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Time Out Malaysia Visitors Guide - - KL & SURROUNDS -

Eat Amer­i­can myBurg­erLab

14 Jalan 21/22, Sea­park, PJ; 3 Jalan PJS 11/9, Ban­dar Sun­way; Prima 4, Prima Av­enue, Block 3513, Jalan Te­knokrat 5, Cy­ber­jaya (myburg­erlab. com). myBurg­erLab has an epic fol­low­ing and are very creative with their menu and offer exotic choices for top­pings and sauces, a va­ri­ety of pat­ties, and their sig­na­ture bam­boo char­coal buns. Vege­tar­i­ans will be happy to know they offer Por­to­bello mush­room and tofu ver­sions. Be pre­pared for the queue. Pork-free. (Sea­park) Mon-Fri, 5-10.15pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-10.15pm; (Sun­way) Daily, 11am-10.15pm; (Cy­ber­jaya) Mon-Fri, 11.30am2pm; Mon-Sat, 5.30pm-10pm. All es­tab­lish­ments close every first Sun­day of the month. $$

Cafés NEW Cream

Prima Av­enue, The Tube Jalan PJU 1/39, Dataran Prima, PJ (+603 5879 8392/roast­things.com). This cosy café by cof­fee roast­ers The Roast Things is calm and serene, per­fect for whiling an af­ter­noon away. Cream offers fil­tered cof­fee two ways – hot or cold – so you can ap­pre­ci­ate the nu­anced flavours of the spe­cialty beans. Credit cards. Mon-Thu, 9am-6pm; Fri, 9am-10.30pm; Sat, 10am-6pm. $$

NEW Li

47 Jalan SS22/33, Da­mansara Jaya, PJ (+603 7733 7692/ li­damansara­jaya). A laid­back con­tem­po­rary neigh­bour­hood restau­rant that serves up­dated Malaysian fare like pork toast (think roti babi but with house­made sour­dough bread, chilli mayo and cilantro), ikan bilis con­gee, a pasta dish with slow-cooked pork that’s rem­i­nis­cent of pan mee, and more. Tue-Thu, 11.30am-9.30pm; Sat, 10.30am-9.30pm; Sun, 10.30am5pm. $$$

Nara Kitchen & Co

61 SS21/1A, Da­mansara Up­town, PJ (+603 7733 5897/narawithlove.com). You’ll be spoiled for choice by the se­lec­tion of eats in Da­mansara Up­town, but Nara Kitchen & Co is a con­stant favourite, es­pe­cially when you’re try­ing to stick to your #eat­clean res­o­lu­tion. The dishes are made with fresh in­gre­di­ents and don’t skimp on flavour. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon & Wed-Fri, 123pm; 6-10.30pm; Sat-Sun, 10am10.30pm. $$

Pur­radise Cat Café

First floor, 24A Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, KL (+603 2389 0976/pur­radise.my). Cat peo­ple will love this café! One of the pi­o­neers of cat cafe in KL, Pur­radise decked out with colour­ful bean bags, wall shelves and even large in­door swing for both hu­mans and cats! So this how things work here – you come in, order a juice or smoothie (which comes free with the en­try fee), and chill with the cats. Pork-free. Tue-Fri, 2-10pm; Sat-Sun & Pub­lic Hol­i­days, 11am-10pm. $$

Rimba & Rusa

D-GF-01, Sun­way Nexis, Jalan PJU 5/1A, Kota Da­mansara, PJ (+603 6151 4022/fb.com/rim­barusa). This sun­light-filled space with ac­cents of blue, white and grey is one of PJ’s most beau­ti­ful cafés. The fun menu sees con­tem­po­rary fare such as the La Pli Plu (bri­oche French toast topped with caramelised streaky beef), grilled glazed ribs with pick­led wa­ter­melon and cous­cous and soft-shell crab lin­guine. There’s a handy kids’ play area as well. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Thu & Sat-Sun, 12am10pm. $$

