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About the

guide Listed by area Venues are divided into two main categories: Eating and Drinking. They are then listed first by geographical area. We begin with KL & Surrounds and then follow alphabetical order. Some sections may carry further geographical distinctions to distinguish between the mainland and islands or different cities. Within each geographical section, venues are listed by cuisine. These are as follows: The Americas Cafés Cheap eats Chinese European & British Food court Indian International Japanese & Korean Malaysian Middle Eastern Pork/Non-halal Seafood Southeast Asian Vegan/Vegetarian 䖃

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Opening hours Unless stated otherwise, these are the hours that the venues open and close rather than last orders.

Prices Based on the range of most main course options (ie, not a full meal and not including drinks or any service and taxes) $ RM1-14 $$ RM15-24 $$$ RM25-49 $$$$ RM50-99 $$$$$ RM100+

Services Pork-free Halal Child-friendly Credit cards accepted

Anonymous, unbiased reviews

The reviews in this Time Out Malaysia guide are based on the experiences of Time Out restaurant reviewers. Venues are always visited anonymously. The editors select which places are listed in this guide, and are not influenced in any way by the wishes of the restaurants themselves. Restaurants cannot volunteer or pay to be listed; we list only those we consider to be worthy of inclusion. Advertising and sponsorship has no effect whatsoever on the editorial content of the Time Out Malaysia guide. An advertiser may receive a bad review, or no review at all.

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Stars Refers to a venue that we particularly recommend

NEW NEW refers to a venue that is new to this edition of the guide. In most cases, these are brand-new venues.

Carlsberg sold here Some listings carry logos for Carlsberg, Asahi, Somersby, Kronenbourg K1664 Blanc and Connor’s Stout Porter. These logos signify that your favourite beer or cider is sold at the venue. Time Out Malaysia Eating & Drinking 2017 9


February

Calendar

09 Thaipusam Nationwide. Hindu devotees celebrate Thaipusam, an ode to Lord Murugan. Though celebrated nationwide, Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur and Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple in Penang see the largest congregation of practitioners, and therefore make the best observation points.

*Dates correct at time of print. Some event dates yet to be announced (TBA). Check timeoutkl.com and timeoutpenang.com for more details

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09-14 Royal Langkawi Regatta Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Jalan Dato’ Syed Omar, Kuah, Langkawi (+604 966 4078/www. langkawiregatta.com). Participate in this prestigious yacht race or stand on the sidelines to cheer the teams on. It’s relatively easy to snag a prime viewing spot from one of Langkawi’s various ports.

March

28 Chinese New Year Nationwide. This loud and vibrant national holiday is accompanied by firecrackers, feasts, lion or dragon dance performances and friendly home visits. According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, the year 2017 pays homage to the Rooster.

10-12 Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Monumen Alaf Baru, Precint 2, Putrajaya (fb.com/ myballoonfiesta). Popular among families, this fun fiesta attracts hot air balloonists from all around the world. This year, Malaysia will be represented by two female balloonists for the very first time: cheer on Atiqah and Izzati, who are also known as the Balloon Sistaz! 10 Time Out Malaysia for Eating & Drinking 2017


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TBA Regatta Lepa Semporna Regatta Lepa Square, Semporna (+608 978 1518/ww2.sabah.gov.my/pd.sprn/ Regata.html). This regatta varies from most since participants may only use a traditional boat known as the lepa, which is mainly utilised by the Bajau tribe and decorated with bright red and yellow masts.

12-13 Borneo Jazz Festival Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri, Sarawak (www.jazzborneo. com). The 12th Borneo Jazz Festival is a must for jazz fans who have also been meaning to explore East Malaysia or Borneo. Aspiring musicians can also make the best of free music workshops. 26 May - 24 Jun Ramadhan Nationwide. Things slow down during the month of Ramadhan with Muslims fasting from daybreak until sunset. That being said, the evenings are alive with food bazaars and dinner parties.

June 01-02 Hari Gawai Throughout Sarawak. Celebrated not just in Malaysia, but also in West Indonesia, Hari Gawai is how the Dayak, a collective term for the various indigenous tribes in Borneo, give thanks for the end of the harvest period. 26 Hari Raya Aidilfitri Nationwide. Also known as Eid alFitr, Hari Raya Aidilfitri marks the conclusion of Ramadhan. You’ll hear Muslims greet each other with the saying ‘Eid Mubarak’ over the next two to three days.

July 07 Georgetown World Heritage Day George Town, Penang. As one of Malaysia’s most historical cities, Georgetown deserves its own annual celebration! Plan your visit to the Unesco World Heritage Site around this time of year to enjoy free artistic and cultural events and special exhibitions. 14-16 Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) Sarawak Cultural Village, Pantai Damai, Santubong (08 242 3600/rwmf.net). A riot of colours, sounds and sights, RWMF is incredibly popular among locals and tourists alike. Hosted within the sprawling Sarawak Cultural Village, the three-day event is more than just musical performances; join an arts and craft workshop, tour a traditional longhouse, or get a permanent souvenir in the form of a traditional tattoo. 28 July - 2 Sep George Town Festival (GTF) George Town, Penang (04 261 6308/www.georgetownfestival.com). m). GTF marks an exciting time to be in George Town. Manned by a team of ambitious art enthusiasts, this home-grown festival presents art exhibitions, physical theatre, dance performances, mixed media installations and more, many of which are free of charge to enter, view or watch. Time Out Malaysia Eating & Drinking 2017 11


August 31 Hari Merdeka/Independence Day Dataran Merdeka, KL. This year sees the country commemorate 60 years of independence with parades, firework displays and a host of colourful festivities.

September 16 Malaysia Day Nationwide. Not to be confused with Independence Day, Malaysia Day commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation – Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore – in 1963. TBA Sarawak Regatta Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak. This exhilarating boating race is accompanied by a slew of fascinating events such as the Brooke Swim and the Raft Tug Of War. Be prepared for a splashing good time!

October 04 Mid-Autumn Festival Nationwide. Also known as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival, this Chinese celebration was originally celebrated during the autumn full moon to give thanks for the harvest. During the festival period, mooncakes are eaten and children participate in neighbourhood lantern parades.

TBA KL ECO International Film Festival Publika, KL (03 7731 8361/kleff.my). This commendable film festival aims to educate the public about going green. Visit a green market, attend talks, peruse art exhibitions and, of course, catch a movie or an animated feature related to Mother Nature. 12 Time Out Malaysia for Eating & Drinking 2017

November TBA Penang Bridge International Marathon Penang Bridge, Penang (04 650 5136/www. penangmarathon.gov.my). Test your endurance by participating in this annual event with races in the 42km, 21km and 10km categories. Be sure to sign up as soon as registration opens, as spaces never fail to fill up.


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Chefs on the rise

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CONTEMPORARY MALAYSIAN

Chef Darren Teoh of Dewakan Labelling the food served at Dewakan as ‘fusion’ or ‘deconstructed’ is a mistake because it’s none of these things. Foodies and gourmets will have their grandiose vocabulary to describe the elegant plating and bursts of sometimes peculiar but always pleasing flavours and textures; but for someone who enjoys a Ramly burger as much as what Dewakan creates, this restaurant is honestly all about the food. The enigma in the apron is Chef Darren Teoh. An enigma because he doesn’t conform to what people assume a chef should be and is an combination of honesty, intellect and mild eccentricity, which then leads to his keen knowledge of local produce including indigenous species not normally used. He

understands his ingredients intimately – how it’s grown, who the farmer is – which is why 80 to 90 percent of what he uses in his dishes are locally sourced. It’s one thing to cook well and quite another to be able to envision audacious combinations and techniques that work well – transforming beef tendon into what looks like keropok; a slice of lightly cured mackerel topped with micro edible flowers; roast mushrooms with green curry sauce and mackerel flakes that are arranged from raw to cooked slices; and roast duck breast with skin so delicately crisp you’d want a plate of just the skin! The food is deliberately under salted so the taste remains unadulterated. The restaurant is a bit of a trek to get to but if you’re willing to brave the traffic into the recesses of an industrial area, obviously you’re serious about food and that’s half the battle won. There are two

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menus available comprising five and ten dishes at RM180 and RM240 respectively as well as a good wine list.

Chef Darren Teoh

Lower ground floor, KDU University College, Utropolis Glenmarie, Jalan Kontraktor U1/14, Seksyen U1, Shah Alam (03 5565 0767/www.dewakan.my). Mon-Sat, 6.30-10pm.

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Chef Darren Teoh is an enigma because he doesn’t conform to what people assume a chef should be


VIVIENNE CHONG

(L-R) Amanda, Daniel and Miki

POP-UP DINING

Amanda, Miki and Daniel of Pop Up Dining KL

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Pop-up dining is the natural progression from supper clubs; the difference being that a pop-up can literally be anywhere – from someone’s home to an off-kilter café in another state – as long as there’s some sort of kitchen. The food business is one of the most demanding in terms of effort, time and money; hence, passion is what usually drives an enterprise like Pop Up Dining KL. The business is made up of Amanda, Miki and Daniel, HONG KDU graduates C NE IEN

ingredients with a touch of European produce, and each dining experience has a theme to it – their English Breakfast brunch held in Penang in late 2016 showcased dishes like herbed granola, chicken mousse, potato and onion marmalade; all inventively plated and all part of a very reasonably priced menu . When asked what their favourite dining experience was so far, they concluded that all of them were because each new menu had its own story. While the Malaysian palate is evolving and local chefs get bolder with their dishes, it’s still a journey and outfits like Pop Up Dining KL will change the way you view food. And if you’re wondering what their favourite dish is, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s good old homemade cooking from their mothers! Pop Up Dining KL are available to cater for small functions (max 20 pax). Keep a lookout for their dining experiences through Instagram (@popupdiningkl) and Facebook (fb.com/ PopUpDiningKL).

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Every time we plan an adventure to anywhere, we’re bound to pick up something new

who each bring different skills to the table. When asked how they come up with ideas, they replied, ‘What really drives our creativity is definitely our passion for food and travelling. Every time we plan an adventure to anywhere, we’re bound to pick up something new – culturally, a new ingredient or cooking technique, or even from the things surrounding us. We use all these elements and incorporate them into our dishes.’ They veer towards using more local

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Shahril

STREET FOOD

Shahril of Burger Om A Malaysian icon, the roadside Ramly burger stall is a beacon of light when hunger strikes late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. Savoury, sloppy and a steal (seldom more than RM5), Ramly burgers are consumed anytime after sunset: for dinner, supper or as a post-clubbing meal to curb tomorrow’s hangover. The moniker ‘Ramly burger’ refers to the Ramly Group, a homegrown company that supplies frozen foods such as patties, sausages, nuggets, buns and

condiments to independent vendors. One such vendor who makes a good living from the Ramly enterprise is Ampang’s iconic Burger Om. Manned by a father-andson team, Burger Om is open seven days a week and has been in operation since 1986. Introducing himself as Shahril Burger Om, the founder enjoys the look of mirth on our faces when he tells us that his grill is

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older than his kids. ‘I started flipping burgers when I was a young man – before I even got married,’ he says. The father of eight is aided by his eldest and only son Faisal, whose seven sisters aren’t involved in the business. This dynamic duo has no problem remembering all the orders no matter how many customers there are. The diverse menu takes more than a minute to peruse, but generally offers chicken, beef or lamb burgers and hot dogs. Opt for add-ons such as egg, cheese or mayonnaise, and ask for as many meat patties as you want in any combination. What differentiates Burger Om from its competitors is their oblong-shaped burgers (because round is so passé), offering more meat and bread for your buck. In front of the 7-11 on Jalan Ayer Kerja Lama, Ukay Heights, Ampang, KL. MonSat, 7pm-4am; Sun, 7pm12midnight.

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PASTRY AND CAKES

Wendy Loh of Tiny Temptress

The kitchen is a familiar space for self-taught home baker-turned-pastry chef Wendy Loh. Growing up in a family who emphasised good food and great cooking – both her grandmother and mother are great cooks, hosting gatherings with friends and family, where they would prepare wonderful meals – it’s probably only natural Wendy answered the culinary calling. With the delightful ways she’s able to manipulate sugar, butter and flour –

her salted egg flavoured macaron and the Bear Necessity (oolong mousse and passionfruit over a biscuit base) are some of the best desserts we’ve ever eaten – we expected Wendy to roll off a list of impressive culinary schools and apprenticeships. Instead, she smiles when we asked how she honed her craft, saying, ‘I don’t have any culinary background, I studied law. I wasn’t thinking about [pastry] as a career, but without me

realising it, here I am, making pastries. I love desserts. I can have desserts as my main course.’ While she agrees everything has to be balanced in terms of ingredients and components to get the right texture, Wendy has always regarded baking to be a form of science, where you keep experimenting and researching to make the equation work; she doesn’t think pastry-making has to be intimidating. Wendy discovered that the best way to familiarise herself with ingredients was to deconstruct existing recipes and experiment according to taste – it’s a technique she practices to this day. The results are creations that are made with different elements and filled with various flavours which work wondrously together and look as good as they taste. 8-1, Jalan Radin Bagus 8, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling (03 9054 3716); 6 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, KL (03 3220 1157/fb.com/ thetinytemptress).

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Wendy doesn’t think pastrymaking has to be intimidating

Wendy

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Edo Set Hokkai Don

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Eating


KL & Surrounds

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Welcome to gastronomic paradise. The sheer amount and variety of food in Kuala Lumpur is astounding – if we wanted, we could probably eat at a different establishment every night. As Malaysians, however, we’re fiercely loyal to our preferred mamak, bakery, café, or wherever it is we haunt. Read on to get acquainted with some of our favourites. For more information, visit timeoutkl.com. 20 Time Out Malaysia Eating & Drinking 2017


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ALL YOU CAN EAT

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of them. Their lunch spread is concise and comprises several stations, from the salad bar and daily carvery to sashimi and an excellent Indian selection emphasising both Northern and Southern flavours. There’s also pasta and risotto options, and it’s not uncommon to see executive chef Antoine Rodriguez helming the stations himself to ensure diners get a great aglio olio! One of the more interesting aspects of this buffet is the chillers filled with smoked salmon and cold cuts, fresh fruit and chilled desserts. Children will be impressed with the row of sweet dispensers (like in an old-fashioned candy store), chocolate fountain and waffle station. There isn’t a huge array of food but for a quick lunch, this is an ideal option. Appetising vegetarian options are also available via the Indian selection. Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, KL (03 2263 7888/www. lemeridienkualalumpur.com). Mon-Fri, 12noon-2.30pm; Sun, 12.30pm-3pm. RM128nett.

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There are few things Malaysians love more than the promise of a buffet spread. Luckily for us, numerous eateries are deft at laying out delicious Casual lunch at Latest Recipe spreads, from bottomless brunches with Finding one buffet that ticks free-flow champagne to feel-good salad all the boxes – value for tasty selection – can smorgasbords. The Time Out Malaysia money, be tricky. This may sound team went above and beyond and came like a tall order but certain establishments have got up with a definitive list of where to the formula right, and Latest indulge in KL Recipe at Le Méridien is one


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Popular choices at Contango

The dinner buffet epitomises the buffet fan’s mantra of ‘eat and drink all you can’, especially The iconic Majestic Hotel Kuala if you opt for the free-flow wine Lumpur has become a city and beer. This is a good all-round landmark and its afternoon tea and buffet, and even if the naysayers dinner buffets are very popular, make comments about value for particularly during the weekends money and plummeting quality, and festive seasons. the punters keep coming and As far as buffets go, Contango’s Contango keeps loading those has something to suit every taste. buffet lines with the best choices. There’s an equal proportion of Bonus, their cheese selection is Asian and European cuisines, and great! they don’t skimp on variety either. The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, So if you fancy chilled seafood 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, KL (oysters, mussels, prawns, (03 2785 8000/www.majestickl. scallops), roasts, pizza, sashimi, com). (Lunch) Mon-Fri, RM95++; Chinese stir-fries, macarons, Sat-Sun, RM115++. (Dinner) Monéclairs and everything in between, Fri, RM105++; Sat-Sun, RM125++. you’ll definitely be spoiled for Add RM70 for free-flow wine and choice. beer. 22 Time Out Malaysia Eating & Drinking 2017


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Malay specialties at Rebung

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There may be no shortage of trendy concept restaurants in KL, but Rebung has earned its stripes and amassed a loyal following of those in search of real Malay food in all its rich and spicy glory. Helmed by celebrity chef, Chef Ismail, and Malaysia’s first astronaut, Dr Sheikh Muszapar, Rebung intends to provide an authentic representation of Malay cuisine and its roots amid pretty and homely settings. The restaurant overlooks the Perdana Botanical Garden and offers a bountiful buffet of dishes. With the exception of the ketchup and chilli sauces, everything at Rebung in homemade; even the dips are made from scratch. Most of the dishes take their cues

from Chef Ismail’s childhood – the kampung fare he ate and was taught to cook by his grandparents. The main station of the buffet is heaped with signature dishes like ikan patin tempoyak, daging salai masak cili api and labu masak lemak. Next to the main station is all manner of curries and gravies, platters of salads and vegetable dishes, and pots of spicy sambal relish. Don’t miss the food stations outside for additional dishes like Penang laksa, grilled fish and banana fritters. For dessert, the pulut durian and homemade dodol are winners. The dinner session includes a grill section where lamb chops and chicken wings are a good bet. 5-2, Aras 5, Parking Bertingkat Bukit Aman, 1 Jalan Tanglin, Taman Botani Perdana, KL (03 2276 3535/www. restoranrebungdatochefismail.com). Daily, 8am-10pm. (Lunch) Adults, RM42.40; Children (5-11 years old), RM29.70. (Dinner) Adults, RM53; Children (5-11 years old), RM35.


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Sunday brunch at The Ganga Café When it comes to delicious Indian vegetarian food, this quaint restaurant has it down pat – from the Ayurverdic chapattis made from a special sixgrain flour to the innovative ways of making vegetables taste so good even unapologetic carnivores will be convinced. Their rice (choose from tomato, brown or biryani rice) and chapatti sets are not only filling but supremely healthy, which in this age of clean eating is a massive plus point. No MSG or any artificial colouring is used and ingredients like lentils, okra, spinach and chickpeas take centrestage. The Sunday brunch buffet is incredibly well-priced and offers a selection of miniature chapattis (of which you can eat a dozen at least, they’re that good!), several types of dhal, rasam and vegetable dishes that run the gamut from cabbage and potatoes to cucumber salad. There’s also pakoras, vadai and dhokla, which is an incredibly tasty Indian vegetarian staple made with a fermented batter of rice and chickpeas. Help yourself to as much coffee and masala tea as you want. You may even consider embracing vegetarianism after eating here. 19 Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, KL (03 2284 2119/fb.com/thegangacafe). Every Sunday, 10am-3pm. RM21.

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Salad Buffet at DR.Inc

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Those who deem salads a bore will have to eat their words at DR.Inc. Every Friday from noon until 2pm, a great selection of meat-free delicacies take centre stage at this quaint café. Add some colour to your diet with the likes of couscous salad with chickpeas and cherry tomatoes, gnocchi tossed with black and green olives, stuffed eggplant and zucchini, black-eyed peas with julienned carrots and diced onions, and homemade pizzas. While vegetarians can safely tuck into everything on offer, vegans will have to hold back on a few dishes such as the devilled eggs and wobbly quiches with buttery crusts. Dessert is small cubes of homemade cake that won’t weigh on your conscience, but still satisfy your sweet tooth. Arrive early to avoid the disappointment of staring at empty platters; herbivores roam Bangsar in hordes! 8 Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, KL (011 2368 2537/fb.com/drincbangsar). Every Friday, 12noon-2pm. RM28.


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A typical British tradition, the Sunday roast is kept alive at The Library at The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur. After being seated by a white-smocked server (aim for the impossibly comfortable, curved sofas), take a moment to enjoy the refined ambience: spotless tablecloths, velvet seats and a cleancut band crooning smooth jazz are a few components that add up to the unforgettable experience. In addition to two glittering seafood stations heaped with fresh lobster, clams, mussels and oysters, there’s a salad bar, platters of smoked meats and fish, a well-curated cheese board, a rather arbitrary sushi section, and a dessert table groaning under the weight of éclairs, macarons, chocolate lollipops, tarts, trifles and truffles. The star attraction, however, is the carving station – roast beef and lamb is carved to order and served with all the trimmings: roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, root vegetables and savoury gravy. Think this meal couldn’t get any more lavish? Opt for the add-on freeflow champagne, wine and beer. Not called The Library for mere effect, the salon is lined with rows of bookshelves carrying heavy tomes on a wide range of subjects from architecture by Le Corbusier to cookbooks. After

supping in style, you may bury your nose in a book and while away an entire afternoon here. The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Imbi, KL (03 2142 8000/www. ritzcarlton.com). Every Sunday, 12noon3pm. Food only, RM198; free-flow champagne, wine and beer, RM398.

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Clean and green eats Quinoa, cashew cheese, beetroot juice, açai smoothie bowls – clean and healthy eating is fast becoming the norm. Caramella Scarpa goes out on a green whim to bring you the lowdown on what it means to eat healthy and clean

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ating clean isn’t just a random food trend or cool hashtag; it has become a global movement and way of life for many people. The cold hard truth is that there are entire countries with ageing populations, obesity is hitting record levels among children, and there’s a general malaise affecting tracts of the population. A study published by The Lancet in 2015 stated that Malaysia had one of the heaviest populations in the region. Being unhealthy and overweight leads to a host of health problems including diabetes and heart problems; and the fact that many of

us lead sedentary lives doesn’t help. That old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ is more in practise now than ever before thanks in no small part to the clean eating way of life. This isn’t a fad diet; it’s basically how everyone should be eating. It’s simple enough too, done by just following simple steps – eat whole foods (whole grains, nuts, seeds, organic); cut out sugar eventually; avoid processed food; eat at home more.

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Ashley’s by LivingFood (healthy, vegetarian options) Bangsar (017 325 3663/www.ashleys.my) Barat (vegetarian) Bangsar (010 288 2654/ fb.com/BaratBangsar) Chai Bar (healthy salads) Bangsar (03 2201 0756); Ara Damansara (03 7832 0524/www.chaibar.my) Ganga Café (vegetarian; vegan) Bangsar (03 2284 2119/www.theganga.com. my) Goodness Greens (superfoods; vegetarian options) Various locations (www.goodnessgreenscafe. com.my) RGB & The Bean Hive (vegetarian; vegan) Kampung Datuk Keramat, KL (03 2181 1329/ fb.com/RatherGoodBeans)

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The year ahead will see very interesting global trends, including the introduction of healthier vending machines with hummus and cereal bars on offer instead of crisps and chocolate, which are already in use in America. Vegetarian comfort food, super spices like turmeric, purple vegetables (rich in anthocyanins that protect cells and heal), cauliflower as ‘rice’ and pizza bases, one-bowl meals (whole grain, lots of vegetables), and even spiralising is becoming more common and adventurous with broccoli stems, parsnip and squashes. So, if there’s one eating resolution everyone needs to consider this year – eat clean and healthy, and see if you can stick a couple of Meatless Mondays in there too.

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Global sales of organic food in 2014 was worth a staggering USD80 billion!

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Fatboy’s the Burger Bar

Fatboy’s the Burger Bar Lot 30 G2, Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1,

Solaris Dutamas, KL (03 6206 1352/ www.fatboys.my). If you’re of a pernickety nature, building your own burger is the best route to satisfaction. Start with the bun – a fluffy white sesame seed for the traditionalists, wholemeal for healthy eaters or honey oat for the artisans. Then your choice of beef, pork, chicken or lamb patty can be topped with a classic fried egg, spicy queso, grilled pineapples, barbecue sauce, roasted garlic aioli, curry remoulade, blue cheese dressing, peanut butter and even Nutella. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am12midnight. $$

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burger revolution in Malaysia, The Daily Grind is still going strong half a decade later. Fresh, high-quality premium cuts of meat go into each patty, whether chicken, beef or fish. Their extensive menu ranges from the classic cheeseburgers to the more interesting bacon avocado burger. Non-beef options include chicken, fish, lamb, and meatless mushrooms or black bean patties. If you’re not looking for a burger, there are some pretty decent mains and pastas. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$

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The Daily Grind Lower ground, Bangsar Village I, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, KL (03 2287 6708/www.thedailygrind.com.my). Once at the forefront of the gourmet

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American NEW Bowery Kitchen & Bar Lot 35, Level G2, Publika Solaris Dutamas, KL (03 6211 4989/www. thebowerygroup.co). Those hungry for a bite of the Big Apple should hurry over to The Bowery Group’s latest venture. From Shrimp and Grits to Jamaican Jerk Chicken, and Reuben Bagels to Spinach and Ricotta Cannellonis, Bowery Restaurant & Bar takes your on a tour through jazzy Harlem, Brooklyn’s Caribbean enclave, kosher deli culture, the hustle and bustle of Little Italy and more. Some star dishes include the Spring Bowl (cooked and fresh greens are given a dash of colour and crunch with the addition of pomegranate seeds), Lobster Mac & Cheese (a real showstopper served with a whole lobster tail) and Banana Tacos (a palate pleaser with a mess of cream cheese, butterscotch and chocolate). Design-wise, the elegant establishment sports spotless tiling, brass details, a white marble top bar and cascading fronds. DJs spin live sets on several nights a week, making Bowery a trendy scene to be seen. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, 8am2am. $$$

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Mexican Fresca Ground floor, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang (03 2181 3830); Ground floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2201 2893/www.fresca.com.my). Though not the most authentic in terms of flavour, Fresca still satisfies cravings for South American fare. You’ll find the usual comfort food here: tortilla chips with guacamole, fish tacos, jalapeño poppers, quesadillas, fajitas and burritos. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, 11am11pm. $$$ La Mexicana The Terrace at Hock Choon, Jalan Nibong (off Jalan Ampang), Ampang, KL (03 4253 5251); 12 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, KL (03 2201 7155/ Facebook: La Mexicana).

It’s tough to find authentic Mexican flavours in KL, so thank goodness La Mexicana came onto the scene and fulfilled our cravings. Chef Carmela whips up the usual tacos and guacamole alongside some more unusual treats like grilled cactus and bright beetroot soup. The colourful décor calls for jovial times, as does the the wide variety of tequila. (Ampang) Daily, 12noon-3pm, 5-11.30pm; (Bangsar) Tue & Thu, 3-11pm; Wed, 3pm-12midnight; Fri-Sat, 11am-12midnight; Sun, 11am-11pm. $$$ Pisco 29 Jalan Mesui, KL (03 2142 2900/ www.piscobarkl.com). Tasty tapas, potent drinks and an exciting line-up of musicians make up the holy trinity of a good time at Pisco. Though largely made up of Peruvian fare, the menu also carries influences from Asia and Africa. Don’t miss the ceviche. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 5pm-late. $$$ South American Fuego Troika Sky Dining, Level 23A, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 0886/www.troikaskydining. com). Named after the Spanish word for ‘fire’, Fuego presents South American fare with a great sense of theatre. Take the smoked snails in a jar, for instance, or the grilled watermelon with fried halloumi. It’s

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Brazillian Samba Brazillian Steakhouse Level 3, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2181 8212/www. samba-asia.com). Two words: come hungry. Buffets are the main draw here, whether it’s lunch or dinnertime. Begin at the salad bar, move on to the cold seafood station, and make sure you have room for the juicy cuts of lamb, chicken and beef that are brought around to your table by servers. Every Wednesday is Ladies Night, so women get 50 percent off the buffet deals. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-10.30pm. $$

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also worth mentioning that Fuego’s kitchen staff include a full-time guacamole chef – it’s not surprising then that the guacamole options alone take the humble avocado to rock star levels. But the returning factor is undoubtedly the view; the Twin Towers have never looked so resplendent as from here. Almost always fully booked, call to make reservations a couple of days ahead of time. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6.30pm-late. $$$$$ Cafés NEW 28 Fireplace 28 Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, KL (03 4265 5077/ fb.com/28fireplace). Along Jalan Ampang lies the warm and laidback 28 Fireplace, which presents a stark difference from the city centre traffic just metres away. The Melbourne-inspired café (with a decorative fireplace as a focal point, of course) offers a variety of coffee drinks (try the ‘Firebomb’, a coffee and cream soda blend). Go for the all-day English breakfast, Morning Bagel, or BBQ Pulled Beef sandwich for a meatier meal. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 9am10pm; Fri-Sun, 9am-11pm. $$ Acme Bar and Coffee Ground floor, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 2288/ fb.com/acmebarcoffee). Resembling a converted loft in a


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THE WESTIN LANGKAWI RESORT & SPA

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There isn’t just one or two, but four pools in total: an infinity pool, the Ocean Rock pool, a kiddy pool and a spa pool. Make a splash with other marine activities such as kayaking, canoeing and cruising in a catamaran. After a fulfilling day of fun under the sun, have the best sleep of your life in the trademark Heavenly® Bed, which was created specially for the hotel group. Make yourself at home in one of the 202 rooms and suites, which include 20 Ocean-View Pool Villas. How often does one get to bask in the sun in total privacy while enjoying unobstructed views of the

ocean? Rise and shine with The Westin’s SuperFoodsRx breakfast at Seasonal Tastes, an all-day dining restaurant that also sets up poolside barbecues and cultural performances. As the sun sets, shimmy over to Breeze, where signature martinis are the order of the day. It’s only natural to take a stand for The Westin after experiencing and living in accordance with its six pillars of wellness: feel well, work well, move well, eat well, sleep well and play well. The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa Jalan Pantai Dato Syed Omar, Langkawi (04 960 8888/www. westinlangkawi.com).

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hat a privilege it is to call The Westin Langkawi your pied-à-terre for the weekend! Spread out over 104 acres of sprawling seafacing grounds, the five-star hotel is a quick car ride from Langkawi International Airport. Tourists who wish to bring home physical mementos can visit the nearby shopping district of Kuah Town, if they find it within themselves to actually leave The Westin’s immaculate grounds. Where activities are concerned, The Westin Langkawi is an exciting hub for sports and leisure.

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Artisan Roast Coffee 4 Lorong Kajai 14, TTDI, KL (03 7733 6397/www.artisanroast.com.my). Artisan Roast champions handcrafted coffee, and it shows. Their full-bodied espresso has just the right amount of acidity and sweetness and packs a strong punch. Don’t expect the same blend on your return visits, as they like changing things up every now and then. Space is limited in this café, but most regulars are happy to sidle over and share a table if you politely ask. Halal. Mon-Fri, 7.30am-12.30am; Sat, 8am-12.30am; Sun, 8am12midnight. $$

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Alexis Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar (03 2284 2880); The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2287 2281); Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, KL (03 2287 1388); Great Eastern Mall, 33 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 4260 2288/ www.alexis.com.my). Laidback but not without a classy air, Alexis is a favourite among jazz lovers and sweet tooths. International and local acts take place at the Ampang branch weekly. The food is average at best, but the desserts – especially the cakes – are fabulous, making it a perfect spot for birthday celebrations. Music and entertainment should be your main incentive to visit. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards

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fin de siècle building in NYC, Acme is chic but playful, and attracts a wide crowd. Familiar food is given a well-thought twist to produce creative new offerings. Take for instance, the Chicken Lasagne containing pumpkin, the Mac & Cheese Hot Dog or the Orange Lava Cake. Recognising that some things are best left unchanged, Acme’s menu also encompasses classic items that are untampered, such as the Just Mac & Cheese or the Light-As-Air Pavlova. Opt for the alfresco seating in the evenings, which is dimly lit by fairy lights and highly romantic. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 11am-12midnight; Fri, 11am-1am; Sat, 9.30am-1am; Sun, 9.30am-12midnight. $$$


9.30am-12midnight; Sun & public holidays, 9.30am-10pm. $$$

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Whether you visit in the light of day or under the cover of night, it’s best to come with a camera to commemorate the picture perfect cityscape. But the view isn’t the only Instagram-worthy feature here. Prepare to be impressed by Hemisphere’s sizeable selection of local and international fare. Whet your appetite with the Money Bag Tiger Prawns, bite-sized parcels of poached crustaceans served with a spicy seafood broth. Otherwise, try the Mussels in Curry Laksa Sauce – a true local favourite. Some stellar recommendations for main courses include

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ou would need both hands to count the number of rooftop establishments in Kuala Lumpur, but few offer the peace and privacy ideal for a private evening with loved ones. Circumvent the crowd and make your way to Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar. Still very much under the radar, Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar is conveniently located in the heart of the city but comfortably away from the masses. Perched on the 37th floor of Regalia Residences on Jalan Sultan Ismail, this hidden gem provides an unparalleled view of the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower.

the French Duck Confit, Norwegian Salmon and Black Angus Tenderloin, which can be topped with foie gras for that extra oomph. End your meal on a sweet note with the Chocolate Lava Cake or the Coconut Crème Brûlée. Best of all, know that everything here is served sans preservatives or artificial additives. If you fancy a night cap or a midday tipple, the well-stocked bar carries a wide range of drinks from champagne to Chardonnay. Want to plan a surprise party, a golden anniversary or a surprise proposal? Simply convey your wishes to the staff. You’ll be hard-pressed to find more helpful personnel, who will even go out of their way to deck out the venue with decorations. Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar Regalia Residences 37th floor, Madison Block, 2 Jalan Anjung Putra, off Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (+603 2742 1098/www.hemispherekl.com).

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NEW Botanica Deli G3A/G5 Podium, The Verticals, 8 Jalan Kerinchi, KL (016 965 6422/ botanica.com.my). An offshoot of Botanica + Co restaurant, this deli serves madeto-go sandwiches, fresh salads and comforting soups. Pore over the trays of salad ingredients (think edamame, grapes, pumpkin, candied pecans, etc) before customising your own or pick a ‘crafted’ salad if you’re in a hurry. Brunch was just introduced at the time of print and promises familiar favourites such as waffles. Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm; (Brunch) SatSun, 9.30am-4pm. $$

NEW Boxes Café BBCC 2 Jalan Hang Tuah, Bukit Bintang City Centre, KL (010 221 0179/ Facebook: Boxes Café BBCC). This container café in Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC; formerly the site of Pudu jail) is a cute and cosy novelty. The entire café is made up of four adjoining containers, so if you’re lucky, you might get an entire container to yourself – one even has a set of swings. The simple menu sees straightforward local dishes such as prawn mee and chicken lor bak, as well as fusion dishes, namely prawn curry carbonara linguine and nasi lemak sushi roll. Boxes Café is a sweet spot to while away a lazy afternoon with a book or one of the Archie comics that line the shelves. This kid-

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NEW Botanica + Co G5 Podium, The Vertical, 8 Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South City (016 965 6422/botanica.com.my). This light-filled space dominated by two Ficus trees and with plants dotted around reminds us of a glass house in a botanical garden; it’s a beautiful space, one that’s made for a leisurely meal. And the diverse menu plays into that theme very well. The crowdpleasing menu features a balanced mix of cuisines, including a long pizza list, Asian and Western comfort food like rotisserie chicken, duck rendang, seafood bisque linguine, Hokkien mee, fish and chips, burgers and more. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 11.30am-10pm; Fri, 11.30am-12midnight; Sat,


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friendly café even carries child-sized cutlery and servingware. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, 10am10pm. $$ NEW Breakfast Thieves Kuala Lumpur Lot M, APW Bangsar, 29-5 Jalan Riong, KL (03 2788 3548/www. breakfastthieves.com). Breakfast Thieves (yes, it’s the sister of the one based in an old chocolate factory in Fitzroy, Melbourne) is a stunner: a glasshouse-like space with lots of pale wood, white tiles, pastel railings and concrete, punctuated by the occasional plant and exposed light bulb. The minimal brunch menu sees modern Australian dishes with Asian influences – think berry compote

yoghurt with granola, ginger apple crumble and soft-boiled eggs; spicy baked eggs with beef salami, onion jam and okra; and even eggs Benedict is given an upgrade with braised beef cheeks, honey apple compote and yuzu hollandaise. Rounding out the deal is a simple coffee menu with the usual latte, double espresso and cappuccino. Go for ‘The Magic’ – a double ristretto topped with steamed milk. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, 9am-5pm (kitchen closes at 3pm). $$$ NEW Brewyard Coffee 42 SS15/4, Subang Jaya (014 669 9319/fb.com/brewyardcoffeemy). Brewyard Coffee provides a cosy cottage environment in SS15 and

serves up drinks and hearty meals with an Asian twist. Take, for instance, the inventive salted egg with cili padi pasta, pizzas topped with seafood, and the Iced Gem, a gula Melaka and espresso drink. For dessert, choose from their range of waffles and pancakes that are topped with ice cream. Tue-Sun, 12noon-12midnight. $$ Brewmen 6 Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, KL (03 6211 8829/fb.com/ brewmencoffee). This isle of calm in bustling Solaris Mont Kiara is notable for its inventive concoctions, including the Red Affogato (ice cream in Rooibos tea), Queen Bee (honey-infused espresso)

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BONA FIDE CHINESE CUISINE AT LE MEI

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tep into Le Mei, at Le Meridien Putrajaya, and let your senses be stimulated by iconic Chinese delights. This new hotel, which officially began receiving guests in August 2016, boasts of one of the most authentic Chinese eateries in the area. Restaurants offering halal Cantonese cuisine are few and far between in town, thus making Le Mei a rare gem. The gorgeous space marries contemporary and classic elements associated with China’s rich heritage and culture. Art enthusiasts will take an interest in the wooden panels shadowing the entrance of the restaurant – a replica of the

ones found in Putrajaya’s Malaysia-China Friendship Garden. A team of highly experienced service and kitchen professionals, under the leadership of awardwinning Chef Michael Wong ensure an exquisite dining experience. Dim sum is served daily and swiftly carted to your table. Encased in a translucent skin, the juicy har gao or Crystal Jade Shrimp Dumplings are a fine example of Le Mei’s classic dim sum, whereas the Black Truffle Shanghai mini dumplings are only one of Le Mei’s many premium house specialties. Pair surf-and-turf specialties such as Australian lobster and whole barbecued Peking duck to experience

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the best of both worlds. Vegetarians are not excluded and may partake of Le Mei’s wide selection of meat-free delicacies, such as mock abalone with bamboo pith and braised vegetarian shark’s fin soup. End your meal on a sweet note with tong sui such as hot almond cream served with sea olives and young coconut or double-boiled bird’s nest with ginseng and dried longan. Bonus: There’s plenty more on the menu that warrant return visits! Le Méridien Putrajaya Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort, Sepang, Putrajaya, Malaysia (03 8680 6827/www. lemeridienputrajaya.com).


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NEW Chocha Foodstore 156 Petaling Street, KL (03 2022 1100/fb.com/chocha.foodstore). Meaning ‘sit and drink tea’ in the Hakka dialect, Chocha is a space where you can do just that – sit down with friends over a pot of specialty

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and Reverse Coffee (frozen espresso accompanied by a glass of frothy milk). Brewman fans will also tell you that the waffles here are better-thanaverage; you can get them with kaya and butter, Nutella and bananas, and other combinations. Tue-Sun, 10am-11.30pm. $$

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tea or two. The menu is dedicated to Malaysian-inspired dishes with local ingredients. Go for the Chinese pesto flat noodles – satisfyingly chewy handmade noodles with ulam pesto, semi-dried tomatoes and crushed peanuts. For the sweet stuff, ulam raja crème brûlée – a creamy concoction of ulam raja and Thai basil, topped with honeycomb for crunch. However, the real star of the menu (and the reason you should come here) is the tea – with varieties ranging from black to dark, oolong to scented tea. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 11am-10pm. $$

the milkbased brew. You’ll also find premium loose leaf tea from Yunnan (oolong, raw pu er, pu er and white tea), along with a small selection of cakes and sandwiches. Mon-Thu, 9am-6pm; Fri, 9am10.30pm; Sat, 10am-6pm. $$

NEW CuBs & CuPs 22 Wisma Rapid, Jalan 30/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, KL (03 6201 0351/ fb.com/cubsncups). This pet café in Desa Sri Hartamas attracts a good crowd of pet owners and animal lovers eager to befriend resident dogs Cola, Mocha, Nacho and Mochi. Selfservice and cleanliness are emphasised here, so that means ordering at the counter and NEW Cream re he ld getting your own cutlery, Prima Avenue, The are so h serviettes and condiments. Tube, Jalan PJU so your poocve ha While slightly pricey, the 1/39, Dataran Prima, so can al food isn’t bad either – there PJ (03 5879 8392/ a meal are salads, pizzas, pastas, theroastthings.com). waffles and a few Korean dishes One of Time Out KL’s Best on the menu, given that the owners New Openings of 2016, café and are Korean. If you’re concerned that coffee roastery Cream serves a your pooch will feel left out while selection of single origin beans such you’re having your meal, order a bowl as the Tanzania Kanji Lalji Peaberry, from the dog menu. Also, remember which has a dense body with hints to bolt the café door when you enter of blackcurrant, and the Kirinyaga and exit so the dogs won’t sprint out. Kiangoi from Kenya, noted for its Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. crisp acidity. While filtered coffee might take on an almost tea-like body, Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am-11pm. $$ go for the espresso-based coffee if you prefer something more robust. Cream NEW DR.Inc also serves cold-brew coffee two 8 Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, KL (03 ways – you can choose either black or 2633 5059/fb.com/drincbangsar).

