One thing we’ve learnt from Netflix’s latest original series Street Food is that good food comes from an act of love passed through generations. While we’re still wondering about the exclusion of Malaysia’s street food scene from the show, it is safe to say that no matter who we are and where we come from, food is the one thing that brings people together.
This month, we celebrate the opening of new restaurants by seasoned restaurateurs and culinary giants who share their labour of love through the food they put on the dining table. Vintry Group, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most recognisable wine purveyors has added another name to its list of restaurants. On top of a solid menu to boot, The Public House by Vintry is the best place for select wines and a smattering list of whiskies and sakes. Indonesian stalwart Ismaya Group has also joined the fray with the opening of Blackbyrd Dine & Lounge alongside Dragonfly, the group’s first nightclub in KL. The brains behind Kenny Hills Baker has also opened Nourish, serving a slew of healthy warm dishes to complement its delicious baked goods.
And in conjunction with Mother’s Day that is just around the corner, there’s no greater reason for you to visit these new restaurants and cafes in KL than to celebrate the queen of the day. (Featured image: Feebay.Co)
The Public House is the latest restaurant by the muscle behind the Vintry Group and owners of Proof, Grano Pasta Bar and Stoked. The menu leaps from western to Asian flavours while bringing together the freshest produce in the region. Its dishes are meant for sharing; must-try items include the buttermilk-brined deep fried chicken, grilled baby octopus with Shaoxing wine and claypot loh shu fun. And thanks to the Vintry Group’s reputation as one of the best wine purveyors in town, The Public House offers a selection of house pours including assertive vintages and character-rich Chianti Classico.
If you’re working around KLCC and need something healthy for breakfast, Feebay.Co is where you need to head to for an early morning fix. The café is hard to miss especially with its bright blue façade. There are classic favourites like nasi lemak bungkus and curry puffs (perfect for takeaways) but its avocado and chickpea salad, as well as its pancakes are worth every bite. While you’re at it, enjoy your meal with a cup of Feebay’s signature blend of specialty coffee.
Perched on the 50th floor of Skyviews at Platinum Park Kuala Lumpur is Blackbyrd, the latest dining space by Indonesia’s culinary and entertainment juggernaut, Ismaya Group. The swanky interiors are peppered with steam bent furniture pieces and anchored by an eye-catching bar. Its menu is vibrant with contemporary interpretations of Asian flavours with a bevy of small plates to try.
The newest addition to Jalan Kurau is Mangiiare, taking over the corner lot next to the long-standing Ganga Café. The rustic interior design is matched with authentic Italian fare, which includes homemade pasta dishes, pizzas and desserts. It is also a great place for its happy hour promotion – wine, mojito and beer at RM10++ — happening every day from 4.00p.m. to 9.00p.m.
Nourish is the latest spin-off by the boys behind Kenny Hills Bakers – this time serving an interesting menu focusing on organic produce, grass-fed beef, fresh vegetables and gluten-free ingredients. In addition to its staple pastry, tarts, pies and bread, patrons can expect a new line-up of vibrant salads and warm meals. If you’re up for some sweet treats, its gluten-free cakes are delectable with the pecan pie and orange polenta cake on the top of our list.