This year looks set to be an exciting one, with many new restaurants sprouting up, and existing eateries adding delicious new dishes to their menus. Make it your foodie mission this month to try something you haven’t before — be it a seafood boil experience at Crab Factory, modern Thai-Japanese cuisine at Kaiju, or Southeast Asian fare at the newly opened Duddha. Here are our picks of what you should try.

Meat Crab Set by Crab Factory

Crab Factory

The dish: The word “dish” is a bit of an understatement for Crab Factory’s Meat Crab Set, which is essentially a massive and mouth-watering spread of crabs, prawns, mussels and vegetables poured right onto your table. The seafood comes with a variety of sauces including a mildly spicy dip, a creamy “lemak” gravy, and a spicy plum sauce. Savour these with sides such as mantou and waffle sticks.

The place: Crab Factory specialises in large seafood boils reminiscent of Creole and Cajun cooking. Expect a variety of fresh crabs, lobsters, prawns, mussels and sauces, which are best shared among groups. For maximum enjoyment, we recommend forgoing the cutlery, and using your fingers instead.

Price: Varies according to your choice of meat, sauces and sides.

Crab Factory, 21, Jalan SS 2/64, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 7865 5850

Spicy BKK Street Pasta by Kaiju

Kaiju
Photo Credit: @ronnycakes

The dish: Japanese and Thai cuisines may seem unlikely partners, but Kaijiu manages to make this marriage work with its fusion of spicy and refreshing flavours. The Spicy BKK (Bangkok) Street Pasta is a good example, with its mix of fresh prawns, lamb minced meat and a tangy Thai seasoning. Round it off with the restaurant’s intriguing cocktail of sake with Calpis (a yoghurt-like drink).

The place: Decked out in minimalist furniture and a quirky 30-metre long origami dragon that lights up after dark, Kaiju is one of the trendiest new spots around town. It focuses on Thai-Japanese fusion cuisine, and offers a range of salads, pastas, rice and sake cocktails.

Price: RM28

Kaiju, Paper Plates, APW Bangsar, 29 Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2788 3796

Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang by Duddha

Duddha

The dish: Duddha’s menu features bold, modern Southeast Asian cuisine. A standout dish is its 48-hour wagyu beef cheek rendang, which comes sprinkled with puffed rice and crispy herbs for textural contrast. The beef is also tender and tasty, making for a satisfying meal.

The Place: Located at KLCC, this newly opened restaurant is a colourful space decorated with playful neon accents, walls emblazoned with comic-inspired characters, and a mahjong-tiled bar.

Price: RM79

Duddha, Lot G48,Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, 03 2382 2828