Have we ever run out of ideas on where to eat in Kuala Lumpur? The answer is a definite no. Every month, new restaurants and cafes open with new concepts, creative creations and stunning interiors. Just in W Hotel Kuala Lumpur alone, we have Michelin-starred Saint Pierre as well as the hotel’s flagship Chinese restaurant Yen and the all-day dining Flock. Singapore’s Cé La Vi also made its presence felt here with the opening of its Kuala Lumpur edition at Ilham Tower.
This month, we are also seeing a list of autumn menus with a heavy focus on seasonal fall ingredients like truffles. In fact, Nobu KL is putting together an extensive menu from starters to mains and desserts that incorporate truffles as the key ingredient.
As you plan your bookings for the yearend celebratory lunches and dinners in some of KL’s best restaurants, make some time to check out the newest restaurants and cafes in town this November.
From the same kitchen of local caterer Brick House comes Pokok, a new glasshouse café situated at MAHSA University. The food is a combination of east and west, offering local flavours infused into modern cooking. While Pokok’s Nasi Lemak hits the mark at anytime of the day, enjoy the best of both worlds with the Cili Padi Pesto Pasta. Pokok also offers a selection of homemade cakes with the classic Butter Cake being one of the must-try desserts here.
Pokok, MAHSA Universiti, Jalan Universiti Campus, Jalan Elmu off Jalan Universiti, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-7965 2570
Many of us love a good bowl of comfort food after a long day. At Cureé, you get exactly that with its signature Hokkaido-inspired soup curries. Located along Jalan Imbi, this new restaurant offers lunch and dinner sets that centre on curry bowls. Each bowl comes with root vegetables like carrots, lotus roots and pumpkin – served with white rice and a cup of hojicha tea.
Cureé, 38 Jalan 1/77A Off Jalan Imbi, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +6011-2020 9080
There is a new pork-free dim sum restaurant in town. Yü by Ruyi is located at The Gardens Mall and is a new venture by award-winning Ruyi&Lyn in Bangsar Shopping Centre. Chef James Ho and his team have curated a delectable plethora of artisanal dim sum in the most artistic (and cute) shapes you’d probably have not seen before. For starters, go ahead and order the White Lotus Salted Egg Yolk Hedgehog Bun, simply because.
Walk around Midvalley and you’ll notice a new stretch of cafes and restaurants including the Good Monster. Modern rice bowls with a selection of Asian-inspired toppings and condiments are served here. Make your own mix — choose between coconut oil rice to buckwheat soba noodles, and combine it with local favourites like sambal ikan bilis, seaweed kerabu, sambal hijau, satay sauce and curry pineapple. For first timers, try the Nyonya Pescetarian that comes with ikan bakar and otak-otak or the Asian Keto, loaded with avocado kerabu, sambal tempeh and chicken varuval.
Good Monster, Lower Ground Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, +603-6734 0803
Award-winning and globally recognised Cé La Vi has recently opened in Malaysia with a bar lounge, a club and a restaurant. The in-house restaurant serves Modern Asian cuisine that centres on the unique flavours of Japanese and Southeast Asian dishes – something familiar to the local palate here. Choose to dine either in the private dining rooms or the alfresco seating area if you fancy the uninterrupted view of the city from Ilham Tower’s 37th Floor. A must-try item on the menu would definitely be the Baked Cod that is coated with a delicious umami glaze.
Cé La Vi Restaurant, Level 37 Ilham Tower, No 8, Jln Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2733 3163
The concept of ‘open houses’ during celebrations and festive occasions is brought into the newest dining place in Suria KLCC. The restaurant, OpenHouse offers special dishes that are rooted in Malaysian heritage and culture with local ingredients including banana heart, betel leaves and a variety of ulam. There are several must-try condiments like sambal and sauces, as well as interesting rice options to choose from – yellow rice stuffed in a pitcher plant and steamed red rice in a bamboo.