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What stands out the most about this café are the elements of gorgeous design, from the artwork on the walls to the fabrics from Nala Designs. There is a small courtayard at the front that offers alfresco seating. The menu offers unusual coffee creations such as the Fat Americano (espresso with Coke) and the Presso Bomb (espresso in Melaka-sourced ice cream soda), alongisde a selection of appetisers, mains and desserts. Swing by about noon every Friday for the salad buffet – a smorgasbord of roasted vegetables, quiches, pizzas, quinoa salads and other vegetarian/ vegan delights. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 9am-10pm; (Salad buffet) Fri, 12noon-2pm. $$

NEW FÓst at Jaya One E-83-G.3 Palm Square, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (03 7932 1523/fb.com/festwithus). The house novelty here is the nasi lemak sandwich (minus the nasi). Rice is eschewed for sourdough bread, which is stuffed with chicken, toasted coconut, homemade sambal, egg strips, cucumber, anchovies and peanuts. Other offerings include waffles, both savoury and sweet. The carb-free chicken waffles and salad make for a hearty post-workout meal while the Milo waffles with coconut ice cream will appeal to those with a taste for nostalgia. For drinks, there are the usual espresso-based coffees, but try Fēst‘s soy chai – a strong and smooth lactose-free beverage.

Halal. Tue-Thu, 9am-10pm; Fri, 9am-11pm; Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 11am-6pm. $$ NEW Fifth Palate D-G-1 Encorp Strand Garden Office, Jalan PJU5/1, PJ (03 6144 0055/ fb.com/fifthpalate). At this cosy family-run restaurant, you can find almost everything from breakfast platters strewn with the usual eggs, streaky bacon, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and toast, to ramen with slow-braised pork belly in a light shoyu broth. See if you can stop yourself from buying more than one jar of the outlet’s homemade aubergine chutney, peanut butter, and rojak sauce. Forty Licks ice cream and This Juice cold-pressed

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MEZZE BISTRO, WINE BAR & LOUNGE

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t Mezze Bistro, Wine Bar & Lounge, world cuisines congregate under one roof. A glance at the menu reveals influences from Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean, and a taste of the food unearths the kitchen’s ability to create inventive dishes using different cooking techniques. Mezze’s AMPM concept is made up of two menus: a lunch menu available until 5pm and a dinner menu presented after sunset. If your visit coincides with lunchtime, try the hearty house signature: the Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup is crowned with fresh vegetables and herbs – it’s the taste of Indo-China in a bowl. Other lunch specialities includes juicy chicken banh mi sandwich, rich creamy Carbonara pasta and the much loved Olio Bacon pasta under their set lunch specials. Dinner is equally epic with a broad range of tapas, salads, pastas and mains. And the charcuterie platter meticulously curated by Head Chef Yves is meant for sharing. Served with bread,

butter and tart pickles, the mélange of ham, sausages, pâtés and terrines is good enough to be eaten on its own, but is best paired with a bottle of wine. Where wine is concerned, look to resident sommelier Sebastien Le Francois for his expert opinion on regional specialties. Otherwise, single malt whiskies, beer, spirits and artisanal cocktails should tempt any tippler. On Friday

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and Saturday nights, take your drinks to the dance floor as live jazz and blues acts put on a show and set the stage for a great night out. Mezze Bistro, Wine Bar & Lounge 132 Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, KL (03 2095 0122/fb.com/ mezzebarbistro). (Bistro) Mon-Thu, 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 12noon-1am; (Lounge) MonSat, 4pm-1am.


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Merchant’s Lane 150 Jalan Petaling, KL (03 2022 1736/Facebook: Merchant’s Lane). Teal and pink accents provide a pleasant pop of colour in this rustic café, attracting Instagrammers by the hordes. The menu sees Asian-inspired comfort food such as Italian chow mein, Cantonese-style Hongkie Beef Stew and Pesto Green Curry Pasta. For drinks, they serve the basics like coffee, tea and some juices, as well as interesting choices like the jasmine-infused black coffee and rose honey milk. Halal. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Thu-Fri, 11.30am-10pm; Tue, 11.30am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 9.30am10pm. $$

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Huckleberry Food & Fare 2G & 4G Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, KL (03 2098 7933/ www.huckleberry.my). Try the signature Miche Sourdough range, the classic multigrain, organic meteil, farmer’s bread, and the flaky croissants. There are also brunch offerings – eggs Benedict, shakshuka, banana French toast and more – as well as coffee, organic loose leaf tea, smoothies and slow-pressed juices served in bottles and submerged in

NEW Leaf & Co 53 Jalan Sultan, KL (03 2022 2078/ www.minglekl.com). Reinforced wooden beams are reinforced, original furniture from the building’s early days, and old terrazzo tiling give the café a charming and rustic look. The straightforward menu here mostly sees variations of chicken dishes: buttermilk fried chicken with sambal terasi, crispy chicken wings, ayam masak merah, crispy chicken chop with spaghetti and so on. For desserts, a range of mille crêpes sits in the cooler. As for coffee, there’s the usual selection, but with the addition of interesting adaptations like rose latte and coconut latte; the Americano here comes in old-school kopitiam cups. Halal. Daily, 11.30am-9.30pm. $$

KL (03 2602 2281/fb.com/ leagueofcaptains). A pet project by the team behind local clothing brand Pestle & Mortar, League of Captains has that industrial chic look down pat with bare cement floors, metal bar stools and glass displays doubling up as dining tables. In addition to good coffee, they serve breakfast on weekdays and brunch on weekends. Tuck into a slice of cake baked by the café’s owner and do some people-watching; the main clientele are hip youth lepaking (hanging out) with their friends. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun, 10am8pm. $$

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The Grumpy Cyclist 36 Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, TTDI, KL (03 7731 1400/www.thegrumpycyclist. com). The Grumpy Cyclist draws from the concept of bicycle cafés commonly found abroad. It was created as a way of combining the founders’ passion for good coffee, food and cycling within a friendly community-based hub, providing a relaxed space for people to hang out regardless of whether they’re cyclists or not. Located in TTDI, the café is well situated between popular parks and cycling routes, within a matured neighbourhood that’s well loved by both the cycling community and café-lounging hipsters. Halal. Mon & Wed-Sun, 8am-11pm. $$

ice buckets to keep the drink chilled. Come nightfall, Huckleberry’s alter ego comes to play; Huckleberry After Dark serves greasier, more indulgent fare such as hot dogs, tacos and burgers that go well with specialty cocktails and other tipples. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Huckleberry Food & Fare) Daily, 7.30am-6pm; (Huckleberry After Dark) Tue-Fri, 5.30pm12midnight; Sat-Sun, 5.30pm-2am. $$

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juices are also available. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun 8.30am-5pm. $$$


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NEW The Owls Café First floor, Block 5, Jalil Link, Jalan Jalil Jaya 6, KL (03 9543 9828/ fb.com/theowlscafe). If you like to eat brunch in the company of wide-eyed owl figurines in every shape and size possible, you’ll find this place a hoot. You must get the waffles here (which are done up extra pretty – think edible flowers as a garnish), but for something else, there are bagels, croissants and French toast. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 10am-11pm. $$ NEW Peter Hoe Café 56-1 1st Floor, The Row, Jalan Doraisamy, KL (012 3342 7123/ fb.com/Peterhoecafe). An extension of Peter Hoe’s home and living concept store, this new café at The Row makes a good stop for a quick meal while in the area. Tuck into a healthy but hearty chicken mango salad or one of Peter Hoe’s signature quiches. Sweettooths can take their pick of cakes from the display to pair with a mug of robust filtered coffee. When you’re done with your meal, hop over to the Peter Hoe shop next door. Expect a colour and sensory overload, as usual, with its kaleidoscopic collection of Malaysiana bags, accessories and home décor items. Daily, 10am-7pm; (Dinner) Fri-Sat, 6-10pm. $$

NEW The Prep Room 5 Jalan Sri Hartamas 7, KL (012 210 5075/fb.com/preproommalaysia). A labour of love with quirkily hand-drawn illustrations, the menu here features a standard selection of burgers, pastas, salads, stews and soups, and, of course, coffee. But it’s elevated with thoughtful touches: the hash browns, sausages and pasta sauces are made entirely from scratch, for instance. While the fare is fairly straightforward, the café’s charm and character is far less common – for that alone, The Prep Room is the star of the Sri Hartamas show. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Mon- Fri, 11.30am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9.30am10pm. $$ PULP by Papa Palheta 29-01 Jalan Riong, Bangsar, KL (03 2201 3650/www.papapalheta.com). Once a paper-cutting room in the half-century-old printing factory on Jalan Riong, this café is also a coffee retailer and supplier. Besides lingering over stellar cups of coffee and decadent desserts, you can get a hands-on lesson in coffee from the professionally trained baristas or shop for Chemex coffeemakers, filters, cups, mugs and more. The aesthetics here are central to the whole experience: think high ceilings, a paper-cutting machine repurposed into a coffee bar, natural sunlight, and sleek wooden furnishing.

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Pork-free. Mon-Fri, 7.30am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-11pm. $$ NEW The Red Beanbag Level 1, Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 2633 5030/fb.com/ theredbeanbag). This modern Australian-inspired café serves hearty portions of eggs Benedicts, burgers and French toasts among other brunch delights. If you’re in for a full meal, steaks, pastas and the like are also on the menu. The café’s newest ludicrous dish is The Chicken Monster, one kilo’s worth of chicken wings served in a tin and covered with melted mozzarella cheese. Dare you dig into the lot? Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 10am-6pm; SatSun, 9.30am-4pm & 6-9.30pm. RGB & The Bean Hive 35 Jalan Damai, off Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2181 1329/fb.com/ RatherGoodBeans). This bungalow-turned-café might be located in the heart of the city, but is surprisingly calm since it’s in a residential area. The nondescript white façade doesn’t do much to attract new customers, so you’d be understandably hesitant about going in. But step through its doors and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee will be more than enough to convince you to stay. Everything is made from scratch, no MSG is allowed in


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la carte dishes whereas Sitka Studio stranger to our hearts. offers playful tasting menus. Both Credit cards accepted. Mon & champion sustainable farm-to-table Wed-Fri, 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun, practices. The last we checked, there 9am-10pm. $$ was Brown Rice Risotto and BBQ Sambal Thirdwave Roast Seabass on Level 1, Nexus Bangsar South, KL Sitka Restaurant’s (03 2242 2126/fb.com/thirdwave.my). lunch menu and a Known for creating new, exciting daikon taco, duck dishes every few months, Thirdwave excels at creative cuisine. The main jam and salted NEW The Shire Café courses are certainly delicious, egg concoction First Floor, 6-1 Jalan but be sure to save room for the at Sitka Studio. ’s fé a c e Radin Bagus 6, extravagantly plated desserts, and Credit cards th Borrowes and props accepted. (Sitka KL (016 715 1143/ bring friends as backup! A bestseller otos Restaurant) Monh p costum Facebook: Theshirecafe). is Juliet’s Dream – scoops of ice fy o o g e k There aren’t any cream, carefully piped cream and Sun, 9am-10pm; to ta hobbits asking for second brush strokes of colourful comfiture (Sitka Studio) Fri-Sat, breakfasts here, but you might are turned into edible art on a plain 7pm-late. $$$ have a double helping of the Fallen white plate. The team here is doing Tower Waffles at this ‘Lord of the NEW Strangers at 47 exactly what they set out to do – start Rings’-themed cafe. The walls sport a 47 Jalan 17/45, Petaling Jaya, a thirdwave movement. Tolkien-esque map, Howard Shore’s Selangor (03 7497 2409/fb.com/ Credit cards accepted. Mon, 10amsoundtrack for the movie plays strangersat47). 7pm; Tue-Thu & Sun, 10am-11pm; everywhere, and for your Instagram What started out as a crêpe specialist Fri-Sat, 10am-12midnight. $$ shot, there’s a mural of the interior has literally grown in size (the café of Bag End. Though gimmicky, the saw recent renovations) and Three Little Birds café’s kind, enthusiastic owners make expanded its menu to D7, Jalan Sentul, Sentul, any visit fun. KL; GF-08D, The include dishes such Mon & Wed-Fri, 12noon-12midnight; as roast chicken and Waterfront 5, Persiaran Sat-Sun, 11am-12midnight. $$ Korean fried chicken. Residen, DesaPark Scoring across all City, KL (www. Sitka Restaurant & Studio threelittlebirdscoffee. fronts – the service ers won the ng ra St 8-5 Jalan Batai, Damansara com.my). is friendly and fé title of Best Ca Heights, KL (03 2011 1117/www. attentive, coffee We like the Sentul t in the Time Ou sitkarestaurant.com). is top-notch, dishes branch – an industrial k in Dr & od KL Fo Finally, an eatery that prides itself are creative and come chic venue surrounded 16 20 ds on local produce. Divided into two by vines and nature; you’ll in generous portions Awar sections, Sitka Restaurant serves à – Strangers at 47 is no feel completely disengaged

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the kitchen and rest assured that no microwaves are used to heat up pre-cooked food. Try the nasi lemak prepared with brown rice or the vegan ginger nutmeg date muffins. Halal. Mon, 9am-4.30pm; Tue-Fri, 8.30am5.30pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-6.30pm. $$

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Taste the French way of life There are a lot of things the French excel at and right at the top of the list is being able to attain the perfect balance in life. Modern life is incredibly fastpaced and we sometimes forget to take a step back and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Meet friends, watch the sun set, have a good meal – it’s all better with a cold Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc in hand. Made from the nest hops and yeast, this is a beer, which is the perfect accompaniment to life’s memorable moments. Grab a Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, take a break and enjoy the French way of life – it’s what they do best!

Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc • Fresh and fruity • Unique contemporary blue bottle • Exquisite wheat beer with 5% ABV • An intriguing taste bursting with aromatic hops and invigorating citrus • Underlying notes of cloves and coriander, balanced with avours from sweet orange peel


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from the city buzz. If you think the coffee is good, wait till you try the hot chocolate made from single origin Kalingo 65 percent Valrhona and French imported chocolate buttons. While on the topic of chocolate, get the Nutella baos served in a little dim sum basket. Pork-free. (Sentul) Mon-Thu, 8am11pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-12midnight; Sun, 9am-10pm; (DesaPark City) Mon-Fri, 8am-11pm, Sat, 8am-12midnight, Sun, 9am-10pm. $$

warm and welcoming neighbourhood haunt. The front of house is a little haphazard with flour-dusted surfaces and towering stacks of loaves, but the staff are on top of their game. Ask for recommendations and taste a slice of whatever’s on sample (the sourdough is our favourite). Artisanal breads aside, you’ll find scrumptious desserts and strong brewed coffee. Seating is extremely limited, so we advice taking your order to go. Pork-free. Tue-Sun, 8am-6pm. $$

Tommy le Baker Unit A-1-3A, Viva Residency, 378 Jalan Ipoh, KL (03 4043 2546/ fb.com/TommyLeBaker). Tucked away in the little known Viva Residency, this tiny bakery is a

NEW Yellow Brick Road 8-7 Jalan Batai, KL (03 5481 5033/ fb.com/yellowbrickroadcafe). Add this to your list of places for brunch, but be prepared for the queue. This café incorporates local flavours

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racing its roots to Hakata, the birthplace of ramen, and founded by multiple-award winning chef Shigemi Kawahara, Ippudo is definitely the preferred destination for ramen. Each ‘cosmos in a bowl’ is the perfect meal with a rich pork broth, springy handcrafted noodles, luscious soft-boiled eggs, juicy pan-fried pork and freshly chopped chives. While ramen is at the core of the menu, Ippudo’s mouth-watering appetisers are stars in their own right. Available at the Pavilion KL outlet, the Soft Shell Crab Bun sees a whole deep-fried

in its food – the ‘I Wanna Be Kaya’ is French toast with poached pear slices with kaya; there’s an aglio olio with house-made chicken char siu; a sugar-cured prawn omelette served with anchovy sambal and toasted rye bread. There’s also desserts, good coffee, and a sister restaurant above – Wicked Pancake Parlour – that shares the same food but with the addition of a kids play area. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Yellow Brick Road) Daily, 9am-4pm, 6-10pm; (Wicked Pancake Parlour) Mon-Fri, 11am4pm, 6-10pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm, 6-10pm. $$$

crab ensconced between cloudlike bread, while the Sweet Corn Tempura strikes the perfect balance between sweet, salty and umami. Also try the Japanese bestseller Takoyaki – each morsel conceals a juicy chunk of squid and is topped with bonito flakes. Try also the Lasagna Gyoza where pasta is replaced by gyoza in melted cheese and tomato sauce topped with a poached egg. For something more decadent, head to Ippudo at Bangsar Shopping Centre where menu items showcase the diversity and creativity Ippudo is famed for. The Amaebi & Avocado starter sees the freshest Japanese sweet shrimp served with diced avocado and a wasabi dressing; while the Soft Shell Crab Rice Paper Roll is the perfect combination of deepfried soft shell crab wrapped in rice paper with crisp salad accompanied by spicy mayo. Fusion cuisine gets an appreciative nod with the Spicy Pork Tacos and Samurai Pork Ribs with a caramel and marmalade sauce. An appealing deal for saké fans is the saké pairing set

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(RM29), which matches three sakés of varying tastes with small bites like salmon roll with avocado, mushroom wrapped in bacon and a spicy chicken wing. Note that this deal is only available at the Bangsar Shopping Centre outlet. There’s a reason why Ippudo is one of the most successful and popular Japanese chains globally – its ability to retain its culinary traditions with the ramen and to cater to the progressive tastes of diners using innovative recipes and fresh ingredients have won it loyal fans all over the world. Ippudo Pavilion KL (03 2110 6233); Bangsar Shopping Centre (02 2011 6238); The Gardens Mall (03 2201 6238/ www.ippudo.com.my).


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a combination as they get. The red Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2110 1626/ wine-poached pears too are well done, wildhoney.com.sg). and the accompanying ice cream Wild Honey – Singapore’s noted carries a fragrant rose petal flavour. brunch joint that has queues snaking Child-friendly. Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri, out the door every weekend – has 3-11pm; Sat-Sun, 2-11pm. $$ made its way to KL. It’s a warm and elegant space with keen attention to detail in both their décor (beautifully NEW The Ice Cream Bar upholstered sofas, stylish dangling 60 Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, lights, a collection of cookbooks and KL (03 2856 7435/fb.com/ magazines) and menu (the Greek theicecreambar.my). open-faced omelettes feature Have dessert and drinks in one go. fragrant lamb moussaka, Founded by the same team Japanese eggplant behind Inside Scoop, The and Greek cheese). Ice Cream Bar (emphasis The winning on ‘bar’) specialises in combination alcoholic ice cream. of excellent Indulge in brandyfood, generous infused dark chocolate, servings and Smoked Cognac, XOe lik s ur top-notch coffee infused cranberry y boozy flavonac and Tr means that Wild and Asahi-flavoured oked Cog rry m S Honey almost ice cream – your XO cranbe always has a afterwork drinks in a cone, buzzing crowd. or on waffles. There are also Pork-free. Child-friendly. non-alcoholic flavours like the Credit cards accepted. Daily, white truffle chocolate with sea salt, 10am-11pm. $$$ raspberry yoghurt and blood orange sorbet. Opt to have your scoops in a cup, handmade cone or on Inside Desserts Scoop’s famed buttermilk waffles, NEW Foo Foo Fine Desserts and sip on craft beer, root beer float, First floor, 64A Jalan Burhanuddin coffee or tea. Helmi, KL (03 2389 3155/fb.com/ Child-friendly. Mon-Thu, 1-11pm; foofoofinedesserts). Fri-Sat, 12.30pm-12midnight; Sun, This dessert parlour is fitted out to 12.30-11pm. $$ a tee – lots of forest green shades to soothe the eye, soft throw cushions Inside Scoop squeezed into graphic prints, and Various locations (insidescoop.oddle. rattan shaped into coffee tables and me/Facebook: Inside Scoop). chairs. Order the pavlova, a towering Inside Scoop churns out THE best pillow of egg whites layered to great ice cream in the city. Expect fullheights, or the strawberry tart with bodied consistency and concentrated balsamic vinegar ice cream, as classic flavours, especially in the Valrhona

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chocolate, durian and naturally green pistachio. Treat yourself and take dessert a step further by getting your scoops inside a housemade cone or on top of a warm, buttery waffle. As of now, there are stores in Bangsar, Cheras, Old Klang Road, Damansara Jaya and Malacca. Child-friendly. $$ NEW Softsrve 31 Jalan SS 21/1a, Damansara Utama, PJ (03 7733 9515); 8 Jalan Radin Bagus 8, Sri Petaling, KL (03 9054 3085); 63 Jalan Mamanda 9, Ampang Point BT4 ½, Taman Ampang Point, Ampang (03 4265 5862); Level 1, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 7733 9515/fb.com/softsrve). Riding the wave of softserve ice cream’s popularity, this ice cream parlour churns out stiff peaks of airy sofserve and offers interesting toppings like popcorn, honeycomb, cotton candy, honey chips and sunflower seeds. Pair your softserve with churros, waffles or eggettes (eggbased waffles). Pork-free. (Damansara Uptown, Sri Petaling & Ampang Point) Daily, 12noon-11pm; (Pavilion KL) Daily, 10am-10pm. NEW Tiny Temptress 8-1 Jalan Radin Bagus 8, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, KL (03 9054 3716); 6 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar (03 3220 1157/fb.com/thetinytemptress). What started as an online macaron shop in 2013 is now a full-fledged patisserie with cute and cosy outlets in Sri Petaling and Bangsar. Branching out from macarons, the


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Happy Meal 143 Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL (03 2072 6080). This old-school bakery is in no way affiliated with McDonald’s or its iconic Happy Meals. Stop by this small bakery in bustling Chinatown for a pick-me-up. The walnut tarts and banana loaves are especially popular, but try the baked durian specialities including freshly-baked tarts, puffs and butter cakes. We promise they’re less pungent than the actual fruit. Mon-Sat, 7am-6pm. $

Nasi Lemak Famous Intersection of Jalan Telawi 4 and Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, KL. Like an angsty teenager, Bangsar has gone through many phases – unobtrusive residential area, clubbing haven, art and culture quarter, and now, café district. But Nasi Lemak Famous remains a constant. It may have shifted from the Bangsar Baru Night Market, but still serves the same epic sides and heady coconut rice. The fried chicken here is made of crunchy, dark auburn batter that envelops warm meat. Don’t commit the unpardonable sin of choosing a breast piece; go straight for the leg or thigh if you want a proportionate ratio of skin and flesh with every bite. For the full artery-busting package, ask the kakak to spoon crisp chunks of fried batter on to your plate. Halal. Daily, 5pm-12midnight. $

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Hawker Chef Low 4 Lorong Ara Kiri 3, Bangsar, KL (03 2095 2766). Sandwiched between car workshops on a grimy alley in Lucky Gardens, Chef Low has, against all odds, managed to survive the curse of its predecessors. The reliably delicious, homecooked Chinese food and familiar setting (pink tablecloths and plastic furniture) bring hungry families back week after week. Everything from the stir-fried seafood to the double-boiled soups showcase the confidence and verve of a cook who knows his trade and isn’t afraid to show it. Try the signature Chinesestyle fried bacon with marmite sauce, cili padi and lime. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm; 6-11.30pm. $$$

www.lot10hutong.com). Sharing the same concept as EAT Food Village in Publika, Lot 10 Hutong only hires food vendors who have made a name for themselves, hence the legitimate street food. Our favourites include Soong Kee’s hearty beef noodles, Kissaten’s pork burgers and the Hon Kee Porridge stall. Expect to pay a premium, but where else can you enjoy hawker fare indoors? Daily, 10am-10pm. $

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EAT Food Village UG1, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 6211 7877). If you hate the long queues and huge crowds that are expected at outdoor food courts, but crave authentic hawker fare, Publika’s non-halal food court is a blessing. The founders sourced the best street food from around the Klang Valley and invited them to set up stalls under one roof. Some bestsellers include Ah Yap’s Hokkien Mee from Sentul and Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee from Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Decked out with contemporary Chinese décor, EAT Food Village seats up to 700 diners and is comfortably air-conditioned. Daily, 10am-10pm. $

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pastel-hued Tiny Temptress also has items like novelty cakes, brûlée marshmallow ice cream and lemon meringue tart. Founder and pastry chef Wendy and her team make everything from scratch and their macarons’ sugar content is said to be 30 percent less than big-name brands. There is also an array of scrumptious desserts like biscuit-based desserts and more. Pork-free. Child-friendly. (Sri Petaling) Tue-Sun, 1-11pm; (Bangsar) Daily, 9am-12midnight. $$


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Restoran Kin Kin 40 Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman Satu, KL; 6-G, Jalan Perubatan 4, Pandan Indah (off Jalan Pandan Ilmu); EAT Food Village, Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL. Restoran Kin Kin has gained a fanbase of epic proportions, and all because of one dish – chilli pan mee. It’s a brilliant dish that sees springy flour noodles topped with a soft poached egg, minced pork, crunchy anchovies and as much dry, pan-roasted chilli flakes as you can handle. Thoroughly mix the whole lot and enjoy the richness of the egg countered by the crunch and heat of the anchovies and chilli. (Pandan Jaya) Tue-Sun, 8am-8pm; (Publika) Daily, 10am-10pm. $ Shin Kee Beef Noodle Specialists 7A Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, KL (03 2072 5020). Best enjoyed on a rainy night out, these hearty beef noodles are comfort food for the soul. The ‘beef noodle

specialists’ offer the full spectrum of beef cuts including meatballs, brisket and tripe, but it’s their minced beef sauce that sets them apart from the rest. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 10.30am8.30pm. $ Suzi’s Corner 213/26 Jalan Ampang Batu 4 1/2, next to Flamingo Hotel, opposite Ampang Point, KL (16 448 4322/ fb.com/SuzisCorner1). This hawker centre is cleaner than most and houses several food stalls including one epic satay vendor. But most come here for the delicious and incredibly cheap steaks. Ask for your meat to be medium rare since they’re served on hot plates and continue to sizzle and cook at your table. Each order comes with a soft roll for you to mop up any remaining mushroom or black pepper gravy. Pork-free. Daily, 5.30pm-5am. $$

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for the tea and the social atmosphere. Here’s what you should order: Hainanese tea, toasted polo bun and half-boiled eggs. The staff may be a bit stern but you’ll be rewarded with tea that’s thick, smooth and just a little bit bitter – all the more reason to dunk your butter-slathered toast in it. Tue-Sun, 6.30am-1pm. $ NEW Yut Kee Jalan Kamunting, off Jalan Dang Wangi, KL (03 2698 8108). Emanating old-world appeal, the family-owned Yut Kee serves food that has endless crowds on the weekend, when you might have to share tables with strangers. Regulars come here for their signature chicken chop with loads of brown sauce and fried potates, the Hailam mee and roti babi, while sweet treats like the Swiss rolls and marble cakes has lines queuing out the door. The coffee, sourced from a relative of the family, is roasted for a heady, bitter effect. Tue-Sun, 7.30am-4.30pm. $$

Kopitiam Ah Weng Koh Kopitiam ICC Pudu, Jalan Kijang, Pudu, KL. Mamak Ah Weng Koh Kopitiam Devi’s Corner is one of those 14 Jalan Telawi 4, breakfast haunts your Bangsar Baru, KL (012 grandfather might 267 6714). ICC Pudu, the have taken The steady stream of ne w Im bi Market, hous you to when customers at Devi’s es a wet market you were young. can be credited to two an d The kopitiam’s things: its strategic authentic hawk er s longstanding location across the road all under one roof popularity has seen from Bangsar Village II multiple generations and the epic banana leaf of customers coming here rice. It’s standard for most

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Sambanthan, Brickfields, KL (013 336 3953/Facebook: Peter’s Pork Noodle). Peter doles out more than 200 bowls of his porky soup noodles daily, and still manages to sell out before the end of each day. Fans of pork will be wowed by the flavourful broth and the silky smooth rice noodles; it even comes with the optional addition of an egg. Let Peter know if you don’t want innards in your dish. Daily, 7am-4pm. Closed alternate Mondays. $

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mamaks to offer chickpea curry, fish curry and chicken curry, but Devi’s has the addition of crab curry. All the best trying to grab a waiter’s attention, but patience is a virtue. Once you do, they’ll place a banana leaf before you, plonk down some fluffy white rice, and drench the lot in as much or as little curry as you want. Ask for a side of fried chicken or the battered squid. Halal. Credit cards accepted. MonThu, 7am-4.30am; Fri-Sun, 6.30am5am. $$ Restoran Mahbub 15-17 Lorong Ara Kiri 1, Bangsar, KL (03 2095 5382/www. restoranmahbub.com). As indicated by the restaurant

signage, Mahbub’s biggest hit is its nasi biryani ayam madu. The saffron-coloured biryani is an example of skilful big-pot cooking – fluffy and light long grains with a slight kick from anise and fennel. As much as we like a good biryani, the reason we go back to Mahbub is the naan, which comes piping hot and remarkably pillowy with burnished hollow pockets crisped up in the tandoor. Also go for the sup kambing – the sharpness of coriander leaves, goat chunks left on the bone, and succulent bone marrow makes it one of the most comforting soups in town. Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $ Restoran Santa Chapati House 11 Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL (019 269

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9771). Multiple-award winner in the Time Out KL Food Awards, Kulwant Singh’s establishment consistently churns out fresh chapatti, painstakingly rolled with atta flour and cooked on a griddle with the slightest smear of ghee. Pair the soft bread with the addictive mutton keema laced with peas for a spice-included kick. Don’t eschew the Punjabi-style tea. Halal. Mon-Sat, 6.30am-6.30pm. $ Chinese Celestial Court Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, 129 Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (03 2717 9988/www. Ad ve r to ria l

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uckleberry Food & Fare stands out for its classic comfort food made from time-honoured recipes using the freshest ingredients. Offering more than 25 varieties of handcrafted, delicious, crusty artisanal gourmet breads and pastries, Huckleberry has become a firm favourite with food connoisseurs and is one of the most popular cafés in the city. Run by the same team behind the highly commendable Mezze Bistro, Huckleberry’s bakery is helmed by their resident French Master Baker, who has been baking for 22

years and specialises in classic French breads and pastries. He’s known for making the iconic sourdough, which is the base for Huckleberry’s many varieties of crusty, gourmet bread. In addition to their signature sourdough range, Huckleberry also serves up a range of breads including the classic multigrain, farmer's bread, wholemeal and the popular range of Farmhouse & German multigrain sandwich loaves. But, it’s not just about the breads here as their menu is varied, interesting and has something for everyone.

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There’s also a delightful selection of cakes, hearty sandwiches, healthy salads and freshly made soup. Great food deserves the complement of great coffee, and their house blend is great. With the smell of freshly baked bread and a delectable menu served in a cosy ambience, Huckleberry Food & Fare is the place to go for a fantastic meal and even better bread. Huckleberry Food & Fare 2G & 4G Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, KL (03-2098 7933/ fb.com/myhuckleberrykl)


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ambience and signature dishes such as the Portuguese egg tarts, flaky char siu pastries (topped with parmesan for a Western touch), and wok-fried Hong Kong-style noodles. Credit cards accepted. Child-friendly. (À la carte) Daily, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm; (Hot pot buffet) Thu, 6-10pm. $$$$

Five Sen5es First floor, The Westin, 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2773 8338/ www.westindining.com.my). With five private rooms named after China’s dynasties (Tang, Qing, Zhou, Han and Ming), a koi pond and bamboo décor, Five Sen5es couldn’t be mistaken for anything other than a Chinese restaurant. Enjoy the tranquil

Grand Harbour Ground floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2283 3398); LG2, fahrenheit88, 179 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2141 1660); Level 4, da:mén USJ, 1 Persiaran Kewajipan, USJ 1, Subang Jaya, Selangor (03 8011 7172/www. grandharbour.com.my).

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Chynna Level 5, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, KL (03 2264 2515/ life.hiltonkl.com/restaurants). Evocative of glamorous 1920s Shanghai, Chynna is classy but not overdone. All the dishes here are meticulously prepared and the chefs like to keep things fresh by changing the menu often. We recommend the buttermilk prawns with egg silk, Macau-style suckling pig and honeyglazed chicken with crispy ginger flakes. The dim sum is excellent too. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm; Sat-Sun, 11am2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm. $$$$$

You can get har gao dumplings, roasted barbecue buns, baked mini egg tarts, pan-fried radish cakes and other classic dim sum, as well as contemporary creations such as the Dolly Mozza Roll – beancurd skin rolls stuffed with prawn and cheese. Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-10pm. $$

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sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com). Accents of red and gold dominate Celestial Court’s interior, conjuring a sense of grandeur and elegance. Lunch hour is always busy with dim sum devotees. Aside from these bitesize morsels, the crispy duck is first rate – crackly on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside. Service is speedy and attentive, especially if you need dining recommendations. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Dim sum à la carte) MonFri, 12noon-2.30pm; (Imperial dim sum brunch) Sat-Sun, 10.30am-3pm; (À la carte dinner) Daily, 6.30-10pm. $$$$

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Dolly Dim Sum Lower ground floor, Nu Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Brickfields, KL (03 2273 1450); Ground floor, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2181 3830/fb.com/dollydimsum). If you enjoy dim sum but steer clear of pork, Dolly Dim Sum is your solution.


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This Cantonese restaurant is an excellent choice for novelty dim sum. A lot of creativity and time goes into shaping glutinous rice balls, durian puffs and quail eggs into dumplings and buns resembling mice, swans and flowers. Other signature treats include the pumpkin pastry, water chestnut cakes and succulent roast pork. Credit cards accepted. Child-friendly. $$$ Grand Imperial Restaurant Third floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, KL (03 2283 1118); First floor, Hartamas Shopping Centre, 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, KL (03 6201 3777); Suite 1-01, First floor, Pinnacle Annexe, Persiaran Lagoon,

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ome nightfall, Huckleberry Food & Fare sings a different tune and rolls out an engaging menu that’s very different from their daytime offerings. From being a bakery and café during the day to a bar diner at night, Huckleberry After Dark aims to offer diners a different level of wining and dining in a fun atmosphere with great service. Huckleberry After

Dark offers a mélange of Mexican and American street food like tacos, burgers, pizzas, guacamole, waffles, sourdough pizzas, hot dogs and truly decadent skillet desserts. The after dark vibe continues with the selection of craft beer, cocktails with a twist, boozy milkshakes and pitcher cocktails, of which the Southern 75 – a distinctive mix of bourbon, mint sugar, lemon and lime juice, basil and mint sugar, and Corona

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– is particularly popular. Teetotalers need not worry as there is a great selection of mocktails and regular milkshakes to choose from. Dine in or take the party outside and end your night on a high… with a full belly to boot! Huckleberry After Dark 2G & 4G Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, KL (03 2098 7933/fb.com/ huckleberryafterdark).


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Lai Ching Yuen First floor, Grand Millennium Hotel KL, 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2117 4888/www.milleniumhotels.com). This non-halal Chinese restaurant is a popular brunch destination for dim sum. During special occasions and holidays, the chef prepares exclusive set menus such as eight-course New Year’s Eve dinners or family packages for Chinese New Year. Must get: the poached chicken in Chinese wine, fried rice with bits of liver, and the chilled mango dessert. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted.

Mon-Fri, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.3010.30pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm. $$$$ Li Yen The Ritz-Carlton, 168 Jalan Imbi, KL (03 2141 8000/www.ritzcarlton.com). Li Yen is popular with the affluent crowd and specialises in dim sum and traditional Chinese cuisine. Dine to the sounds of Yan Qing performances while digging into signature dishes in a stylish and intimate space. The deep-fried silver fish with salt and pepper and baked spare ribs with Chinese tea leaves are two must-try dishes. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.3010pm; Sun, 10.30am-2.30pm, 6.3010pm. $$$$ NEW The Ming Room Third Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, KL (03 2284 8822/www. orientalrestaurants.com.my). Winner of the Best Chinese in the Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2016, The Ming Room hardly sees a dull weekend. On the weekends, attentive staff ferry baskets of har

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Bandar Sunway, PJ (03 5888 7222/ fb.com/GrandImperialGroup). Grand Imperial has made a name for itself through the quality and consistency of its fine Chinese cuisine, and each outlet is fully booked throughout Chinese New Year. The dim sum, considered one of the best in KL, is not to be missed. Also try the steamed black cod fish, braised spare ribs and sautéed Pacific clams in XO sauce. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (All outlets) Mon-Sat, 11.30am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm; Sun, 10am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. $$$

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gao, siu mai and piping hot baos in pushcarts. Families and large groups fill the perpetually packed space since the restaurant’s signature dishes – charcoal-grilled spareribs, pan-fried ibérico pork chop, and barbecued suckling pig – are made for sharing. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm, 6-11pm; SatSun, 10am-3pm, 6-11pm. $$$$ Restoran Sek Yuen 313 & 315 Jalan Pudu, KL (03 9222 9457/03 9222 0903/Facebook: Restoran Sek Yuen (1948) Jalan Pudu). There’s no written menu at this restaurant in Pudu, and not many of the staff speak English. Don’t worry though; simply specify your preference (rice or noodles, poultry or seafood) and let the staff recommend their signatures, which include crackly whole fishes covered in a sweet and sour sauce, crunchy stir-fried kai lan frgarant with garlic, steamed pork belly layered with yam that evinces five-spice flavour, and more. It’s little surprise that this place is still packed after half a century. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm; 5.30-9.30pm. $$$


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distinct shade of teal blue that has become the signature colour of the brand – to a stunning view of the iconic Twin Towers, discernable service and well-crafted dishes. Ingredients are obviously the foundation of any dish with quality taking precedence over quantity. Attention to detail is of the utmost importance, which is why Cantaloupe’s menu focuses on utilising fewer ingredients while creating more intense flavours. There are over 20 exquisite dishes to try, each a classic unto its own but with some cheeky twists. Executive Chef Christian Bauer, had this to say, “Our menu is constantly evolving. We always

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uala Lumpur’s burgeoning fine dining scene is on the ascent. Diners are becoming more discerning and curious palates are always on the lookout for novel tastes and innovative menu combinations. Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining’s reputation as a modern European dining establishment precedes it and its menus are a combination of exceptional ingredients, intuitive cooking and the ability to intrigue the diner. As the flagship restaurant of the Troika Sky Dining institution, Cantaloupe is a feast for the senses with its intricately planned interiors – in a

add or take away ingredients to fine-tune a dish and we’re working towards dishes with fewer ingredients but to play with more flavours from those ingredients.” Inspiration can come from things like the richness of a brioche, which then leads to a pan-roasted foie gras and egg mollet. The menu offers dishes created with ingredients like the dense flesh of the monkfish to delicate Anjou pigeon and flawlessly poached oysters to briny Australian scampi. Diners are encouraged to curate their own four-, six- or eight-course meal – each course being part of a gastronomic journey. After all you don’t come to Cantaloupe to eat; you come to feast on exceptional flavours with the city’s iconic skyline laid out before you. Cantaloupe Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Perisaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 0886/ www.troikaskydining.com). Opening hours: Daily, Cantaloupe Bar, 5pm12midnight; Dining Room, 12.00pm to 3.00pm (lunch) & 6.30pm-10.30pm (last order for dinner)

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Jarrod & Rawlins 32M Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza

Damansara, Damansara Heights (03 2093 5830); 63 Jalan Bangkung, Bangkung Row, Bangsar (03 2095 1608/jarrod-rawlins.com). Jarrod & Rawlins began as a humble deli specialising in cold cuts, sausages and smoked meats. Still synonymous with porky treats, the gastropub serves a mean English breakfast and pork knuckles. Non-pork eaters will find comfort in the excellent roasts with tender beef, chicken and lamb cuts. Often frequented by romancing couples, families with kids, solo drinkers and rowdy friends, Jarrod & Rawlins is truly a pub for everyone from all walks of life. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10.30am-12.30am. $$$

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British Bulldog English Pub & Restaurant 31 Jalan Sri Hartamas 7, Taman Sri Hartamas, KL (03 6201 4484/www. bulldog.com.my). Be on the lookout for the black signage with paw prints on it. Bulldog Pub and Café serves a wide variety of pub grub fare such as Yorkshire pudding, shepherd’s pie and English Breakfasts. Most of the dishes are large by Malaysian standards and can be split between two friends. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 3pm1am; Sat-Sun, 11am-2am. $$$

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Taiwanese Fong Lye Plaza PrismaVille, 9 Jalan 19/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, KL (03 6201 7998); 94 Jalan Imbi, KL (03 2145 6061); Third floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2283 2889); LG 1, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, 3 Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, PJ (03 5633 3699/Facebook: Fong Lye Taiwan Fusion Cuisine Restaurant). Enjoy Taiwanese cuisine in an air-conditioned space. Begin with appetisers such as the tea-smoked duck and cold drunken chicken before moving on to mains like rice topped with minced pork. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$


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Cantaloupe @ Troika Sky Dining Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 0886/ www.troikaskydining.com). Laidback haute cuisine – it’s not a phenomenon you see often, but the guys at Cantaloupe have managed to put the fun back into European fare, using the freshest premium ingredients in their innovative menu. Choose from four, six or eight courses. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon2.30pm; 6-11pm. $$$$$ NEW enfin by James Won Level 2, Menara Hap Seng 1, Jalan P Ramlee, KL (010 288 7920/ enfinrestaurants.com). On the surface, the food at enfin may come across as a show-off by Chef James Won as it’s often a brazen display of how many techniques, ideas, textures and flavours he can

pack into one plate of food. But it’s all for good reason considering his solid grounding as a classically trained chef. A lot of the dishes here are inspired by local dishes but elevated to fine dining standards. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 11.30am-2.30pm; 5.30pm12midnight. $$$$ French Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio Unit A4-01-5, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 6207 9572/www. nathaliegourmetstudio.com). Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille’s eponymous restaurant sets the standard for fine dining in KL and has attracted rave reviews. Although the menu changes every month, the French cuisine here is an enlivened classic set of dishes that include signature touches like jellies and foams. Don’t leave without sampling or taking a box of her macarons to go – they’re of rockstar proportions. Credit cards accepted. Thu-Sat, 10am11pm. $$$$ NEW Rendez-Vous 100 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, KL (03 2202 0206/rendez-vous.com.my/ accueil-2). Poncy affiliations with French food are thrown out the door at RendezVous. Though unassuming from the outside, the restaurant plays on location (a corner Bangsar lot) and an honest and authentic menu. There’re cheese dishes (of course), soft pork blood sausages, a range of sweet treats for dessert and more. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6pm-late. $$$ Yeast Bistronomy 24G Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, KL (03 2282 0118); Ground external floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2288 8011/www.yeastbistronomy.com).

