KL is home to a gastronomical genre in its own right: cultured yet laid back — so Malaysian. With all these new restaurants popping up, one can hardly keep track. We try, and name the dish you have to order. Without further ado, here are the new restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that are worth the hype, and getting dressed up for:
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Just like the mighty empire, Mont Kiara’s fancy new establishment boasts a menu that conquers the distinct cuisines of Southeast Asia.
Try this: The Curry Galore Platter
Address: Lot No. G8, G9 & G10, Ground Level, Arcoris Mont’ Kiara, No. 10, Jalan Kiara, Mont’ Kiara
If you’re thinking “Sitka isn’t new!”, you’re right. Sitka Studio, however, is its new Friday-only restaurant upstairs. Think fine cuisine in a contemporary casual setting.
Try this: The 5-course menu that changes according to produce in season, and wine to go with it.
Address: 8-5A, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
When that craving for brunch at an artisanal cafe hits, head to Alta, where everything from the jams to granola, and sourdough to cheese, is homemade.
Try this: The stracciatella cheese served with parsley oil and row native honey from Borneo, with toasted pumpkin seeds
Address: 59-1 Jalan Bangkung, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Perfect for escaping the rush hour traffic, this restaurant imports its seafood from the revered Tsukiji Market in Japan. The chefs can also whip you up a menu based on your budget for the night.
Try this: Ocean’s 8; a crab-stuffed with all kinds (eight, to be exact) of seafood, topped with gold flakes.
Located in Changkat, this rooftop seafood restaurant and lounge is perfect for a swanky dinner before a night out on the town — or just the view of it.
Try this: The Spaghetti Boutargue Cire D’Abeille
Address: 23-01, 1D, Vida Bukit Ceylon, Jalan Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Stuffy French dining? Entier is anything but. The ambiance is fun, and the menu is specially designed to be paired and shared.
Try this: Dry-aged thinly sliced Hokkaido shabu beef and fresh uni with cauliflower puree, lotus leaf, shimeiji mushroom, and hot dashi stock
Address: Level 41, Alila Bangsar, No. 58, Jalan Ang Seng, 50470 Kuala Lumpur