NEW Ta­ble & Apron

23 Jalan SS 20/11, PJ (03 7733 4000/table­an­dapron.my) This cosy space is per­fect for brunch on week­ends. In­dulge in their sig­na­ture dishes such as crispy buckwheat fried chicken, mush­room conchiglie with miso but­ter and kam­pung egg, and the charred egg­plant. End your meal on a sweet note with their tiramisu or their ver­sion of ap­ple pie. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 11.30am-4pm; 6-10pm. $$$

NEW Third Let­ter Cafe

2 Jalan U8/N, Seksyen U8, Bukit Je­lu­tong, Shah Alam (+603 7831 0121/thethirdlet­ter.com). This café has done a roar­ing trade from the mo­ment it opened late 2016. The rus­tic setting – fea­tur­ing bam­boo-style seats and wooden ta­bles – is a big part of its draw, but the food is also ap­peal­ing. Whole­some crowd-pleasers like pasta, pizza, nasi le­mak, nasi goreng kam­pung and mee goreng ma­mak keep the din­ers re­turn­ing. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. MonThu &Sun, 12 noon-10pm; Fri-Sat, 12noon-12mid­night. $$

Chi­nese Mo­ham­mad Chow Restau­rant

Per­dana Busi­ness Cen­ter, 3-1 Jalan PJU 8/5H, Da­mansara Per­dana, Pe­tal­ing Jaya (+603 7731 6383/ mo­ham­mad­chow.com). A nom­i­nee for Time Out KL’s best Chi­nese restau­rant in 2015, Mo­ham­mad Chow is revered by in the-know Mus­lim reg­u­lars, as it boasts a hard to-come-by menu of ha­lal Chi­nese food. Where else can you find poul­try in 26 styles, from clay­pot to kam heong and Mar­mite to mush­room? Ha­lal. Mon-Thu & Sat, 11am-11pm; Fri, 4-11pm. $$

New Paris

62 Jalan SS2/72, PJ (+603 7955 9180). This has noth­ing to do with French food; it’s a Chi­nese restau­rant that serves un­usual dishes. Try the sig­na­ture cham­pagne chicken with wa­ter­melon, grilled Chi­ang Mai-style sausages with sticky rice and the Ger­man-style crack­ling pork. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm; 5.3010.30pm. $$

NEW Noble Man­sion

P1-01, Level 1 Podium, Plaza 33, 1 Jalan Ke­ma­juan, Seksyen 13, PJ (+603 7932 3288/ori­en­tal­restau­rants. com.my). This op­u­lent ban­quet-style restau­rant is out to im­press, es­pe­cially with their well-ex­e­cuted dishes such as pan-fried abalone, grouper in stock and Ma­caustyle suck­ling pig. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Sun & Pub­lic hol­i­days, 11am-3pm; 6-11pm. $$

Euro­pean Ger­man Eurodeli

39 & 41 Jalan SS 20/11, Da­mansara Kim, PJ (+603 7726 7495/eurodeli. com.my). Pork is the order of the day here, whether it’s cold cuts, chops, sausages, stroganoff or medal­lions. There’s also lighter fare in the form of quiche, sand­wiches, pan-fried fish fil­let and more. The cosy venue out­fit­ted with warm light­ing and wooden ta­bles also has a gro­cery sec­tion. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am11pm. $$$

Ital­ian Enorme

P-G-20, Podium PJ Cen­trestage, 1 Jalan 13/1, Seksyen 13, PJ (+603 7661 0651/fb.com/enormemalaysia). Crav­ing pizza? Jaw-drop­ping 21-inch piz­zas is what Enorme’s fa­mous for, but they do have nor­mal sized ones too. Our favourite flavour is the car­bonara with cream, streaky ba­con, cheese, mush­rooms and a runny egg yolk on a crunchy pizza base. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$

In­dian Curry Leaf Restau­rant

75 Jalan SS21/37, Da­mansara Utama, PJ (+603 7726 5880/fb.com/ restau­rantcur­ryleaf). De­li­cious north­ern and south­ern In­dian cur­ries are the main draw for pun­ters here. Vege­tar­ian or not, try the palak pa­neer, a mix­ture of cheese and spinach purée. Ha­lal. Daily, 7am-10.30pm. $$

