There’s no two ways about it: Malaysians’ popular pastime is definitely eating. It is even in our daily conversations; ensuring someone has eaten or isn’t hungry has become a common day-to-day routine.
The truth is, food scarcity is never an issue for us; so much so, we sometimes wonder how much can one person eat in a day? In August alone, you will be able to enjoy special menus from some of the must-try restaurants in KL; offering a plethora of signature dishes curated by the best chefs in town. Many restaurants are also collaborating with international guest chefs to create immersive dining experiences for ardent gourmands. From vegetarian options to carnivorous buffets, we are simply spoilt for choice.
And just recently with more and more new bars, restaurants and cafes opening, we sometimes find it so hard to catch up. At this rate, you’d probably be wondering what the latest and coolest places are to wine, dine and have fun in August. Be the first to check them all out as we put together some of the most happening and well-designed restaurants and bars to go to this coming month.
(Featured image: Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur)
Designed by Hong Kong-based design studio AB Concept, Bar Trigona is the latest must-go place, not just for its repertoire of drinks, but also to immerse in its glitzy interiors. As you enjoy some of the all-time favourites like Trigona Old Fashioned, Bitter Smoke and Alpine Martini, take some time to also appreciate the bar’s use of Malaysian produce from fruits grown in a local organic farm, wild turmeric from Pahang and raw honey harvested from the Trigona bees – all of which are prominently featured in the drinks menu. If you’re lucky, spot their in-house head bartender, Ashish Sharma who served previously at Singapore’s Manhattan Bar, ranked #1 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018.
Bar Trigona, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, MY-10, 145, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2382 8670
The Yun House, Four Seasons KL’s latest dining attraction, is arrestingly stunning. As you walk into the restaurant, expect nothing less than beautifully curated interiors and a celebration of Cantonese cuisine, artfully crafted by Chef Jimmy Wong with authenticity in mind. Enjoy a great selection of freshly handmade traditional and artisanal dim sum and small eats – great flavours that come in pretty small parcels. Pair your dim sum treats with a great pot of hot Chinese tea or simply amp it up with Yun House’s signature cocktails that are crafted to complement their food items.
Yun House, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, MY-10, 145, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2382 8640
It’s raining ice cream right here at Frozen by Ken. Founded by Ken Liew and Evelyn Lim who both worked in one of Melbourne’s most talked about frozen dessert parlour, Glace, this dessert shop is the place to satisfy all your sweet cravings. On top of the crowd’s favourite, The King (Musang King durian ice cream and coconut sorbet wrapped in a torched marshmallow skin, shaped like a durian), enjoy a variety of frozen desserts from dollops of ice cream to cake popsicles and petit gateau. The colourful interiors also celebrate the pleasures of enjoying desserts.
Frozen by Ken, 6 Jalan Telawi 4, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2856 8289
The newest eatery to join the Bangsar foodie fraternity is Knowhere. Situated in the busy streets of Telawi, Knowhere is the place for a no-nonsense grub food (also pork-free) that is loaded with everything from spicy wings to grilled calamari, chips and dips to handmade pizzas. The interiors are relaxed and cosy, with eccentric decor that feels like being in a fortune teller’s tent. Choose from their Malaysian-inspired options including the Pandan Santan Colada as well as The Erik, a concoction of vodka with chilli padi, passionfruit and lime, crafted by their resident mixologist, Erik.
Knowhere, 50 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +6010-220 2358
Cielo KL is the latest sky dining and lounge bar in Changkat Bukit Bintang. The romantic setting overlooking the city – perfect for a dinner date – is paired with a wide selection of signature drinks crafted for different occasions. If you like something sweet and refreshing for a girls’ day out, order the Yaguara’s Caipirinha that mixes Yaguara Blue Cachaca and fresh lime juice. For something comforting after a long day, anything classic like the Martini, Negroni and Old-Fashioned would hit the brief. Enjoy the sunset with a wide choice of tantalising food items, especially from their seafood menu.
Cielo Kuala Lumpur, 23-01, 1D, Vida Bukit Ceylon, Jalan Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, +6012 365 5059
Park yourself on the tallest rooftop bar in KL city centre, scaling the summit of Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur at Level 59. Vertigo is one of the KL’s latest bar, offering a spectacular vista of the surrounding cityscape as well as a satisfying array of cocktails and food selection. Bask in the sky as you chow down delicious small bites including the spiced roasted gaucho steak skewers, blue swimmer crab rolls and octopus ceviche. Wash them all down with Pandan Love, a refreshing mixture of Stolichnaya vodka, peach liqueur and lychee juice.
Vertigo, Level 59, Banyan Tree Residence, 2, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, +603-2113 1822
Horizon Grill, a contemporary steakhouse is perched on the 58th floor of the newly opened Banyan Tree KL. Choose between their indoor or al fresco dining spaces as you sit back and marvel at the panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur. The restaurant operates all day; serving hearty a la carte breakfasts, executive lunch sets and gourmet dinner menu featuring the freshest catch-of-the-day and premium cuts. For desserts, we would recommend the basil ice cream for a refreshing end to your dining experience.
Horizon Grill, Level 58, Banyan Tree Residence, 2, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, +603-2113 1822