We’ve had a long year, take a break and check out these new restaurants and cafes around KL and PJ this October.

It has been a long and arduous year for many. And while we’re steadily picking ourselves back up to our feet, it’s also good to look at others who have taken a leap of faith, especially in these trying times. It’s hard to imagine any new businesses to be popping up so soon, and yet you see new eateries making their debut around the city.

For our October edition of new restaurants and cafes, we take a look at 12 new places for you to check out. There are plenty of choices when it comes to pizza, which is good because we are in desperate need of some variety. Aside from that, plenty of new entrants have made its way onto the scene, as well as the introduction of the second outpost of a famed Japanese Matcha specialist.

Scroll on down and check out these new spots!

1
Niko Neko Matcha 2.0 (Chinatown)

After making a name for itself from its location in Bangsar, Niko Neko Matcha is now operating out of its second outpost. Niko Neko Matcha 2.0 is located in the heart of Chinatown, just across the road from the Pasar Seni MRT. What its first outlet lacked in space and parking, its second outlet more than makes up for it. Bringing back its signature green tea beverages and pastries, Niko Neko Matcha 2.0 also features a gallery section of antique Matcha bowls.

(Image credit: Instagram/@nikonekomatcha)

2
M'Laboori

A sister creation to the popular Murni Discovery, M’Laboori brings a dramatic switch of play into place. It’s located just a stone’s throw away from the original Murni location in SS2, PJ. What makes M’Laboori different from its counterpart in that it’s meat-free, it’s a library, and it’s also a cafe. Aside from that, it also offers a delectable menu that spans across sandwiches, pasta, pizza, and more. There’s also great coffee to go along with its equally tastefully done platings.

(Image credit: Instagram/@m.laboori)

3
Bushido Modern Yakitori Bar

There aren’t many yakitori eateries around Klang Valley, bar a few notable locations. Bushido Modern Yakitori Bar aims to do its namesake dish justice around Mid Valley Megamall. It offers delectable plates of freshly charred prawns, scallops, chicken, beef, and other offals the Japanese just love. While some may not have the stomach for it, yakitori enthusiasts will want to pay this place a visit.

(Image credit: Instagram/@bushido.kl)

4
Mūsu KL

Bringing casual Japanese dining into the game is none other than Mūsu KL. Operating out of the Sri Hartamas suburbs, you’d get to tuck into authentic Japanese cuisine in a more casual and relaxed setting. It serves up all of Japan’s most popular dishes, including rice bowls, sushi, yakitori, and tempura, just to name a few.

(Image credit: Instagram/@musu.kl)

5
Bamboo Jungle Chinese Restaurant

If Chinese food is what you desire, then head over to Bamboo Jungle Chinese Restaurant at Jalan Raja Chulan, in the heart of KL. It offers everything you could possibly want out of a Chinese restaurant — it serves dim sum from morning until the late afternoon while also serving Cantonese specialities like the Empurau Fish as well as Peking Duck.

(Image credit: Instagram/@bamboojungle.my)

6
Chateau Dionne KL

Plaza Damansara is steadily becoming a hot spot once again, especially with the opening of Chateau Dionne KL. The iconic French fine dining restaurant hailing all the way from Shanghai has finally made its way to our shores. It brings along its warm service with a classy ambience to boot if its delicate creations and the extensive wine list isn’t already enough. Expect intricate platings, exotic pairings of flavour and colour, as well as fine wine all around.

(Image credit: Instagram/@chateau_dionne_kl)

7
Le Gourmandin

Publika Shopping Gallery hosts a smorgasbord of restaurants, cafes, and other eateries. You may think that Le Gourmandin is just another name on the block but you best take another look. Serving authentic French cuisine, Le Gourmandin highlights the best that French food has to offer in a more relaxed and modern setting. Did we also mention that it’s strictly halal?

(Image credit: Instagram/@gour.mandin_french_cuisine)

8
Cafe Rocco

Owner and Chef Hon Sing is the driving force behind Cafe Rocco and he was also the founder behind the private supperclub, Hungry Mario. Now in his very own space, chef Hon Sing brings his artistic flair of “Chitalian” fusion cuisine to the forefront. Cafe Rocco is also a restaurant as well as a catering service, ensuring that even customers who are planning to throw parties and gatherings deserve to have good food.

(Image credit: Instagram/@caferocco)

9
House of Lulu's

House of Lulu’s brings a new, fresh, and exciting approach towards the casual day to night dining experience in Plaza Arkadia. There are sharing plates, signature dishes, as well as crafty cocktails to sip on throughout the day and into the night. Be sure to check out their pumpkin ravioli and beef entrecote while you’re at it, wash it all down with some exclusive house cocktails.

(Image credit: Instagram/@houseofluluxo)

10
WOP Pizzeria

Pizza makes its way onto the list not once, but three times with WOP Pizzeria coming in first in no particular order. This new pizza parlour can be found in Plaza Damas around Hartamas. Pizzas here are made out of sourdough, which has been fermented for 48 hours in the cold. With cheese being a major component of pizza, WOP Pizzeria ensures its buffalo mozzarella is homemade and fresh. The pizzas are also cooked with firewood from local mangroves.

(Image credit: Instagram/@fiozznah

11
Heritage Pizza

Heritage Pizza is all about celebrating its roots and this Italian pizzeria sure takes great pride in its food. Its name is also a play on its location — Jalan Doraisamy (formerly known as Asian Heritage Row), a street once filled with bars and restaurants back in its heyday and a top spot of KL’s nightlife. These days, it’s matured and features more dining options that dancing  spots, with Heritage Pizza being its latest resident.

(Image credit: Instagram/@heritagepizza_kl)

12
Phil's Pizza

For the longest time, it was Mikey’s that everyone would flock to for New York-style pizza but most of us have moved on. Now it’s time for Phil’s Pizza to take over and with a much more affordable price point. Phil’s Pizza serves up a fresh rendition of classic New York-style pizza with its 18-inch pies that start from only RM6! Classic margarita and pepperoni pizza are some of its most popular pies but you can expect more mind-blowing flavours as well.

(Image credit: Instagram/@kitano.mya)

Wi-Liam Teh
Senior Writer
Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.