A new month beckons a new list of restaurants and cafes in the city as ardent foodies and gourmands continue to search for new dining experiences. Just recently, Kuala Lumpur now has not only one but two prestigious restaurants headed by chefs with Michelin star recognition. We will also be welcoming another renown name in the industry as Cé La Vi opens end of this month.

The dining scene looks vibrant already with the opening of Saint Pierre KL by Chef Emmanuel Stroobant and Sushi Ryu by a two-Michelin-star sushi chef, and it is certain that there will be more coming in. We are also expecting new luxury hotels and properties opening very soon, offering a range of in-house restaurants and curated dining spaces.

If you’re not into the idea of fine dining, the Tiffin Food Court is also still ongoing for you to enjoy some of the best food vendors in town selling crowd-pleasing pokebowls and sushi rolls to the usual tacos and burritos. And if you’re still out of ideas of where to dine during the weekends, here are six new restaurants and cafes to check out this month.

1
Lisette's

Lisette’s is formerly Dr.Inc, a tribute to the founder of the original place. Enjoy a selection of pastries and new recipes that are all baked and prepared daily in the kitchen. Lisette’s also continues its weekly vegetarian buffet tradition featuring a great dining option for ardent vegans and an alternative to your usual meat-loaded meals. Otherwise, come and chill at a cosy corner that is always decorated with colours and prints.

Lisette’s Café & Bakery, No. 8, 8A and 8B, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2201 7772

2
Bref

Bref (French for ‘brief’) is chef Darren Chin’s vision of a contemporary Parisian bistro. Diners can expect similar French cooking and techniques but in a more casual setting. The restaurant features a seasonal menu, tantalising guests with a creative take on the best ingredients sourced from all over the world. Here, one can expect finesse, flavours and exquisite presentation on a plate.

Bref by Darren Chin, 26A, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, +603 7731 5032

3
Saint Pierre KL

Everyone is excited about the opening of Saint Pierre KL by Singapore’s Michelin-starred chef Emmanuel Stroobant when it was first announced. The restaurant is now open in W Hotel KL and is serving French-style fine cuisine with light touches of Asian elements. Choose from their three or five-course meals, or even the extravagant 16-course menu that promises an ultimate fine dining experience.

Saint Pierre Kuala Lumpur, Level 8 W Kuala Lumpur, 121, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2732 5008

4
Sushi Ryu

Sushi Ryu is the brainchild of a group of gourmands looking to bring the omakase experience in Kuala Lumpur to the next level. The new sushi bar is headed by KL’s first Japanese sushi chef with two Michelin stars under his belt. Sushi Ryu comes with a Japanese-style cocktail bar modelled after the likes of Star Bar Ginza. The new restaurant is strategically located in KLCC, promising a palatial experience to city folks.

Sushi Ryu, Unit 3.3, Level 2, Platinum Park Tower 1, 11 Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2181 1531

5
My Pizza Lab

The folks behind My Burger Lab continue to expand their business with a whole new pizzeria concept right next to their existing burger joint. You’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting the usual pizza toppings but if you’re up for something new and extra-ordinary, My Pizza Lab has all the right ingredients for you. The Boba Milk Pizza is one of the most bizarre creations; tastes something like a cheesy bubble milk tea on a pizza.

My Pizza Lab, 14, Jalan 21/22, Seapark, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +6010 369 5275

6
Nori Sushi

Executive Chef Joe San has more than 18 years of experience as a sushi chef and he is putting together a creative spin to authentic sushi experience to Nori Sushi. Besides the omakase sessions that are priced from RM200 onwards, Nori Sushi also features a repertoire of Japanese food ranging from tempura and sushi to high-quality sashimi. This new Japanese restaurant is opened by the same team behind Malai Thai Restaurant.

Nori Sushi, Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur, 10 Jalan Perak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2181 4873

Martin Teo
Editor
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.