Malaysians are blessed with a cornucopia of food places, so much so, that when a new one opens, another dozen would appear elsewhere. Just in Kuala Lumpur alone, we’ve got so many exciting eateries already in our list of places to try.
One thing is for sure — Malaysians are great foodies and we know our food. Tell us if we are wrong but everybody is his or her best (and worst) critic when it comes to food. As a melting pot of culture and heritage, Kuala Lumpur is a great place to scavenge for the best of both worlds – from exquisite ultra-fine dining experience to good old rugged street food.
Last month, we’ve explained why sushi and sashimi aren’t actually fresh and take you to understand the basics of pizza-making. We’ve also listed the best places for Middle Eastern flavours and where to go for the most scrumptious weekend dim sum buffets. And we urge you to make some time this month to visit the new Coley Bar in Bangsar for great drinks in a great ambience.
To top that off, we put together 8 new restaurants and cafes you need to check out in July. Half the year has gone, and if you’ve not spent enough time with your loved ones, this is the time to do so. Bon appetit!
A new addition to the Feast Village dining experience, Pak Tai is conceived simply for the love of good food. Featuring a wide selection of Southern Thai cuisine, diners will be served with authentic flavours of Tom Kha Gai, Thai curries and delicious desserts prepared by Chef Guk who previously led the kitchen at Pak Tai at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui. We recommend the Yum Sa Rai (seaweed) and Yum Pak Kood (paku ferns); both Thai salad appetisers at just the right amount of fragrance and piquancy.
Pak Tai, Feast Village@Starhill Gallery, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2715 9000.
Located in the verdant neighbourhood of Desa Park City, Cemento Café is the new hangout spot offering bountiful sweet treats. Tastefully designed, the café is doused in natural sunlight for the perfect flatlays of coffee and cakes, as well as freshly baked cracking pineapple buns. Take a bite into their baked buns stuffed with delicious durian and strawberry fillings.
Cemento Café, H-1-13, Plaza Arkadia, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, +6016 505 9891
The newly renovated Red Chinese Cuisine Restaurant is great for their weekend dim sum brunch. On top of that, it is a great place for family dinners, reunions and private functions with specialty rooms decked in auspicious scarlet red tones. Enjoy unpretentious traditional favourites like the humble fried rice, double-boiled soups and fresh seafood dishes prepared by Chef Mak and his creative team. Our favourites: the Peking Duck rolls and salted egg butter prawns.
Red Chinese Cuisine, Level 2 Pullman KLCC, Jalan Conlay 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2170 8888
If you’re a big aficionado of farm-to-table, this is the place to be. Slotted next to the newly opened Atlas Gourmet Market, an artisanal grocer in Shoppes at Four Seasons Place KL, Bistro Table is a great place to chill and unwind with good food and great wine (minus the peak-hour crowd). Choose from their curated selection of meats and seafood, as well as fresh produce that are hand-picked by head chef David Wong straight from the grocer. If you’re a fan of red meat, try the various cuts of premium purebred wagyu.
Bistro Table@Atlas Gourmet Market, Level B1, Shoppes at Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur, 145, Jalan Ampang Wilayah Persekutuan, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2856 8805.
Inspired by the world-famous Tsukiji market (hence its name), the restaurant is the place to enjoy freshness straight from the sea. Located in Jalan Raja Chulan, Tsukiji No. 8 offers a great variety of seafood including sea urchin (uni), whelk, unagi and fishes of sorts prepared by head Chef Usami-san. Besides the classic sushi and sashimi, try also their signature Bakudan (means bomb in Japanese) that features a mix of fresh sashimis, natto and chopped vegetables. Pair your dining experience with a good sip of their famous sake.
Tsukiji No. 8, Lot 136/8 First Floor, Wisma Lim Foo Yong, 86, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, +603 2143 8889.
If you’re around Taman Desa, hop over to Piccolino for a great Italian treat. With two-thirds of the menu featuring the succulent oink, there are plenty to choose. Sardinia-born chef Paola Pala cooks up a rustic fare with classic boiled pork trotters and the all-time favourite carbonara. Complement the Italian dinner with their signature pizzas topped with delicious toppings from meat options to vegetarian ones.
Piccolino, Lot G3A & G-OS-4, Ground Floor, Podium Block, Faber Towers, 207, Jalan Desa Bahagia, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur. +603 7980 5088.
A new addition to Bangsar’s exciting food scene, Alta Café is a must-go jaunt for its curated menu items. Located in Jalan Bangkung, the eatery is inspired by the simplicity of café culture in Paris and Copenhagen – serving simple, made from scratch and locally sourced comfort food in a relaxed and quaint environment. Apart from their savoury eggs options served on sourdough, try also the granola bowl as well as the overnight oats with roast pecans and berry compote.
Alta Café, 59-1, Jalan Bangkung, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, +603 2201 0725
Penang-born tax-consultant-turned-restaurateur Carolyn pays tribute to her grandmother with the Appa Bar & Bistro. Featuring secret family recipes passed down through generations, diners of the restaurant are in for a treat with comfort dishes including bak kut teh, nasi lemak with grilled pork, wild boar masala and a great selection of dim sum treats. Don’t forget to get your hands on their fresh roasted pork.
Appa Bar & Bistro, 8B, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +6016 557 9062.