A week of discovering and trying out new and unconventional fitness classes in Kuala Lumpur can be tiring. And after running 12 kilometres at the Puma Night Run 2017 in Cyberjaya over the weekend, you totally deserve a good reward. To keep your workout routines from wearing you down, you can boost your mental fortitude by splurging on an indulgent #cheatday.
Luckily, we live in a city that never runs out of good places to dine in. Aside from the many new restaurants that opened in KL the last few weeks, there were also several established eateries that have refreshed their menus with new dishes. From Enfin by James Won’s opulent five-course dinner set to The Point Restaurant & Bar’s addictive bite-chettas (bite-sized bruschetta), here are 5 fantastic new dishes you must try in KL this week.
North Sea white cod by Enfin by James Won
The dish: This aesthetically pleasing dish features a North Sea white cod that’s garnished with squid ink tuile and edible petals. Served with French fried potatoes, and heirloom carrots, it rests on a mix of white butter, sago, prawn powder, and forest mushroom ketchup. Chef James Won, inspired by his trip to Sarawak last year, chose to glaze it with fermented koji and tuak (a Sarawakian rice wine) instead of white wine to enhance the lightly sweet taste of the fish.
The place: Home to the first Krug Chef’s Table and Hennessy Salon in the Asia, Enfin by James Won is a modern French restaurant and bar in the heart of KL that boasts an all-Malaysian kitchen team.
Enfin by James Won, Level 2-05, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 10-288 7920
Grilled fresh water prawn by Nobu Kuala Lumpur
The dish: We’ll trade sushi and sashimi over Nobu KL’s grilled tiger prawn anytime. Sprinkled with crab roe and finely chopped hazelnut, the light heat with from the antichucho sauce (a mix of Peruvian chili paste, den miso, butter, and hazelnut) elevated the sweetness of the thick crustacean meat, leaving us craving for a second plate. This seasonal dish is part of Nobu KL’s all-new, permanent Osusume menu.
The place: With a stunning view of the KL cityscape, Nobu deftly uses Latin-American and other multi-cultural ingredients in preparing contemporary Japanese cuisine. Its kitchen, led by executive chef Philip Leong, has also introduced a new, ongoing dessert menu that ends 2 September.
Nobu Kuala Lumpur, Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3-2164 5084
Tomahawk Côte de Boeuf by Supperclub KL
The dish: Served with butter, garlic, and thyme, this beef rib is moist and so tender it melts in the mouth quite easily. The black pepper sauce adds the right amount of spice to complement the beef’s smokey taste. A bowl of truffled mashed potatoes makes devouring this huge wagyu steak (good for two people with big appetites) a relatively easy task.
The place: Located in the middle of the trendy TREC’s Electric Boulevard, Supperclub KL is an upscale gastrobar and lounge that serves French cuisine and fresh oyster shooters with fine wine pairings. By 9pm, it transforms into a swanky nightclub, where you can dance to the beats of local and international DJs while enjoying a mix of classic and bespoke cocktails.
Supperclub KL, Lot E12-14, TREC, Electric Boulevard, Jalan Tun Razak, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3-2110 0866
Lobster burger by Pince & Pints
The dish: In celebration of National Day at the end of the month, the Telawi joint gives its own twist to Malaysian’s favourite Ramly burger. Using a whole fresh lobster from Maine and Canada, Pince & Pints created a flavour-packed patty that’s enveloped in a fluffy potato bun. Salty and peppery, the lobster patty is crispy on the outside but moist and juicy inside. It comes with crispy sweet potato fries, which we loved dipping in the house-made spicy tomato sauce. Sink your teeth into this unique burger until 30 September.
The place: This restaurant and bar specialises in preparing lobster-only comfort food, a first of its kind in Kuala Lumpur. Importing its live lobster from Maine and Canada every week, its menu features six must-try items such as lobster noodles (wok fried lobster with egg noodles, ginger, and scallion), and truffle lobster roll (shaven truffles with caviar, house-made dip, French fries, and salad).
Pince & Pints, No. 32, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3-2201 3233
Bite-chetta cage by The Point Restaurant & Bar
The dish: As much as we love The Point’s Little Crabbies (soft-shelled crab sliders with caramelised onion jam and Sriracha mayo), we just can’t get enough of its bite-sized bruschetta, which is presented on a tiered tray. From salmon to tomato and basil, generous portions of toppings are placed on top of thin crunchy toast. Our pick is the carbonara bite-schetta that’s made of cream, egg, and mushroom with herbs and naturally salty grana padano cheese.
The place: The newly-renovated wine bar of The Point Restaurant & Bar in Medan Damansara showcases over 450 bottles of wine from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, US, Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, and China. Complemented by tapas and bruschetta, it also serves an eight-item menu of innovative cocktails like Australian Kiss (dehydrated pineapple with sour plum in hickory wood-infused water), and Sixty-Nine (hazelnut chocolate cocktail).