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Contemporary European NEW Coquo D1-G4-6, Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (www.coquokl.com). The highlight of Coquo is the open kitchen, where Chef Valero and his team reign supreme. Meaning ‘I cook’ in Latin, Coquo is refined, sure, but this isn’t a fine dining restaurant. A glance at the menu reveals a suggestion of Spanish influence with noticeable use of local produce and Asian ingredients. Case in point: Pulau Ketam razor clams with Pedro Ximénez-infused brine; tuna tataki with pucuk paku; baby squid tempura with sambal foam, and curry leaf ice cream with jasmine green tea gelatine and strawberry Szechuan black pepper. Peruvian sommelier Gustavo Arriaga (also previously of Ohla) keeps things interesting with a specially curated selection of international wines.  Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 6pm12midnight. $$$$

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Yeast is famed for its traditional bistro fare and made-from-scratch breads. If breakfasting here, dig into the fluffy brioche toast or grab a croissant as soon as they hit the display stand. Lunch sees light fare such as salads, soups and quiches, but it’s the dinner menu that allows the chefs to showcase their French culinary skills; think Salad Niçoise, magret de canard (seared duck breast), Boeuf Bourguignon, moules frites (mussels with fries) and for dessert, île flottante – meringue floating on crème anglais – a real French treat. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Bangsar) Mon-Thu & Sun, 8am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-10.30pm; (Mid Valley) Daily, 8am-10pm. $$ Italian Ciao 20A Jalan Kampung Pandan, off Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 9285 4827/ www.ciao.com.my). KL’s oldest Italian restaurant has stood the test of time and continues to attract old and new customers at its new location off Jalan Tun Razak (also a stunning venue for events and weddings). Its rustic but stylish Italian cuisine has ensured long-term success. The pan-seared duck foie gras, caramelised apples and port wine-balsamic reduction and the formaggi misti (assorted Italian cheese platter) are excellent; you’ll want to have the former all to yourself and share the latter. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm; Sat-Sun, 6-10.30pm. $$$ Fatto A Mano 22G Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, KL (03 2280 0200/fb.com/ fattoamanobangsar). Fatto A Mano (‘made by hand’ in Italian) is a non-halal Italian establishment on one of the most


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NEW Limoncello & Svago Lot G45B-136, Ground and first floors, Suria KLCC, KL (03 2163 3188). This gastronomic ‘power couple’ occupies a prominent lot overlooking KLCC park and its iconic fountains. Named after the popular Italian digestif that is made from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons, Limoncello on the ground floor is an ideal spot for lazy brunches in an open-air setting; whereas Svago is an

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La Risata 128 Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara (03 2095 9572); 16 Persiaran Ampang (03 4252 6269/www. la-risata.com). Crispy wood-fired pizzas, swift service and a cosy dining environment has rewarded La Risata with a loyal following. If you’re inclined towards pasta and pronounced flavours, order the spaghetti alla puttanesca, a savoury mix of anchovies, capers, olives, garlic, chillies and parmesan cheese. You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t sample one of La Risata’s incredible pizzas. We’re particularly fond of the pizza d’anatra, which sees a distinct composition of flavours: sweet caramelised onions, faintly bitter rocket leaves, bursts of saltiness from anchovies and the subtle smokiness of duck. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Medan Damansara) MonFri, 12noon-12midnight; Sat-Sun, 8am-12.45pm; (Ampang) Daily, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm. $$$$

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Favola Fifth floor, Le Méridien KL, 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, KL (03 2263 7434/www.lemeridien.com/ kualalumpurdining). Favola’s dining experience unfolds in theatrical style amid Venetian décor. The menu even unfurls like a scroll for dramatic effect. Thin, crispy pizzas and an extensive selection of antipasti tempt the hungry diner, as do hearty grilled mains and perfectly al dente pastas. The dessert list is equally authentic with offerings such as Illysoaked tiramisu, baked peaches and cassata (Sicilian sponge cake soaked with fruit liquor). Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm; Sun, 6.30-10.30pm. $$$$

air-conditioned lounge upstairs that and wood-fired pizza. If you’re keen befits suited executives and power on sampling more, swing by on a lunches. The pizzas here are the Sunday with a large appetite; the best we’ve had on this side once-a-week buffet lets you of the equator – a brick feast on as much Italian food oven ensures that the as you wish. crusts are crispy and Pork-free. Credit cards perfectly charred. accepted. (Lunch) MonBut the dish that rpaccio Fri & Sun, 12noon-3pm, stole our hearts was 6-11.30pm; (Dinner) The beef ca d with seafoo d Daily, 6-11.30pm. $$$ the beef carpaccio ire sp in with salmon, prawns was and NEW Red Tomato and foie gras flakes. by the seans Chef Basilio Garcia even Electric Boulevard, TREC, mountai makes his own truffle oil 436 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 powder. 211 05362/redtomatorestaurant. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards com.my). accepted. Daily, 12noon-12midnight. Originally from Langkawi, Red $$$$ Tomato has a casual easygoing vibe. Most loyals come for the standard NEW Mario & Luigi Italian fare such as pizzas and pastas, 15&15A Lorong Kurau, Taman but you can also order brunch dishes Weng Lock, KL (03 2282 3571/ such as pancakes, cereal and eggs for dinner. The service is a hit or miss, Facebook: Mario and Luigi (The Big Group)). but if it’s anything like its original In a KL overrun by concept-dining branch in Langkawi, we have high restaurants, it’s reassuring to eat at hopes for this little restaurant. an Italian restaurant that is quite Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm12midnight. $$ simply, an Italian restaurant. The menu doesn’t wander too far off the Strato classics, but by golly, it ain’t cheap. Thankfully, the fare is outstanding. Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 0886/ Start with antipasto, specifically, the www.troikaskydining.com). cured salmon trout and roe on flax seed crackers, move on to the squid Warm and inviting, Troika Sky Dining’s Italian restaurant Strato is ink pasta (seafood is their strong point), and end with the strawberry like a cosy kitchen in the clouds. The open kitchen faces tiled tables and panna cotta. Check their Facebook page to make sure that the restaurant cafeteria-like chairs lined up along isn’t closed for a private event. a window and facing KLCC park, creating a chilled out ambience for Tue-Sun, 12noon-3pm; 7-11pm. $$$ enjoying memorable pastas such as the crab meat linguini and orechitte Neroteca Seri Bukit Ceylon, 8 Lorong Ceylon with smoked duck bacon. (03 2070 0530); 17-15 Medan Setia Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6-11pm. $$$$ 1, Plaza Damansara (03 2011 5725/ www.neroteca.com). Villa Danieli The closest thing to an enoteca this side of Florence, Neroteca is Sheraton Imperial KL, Jalan Nerovivo’s non-halal sister restaurant. Sultan Ismail (03 2717 9921/www. Fans of smoked and cured meats will sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com). be wowed by the Antipasto Neroteca, Resembling a rich man’s rustic holiday home, Villa Danieli excels a platter loaded with an assortment of cold cuts, cheese, fried vegetables where fresh pasta is concerned. and bruschetta. We could eat that Overcooked seafood is a pet peeve of alone with a glass or two of wine. ours, but you’ll never have to worry The venue also serves as a deli, so about this novice mistake at Villa Danieli. Come on a Sunday to enjoy stock up on cured meats, cheese and an Italian Prosecco Brunch with pasta to make your favourite dishes at home. complimentary cooking lessons for Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. the kids. (Ceylon) Mon-Fri, 11.30noon-late, Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 12noon-2.30pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-3am; Brunch, Sun, 6.30-10pm. (Processo brunch) Sun, 12noon-3pm; (Damansara) Mon-Fri, 12noon-12midnight; Sat-Sun, 8am11am-3pm. $$$$ 12.45am. $$$ Spanish La Bodega Nerovivo 3A Jalan Ceylon, KL (03 2070 3120/ 16-2 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, www.nerovivo.com). KL (03 2287 0848); Ground floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan The Italian restaurant comprises two equally cool sections: the rustic Maarof, KL (03 2287 2768); Level 3, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, alfresco deck and bustling indoor seating. Order any homemade pasta, KL (03 2148 8018); Lower ground floor, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan such as the squid ink tagliatelle

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popular stretches in Bangsar. Come here for pastas, paninis, bruschettas, pizzettes (small thin crust pizzas) and traditional Italian desserts. The keyword at Fatto A Mano is casual, so guests can dress down and kick back. No meal here is complete without trying the bombolini filled with raspberry jam, vanilla custard or Nutella (ask for all three). Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6-10pm. $$$


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carpet feel like a throwback to the ’80s. But the mouthwatering Northern Indian dishes keep both locals and expats living in Swiss the neighbourhood Chalet Suisse ri coming back for C11-1, Jalan The tandoowas more. A must-have Ampang Utama broccoli herenked is the charred and 1/1, off Jalan ra ly nt ce re impeccably seasoned Ampang, KL top among KL’s Time tandoori broccoli, which (03 4252 4589/ by es sh di was ranked among Time chaletsuisse.com.my). 15 Out KL Out KL’s ’15 best dishes in Owned by a Swiss KL’ recently. couple, this homey Pork free. Child-friendly. Daily, 11amrestaurant is one of few places in 3pm; 6-11pm. $$ KL to get authentic and affordable Swiss cuisine. Some unique offerings Fierce Curry House include the kaiserschnitzel with rice 16 Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, KL (019 risi bisi – a veal escalope topped 770 1945/fb.com/FierceCurryHouse). with a white wine cream sauce and NEW Marta’s Kitchen served with rice and green peas – and Regularly making Time Out KL’s The Signature, 3 Jalan Sri shortlists for Best Cheap Eats and the rindsgulasch mit spaetzi, beef Hartamas 22, Desa Sri Hartamas, Best Indian, Fierce Curry House goulash atop soft dumplings. But KL (03 6411 0832/fb.com/ wields its not-so-secret weapon with the showstopper is the melty Swiss MarthasKitcheninKLPaellaBar). pride: the hyderabad dum biryani. cheese raclette served on heaps of What started as a catering business Northern Indian flavours truly potatoes, which may not be the best has now become possibly the best shine in a wide range of curries and for the waistline, but you can argue Spanish restaurant sides, and is best appreciated over that it’s good for the soul. in town. Packed the weekend when the banana leaf Pork-free. Child-friendly. every night, this offerings draw in the crowds and Credit cards accepted. Daily, nondescript the dishes are hot and fresh from 5.30-11pm. $$$ eatery serves constantly being replenished. mouthwatering s ro ur ch Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards paella and tapas. y The tast with a Indian accepted. Daily, 10.30am-10.30pm. $$ Everything is ed serv e ar fantastic, but the NEW Aunty Manju’s ate dipping ol oc ch tortilla de patatas 18 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Passage Thru’ India sauce 4 Jalan Delima, KL (03 2145 and croquestas, KL (03 7733 5954/Facebook: 0366); 9 Jalan Setiapuspa, Bukit which practically melt Aunty Manju’s Banana Leaf Damansara, KL (03 2094 4366/ in your mouth, are beyond Restaurant). www.passagethruindia.com). comparison. Auntie Manju’s home cooking is The owners spared no expense Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. legendary (her son’s best friends once when decorating Passage Thru’ Tue-Sun, 11.30am-11.30pm. $$$ sneaked into their home at night to India’s Jalan Delima branch, which raid the refrigerator for crab curries). NEW Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar Don’t leave without trying the mutton is a veritable Aladdin’s cave. Given the a wide variety of Northern and 51 Jalan Telawi 3, KL (03 2201 bone marrow curry. Southern Indian fare, ordering might 5288/fb.com/Mercat.kl). Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 7amtake a while. We’ll make it easy: if This Catalan gastrobar is one of 11pm. $$ you can’t tolerate spicy food, get Bangsar’s most stylish for a quick the Murgh Tikka Butter Masala, dash to Europe. Chef David Caral Chutney Mary otherwise, turn up the heat with the has concocted a menu rarely seen 21G, Ground floor, Jalan Telawi 2, Gosht Vindaloo. in the city – ibérico ham croquettes, Bangsar, KL (03 2282 9923/www. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards salmorejo (chilled tomato purée), rice restaurantchutneymary.com). accepted. Daily, 11.30am-2.45pm, cooked with squid ink, and a fun take Located in the popular vicinity of 6.30-10.45pm. $$ on patatas bravas are only a few of Telawi, Chutney Mary has been the tapas on offer. When in doubt, feeding generations of KLites. When try the cold eggplant purée with pine mamak or Southern Indian fare starts Restoran Chat Masala nuts and honey; but when in a crisis, to feel old, come here to enjoy rich and 259G Jalan Tun Sambathan, Brickfields, KL (03 2260 3244/ the ibérico pork ribs with roasted creamy Northern Indian specialties. Facebook: Chat MasalaKL). peppers are a must. Ignore the few oddities on the menu, For a restaurant stationed amid the Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. such as the fish and chips, and turn commercialised chaos and colours Mon-Fri, 4pm-12midnight; Sat-Sun, your focus to the tangy tomato fish of Little India, Chat Masala is 12noon-12midnight. $$$ curry and butter chicken masala. surprisingly decent. This shop does a Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards fine thosai and admirable idli, but the Pinchos Tapas Bar accepted. Daily, 10am-12midnight. real draw here is the northern-style 18 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL (03 $$$ chat (snacks) served after 4pm. Fruit 2145 8482/www.pinchos.com.my). salad sounds dull but the version here An excellent choice for tapas and Delhi Royale dazzles with its fiery mint-cilantro pinchos (small snacks served in the 33, Lots 2 & 3, Jalan Yap Kwan dressing. Basque region). Almost everything Seng, KL (03 2165 1555/www. Child-friendly. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, is above average, but the bacondelhiroyale.com). 7.30am-11.30pm; Wed, 3.30wrapped dates stuffed with almonds First thing’s first, there’s no going 11.30pm. $ is amazing. If dining in a group, get around it – Delhi Royale’s interior a generous portion of paellas and is tacky. The gold textiles, hotel wash it all down with a jug of sweet NEW Sangeetha’s Vegetarian chairs, heavy napkins folded into sangria. Restaurant baby swans and burgundy velvet SS16/1, Subang Jaya (03 5634 8388/ labodega.gastrodome.com.my). One of the city’s tapas institutions, La Bodega set the standard for traditional tapas such as chicken liver pâté on toast, lamb meatballs and gambas al ajilo (prawns in chilli oil). Plush red sofas and slow whirring fans make it easy to linger. Swing by on a Sunday to enjoy specially prepared paella and bottomless rounds of sangria for RM38. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Jalan Telawi, BSC and Empire) Daily, 8am-2am; (Pavilion KL) Mon-Fri, 9am-2am; Sat-Sun, 8am-2am; (All branches) Sunday paella, 12noon-3pm. $$$

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garnered fans from the US, Thailand, China, Philippines, Indonesia and now, Malaysia. KyoChon 1991 uses 100% natural, zero anti-biotic young chickens that are 30-35 days old in order to achieve juicy succulence as compared to using older chickens that have more muscle tissue. Every wing and drumette is prepared fresh upon ordering and expertly sauced by hand. If you tire of the same old ‘eleven herbs and spices’ recipe, then you’ll

be delighted to know that KyoChon 1991 offers other options that will tickle your taste buds. The paper-thin skin is crispy and healthy, thanks to having less batter and more meaty goodness. Also, the fried chicken is cooked with natural ingredients and fried with canola oil that’s good for health, thanks to its high nutritional value. You may have to pay a little more or wait a little longer than at a fast food joint, but if quality and freshness if what you’re aiming for, then these guiltfree chicks are worth the wait and the price. Kyochon 1991 1 Utama Shopping Centre; Menara Hap Seng; Pavilion Kuala Lumpur; Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre; Penang G-Hotel; Pearl Shopping Gallery; Genting SkyAvenue (www.kyochon. com.my).

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nlightenment doesn’t always have to occur under a tree. Sometimes, enlightenment can happen while you have your sleeves rolled up upon devouring a plate of crispy fried chicken with your fingers. KyoChon 1991 entitles you to just that: think succulent, tender chicken meat coated in smooth batter that’s robust and packed with fresh flavour. The award-winning South Korean franchise has

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Vishal Food & Catering 22 Jalan Scott, Brickfields, KL (03 2274 0995). We reckon this banana leaf place has the wherewithal to go national but the tenacity not to let its popularity go to its head. Clean and utilitarian, this Chettinad restaurant specialises in the spicy and aromatic cuisine that hails

from Tamil Nadu. Heady curries are heaped on to rice (choose from biryani or white rice) on individual banana leaves. Scoop up the rasam, warm rice and dhal into your mouth and that explosion of taste will guarantee your place in the queue outside this joint every Sunday. If you’re very lucky, they’ll be serving the special crab rasam, a briny, savoury-sweet-sour concoction. Pork-free. Daily, 7am-11pm. $

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Sri Nirwana Maju 43 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, KL (03 2287 8445). It’s not uncommon to find a queue of post-clubbers at the Sri Nirwana on Friday and weekend nights when plastic chairs spill on to the bank’s corridor next door. The secret to Sri

Nirwana’s overwhelming popularity lies in a three-way formula all Indian restaurants attempt to emulate – tasty food, reasonable prices and good service. However predictable its success blueprints are, the banana leaf is finger-licking good (literally) as are the meats and deep-fried bitter gourd. Halal. Mon-Sat, 10am-2am; Sun, 10am-12midnight. $$

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65 Lebuh Ampang, KL (03 2032 3333). Located in the heart of KL, Sangeetha serves both Southern and Northern Indian cuisine under one roof. Try the thali set, thosai with coconut chutney, or the vegetarian biryani. The sweets section is one you shouldn’t miss out on either – think nutty kulfi and syrup-drenched gulab jamun. Halal. Daily, 8am-11pm. $


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dishes on the menu and order the curry crab. Though slightly pricey, the sweet flesh and mildly spicy curry makes for a memorable meal. The peas and potato cutlets and odiyal kool, a rich and briny seafood soup, are good examples of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, which is often overlooked in Malaysia. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$ Restoran Yarl 50 Jalan Padang Belia, Brickfields, KL (010 360 6624). Sri Lankan restaurants are few and far between in the Klang Valley, which makes Restoran Yarl a gem. Run by a Sri Lankan Tamil, Yarl specialises in cuisine from the northern province of Sri Lanka, aka Jaffna Tamil cuisine. The mutton peratal and dry chicken varuval are agreeable, but it’s the sora meen puttu that shines; made of shredded shark meat, chilli and a few spices, it’s dry, slightly sweet and deeply aromatic. Ask for the crab curry, for what’s a lavish Sri Lankan lunch without it? Bring a friend and ditch all manner of cutlery. Pork-free. Tue-Sun, 7am-10.30pm. $

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This unique concept restaurant is exactly what it sounds like. Visually impaired servers will lead you through the pitch-black restaurant and get you seated. From there, your three-course meal (and wine if you wish) is served in complete darkness, which is supposed to enhance your other senses. The preset menu is only revealed at the end of the meal so you and your partner can have fun trying to guess what you’re eating. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6-9.30pm. $$$

Atmosphere 360 TH 02, Menara Kuala Lumpur, 2 Jalan Punchak, off Jalan P Ramlee, KL (03 2020 2121/2020/www. atmosphere360.com.my). KL’s only revolving restaurant is located within the iconic KL Tower. Lunch, afternoon tea, high-tea and dinner are all served buffet style and comprises Western and Asian

delicacies. While the food leaves a lot to be desired, the view is unbeatable. Bring friends from out-of-town who aren’t picky eaters. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am-2am. $$$$$ Bakar 11B Lorong Kurau, Taman Weng Lock, Bangsar, KL (03 2280 0073/ www.thebiggroup.co/bakar). The classiest barbecue joint in town, Bakar (meaning ‘burn’ in Malay) is all about harnessing the power of fire. The grilled watermelon salad with strawberry, pomegranate, chilli, radish, cucumber and coriander is a nice way to cool the palate before moving on to hot dishes. For mains, tear hunks of meat off the lamb shoulder or gorge on juicy duck confit. A dish for daring diners would be the veal tongue topped with a sous vide egg. Tue-Sat, 12noon-3pm; 6pm12midnight. $$$ Ben’s Various locations around KL (www. thebiggroup.co). It’s hard to go wrong with Ben’s when the craving for Western fare strikes. This casual but refined chain serves hearty sandwiches, pies, salads, pastas and scrumptious cakes. You won’t find anything groundbreakingly original here, but that’s half the appeal – you’re here for comfort food after all. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$$ Dining in the Dark 50 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2110 0431/www.dininginthedarkkl. com).

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Drift Dining and Bar 38 Jalan Bedara, off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2110 2079/ www.driftdining.com). There was a lot of hype surrounding the opening of Drift Dining and Bar, a modern Australian restaurant with heavy Asian influences, and we can safely say the hype was justified. True to the style of modern Australian cuisine, the dishes here are fresh with vibrant flavours, and focus on the quality of the produce. Some stellar dishes include the Moroccan-spiced cauliflower and the slow-braised baby pork ribs. At Drift, you can afford to have wine with your food, and you must. The wine list, longer than the food menu, is a rounded selection from both Old and New Worlds. We can confidently say that Drift has serious five-star potential. Daily, 12noon-4pm; 6pm-late. $$$ Feast Village Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2719 8330/www. feastvillage.com). Experience world-class, globetrotting cuisine in the luxurious surroundings of Starhill Gallery. Feast Village houses 11 outlets: Shook!, Tarbush, Luk Yu Tea House, Pak Loh Chiu Chow, Village Bar, Sentidos Gastrobar & Dining, Enak, Fisherman’s Cove, Koryo-Won, Royale Vietnam and Jake’s Charbroil Steak. Whether you’re craving Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Lebanese or other international cuisines, there will be something to satisfy your craving. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-11pm. Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar Regalia Residence, 2, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Chow Kit, KL (03 2742 1098/ www.hemispherekl.com). Offering both alfresco and indoor seating, this rooftop restaurant and bar specialises in Western fare and takes special pride in its steaks. Choose from rare to well-done fillets and go the extra mile by topping off the lot with foie gras. The coconut crème brûlée shouldn’t be missed. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-2am. $$$


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Hanaya Japanese Dining Grand Millennium Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2110 5499/fb.com/hanaya. japanese.dining). Grand Millennium Hotel’s most recent addition to its dining scene is Hanaya. Grab a seat at the sushi bar where you can see the chefs prepare fresh fish right in front of you. The restaurant also offers an eight-course omakase dinner that consists of an appetiser, soup, entrée, sashimi, one grilled and steamed dish, sushi and dessert. Hanaya’s winning trait is using seasonal ingredients for its dishes and imported wagyu beef from the Akita

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Fukuya 9 Jalan Delima, KL (03 2144 1022/1077/www.fukuya.com.my). Much praise has been heaped on this fine dining restaurant resembling a Japanese home. Fukuya sports a

Hanare Ground floor, The Intermark, 348 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2164 2133/Facebook: Hanare Japanese Restaurant). Shortlisted for Best Japanese in the Time Out KL Food Awards in 2012 and 2013, Hanare deserves a thumbs up for the smooth service and stellar food. The omakase meals deliver a level of meticulousness that only seasoned chefs can pull off, but if you’re seeking variety without wanting to commit to just a sashimi platter, Hanare’s Sunday afternoon buffet is still one of the best in the city. Get your fill of freshly shucked oysters, tempura, wagyu teppanyaki, grilled seafood and sushi with free flow of saké. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. $$$$

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The Social 57-59 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL (03 2282 2260); The Waterfront@ Parkcity, 5 Persiaran Residen, Desa ParkCity, KL (03 6279 9225); The Square, Publika, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL (03 6207 9225); Electric Boulevard, Lot 434, Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2110 2772/ www.thesocial.com.my). Buzzing with atmosphere, The Social is a fine place to, well, socialise. There’s always something to satisfy different cravings and diets, from Crispy Duck and Pear Salad to Petai Fried Rice, and Chicken Teriyaki to waffles topped with Italian gelato. Only kampung eggs are served here. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted.

Japanese & Korean Japanese Bankara Ramen Level 2, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2181 8618); Third floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City, KL (03 2201 8618/www. bankaramalaysia.com). Some deem the ramen here the best in all of KL – or the country for that matter. Choose from four kinds: original, Tonkatsu, Miso and Tsukemen. Choose to crown your bowl with a wide assortment of toppings including medium boiled egg, poached egg, braised pork belly, dried seaweed, fresh seaweed, bamboo shoots, garlic and onion bits, butter and corn. Credit cards accepted. (Both outlets) Daily, 11am-10pm.

NEW Hacha Mecha Electric Boulevard, TREC, 436 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (012 270 1343/011 1064 0112/Facebook: Hacha Mecha). For the wagyu-inclined, the Japanese gastrobar at TREC has Blackmores wagyu beef, wagyu sliders with foie gras, truffle wagyu donburi, yakitori, wagyu sirloin steak and more. If you’re hungry after all that dancing at Zouk and Artebar, Hacha Mecha has a weekend pop-up supper stall serving hot udon and ramen from midnight, so rest assured about postclubbing bites. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6pm-4.30am.

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Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar The Gardens Residences, Level 6, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2268 1328/www. sagekl.com). Helmed by Chef Daniel, Sage is reputed for serving excellent French-Japanese haute cuisine at reasonable prices. The wagyu beef is a firm favourite among the regulars here, and Sage is also known for its prowess in all matters piscine. In our opinion, the seabass and snapper alike are both cooked beautifully and worth a try. Opt for the three-, four- or five-course set menus depending on how wide your waistline (and wallets) can stretch. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. (Lunch) Mon-Fri, 12noon-2pm; (Dinner) Mon-Sat, 6-10.30pm. $$$$$

Wondermama Second floor, 1 Utama (Old Wing), Lebuh Bandar Utama, PJ (03 7732 2911); Ground floor, Bangsar Village I, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar (03 2284 9821); Ground floor, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2161 2589); Ground floor, Courtyard, Jalan SS15/4G, Subang Jaya (03 5612 5729/fb.com/mywondermama). In a city full of fusion fare, it’s not easy to straddle the line between standard Malaysian fare and international influence. Nevertheless, Wondermama is a standout. Dishes such as beef mince naan pizza and nasi lemak paired with Japanesestyle fried chicken or soft-shell crab leave customers craving for more. Lunchtime sees money-saving set meal deals that include a drink plus a side salad. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Call for individual outlet times. $$

minimalistic Zen setting, with semiprivate rooms that look out onto the gardens. The well-constructed kaiseki (multi-course) menu here is testament to the chefs’ impeccable knife work, producing fresh sashimi cuts, sushi and grilled seafood with aplomb. But for a more concise, affordable introduction, the lunchtime Seiro set (a combo of grilled eel, salmon, sashimi, fried fish, miso soup and dessert) is a great overview to what Fukuya has to offer. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. MonFri, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm; Sun, 6-10pm. $$$$

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Mezze Bar & Bistro 132 Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, KL (03 2095 0122/www.mezze.my). A sleek yet homely establishment hidden away from any main roads, Mezze is good for large groups seeking to throw private parties. Wellrounded chefs in the kitchen churn out world cuisine including French, Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean and Vietnamese-inspired fare, making it easy to fulfil specific cravings, but difficult if you’re open to anything. We suggest going for the charcuterie platter to share. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 12noon1am. $$$

Tanzini 28th floor, GTower, 199 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2168 1899/fb.com/ TanziniKL). Tanzini has got the proverbial finger in all pies, serving hearty Italian food with an Asian twist downstairs and dainty degustation menus at the Upper Deck. This beautiful establishment combines fine dining with one of the best views in the city, and at the end of the meal you can retreat to the Trinidad Cigar Lounge. An oft-Instagramed dish is the Cheese Wheel Pasta, whereby hot pasta is dropped into a hollowed out wheel of cheese. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. MonSat, 11.30am-2.30pm; 6.30-10.30pm. $$$$$

KL & Surrounds

Lounge on the Park Mandarin Oriental KL, Jalan Pinang, KL (03 2179 8883/www. mandarinoriental.com/kualalumpur). Outfitted with plush sofas and floor-to-ceiling windows, Lounge on the Park is a semi-posh, semi-casual space to kick back and relax. Choose from the English or Asian afternoon tea, which includes premium teas, coffees, cocktails and juices, as well as finger sandwiches, warm scones and pastries. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 8am-1am. $$$$


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prefecture in Japan. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-3pm, 6-10pm. $$$$ Iketeru Hilton KL, 3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, KL Sentral, KL (03 2264 2264/www.life. hiltonkl.com). Wind your way through a serene Zen garden and emerge in a world where authentic Japanese traditions meet nouveau Tokyo cooking styles. In the afternoons, the comprehensive menu comprises premium set lunches that may include anything from sushi and sashimi to buckwheat noodles and mixed tempura. The premium omakase course must be ordered five days ahead of time, but promises a memorable experience. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.3010.30pm. $$$$ Ippudo Ramen Level 4, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2110 6233); Ground floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, KL (02 2011 6238); Third floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2201 6238/www.ippudo. com.my). Founded in Hakata, the birthplace of ramen, you can be sure that Ippudo is staunch about serving authentic Japanese noodles. The incredible broths here are rich, milky and redolent of pork. But don’t miss out on the side dishes either: get a side of soft buns stuffed with tender pork blely or crispy soft-shell crab, as well as the atypical but ingenious Gyoza Lasagne. Ippudo’s branch in Bangsar boasts of a wide selection of premium Japanese sakés and beers and encourages lingering, whereas the other two branches are ideal for a quick meal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Pavilion) Daily, 11am-10pm; (Bangsar) Daily, 11am-12midnight; (The Gardens) Daily, 10.30am-10pm. $$$ NEW Isetan The Japan Store Lot 10, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (03 2382 7777/thejapanstore.mistore.jp). The sixth floor in Isetan The Japan Store is The Table – a premium dining floor featuring authentic Japanese cuisine – set to open in January 2017 (at the time of print). Dine and shop for seasonal groceries at The Market, which offers authentic Japanese food and flavours, as well as seasonal ingredients (fresh fish filets, sashmi, meat, and so on) from each of Japan’s regions. You’ll also be able to sample Japanese green tea, sweets, saké, regional craft beers and globally-acclaimed Japanese whiskies. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am9pm.

sculpting fresh seafood into raw Jogoya works of edible art. Apart from Relish Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 adventurous starters such as the Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2142 Amaebi sweet shrimp and Japanese 1268/www.jogoyarestaurants.com). yam with fried anchovy bruschetta, Jogoya has been operating since there are crowd pleasers such as January 2006 and has catered to the wagyu beef stone-grilled over no less than a million customers. volcanic stone. Not to be outdone, The crowd speaks for itself – the bar also whips up excellent Malaysians sure love a wine-based and dessert good Japanese buffet. cocktails that put most Living up to its watering holes to shame. reputation, e th of Pork-free. Child-friendly. the restaurant Jogoya, onenese Credit cards accepted. lays out a mean Japa st be Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm; spread consisting around, s et ff bu 6.30-10.30pm. $$$$$ of more than 300 rved se s ha dishes in different ners ravenous di06 Tonkatsu by Ma Maison styles, from the classic since 20 Level 2, Isetan, 1 Utama Japanese to pan-Asian. Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Pork-free. Child-friendly. Bandar Utama, PJ (03 7727 3337); Credit cards accepted. Daily, Lot 56 & 57, Level UG, Publika, 11.30am-4.30pm; 5pm-12midnight. Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas $$$$ 1, KL (03 6211 9399); Second floor, Main Place, Jalan USJ 21/10, Kurata Japanese Fine Dining Persiaran Kewajipan, Subang Jaya PARKROYAL Hotel, Jalan Sultan (03 8081 9913/mamaison.com.my). Ismail, KL (03 2110 0226/www. Tonkatsu, aka Japanese-style deepkurata-kl.com). fried breaded pork cutlet, is a quiet Kurata Japanese Fine Dining has built superstar on the rise. Traditionally itself a fine reputation for serving served with shredded cabbage, scrumptious sushi, sashimi, seafood, miso soup and rice, the dish is wagyu, shabu-shabu, sukiyaki and deceivingly simple but incredibly tempura dishes created by chefs in an satisfying. Prepare your condiments uncompromising pursuit of perfection. before tucking in: grind some white With seafood imported directly from sesame seeds on top of your rice Kyushu Island, Hokkaido and Tsukiji and pour out both sweet and spicy fish markets, how could you expect variations of tonkatsu sauce. The anything less than excellent? magic is in that first bite. The pork Credit cards accepted. (Lunch) cutlets are tender and juicy, but Mon-Tue & Fri-Sun, 12noon-2pm; the unlimited refills of cabbage (Dinner) Mon-Sat, 6-11pm. $$$ make you feel a bit better about pigging out. Nobu Kuala Lumpur Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Mon-Thu, 11.30am-10pm; Fri-Sun, KLCC, KL (03 2164 5084/www. 11am-10pm. $$$ noburestaurants.com). Only a man like Nobuyuki Matsuhisa Torii (aka Nobu-san) could so gracefully Lot 8-6, Jalan Batai, Bukit pair precise Japanese techniques Damansara (03 2011 3798/torii.my). with the colours and zest of Peruvian Deemed one of the best yakitori joints cuisine. And he’s done well to inspire in town, Torii profers a wide range Nobu KL’s executive head chef, of snacks and skewers that range Philip Leong. The Ipoh-born chef is from common (chicken with Teriyaki mindful of Nobu-san’s philosophies, glaze) to bizarre (air-dried sting ray). but throws in a surprise or two using The fried chicken wings with sea local produce. An instance is the salt is a simple but outstanding dish Ice Kacang Nobu Style with yuzu, that might warrant a second order. Calpico shaved ice, green tea mochi Always, always order the namesake and much more in one mind-bending cocktail Torii; a concoction of bowl. For Nobu purists, signatures whisky, soda, yuzu juice and gomme like the black cod miso and umami syrup, the sweet and fruity drink is sea bass are still on the menu. dangerously easy to drink. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, Credit cards accepted. (Jalan Batai) 12noon-2pm; Mon-Sat, 6-10.30pm; Mon-Fri, 11.30am-2.30pm; 5pm-late. (Club lounge happy hours) Fri-Sat, $$ 6pm-12midnight. $$$

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Tatsu Level 1, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, 165 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2782 6000/www.intercontinental-kl. com.my). The action starts at the counter at Tatsu, where diners show open admiration for chefs slicing and

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NEW Uokatsu Ground Floor, Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1 (03 6201 0339/ fb.com/uokatsu.malaysia). Three cheers for the mid-range Japanese restaurant! Here, appreciation of quality produce and an unpretentious evening can exist


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NEW Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock 13 Jalan Batai Polis, KL; Lot B-G-01, Ground Floor, Block B, Oasis Ara Damansara, Jalan PJU 1A/7, PJ (03 7832 3138/fb.com/ alimuthuandahhock). Nominee for Best Malay/Malaysian category in the Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2016, Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock dishes out fail-proof comfort food including their popular Ad ve r to ria l

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a high note. Pizza toppings run the gamut from the classic Margherita to the very original braised rabbit, spinach, garlic cream and pickled cucumber, which is delicious! The wine list is well chosen to complement the food menu and is well represented by wines from the more interesting wine regions of Italy. Buon Appetito! Strato Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 0886/ www.troikaskydining.com) Opening hours: Daily, 12midday-3pm; 6pm-11pm (last orders)

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trato, part of Troika Sky Dining, is a casual trattoria-style restaurant offering dishes bursting with authentic Italian flavours. The restaurant takes great pride in their handmade pastas and pizzas and believes that Italian cuisine is all about using simple quality ingredients to create heartwarming dishes that bring family and friends together. The restaurant itself is rustic and cosy and when you’re done with your dinner, continue your evening at Coppersmith where artisanal cocktails and some of the

best views of the Petronas Twin Towers await. The menu is succinct but with enough variety to satisfy most. Start your meal with the classic combination of buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes roasted on the vine, pickled cherry tomatoes, pesto and lemon cream, and you’ll know the ensuing meal is going to be delicious. You will fall in love with the pastas - try the Fazolleti with lamb ragu and mint gremolata or the signature Wagyu beef cheek and trotter ravioli sage brown butter and preserved lemon and if you still have room, a coffee Tiramisu with Morello cherries to end the meal on

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NEW Daorae Korean BBQ 27-29 Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, KL (03 6203 2616). In Korea, barbecue is where it’s at, and Daorae does a good job prepping its meats for the grill. Complimentary panch’an (small dishes) are a given, but for mains, order the bulgogi (sliced

sirloin) and go chu jan sam kyb sal (finely sliced pork) lightly marinated with soy and sugar and enjoy their exceptional tenderness. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$$

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Korean NEW Chicken House 15 Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont

Kiara, KL (03 6211 5928). Owned by Koreans who know a thing or two about fried chicken, Chicken House is the place to go for authentic Korean-style poultry marinated in original, spicy or garlic honey sauces. The hot pot is comforting on rainy days and the kimchi pancake on just about any day. Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon10.30pm. $$

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concurrently. The message of comfort introduced by rice bowls extends excellently throughout one’s meal here. The mentai rice – creamy, marinated fish roe on egg on rice – is the holy trinity of a good time. You also can’t go wrong with the sufficiently tender grilled ocean trout (its oil gushes out as the flesh is flaked), the sashimi, which is on par as that from a premium kaiseki meal, and the seasonal uni. Before a reluctant departure, it’s best to pick up a punnet of house-made wasabi ice cream from the freezer. Tue-Wed, 11.30am-2.30pm; ThuSun, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-9.30pm. $$$

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nasi lemak ayam, mee goreng, mee rebus and roti jala. The interiors of this modern kopitiam should give you major throwback vibes with its paintchipped walls and retro furnishings. Halal. (Both outlets) Daily, 8am-6pm. $$

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NEW Agak Agak APW, 29 Jalan Riong, KL (Facebook: Agak Agak). Agak Agak (meaning ‘more or less’ in Malay) is a new food-based social initiative that’s modeled after Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, where underprivileged youngsters are trained and mentored for a career in food. The fusion menu here sees delicious spins on local dishes such as the Chili Pâté Mee with handmade toasted rye noodles, dry chilli oil, mince chicken, ikan bilis, kicap egg and a dollop of smooth buttery chicken liver pâté. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm. $$$

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Bijan 3 Jalan Ceylon, KL (03 2031 3575/ www.bijanrestaurant.com). Bijan, one of few high-end restaurants for Malay cuisine, is frequented for its semi-posh, semi-homey ambience. Sup on traditional Malay dishes such as ulam raja and rendang, but make sure to leave room for the desserts – most notably the gula Melaka cake, pandan pudding, Bandung-flavoured home-made ice cream and durian cheesecake. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 4.30-11pm. $$$