May and Mike’s Spicy Corner

357C Jalan 5/57 Jalan Gas­ing, PJ (+603 7773 0409). Tucked away in a quiet corner near Bukit Gas­ing, this charm­ing restau­rant serves au­then­tic Malay­alee food made from old fam­ily recipes. Sig­na­ture dishes in­clude chicken varu­val, mut­ton parathal and prawn tho­ran, served with homemade pickles and chut­neys. The last Sun­day of the month fea­tures their all-you-can eat buf­fet. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 8am-4pm. Every sec­ond Sun­day of the month, 11.30am-3pm. Every last Sun­day of the month, 12noon3pm (buf­fet). $$

Sri Gana­p­athi Mess

47 Jalan 1/10, Seksyen 1, PJ (+6016 279 1384). This ba­nana leaf rice es­tab­lish­ment is fast be­com­ing an open se­cret. Here is where you tuck into steam­ing cur­ries, fluffy par­boiled rice, crunchy fried seafood and the tongue-tin­gling crab rasam. Pork-free. Daily, 11.30am-4pm. $$

Ja­panese Kam­pachi

Level 1 Podium, Plaza 33, 1 Jalan Ke­ma­juan, Seksyen 13, PJ (+603 7931 6938/kam­pachi.com.my). Kam­pachi is one of the most ac­claimed Ja­panese in town and snagged three Time Out KL Food Awards ti­tles. Their seafood is air-flown from Tokyo’s Tsuk­iji fish mar­ket and they hand-make their soba noo­dles. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6-10pm. Closed for din­ner on Satur­days. $$$$

Korean Bul­gogi Brothers

Ground floor, Par­a­digm Mall, 1 Jalan SS7/26A, Ke­lana Jaya, PJ (+603 7887 3541/bul­gogi­bros.com.my). The Bul­gogi Brothers have es­tab­lished them­selves in Korea with more than 40 out­lets and are now in KL. Your ta­ble will be filled with tiny plates of ban­chan and meat for you to grill. We sug­gest the gwanyang-sik bul­gogi, thin slices of Aus­tralian beef with pota­toes, mush­rooms and leek. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$$

NEW Chicken Up

7 Jalan SS15/4E, Subang Jaya (+6017 577 9377/ fb.com/chick­enup.sj). Drop by this cosy restau­rant for your Korean fried chicken fix, that comes with a choice of five types of sauces in­clud­ing gan­jang (soy sauce), yangnyum (sweet sauce) and spicy yangnum. There are also Korean favourites like kim­chi stews and seafood spicy noo­dles avail­able. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11.30am12mid­night. $$

Malaysian Ny­onya Fat Spoon

73 Jalan SS21/1A, Da­mansara Up­town, PJ (+603 7728 3323/ fb.com/fat­spoon­cafe). Whim­si­cal touches give the air of a Ny­onya granny’s sit­ting room. The food is pre­dom­i­nantly Per­anakan, and the lunch sets and sin­gle-plate meals like sam­bal fried rice are ex­cel­lent value for money. Pork-free. Tue-Sun, 11am-10pm. $

Tra­di­tional Malay Ke­som

F-46-G, Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria, PJ (+603 7886 6559/fb.com/ke­som. cafe). Ke­lan­tanese food is the star here with nasi ker­abu which the owner pre­pares us­ing tra­di­tional in­gre­di­ents like bunga ta­lang to make the rice a pretty shade of corn­flower blue. The rice is dressed acar, salted egg, shal­lots, kerisik, serund­ing ikan, ulam, fouran­gled beans and sam­bal bela­can. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 11.30am5.30pm. $$

Vil­lage Park Restau­rant

5 Jalan SS21/37, Da­mansara Utama, PJ (Face­book: Vil­lage Park Restau­rant). Win­ner for ‘Best Malay/Malaysian’ in Time Out KL’s 2015 Food Awards, Vil­lage Park is famed for its nasi le­mak ac­com­pa­nied by ikan bilis, peanuts, cu­cum­ber sliv­ers, and ad­dic­tive sam­bal. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 7am-7.30pm; Sun, 7am-6pm. $

