer­i­cano na­tion. Order the starter plat­ter of mini arepas, tequenos and em­panadas. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm, 5-9pm; Sun, 9am-3pm. $$

South­east Asian In­done­sian Danc­ing Fish Malay-Indo Cui­sine

Third floor, Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre, 285 Jalan Maarof, KL (+603 2095 6663/www.danc­ing­fish.com.my). This In­done­sian restau­rant spe­cialises in its name­sake – the ‘danc­ing fish’, named so be­cause of its ap­pear­ance. Also go for the gu­lai

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