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Mandi-Mandi Menara Indah Clubhouse, Jalan 1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, Ampang, KL (03 4256 9300/www. tamarindrestaurants.com). Founded by the same masterminds responsible for stunning restaurants such as Tamarind Springs and Tamarind Hill, Mandi-Mandi is housed in a rustic villa some 20 minutes beyond the city centre. Lush greenery and fetching fountains make it a popular choice for intimate dinners. Reserve a table for two at this romantic poolside restaurant and sup on slightly pricey though artfully presented Malay-Thai cuisine. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; Sat-Sun; 6pm12midnight. $$$

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Restoran Rebung Dato’ Chef Ismail 5-2, Aras 5, Parkir Bertingkat Bukit Aman, 1 Jalan Tanglin, Taman Botani Perdana, KL (03-2276 3535/www. restoranrebungdatochefismail.com). Owned by local celebrity chef Ismail Ahmad and Malaysia’s first astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, Restoran Rebung specialises in dishes from Negeri Sembilan. The best part about dining here is being able to sample

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Ante Kitchen and Bar A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamas, KL (03 6206 3364/fb.com/ ante.kl). Ante certainly gives its neighbour S.wine a run for its money with an enticing fusion menu listing dishes such as Char Siu Curry Cream Linguini, Pork Shoulder Stew and Miso Pork Belly. Don’t be too fussed about the seafood or the pizzas. It’s the selection of pork dishes and their huge portions that warrant a second, third or fourth visit. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-10.30pm. $$$

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Tehran A-10-1-1, Jalan Ampang Utama 2/2, One Ampang Business Avenue, Ampang (03 4251 5105). One of the longest-running Iranian restaurants in town, Tehran is run by an Iranian expat and offers authentic and lovingly prepared dishes. Their wide range of specialities include the mizra ghasemi (smoked eggplant mixed with garlic, onion and tomato, and topped with a fried egg) as well as tender kebab skewers and hearty bean stews. The family-friendly establishment is frequented by large families with kids, so close an eye to the occasional shrieking of young ones. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 10.30am11pm. $$$

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Tarbush 138 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2142 8558); LG16 Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2144 6393/www.tarbush.com.my). An established name when it comes to Middle Eastern food in KL, Tarbush’s Lebanese offerings are pretty full on in taste, with the appetisers (including the mezze dishes and salads) enough to get you filled and satisfied even before the main course – but don’t, because the main course meals are a must try, particularly the biryani dishes and grilled meats. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Bukit Bintang) Daily, 10am2am; (Starhill) Daily, 11am-1am. $$$

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Al Andalus Limapulo: Baba Can Cook 13 Jalan Delima, off Jalan Bukit 50 Jalan Doraisamy, KL (03 2698 Bintang, KL (03 2110 0373). 3268/Facebook: Baba Can Cook). The packed tables and a mostly Headed by affable, veteran Nyonya Middle Eastern clientele says a lot cook Uncle John, Limapulo is an about the Moroccan fare here. Lamb outlet for the chef to share his dishes seem to fare well here – the family-guarded recipes. A cuisine lamb mandi in particular so steeped in tradition like melts in your mouth and Nyonya shouldn’t need any is served with rice that’s more experimenting, but flavourful enough to Limapulo is a restaurant be eaten on its own. that knows its We’re also slightly onions: Uncle John’s addicted to the kibbeh, a newly improved ayam i tee, Get the para deep-fried cutlets n berempah is a daring ka na Pe r popula departure that straddles e stuffed with minced ar sh to , er lamb and spices. If the line between a curry appetis you enjoy water pipes, and a rendang. The fiery join the evening crowd for shrimp and petai sambal, shisha and drinks. comforting ayam pongteh and Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards creamy curry noodles are further accepted. Daily, 12noon-5am. $$ proof of Uncle John’s impressive culinary résumé. Hadramawt Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards The Curve, 3 Jalan PJU 7/12a, accepted. Mon-Sat, 12noon-3pm; Mutiara Damansara, PJ (017 500 6-10pm. $$ 9598); Lot 314, Jalan Ampang, KL (03 4256 0678/www.hadramawt. Little Penang com.my). Ground floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Believed to be the first Yemeni Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed restaurant in the country, Hadramawt Putra, KL (03 2282 0215); Level 4, offers a wide selection of bona fide Suria KLCC, KL (03 2163 0215). Middle Eastern fare, drinks and As you might have guessed, this desserts including fattoush, tabouleh, chain specialises in traditional baba ganoush and musakhaa. It’s Penang cuisine and does it well too. The Hokkien Prawn mee and Nyonya easy to imagine being in Hadramawt (a region in Yemen), what with the specialties are almost good as the hawker fare you find in George Town, traditional wood carvings, colourful lamps and artwork on the walls. making it a popular haunt among Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards homesick Penangites. Swift service accepted. (Both outlets) Daily, coupled with a casual and cosy ambience make it a popular lunchtime 10.30am-1am. $$$ stop, especially among office workers. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards Tajine accepted. (Both outlets) Daily, 11am114 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 9.30pm. $$ 2110 1191); Menara Bintang

Goldhill, 239 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2141 3581/Facebook: Tajine Restaurant). This busy restaurant in bustling Jalan Bukit Bintang offers a hearty mix of Middle Eastern and Moroccan cuisine. Popular dishes include lamb kofta tagine, a bubbling hotplate of lamb meatballs in a rich tomato sauce, and the tabbouleh, a salad of chopped parsley with a dash of lemon juice and oil. Opt for outdoor seating to enjoy shisha/water pipes and pair with a pot of refreshing mint tea. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am-12midnight. $$

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Al-Amar Level 6, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2166 1011); Sunway Putra Mall, 100 Jalan Putra, KL (03 4051 2533); Ground floor, fahrenheit88, 179 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2141 3814/www. al-amar.com). If craving Lebanese food, Al-Amar, whose offerings include mezze (hot or cold dishes served in small portions), fresh Lebanese salads and juicy shawarma, will likely satisfy your needs. The branch in Pavilion offers seating by the balcony so you can enjoy your meal while watching bustling Bukit Bintang Road below. Al-Amar Express in Fahrenheit 88 is more casual but makes no compromise in terms of service and quality of food. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Pavilion) Daily, 12noon12midnight; (Sunway Putra Mall) Daily, 10am-10pm; (fahrenheit88) Daily, 9am-12.30am. $$$

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Sambal Hijau Lot 2990, Kg Sg Penchala, Jalan Damansara, TTDI (03 7731 2045/ www.sambalhijau.my). Though slightly out of the way, Sambal Hijau is worth the road trip to sample delicious Malay and Minang (from West Sumatra, Indonesia) cuisine. There is always at least four types of gulai and masak lemak dishes. A lunch speciality is the ikan bakar station, which offers different types of fish to pick from. Try the kuih lompat tikam, a sweet coconut dessert from Kelantan, for dessert. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 7am-2am. $

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a wide variety of dishes since buffet spreads are laid out every lunch and dinner time. If ordering à la carte, narrow down your choices to the nasi hujan panas, masak lemak cili padi and gulai tempoyak. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 7am-10pm. $$$


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Checkers 19 Lorong Setia Bistari 2, Bukit Damansara, KL (03 7733 3068/ Facebook: Checkers Restaurant). Long heralded as the ‘best-kept secret in town’, Checkers takes some effort to locate. Hidden in the depths of Bukit Damansara, this welcoming establishment has no qualms when it comes to serving quality pork. A must try is the Lord of the Ribs – pork ribs deliciously doused in barbecue and garlic sauce. Bring company when ordering this mammoth of a dish. Seafood options include the grilled sea bass and scampi, a bowful of tomato broth and filled with huge prawns and melted cheese. Reservations are recommended.

Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 6-10pm. $$$

Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm; Fri, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-11pm; Sat, 6-11pm. $$$

El Cerdo 43 & 45 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2145 0511/www.elcerdokl.com). El Cerdo can be credited as one of the restaurants that kicked off the pork renaissance in KL. Today, they’re still going strong. El Cerdo champions the ‘nose to tail’ cooking and dining philosophy, so you’ll find precious few pork-free dishes, desserts excepted. It wouldn’t be a pork restaurant without a good knuckle dish, and El Cerdo’s will haunt your dreams for days. But better still is the marinated pork shoulder steak that is left to marinate for 48 hours. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted.

Naughty Nuri’s 2 Jalan Sri Hartamas 20/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Hartamas, KL (016 556 4611/fb.com/nnkualalumpur). Even on a weeknight, Naughty Nuri’s is full of diners with no shame of licking their fingers in public. And who are we to refuse to join in? The Balinese-style spare ribs here are slathered with an achingly addictive spicy-sweet sauce, and the meat is submitted to so much cooking time that it practically falls off the bones. The roast pork belly with grilled lime leaf and honey-mustard vinaigrette is second-best, but only manages to Ad ve r to ria l

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roika Sky Dining is renowned for being Kuala Lumpur’s premier fine dining destination and Fuego (‘fire’ in Spanish) is one of the gems of the collection – think casual South American cuisine in stunning alfresco surrounds with breathtaking views of the Petronas Twin Towers, innovative cocktails, and the best guacamole this side of Mexico. The first thing you’ll notice when entering Fuego is the distinctly South American décor, starting with the eclectic pattern of the geometric floor tiles in shades of blue and maroon. The open-air concept is perfect for after-work drinks, weekend partying or just a delicious meal with friends; and watching the fireworks from here on special occasions is quite an experience. The menu comprises an exciting mix of ceviche (raw fresh fish / seafood marinated in citrus juices), tapas, and meat grilled over the fire. All these dishes are made for sharing, which is how good food should

be enjoyed. Fuego boasts chefs specially trained in the art of guacamole making, which means diners have a choice of going classic with the Fuego Guacamole or adventurous with the Avruga Caviar version. Unique tapas choices like smoked snails in a jar, watermelon with grilled halloumi and salted cod roe croquettes are examples of fusion at its best. Choose from fish, chicken, lamb and beautiful slabs of beef grilled to perfection; then end your meal with a selection of sinful desserts like the Fuego churros dusted with cinnamon and accompanied by a salted caramel espuma. Don’t leave without trying

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Fuego’s cocktails with a twist like the Mojito with its lychee-infused rum, chilli, mint and lime; or have shots of premium tequila to go along with the South American vibe. Fuego Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 0886/ www.troikaskydining.com/ fuego). Daily dinner service in two sessions: 6.30-8.30pm; 8.30pm onwards.


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Hoi Kee Heng Hwa 16 Jalan 1/109E, Taman Desa, off Jalan Klang Lama, KL (03 7981 8878/Facebook: Restaurant Hoi Kee Heng Hwa). You’ll know what to order just by looking at every customer’s table: the steamed fish head showered with minced ginger and chopped coriander and doused in an oyster sauce gravy. Come here for Fuzhou-style seafood, the pork knuckle with Thai chilli and the oyster mee sua.

Tamarind Hill 19 Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (03 2148 3200/www.tamarindrestaurants.com). Open since 1999, Tamarind Hill was one of KL’s first restaurants to serve Thai-Burmese fare. Planted on top

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Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine 5 Jalan U-Thant, KL (03 2143 2428/ www.ramav.com.my). Located on a peaceful piece property in the heart of KL, Rama V is a beautiful and tranquil place to enjoy Thai food for lunch or dinner. Think lotus blossons floating atop pools, white tablecloths and a well-manicured garden. Recommended dishes include the tom yam kung mae nam (tangy river prawns served in a young coconut) and chor ladda (flowershaped dumplings stuffed with minced chicken and peanuts). The staff will happily decorate the garden with balloons and streamers if you’re making reservations for a party. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 4.3011pm. $$$

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Dancing Fish Malay-Indo Cuisine Third floor, Bangsar Shopping NEW Crave Oyster & Seafood Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, KL (03 House 2095 6663/www.dancingfish.com.my). E-G-09 Electric Boulevard, TREC, A mainstay in Bangsar Shopping 436 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2110 Centre, Dancing Fish’s signature dish 5770/fb.com/cravekl). is, as the restaurant’s name implies, The brainchild of Melvin Chin, who the Dancing Fish. Deep fried to a has more than a decade’s worth of crisp so it looks like its waltzing in experience in the seafood industry, gravy, the dish tastes as good as it Crave does just what its name looks. Also get the gulai pucuk implies: tempt diners with paku, a mound of baby fern fresh oysters and seafood leaf tendrils soaked in a specialties. Rather coconut sauce, and the than depend on a sole fragrant and spicy beef supplier, Crave rendang. imports the er. Child-friendly. best selection of is your oystacies Halal. Credit cards accepted. oysters, fish, clams, Sample delic Daily, 11.30am-10pm. , mussels, prawns and from Ireland d $$$ the like from myriad ce, Japan an an Fr merchants. For many a more Tamarind Springs diner, it’s simply enough Jalan 1, Taman Tun to slurp on oysters and sip on champagne or white wine, but if you prefer a hot meal, some standout dishes include the Caesar Salad that switches out bacon for deep-fred, crispy white bait, the tangy Thaiinspired clams (ask for extra bread to mop up the very last drop of sauce), and the grilled Australian Barramundi served with a cauliflower purée so airy that it’s reminiscent of sea foam. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Wed & Sun, 12noon-1am; Thu-Sat, 12noon3pm. $$$

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NEW Southern Rock Seafood 34 Jalan Kemuja, off Jalan Bangsar, KL (1800 88 3474/fb.co/ southernrockseafood). Southern Rock Seafood’s all-white bar, sleek tiling and lighting fixtures ingeniously fashioned out of traditional fishing contraptions create a classy yet fun ambience for Sunday seafood brunches and romantic dinners for two. Here’s what you should order: the fish ‘popcorn’, an oyster tasting platter and the legendary Mussel Laksa. Pair everything with a bottle of Laurent Robert champagne. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$

Abdul Razak, Ampang, KL (03 4256 9300/03 4256 9301/www. tamarindrestaurants.com). Housed in a tropical hideaway, Tamarind Springs seamlessly merges with the jungle. Thatched roofs and stone sculptures add to the feeling of being in a Balinese villa. The romantic restaurant is perfect for an intimate candlelit dinner or a special proposal. Cosy up and partake of Indochinese cuisine such as Khmer Krom stir-fried crab and Laotian fish curry. Bring mosquito repellent to be on the safe side. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6pm-12midnight. $$$$

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Bait 65 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, KL (03 2201 8187/www.baitkl.com). Why must most seafood-focused restaurants in KL be associated with assam-style siakap or the cracking and twisting of gravy-drenched crabs? In Bait, fish and chips, grilled cod and mussel soup make up the classic, no-fuss menu. Should you like your sea creatures with a side of sauvignon blanc, most wines here go for RM95 a bottle. A good catch, if we ever saw one. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 5pm-late; Sat-Sun, 11am-late. $$$

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scrap through as a backup singer behind the show-stopping Beyoncé of pork ribs. Credit cards accepted. Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon-12midnight. $$


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of a spectacular, private hilltop next to its newer sister restaurant NEO Tamarind, Tamarind Hill is lined with hill tribe artefacts that owner Federico Asaro acquires on his extensive travels throughout Asia. Recommended dishes include the tuna in a hot and spicy mango sauce, stir-fried wagyu beef with hot Thai basil pesto and sautéed scallop in a turmeric sauce. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6-11pm. $$$$ Vietnamese NEW An Viet Lower ground floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2201 1181/fb.com/ anviet.my) An Viet exceeded our expectations for a mall restaurant; we’re proud to call it one of our favourite restaurants in town. Some dishes that shone include the Banh Trang Nuong (grilled paper rice crêpes) and Ca Kho To (caramelised fish) and the Vietnamese drip coffee is strong enough to knock off your socks. Hats off to the proprietors for implementing a ‘no waste’ rule; choose your rice or noodle portions according to your appetite so it’s easier to clean your plate. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am10pm. $$

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Steakhouse Angus House Level G2, Publika Shopping Gallery, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas,

KL (03 6205 3915/www.angushouse. com.my). This Japanese charcoal steakhouse calls for big appetites. The main highlight is clearly charcoal-grilled steak, but there are also seafood specialties such as butter-brushed lobster, as well as Japanese cuisine like grilled mackerel and roasted eel served with rice. Have dessert elsewhere, as most of the cakes were average at best. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am10.30pm. $$$$

Beato’s fuss-free ambience doesn’t immediately bring a steakhouse to mind, but that’s what’s nice about the place: its lack of machismo. The restaurant offers both dry- and wet-aged beef in a variety of cuts and at decent prices. Each steak is served with four sauces – whole grain mustard, Dijon mustard, horseradish and chimichurri – while blue cheese sauce is available as an add-on. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 5pm-12midnight; Sat-Sun, 1-3.30pm; 4.45pm-12midnight. $$$$

BEAST Ground floor, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2163 5732/www. thebiggroup.co). A classy steakhouse founded by The Big Group, BEAST looks every bit the gentleman’s club that Benjamin Yong and company envisioned it to be. Choose from tenderloin, rib-eye, striploin or porterhouse cuts depending on your preferred leanto-fat ratio, marbling and thickness. Each slab of meat is cooked in a Josper oven, which results in steaks that are charred on the outside and imbued with a distinct smokiness. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 12noon-3pm, 5-11.30pm; Fri, 12noon-3pm, 5pm1am; Sat, 5pm-1am. $$$$$

Marble 8 Steakhouse 163 Jalan Binjai, Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2386 6030/www.marble-8.com). The star of the menu is the Diamantina Australian wagyu beef, which is dry-aged at the restaurant itself. Pick and choose your sides, which include onion rings, reinvigorated by a biting horseradish batter and served with cheddar dip, or creamy mashed potatoes with truffle pesto. Other beefy mains that make an impression at Marble 8 include the lasagne and beef tartare. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri & Sun, 12noon-2.30pm, 7-11pm; Sat, 7-11pm. $$$$$

The Beato Steakhouse Publika, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 6206 2405); 24-1 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL (03 2202 2405/fb.com/beatokl).

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PRIME Fifth floor, Le Méridien, KL Sentral, 2 Jalan Stesen Sental, KL (03 2263 7434/www.lemeridienkualalumpur. com). The steaks at PRIME are not for the faint-hearted. It’s best to come equipped with some knowledge of


Gandhi’s Scott Sentral Serviced Apartments, 28 Jalan Scott Brickfields, KL (03 2273

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NEW Goodness Greens Café 32 Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, TTDI, KL (03 7732 0235/fb.com/ goodnessgreenscafe). Goodness Greens is a haven for vegan-friendly dishes, customisable salads, superfood-packed smoothie bowls, healthy rice bowls and pastas and the freshly-squeezed juices. While the DIY salads are popular, the café also serves warm meals; order a vegan soup (homemade with almond milk instead of cream). If you’re just here to snack, get the GG Dip (spinach and mozzarella dip with baguette slices). The açaí berry and dragon fruit smoothie bowls make nutritious breakfasts, and those on the move can take a cup of vegan latte (or ‘vatte’ as it’s called) to go. Good news for parents with young children: the café has a dedicated kids’ play area in addition to a child-friendly bathroom with a diaper changing table.   Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 8am10pm. $$

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Dharma Realm Guan Yin Monastery 161 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2164 8055). The bustling canteen ensconced behind the Dharma Realm Guan Yin Monastery is no secret to the working crowd around Jalan Ampang. Taking centre stage is the zhap fan counter, which overflows with at least 50 vegetarian standards including stuffed tau fu pok, vegetable curry and ‘chicken’ drumsticks fashioned from fried beancurd skin. But you don’t have to subsist on just vegetables and mock meat. There are stalls on the side hawking wan tan mee, curry mee, doughnuts, barley water, fruits and red bean pancakes that we can’t get enough of. The temple is very serious about its food philosophy: no white sugar, preservatives or MSG and they only use brown sugar in their cooking. Pork-free. Mon-Fri, 10.30am-2pm. $

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Ril’s Bangsar 30 Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, KL (03 2201 3846/www.rils.com.my). Synonymous with its expertly grilled steaks and classy ambience, Ril’s Bangsar is home to signature cuts like the MB5 Australian wagyu tomahawk and grass-fed Australian rib-eye. Although the elegant steakhouse’s deftly executed slabs of meat are the true attractions here, its tuna tataki and whole baked fish en cocotte are no slouches either. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6-11pm. $$$$$

3190/Facebook: Gandhis-VegetarianRestaurant). If you have a hankering for something spicy but healthy, this vegetarian eatery should do the trick. You’ll find your usual Indian dishes sans meat: think mutton varuval and chicken curry, but made with soy protein and other mock meat. The battered cauliflower and bitter gourd chips are dangerously addictive. Pork-free. Daily, 6am-3am. $$

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Qba Latin Bar & Grill Lower ground, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2773 8338/www.westindining. com.my). Tripling as a restaurant, wine bar and cigar lounge, Qba attracts an elite crowd of food enthusiasts. Can’t decide which cut to order? Settle for the signature steak and wine-tasting plates, which include small portions of sirloin, eye fillet, (a particularly wellmarbled) Kobe, and accompanying wines. The meats are flown in from Argentina and Australia, guaranteeing a five-star experience in the heart of KL. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, 6.30-10.30pm. $$$$$

This wholesome vegetarian joint prepares an impressive zhap fan spread every lunchtime, but you can order individual dishes too. Vegetarians will rejoice at the diversity of offerings, which includes nasi lemak, char kuey teow, mee Jawa, yong tau foo, prawn mee, lam mee, curry laksa and more. Try to get there as early as possible, as the dishes sell out pretty quickly. Pork-free. Daily, 8am-6pm. $

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meat as diners are given the liberty to choose the size, cut and number of days the meat is aged. If you’re feeling indulgent, PRIME serves Black Angus 200-day-old grain-fed steaks, which is a rarity in KL. Be prepared to fork out a fair bit, but remember that you can’t put a price on melt-in-your mouth prime beef. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm; Sat-Sun, 6.3010.30pm. $$$$$

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Annalakshmi Temple of Fine Arts, 116 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, KL (03 2274 0799/www.annalakshmi.com.my). Open since 1984, this vegetarian eatery is housed within The Temple of Fine Arts in Brickfields. For RM18, you can partake of as much rice, curries, legumes, potatoes and vegetables during the lunch buffet – a vegetarian and vegan’s paradise, if any. Dishes must be ordered from an à la carte menu in the evenings. Dress in smart casual attire (shorts are strongly discouraged) as a sign of respect in the temple. Halal. Child-friendly. (Lunch) Tue-Sun, 11.30am-3pm; (Dinner) 6.30-9.45pm. $


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(03 2283 5523/Facebook: Nature’s Vegetarian Restaurant (Bangsar)). This old-timer has withstood the test of time in ever-changing Bangsar, proving that good vegetarian fare is valued in KL. Enjoy veggie and mock meat dishes cooked using classic Chinese preparations. Few eateries in town also offer such a wide selection of vegetarian dim sum. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 9am-10pm; SatSun, 8am-10pm. $$$ NEW Raisin’ the Roof Plaza Damansara, 61 Jalan Medan Setia 1, KL (fb.com/raisintheroofcafe). Although the café aims for a nutritious, meat-free menu with vegan and gluten-free options, none of the dishes sound plain or unappetising. A standout dish is the brown rice sushi bowl salad, described as deconstructed sushi with avocado, edamame, sautéed spinach, toasted seaweed and pomegranate seeds. Most of the sweets here are raw, vegan, glutenfree and dairy-free; try the raw orange chocolate cake and key lime cheesecake. Do some shopping while here and stock up on granola, spreads, tea, cold-pressed juices and non-dairy milk such as cashew, pistachio and almond milk. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun, 9am6.30pm. $$$ Surrounds

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The Americas American NEW Betty’s Midwest Kitchen Aman Suria Damansara, A-G-40, 46A, Jalan PJU 1/43, Aman Suria, PJ (03 7880 0196/midwestkitchen. com.my). It’s rare to find a Western eatery in Malaysia that dabbles in dishes exclusively from Midwest America, but Betty’s does exceptionally well. Think classic meatloaf, pork chop sweetend with apples and the iconic Juicy Lucy burger (the patty has a molten cheese centre). The apple crumble here is one of the best in town. In true American style, the portions are humongous, so get a doggy bag to go. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am-3pm; 5.30-9.45pm. $$$ Mexican Frontera Sol of Mexico 18-G-2, Palm Square Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (03 7958 8515/ www.fronterabar.com). Serving Tex-Mex fare with a twist, Frontera is patronised by regulars living in the neighbourhood. The loaded nachos, beef enchiladas and

homemade cheese burgers are equal parts outstanding and fattening. Come Taco Tuesday, all tacos are priced at RM5 from 6pm onwards. The salt-rimmed margaritas here are also tasty, making it easy to lose track of how many you’ve had. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 12noon12midnight. $$

Offering breakfasts from faraway lands, Morningwood serves dishes from around the world so you can sample Tunisian, Norwegian, American, European, Mediterranean and Atlantic fare. Long benches comfortably seat large parties. Check their Facebook page for news of open mic sessions. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 9am-10pm. $$.

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Nadeje Patisserie Butter And Beans Second Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, BG-1, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Section 17, PJ (03 7932 2556/fb.com/ Putra, KL (03 2201 7876); Dataran butterbeans.my). 3 Two Square, Jalan 19/1, Section Section 17 is fast becoming the 19, PJ (03 7960 0025); Ground centre of cute coffeeshops floor, 1 Utama Shopping including Butter And Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Beans. Hot beverages and Utama, PJ (03 7710 0302/ pastries dominate www.nadeje.com.my). ee the menu while the Malacca’s famous mille ff Order any coand space itself is dreamily crêpe cakes have made pm 7 r te af fitted with teal-coloured cup their way to KL and r he ot an t ge hangings, a whimsical surrounds! Available in free chalk portrait of a bear, a bewildering variety of and wooden furniture. flavours, Nadeje’s cakes It’s not uncommon to spot are as delicious as they are freelancers taking advantage of the challenging to make; each mille free WiFi and powerpoints. It’s a crêpe (meaning ‘a thousand layers’ really tiny space so for maximum in French) is made up of layers upon comfort, visit during off-peak hours. layers of crepes and cream. Certain Daily, 8am-10pm. $ flavours such as Lemon Cheese, Tiramisu and Run & Raisin contain Cake Jalan Tiung alcohol. Jalan Tengku Ampuan Zabedah, Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards J9/J Seksyen 9, Shah Alam (012 878 accepted. (Mid Valley & 1 Utama) 7258/fb.com/cakejalantiung). Daily, 10am-10pm; (3 Two Square) Owners Shafinaz and Hidzad started Daily, 12noon-10pm. $ out as home bakers and used to supply cakes to cafés, but now own Nara Kitchen & Co their first brick and mortar store. 61 SS21/1A, Damansara Uptown, Some crowd favourites are the salted PJ (03 7733 5897/fb.com/ caramel and chocolate cake, the lemon NaraWithLove). cheesecake with poppy seed crust Nara Kitchen & Co isn’t just pretty, jokingly named Cheese Bedebah, but a viable option for #eatingclean. plus an original take on the Eton The freshness of the ingredients make Mess called Tiung Chocolate Mess. a huge difference in dishes such as Where drinks are concerned, the café tuna tartar, pomegranate salad and uses beans from Artisan Roast and wild mushroom truffle fettuccine. is slowly introducing their own coldThe team even makes their own pressed juices. comfitures, spreads and breads. On Pork-free. Wed-Sun, 12noon-8pm. $$ cheat day, whet your appetite with the Grilled Salmon Mentaiko Pasta or Coffee Good Golly Miss Molly the Whimsical Waffles served with G-005, Millennium Square, Dataran Early Grey ice cream. Millenium PJ, Jalan 14/1, Seksyen Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. 14, PJ (03 7931 8481/fb.com/ Mon & Wed-Sun, 11.30am-10.30pm; CoffeeGoodGollyMissMolly). Sat-Sun, 10am-10.30pm. $$ This tiny neighbourhood café partially hidden by trees is perfect for Rimba & Rusa those afternoons when you want to be D-GF-01, Sunway Nexis, Jalan PJU alone with a good book and a smooth 5/1A, Kota Damansara, PJ (03 6151 flat white. Cakes and coconut ice 4022/fb.com/rimbarusa). cream serve as sweet pick-me-ups. This gorgeous, airy café is guaranteed Pork-free. Mon-Wed & Sun, 10amto make you whip your phone camera 10pm; Thu-Sat, 10am-11pm. $$ out. Picture a sunlight-filled space with blue, white and grey accents. Morningwood The dishes are equally aesthetic: 73-1, Jalan SS15/8A, Subang Jaya we like the looks of the La Pli Plu, (fb.com/morningwoodMY). housemade brioche French toast With a name that often causes topped with caramelised bacon, and chuckles, Morningwood is a favourite the ‘edible terrarium’, a chocolate among residents of Subang Jaya. pudding cup easily mistakable for a

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NEW Kakigori 25 Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, PJ (03 7865 8999/fb.com/kakigori. my). Spend a chill afternoon taste-testing mountains of gourmet Japanese ices at Kakigŕri, a shaved ice dessert bar at Taman Paramount. Set up like an ice factory with a skylight and a garden structure, Kakigŕri has a cool interior that matches the selection of ices. For now, they’re churning out ten varieties of kakigŕri, all made with specially produced ice. Traditionalists can go for Japanese flavours such as uji matcha, hojicha and Japanese pumpkin with burnt caramel, but

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Noble Mansion Level 1, Plaza 33, 1 Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13, PJ (03 7932 3288/www. orientalrestaurants.com.my). Noble Mansion pays homage to the distinct cuisine of the Shunde District, a renowned food province in Guangzhou. Some signature dishes include liver sausage with char siu, pan-fried whole abalone and roast suckling pig. The restaurant is decked

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New Paris 62 Jalan SS2/72, PJ (03 7955 9180). No stranger to PJ residents, this popular eatery is not to be confused with a French restaurant. The Chinese eatery is renowned for its signature dishes such as grilled Chiang Mai-style sausages with sticky rice, champagne chicken with watermelon, kung pow mantis prawns and German-style roast pork knuckle. Child-friendly. Daily, 11.30am2.30pm; 5.30-10.30pm. $$

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NEW Restoran Yik Heong 958 Lorong Pauh Kijang, Batu Belah, Klang (018 399 8130). Frequently referred to as the ‘bak kut teh under the Batu Belah bridge’, Restoran Yik Heong is hidden among a row of construction factories at Jalan Meru (spot it by the yellow bamboo blinds). Opened around nine years ago, this (relatively) newcomer to the scene is making a name for itself among northern Klangites as 31-yearold owner Brian Teh proves his chops

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Hawker Seng Huat Bak Ku Teh 9 Jalan Besar, Klang (012 309 8303/012 385 5154); 68 Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 3, Taman Usahawan Kepong Utara (03 6241 7319/www. senghuatbakkutteh.com). The epicentre of herbal pork stew in Klang, Seng Huat Bak Kut Teh is now in run by the third generation of a family of chefs. The bak kut teh here is a slow stew of soy sauce, star anise, cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, black pepper, goji berries and ginseng and of course, fatty slabs of pork. (Klang) Daily, 7.30am-1pm, 5.30-8.30pm; (Kepong) Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm, 5.30-9.30pm, Sat-Sun, 8.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. $$

The Royal Flush Central Piazza, Oasis Square Ara Damansara, 2 Jalan PJU 1A/7A, PJ (03 7831 1339/fb.com/ theroyalflushmalaysia). This opulent three-storey restaurant aims to evoke regal Chinese splendour: porcelain vases, a rooftop garden and an entrance framed by grand arches make the restaurant easily mistakable for a temple. The chefs transform traditional mainstays into adventurous offerings; the fig soup, pan-fried chicken with seaweed and claypot pandan tofu are definitely not for the old fashioned. Dim sum brunches are more traditional with standard offerings like har gao, char siu pao and siew mai. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 11.30am-2.30pm; Sat-Sun, 11am2.30pm. $$$$

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Pu Tien Ground floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, PJ (03 7722 1539); Lower ground floor, Sunway Pyramid, 3 Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway (03 5621 1399); First floor, SS15 Courtyard, Jalan SS15/4G, SS15, Subang Jaya, Selangor (03 5612 3377/www.putien. com). Hailing from Singapore, Pu Tien specialises in Heng Hwa (or Xing Hua) cuisine, a regional speciality that traces back to the city of Putian in the Fujian province. The award-winning restaurant features a well-curated menu and affordable prices. The all-day set menus for two, four, six, eight or ten pax lessen the headache of figuring out portion sizes. Try the stir-fried rice cakes with a nice chew, the deep-fried duck with yam, sweet and sour pork with lychee, and crispy cereal prawn. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am-4.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. $$$

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Underground Société 68 Jalan PJS 11/7, Bandar Sunway (03 7496 7327/fb.com/ UndergroundSociete). Finally, brunch food that steers clear of mystery hams and hollandaise; the eggs Benedict dish here sees a bold upgrade with slipper lobster and pumpkin. Opt for a tasting platter to share avocado wedges topped with salsa, stuffed eggs and couscous. The boozy bombe Alaska is a showstopper that’s lit on fire before being served at your table. Coffee enthusiasts will be wowed by the 30-foot long bar where cold-brewed coffee is dispensed from taps. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-12midnight. $$

with excellent broth and fine cuts of meat. You can also get dry bak kut teh and add-ons such as stir-fried lettuce and enoki mushrooms. Daily, 8.30am-1.30pm. $$

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out like a traditional Chinese mansion and is separated into four luxurious rooms, making it a fitting choice for special occasions. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-3pm; 6-11pm. $$$$

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potted plant. Parents, bring your tots to the second floor, which houses a play area. There’s a kids menu too. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 12noon-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-10pm. $$


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we say try the more creative options such as guava, shoyu and ginger tofu. Seasonal ices (kuih-inspired ices, anyone?) are in the works. Child-friendly. Mon-Fri, 2-11pm; SatSun, 1-11pm. $$ European & British German Brotzeit Ground external floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2287 5516); OB K4, Oasis Boulevard, Sunway Pyramid, 3 Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, PJ (03 5638 5516/www. brotzeit.co). This German restaurant and bar makes many a homesick German feel at home by serving authentic dishes such as goulash, wurst and spatzle. The extensive beer selection might seem intimidating, but don’t fear if you don’t know your witbier from your stout: the waiting staff will make apt suggestions. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-12midnight. $$$ Italian NEW LAVO First floor, Menara Lien Hoe, 8 Persiaran Tropicana, PJ (03 7887 7710/010 3111 888/fb.com/ lavomalaysia). This classy and spacious restaurant dabbles in both light and hearty Italian as well as pan-Asian fare so you can be sure there’s something for every craving, while the drinks menu includes an enviable selection of both Old and New World wines that complement their food. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-1am; FriSat, 12noon-2am. $$$

Ristorante Italiano Capricciosa Lower ground 2, Sunway Pyramid, 3 Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway (03 7492 0513); Third floor, Sunway Putra Mall, 100 Jalan Putra, Chow Kit, KL (03 4050 5883/www. capricciosa.com.my). When strait-laced Japanese and zany Italians collide, you know something cosmic is bound to happen, and it did. The brainchild of award-winning chef Masaaki Honda, Capricciosa serves fuss-free Italian food without sacrificing quality. The rice croquette, quattro formagi pizza and spaghetti with meatballs hits the right spot when the urge for Italian fare kicks in. Pork-free. Child-friendly. (Both outlets) Daily, 11am-10pm. $$$ Indian Curry Leaf Restaurant 75 Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, PJ (03 7726 5880/fb.com/ restaurantcurryleaf). Fans of the famous Seremban banana leaf rice outlet will be excited to know that PJ now has its own branch. Delicious curries from North and South India are the main draw for punters at this restaurant. Go native and eschew cutlery to eat with your hands. Vegetarians can try the palak paneer, a mixture of cheese and spinach. It’s enough to convert even the most die-hard carnivores. Daily, 7am-10.30pm. $$ May ‘N’ Mikes Spicy Corner 357C Jalan 5/57 Jalan Gasing, PJ (012 252 9683/03 7773 0409/Facebook: May ‘N’ Mikes Spicy Corner). Tucked away in a quiet corner in Section 17, this charming café was launched in 2000 by the eponymous May and Mike. They serve authentic

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Malayalee food using hand-me-down recipes from the family archives from Kerala, India. Several signature dishes that ensure the continued patronage of regulars include the dry but tastily spicy chicken varuval, the mutton parathal and the prawn thoran, all available with a serving of homemade pickles and chutneys. Come on the last Sunday of the month for their all-you-can-eat buffet. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 8am-4pm; Sun, 11.30am-4pm; (Buffet) Last Sunday of the month, 12noon-3pm. $$ Sri Ganapathi Mess 47 Jalan 1/10, Seksyen 1, PJ (016 279 1384). Fast becoming an open secret, this humble eatery is housed in a corner lot home. The décor is basic, but you’re not here for the ambience, are you? Dig into the steaming curries, fluffy parboiled rice, crunchy fried seafood, juicy chicken and tonguetingling crab rasam. Have one helping, rest for a bit, and then have more. This hard-to-find restaurant is located right across the entrance to the primary school on Jalan 1/10. Pork-free. Daily, 11.30am-4pm. $$ International NEW Farm to Plate 4 Jalan SS20/10, Damansara Kim, PJ (03 7732 9552/farmtoplate.com.my). For satisfying grilled ribs (not just any meat, but ibérico de Bellota ribs from the famed acorn-eating Spanish hogs) and farm-fresh produce, Farm to Plate is Damansara Kim’s latest spot to gnaw on a bone or two. The clue is in the name – owner Chris Chew runs contract farming businesses in Spain and Cameron


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both indoor air-conditioned seatings as well as outdoor tables at the garden terrace. THIRTY8, on the other hand, is located on the 38th floor of the hotel, providing a 360-view of the city skyline. This sleek restaurant, lounge and bar offers an extensive selection of international fare the likes of steaks, seafood and sashimi alongside an array of sweet desserts. There are also champagnes, wines and signature cocktails to go along with the sweeping views. Poolside is the hotel’s casual all-day restaurant right next to the swimming pool. Serving up simple and healthy local and international selections, Poolside is the perfect place to unwind as the alfresco seating is surrounded by lots of greenery. You can get everything from freshly squeezed fruit juices and smoothies to beers and wines from the bar as well. Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur 12 Jalan Pinang, KL (03 2182 1234/www. grandhyattkualalumpur.com).