Ma­mak Murni’s

53 Jalan SS2/75, PJ (+603 7865 1010); 39-41 Jalan USJ 9/5P, Subang Busi­ness Cen­tre, Subang Jaya (+603 8081 8102); 12 Jalan PJS 8/13, Dataran Men­tari, PJ (+603 5611 2062); 2-1 Jalan PJU1/3D, Sun­way Mas Com­mer­cial Cen­tre, PJ (+603 7886 4291/murni­dis­cov­ery.com). Boast­ing pos­si­bly the most ex­ten­sive ma­mak menu in ex­is­tence, Murni’s is an in­sti­tu­tion. If stan­dard ma­mak fare makes you yawn, re­vi­talise your ma­mak ex­pe­ri­ence by sam­pling Murni’s new take on nearly all es­tab­lished favourites. (SS2) Daily, 8am5am. (US, Dataran Men­tari & Sun­way Mas) Tue-Sun, 12pm2am. $$

Nasi Kan­dar Pelita

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (pelita.com.my). Con­sid­ered the quin­tes­sen­tial ma­mak, Pelita has hearty nasi kan­dar lunches and the kind of fried chicken eaten to sober up af­ter a big night. The menu is ex­ten­sive but their spe­cial­ity is un­doubt­edly the nasi kan­dar. Daily, 24 hours. $$

Orig­i­nal Kayu Nasi Kan­dar

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (fb.com/ Orig­i­nalKayu). What be­gan as a hum­ble stall is cur­rently a full-fledged es­tab­lish­ment with mul­ti­ple branches na­tion­wide. Order nasi kan­dar – plain white rice with ac­com­pa­ni­ments (we rec­om­mend the chicken ren­dang, fried squid and some greens) – for a de­li­cious and rel­a­tively healthy meal. Mean­while, the roti tis­sue – a pa­perthin, crispy sugar-coated cone – is a de­li­cious snack or dessert. Daily, 24 hours. $$

Mid­dle East­ern Egyp­tian NEW

Tut’s Egyp­tian Eatery LG333A, New Wing, 1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre, PJ (+603 7688 4597/fb.com/tutsmy). Started by Egyp­tian brothers-in-law Mo­hamed Zein and Mo­hamed Tarek Diab, this eatery is a good place for an in­tro­duc­tion to Egyp­tian cui­sine. Get the pop­u­lar tra­di­tional Koshari mixed grain bowl – rice, pasta and noo­dles all in one dish. Other tra­di­tional dishes like the kofta, hawaoshi, molokhia stew and the om ali bread bud­ding (for dessert!) all make an ap­pear­ance as well. Ha­lal. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$

Seafood Crab Fac­tory

21 Jalan SS2/64, PJ (+603 7865 5850/ crab­fac­tory.com.my). This no-frills seafood restau­rant pays tribute to the re­mark­ably ro­bust flavours of Louisiana. In­spired by the com­mu­nal crab boils that are part and par­cel of South­west­ern Amer­ica, Crab Fac­tory dishes out liberal serv­ings of tan­ta­lis­ing Ca­jun-style crus­taceans. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. TueThu, 3-11pm; Fri-Sun, 11am-11pm. $$$$

Lala Chong Seafood Restau­rant

Lot 13556, Jalan Cem­paka, Kayu Ara Da­mansara, PJ (+603 7728 1906/Face­book: Lala Chong Seafood Restau­rant). Lala Chong is so pop­u­lar for its lala (clams) that even its out-of-the way location doesn’t de­ter din­ers from mak­ing the wind­ing jour­ney. The siong tong lala (fresh clams in Chi­nese rice wine, gar­lic, gin­ger and birds eye chillis) is eas­ily the restau­rant’s most pop­u­lar dish. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$

Restoran Fatty Crab

2 Jalan SS24/13, Ta­man Me­gah, PJ (+603 7804 5758). Fatty Crab’s pop­u­lar­ity will never di­min­ish as proven by the queues every week­end. There are sev­eral sauces to choose from but chilli wins hands down every time. Soak up the sauce with toast and order the chicken wings be­cause they re­ally are that good. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 5-11pm. $$$

