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New year, new cafes and restaurants.

The year seems off to a good start with many restaurants and cafes making their debut in the Klang Valley’s dining scene. From Spanish and Japanese to cakes and pastries, we’re also throwing in cosy cafes to get your coffee fix.

But as always, we’d like to preface our list with a reminder to practise social distancing and good hygiene when dining out. Community COVID-19 cases are at an all-time high — don’t forget to wear your masks when you’re not eating or drinking.

(Main image credit: Instagram/ @smashpop)

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia KL.

New year, new cafes and restaurants.

The year seems off to a good start with many restaurants and cafes making their debut in the Klang Valley’s dining scene. From Spanish and Japanese to cakes and pastries, we’re also throwing in cosy cafes to get your coffee fix.

But as always, we’d like to preface our list with a reminder to practise social distancing and good hygiene when dining out. Community COVID-19 cases are at an all-time high — don’t forget to wear your masks when you’re not eating or drinking.

(Main image credit: Instagram/ @smashpop)

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia KL.

1
Koro Koro Cafe

Subang Jaya’s latest cafe addition is a cute one. The calming green space with no shortage of indoor plants is a nice respite from the busy outdoors. Settle down with a cup of joe and peruse its food menu, consisting of Japanese-inspired meals like beef tataki, gyoza, karaage, crispy salmon with a side of rice, and more. Don’t forget to load up on desserts after — the cafe has cakes too. Koro Koro Cafe is pork-free.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @korokoro.cafe)

Address
Koro Koro Cafe, 11g, Jalan SS 18/1b, Ss18, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Phone
+6018-289 0689
Website
2
Mockingbird

As of now, Mockingbird only operates on Saturdays and Sundays, serving Asian-inspired fusion brunch. Craving for a bubbly brunch? Mockingbird has it too. Located in Jalan Telawi 3 in Bangsar, you’ll be spoiled for choices trying out not just breakfast food, but also heartier dishes like pastas, burgers, and more.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @mockingbirdbangsar)

Address
Mockingbird, 67-1, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Phone
+603-2380 0277
Website
3
Bouchon Enfin by James Won

Following the popularity of his takeout menu during the MCO, celebrated Malaysian chef James Won has expanded on his idea and birthed a casual version of his fine-dining restaurant Enfin by James Won. Bouchon Enfin is located in Pavilion KL and serves similarly French food, but made with the Malaysian twist that we can all identify with.  Bouchon Enfin by James Won is non-halal.

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Address
Bouchon Enfin by James Won, Lot C3.10.02 Level 3, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jln Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Phone
+6012-669 9156
Website
4
Henry & Camille

Located in Damansara Heights, Henry & Camille is a new cafe to grace the Bukit Damansara neighbourhood. We love the gorgeous green interior and the many varieties of sofas and couches for you to get comfortable on. This could be your next remote office spot too. Coffee and pastries are the perfect options to have here, and this cafe is one of the rare places in the Klang Valley where you can get bagels.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @henryandcamille)

Address
Henry & Camille, 54-M, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Phone
+603-2011 1735
Website
5
Malatoop

It’s challenging to find a good halal Sichuanese restaurant in the Klang Valley, if there’s even any. You won’t have to look further than TTDI anymore, because Malatoop is going to sate your spicy cravings for mala dishes. Here you’ll find the stir-fried dry mala bowls featuring an assortment of vegetables and protein doused in the Sichuan peppercorn mixture. For snacks, try the Malatoop Wings and Sticky Mala — both are battered chicken wings, with the latter offering a sweet-spicy flavour.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @malatoop)

Address
Malatoop, 36, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Phone
+6011-2838 2406
Website
6
Gaga Cakes

Petaling Jaya’s hippest new place to get pastries and cakes is Gaga Cakes, a sister outlet of Superfine. Located just next door (you can order cakes when dining in at Superfine too), Gaga Cakes is bold and colourful with a wide selection of desserts. Try the best-selling Pistachio Paris-Brest, which looks good for the ‘gram and tastes even better. They don’t scrimp around here, so expect your tarts and pastries just oozing with cream.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @pohnee_)

Address
Gaga Cakes, L1-05, Seventeen Mall, Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone
+603-7625 7715
Website
7
Eatery by Nutmeg

We may not be able to travel to the deep south in America, but we can certainly have a slice of it here at Eatery by Nutmeg. This restaurant focuses on Cajun cuisine, so you can expect Southern specialities like gumbo and deep-fried catfish and chips. But if it gets too niche for your dining companions, worry not — there are also other dishes on the menu that will appeal to most palates.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @eaterybynutmeg)

Address
Eatery by Nutmeg, Unit #01, 8, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Phone
+603-6411 3712
Website
8
270 sqft

Seapark looks to be the hottest new neighbourhood in Petaling Jaya as yet another stylish cafe opens, albeit a tiny one — 270 sqft, to be precise. Don’t expect this tiny place to serve up elaborate hot dishes. Instead, come to visit with a nice cup of coffee as well as some cakes and bagels. The space, stylish as it is, can’t accommodate too many people, hence its owners request that each person needs to order a minimum of one beverage when dining in. Takeaway, however, is highly recommended.

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Address
270 sqft, 27, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone
+603-7866 0829
Website
9
Craft

You know Insta-recognisable staircase in APW that many people sit on for a photo opportunity? You won’t be able to do it as easily now, as a new cafe has occupied that nook above it. Craft specialises in light bites, so while looking out to the leafy surroundings of APW, order a cup of tea-based drinks and munch on a maki roll — which is more substantial than it looks. The tea selection here is inspired by Taiwanese tea-houses, so choose from refreshing options of Bubbly Cha, Craft Cha, or Milk Tea to quench your thirst.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @jackyho_27)

Address
Craft, APW Bangsar, 29-8, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Phone
+6012-263 1812
Website
10
Tobu Sake Bar

The newest and sexiest sake bar to grace the Klang Valley is Tobu Sake Bar, complete with crimson hues and even has a torii gate for you to walk through upon entry. Needless to say, you’ll be busy snapping your way while waiting for your sake and yakitori dishes to be served. Other than sake, you can also sip on whisky and wine if you so desire.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @tobu.damansara)

Address
Tobu Sake Bar, 55c, Jalan SS 21/56b, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone
+6012-866 0960
Website
11
Five O’clock Brasserie

If you love Italian food, brunch, and all-day-drinks, you’ll love Five O’clock Brasserie. Inspired by the saying: “It’s always five o’clock somewhere” this new Italian place by the same people behind Portofino definitely wants you to sip on cocktails without worrying what time of the day it is. The space in The Sphere, Bangsar South is expansive, airy, and full of natural light. On the menu, expect items like smashed avocado toast, paella, pasta, lamb cutlets and plenty of other protein options. Wine is plentiful, but there are also fresh juices if you feel like staying sober.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @fiveoclockbrasserie)

Address
Five O’clock Brasserie, The Sphere, Unit G5, 1 Avenue, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Phone
+6017-218 1734
Website