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offers three exquisite dining options in the form of JP teres, THIRTY8 and Poolside, all offering different cuisines and atmospheres in which to relax at the end of a busy day of exploring the city. JP teres on the ground floor serves up an array of authentic Malaysian cuisines – lots of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours. There’s an open show kitchen that allows diners to watch the preparation of their food, two private dining rooms for intimate parties, and

Japanese NEW Ichiro Sushi Bar Isetan Eat Paradise, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, PJ (03 7726 5899/fb.com/IchiroSushiBar). Ichiro Sushi Bar is a stark and cosy Japanese establishment that has quietly blossomed into a cult favourite among sashimi and nigiri devotees as well as office workers from the nearby buildings. Seek out this hidden

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he Grand Hyatt name is known the world over for its hotels with enviable facilities and comfortable accommodation in major cities and resort destinations. Here in Kuala Lumpur, Grand Hyatt is strategically located right smack in the middle of the city centre, within walking distance to Petronas Twin Towers and shopping destination KLCC. Dining in Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is a memorable affair. The hotel

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NEW Soleil Lot 7 & 8, Second floor, DC Mall, DC Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damansara, Damansara Heights, KL (03 2011 8261/soleil.my). Headed by Belgian chef Evert Onderbeke, Soleil is known for its contemporary European cuisine – spring chicken with baby eryngii

and cured kampung egg yolk, sole ostendaise with momotaro tomato, veal sweetbreads and more. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am11pm. $$$

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FIQ’s Gastronomy 34 Jalan SS19/1D, Subang Jaya (03 5613 0473/fb.com/fiqsgastronomy). A hidden gem in Subang Jaya, this ambitious restaurant takes bistro fare to greater heights. Think pastas made from scratch, sauces that have

never been near prepackaged bottles, and fresh produce from the market. Come here for comforting classics such as eggs Benedict, beef noodles, fried chicken sandwiches, margherita pizzas and mushroom risotto. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 11.30am-11pm; Fri, 3-10.30pm; Sat-Sun, 9.30am-11pm. $$$

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Highlands, which directly influences the freshness and quality of the produce in the kitchen. The menu focuses on ibérico ribs (either slowbaked for tender meat or grilled on high heat for smoky flavours), but there are also pizzas, salads, pastas as well as lunch dishes such as pork stew rice, handmade noodles and allday breakfast on weekends. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am11pm. $$$


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gem along the secluded corridor behind Menya Musashi at Isetan’s Eat Paradise. Masterfully sliced and superlatively fresh, the sashimi here is the perfect precursor to the equally brilliant negitoro or raw tuna belly with a sprinkle of spring onions and pillowy steamed rice. We also suggest you go for the set meal for the addition of red miso soup and silky smooth chawanmushi egg custard. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am10.30pm. $$$ Malaysian

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Village Park Restaurant 5 Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, PJ (03 7710 7860/Facebook: Village Park Restaurant). One of the best places to get nasi

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Madam Kwan’s Various locations (www.madamkwans. com.my). Madam Kwan’s needs no introduction as we can see from its branches all over town. Serving stellar renditions of classic Malaysian cuisine, Madam Kwan’s is famous for several dishes: the nasi bojari served with a juicy fried chicken, tangy assam laksa, and a sinfully decadent pisang goreng. The prices may be higher than hawker stalls, but the food is good, Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$

Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches Ground floor, 5 Jalan 21/11A, Sea Park, PJ (03 7865 9126/www. ticklishribs.com). There’s so much to love about this spunky shrine to pork, from the fun graffiti (some of which were commissioned by local graffiti celeb Kenji Chai) to the wall of fame depicting loyal customers who have won eating contests. Most importantly, the Nyonya food speaks for itself: Fat Spoon everything from 73 Jalan SS21/1A, e the fall-off-the-bone ar re he ys Damansara da Mon ribs to the meatballs is with Uptown, PJ (03 made better dangerously delicious. shes di g 7728 3323/fb.com/ eg d lte Swing by on Friday sa fatspooncafe). nights to catch acoustic sets Paying homage to by Daryll Diengdoh – the retro-cute, Fat Spoon is charismatic artist will even take decked out with whimsical song requests from your kids. and kitsch touches such as lacey Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon-10pm. lampshades and vintage cooking $$ utensils. The food is predominantly Nyonya with a nod to DLL (that’s Seafood ‘Dan Lain Lain’) and, by and large, well-cooked, if not particularly Crab Factory refined. Nevertheless, the menu is 21 Jalan SS2/64, PJ (03 7865 5850/ extensive, and the all-in-one meals www.crabfactory.com.my). like sambal fried rice are excellent This no-frills seafood restaurant pays value for money. Beat the office tribute to the remarkably robust crowd by dining outside peak hours. flavours of Louisiana. Inspired by Pork-free. Tue-Thu, 11am-3pm, the communal seafood boil get5-10pm; Fri-Sun, 11am-10pm. $ togethers that are part and parcel of southern American festivities, Crab Pork/Non-halal Factory serves heaps of Cajun-style crustaceans directly on to your dining Crack Pork table (that’s covered with a type of 59G, The Strand, Jalan PJU 5/21, Kota Damansara, PJ (012 207 3994/ wax paper) to be shared with friends. Pair your lip-smacking seafood fb.com/crackpork). mains with the gumbo, a hearty soup Occupying a narrow half-lot, this containing sausages, shrimp and minimalist space focuses on quality rice, as well as the spicy Cajun fried over quantity, as evidenced by chicken wings. the short menu. The siu yuk and porchetta are roasted in-house and are Tue-Thu, 3-11pm; Fri-Sun, 11amrespectively served in delicate mantao 11pm. $$$$ buns and crispy loaves of baguettes. Crazy Crabs For dessert, the caramel bacon tart Central Piazza, Oasis Square, Ara proves that salted desserts are highly Damansara, 2 Jalan PJU 1A/7A, PJ justified. (03 7859 8802). Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm. $$ lemak, Village Park makes a fragrant coconut rice that’s accompanied by ikan bilis, peanuts, cucumber slivers and an addictive sambal with a slow, creeping burn, the dish makes a fine breakfast, although customers also stream in for lunch and dinner. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 7am-7.30pm; Sun, 7am6.30pm. $

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Kesom F-46-G, Jalan PJU 1/45 Aman Suria, PJ (016 682 8516/fb.com/kesom.cafe). The rustic virtues of Kelantanese food are greatly underrepresented in KL – there are some solid options in Kampung Baru, but otherwise, it’s rare to come across a place like Kesom. The best thing you’ll eat here is the nasi kerabu. Co-owner and Kelantan native Susan steams basmati rice in individual portions together with fresh bunga talang for a pretty shade of cornflower blue. The rice is dressed like a queen with acar, salted egg, shallots, kerisik, serunding ikan, ulam, four-angled beans and sambal belacan. What could easily be a collision of textures is a balanced tease of sourness, sweetness and crunch from each component. Mon-Tue & Sun, 11am-5pm; ThuSat, 11am-9.45pm. $$

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NEW Dewakan Seksyen U1, Jalan Kontraktor U1/14, Glenmarie, Shah Alam (03 5565 0767/www.dewakan.my). Tucked away in an industrial estate is a restaurant which aims to take diners on a food journey using unique local ingredients. Choose from five- or ten-course menus, sit back, and enjoy the excellent spread of innovative cuisine. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. MonSat, 6.30-10pm. $$$


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The team behind Tom, Dick & Harry’s and The Royal Flush pays homage to the sea in their new culinary venture. Besides the larger-than-life crustacean on the sign outside, the restaurant keeps things subtle with a clean-cut, contemporary space housing round tables and plastic chairs. The kam heong style crabs infused with a bit of heat from chopped chilli is a popular choice. Daily, 11am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. $$ Lala Chong Seafood Restaurant Lot 13556, Jalan Cempaka, Kayu Ara Damansara, PJ (03 7728 1906). Lala Chong is so popular for lala (clams) that its out-of-the-way location doesn’t deter customers from making the journey. The siong tong lala (fresh clams in Chinese rice wine, garlic, ginger and birds eye chillis) is among the restaurant’s most popular dishes; customers are satisfied with simply slurping down the flavourful gravy. Also try the deep-fried mantis prawns and squid. Don’t touch the seemingly complimentary bowl of peanuts to avoid a small surcharge. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$

Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 4-10.30pm. $$$ South Sea Seafood 229 Jalan Dua, Kampung Baru, Subang Jaya (03 7846 1401/www. southsea.com.my). This family-run operation comprises two dining areas: a patio overlooking the courtyard and a private dining room, both of which see simple but sleek decorative touches. Loyal customers swear by the stir-fried salted egg yolk squid. Although seafood is the restaurant’s forte, there are other proteins such as lamb and escargot (the latter is sublime, stuffed with different cheeses and cooked to perfection). Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am11pm. $$$$ Super Crab Aroma Seafood Restaurant 40 Jalan BM 1/2, Taman Bukit Mayang Emas, PJ (03 7880 9793). Despite two rival juggernauts in the vicinity, Super Crab Aroma still holds up its fort. The restaurant’s best tactical play is its crab porridge. Also try the cheese crab: sweet, fleshy and unmistakably fresh, the hard-shelled Sabah crabs are worthy of graceless sucking. The beige gravy is vulgarly delicious too – rich, milky and heavily perfumed with curry leaves. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am3pm, 5-11pm. Closed alternate Mondays. $$$

NEW Pince & Pints 32 Jalan Telawi 5, KL (03 2201 3233/017 880 0871/fb.com/ pinceandpintskl). Good news for lobster lovers: Singapore’s Pince & Pints is now in KL. Touted as an affordable place for lobster, the KL outlet has a menu of just five dishes, which Southeast Asian includes the exclusiveto-KL lobster noodles Indonesian alongside grilled or Rakshee steamed lobster, 13G, The Strand, chilli lobster with Jalan PJU 5/20A, e fried mantou, and the ters here arn, Kota Damansara, bs lo e Th to aforementioned lobster PJ (012 247 4673/ Bos caught from roll. Each dish uses Canada Facebook: Rakshee). Maine and one whole lobster and Finally, a place to is priced at RM158++. get our bakso fix amid Tip: Come in a group, order stylish surroundings. two dishes (we recommend the This venture by young grilled lobster and lobster roll), and entrepreneurs aims to spread split the cost. The tables here are the love for bouncy Indonesian long too, so you know they encourage meatballs (sourced from Penang) by group dining.  serving it with linguine, in sliders Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. and – our favourite – mini bowls Mon-Fri, 5.30pm-11.30pm; Sat-Sun, of soupy noodles priced at RM1.90 11.30am-11.30pm. $$$ each. Sip on a glass bottle of Teh Botol jasmine tea while you wait. Restaurant Fatty Crab Halal. Daily, 11am-10pm. $$ 2 Jalan SS24/13, Taman Megah, PJ (03 7804 5758/www.fattycrabs.com). Warung Leko This establishment has certainly First floor, The Curve, 6 Jalan more than justified its credentials as PJU7/3, Mutiara Damansara, PJ (03 one of the best seafood restaurants 7733 1322/Facebook: Warung Leko in town. Get down and dirty with at The Curve). crustaceans; choose from a variety Ask any Indonesian for the location of flavours including chilli, garlic, of the most sumptuous beef iga (ribs) black pepper or sweet and sour. For in town; they’re most likely to point appetisers, get the deep-fried chicken you in the direction of Warung Leko, wings and succulent prawns (but and we agree with that assessment. these should be of second importance Served with a side of piquant to the crabs). homemade sambal, the Indonesian

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eatery’s popular iga hot plate dish is in a class of its own. The special black sauce adds a tinge of savoury sweetness to the sizeable pieces of chunky beef ribs, which are fall-offthe-bone tender. Perfect for sharing, though we’d rather not. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-10.30pm. $$ Vietnamese NEW Ara Vietnamese Noodles 45 Jalan SS22/11, Damansara Jaya, PJ (016 222 2480/Facebook: Ara Vietnamese Noodles). If there was ever a gap in the coverage of Vietnamese food in the city, it has been duly filled by Ara Vietnamese Noodles. Once you discover this little nugget of a restaurant in the outlands of Damansara Jaya, just you wait till it becomes your regular go-to for a quick weeknight nip. The phƟ is immediately calming and mildly sweet, with the grassy notes of Thai basil and tissue-thin beef slices scattered across the top. The pork dishes also make a good impression, from the braised pork with coconut water to the juicy pork sausages. Dessert is a must: the bánh flan, Vietnam’s version of crème caramel, is excellent as it is, but you can get it with a splash of Vietnamese coffee for added effect. Tue-Sun, 10am-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm. $$ Vegan/Vegetarian NEW The Ganga Deli and Café 19 Lorong Kurau, Off Jalan Riong, Bangsar, KL (03 2284 2119/ Facebook: The Ganga Café). One of Bangsar’s better-kept secrets, The Ganga is Spartan simple with wooden chairs and tables arranged unceremoniously on a concrete floor, but little matter – you’re here for the food, after all. After eating at most mamaks, it’s normal to feel as though there is a brick lodged in your tummy. That’s precisely what sets Ganga apart: consistently light yet unbelievably flavourful fare. Do not leave Ganga without at least one glass of Pranic juice. Made using fresh mint, coriander, ginger, lime, pepper, black salt, honey and cumin, it’s the best natural pick-me-up in Malaysia’s humidity. (Ala carte) Mon-Sat; 8.30am-9.30pm; (Brunch buffet) Sun, 10am-3pm. $$ Saravana Bhavan Various locations in KL (www. saravanabhavan.com). This chain of vegetarian restaurants from Chennai dishes out mouthwatering Northern and Southern Indian delicacies. Even meat-lovers could be persuaded to go green for the day! Get a tiffin set meal to sample a bit of everything. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$


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Purple Cane Tea Restaurant Various locations (fb.com/purplecane. Yap Hup Kee tearestaurant). 45 Jalan Brunei Barat, off Jalan Synonymous with fragrant herbal tea Pudu, KL (012 256 9789); 39 eggs and packaged teas perfect for Jalan Kuchai Maju 7, Kuchai gifting, this chain of restaurants and Entrepreneurs Park, KL (03 7971 gift stores heralds quality tea. Even 6417); 32 Jalan Temenggung 15/9, the restaurant’s dishes are infused Bandar Mahkota Cheras, Cheras with different varieties of tea; think (013 484 1314/www.yaphupkee.com). stir-fried prawns in a black tea sauce Thick, slippery and absorbent, and cod fish served with a green tea cheong fun (flat rice noodles) is so dipping sauce. Even after eating a versatile it can be eaten in a soupy large meal here, the fare feels light broth or slathered in rich sauces. You and healthy, thus weighing easily on could eat it in soy sauce, but that’s your conscience. a little boring. Ditto sweet sauce – it Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. $$ works but it’s hardly exciting. Even savouring it in curry seems kind of Wong Ah Wah ordinary… until you try it at Yap 1-9 Jalan Alor, off Jalan Bukit Hup Kee. The wide, silky noodles Bintang, KL (03 2144 2463). are drenched in a rich, creamy curry What started off as a humble stall humming with just the right amount selling barbecued chicken wings for of heat. Have some yong tau the post clubbing crowd has foo on the side (each piece grown into a commendable stuffed with fish paste) Chinese restaurant. The or, if you think you can decor may look drab but handle it, fried pig’s the service is fast intestines coated in and efficient and the sweet marinade. n ke ic ch Cantonese stir-fry dishes The best wn are are excellent. (Pudu) Daily, 9amto 5pm, 5.30-11pm; wings in Mon-Sat, 5pm-4am; Sun, (Kuchai Maju) Daily, found here 5pm-12midnight. 11.30am-9pm; (Cheras) Daily, 5pm-12midnight. Closed alternate Tuesdays. $ European & British Cheap Eats

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NEW 1977 Ipoh Chicken Rice Various locations (Facebook: 1977

British NEW TWG Tea Ground Floor, Pavilion, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2142 9922);

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Ben’s General Food Store Lower ground, 699 Glomac Damansara, Jalan Damansara, KL (03 7733 6044); Ground floor, Plaza Batai Damansara Heights, KL (03 2093 9968); Level UG1 Publika, Solaris Dutamas 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 6205 2024); Level 2, The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, KL (03 2280 0197/ www.thebiggroup.co). Calling itself ‘part café, part delicatessen’, Ben’s fulfils many cravings and hits all the right spots.

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The Bee Palm Square, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (03 7960 2160); Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 6201 8577/thebee.com.my). Mere mention of The Bee conjures the image of live bands, stand-up comedians, comfort food and a good time. Buzzing with a neighbourly vibe, The Bee at Publika is pet friendly, so you can comfortably sit with their pooch in the alfresco area surrounded by greenery. The predominantly Western menu sees crowdpleasers such as burgers, pastas, salads and egg dishes for brunch. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Child-friendly. (Jaya One) Mon-Thu, 9am-11pm; Fri, 9am-11.30pm; Sat, 10am-11.30pm; Sun, 10am-9.30pm; (Publika) Mon-Thu, 11am12midnight; Fri, 11am-1.30am; Sat, 10am-1.30am; Sun, 10am12midnight. $$$

Coffea Coffee Din Tai Fung Various locations (www. Various locations (www. coffea.my). dintaifung.com.my). Originally from Korea, Arguably the best place Coffea Coffee serves for xiao long bao, steamed two signatures dumplings stuffed with blends: the pork and broth, Din Maestro and Tai Fung branches Madonna. The retain a trademark us former is punchy open kitchen so you io lic Try the de here and great as an can watch Chinese chefs e tt la PB espresso shot whereas pinching balls of dough the latter is smooth, wellinto delicious dumplings. rounded and best turned into Another recommended dish is the cappuccinos or lattes. Our weakness, braised beef la mian – the springy however, is the peanut butter latte. noodles wallowing in rich beefy soup The café serves light fare such as is top-notch. sandwiches, cakes and cookies. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Halal. $$ $$

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Ipoh Chicken Rice). If you can’t go to Ipoh, 1977 Ipoh Chicken Rice will come to you – the ingredients at the stalwart chicken rice shop are imported, so to speak, from Ipoh. The steamed chicken rice is good; the chicken, tender and succulent, swims in a small pool of soy sauce, and the rice complements with its fluffy grains. Tie the meal together with the signature nga choy (bean sprouts topped with cuttlefish and enoki mushroom), plus a helping of honey barbecued pork and siu yuk. Child-friendly. $

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American myBurgerLab 8 Jalan Awan Hijau, Taman OUG, KL; 14 Jalan 21/22, Seapark, PJ; 3 Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway, PJ; Prima 4, Prima Avenue, Block 3513, Jalan Teknokrat 5, Cyberjaya (www. myburgerlab.com). This incredible burger bar is best avoided at peak hours. Come lunch or dinner time, the queue can snake out the front entrance, but good things come to those who wait. Vegetarians need not be relegated to dull salads – any burger patty can be replaced with a Portobello mushroom or tofu slab. Gluten intolerant? Replace the jetblack bamboo charcoal buns (which may look bizarre but taste like any other buns) with lettuce wraps. If your second stomach craves dessert, you can’t go wrong with the lava brownie. Pork-free. (Seapark & OUG) 5-10.15pm; (Sunway) Mon-Fri, 11am-10.15pm; (Cyberjaya) MonFri, 11.30am-2pm, 5-10.15pm. All venues close every first Monday of the month. $$

Expect fresh breads, elaborate salads, filling sandwiches, brunch specialties and wood-fired pizza (honourable mention goes to the unexpectedly ravishing melanzana pizza topped with baba ghanoush, eggplant, parmesan and mint). The branch at The Gardens is especially kid-friendly with a cute play area and specially tailored menu listing smaller portions. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Glo Damansara) Daily, 9am-10pm; Daily, 11am-10pm; (Plaza Batai) Daily, 9am-10pm; (The Gardens) Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$

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KL International Airport, Domestic Airside, FE 6 (03 8776 0056); The Gardens Mall, G-K03, Ground Floor, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2284 2899/www. twgtea.com). Born in Singapore, TWG Tea honours the tea-time tradition and encoruages lingering and slow enjoyment despite our fast-paced times. Order a warming pot of tea (we’re fans of the Silver Moon Tea, a blend of green teas, vanilla and berries) and a sampling of handcrafted sweets (the tea-infused macarons are a must). Besides serving stellar fare, TWG outlets also stock gorgeous and practical gifts such as airtight tea tins, tea cups for every imaginable occasion, and (our favourite) a camel-shaped teapot that’s bound to spark conversation. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Childfriendly. (Pavilion & The Gardens) Daily, 10am-10pm; (KLIA) Daily, 6am-12midnight. $$$ German Deutsches Gasthaus 24G Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, PJ (03 2095 1589); 24 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, TTDI, KL (03 7727 4602/fb.com/DGasthaus). Boasting a cosy, neighbourhood feel with its many regulars, this place serves up a mean pork knuckle with portions sufficient to feed half of Bavaria. With crispy golden skin and oh-so-tender meat, it comes as no surprise that this is a perennial bestseller. The smooth flowing beer from very ‘experienced’ taps will certainly help to wash the carnivorous

meal down. Expect attentive and friendly service, completing a very German night out. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Plaza Damansara) Daily, 11am-1am; (TTDI) Daily, 11am-1am. $$$ Japanese Kampachi Various locations (www.kampachi. com.my). A household name in KL and surrounds, Kampachi serves topnotch Japanese food in beautiful enclosures. The prices aren’t even that bad, especially after tasting the difference in quality. A star dish is surely the signature soba noodles – each springy strand is handmade. Where fish is concerned, sashimi is air-flown from Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, the biggest wholesale fish market in the world. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$$$ Rakuzen Various locations (www.superdining. com.my). Two words: Dragon Rolls. An all-time favourite, Rakuzen’s specialty rolls contain tempura-style tiger prawns and finely sliced avocado. The chefs take the liberty of selecting the freshest seafood for the sashimi moriawase (mixed platter), so you might get a bit of salmon, tuna, squid, octopus, Spanish mackerel and/ or sea urchin. While the chain isn’t spectacular in terms of décor, the food speaks volumes.

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Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$$ Korean KyoChon Various locations (www.kyochon. com.my). The Korean-style wings and drummets at this internationallyrenowned eatery are available in a variety of flavours including red pepper, soy garlic and honey. Other traditional Korean dishes on the menu include tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes), bulgogi and dakgalbi. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$ Malaysian Restoran Sate Kajang Haji Samuri Various locations (www.satekajang. com.my). Founded in Kajang, the unofficial satay capital of Malaysia, Restoran Haji Samuri offers original and unique takes on the local delicacy, from the standard chicken and beef skewers to alternative varieties like deer meat, rabbit, fish and even tripe satay. Child-friendly. $ Mamak Murni’s Various locations (www. murnidiscovery.com). Boasting the most extensive mamak menu in existence, Murni’s is an institution. The Muslim-Indian restaurant puts a spin on nearly all established mamak favourites. You’ll find a plethora of roti permutations


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Nyonya Colors Various locations (www.nyonyacolors. com). If you’re after an authentic Nyonya cuisine but want to reside within a comfortable air-conditioned mall, Nyonya Colors is for you. The main attraction here is the wide assortment of colourful Nyonya kuih; some

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Brussels Beer Café Various locations (www. brusselsbeercafe.com). Welcome to piggy heaven. This pub and restaurant rolled into one is synonymous with comfort food and large portions. The undisputed highlight is the fist-sized crunchy

Indonesian Bumbu Desa Level 4, Suria KLCC, KL (03 2161 3530); S2-3-L07, Departure Level, Public Concourse, KLIA 2, Sepang, Selangor; (03 2035 5963); B-LG-12/B-LG-13, Vista Alam, No.3, Presint 4.5, Jalan Ikhtisas 14/1, Seksyen 14, Shah Alam, Selangor (03 5481 5093/www.bumbudesa.com). Feast your eyes and fill your stomach with over 30 Sundanese, Padang (western Jawa) and Malay dishes.

Nyonya Madam Kwan’s Various locations (www.madamkwans. com.my). Madam Kwan’s needs no introduction. This well-known chain has branches all over KL and Selangor. Few families don’t get excited at the premise of supping here. Some bestsellers are the Nasi Bojari served with incredibly juicy yet crunchy fried chicken thigh, the clean yet delicious version of char kuey teow, the sambal petai with prawns and the deep-friend banana fritters served à la carte. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$

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Sari Ratu Various locations (www. sariratuprima.com). Hailing from West Sumatra, Sari Ratu is devoted to serving authentic nasi Padang on top of other Javanese dishes. Some specialities include the gulai tunjang (hearty chunks of gelatinous beef tendons and rich curry are served in a clay pot) and the ayam pop (steamed and then fried chicken). Our favourite dessert is the Ice Teler, an Indonesian version of Ais Kacang, which sees shaved ice topped with coconut milk, rose syrup, sago, avocado, jackfruit and coconut flesh. Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$

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NEW Sanaa B2-B4 Mezzanine Floor, Fahrenheit 88, 179 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2141 0654); Lingkaran Cyber Point Barat, Cyberjaya (03 8319 1776/ Facebook: Sanaa Restaurant). Serving Arabic and Yemenese dishes, Sanaa is patronised by Arab expats and tourists; you’ll hardly see any locals here, but that’s how you know the fare is authentic. Get a mixed meat platter to sample poultry and lamb cooked in different styles. During the month of Ramadhan, Sanaa lays out an impressive buffet spread for Muslims to break fast. Halal. Child-friendly. (Bukit Bintang) Daily, 9am-3am. (Cyberjaya) Daily, 9am-2pm. $$$

NEW S.Wine Swine Tropicana City Mall, Lot G39B & G39C, Jalan SS 20/27 Sekyen 20, PJ (03 7710 0393); Lot 1A 83-95, Level UG1, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 6205 2019/swine.com.my). Nestled in a far corner of Ben’s Independent Grocer, S.Wine (as you can tell by its name) specialises in everything pork. From continental pork salads to crispy roast pork, the menu of piggy delights will satisfy the most orthodox of pork lovers. We especially favour the pork loaves here inspired by the signature pork buns at New York’s Momofuku Seam Bar. The alteration of the classic Chinese dish contains braised pork belly slices with pickled cucumber sandwiches in steamed mantao. The classic carbonara crowned with a wobbly golden yolk is also one of the most decadent we’ve had in town. Credit cards accepted. Child-friendly. (Tropicana) Daily, 10am-9.30pm; (Publika) Mon-Fri, 11am-9.30pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-9.30pm. $$$

The Sundanese specialities, which include tempeh goreng, ayam cabai ijo and terong Bumbu Desa pedas, are prepared by Indonesian chefs with a stamp of authenticity. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$

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pork knuckle – a large primal bone of oven-roasted meat accompanied by a generous scoop of potatoes, onions and mushrooms. It goes down lovely with a draught of Hoegaarden. A word of advice: it’s much too big for one person. Share. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$$

Kedah & Perlis

Original Kayu Nasi Kandar Various locations (www.originalkayu. com.my). This full-fledged establishment with countless (or so it feels like) branches around town came from humble origins in Penang. Come here for scrumptious nasi kandar doused in spicy curries, fried chicken to die for, and memorable roti tissue – a paper-thin, crispy sugarcoated Indian flatbread. Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $$

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Nasi Kandar Pelita Various locations (www.pelita.com. my). Considered the quintessential mamak to most Malaysians, Pelita has everything to fix hunger pangs. Come for the crisp roti canai, frothy teh tarik or greasy fried chicken to sober up after a heavy drinking session. The menu is extensive but their speciality is undoubtedly the nasi kandar. Scoop some rice onto a plate and heap it with your choice of dishes and curries (it’s recommended to mix at least two types of curries). Don’t forget the pappodam. Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $$

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such as Roti Hawaii (stuffed with minced meat, sausage and egg, and topped with a spider web of mayonnaise) and Roti Beckham (stuffed with tuna, eggs, cheese and turkey ham). The Western dishes are immensely popular; think Chicken Maryland to Spaghetti Carbonara. Be prepared to wait for a table during dinnertime. Halal. $$


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Thai Boat Noodle Various locations (fb.com/ myboatnoodle). A fun place to dine, Boat Noodle is populated with large groups of friends or family members. Challenge your companions to a food challenge: slurp down as much noodles as you can and stack the empty bowls as high as possible. Don’t worry – the Thai-style glass noodles come in teensy portions. Priced at RM1.90 per bowl, each serving sees rice noodles drenched in a tangy gravy and topped with generous amounts of chopped coriander and a bit of protein (beef or chicken). Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-9pm. $ Kompassion 15 Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7 Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL (03 7731 7016); 5 Jalan SS20/11, PJ (03 7731 9256/ fb.com/Kompassion.DamansaraKim). A labour of love by Nikom Uatthong, the food consultant and executive chef at myElephant, Kompassion brings justice to the term ‘fusion’ – Northern Thai and pan-Asian flavours take centre stage here. Order the Hunglay curry, a pot of herbed gravy seasoned with plenty of ginger and pork belly – an ode to flavours found in chef’s hometown, Chiang Rai. As for drinks, the Thai iced coffee is not only delicious, but is also served with coffee ice cubes to prevent your drink from getting too diluted and losing flavor. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Both outlets) Tue-Sun, 11.30am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. $$$

myElephant Various locations (www.myelephant. com.my). One of our favourite Thai restaurants in town, myElephant keeps getting more and more popular; they’ve expanded to five branches in KL and opened another in Ipoh! The heart and soul of myElephant’s food lies with Chef Nikom, who hails from Northern Thailand. To promote healthy eating, a combination of jasmine and brown rice is served instead of white rice. Some must orders include the green duck curry and whole sea bass with myElephant’s signature green chilli sauce. Wash it all down with a tall glass of pandan cooler. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$$ Vietnamese Sao Nam 25 Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2144 1225); Lot 28, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, Subang Jaya (03 5022 2123/03 5022 2122/www.saonam. com.my). Propaganda posters from the country’s war-torn years plaster the walls of this authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Begin with the platter of four starters before moving on to the goi mang cut (mangosteen and prawn salad) or the banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake). For main courses, you can’t go wrong with the beef banh mi or the vit som cam (duck in orange), a French-influenced dish. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am-10.30pm. $$ Steakhouse Maria’s Steakcafe 58 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru, KL (03 2282 2220); 2 Jalan PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana, PJ (03 7725 2313/fb.com/marias.steakcafe). Maria’s is superb for days when

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popular choices include bingka ubi, ondeh ondeh and kuih lapis. Throw in some yam cake, pulut panggang and pulut sambal for a mix of sweet and salty bite-sized treats, order a hot coffee or tea and make it a memorable tea time. Pork-free. Child-friendly. $

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you want to dress down; here, you can enjoy quality steaks in a homey environment instead of a posh restaurant. To start, get a half dozen oysters or a bowl of homemade pumpkin or oxtail soup. You can’t go wrong with the wagyu or Black Angus, which practically melt in your mouth, but diners who are trying to cut down on red meat can opt for seared Canadian seabass, honey mustard chicken, bangers and mash or meat pies. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-10.30pm. $$$ Vegan/Vegetarian Beyond Veggie Various locations (Facebook: Secret Recipe Beyond Veggie). Catering to vegetarians, vegans and health enthusiasts, Beyond Veggie proves that meat-free food needn’t be boring or bland. In addition to organic vegetables, tofu, soy products and mushrooms are key ingredients. The menu is diverse with Asian and Western-inspired fare and the juices are prepared fresh to order. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. $$ Simple Life Various locations (www.simplelife. com.my). Wholesome, healthy and free from MSG, the dishes at Simple Life are crammed full of nutrients. Expect revamped pan-Asian favourites such as tom yam fried rice, multigrain porridge and charcoal crust pizza. There’s also a kids menu featuring smaller portions. Halal. Credit cards accepted. $$ NEW Chai Bar 15 Jalan Telawi 3, KL (03 2201 0756); G31, Oasis Village, Oasis Square, 2 Jalan PJU 1A/7A, Oasis Damansara, PJ (03 7832 0524/ fb.com/chaibarmy). At Chai Bar, you can build your own salad or pick from their all-time favourite combinations including Caesar, Cobb, Chicken Rice, Sombrero (read: Mexican-style) and the Japanese-inspired California Girls (think of it as deconstructed sushi). If you prefer to make your own, a regular size (RM19.50) gets you one base, five supplements, two premiums, and a protein, topping and dressing. Choices are aplenty, so prepare to spend some time picking what you want. For something light (even lighter than salad), order one of their smoothies, or cool down with a juice (the kaffir lemonade comes recommended). Also, look out for their seasonal salads featuring offbeat combinations. Halal. Credit cards accepted. (Bangsar) Daily, 10am-10pm; (Oasis Damansara) Daily, 11am-9pm. $$


The winners revealed

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BEST MALAY/MALAYSIAN

East Malaysia

The year 2016 saw a fresh crop of cafés, restaurants and bars that enlivened KL’s vibrant culinary makeup. Here are the winners you’ve chosen for the new Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards. By the Time Out KL team

KL & Surrounds

READERS’ CHOICE

YOU VOTED FOR Village Park

YOU VOTED FOR Restoran Santa Chapati House

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During weekends, diners clamour for fresh dim sum as attentive staff ferry baskets of har gao, siu mai, and piping hot baos in pushcarts. The restaurant’s technique in perfecting steamed dumplings is well-honed, and the same attention to food can be said about their dinner meals. Signature dishes here include their charcoal-grilled spare ribs, pan-fried ibérico pork chop, and barbecued suckling pig. Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya (03 2284 8822/www. orientalrestaurants.com.my). Mon-Fri, 11am3pm, 6-11pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm, 6-11pm.

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YOU VOTED FOR The Ming Room

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BEST CHINESE

The freshly made, fluffy chapattis here have patrons seated on rickety plastic folding tables crowding the sidewalk on Jalan Tun HS Lee. Join the queue for chapatti hot off the griddle, pick your sides (you won’t go wrong with mutton keema or chicken varuval), and then pay at the end of the counter. Don’t forget the Punjabi-style tea. 11 Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL (019 269 9771/ fb.com/santachapati.hslee). Mon-Sat, 6.30am6.30pm.

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BEST INDIAN

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This familiar favourite is everyone’s go-to for nasi lemak ayam goreng. The famed fried chicken is a flavourful, simple affair; think crispy films of spiced skin and moist meat in the middle. Village Park defends its title for ‘Best Malay/Malaysian’ this year, which shows that while the nasi lemak ayam goreng is the star, the assam laksa, lontong and Penang prawn mee are equally exciting choices. 5 Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, PJ (03 7710 7860). Mon-Sat, 7am-7.30pm; Sun, 7am-6.30pm.

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BEST FINE DINING

YOU VOTED FOR Cantaloupe

YOU VOTED FOR Strangers at 47 What started out as a crêpe specialist has now grown in size (the space has expanded) and menu – now offering other savoury dishes such as roast chicken and even Korean fried chicken crêpes. Scoring across all fronts – service is friendly and attentive, coffee is topnotch, dishes are creative and come in generous portions – Strangers at 47 is definitely no stranger in our hearts. 47 Jalan 17/45, Seksyen 17, PJ (03 7497 2409/fb.com/ strangersat47). Mon & WedFri, 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-10pm.

BEST EUROPEAN

YOU VOTED FOR Soleil With a new premise at Damansara City Mall, Soleil upgrades itself with a revamped d menu, elegant décor and an extensive wine e list. Headed by Belgian chef Evert Onderbeke, eke, Soleil is known for its contemporary European ean cuisine – think spring chicken with baby eryngii and cured kampung egg yolk, sole ostendaise with momotaro tomato, veal sweetbreads and more. Lot 7 & 8, Second floor, DC Mall, DC Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damanlela, Damansara Heights, KL (03 2011 8261/soleil.my). Daily, 11am-11pm.

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BEST CAFÉ

The inspiring modern European degustation menu at Cantaloupe changes seasonally, but you get to customise your four-, six- or eight-course dinner from an elaborate list of 24 dishes. The food, all beautifully plated, is inventive and showcases the freshest produce using modern cooking techniques and preparations. The stunning view of the Twin Towers and faultless service are bonuses. Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 0886/troikaskydining.com). Daily, 12noon-2.30pm; 6-11pm.

BEST FOR CLEAN EATING

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The dishes at this vegetarian restaurant are substantial and richly flavoured, like their nasi lemak, lei cha with brown rice, curry laksa and popiah. Simple Life’s extensive repertoire (think mushroom charcoal pizza, fried mango rolls, egg burger) lets the natural ingredients speak for themselves – it’s not often you’ll find a place that gives vegetables the royal treatment. Various locations including Lot 10 (03 2110 5201/simplelife.com.my); Paradigm Mall (03 7887 3318); The Gardens (03 2202 1328). 86 Time Out Malaysia Eating & Drinking 2017


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BEST ITALIAN

BEST THAI

YOU VOTED FOR myElephant

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The neighbourhood Thai restaurant has clinched the win again this year. Tuck into timeless signature dishes like the green curry chicken, pan-grilled chicken thigh drizzled with panaang g gravy, roasted duck curry, tom som and salt-baked whole sea bass with myElephant’s signature green chilli sauce. Wash it down with a tall glass of pandan cooler to beat the heat. Various locations including Ampang (03 4251 9955/myelephant.com.my); Section 17 (010 220 1283); Sri Hartamas (03 6201 0649).

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Favola’s menu leans towards Venetian cuisines (matching its Venetian-inspired interiors), with seafood and risotto taking prominence. Try the squid ink risotto with sautéed lobster, or the baked seafood pasta with tomato sauce and fresh herbs. The restaurant also takes pride in their modern take on the classic Italian dessert, tiramisu. Level 8, Le Méridien KL, 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral (03 2263 7434). Mon-Fri, 12noon-2.30pm, 6.3010.30pm; Sat-Sun, 6.30-10.30pm.

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YOU VOTED FOR Food Republic

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This lively food court is heaped with vendors who trade in dishes from Korean bibimbap and Taiwanese beef mini steamboat to comfort meals like chilli pan mee and tom yum goong. If you’re looking for dessert, durian egg tarts, coconut shakes, tau fu fah and a variety of fruit shaved ice abound. Prepare to let your belt out a notch. Level one, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2142 8006/foodrepublic.com. my). Daily, 10am-10pm.

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From bento sets to omakase menus, Kampachi is one of the most popular Japanese joints in KL. At all of its outlets around KL (Pavilion KL, Plaza33 and its stunning flagship at The Troika), Kampachi offers the highest standards in sushi and service. For a better deal, go for its Sunday buffet brunches. Don’t miss the handmade soba. Various locations including The Troika (03 2181 2282/kampachi.com.my); Plaza33 (03 7931 6938) and Pavilion KL (03 2148 9608).

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BEST CHICKEN RICE

YOU VOTED FOR 1977 Ipoh Chicken Rice

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The steamed chicken – succulent, and swimming in a shallow pool of soy sauce – with crunchy, juicy bean sprouts (watered with water from Ipoh’s limestone hills) as its sidekick has secured 1977 Ipoh Chicken Rice the top spot on the podium. For a super-sized meal, also order char siu, siu yuk, pork balls, and stir-fried lala in superior soup (a seasonal special). Various locations (fb.com/1977ipohchickenrice) including Mid Valley (03 2282 3603); Sri Petaling (03 9054 7920); PJ (03 7956 0958).

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BEST BEER BAR

YOU VOTED FOR Tom, Dick & Harry’s

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A friendly, unpretentious atmosphere coupled with lively entertainment options of music bands and screenings of sport games, TDH is a dependable option for a good night out. The KL public is recognising this bar for its commendable selection of not just usual commercial lagers but also imported German and Belgian beers. Various locations including TTDI (03 7729 5678/Facebook: Tom Dick Harrys pubgrub), Oasis Ara Damansara (03 7859 7858) and Pavilion KL (03 2148 0122).

BEST COCKTAIL BAR

YOU VOTED FOR Omakase + Appreciate

Shawn Chong and Karl Too – the awardwinning mixologists behind the bar – practise an ‘omakase’ format here; Japanese for ‘I’ll leave it to you’, and it means that the duo will conjure up a cocktail created just for you to your preferences. This win follows the much-lauded fact that Omakase + Appreciate recently placed in the top ten of the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list. LG, Bangunan Ming Annexe, 9 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2022 2238/fb.com/ omakaseappreciate). Tue-Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat, 9pm-1am.

BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD BAR

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YOU VOTED FOR SOULed Out

With highly popular outlets in three neighbourhoods – Ampang and Bangsar South, and the original in Hartamas – Souled Out offers a wide ranging food and drink menu that caters to everyone, and coupled with a lively vibe plus good entertainment , you’ve got a winning formula that draws in the crowds, even on week nights. Various locations: Ampang (03 2181 1626/ soulsociety.asia); Bangsar South (03 2242 3308); Hartamas (03 2300 1955). 88 Time Out Malaysia Eating & Drinking 2017


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The East Malaysian states of Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak are rich in history, culture and indigenous traditions. This is also reflected in their cuisines and the ingredients they use, and many of their dishes are unique to the state. Come here to indulge in the freshest seafood and typical noodle dishes like Sarawak laksa and kolo mee.