South­east Asian In­done­sian Rak­shee

13G, The Strand, Jalan PJU 5/20A, PJ (+6013 4512 924/Face­book: Rak­shee). Pop into Rak­shee for your bakso (In­done­sian meat­balls) fix amid stylish sur­round­ings. You can get your meat­balls with lin­guine and as slid­ers, but we like it the clas­sic way – mini bowls of noo­dles priced at RM1.90 each. Tue-Sun, 11am-11pm. $$$

Thai­land Kom­pas­sion

5 Jalan SS20/11, PJ (+603 7731 9256/fb.com/Kom­pas­sion. Da­mansaraKim). Founded by Nikom Uatthong aka Kom, food con­sul­tant and ex­ec­u­tive chef at myEle­phant, Kom­pas­sion is a pork-heavy Thai project that brings jus­tice to the term ‘fu­sion’. North­ern Thai meets pan-Asian flavours in dishes such as the Hunglay curry made with pork belly. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm; 6-10.30pm. $$$

myEle­phant

Happy Man­sion, Jalan 17/13, Sec­tion 17, PJ (+6010 220 1283); 22 Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria Da­mansara, PJ (+603 7886 1451); 22 Jalan USJ 9/5N, Subang Jaya (+603 8081 4661/myele­phant.com. my). This chain has ex­panded rapidly due to the pop­u­lar­ity of its au­then­tic Thai dishes and its com­bi­na­tion of jas­mine and brown rice served along­side white. The quaint neigh­bour­hood chain is a good place for a ca­sual meal with friends and fam­ily, and there’s also a branch in Sri Har­ta­mas, KL. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. $$$

NEW Thai Hou Sek

Sec­ond floor, 1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre, Le­buh Ban­dar Utama, PJ (+603 7731 7933/fb.com/ ThaiHouSek). Even though lo­cated in a mall, this ca­sual Thai diner serves up some re­ally good Thai of­fer­ings de­liv­er­ing on the promised com­bi­na­tion of spicy, salty, sweet and sour flavours all at once. The ex­ten­sive menu in­cludes favourites like tom yum, bar­be­cued meat and a whole lot of pork. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$

Viet­namese NEW Ara Viet­namese Noo­dle

45 Jalan SS22/11, Da­mansara Jaya, PJ (+6016 222 2480/fb.com/ ar a viet­namese noo­dles ). This hum­ble restau­rant serves up some of the best Viet­namese street food around – sim­ple, homely food full of flavour. Of the lot, the pho is a must try. Also don’t miss the pork skew­ers and crème caramel for dessert. Best part is, the prices here are very rea­son­able. Tue-Sun, 10am-3pm; 5.30-9pm.

Vege­tar­ian Chef Low Or­ganic Kitchen

C-G-43, Block Camelia, 10 Boule­vard, Le­buhraya Sprint, PJU 6A, PJ (+603 7725 7154/fb.com/chef.low.or­ganic). This meat-free eatery cel­e­brates healthy eat­ing while prov­ing that vege­tar­ian dishes can be a joy to the palate. The tasty dishes area pre­pared us­ing or­ganic in­gre­di­ents and fea­ture Chi­nese, Thai, Ja­panese and Ital­ian flavours. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. TueSun, 10.30am-9.30pm. $$

NEW Yishensu

Ground Floor, 1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre, 1 Le­buh Ban­dar Utama, PJ (+603 7729 4313/yishensu.com). We were al­most fooled by the spicy and al­most gamey ‘mut­ton’ curry prov­ing that vege­tar­ian food doesn’t have to be bland. Other mock dishes in­clude ‘spare ribs’, ‘prawns’, ‘duck’ and ‘fish’, which are cooked Chi­ne­ses­tyle. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$

Ex­plore

Ad­ven­ture Camp 5

Fifth floor, 1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre, Ban­dar Utama, PJ (+603 7726 0420/0410/camp5.com). If weather con­di­tions are less than favourable, head to Asia’s largest in­door climb­ing gym and ex­pe­ri­ence

Third Let­ter Café

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