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5 new restaurants and cafes to check out in January 2019

You’ve probably eaten so much during Christmas that another mention of roasted turkey would make you barf. But trust us when we say that the feasting has yet to stop as Chinese New Year is just a month away. Take our word for it: pace yourself.

We’ve seen many upmarket restaurants opening in 2018 — some even studded with Michelin stars like Saint Pierre and Sushi Ryu. There are also some restaurants in particular that have caught our attention last year with exquisite interiors and an inspired menu that champions the authenticity of Malaysian cuisine. Establishments like Atas Modern Malaysian Eatery and OpenHouse are few that have left us impressed — we are excited to see what 2019 will bring to the local food scene here.

This month, five new restaurants and cafes leave us impressed with its bold interior design and novel recipes — from an elevated soy bar to an artisanal cake specialist. Let’s welcome 2019 with these new restaurants and cafes in Klang Valley.

Gajah Mada by Majapahit

Imagine having the best of Southeast Asian cooking anchored in Thai and Indonesian flavours, all on a plate. Enter Gajah Mada by Majapahit. Backed by the team behind the success of Majapahit, the swanky restaurant design carries elements of tropical and culture. Try a variety of Thai curries available or spring rolls from the Vietnamese kitchen. If you like something more local, the Padang Beef Rendang is definitely a popular choice.


Gajah Mada by Majapahit, G-021 & G-E-021, Ground Level, MyTOWN Shopping Centre, Seksyen, 90, Jalan Cochrane, 55100 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, +6016 226 1878


Eatalia by Brava


Tucked in the bustling street of Telawi in Bangsar, Eatalia by Brava takes over the premise of Naughty Babe Dirty Duck — now serving an array of authentic Italian favourites like pizzas and an assortment of pasta. Choose from spinach and ricotta ravioli to gnocchis in gorgonzola sauce, or even the satisfying pappardelle in a tomatoey lamb ragout. Finish off with the classic tiramisu and the tartufo (ask for a side of espresso) if you may — especially if you’re a fan of coffee-based desserts.


Eatalia by Brava, 25 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2288 8188




There is a new tofu-themed cafe that focuses on non-GMO soy desserts and beverages. Enjoy its silken and smooth signature tau foo fah that is served with soy milk and toppings. Soylab is also proud of its kakigori-inspired dessert comprising shaved soy ice drizzled with brown sugar and boba. Try also the fluffy souffle pancakes that are made using soy milk — it promises quite a different and softer texture. (Credit: @ramenbox)

Soylab, 104 Jalan SS21/39, Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +603-7731-6099
Kiara's Cakes

Mont Kiara welcomes another new cafe that is evidently recognised by its vibrant Prussian blue wall. This quaint cafe is a place worth checking out for coffee and an array of freshly baked cakes, quiches and pies. Go ahead and order its decadent flourless chocolate cake or the moist green tea loaf cake. We assure you that the half blue, half granite tabletops make for the perfect flatlays for your social media feed.


Kiara’s Cakes, 7-4, Vista Kiara Shoppes, Jalan Kiara 3, Mont Kiara 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +6013-518-8000

Muse Eatery

Another hidden gem awaits your patronage and this time it is hidden in Happy Mansion, home to other hipster cafes like Xiao by Crustz and Food Foundry. Muse Eatery can be easily spotted with its dark moss green facade lined with designer chairs. Come here for a quick coffee fix or savour its brunch and dinner offerings that include the usual roast chicken, lamb rack, steak and more. We’d recommend the har cheong gai burger that comes with a juicy chicken thigh that’s marinated in an unmistakable umami or fermented shrimp paste. (Credit: @foodieve)


Muse Eatery, BG-7, Block B, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Section 17, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +6019-912-0934

Martin Teo
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.