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Labuan Cheap eats Mamaks & kopitiams NEW Peace Park Satay Layang-Layangan Village, Jalan OKK Daud. Locals come here for the classic Malaysian dish of satay accompanied by spicy peanut sauce. At only RM1RM1.50 per stick, this is one of the cheapest snacks around. Halal. Sat-Sun, 6-10pm. $

Jalan Kemajuan, Labuan. You’ll find classic Indian staples such as fish masala, chicken tandoori and garlic naan. A stellar dish here is the lamb biryani studded with succulent chunks of lamb. Halal. Daily, 10.30am-2.30pm; 5.3010pm. $

Malaysian Traditional Malay NEW Raff Restaurant 15 Jalan Kemajuan (08 742 1902/fb.com/ NEW Victoria raffxdeepsearestaurant). Hawker Stalls A family-run affair, Kampung Sungai Raff gathers the best Keling, Jalan of local cuisine and s le d o Rancha-Rancha. combines it with o n Tuaran from egg After a day trip good service and e d a to the Sungai are m d fried in a welcoming staff. n Keling fishing village, Must-try dishes yolks a t wok this air-conditioned include Sarawak laksa ho hawker centre is a and nasi ayam penyet. welcome treat. Try typical Halal. Daily, 8am-3.30pm. $ local dishes like Tuaran mee, konlo mee and char kuey teow basah. Seafood Daily, 10am-10.30pm. $ Anjung Ketam Jalan Simpang Anjung Ketam, Chinese Kampung Tanjung Aru. NEW Fook Yuen Café Have a memorable crab dinner at this U0096 Jalan Merdeka. wildly popular seafood restaurant. Come here for the typical Malaysian The crabs can be cooked in a number breakfast of freshly brewed local of ways, including steamed or with a coffee and roti kahwin. This popular number of sauces, gravies or spices café also offers mixed rice and dim such as curry, buttermilk or black sum for lunch and can get quite pepper. Book at least a day – yes, a crowded, so expect to wait or share whole day – in advance to guarantee tables. a table. Pork-free. Mon-Thu & Sun, 7amHalal. Child-friendly. Daily, 5-11pm. $ 10pm; Fri-Sat, 7am-12midnight. $ NEW Kampung Nagalang Seafood Restaurant European Jalan Kerupang 1, Kampung Italian Nagalang (017 898 3837/Facebook: Fratini’s Kampung-Nagalang-SeafoodJalan Bunga Kesuma, Labuan Restaurant). (08 741 7555/Facebook: Fratini’s Fresh seafood is what you come for Restaurant Labuan). at this seaside eatery. Try dining If you fancy Italian in Labuan, in the treehouse with views of the Fratini’s is a good bet. Part of a picturesque fishing village. Crab, Brunei-based chain, it offers freshlymade pizzas, pastas, soups and meaty squid and prawns in various sauces and side dishes is what keep the mains at a good price. locals returning. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 10amDaily, 10am-10pm. $$ 11pm. $$

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NEW Red Onion Labuan Golf Club, Jalan Sungai Pagar, Kiansam (08 741 2372/ fb.com/RedOnionLabuan). This restaurant offers a good selection of Italian-influenced dishes like penne alfredo, ravioli and seafood linguine. There are regular chef specials, express lunches and local dishes like kampung fried rice and chicken curry laksa. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am-11pm. $$ Indian Mehfil Ground floor, Jati Commercial Centre,

Party Play Lifestyle Café 117 Jalan Gaya, KK (088 311 210/ fb.com/PartyPlayLC). More of a bistro than a café, and serving a good selection of international cuisine, Party Play can get hectic at night when the party crowd comes out. Expect good fish dishes and even steak tartare. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 9am12midnight; Sat-Sun, 9am-1am. $$$ UFO tarts @ Syn Ming Hing Café and Bakery Block 14, Lebuh 2, Sandakan (08 921 2779). UFO tarts are a treat that originated in Sandakan and they resemble miniature unidentified flying objects. The dessert’s other designation is more crude; ‘ngau si tat’ roughly translates to ‘cow dung tarts’. These flat vanilla sponge cakes topped with egg white meringue and egg yolk custard are pretty unique. While the tarts aren’t specific to Syn Ming Hing, they’re the popular choice. The oldschool coffee shop also bakes a wide variety of other breads and cakes. Pork-free. Daily, 7am-5pm. $ Cheap eats Mamak & Kopitiam Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap 2-0-10, Block A, Ground floor, Kolam Centre Phase 2, Jalan Lintas, Taman Hilltop, KK. Ngiu chap is a signature type of beef noodles specific to Sabah. Each steaming bowlful comes with minced beef balls, stewed beef, tripe, tendon and tongue served either soupy or dry. Be prepared to wait during peak hours, but it will be well worth it. Pork-free. Daily, 9am-3pm. $ Kedai Makan Islamic Restoran Basement level food court, Jalan Centre Point, KK. Diners come here for the Roti Cobra (no snakes involved), which is a roti canai topped with a fried egg, vegetables, meat and gravy – a very filling meal. The nasi campur and mee goreng are also pretty tasty. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 8am-10pm $

Sabah Cafés Brass Monkey Café & Bar Lot 1-0, Lorong Lintas Plaza 4, Lintas Plaza, KK (08 826 1543/ Facebook: Brass-Monkey-Café-&Bar). Named after a character in the novel ‘Midnight’s Children’, this café serves great steaks, salads and desserts. Service is good and kids are more than welcome here. Staying true to form, check out the monkey murals. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 5pm12midnight; Fri-Sat, 5pm-1am. $$

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Kuo Man Homemade Noodles and Fish Paste 5 Jalan Tuaran, Batu 1 1/2, KK (08 822 1189); Lot BG 06, Ground floor, Warisan Square, KK City Centre. This famous noodle house has been patronised by locals for over 40 years now. You might need to drive, hail a taxi or know someone with a car to visit the original restaurant; or you could check out Kuo Man’s new branch in the tourist-friendly Warisan Square. Opt for soupy or dry noodles and then top off your dish with fish balls, fish slices or beef strips. Child-friendly. Daily, 6am-2.30pm. $


NEW Sri Latha Curry House Ground floor, Bandar Berjaya, 28 Jalan Berjaya, KK (08 825 3669). This hidden gem serves affordable, finger-licking banana leaf rice with a selection of tasty curries and condiments. Their fried chicken and quail are also must-tries. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, 7am5pm. $

Kudos Bistro Jesselton Hotel, 69 Jalan Gaya, KK (08 831 3366). Previously located in a suburban mall, Kudos Bistro is now located in the historical Jesselton Hotel. A favourite among the local expat community, Kudos offers a modern European dining experience. Expect classic cuisine such as French onion soup, lamb shank and seared scallops; and there are also decadent desserts and a good wine list. Pork-free. Mon-Thu, 6.30am-10pm; Fri-Sun, 6.30am-11pm. $$$

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Seafood KK night market Kota Kinabalu Waterfront, KK. The KK night market is a smorgasbord of seafood with row upon row of raw fish, squid, prawns,

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Korean Koryo Jeong Korean Restaurant B-01-09, First floor, Block B, Warisan Square, KK (08 844 8860). Run by a friendly husband-and wife-team, Koryo Jeong’s menu is somewhat limited, but the Korean barbecue, bulgogi and soups taste authentic and homemade. A sizeable Korean community in KK means there are quite a few Korean restaurants in town, but Koryo Jeong remains a favourite for the friendly service and convenient location. Child-friendly. Daily, 11.30am-10pm. $$$

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Japanese & Korean Japanese NEW Sakagura G-23 & G-25, Ground floor, Oceanus Waterfront Mall, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, KK (08 827 3604/fb.com/ sakagurakk). Known as the most authentic Japanese restaurant in KK and the only one helmed by Japanese chefs, Sakagura gets top marks for their sashimi, yakitori and sushi. It’s recommended you make a reservation as it’s a really popular spot for dinner. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-12midnight. $$$

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Indian Kohinoor North Indian Restaurant 4 Anjung Samudra, Waterfront Esplanade, KK (08 823 5160). This restaurant serves authentic Northern Indian cuisine and is well located along the city’s waterfront, which means you can dine outside. The kitchen dishes out some mean chicken tandoori and mutton masala, which can be made extra spicy upon request. The naan basket offers a good variety of Indian breads

Krishna Fish Head Curry 33 Grand Millenium Plaza, Jalan Pintas Penampang, KK (08 873 1111). While Indian eateries saturate KL, they’re much harder to come by in East Malaysia. This popular restaurant spans two floors with the option of air conditioning upstairs. The owner is always on hand to ensure that you’ve ordered enough. Come here for the signature fish head curry, deep-fried bitter gourd, mutton soup and cendol. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm. $$

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European Italian Little Italy Ground floor, Capital Hotel, Jalan Haji Saman, KK (08 823 2231/www littleitaly-kk.com). Locals herald Little Italy as the best Italian restaurant in town, which is evident from the bustling lunch and dinner crowds. The menu is full of pasta and pizza options including

Modern European NEW Chopping Block 6 Lorong Dewan, KK (08 825 5492/ fb.com/choppingblocksabah). Located along the busiest street in Kota Kinabalu, this is both a bar and restaurant with a modern concrete dining table filling the main space. The signature seared scallops, steaks and desserts come highly recommended. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Fri, 11am-11.30pm; Sat-Sun, 8.30am-11.30pm. $$

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Lido Food Court Lido Commercial Centre, Jalan Penampang, KK. Not so much a restaurant as a large food court very popular among the Chinese community. The sheer variety of food from char kuey teow, oyster omelette, peanut pancakes, pork noodles, grilled seafood, grilled chicken wings, pan mee, dumplings and Sarawak laksa is sure to keep even the fussiest diners happy. Child-friendly. Daily, 5pm-12midnight. $

including an excellent butter and garlic naan. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm; 5.30-11pm. $$$

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NEW Fong Ip Café 100 Jalan Gaya, KK (08 8213 618/ Facebook: Fong-IP-CAFE). This is a good little restaurant to head to for economy rice and steaming bowls of noodles. It’s not the cheapest place but service is quick and there is a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Child-friendly. Daily, 7am-late. $

homemade ravioli. Well worth a visit for and very family-friendly, which is always a big plus. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-11pm. $$$

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Chinese Fatty Kee Ang’s Hotel, 8 Lorong Bakau, KK. This local institution serves all your favourite Chinese dishes with diners raving about the sweet and sour pork, deep-fried squid and oyster sauce chicken wings. The prices are very wallet-friendly and it does get very crowded at dinner so head there early. Child-friendly. Daily, 5pm-12midnight. $


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crabs and stingray all waiting to be cooked and eaten. All you need is some chilli and lime or a side of seaweed. The food is served on plastic sheets for hygiene purposes, but do take some precautions like drinking only bottled water. Expect to pay around RM10 for a medium-sized fish and RM15 onwards for jumbo prawns. Always ask for prices before ordering and take your time seeking out the freshest seafood. The market goes on until late and is great for a late supper. Pork-free. Daily, 5pm-1am. $$ Seri Selera Seafood Village Kampung Air 4 Jalan Kampung Air, Kota Kinabalu City Centre, also known as Sedco Square. There are several seafood restaurants congregated here all with tanks of fresh seafood. Diners get to choose their live fish, prawns and crabs and have they cooked à la minute in any style they want. The grilled stingray in banana leaf is particularly popular and on certain nights there’s a cultural show for entertainment. Pork-free. Daily, 12noon-12midnight. $$ Welcome Seafood Restaurant Ground floor, Asia City Complex, KK (08 844 7866); Lot 15, Beverly Hills Industrial & Commercial Park, Jalan Bundusan, Penampang (08 872 8669). One of the most popular seafood establishments in KK, this restaurant attracts lots of tourists and locals. The pak chok ha, or boiled prawns, and kam heong crabs are favourites, as is the assam steamed fish. Be warned the food is good but it can get very crowded. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 2.30pm-12midnight. $$ Southeast Asian Thai Mai Yai Thai Orchid Restaurant Lot 13, Waterfront Esplanade, KK (08 823 4841). The scenic ambience, swift service and delicious food make this Thai restaurant a steadfast choice for lunch or dinner. The menu features typical Thai delights such as pad Thai, different varieties of tom yam, and mango sticky rice for dessert. Come early to get a seat by the sea and watch the sun set. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am-11.30pm. $$$ Vietnamese Peppermint 81 Gaya Street, KK (08 823 1130). A taste of Vietnam in Kota Kinabalu, Peppermint is popular and serves good pho, spicy fried chicken rice and ngiu chap. The Vietnamese drip

coffee is pretty authentic and also worth a try. Pork-free. Child-friendly. $$ Vegan/Vegetarian Beyond Veggie Ground floor, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, KK (08 848 7023); Block F, Unit 4 & 5, Ground floor, Metro Town, KK (08 843 5688). Part of the chain of vegetarian restaurants under the Secret Recipe group, these restaurants have good vegetarian and vegan options. Asian appetisers, nutty salads, local dishes with mock meat and eggless vegan cakes are all on offer and will tempt even the meat lovers. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$ Sarawak Kuching Cafés bing! coffee Various locations (08 2421 880/ fb.com/bingcoffee) With several branches spread across town, this local coffee chain is Kuching’s answer to those big-name chains, and has a similar selection of coffee beverages. Expect to pay similar prices as well but if you’re looking for respite from the heat and want to check your email, head here. Halal. Credit cards accepted. $$ NEW ChinaHouse The Old Courthouse, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg (08 241 7601/ fb.com/ChinaHouseK). This is the ChinaHouse of Penang fame and is housed in a colonial building that was once the seat of the state legislature. There’s a collection of eateries covering a variety of cuisines and it’s also a performance and arts space with exhibitions and live music. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 9am-12midnight. $$$

Mira Cake House 44A, Kampung Boyan, Petra Jaya, Kuching (08 244 0077); Kiosk 15, Tebingan Permaidani BGS, Kampung Gersik, Petra Jaya, Kuching; Lot 3452, Block 1, Kota Samarahan, Kuching (08 286 5996); Medan Niaga Satok, Jalan Matang Jaya, Kubah Ria, Kuching (www.miracakehouse.com). What started off as a small family business is now the go-to place for Sarawak’s iconic kek lapis basah, or moist layered cake. To visit the cake house’s main branch in Kampung Gersik, take a boat from the Riverbank Suites and disembark at Encik Omar Jetty where the cake shop is a short walk away. They have a huge selection to choose from and make good. $ Sarawak Museum Shop & Café 96 Main Bazaar, Kuching (016 879 8812/www.sarawakmuseumshop.com). This is a lovely shop selling souvenirs like ethnic jewellery, postcards and local craft. The attached café has a selection of sweet and savoury treats like curry puffs, cookies, cakes and meat pies. Have coffee and take advantage of the WiFi. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat,10am6pm. $ Chinese NEW The Heritage Sublot 6 & 7, Wisma Yee Soon Yen, Jalan Song Thian Cheok (08 225 2727). If a restaurant is filled with locals and needs a reservation, then you need to eat here. Recommended dishes include the steamed fish, claypot tofu, crispy duck with mango and the suckling pig, which needs to be ordered in advance. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 12noon-2pm; 5.3011.30pm. $$

Cheap eats Kopitiam & mamaks Annie Kolo Mee 236 Jalan Padungan, Kuching. Black Bean Coffee & Tea This humble stall in a coffee Company shop belies the fact that 87 Ewe Hai Street it’s one of the most (Carpenter Road), famous kolo mee stalls Kuching (08 242 in Kuching. This is 0290/Facebook: Blackprobably the best Bean-Coffee-Tea). f o e n o bowl of noodles Though simple in This is favourite topped with minced setup, this cosy k’s Sarawa ishes, along and barbecued little café, which d le a d s o k pork, fish balls or no specialises in tea rawak la mushrooms that and coffee brews, is with Sa you’re going to have. So rarely seen empty. Black be sure to stop by when Bean’s use of fresh leaves in town. accounts for its premium Daily, 3-9pm. $ teas, and the owner himself roasts the Liberica and Robusta beans that go Chong Choon Café into your coffee. A great place to while Lot 121, Jalan Abell, Section 3, away an hour or more. Kuching (012 856 2811/Facebook: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm. $

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European French NEW Zinc Restaurant and Bar 38 Tabuan Road, Kuching (011 3690 6675/fb.com/ZincKuching). Classic Mediterranean food in Kuching is a rarity but you will find it here at Zinc and it’s good. Choose between artisanal pizza, tortilla (the Spanish omelette) and even ibérico ribs. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to linger as there’s always an interesting crowd and good wine. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 5pm1am. $$$ Italian NEW Balkanico Pizza Jalan Abell (016 861 2855/fb.com/ Balkanico). Locals say this is the best pizza in town so you should give their thincrust pizzas a try. A succinct menu covers all the favourite flavours like Margherita, pepperoni and sausage. They also do a good calzone. Child-friendly. Mon & Wed-Sun, 4-10pm. $$ The Junk 80 Jalan Wayang, Kuching (08 225 9450/fb.com/thejunkkch). This bar / restaurant occupies three 1920s shophouses and is a very interesting venue with its quirky interior and antiques. There’s a good selection of local dishes as well as pastas and pizzas to satisfy any Italian food cravings. It’s also a popular nightspot so be sure to hang around after dinner.

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Chong-Choon-Cafe). It was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s travel programme and soon after was overrun with people wanting to try the Sarawak Laksa. It may not be the best in town but it’s good, and there are dishes to try like the mee goreng and the Teh C Peng – three-layered tea everyone says you must try in Kuching. Mon & Wed-Sun, 6.30am-12noon. $

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Credit cards accepted. Mon & WedSun, 6pm-1am. $$ Indian Lyn’s Thandoori Restaurant 7 Jalan Song Thian Cheok, Kuching (08 223 4934/fb.com/ lynsthandoorirestaurant). North Indian cuisine features prominently on Lyn’s extensive menu, which lists about 200 dishes in total with plenty of options for vegetarians. Indulge in the fiery or mild curries, a selection of flatbreads, and various flavours of lassi. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted, Daily, 11.30am-10pm. $ Malaysian the.Dyak Sublot 29, Panovel Commercial Complex, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching (08 223 4068/fb.com/the. Dyak). Diners who want a taste of authentic Dayak cuisine come to this famous restaurant where the flavours and ingredients used are very unique. Dishes like pork intestines in pineapple gravy and chicken stewed in bamboo will give you a taste of indigenous food. If you’re adventurous, order the sago grubs in advance and wash it all down with their excellent tuak! Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 12noon8.30pm. $$$ Seafood Rock Road Seafood Restaurant Lot 1229-1230, Rock View Estate, 2 1/2 mile of Rock View, Kuching (08 224 1575/08 242 7331). This is a typical Chinese seafood restaurant which is actually halal and offers a large selection of fresh seafood like crabs, prawns, bamboo clams and many types of fish. It’s a popular venue for weddings and birthday celebrations. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm; 6.30-10pm. $$$ Vegan/Vegetarian Beyond Veggie Ground floor, Block 10, Kuching Central Land District, Jalan Rock (016 889 4240); Sublot 13-14, Block 31, Kemena Land District, Bintulu (016 889 3604); Ground floor, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, KK (08 848 7023); Block F, Ground floor, Metro Town, KK (08 843 5688). Part of the chain of vegetarian restaurants under the Secret Recipe group, these restaurants have good vegetarian and vegan options. Asian appetisers, nutty salads, local dishes with mock meat and eggless vegan cakes are all on offer and will tempt even the meat lovers. Halal. Credit cards accepted. $$

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NEW Idealite Viva City Megamall, Jalan Wan Alwi, Tabuan Jaya Baru 2, (08 226 3726); Block 10 KCLD, Twin Tower Centre, Jalan Rock (08 224 3948/fb.com/ idealitekuching). This cosy café prepares Chinese and Japanese vegetarian dishes without MSG and artificial flavourings. Recommended dishes include Hokkaido-style sushi and the curry ramen noodles. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily (Viva City Megamall) 10am-10pm; (Twin Tower Centre) 11am-10pm. $$ Life Café Various locations (08 233 7939/www. lifecafe.my). Life Café is a convenient spot to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner as it doesn’t close as early as other coffee shops. These cafés are rustically decorated with wooden furniture and bamboo walls and their menu offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and is good healthy eating option. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am-11.30pm. $ Sibu Cafés Payung Café 20F Jalan Lanang, (016 890 6061/ Facebook: Payung-Café). This quaint café serves local dishes like otak-otak, Payung Fish Rice and their famed jeli pisang (banana, jelly and ice cream). It’s a good place to come for a relaxing meal and locals enjoy coming here for special occasions. Child-friendly. Daily, 11am-2.30pm; 6-11pm. $ NEW Upstairs Coffee First floor, 20 Jalan Causeway (08 432 2166/fb.com/upstairs coffee). Come here for good coffee and their interesting selection of cakes and desserts with an Asian twist, like the Japanese Yam Roll and Horlicks crêpes. The traditional waffles are pretty good too. Child-friendly. Daily, 10.30am11.30pm. $ European Italian NEW Bistecca & Bistro 30 Jalan Sena 8 (08 423 9703/ fb.com/bisteccabistro). There isn’t many European restaurants in Sibu so this is your best bet if you fancy Western dishes with an Italian slant like pasta, pizza, pork chops and steak. Don’t forget to try their most popular appetiser – freshly baked Italian bread sticks served with a cheese sauce. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6-11pm. $$$


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Johor is a convenient stopover for Malaysians on their way to Singapore, and vice versa. And recent years have seen a resurgence of sorts in the dining scene here. The cafÊ culture has a strong presence, but that doesn’t mean local eateries like the neighbourhood kopitiam or that seafood restaurant down the road have taken a back seat.

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NEW EHHE Art Café 1 Jalan Trus, Bandar JB (07 220 American 0866/fb.com/ehheartcafe). NEW Grill Bar Steakhouse This artfully café offers a mélange 202 Jalan Sri Pelangi, Taman Pelangi of menu from local and Western (07 333 3400). fares such as Hainanese Chicken This is an American-themed Rice, Singapore Style Hokkien Mee, restaurant that serves up chicken chop and a sambal authentic American dishes chilli cheese fries that will with a bit of twist. surely delight your taste The menu includes a buds. We suggest their comprehensive selection Thunder Tea (Lei of steaks, mains and Cha) Spaghetti for appetisers. However, something unusual – rning o the star is their m it’s a refreshing green e th t r e G fo signature rib eye steak tea-infused pasta. st set – tender, succulent and breakfa 5.90 Pork-free. Child-friendly. RM well packed with flavour. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Wed-Fri, 12noonDaily, 7am-4pm. $$ 3pm, 5-11.30pm; Sat-Sun, 12noon-11.30pm. $$$ Faculty of Caffeine 106 Jalan Trus, JB (016 720 0068/ fb.com/facultyofcaffeine). Cafés Faculty of Caffeine is a tiny breakfast Basikal Café, Yong Peng and brunch spot in the heart of JB 11 Jalan Kota 7/1, Taman Kota, that serves great coffee. The owners Yong Peng (07 467 3363). pay close attention to their dishes, This bicycle-themed café serves a which includes the likes of ciabatta decent cappuccino, we’ll give them beef sandwiches and garlic bread that. We were really taken by the generously topped with mozzarella quirky décor; doors are adorned with and freshly chopped garlic. It’s a bicycle chains and a bike tyre pump peaceful café on weekdays, but come is framed up as art. Popular among weekends, the limited amount of youngsters and out-of-towners, seats makes it a bit hard for the eager Basikal Café is a nice surprise in the brunch crowd. Coffee drinkers should small town of Yong Peng. try the rose latte, but if you tend to Child-friendly. Free parking. Mon & stay away from caffeine, opt for the Wed-Sun, 11.30am-11.30pm. $$ wide selection of teas or chocolate beverages. Brew Orchestra Mon & Wed-Sun, 9am-6pm. $$ 19 Jalan Molek 1/5C, Taman Molek, JB (07 358 8234/fb.com/ Grazia Cafe thebreworchestra). 80 Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Located in the new part of Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, JB (07 559 Molek, Brew Orchestra is decked 6428/fb.com/graziacafe). out in black accents and décor that This Japanese-esque café will fuel vaguely reminds us of a concert your Instagram feed with its quaint, hall. Designed by EHKA Studio, this homely décor and wall of travelgorgeous café is not only aesthetically related quotes. We like that they pleasing, but also serves quality make their own desserts in-house coffee and sandwiches. Staffed – Nutella banana waffles, tiramisu with a team of professional baristas and Swiss rolls are just some of from Malaysia and Korea, Brew the choices available to accompany Orchestra draws inspiration from the your cuppa. Service-wise, the staff’s highly sophisticated coffee scenes friendliness gives them an edge over in Melbourne and Seoul. Kyoto other cafés in town. Genmaicha, Valrhona chocolate and Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. single origin beans from Honduras Free parking. Tue-Sun, 12noongrace the menu at Brew Orchestra. 11pm. $$ Mon-Thu, 8.30am-10.30pm; Fri-Sat, 8.30am-11.30pm. $$ Maco Café Bakery 65 Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai (07 556 8490/ Chaiwalla & Co. www.maco.com.my). Lot 2810, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, JB Also known as Maco Vintage, this (018 943 0769/fb.com/chaiwalla.co). café is famous for preparing intricate This swanky container café stylishly latte art and mille crêpe cakes. fixed up with pine furniture offers Serving over 20 kinds of mille crêpe good-to-honest tea. Some unusual cakes, Maco aims to give Malacca’s offerings include the Saffron Rose famous Nadeje Cakes a run for their Tea with biji selasih (basil seeds) and money. Avid dessert fans are already fragrant Passionfruit Tea. Grab a pie or a brownie if you feel like munching touting Maco’s cakes as better than Nadeje’s. Apart from desserts, the on something with your chai tea. little café also serves thin crust pizzas Halal. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noonand quiches. 12midnight; Fri-Sat, 12noon-1am. $ The Americas

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Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 12noon-10.45pm; Sat, 11am-11.15pm; Sun, 11am-10.45pm. $$ Monsta Café 157 Jalan Bestari 1/5, Taman Nusa Bestari, Skudai, JB (07 556 7128/ Facebook: Monsta Cafe). This double-storey café is often penciled into locals’ itineraries when café hopping. The guys here take their coffee seriously; all beans are roasted in-house and co-founder Yuan Feng is a recognised master barista. When it comes to victuals, Monsta Café offers a wide selection of pastas and appetisers such as nachos and cheesebaked mushrooms. Parents looking for a moment of peace may drop off their little ones at the play area. Halal. Credit cards accepted. MonThu, 10am-12midnight; Fri-Sun, 10.30am-1am. $$ Roost Café 9 Jalan Dhoby, JB; 6 off Jalan Trus, JB Sister establishment to Roost Juice Bar, Roost Café specialises in Western and Asian favourites like fish and chips and chicken chop. You’ll want to Instagram a picture of the juices and smoothies, which are served in colourful little buckets. (Jalan Dhoby) Mon & Wed-Sun, 1pm-12midnight; (Jalan Trus) Mon & Wed-Sun, 10am-8pm. $$ The Sugar Pantry 47 Jalan Molek 1/9, Taman Molek, JB (07 364 3910/07 380 6910/Facebook: The Sugar Pantry). Paris-trained pastry chef Yen used to be a partner at Pave in Singapore before opening The Sugar Pantry in Johor with her husband. Yen’s delicate confections would look perfectly at home at any high-end Parisian patisserie, so count yourself lucky to have access to them in Johor. The pastries’ complex flavours and textures can be credited to Yen’s use of the freshest ingredients possible; for instance, vanilla flavouring is extracted directly from Madagascan vanilla pods. We can’t recommend the scones with lychee rose raspberry jam enough. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am10pm. $$ Cheap eats Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory 13 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee (07 223 1703). This retro bakery established in 1919 is a household name in Johor. The baked goods that come out of their kitchen hardly disappoint; even old-timers say it’s as good as they remember. The team takes great pride in churning out moist banana bread and fragrant coconut buns. Halal. Mon-Sat, 7.30am-5.30pm. $


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Restoran Yi Bao 5 Jalan Maju, Taman Pelangi, JB/15 Jalan Tanjung 1, Taman Desa Cemerlang, Ulu Tiram (019 763 1313). At first glance, you might wonder what all the buzz is about. This grungy-looking stall is basically synonymous with traditional Hokkien mee hoon kueh, or springy hand-torn noodles. Each bowlful of noodles, minced meat balls, slices of lean pork, fried anchovies and vegetables is

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Kin Wah Kopitiam 8 Jalan Trus, JB.

Restoran Pandan Jalan Bakawali 37-39, Taman Johor Jaya (012 768 0990). There’s only one thing you need to order when you come here – the beef meatballs. As testament to the restaurant’s popularity, take note of the hordes of Singaporean tourists who swarm the restaurant every weekend. Opt for the dry noodles with garlic oil and homemade chilli sauce served with a bowl of fragrant, peppery soup. There are also beef innards for those with a taste for offal. Word of advice: come early to avoid disappointment. It’s always a sold-out show just after noon. Pork-free. Free parking. Tue-Sun, 7am-2pm. $

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Kedai Mee Ah Chuan 130 Batu 36, Jalan Johor, Pontian (07687 2571). Championed by locals and Singaporeans alike, Ah Chuan specialises in wan tan noodles, only not the way most Malaysians know it. Dubbed Pontian wan tan mee, Johor’s version of the dish is drowned in a tomato and chilli sauce as opposed to a dark sauce. The noodles are kneaded with a bamboo stick – a laborious and rare practice today. Each plate comes with extremely fine slices of char siu and aromatic little morsels of wan tan. Thu-Sun, 9am-6pm. $

Kluang Rail Coffee 20-21 Jalan Tasik 1, Pusat Perniagaan Tasik, Kluang; Next to Kluang KTM Station; 44 & 46, Jalan Duku, Kluang (07 773 83912/www. kluangrailcoffee.com.my). Kluang Rail Coffee has expanded to myriad outlets throughout the country with three coffee shops in Kluang alone, but the original Kluang outlet located next to the railway station is still the toast of the town. Retaining its small town authentic goodness, Kluang Rail Coffee serves deliciously strong coffee best paired with toast or roti kahwin. In true kopitiam fashion, half-boiled eggs are a must on the menu. For something savoury, try the nasi lemak; one tiny packet of the fluffy coconut rice and punchy sambal is rarely enough. (Jalan Tasik) Daily, 7am-9.30pm; (KTM Station) Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 7am-12.30pm, 2.30-6pm; (Jalan Duku) Mon-Thu, 8am-7pm; Fri-Sun, 8am-10pm. $

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Tangkak Beef Noodles 20 Jalan Solok, Tangkak (06 978 3768). Although Tangkak has myriad outlets in KL and Puchong, there’s nothing like sampling the celebrated beef noodles at its place of origin. Choose from a variety of noodles and definitely order an extra bowl of the hearty soup. Unbelievably flavourful and garnished with generous chunks of beef, the dish is comfort food at its best. While the restaurant tries to open daily, they’ll close shop on days when the morning market doesn’t carry fresh cuts of beef. Credit cards accepted. Child-friendly. Daily, 9.30am-5pm. $$

Kedai Kopi Lu San 33 Jalan Haji Abu, Muar (016 612 3963). Muar’s older dwellers will remember the glory days of Lu San in the ’60s. The restaurant might not be as popular as before, but its Hainanese curry chicken has survived the test of time and remains a favourite among locals. Constantly kept bubbling in a pot, Hainanese curry shares the same consistency as Japanese curry. For side dishes, you can choose from salted fish, assam prawns or braised pork and hard-boiled eggs. You’ll recognise the restaurant by its brickred walls and whitewashed windows. Daily, 9am-3pm. $

It’s not a true Malaysian kopitiam breakfast if perfectly runny halfboiled eggs aren’t on the table. Add a dash of soy sauce and white pepper, and you’d have started the day off right. Other staples at Kin Wah include Hainanese coffee, kaya toast and mee Siam. Kin Wah only serves breakfast from 7am to 12noon. Between 10am to 2pm, the nasi Padang stall takes centre stage, drawing crowds of lunchtime regulars. Daily, 7am-12noon. $

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Taman Sri Tebrau Hawker Centre Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, JB. Operating from day to night, the few dozen stalls here cater to both locals and Singapore’s day-trippers. A single stop to Taman Sri Tebrau Hawker Centre will satisfy your cravings for authentic local specialities such as Johor laksa and otak-otak. Make sure you finish off with the Johor-style ais kacang, which is ais kacang with chocolate sauce and condensed milk. $

Kopitiam Heng Heng Wan Tan Mee 766 Jalan Parit Mesjid, Taman Anggerik, Jalan Parit Mesjid, Pontian (07 687 1975). Established in 1948, Heng Heng Wan Tan Mee is said to have descended from the same founder as Ah Chuan. One of the pioneer Pontian wan tan mee stalls in Johor, Heng Heng takes pride in its homemade recipes for wan tan, char siu and fish balls. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 9am-4.30pm. $

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Hawker Gerai Makan Botak Jalan Paya 2, Kampung Paya, Kluang; Mengkibol River Hawker Centre, Jalan Panggung, Kampung Masjid Lama, Kluang; 46-48 Jalan Setia 3/6, Taman Setia Indah, JB. Gerai Makan Botak, Malay for ‘Baldy’s Coffee Shop,’ is a well-loved family business that’s been operating for more than 60 years. With three outlets spread across Johor, you have little excuse not to stop by for a meal. The secret family recipe is the curry noodles packed with fresh tofu, fried fish sticks and cockles. If you want extra ‘oomph’, ask for Botak’s sambal cili. $


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good and very much worth its cost. Do like the locals and add a runny egg for a smoother soup. Office workers and locals usually pack the place during lunch hour, so come outside that timeframe to avoid the queues. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 9.30am7.30pm. $ Shoon Huat Bak Kut Teh 236 Jalan Sutera 1, Taman Sentosa, JB. Like most good eateries in Johor, Shoon Huat Bak Kut Teh’s shop with its faded red signboard is humble in appearance. But there’s a reason why this bak kut teh stall stands out in this locale. Unlike the conventional herbheavy broth, the soup here is clear, sweet and tinged with a hint of salt. The claypot bak kut teh is served with ribs, meat and button mushrooms. To top it all off, Shoon Huat offers free flow of soup. Mon, 8am-5pm; Tue-Sun, 8am-8pm. $$ Mamak Beriani Gam Dahlia 38 Jalan Dahlia 20, Taman Dahlia, Tampoi, JB (019 783 4343/fb.com/ Restorannasiberianigam). Only in Johor will you find nasi beriani gam, an addictive version of biryani that’s heavy with spices. Patronised by local politicians, Beriani Gam Dahlia serves up a great example of the dish that the owner proudly claims is ‘finger-licking good’. Child-friendly. Mon- Fri & Sun, 10.30am-7pm. $$ Restoran Beriani Power 18 Jalan Tukas 2, Taman Soga, Batu Pahat (07 438 8987/www. bpbarianipower.com). Restoran Beriani Power does a mean take on nasi beriani gam. Reputedly served in royal courts once upon a time, this local delicacy is now available throughout Johor at walletfriendly prices. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, 10am-7pm. $$ NEW Restoran Muthu 118 Jalan Trus, JB (07 221 4113/ fb.com/restoranmuthu). If you’re looking for traditional Indian curry served on banana leaves, you have to check this humble restaurant out. Here you can get a banana leaf topped with rice, vegetables, papadams and your choice of curries. Their boneless fried fish is also noteworthy as the fish is plump, tender and richly marinated. After your spicy meal, you should consider trying their teh tarik. Daily, 8am-12midnight. $

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Chinese Hua Mui Kopitiam 50 Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4,Taman

Sutera Utama, Skudai (07 556 4068); 9 Jalan Austin Heights 8/3, Taman Mount Austin, JB; 131 Jalan Trus, JB (07 224 7364/fb.com/ RestoranHuaMui). An institution in JB’s culinary landscape, Hua Mui Kopitiam dishes out a mélange of Hainanese and Western food. For instance, fatty chicken chop sits next to equally indulgent nasi lemak on the menu, while Western French toast is available besides local charcoal-grilled kaya toast. Grab a seat upstairs to see the ancient dumbwaiter lift in action. (Taman Sutera) Daily, 8am-9pm; (Mount Austin) 8.30am-8pm; (Jalan Trus HQ) Daily, 8.30am-5.30pm. Closed on public holidays. $ IT Roo Café 17 Jalan Dhoby JB (07 222 7780). Open since the ’70s, IT Roo Café is synonymous with mouthwatering Hainanese chicken chop. The thick cuts of chicken fillets here are covered in a crispy batter, but still maintain a juicy succulence inside. Hats off to the chefs, for even when the crowds get overwhelming, they still dish out consistent chops instead of floundering in quality. Other stellar recommendations include the fried rice and house-style root beer. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon9.30pm. $

cook them with particular family techniques. Every dish is good, though the fried bee hoon, fried chicken and signature tofu are their most popular dishes. Daily, 10am-3pm; 5.30-10pm. $$ Mui Tou Restaurant 1-2 Jalan Jaafar, Kota Tinggi (07 883 1148/012 723 1057). If you’re planning to embark on a firefly-watching tour in Kota Tinggi, Mui Tou makes for a convenient lunch or dinner stop. Located near the riverbanks, the restaurant serves a wide range of Chinese dishes including toasted pig’s feet, steamed shrimps as well as taro pumpkin dessert. Off-days depend on tour bookings. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10.30am-10pm. $$$ Or Hwu Restaurant 214 Jalan Besar,Taman Sembrong Baru, Yong Peng (07 467 1204). If you happen to visit the small town of Yong Peng, we recommend dining at Or Hwu. While the restaurant is a far cry from fancy, the Fu Zhou cuisine is too good to miss. Get the terrific deep-fried meat rolls filled with pork and mixed seafood; a crispy exterior gives way to a tender mouthful. Another favourite is the Fu Zhou noodle dish flavoured with fish sauce and soy sauce. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 5-10.30pm. Closed alternate Wednesdays. $$

Loke Tien Yuen 55 Jalan Abu Bakar, Mersing (07 799 1639). Taika Huat Duck Stall Located in Mersing, the small jetty 1B Jalan Skudai Batu 8 1/2, Skudai, town one crosses on the way to JB. Johor’s beautiful east coast islands This humble stall selling only duck like Pulau Tioman and Pulau Au, is shaded by a towering tree Loke Tien Yuen is the oldest reportedly planted by Chinese restaurant in the owner himself all town. Definitely ask those years ago. for recommendations The stall serves from the staff as quality poultry; some of the more puny ducks k out o delicious items are lo below 3kg to re arks off-menu. That are disqualified. Landm ate the stall a c ry being said, most Locals come for for to lo eapple Facto customers go for the braised duck Lee Pin K Kuo Kuang the steamed fish, sliced just right, and SJ prawn dumplings with equal amounts and sweet and sour of meat and fragrant pork. Always call ahead crispy duck skin. We to ensure that they’re open suggest ordering a sampling for the day, for one can never of different cuts. tell with these small town restaurants. Daily, 8.30am-4pm. $ Daily (but call ahead), 12.30-3.30pm; 6.30-8.30pm. $$$ European

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NEW Ming Ji Restaurant 24 Jalan Rosmerah 2/12, Taman Johor Jaya, JB (012 722 0816/ Facebook: Ming Ji Restaurant). The recipes served at this restaurant have been handed down from generation to generation and are absolutely delicious. To make their fantastic dishes, the chefs use only the best and freshest ingredients and

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French Chez Papa French 38-40 Jalan Jaya, Taman Maju Jaya, JB (07 333 4988/www.chezpapa. com.my). Johor’s best French restaurant occupies what was previously an Irish tavern. Manned by Chef Dominique and Shereen Muller, Chez Papa aims to educate local taste buds about


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Korean NEW Nam Moon Korean BBQ 31 Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, JB (07 331 5573). You can get the typical Korean fare here – think Korean barbecue, kimchi, Korean pancakes, bibimbap and more. A bonus at Nam Moon is the portions of their side dishes, which are relatively big compared to what you’d normally get elsewhere. This makes it a great spot for group dining. The best-selling dishes are their seafood pancakes and hot kimchi soup. The place tends to get crowded on the weekend, so it’s advisable to plan ahead and maybe reserve a seat. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am10pm. $$

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NEW Pondok Santapan Jalan Puyuh, off Jalab Rajawali, Larkin, JB (012 745 0560). This restaurant is soothing, humble and spacious. You can pick from a large variety of traditional Malay food here, and it’s great place to go for breakfast and brunch. Their signature mee rebus is one of the crowd pullers and other popular dishes include their large variety of kuih and their creamy teh tarik. Halal. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 7am12noon. $

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Mee Rebus Haji Wahid Larkin Bus Terminal, JB; Plaza Angsana, Pusat Bandar Tampoi (07 235 0443); 89 Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, JB. As the name suggests, mee rebus is undoubtedly the star at this chain of restaurants. The local noodle dish is the pride and joy of Johoreans, and Haji Wahid’s rendition deserves a place in the mee rebus hall of fame. Groundnuts and dried shrimp give the gravy that special something. Word of advice: try to avoid the lunch crowd. Halal. Daily, 10am-10pm. $

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Malay NEW Dapor Warisan 888 Jalan Sungai Chat, JB (016 772 6146/Facebook: Dapor Warisan). This spacious restaurant features genuine Malay cuisine like daging salai lemak cili api, asam pedas and nasi kukus. Their side dishes are particularly interesting – try their soto, lempeng ubi (a type of cassava pancake) and roti jala. You can wash it all down with their mango juice, one of the specialties of the restaurant. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon11pm. $$

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Nasi biryani gam

Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Both locations) Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6-11pm. $$$

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Agneey’s Cuisine French flavours. While 33 Jalan Titiwangsa 3/3, some menu offerings are Taman Tampoi Indah, truly authentic, such JB (07 235 5063). as the filet mignon Agneey’s fits the and escargots bourguignonne, nt bill if you’re craving ra u ta s Indian food but we think Chez nch re want to stay within This Fre smart casual Papa could do a s an air conditioned a without the h ode environment. The dress c likes of nachos. The restaurant offers banana restaurant also offers a leaf rice and what some traditional cheese platter deem the best thosai in town. and good wine pairings. Ignore the curt staff; after all, Bon appétit! you’re largely there for an affordable Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. and tasty meal. Mon-Sat, 6-11pm. $$$ Credit cards accepted. Daily, 8am11pm. $ Spanish EIGHT at Lido Hill Japanese & Korean 8 Jalan Skudai, Straits View, JB (012 317 5188/fb.com/eightlido). Japanese Located in a repurposed bungalow Kampachi along Danga Bay, Eight Lido proffers Lot 506, Johor Premium Outlets, scenic views overlooking the Johor Indahpura, Kulaijaya (07 590 9277/ Straits and a Mediterranean-inspired www.kampachi.com.my). menu that includes tapas and a range One of KL’s most talked-about of mains. Opt for the alfresco area Japanese restaurants has spread its for dinner. influence to Johor. Serving high quality Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, cuisine in a grand setting, Kampachi 5pm-2am; Sat, 10am-2am; Sun, brings a touch of Japanese glamour to 10am-4pm. $$$$ the swanky Johor Premium Outlets. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards Indian accepted. Daily, 11am-10pm. $$$$ NEW 7 Spice Indian Cuisine Nijyumaru G-01, Block 5, Danga Bay, 24 Jalan Permas 10/5, Bandar Baru Jalan Skudai, JB (07 235 6969/ Permas Jaya, Masai; 94 Jalan Sutera www.7spicecusine.com). Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama, This restaurant serves both Southern Skudai (07 558 9818). and Northern Indian cuisines, so you Nijyumaru caters to a more upmarket can get a little bit of every Indian crowd, but the big portions are worth flavour here. Their main specialty the slightly higher prices. Diners often is their biryani dishes, and the best rave about the fresh sashimi, which ones are the chicken and the lamb. can be hard to come by in Johor. Be To wash it all down, we suggest the sure to make a reservation, especially 7Spice Special Lassi. This restaurant on weekends. Tatami mats and is quite popular among locals so it’s floor-to-ceiling windows make for an highly recommended for you to make impressive environment for private reservations ahead of time. parties, work functions and other Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, special occasions. 11am-11pm. $


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which is one of their best sellers. If you aren’t in the mood for crab, there are other options as well such as salted egg squid, spicy lala and crispy chicken. The price isn’t the cheapest you could get in JB, but the quality of the food is totally worth the price. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 4pm12.45am. $$

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750 0784). Popular for romantic dates or fun nights out, Anjung Warisan offers treetop dining in a quiet part of town near the causeway. Enjoy live angklung performances while relishing quality Malay food at reasonable prices. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 3pm-1am. $$ Nyonya Anna’s Kitchen 18K Jalan Abdul Samad, JB (013 742 2168). Who knew that you could get Penang cuisine all the way down south in Johor? This quaint little restaurant surrounded by nature specialises in authentic Penang recipes the likes of char kuey teow and Hokkien mee. If you’re feeling like something nonAsian, opt for the mussels spaghetti or the Mexican chicken chop. Pork-free. Mon-Sat, 12.30-11pm. $$ Seafood Mersing Seafood Restaurant 56 Jalan Ismail, Mersing (07 799 2550). While the raucous ambience in many a Chinese restaurant makes it hard to converse, Mersing Seafood is peaceful and calm. One good thing about dining in Malaysia is that restaurants such as this provide fresh seafood year round and not seasonally. Child-friendly. Daily,12noon- 2.30pm; 5.30-10.30pm. $$$ New Kukup Restaurant 1 Kukup Laut, Kukup (07 696 0216). Experience the pastoral fisherman’s life in the small town of Kukup. This restaurant balanced on stilts is where the local fishermen ply their trade. Enjoy the catch of the day and drink in views of Kukup Jetty. If you come during the day, you could even hitch a ride on a boat to visit the kelongs where the fishermen work when they are out at sea.

Halal. Daily, 10am-9pm. Closed on Lunar New Year Eve. $$$ Restoran Makanan Laut Perahu 15-15A Lorong 1, Jalan Zabedah, Batu Pahat (07 431 8796). This halal restaurant operated by Chinese owners serves authentic Malay dishes. Some favourites include the ikan pari bakar, belacan bee hoon, Hailam kuey teow, sambal sotong and tom yam soup. Sip on lychee juice or air jambu with asam to combat these spicy delights. Halal. Child-friendly. Mon & Wed-Sun, 5pm-12midnight. $$ Sengat Seafood Restaurant 58 Jalan Belanak, Teluk Sengat, Kota Tinggi (07 895 5116). Sick of commercialised seafood restaurants in the city? Embark on a mini road trip (approximately 90 minutes outside of JB city) and seek out this off-radar, open air restaurant. You’ll find typical seafood dishes as you’d find in the city, except for much cheaper. Halal. Daily, 11.30am-10pm. $$ Wak Jos Ikan Bakar 8 Medan Ikan Bakar Sabak Awor, Jalan Ismail, Muar (013 618 5783). If the thought of spicy grilled fish makes your mouth salivate, then schedule a visit to Medan Ikan Bakar Sabak Awor, a food court housing myriad seafood stalls. Ikan Bakar Wak Jos is deemed one of the better stalls. Gawk at the different varieties of seafood on the grill and order a little bit of everything. Prices are inexpensive too. Tue & Thu-Sun, 6pm-12midnight. $ NEW Yi Jia Restaurant 21 & 23 Jalan 25/1, Bukit Indah 2, Nusajaya, JB (07 232 7137); 17, 19, 21 & 23 Jalan Setia 9/17, Taman Setia Indah, JB (07 359 7782/www. yijia.com.my). Go for the Golden Sand Egg Crab,

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Yoou Kee Seafood Restaurant 55 Jalan Pantai, Sungai Rengit, Pengerang (013 766 8989). Sungai Rengit is a paradise for seafood enthusiasts from Johor and Singapore, especially with restaurants like Yoou Kee where seafood comes in at the lower end of the price range. Two signature dishes are the deep-fried lobster topped with melted margarine and the crabs doused in a creamy, egg yolk sauce. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$ Southeast Asian Thai NEW Carabao Authentic Thai Restaurant 16 Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, JB (07 335 9333/www.carabaorestaurant. com). The combination of Thai and local influences in the décor plus the abundance of teak furniture makes for a rustic and calming dining ambience. Carabao serves up some pretty authentic Thai food, and the highlights on the menu are the spicy tom yam soup and tom yam seafood. Be sure to check this restaurant out when you’re looking for some spicy fare. Pork-free. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6pm1am. Restaurant Tera-Thai 31 Jalan Abdul Samad, JB (07 222 6300/Facebook: Tera Thai Original). Located right in the heart of JB city, this Thai restaurant pitches itself as a ‘fine dining’ establishment. That being said, we found the menu pretty standard fare. Patronised by many local celebrities, Tera-Thai is a charming spot for lunch or dinner. We like the calm garden in the restaurant. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm; Fri, 5.30-10.30pm. $$$ Vegan/Vegetarian Green House 37-39 Jalan Rosmerah 2/11, Taman Johor Jaya (07 351 9929/www. greenhouse2u.com). Detoxify with a healthy vegan meal at Green House. All ingredients here are purely organic, from the whole grains to the seeds and nuts. Speak to the kitchen about tweaking a recipe to appeal to your child’s taste buds, and they will be willing to comply. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 9.30am-6.30pm. $$


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Colloquially called the ‘Rice Bowl of Malaysia’, Kedah is synonymous with rice agriculture and churns out scrumptious rice dishes such as pulut and nasi ulam. Meanwhile, Perlis, which borders Thailand, sees an interesting fusion of flavours in its predominantly seafood dishes.

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Mainland Kedah Cafés Caffè Diem 44 Jalan Penjara Lama, Pekan Cina, Alor Setar (04 730 8895/fb.com/ diemcaffe). In a town not known for its café scene, this is one stands out from the crowd primarily due to its cheesecakes. Housed in a refurbished old shophouse, Caffé Diem is pretty hipster and known for their flavourful cheesecakes. More importantly, they take coffee seriously! There are tasty meals on offer too including salads, pastas and chicken chops. Pork-free. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 12noon-12midnight. $$ p.a.t.h. 32 Lorong 17, Taman Patani Jaya, Sungai Petani (04 421 6184/ Facebook: The dining cafe path). This café is the go-to place for simple, tasty dishes with a Japanese twist like cold ramen with meatballs and Japanese curry rice. There’s also crispy chicken chop and they are famous for their tiramisu, which is a great end to a meal. Wash it all down with their Vietnamese coffee or matcha latte. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon-10pm. $$ Food court NEW EUPE Food Court Jalan Gamelan 5, Taman Ria Jaya, Sungai Petani. This large food court is known for having a good selection of hawker stall favourites like roast duck rice and nasi lemak. But what it’s really famous for is the curry mee which sees queues lining up for a bowl of rich broth with fresh mackerel, okra and tomatoes with noodles. Well worth the wait and a great cheap eat. Daily, 9am-late. $

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Indian NEW Chennai Curry House 141-143 Jalan Legenda Sungai Petani (04 420 1898). Head here for hearty banana leaf rice, Indian flatbreads (naan, thosai, chapatti), mutton biryani and tandoori chicken, which all come highly recommended. It can get crowded on the weekends so be prepared to wait or come early. Daily, 7.30am-9.45pm. $ Malaysian NEW Restoran RT Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim, Teluk Wanjah, Alor Setar (016 418 8575). A local haunt that keeps diners returning for their tasty favourites like assam fish, chilli crab and belacan fried chicken. The restaurant has been around for a long time and the quality of the food justifies the above average

(for the area) prices. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 11am-2.30pm; 6-9.30pm. $$

breakfasts of eggs any style, fresh fruit, banana pancakes and strong local coffee. Nothing fancy, but sometimes simple eggs on white toast is all you need, and at that price it can be better than those overpriced hotel buffets. Halal. Daily, 7.30am10.30pm. $

NEW Restoran Tok Keramat Jalan Tok Keramat (Jalan Ilmu), Jitra (04 917 4988/fb.com/ a keramatkatering). angka is Cactus Gulai N specialty Jitra is the fourth rn largest town in northe jackfruit in Pantai Tengah (012 f 407 7928). Kedah and this made o icy gravy Cactus is a great choice famous down-to-earth a sp for breakfast, lunch or open air restaurant dinner. Breakfasts here, serves a large selection whether local or Western, of local dishes served buffet are particular favourites among style. It’s extremely good value tourists. Prices are affordable to for money and the best place to try match the rustic and laidback typical food of the region. atmosphere. For dinner, try the Halal. Daily, 7am-4pm. $ popular fried barracuda in pepper sauce. Mamak & kopitiams Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. NEW Iman Koeyteow Daily, 8am-1pm; 4-10.30pm. $ Jalan Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar. The best char kuey teow in town NEW The Fat Frog according to the locals and the 99 East Estate, 100 Jalan Padang crowds that come here for their plate Matsirat, Kuah (04 955 1153/ of steaming, flash-fried rice noodles thefatfroglangkawi.com). with lots of cockles. Add a fried egg Overlooking a golf course, and away and you’ll have the perfect meal. from the usual beach locales, this café Halal. Daily, 6.30pm-12midnight. $ serves hearty and healthy dishes, all cooked from scratch using local organic ingredients. Salads, soups, Seafood quiches and rotating specials make Jetty One Seafood Corner up the menu. Most of the dishes are Jeti 1, Kuala Kedah (012 433 1276/ vegetarian with the option of adding jettyone.bravesites.com). meat, and desserts and drinks are Arguably Kuala Kedah’s most served throughout the day. famous restaurant, Jetty One beckons Pork-free. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, with its crunchy, fried cuttlefish, 10.30am-10pm (kitchen closes from curried clams, and even murex, 2.30-6.30pm). $$ locally known as cit lei, if you’re lucky enough to catch it in season. Enjoy La Chocolatine your meal while looking out over the 3 Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah picturesque scenery of Sungai (04 955 8891). Kedah. A typical pâtisserie run by an Daily, 5pm-12.30am. $$ experienced French pastry chef, La Chocolatine serves buttery croissants, rich brioches, zingy tarts and the kind Langkawi Island of French cakes that will keep you British coming back. The quality here is topnotch and light meals like omelettes Scarborough Fish ‘n Chips and salads are also available. Diners Lot 1388 Jalan Tanjung Rhu (012 rave about the creamy hot chocolate 352 2236). made with real chocolate melted into This unpretentious eatery serves warm milk. what is probably the best fish and Daily, 9am-7pm. $$ chips on the island with lovely views on the sea. Popular dishes include NEW Smiling Buffalo the pan-fried barracuda, deep-fried 965 Jalan Pantai Cenang, Panji dory or snow fish and calamari, all served with a fresh salad and crunchy Panji Resort (04 952 3319/fb.com/ smilingbuffalocafe). hot chips – best accompanied with a If you’re looking for somewhere cold beer. slightly off the beaten track serving Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards simple, tasty dishes and most accepted. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$ importantly what many say is the best coffee on the island, this is it. Cafés Tucked away in the Panji Panji (a quirky boutique resort near Cenang Breakfast Bar beach), this café serves homemade Jalan Pantai Cenang (04 955 6533). pasta dishes – including one with This beach shack café has been beef rendang – alongside salads, around for a while and have made a waffles and pancakes. Bonus: the café name for themselves serving simple

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has the added advantage of having a fantastic view on Mount Mat Cincang. Child-friendly. Daily, 8am-6pm. $$ Sun Café 8 Sun Mall, Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah (04 955 8300/ sungrouplangkawi.com). An established eatery, the Sun Café is part of a chain of restaurants, bars and a resort. Local and western meals are on the menu and the interior isn’t just some run-of-the mill Langkawi restaurant and is actually quite chic. Desserts get a shout-out especially the crème brûlée, and their signature main is the grilled barracuda. A nice change from the usual island vibe, plus they offer good, well-priced house pouring wines. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon12midnight. $$

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are some really good vegetarian options of which the Spring Pizza with cherry tomatoes, rocket and shaved parmesan sounds particularly tempting. Order the kids the Margherita, they’ll love it. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 5pm12midnight. $$

Modern European La Sal Casa del Mar, Mukim Kedawang, Pantai Cenang (04 955 2388/www. casadelmar-langkawi.com). If you’re looking for beachside dining at its best, La Sal ticks all the boxes – innovative cocktails, barefoot luxury and a mix of modern Asian and Western cuisine. Service is second to none and the seafood dishes come well recommended; and with that view, this really is one of the best dining experiences on the island. Halal. Childincang C t a M friendly. Credit Mount oldest rock cards accepted. is the n in South Daily, 7amo formati at over 500 10.30pm. $$$$ ia

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French MY French Factory N8 Langgura Baron Resort East As n New Wing, Jalan millio Pantai Cenang (04 955 5196/fb.com/ myfrenchfactorylangkawi). It doesn’t get any more French than freshly made crêpes, and this little café serves both sweet and savoury versions. Savoury crêpes are made with gluten-free buckwheat flour and have toppings the likes of eggs, sausages and cheese. For the sweet version, you can have anything from Nutella and whipped cream to banana and homemade salted caramel. Waffles are available too and you’ll be spoilt for choice! Halal. Mon-Wed & Sat-Sun, 11am11pm. $ Italian Mare Blu B5-6, Perdana Quay, Telaga Harbour Park (04 959 3830/www.mareblu. com.my). Situated at Perdana Quay, Mare Blu is a great Italian option for a leisurely lunch or dinner. Don’t let the simple (slightly shabby) interior put you off, the food is good with proper Italian ingredients used. Come here for thin crust pizzas, rich pasta dishes and typical Italian desserts with a view over the picturesque marina. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am10.30pm. $$$ NEW The Pizza Maker 15 Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah (017 569 0541/www.thepizzamaker. net). If the Italians say the pizza here is good, then it must be! Pizza flavours include classics like Hawaiian Chicken and Napolitana; and there

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Mangoes Bar & Grill End of Jalan Kuala Teriang (017 589 8117/012 564 0307). Mangoes is a local institution serving a combination of European and Australian dishes courtesy of the owners’ backgrounds. The restaurant is located behind the mangroves of Kuala Teriang and sees a mixture of tourists and island regulars who come for comfort food like lasagne, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and Sunday brunch. Child-friendly. Wed-Sat, 5-10pm; Sun, 11am-10pm. $$$ NEW Sugar Jalan Pantai Tengah (04 955 3928/ fb.com/sugarlangkawi). Its location is already reason enough to come as it’s right on the beach and the ideal place to have cocktails, watch the sun go down, and indulge in their selection of fusion cuisine, barbecue evenings and what they term as ‘smooth sounds’ (they sometimes have live music as well during dinner time). It helps that they have really appetising desserts to round up your meal. Tue-Sun, 2-10pm. $$$ Spanish Tapaz Perdana Quay, Telaga Harbour Park (012 329 4094). Tapas, cocktails and sangria always make a fantastic combination, and this established eatery does all this well. Located at Telaga Harbour, facing the marina, this is a lovely place to have an extended lunch in

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true Mediterranean style. A selection of Spanish-, Italian- and Greekinfluenced mains are available, and the seafood is also recommended. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$$ Indian NEW Sagar Lot 1666, Pantai Tengah (012 942 3213/www.sagarrestaurant.com). Sagar in Langkawi is a good option if you’re looking for something different from the usual local cuisine. Choose to dine alfresco or indoors; there are also private cabanas for a more intimate setting. Recommended dishes include rogan gosh (lamb curry), chicken tikka, butter chicken accompanied by flatbreads or pulao rice. Sagar also caters to vegetarians and has a wide selection of Indian desserts. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted above RM50. Mon, 6-10.30pm; Tue-Sun, 12noon10.30pm. $$ Tulsi Garden Lot 1 & 2, Sun Mall, Jalan Pantai Tengah (04 955 3011). The go-to place for good Indian cuisine has always been Tulsi Garden with this outdoor dining area and bar, and friendly staff who are on hand to offer recommendations. Expect authentic Indian curries, flatbreads like the fruit and nut flavoured Kashmiri naan, biryanis and even some simple Western fare. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 12noon-11pm. $$ Japanese & Korean Japanese Unkaizan Japanese Restaurant Lot 395, Jalan Telok Baru, Pantai Tengah (04 955 4118/ www.unkaizan.com). This stand-alone restaurant is one of the most popular on the island and is known for its fresh sashimi, bento sets, charcoal-grilled items, tempura and handmade noodles (udon and soba). Check the blackboard for daily and seasonal specials like lobster, tuna and garoupa, which will be prepared à la minute according to what the chef suggests. Dine on the terrace and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6-11pm. Closed every second Wednesday of the month. $$$ Korean Haroo Off Jalan Pantai Cenang, opposite Underwater World (04 955 1981/ fb.com/harooinlangkawi). For a relatively small island, Langkawi has almost every type of cuisine available. If you’re craving Korean, Haroo is where to head to. Don’t worry about authenticity as a Korean family runs it, so dishes like bibimbap, kimchi


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Red Sky Restaurant and Bar 6 Casa Fina Avenue, Pantai Cenang (04 955 8736). This is one of those restaurants you sort of stumble upon and it’s a pleasant surprise because the service is good and the food is delicious. Owner and chef Ben worked abroad then came home to open Red Sky, so the menu he has compiled is a nice mix of Western and Asian dishes that includes favourites like chicken curry, fried rice, braised lamb shank and the classic burger. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 11am-12midnight. $$$

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a romantic restaurant suspended over the ocean. Specialties include the grilled Langkawi lobster served with sweet corn risotto, and the lemon tart accompanied by pandan ice cream. Designed by iconic architect Bill Bensley, the eatery’s central features are the floor-to-ceiling French windows. If you fancy a glass of wine or a cocktail, look no further than The St. Regis Bar, Decanter Wine Cellar or The Drawing Room. While all serve exceptional drinks, each varies where ambience is concerned. The St. Regis Bar is all sleek wooden accents reminiscent of the rainforest whereas Decanter Wine Cellar was designed with wine enthusiasts at heart. Meanwhile, the airy Drawing Room keeps things chic yet casual with both indoor and alfresco seats overlooking the glittering Andaman Sea. The St. Regis Langkawi Jalan Pantai Beringin, Langkawi (04 960 6666/www. stregis.com/langkawi).

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with a sumptuous breakfast buffet at L’Orangerie. Resembling a greenhouse populated with citrus trees, the restaurant lets you traverse the world from France to China, and Japan to Indonesia with offerings such as lobster omelette with foie gras, silky congee with condiments, green tea soba noodles, spicy Javanese fried noodles and more. The Gourmand Deli is your best bet for fresh pastries and steaming mugs of coffee and tea. The deli triples as a classroom for cooking classes and a gift store for edible souvenirs. No trip to Langkawi is complete without an experience at Kayuputi,

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Pia’s the Padi Jalan Ulu Melaka (012 493 3713). Slightly off the beaten track, in the midst of emerald padi fields, is this gem of a restaurant. Formerly known as Jimmy’s Café, Chef Jimmy and his wife Pia offer a menu with Northern Indian and South East Asian influences with dishes like butter chicken, Thai salads and beef rendang. Call ahead for reservations and if you a have a couple of hours to

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Fusion The Cliff Restaurant & Bar Lot 63 & 40, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang (04 953 3228/ www.theclifflangkawi.com). Overlooking the most famous beach on Langkawi, this restaurant enjoys great views and is built literally over the sea. Come here for lunch, dinner or even just sunset cocktails. The menu comprises the usual Western favourites like burgers and salads, and some common favourites like

kampung fried rice and pad Thai. But it’s their Malay-influenced dishes like stir-fried beef with ginger, braised lamb shank and the famed beef rending that should be tried. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12.30-11pm. $$$

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Red Tomato Restaurant & Lounge 5 Casa Fina Avenue, Pantai Cenang (04 955 4055/www. redtomatorestaurant.com.my). Famed for its colourful and quirky interior, and some of the tastiest Western food on the island, Red Tomato is the place to go for hearty breakfasts of eggs Benedict, pancakes and delicious omelettes. Lunch and dinner is covered by salads, sandwiches, pizza, tarte flambée, pasta and meat and seafood mains. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, 9am11.30pm. $$$ Nyonya fatCUPID 2273 Jalan Teluk Baru, Kampung

Kampung Tasek Anak (04 955 3010/ www.fatcupid.com.my). Adjacent to La Pari-Pari, fatCUPID is the resort’s restaurant, offering Western and Nyonya dishes. Come here for the Nyonya specialties like the laksa, Nasi Ayam Pontay and Nasi Sambal Udang. Breakfast and brunch is a big draw too with pancakes and eggs with the works highly recommended; their sunset cocktails are a good bet too. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. TueSun, 8am-2pm; 5-10.30pm. $$$ Traditional Malay Ikan-Ikan Restaurant Four Seasons Resort, Jalan Tanjung Rhu (04 950 8888/www.fourseasons. com).

This award-winning restaurant is all about Malay cuisine with a focus on seafood. Built in the style of a typical Malay kampung house with indoor and outdoor seating, diners can expect to pay top dollar for the best ingredients from organic free-range chicken to the freshest catch of the day and the kind of spices that make Malay food so unique. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6-10.30pm. $$$$ Privilege Restaurant & Bar B8, First floor, Perdana Quay, Telaga Harbour Park (04 956 1188/www. privilegerestaurant.com). This is a restaurant renowned for offering contemporary Malaysian cuisine with a twist. With views over

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hat a privilege it is to call The Westin Langkawi your pied-à-terre for the weekend! Spread out over 104 acres of sprawling seafacing grounds, the five-star hotel is a quick car ride from Langkawi International Airport. Tourists who wish to bring home physical mementos can visit the nearby shopping district of Kuah Town, if they find it within themselves to actually leave The Westin’s immaculate grounds. Where activities are concerned, The Westin Langkawi is an exciting hub for sports and leisure.

There isn’t just one or two, but four pools in total: an infinity pool, the Ocean Rock pool, a kiddy pool and a spa pool. Make a splash with other marine activities such as kayaking, canoeing and cruising in a catamaran. After a fulfilling day of fun under the sun, have the best sleep of your life in the trademark Heavenly® Bed, which was created specially for the hotel group. Make yourself at home in one of the 202 rooms and suites, which include 20 Ocean-View Pool Villas. How often does one get to bask in the sun in total privacy while enjoying unobstructed views of the

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ocean? Rise and shine with The Westin’s SuperFoodsRx breakfast at Seasonal Tastes, an all-day dining restaurant that also sets up poolside barbecues and cultural performances. As the sun sets, shimmy over to Breeze, where signature martinis are the order of the day. It’s only natural to take a stand for The Westin after experiencing and living in accordance with its six pillars of wellness: feel well, work well, move well, eat well, sleep well and play well. The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa Jalan Pantai Dato Syed Omar, Langkawi (04 960 8888/www. westinlangkawi.com).


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the harbour and great service, diners come here to experience fresh local ingredients prepared in a traditional way like the king prawn masala, chicken percik and the ever-popular beef rendang. A good option is to order the sharing platters – seafood or Malaysian – or the degustation menu which pairs their specialties with wine. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 2-11pm. $$$$ Restoran Siti Fatimah Batu 5 1/4, Jalan Kampung Tok Senik, Kawasan Mata Air, Ulu Melaka (012 473 7430). Come here for masakan kampung Melayu (typical Malay home-cooking) – you’ll find a mind-boggling array of vegetables, meat and seafood cooked in a multitude of spices and different gravies in varying degrees of spiciness. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 7am4pm. $ Mamak NEW Nasi Kandar Tomato Jalan Pantai Cenang (near Underwater World) (04 953 2828). One of the most popular local eateries on the island, Nasi Kandar Tomato serves a wide variety of local mamak, food from roti canai and mee goreng (even better with a fried egg) to their specialty of tomato rice with an array of the usual nasi kandar dishes. If you’re looking for tasty cheap eats available any time of the day, this is your best bet as they’re opened 24 hours a day. Halal. Child-friendly. Mon & WedSun, 24 hours. Friday closed from 1.15-2.30pm. Middle Eastern NEW Yasmin Jalan Pantai Cenang, opposite Orkid Ria (04 955 2010). Authentic Syrian cuisine served on a tropical island may seem a bit strange, but Yasmin offers the Middle Eastern flavours we love including the mezze platter with hummus, baba ghanoush, moutabal and stuffed vine leaves. Try the grill items like shish taouk, lamb or chicken mandi and freshly made flatbreads; their shawarma is also highly recommended. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-12midnight. $$

your meal, which will then be cooked any way you like. It’s slightly pricier than the normal seafood joints but you’re assured of good service and the freshest ingredients. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon3pm; 6-11pm. $$$ Teo Seafood Restaurant 30 Pusat Dagangan Kelana Mas, Kuah (04 966 5520). Veer away from the usual Pantai Cenang eateries and head here for some of the best seafood on the island. Teo’s may be just simple restaurant but dishes like steamed garoupa, butter prawns and crispy duck keeps the punters coming. It can get very crowded at meal times and the service does slow down, so be prepared to wait during peak hours. Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6-11pm. $$$ NEW Wonderland Food Store Lot 179-181, Pusat Perniagaan Kelana Mas, Jalan Trimula, Kuah (012 494 6555). The name of this restaurant is deceiving, but it’s actually a seafood joint serving all the typical local favourites like steamed fish, deepfried squid, kam heong lala (clams), crabs (mud or flower) in a variety of sauces and a selection of vegetable dishes, of which the kang kong belacan is particularly popular. It’s very reasonably priced and the locals eat here, so you know it’s good. Daily, 5.30pm-11.30pm. $$ Southeast Asian Thai The Pavilion The Datai Langkawi, Jalan Teluk Datai (04 959 2500/www.thedatai. com). The Pavilion is an open-air restaurant in the midst of the rainforest renowned for offering what many diners say is the best Thai food outside of Thailand. Pricier than the norm (it’s The Datai, after all), dishes are flavoured with herbs from the garden, and even the most common items like tom yam goong and pad Thai are absolutely delicious. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6.30-11pm. $$$$ Perlis Cafés

Seafood Orkid Ria Lot 1225, Jalan Pantai Cenang (04 955 4128). One of the more well-known seafood restaurants on the strip, it can get pretty crowded at dinner time. The main draw are the tanks of live seafood from where you get to choose

NEW Blackwood Coffee & Chocolate 6/8 Pesiaran Jubli Emas, Galeri 28, Kangar (012 584 8883/fb.com/ blackwoodcoffee). This is a popular chain found in Kedah and Perlis with branches in Arau, Kulim, Alor Setar and Kangar. It serves good coffee and comfort

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food like everyone’s favourite chicken chop, fried rice and noodle dishes. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon11pm. $$ NEW Hannah’s Cookies Lot 526, KM 5.2, Jalan Kaki Bukit, Kangar (04 976 2790) One of the very few cafés in Kangar, Hannah’s Cookies offers simple, satisfying dishes like soups, pasta, chicken wings and meatballs; but diners come here mainly for the cakes, cookies, coffee and churros (only available on Wednesdays and weekends). Halal. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, 12noon-10.30pm. $ Malaysian Traditional Malay Laksa Kak Su 97 Jalan Siakap 1, Kuala Perlis (012 550 0365/019 511 1464). This has got to be the most famous laksa eatery in Perlis with locals and travellers stopping by for a steaming bowl of homemade rice noodles in a rich, spicy fish broth. Locals like to add pulut udang (glutinous rice with coconut and shrimp wrapped in banana leaf) to their laksa to give it more substance and taste. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 10am7pm. Closed on Tuesdays. $ NEW Warung Pokok Sawa Kampung Kersik, Mata Ayer, Kangar (04 938 1778/fb.com/ WarungPokokSawa). This rustic restaurant has been open since 1978 and is known for its local specialties, especially the deep-fried catfish. Their menu changes daily with specials like chicken rendang and curry mee deserving special mention. This is a local favourite and can get crowded during lunch. Halal. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 11.30am-4pm. $ Seafood Hai Thien Seafood Restaurant Jalan Jeti Baru (04 985 5149). This is the most famous of seafood restaurants in Kuala Perlis and locals will always direct visitors here for fresh seafood cooked Chinese-style – it never disappoints. Dishes like salted egg mantis prawns, steamed fish and crabs in a variety of sauces are recommended. Pork-free. Daily, 5.30-11.45pm. $ NEW Kompleks Makanan Laut Negeri Perlis (KOMA) Jalan Kuala Perlis, Kuala Perlis. Located near the ferry terminal, this collection of stalls offers a wide range of fresh seafood. The various types of fish seem to be the best bet and are accompanied by an array of sauces and side dishes. Open for dinner. $


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Kelantan and Terengganu are sometimes overshadowed by their neighbours, especially when it comes to food; but some of the most popular Malay dishes like nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, satar and keropok lekor originated in these rustic East Coast states.

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The Americas American Mat Salleh Burger Jalan Sultanah Zainab, Kota Bharu. The name ‘Mat Salleh’ (slang for ‘foreigner’) refers to the German husband of the duo who opened this outfit. The small restaurant is located directly opposite Proton and the weird opening hours have cemented its status as one of the most popular supper spots in town. Must orders include the chilli burger, fries with mushroom sauce and the ice cream waffles. There’s also pasta and ABC, reputed to be some of the best shaved ice in Kota Bharu. Halal. Daily, 9pm-3am. $$

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NEW The Bold Lab Jalan Abdul Kadir Adabi, Kota Bharu (09 743 3868/fb.com/theboldlab). Café culture is catching up in Kota Bharu, and one of the up-andcoming cafés to watch out for is The Bold Lab. This café has become a favourite spot to get good coffee and western fares. On the menu is a range of breakfasts (try their Shibuya Honey Toast), burgers and delicious homemade desserts. Halal. Child-friendly. Tue-Thu & SatSun, 11am-11pm; Fri, 9am-12.30pm, 2.30-11pm. $ Cheap eats Kopitiam NEW Hayaki Café Various locations (www.hayaki.com. my). Don’t be fooled by its name, this popular franchise actually serves a variety of traditional Kelantanese food around the clock. The nasi kerabu ayam percik and nasi dagang ikan here are crowd favourites. This quaint neighbourhood restaurant with laidback settings is a good place for a casual meal with friends and families. Halal. Daily, 24 hours. Kedai Kopi White House 1329-L Jalan Sultanah Zainab, Kota Bharu (09 748 4119). You won’t find many kopitiams in Kelantan so it’s not surprising that locals flock to this coffee shop for its much-loved breakfast dish of roti kahwin (toast with kaya and butter) and half-boiled eggs. Pre-packed nasi lemak, nasi kerabu and nasi dagang are some particularly popular offerings. Queues are known to form before opening time, so come early to avoid a long wait for a table. Alternatively, come a bit later after the breakfast crowd has gone. Halal. Child-friendly. Mon-Thu & Sun, 8am-12noon; 8pm-12midnight. $

Kopitiam Kita Taman Desa Jaya, 4357-A Jalan Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Bharu (019 981 0888). Kopitiam Kita is a favourite local café in Kota Bharu. It’s always packed with locals who are here for one thing: the breakfast menu. Roti Titab is one of their signatures; bread spread with kaya and butter, with a runny egg yolk sitting in the middle of the bread. Try to visit Kopitiam Kita before noon to avoid disappointment. Halal. Daily, 6am-2pm. $

Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sat, 12.3011.30pm; Fri, 4.30pm-12midnight. $$$ Pizzeria Traudi 346, Seksyen 27, Sri Cemerlang, Jalan Dusun Raja, Kota Bharu (012 752 9757/fb.com/PizzeriaTraudi). Widely recommended as one of the rare authentic Italian pizza places in town, Pizzeria Traudi is manned by Swiss chef Urs Beutler. Pizzas are baked in a huge wood-fired oven in the middle of the restaurant, so take note of the heat and smoke. There are outdoor tables if you want to get away from the heat. The menu also caters to vegans, and they even serve raclette, blue cheese spaghetti and homemade desserts like apple crumble. Good for special occasions. It’s BYOB over here, so bring along a bottle of wine to complete your meal. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 1.30-11.30pm $$$ Malaysian

Malay Restoran Cikgu Nasi Ulam Kampung Kraftangan Kampung Kraftangan, Jalan Hilir International Kota, Kota Bharu (019 961 6665); Ozarah Café Kubang Kerian, Kota Bahru (09 760 714-G, Section 9, Jalan Tok 7665/Facebook: RestoranHakim, Kota Bharu (09 Nasi-Ulam-Cikgu) 743 2243/Facebook: As its name implies, this Ozarah Café Kota restaurant is famous Bharu). for its nasi ulam. Ozarah Café is It’s located within where all the locals the premises eat of the to go for fine snow Handicraft ry e tl u c w cones in flavours Museum so you Esche e a local k like strawberry, li can take a leisurely Oreo, banana and tour of the museum even honey coffee. If to admire traditional desserts are not your handicrafts such as batik thing, the café also offers a and songket and then sit rather random mix of items on down for the quintessentially the menu like egg sandwiches and Malay meal of fluffy white rice and tom yam spaghetti. fresh greens – the closest thing to a Halal. Child-friendly. Mon-Thu & salad in this part of Malaysia. Sat-Sun, 12noon-12midnight; Fri, Halal. (Kampung Kraftangan) 3.30pm-12midnight. $$ Mon-Thu & Thu-Sun, 11am-5pm. (Kubang Kerian) Daily, 8am-10pm. $ Italian NEW Restoran Wau Gino Pizza Jalan Abdul Kadir Adabi, Kota Bharu Jalan Tengku Petra Semerak (09 748 (019 910 4631/fb.com/GinoPizzaKB). 9333/fb.com/RestoranWau) For your fix of oven-baked flat breads Though simple in setup, this cosy in Kota Bharu, Gino Pizza fits the bill. restaurant which specialises in Malay cuisine is rarely empty. Here, your Gino serves up New York-style and choices are not limited as the menu Sicilian pizzas, complete with dough is extensive and the price is pretty and tomato sauces that are made reasonable. What’s more, the menu from scratch in house. The owner also includes comforting Western food underwent training in New York such as chicken chop and burgers, all for a few months, and has brought served in air-conditioning settings. back the skills and techniques from Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, the Big Apple. If you’re not there 7am-12.30am. $$ for the pizza, there’s also a range of paninis and pastas. We recommend Yati Ayam Percik that you ditch those pizza chains and 847 Jalan Long Yunus, Kota Bharu give Gino a try. Delivery services are (09 747 9867). available around Kota Bharu.

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Warung Otak-Otak Che Wan Geliga 6209 Geliga Jalan Kuala Kemaman, Kemaman (013 987 3557/fb.com/ otakotakchewan). As you drive along the coastal road, keep an eye out for Warung Otak-Otak Che Wan Geliga. The warung usually sees a good crowd, many of whom come for its delicious fish paste snack known as satar, wrapped in banana leaf and grilled to smoky perfection. Halal. 11am-6.30pm. $

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Restoran Golden Dragon 198 Jalan Kampung Cina (Chinatown), Kuala Terengganu (09 622 3034). Situated in the middle of Chinatown, Golden Dragon is well known for its superb Chinese food. We like their succulent roast pork, juicy barbecued pork and braised bitter gourd

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NEW Uncle Chua Signature Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu (09 631 1288). With its strategic location in town, this is another one-stop for food variety in Kuala Terengganu. This restaurant serves up a mélange of local menu and Western fares with affordable price. The traditional nasi lemak with rendang ayam and the chicken rice are crowd favourites. Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am-11.30pm. $$

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Sukiyang Coffee PT11283 Jalan Belatuk, Jalan Kubang Kurus,Taman Chukai Utama, Cukai (019 915 0923/fb.com/ sukiyangcoffeebyhaipeng). In Kemaman, Hai Peng Kopitiam is the biggest name in the local café scene. Lately, the business has passed hands to the next generation, and with it comes a spot of rebranding. Following in the steps of its predecessor, Sukiyang Coffee serves up coffee, pretty good toast and half-boiled eggs. Halal. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 7.30am12.30am. $

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Kopitiam On The Way Kopitiam 147 Jalan Bandar, Kuala Terengganu (012 938 4933/fb.com/ OnTheWayKopitiam). A few steps away from the Chinatown temple, On The Way Kopitiam is accessible both from the waterfront entrance or from Chinatown. It’s one of the rare eateries in Chinatown that dedicates the whole length of a colonial era building to the restaurant space, serving a mix of modern kopitiam-style fare. Think Old Town White Coffee style of food. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 11am12midnight. $$

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Hawker Four Seasons Restaurant Batu Burok Food Court 5670 B/2 & B/3 Jalan Sri Cemerlang, Kuala Terengganu. Kota Bharu (09 743 6666/www.fsr. This food court by the beach is com.my). basically one of the best in the Four Seasons Restaurant state. Diners get to tuck has been featured on into delicious local dishes national television with the blowing of the and it’s easy to see gentle sea breeze and the why. Set in pleasant sound of waves lapping l la surroundings, the a the stone walls. e first h nt against th restaurant is is Make sure you try the This taura s re famous for its e fried ice cream. s Chine elantan authentic halal K in Chinese and Thai Mak Ngah Nasi dishes. Servings come Dagang in big portions, so hearty C-140, Kampung Masjid eaters can happily tuck in. Do Raja, Chendering, Kuala make reservations in advance. Terengganu (09 617 1140). Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, Head from Kuala Terengganu 12noon-2.30pm; 6-10pm. $$$ towards Marang and you’ll find Mak Ngah’s eatery. Situated not far from Ibai Bridge, it’s well loved by the Thai locals. High on the list of must-try Sun Two Restaurant items is the delicious nasi dagang, a 782-A Jalan Temenggong, Kota famous Terengganu dish of fragrant Bharu (09 746 2225/fb.com/ glutinous rice served with a punchy suntworestaurant). One of the pioneer restaurants in Kota fish curry. Halal. $ Bharu, this shop has been around for more than 50 years. The speciality of this halal restaurant is its belacan Pak Nor Satar and Otak-Otak fried rice and its Thai tom yam. Kampung Padang Polis, Batu Rakit, Halal. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 12noonKuala Terengganu (opposite the police 10pm. $$ station) (014 541 0523). Using a closely guarded family recipe of special spices and herbs, Terengganu Pak Nor creates a satar that’s juicier than the otak-otak, although both Cafés are deliciously succulent and full of flavour, some of the best around. As Star Anise Café they come in small portions wrapped 82 Jalan Kampung Cina, Kuala in banana leaves, go ahead and safely Terengganu (012 964 6480/fb.com/ indulge in handfuls of these little staranisekt). parcels. Star Anise Café is a hipster looking Halal. Tue-Sun, 10am-7pm. $ space with a signboard that might make you think you’re walking into a spa. Star Anise’s muted lighting and NEW Warong Pak Nong wafts of good strong coffee make a A1693 Jalan Pantai, T145, pretty fail-safe combination. The beans Kampung Kolam, Mengabang Telipot are sourced from KL, and meals such (09 612 7655) as nasi dagang are available in the Located on a coastal road, this rustic mornings only. The side door leads to shop serves a signature dishes like a beautiful little alley with old handikan celup tepung (fried battered painted Chinatown shop signage. fish) and sotong celup tepung (fried Child-friendly. Mon & Wed-Sat, battered squid) with spicy-sweet 10am-12.30midnight; Tue & Sun, sauce, and shaved ice with corn and 12noon-12.30am. $ fresh coconut. Although there are several competitions that sell the same dishes, the queue at Pak Nong’s NEW Rahsia Kitchen is the testament to the food’s quality Jalan Budiman, Batu Buruk (011

and taste. Halal. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 3.308pm. $

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1188 0801/fb.com/rahsia.kitchen). Named after the Malay word for ‘secret’, this is one of the few restaurants that serves good Western food and interesting drinks – think pastas, meaty mains like lamb shank and chicken roulade, burgers, sandwiches and more. Come here for the generous portions, reasonable prices and good service. Halal. Child-friendly. Mon-Wed & Sat-Sun, 5-11pm. $

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Succulent and tender ayam percik is synonymous with Kelantanese cooking, and Yati Ayam Percik has some of the best in town. Apart from this signature dish, Yati offers numerous side dishes such as nasi kerabu, daging bakar, chicken curry and a tangy sambal sotong. Generous helpings of white rice are compulsory to fully savour these dishes. Halal. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 12.30noon-10.30pm; Fri, 2.3010.30pm. $


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with salted fish. This well-lit little establishment can become busy during the late evening dinner rush. Child-friendly. Daily, 11am-3pm; 6.159.30pm. $$

Malay NEW Al Hijrah Oasis Jalan Pasir Panjang, Kuala Terengganu (013 969 7126). This hidden gem is famous for its black pepper grilled beef and chicken and the herbal soup. Although off the beaten track and slightly lacking in ambience, the consistent quality of the food speaks volumes – the lunchtime crowds are proof of this. Halal. Mon-Thu & Sat, 10am-7pm. $ Meka Restaurant 66/16 Tingkat Bawah, Taman Seri Intan, Jalan Sultan Omar, Kuala Terengganu (09 623 1831). This is pretty much a compulsory pit stop on any Terengganu food trip – the rich spread of Kelantanese food such as crispy fried ayam kampung, gulai daging tetel and masak lemak nangka that draw in the crowds is the reason for that. Throw caution to the wind and try a bit of everything. Halal. Child-friendly. Mon-Thu & SatSun, 8.30pm-5pm. $

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Madam Bee's Kitchen

Nyonya Madam Bee’s Kitchen 177 Jalan Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu (012 988 7495/Facebook: Madam Bee’s Kitchen 美夫人原乡馆). Award-winning chef Tan Choo Bee is the owner of this restaurant located in the centre of Chinatown, which specialises in Nyonya cuisine. The Peranakans are famous for their deliciously complex flavours and Madam Bee’s Kitchen is true to this tradition. Try some of the authentic Nyonya dishes such as nasi kerabu and rojak ceranang served with keropok. Halal. Child-friendly. Mon-Tue & ThuSun, 9.30am-5pm. $$ Seafood

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Tong Juan Restaurant K-117 Jalan Sulaiman, Kemaman. (013 935 5756/fb.com/ restorantongjuan). You might think there’s nothing much along this road besides ominous looking petroleum refineries, but the locals recommend Tong Juan Restaurant and its specialty, stuffed crabs with juicy chunks of deep-fried crab meat. The restaurant also serves a variety of delicious Chinese and seafood dishes, and the chef is always glad to whip up some child-friendly dishes. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 11.30am-3.30pm; 6-10pm. $$ Perhentian and Redang Archipelago International

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Maras, Batu Rakit (09 669 3166/ Facebook: NR Seafood Village). Located right next to the beach, NR Seafood Village Restaurant is considered one of the most affordable seafood restaurants in Terengganu, with ikan celup tepung, sotong teluk tepung and the tom yam dishes among their specialties. Halal. Mon-Wed & Sat-Sun, 3-11.30pm; Thu-Fri, 3pm12midnight. $$

NEW NR Seafood Village Restaurant Lot 9433 Jalan Pantai Kg. Pengkalan

Abdul’s Chalets Restaurant Pulau Perhentian Besar (019 912 7303/www.abdulchalet.com). Aside from some issues with slow service, you can generally be assured of a tasty meal at Abdul’s that won’t eat into your budget. The evening barbecues with seafood are popular here, as are their fresh fruit juices. Keep in mind: as a Muslim establishment, they don’t serve alcohol. Halal. Daily, 7am-10pm. $$$ Ewan Café Coral Bay, Pulau Perhentian Kecil. This popular café is a hit among locals and tourists with good homecooked Malaysian food at reasonable prices, friendly service and free WiFi. It’s located between Long Beach and Coco Bay, so it takes a short trek to reach. But that doesn’t stop it from being one of the more popular restaurants on the island. Mama’s Kitchen Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil. As the longest beach in Pulau Perhentian, Long Beach offers a mindboggling selection of restaurants. Mama’s Kitchen stands out for its friendly staff and its variety. You’ll find a great selection of barbecued seafood and a slew of local and Western dishes like fried rice, noodles and chicken chop. They also offer daily snorkelling trips if you’re

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looking out for some underwater adventures. Halal. Child-friendly. $ Ombak Café Coral Bay, Pulau Perhentian Kecil (09 691 1002/www.ombak.my). Come dinnertime, Coral Bay is the more happening side of Perhentian Kecil, while partygoers will head over to Long Beach as the night goes on. Ombak Café is one of the fancier restaurants on the beach, offering cocktails, mocktails, beer and a rather big selection of seafood up for grilling. Daily, 8am-11pm. $$$ Cheap eats Hawker Redang Laguna Food Court Pasir Panjang, Pulau Redang. This unpretentious eatery dishes up tasty Chinese and Malay favourites with local Terengganu flavours thrown in. Book one day ahead for the popular curry fish head. Daily, 5pm-12midnight. $$ Kopitiam Sandfly Café Pasir Panjang, near Redang Bay Resort, Pulau Redang. A Chinese coffee shop offering wellpriced local and Western dishes, with walls painted bright pink and blue. Get a seat on the small porch and chow on a steaming dish of fried rice (it’s really good) or hor fun, a noodle dish in thick broth. Opt for beer and maybe a bowl of shaved ice from the neighbouring Redang Bay dessert stall. Good food while overlooking the blindingly blue water; life doesn’t get much better than that. $$ International Asean All Day Dining Restaurant The Taaras Resort, Pulau Redang (09 630 8888/www.thetaaras.com). Open for all three meals of the day, Asean All Day Dining serves Malaysian and international cuisines. The restaurant overlooks the idyllic pool and bay area. At the time of print, the resort is closed for renovation and is scheduled to reopen in March 2017. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6.30am-10pm. $$$$ Beach Brasserie The Taaras Resort, Pulau Redang (09 630 8888/www.thetaaras.com). Specialising in Western, Japanese and Indian cuisine, the Beach Brasserie overlooks a pristine stretch of beach. Open only for dinner, it’s perfect for a romantic meal. At the time of print, the resort is closed for renovation and is scheduled to reopen in March 2017. Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6.30-10pm. $$$$$


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Malacca may be known for Nyonya fare but its range of cuisine doesn’t stop there. Travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to cafÊs and international fare. Meanwhile, its neighbour, Negeri Sembilan is famed for its Minangkabau-style dishes and unique traditions.

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Cafés Alley No. 5 5 Lorong Jambatan, Kampung Pantai (016 415 5097/Facebook: Alley-No5). Named after its address, this cool hideaway is a safe haven from the touristy and oft-noisy Jonker Street. They regularly host local indie bands and other musical performances. You’ll find homemade cheesecakes, cold beer and great coffee. Mon-Thu & Sun, 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-11pm. $$ Backlane Coffee 129 Jalan Hang Jebat (06 282 0542/ Facebook: Backlane-Coffee). It’s easy to miss this quaint and spacious café at the end of Jonker Street as it’s nicely tucked towards the back lane (hence, the name). Backlane is flooded with natural lighting and a welcoming ambience that greets you with the aroma of coffee and freshly baked cakes. Everything is baked onsite; besides cakes, they have macarons, mille-feuille and other desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Daily, 9am-12midnight. $$$ Bikini Toppings 46 Lorong Hang Jebat (012 316 6426/fb.com/BikiniToppings). Adore the refreshing taste of coconut? This is the place for you, particularly after a sweltering afternoon of sightseeing. This coconut dessert bar offers a range of shakes, jellies and desserts. You can mix coconut water

and coconut flesh with your choice of ice cream flavour to create a tasty drink suitable to your tastes. There are a number of flavours to choose from, but we love the simple, classic vanilla. Child-friendly. Mon & Wed, 10am5pm; Tue & Thu-Sun, 10am-6pm. $$ Calanthe Art Café 11 Jalan Hang Kasturi,(06 292 2960/ fb.com/calanthe.melaka). Decked in whimsical art pieces and mismatched décor, Calanthe serves coffee from 13 states of Malaysia as well as ice-blended drinks, milkshakes and smoothies. Besides their wide coffee selection, they serve a really mean Nyonya laksa. Here’s where you can spend hours on your laptop or snapping great photos for keepsakes. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 9am-12midnight. $$$ Eat@18 18 Jalan Hang Lekiu (06 281 4679/ fb.com/eatat18). Head away from the bustling Jonker Street and you will find Eat@18. You probably have to go on a bit of a scavenger hunt for this place as its signage is hidden behind a bunch of thick leafy hanging plants, but it’ll be worth it. The menu boasts quality comfort food, ranging from indulgent burgers, pastas and sandwiches. Eat@18 is also a bakery where you can find fresh artisanal bread that’s organic and free of preservatives. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 8.30am-6pm. $$

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Halia Inc 1 Jalan Merdeka Quayside Heritage Centre, Bandar Hilir Melaka (06 284 1011/fb.com/HaliaInc). This place is sometimes called the Malaccan Publika, and for good reason: The airy indoor and outdoor seating areas in this former customs warehouse were inspired by the best in Melbourne’s café-esque design. Add to that the fact that Halia Inc not only presents a sumptuous menu of Western and Asian favourites like eggs Florentine, pizza and Nyonya laksa, it also supports local musicians and artists. Halal. Daily, 7am-11pm. $$ Hash & Tag 65 Jalan Lagenda 1, Taman 1-Lagenda (fb.com/hashtag.hntcafe). #wafflesandcoffee are the name of the game here in this cosy new café. Though the menu is simple and limited, the comfortable interior and swift service seems to be the attractive factor here. It looks like this is another café that’s great for Instagramming and to get your caffeine kicks. Don’t forget your hashtags! Tue-Fri, 7.30pm-12midnight; SatSun, 3.30-6pm, 7.30pm-12midnight. $$ Hideout Coffee 4 Jalan KL 3/7, Taman Kota Laksamana, Seksyen 3 (012 367 5318/Facebook: Hideout-Coffee). Simple dinners and decorated desserts are the reasons why locals love this homely café. They even have games


served with warm milk and cubes of frozen espresso. Child-friendly. Daily, 4pm-1am. $$

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Geographer Café 83 Jalan Hang Jebat (06 281 6813/ www.geographer.com.my). Geographer Café is itself a historical artefact. A traditional Malaccan shophouse preserved over the years, it’s now a watering hole for backpackers. The laidback atmosphere and chill playlist make it a good hangout spot. Try the tom yam soup or curry laksa, but the menu generally leans towards Western favourites. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 10am-1am; Sat-Sun, 9am1am. $$$

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International Discovery Café 3 Jalan Bunga Raya (06 292 5606/ www.discovery-malacca.com). The eclectic and eccentric Discovery Café spans three floors and is decorated with a mishmash of antiques. With its central location and reasonable prices, it’s popular with backpackers but it’s also simply a great spot to kick back with a beer. There are dart boards, pool tables and cable TV as well. Pork-free. Daily, 9am-12midnight. $$

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Chinese Hoe Kee 4, 6, & 8 Jalan Hang Jebat (06 283 4751/012 623 8431). Massively popular Hoe Kee is where it’s at, if you’re looking for chicken rice balls (chicken rice moulded into ping pong sized balls, the state’s unofficial signature dish). Endure the long wait (bring an umbrella!) and you’ll be ushered into the spacious interior, designed like a traditional Chinese house. Service is brisk and the chicken rice balls are some of the best you’ll find in Malacca. Child-friendly. Mon-Fri, 9.30am5.30pm; Sat-Sun, 9.30am-7pm. $

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Kopitiam Donald and Lily’s Corner Ground floor, 16 Jalan KSB, Taman Kota Shahbandar (fb.com/ donaldandlily). With a new location and a glowing yellow signboard advertising the shop, the new outlet is easy to find. Gone are the wooden planks of old, this new place is airier and the food quality remains the same. Try the cendol and taukua rojak. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, 9am-4pm. $

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The Baboon House 89 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (06 283 1635). Kaya Kaya Café If you’re looking for gourmet burgers 32 Jalan Tukang Besi,(018 984 and ice cold beers, The Baboon House 5351/fb.com/kayakayacafelol). is for you. This pet-friendly café Dutch brick walls with sits in a carefully refurbished a two-storey mural shophouse, with lush depicting the story of greenery and unique Kaya Kaya, as well as décor everywhere. the history of Malacca, Travellers bent on in one swipe of a authenticity will y isn’t h p ra g paint brush will leave frown upon having Photo d in this you impressed with burgers in a Unesco allowe rant the artsy, all-over-theu heritage site but the rave resta place décor. Serving reviews convinced us that mainly pasta with an it’s worth a try. A feast for all-day breakfast menu, the the eyes as well as the stomach, food presentation is as good as the The Baboon House is festooned with food. If you’re an Elvis fan, you’ll be art, tropical flowers and antiques, and delighted to find a Malaccan take houses a refreshingly lush and leafy on his favourite sandwich – the inner courtyard. Malaccan Elvis where bananas, bacon Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. and peanut butter are sandwiched in Mon & Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm. $$ between two fluffy pancakes drizzled in chocolate sauce. The Daily Fix Child-friendly. Daily, 8am-6pm. $$ 55 Jalan Hang Jebat (06 283 4858/ fb.com/thedailyfixcafe). Locahouz Forget Jonker88 and make your way 8 Jalan Bukit Cina (019 679 3993/ into KK Souvenirs, where you’ll be Facebook: Locahouz). able to zone in on The Daily Fix Put this on your café-hopping list if through the delicious smell of coffee you’re planning to make a trip down wafting out. Skip the oft-hyped south to this historical town. There Western breakfast and order the is an array of whimsical paintings Local Pandan pancakes instead. The that deck the walls, giving it a pretty fluffy pancakes come in a natural quirky vibe. Try the pork belly shade of green, thanks to the juice sandwich served on ciabatta. You can extracted from the pandan leaves, also find a nice selection of cakes and and are complemented with coconut desserts if the porky offerings are a and gula Melaka. Decked out in bit overwhelming. Nyonya antiques and vintage décor, Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 11am-7pm. sewing machines and beaten wooden $$$ cupboards, this colonial shoplot evokes a sense of nostalgia and is one Paddles and Beans of the prettiest coffee joints around. 2 Jalan KSB 1, Taman Kota Mon-Fri, 10am-11pm; Sat-Sun, Syahbandar (06 288 0368/fb.com/ 8.30am-11pm. $$ paddlesandbeans). If the thought of a Nutella hazelnut Cheap eats cheesecake tickles your fancy, then this is the coffee joint for you. Besides Hawker Clock Tower Cendol having a reputation of serving great In front of the clock tower, Dutch coffee, Paddles and Beans also Square, City Centre. has lunch sets ranging from the Some time ago, this popular dessert traditional-styled Nyonya laksa to the was sold out of a stall that looked like artisanal club sandwiches. a mangosteen. This is no longer the Mon & Wed-Sun, 12nooncase. The kitsch factor may be gone 12midnight. $$ but the crowds remain – no wonder, as the stall makes for the perfect Thats Coffee stopover if you’re on a walking tour 57-1 Jalan KL 3/8 Taman Kota around Malacca on a blazing hot day. Laksamana, opposite Bei Zhan (fb. Cendol aficionados argue that there’s com/thatscoffee). better cendol to be found elsewhere, Maintaining elements of Malaysian but you can’t deny this place’s legacy. culture and tradition, this spacious Halal. Daily, 10am-6pm. $ coffee joint located on the first floor has a clean and homey vibe. The Jonker Street owner’s love for travel paints the walls, while his coffee focuses on taste Jalan Hang Jebat. Jonker Street is a long, crowded rather than art. Be sure to try ‘Coffee thoroughfare showcasing the street Cubee’, a Thats Coffee signature

food of Malacca. You’ll find stall after stall selling every imaginable gastronomic delight; if it’s edible, they’ll have it. Candied fruits, fried radish cakes and steaming dim sum are all very good, but a must-have is the sinful, syrupy cendol, a mountain of ice slathered with gula Melaka and coconut milk.

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that diners can play, be it cards or their Ice Cream Tower. It definitely keeps the fun factor alive especially if you can indulge in comfort food like chicken chop and braised pork rice. Mon-Sat, 7am-4pm. $$$


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The Mansion The Majestic Malacca, 188 Jalan Bunga Raya (06 289 8000/www. majesticmalacca.com). A refurbished historical 1920s building that exudes nostalgic charm houses the luxurious The Majestic Malacca hotel. Its elegant restaurant, The Mansion, presents an eclectic menu that takes in the dramatic sweep of Malacca’s history to include Portuguese, Dutch, English and Indian dishes around a solid core of nourishing Baba-Nyonya cuisine. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 7-10.30am; 7-11pm. $$$ The River Grill Casa del Rio, 88 Jalan Kota Laksamana (06 289 6888/www. casadelrio-melaka.com). Situated in the Casa del Rio hotel, which commands one of the best views overlooking Malacca River, The River Grill is one of the newest additions to the riverside dining scene. With seats accommodating up to 150 people, either in the ornate indoor dining area or on the terrace, The River Grill offers a continental breakfast buffet in the morning and lunch sets. Diners can also opt for the bar and café menu or for the grilled dishes. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6.30-10.30am, 6.30-10.30pm. $$$ Restoran Klasik Terapung – Tom Yam Klasik Garden Restaurant Lot 48 Jalan Sungai Putat (06 232 6745/klasikterapung.blogspot.com). The Tom Yam Klasik Garden offers Malay, Chinese, Thai and Western dishes. The open-air concept does wonders for the appetite. Don’t forget to test your spice tolerance against the mighty Thai tom yam and soothe it with some fresh fruit juices. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-11.30pm. $$ Malaysian Nyonya Bibik Neo 4 & 6 Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya (06 281 7054/fb.com/ bibikneomelaka). As one would expect, this classic Peranakan-influenced restaurant offers traditional Baba Nyonya dishes. Experience the Nyonya version of otak-otak and cencaluk omelette, then indulge in an authentic Nyonya cendol as a thirst quencher. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am3pm, 6-10pm. $ NEW Kocik Kitchen 100 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (016 929 6605/fb.com/kocikkitchen). Located a few blocks down from the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum,

you’ll find Kocik Kitchen, one of the few authentic Nyonya restaurants in the overly commercialised hub of Jonker Street. Try their signature Nyonya laksa and cendol, one of the best in our opinion. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. MonTue & Thu-Sun, 11am-9pm. $ Nancy’s Kitchen 7 Jalan Hang Lekir (06 283 6099/ www.eatatnancyskit.com). Nyonya food doesn’t get any more authentic than this. You’ll be able to chow down on truly tantalising dishes in the cramped but cosy foyer of a traditional shophouse run by Nancy, a Malaccan Nyonya through and through. Standouts include the chicken with candlenut curry, the popiah, pai tee and the wide array of kuih. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun,11am-5pm; Fri-Sat & Public Holidays, 11am-9pm. $ Nyonya Makko 123 Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya (06 284 0737/Facebook: Makko-Nyonya-Restaurant). In our humble opinion it’s almost criminal to leave Malacca without dining at Makko. It’s been around for a long time and is considerably authentic, since it’s run by a fourth generation Malaccan Nyonya. You can’t go wrong with staples like chicken pong teh, assam fish and cendol. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11.30am2.30pm; 6-9pm. $$

place right next to the sea to dine, but be prepared to wait. Daily, 4pm-1am. $$ Southeast Asian Thai Tuk Tuk Kitchen & Bar 88 Lorong Hang Jebat (06 282 1685/ mytuktuk.my). Authentic Thai flavours in a relaxed environment. Tuk Tuk boasts a selection of Thai favourites including papaya salad, tom yam soup and grilled fish. Wash it down with pints of Guinness, Kilkenny or Tiger, all on tap. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 11am-11pm. $$ Vegan/Vegetarian Veggie Planet 41 & 43 Jalan Melaka Raya 8, Taman Melaka Raya (06 292 2819/ www.veggieplanet.my). Run by the same people as Geographer Café, this small and slightly out-of-theway restaurant has been amassing rave reviews for its fresh and healthy menu. Most dishes are Asian-style vegetarian, but there isn’t a morsel of ghastly mock meat in sight. Instead the focus is on fresh ingredients, simply prepared and free of MSG, preservatives and artificial colours and flavours. Try the veggie rolls with fresh julienned vegetables and chunks of chilli, all wrapped in soft rice paper. This refreshing dish is paired with a tomato, lemon juice and sesame seed dipping sauce. Daily, 9am-10pm. $$

Seafood Negeri Sembilan Roadside Cockle Stall 126 off Jalan Bunga Raya. Cafés Eating here requires a certain amount NEW The Coffeeholic of courage due to the zooming 250 Jalan S2 B12, Seremban motorcycles and seemingly less(012 272 6011/fb.com/ than-hygienic environment. thecoffeeholiccompany). Nonetheless, the clams, The coffee scene in cockles and sea snails Seremban has been are boiled up and growing steadily served with a over the years, and e mouth-watering n la e tiny ya the café you should th combination of r fo k a look out for is The aR Loo chilli sauce, sweet n Bung Coffeeholic. They off Jala side Madam sauce, lime juice e serve up what they do and crushed and b department the best; coffee. There peanuts. This special King’s tore is also wide selection of s sauce is the main tea, healthy sandwiches reason for the endless and delectable pastries to stream of customers. Take accompany your coffee. seat on the tiny wooden stools, Pork-free. Credits cards accepted. keep out of the motorcyclists’ way, Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri & Sun, 9amand enjoy the experience. 6.30pm; Sat, 9am-11pm. $$ Daily, 7.30pm onwards. $

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Malaysian Malay Aunty Aini’s Garden Café Batu 16, Jalan Sepang, Kampung Chelet, Nilai (06 799 1276).

Southeast Asian Thai Restoran Q-Thai First floor, 9 Avenue, Taman Korporat, Putra Nilai, Nilai (06 799 9569/www.qthaisteamboat.com/). There aren’t very many restaurants offering Thai steamboat buffet, especially in Nilai. But here at Q-Thai, you’ll be dazzled by over 100 varieties of food that guarantee a spicy gastronomic experience. Get a real taste of Thailand by sampling their tom yam, green curry, som tam and Songkhla prawns. Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-1am. $

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Indian Nasi Kandar Lawood Jalan BBN 6/1G, Desa Cempaka, Bandar Baru Nilai (06 850 2511). The lunch crowd at the dingy-looking Nasi Kandar Lawood is nothing short of intimidating, but you’ll soon see the point after braving the heat and the queues. The ladies of the family chop the fried chicken in a no-nonsense style; you’ll just have to tell them your choice of chicken breast or drumsticks and ‘separuh’ or ‘penuh’ (meaning ‘half’ or ‘full’ respectively) for rice, depending on how hungry you are. The crispy and juicy fried chicken provides a perfect balance to the gravy-flooded rice. This really is some of the best nasi kandar outside of Penang. Daily, 10am-2pm. $$

Seafood Lucky Seafood Restaurant 4366 Taman Aman, Jalan Besar, Lukut, Port Dickson (06 651 2392). It may be a restaurant specialising in seafood but the main attraction here is something called a curry chicken king bun, which is curried chicken stuffed into a bun and then baked. The curried chicken is fragrant and delicious with a spicy kick, and the soft bun is perfect for soaking up the gravy. This dish is the perfect sharing size, so bring friends or the whole family. Daily, 11.30am-10pm. $$

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Yit Hin Hainan Chicken Rice Jalan Pasar, Kampung Bahasa Kapor, Port Dickson. This small stall may look like nothing special but the Hainanese chicken rice it serves is extraordinary. It may have something to do with the cook’s use of ayam kampung (free-range chicken), or it could be the sour, salty, spicysweet sauce that accompanies the chicken. Whatever it is, the chicken rice here is very popular and runs out pretty early in the day. Get here fast if you want a taste. Mon & Wed-Sun, 10.30am-4.30pm. $

Away from the city glare in a serene village, this quaint little café offers more than just food. The noisiest thing you’ll hear as you sup at this restaurant is the chirp of crickets accompanied by the gurgling water features. Gorgeous atmosphere aside, the dishes served here are simple and uncomplicated. Absolutely traditional daging salai in gulai lemak cili padi, sup ekor and ikan jenahak assam pedas are favourites with the regulars. Halal. Child-friendly. Tue-Sat, 11.30am-2pm; 5.30-10.30pm. $

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Restoran Yi Poh Ground floor, 26A Jalan Seng Meng Lee, Seremban (06 7632 791). This loh shi fun heritage goes back to 1948 when this business started as a push cart, serving homemade silver needle noodles that are long and chewy, unlike the typical rat-tailshaped noodles commonly associated with the name ‘loh shi fun’. Adding on

to the menu is Hakka mee, a must-try if you’re in this part of town. Daily, 7.30am-5.30pm. Closed alternate Mondays. $

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Chinese Restoran Loon Sing PT2484, Kawasan Perindustrian Nilai 2, Block D, Nilai (06 799 7787/ loonsing.com.my). This award-winning Chinese restaurant is set to impress its patrons with a lavish Chinese fine dining experience. Food here is as traditional as it comes and signature dishes include a mini Buddha Jumps Over The Wall and Yoshihama abalone. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10.30-3pm; 5-10pm. $$$$

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Maideen Cendol Outside Pasar Besar Seremban, Jalan Pasar, Seremban. This humble little stall under the tree has one of the cheapest cendol in town. Simple ingredients make up the bowl: palm sugar, coconut milk, shaved ice and the characteristic green worm-like jelly made out of rice flour. You can also add creamed red bean for an additional charge of ten cents (you can’t find prices like this elsewhere these days). Halal. $

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Haji Shariff Cendol 44 Jalan Yam Tuan, Seremban. With more than 70 years in the business, Haji Shariff and its iconic green building is one of the best places in Seremban to have a bowl of refreshingly sweet cendol. Here, your choices are not limited as there are several types of cendol and ABC, including the yummy cendol pulut. What’s more, the menu also includes a tasty rojak. The cendol here comes served in metal bowls to ensure that it remains cold. Trust us, it tastes better this way. Halal. $

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down to the humble Stall 742. This place has been around for close to 60 years and has protected its very own recipe of beef noodles. The noodles are handmade and have a chewy, elastic feel that complements the gluey beef gravy. You’ll also be treated to tender chunks of beef, and generous sprinklings of preserved cabbage strips and peanuts. The soup is packed with flavor yet doesn’t reek of the nauseating beefy smell; you can definitely tell that it’s been boiled with the beef for hours thanks to the piquant flavour. Mon & Wed-Sun, 7am-1pm. $


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NEW Big Red Strawberry Farm Café Jalan Sungai Buron (next to Cactus Valley), Brinchang, Cameron Highlands (05 491 3327/www. bigredstrawberryfarm.com). If you’re visiting with the kids, this is a good place to head to. Spend some time going through the farm, pick a punnet of strawberries, then head to the café to taste their selection of strawberry flavoured drinks and desserts. There are salads too if you want something healthy. Child-friendly. Daily 9am-6pm. $

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Boh Tea Café Cafés Sungei Palas Garden, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands (05 496 NEW Barracks Café 2096/www.boh.com.my). 1 Jalan Gereja, Tanah The Boh tea plantations Rata, Cameron are one of the most Highlands (011 visited destinations 1464 8883/fb.com/ in the Cameron thebarrackscafe). ed in d n u fo Highlands. This unique café s Boh wa y JA Russell After driving up housed in a Nissen b 9 t 2 s 19 the windy roads hut used during large e th is surrounded by in WWII by British and ntation undulating hills of troops serves salads, tea pla ysia la tea and doing the tour, a pasta and mains like M head to the Boh Tea butter chicken, lamb Centre – a contemporary chops and chicken curry. glass, steel and wood structure, There are good vegetarian which also houses the café and the choices, and their must-try bread souvenir shop. Scones and strawberry bowls with a choice of curry or jam is the obvious choice, but there soup are just the ticket for the lower is also a selection of cakes and tarts, temperatures of the highlands. Take accompanied by a great selection afternoon tea in their lovely outdoor of teas. dining area. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards Halal. Child-friendly. Tue-Fri, accepted. Tue-Sun, 9am-4.30pm. $ 2-10pm; Sat-Sun, 12noon-10pm. $$

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The Smokehouse Hotel and Restaurant By the golf course, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (05 491 1215/ www.thesmokehouse.com.my) Beef Wellington, traditional roasts and Yorkshire pudding are what you come for at this restaurant in the highlands. Proudly embracing its colonial past, their afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, scones, homemade strawberry jam and local tea can be taken in the garden or the conservatory, and you really can’t get any more English than that! The bar and lounge has an open fireplace and is very welcoming on a chilly evening. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 8-10am, 12noon-2pm, 6.30-10pm; (Tea) 11am-6pm. $$

Ye Olde Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant Jalan Jeriau, Fraser’s Hill (09 362 2226/www.thesmokehouse.my). Fraser’s Hill was a popular hill station back in the day and today it still retains the an old world charm serving afternoon tea and hearty meals reminiscent of its colonial past – Mulligatawny soup, roast dinners, pies and beef Wellington. There’s even Highland Rarebit and Angels on Horseback if you’re feeling particularly nostalgic. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 8am-10pm. $$$

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British The Dining Room Cameron Highlands Resort, 72 Jalan Pekeliling Tun Abdul Razak, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (05 491 1100/www.cameronhighlandsresort. com). The Dining Room is made up of big bay windows overlooking the golf course and a menu comprising traditional English cuisine and local fare. Head here for a swanky breakfast or dinner in style (there’s a dress code in the evening). Locally grown vegetables and fruits are used in the cooking, and they also sell their own range of preserves. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 7am-10.30am; 7-11pm. $$$$

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The Dessert Shop A225, Jalan Air Putih, Kuantan (09 560 5636/fb.com/thedessertshops). This café started out mainly serving Chinese desserts but has since expanded their menu and now offers herbal soups, nasi kerabu, prawn mee, chicken chop and noodle dishes. The dessert and snack menu is still the main draw with flavoured shaved ice, local kuih and keropok lekor. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11.30am-11.30pm. $ Jasmine Café House 45 Jalan Besar, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (05 491 1703). This eatery stands out among the cafés in Tanah Rata due to its Dutch colours and menu items. The owner apparently lived in Holland for a long time before returning to Malaysia to set up shop. The specialty here is the grilled smoked duck which diners keep returning for, and the fresh strawberry shake. There are local dishes too but the Western fare is better. Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon-10pm. $$$

NEW Jess Café A15 Jalan Seri Kuantan 80, Star City 11 (017 946 3133). This café is known for its Asianinspired menu of bento boxes, curry noodles, yong tau foo and delicate local pastries and snacks. If you fancy something sweet try their shaved ice desserts, tarts and kuih. Wash it all down with a good cup of coffee. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, 10am-11pm. $ The Lord’s Café First floor, 4 Jalan Besar, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (019 572 2883). Specialising in teatime treats, this cosy café is renowned for its light and flaky scones served with homemade strawberry jam, butter and cream. There’s a good spread of pastries, cakes and pies and this is the ideal spot for breakfast and afternoon tea. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm. $ NEW Ombok Jalan Kemaman, Kampung Cherating (09 581 9275/fb.com/ombokcherating). During the monsoon season between November and April, Cherating becomes a bit of a surfing hotspot and Ombok is all about the waves. Get surf information, check out the surf merchandise, book lessons or just hang out at the café where there’s a good breakfast menu – croissants, French toast, muffins, nasi lemak and full ‘English’ breakfasts – and most importantly excellent coffee. All day dining sees hearty sandwiches, pizza and nasi goreng being popular options. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, 9.30am9.30pm. $ Kaya toast, half-boiled eggs and coffee

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Sunday Bar Breeze Samsuria Beach Resort & Residence, Jalan Sungai Ular Damai 1, Kampung Sungai Karang, Kuantan (012 887 9510/www.sundaybars. com). A short drive away from Kuantan port and slightly off the beaten track is this French-run beachside café offering a selection of pizza, hotdogs, croque monsieur (grilled ham and cheese sandwich) and freshly baked croissants. On Fridays there’s a lunch special of home-cooked roast chicken or beef stew. Tables are on a wooden deck facing the sea where you can enjoy fantastic views on a fine day. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Mon-Thu, 12noon-10pm; Fri-Sun, 12noon11pm. $$ Cheap eats Kopitiam Cendol Air Putih B260E, Jalan Berserah, Air Putih, Kuantan (012 950 8626). The normal cendol is a mix of coconut milk, red beans, mung bean noodles and gula Melaka. The version here has the addition of glutinous rice to give this popular dessert a more robust texture. What started out as a roadside stall now has proper digs and also serves pulut udang (glutinous rice with shrimp wrapped in banana leaves and grilled) and nasi lemak. Halal. Child-friendly.Tue-Sun, 12noon5.30pm. $ Hai Peng Kopitiam Jalan Haji Abdul Aziz, Kuantan This is one of the more renowned coffee shops on the East Coast that has another outlet in Kemaman, Terengganu. Breakfast and coffee is what you come here for. It’s reminiscent of an old-school kopitiam where kaya toast, half-boiled eggs, nasi lemak and great local coffee reign supreme. Breakfast gets busy so head there early. Child-friendly. Daily, 7am-5pm. $ Hoi Yin Curry Mee 31 Jalan Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan (09 567 3871). Curry mee is one of the most popular breakfast dishes and Hoi Yin has been serving their steaming bowls of chicken, tofu puffs and fish balls with noodles to a steady queue of customers every morning. It can get very crowded and they usually close after the lunch rush hour, so get there early. Halal. Daily, 7am-2.30pm. Closed on alternate Mondays. $

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Don’t Tell Mama Eco Bar BT 28, Kampung Cherating Lama, Jalan Kuantan-Kemaman, Cherating Lama, Kuantan (019 996 1723). Barefoot dining at its best – great views and a menu comprising beach dining favourites like milkshakes, cold juices, burgers, pasta, steaks and chicken wings. Families can eat here while kids play on the beach, and at night the beach shack party vibe is strong. It’s a great place to watch the sun set and have a cold beer. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon-11pm. $

Kemaman Kopitiam 40-1 Lorong Tun Ismail 12, Sri Dagangan 2, Kuantan (09 513 3698). This very popular local coffeeshop

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Sri Brinchang Restaurant 25 Main Road, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (05 491 5982); Lot 11 MDHC Bandar Baru Brinchang, Cameron Highlands (09 491 5982). Located on the main thoroughfare of town, this is where to have spicy south Indian food at affordable prices. Sri Brinchang is known for its tandoori chicken, naan and surprisingly, claypot chicken rice, which is very popular with the locals.

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Indian NEW Singh Chapatti Urban Restaurant Lorong Perdah, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (017 578 6454/ fb.com/SINGHCHAPATI). This simple family-run restaurant offers fantastic northern Indian cuisine at a very reasonable price. Chapattis are made with wholemeal flour and there’s a good selection of vegetarian options too. Recommended dishes include chicken biryani, palak paneer, and their lunch and dinner thali sets. The parathas come in several flavours like cheese, coriander chicken and onion. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, 9am10pm. $

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Italian La Casa A-1820 Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan (09 568 9921/fb.com/lacasa.kuantan). Kuantan isn’t known for its international cuisine but it’s slowly getting there. Located slightly out of town, La Casa is a European restaurant with strong Italian undertones. You can expect to dine on good pizzas and pastas, as well as specialties like Canadian lobster and Zwiebelrostbraten – an Austrian dish of steak, mashed potatoes and sautéed onions. A nice treat if you’re in the area. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 6pm-12midnight. $$$

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European French L’Assiette KM48, Persimpangan Bertingkat, Lebuhraya Karak, Bukit Tinggi (09 221 3888/www.thechateau.com.my). L’Assiette offers French fine dining up in the hills of Bukit Tinggi and is one of the restaurants of The Chateau, a spa and organic wellness resort. Choose from three degustation menus and a selection of classic French dishes including terrine of foie gras, Atlantic cod with lobster ravioli and flame-grilled veal with wild mushrooms. There’s also a wellcurated collection of French wines to go with your meal. Dress code: smart casual. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6.3011pm. $$$$$

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www.cameronorganic.com.my). costs more than the average but that Besides afternoon tea, the most doesn’t deter diners from returning popular meal to have in for the nasi dagang, nasi the Cameron Highlands lemak, kaya toast and is steamboat and this buns and half-boiled restaurant serves it eggs; all washed down fresh organic with their strong l with ia c e p from its local brew. The long man S gdut produce a m e own farm. Choose a opening hours make K n a he T D a soup base and add in Kemaman a good or te a try coffee vegetables and meat; place for an early is worth ing re e h th there’s a vegetarian breakfast or a late e for som nt option too. This is night snack. differe communal eating so get Daily, 8am-1am. $$ a group going and indulge in the perfect meal for a cool Kow Po Coffee Shop evening. 2 Bentong Heights, Bentong (09 222 Child-friendly. Daily 12noon-10pm. $$ 1258). This simple coffee shop located near NEW Gonbei Berjaya Hills may not look like much, Cameron Highlands Resort, by the but they’re known for their old-school Golf Course, Tanah Rata, Cameron homemade ice cream; the durian and Highlands (05 491 1100/www. peanut flavours deserve mention. If you’re an ais kacang fan, this is where cameronhighlandsresort.com). This is used to be a Japanese to indulge while in Bentong. restaurant (explains the name) but has Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, 10.30am-7.30pm. Closed on Mondays since been reinvented as a steamboat specialist. Choose from a variety except public holidays. $ of soup bases and platters of meat, seafood and fresh vegetables, and NEW Muar-e Kopitiam start cooking. The difference between A643 Jalan Beserah, Kuantan dining here and one of the many (09 567 9324/fb.com/ steamboat places in the highlands muarekopitiamsdnbhd). is the pleasant ambience and Regulars swear by the coffee attentive service. here – which is of the Pork-free. Child-friendly. brawny local variety – Credit cards accepted. that goes well with Daily, 7-10pm. $$$ the kaya or peanut butter toast or Highland steamed bread. Local dishes e Steamboat ic ju d e Restaurant ss including nasi cold-pre uno 26 Jalan Besar dagang, Try the ons like Imm s Brinchang, ti u c nasi kunyit, conco e and Glorio Brinchang, Cameron chicken rice and Orang en here Highlands (017 553 kuih all deserve Gre 0881/05 491 1309). a mention; and the When in the highlands, addition of healthy steamboat is the best cold-pressed juice makes a comfort food and is even nice change to the usual overlybetter when the vegetables are so sweet drinks. The Glorious Green fresh. There are many steamboat (spinach, apple, pineapple) is great restaurants here, but Highland uses for a detox. charcoal to cook the broth (herbal, Pork-free. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, tom yam and clear), which gives it a 7am-5.30pm $ distinctive flavour. It’s also very well priced considering there’s a free flow Yuen Kee Coffee Shop of vegetables. 57 Jalan Chui Yin, Bentong. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Also in the vicinity of Berjaya Hills, $$ this coffee shop has a collection of stalls offering the usual hawker fare Imperial Rama like yong tau foo and chee cheong Second floor, Highlands Hotel, fun. But, it’s the wan tan mee stall Genting Highlands (03 6101 1118/ that’s really famous with its springy noodles tossed in dark soy sauce or in www.rwgenting.com). This eatery is very popular and a tasty soup. This is a cheap eat you reservations are recommended. won’t want to miss. Imperial Rama serves up traditional Breakfast and brunch. Closed on Chinese dishes with Thai influences. Wednesdays. $ The king prawn tom yam and durian tempura are very popular. Attentive Chinese service and friendly staff help to Cameron Organic Produce elevate the dining experience here. 10 Bandar Baru, Brinchang, Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Cameron Highlands (05 491 4807/ Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6-10pm. $$$


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International NEW Bayleaf Steak House B25 Lorong Seri Kuantan 55, Kuantan (09 566 9812). Bayleaf has been around a fair while and serves the kind of food we can all relate to and enjoy eating. Nothing gourmet, just tasty favourites like oxtail soup, prawn cocktail (culinary icon of the ’60s), steaks, fish and chips, lamb chops and the occasional local dish like fried rice. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3.30pm; 6.3010.30pm. $$ Cherating Steak House A679 Jalan Berserah, Kuantan (09 568 8968). The first thing you’ll notice here is the décor, which is a quirky mix of vintage Chinese posters, surf memorabilia and rock collectibles. The menu meanders between Asian influences and Western favourites with steaks and chops being the go-to dishes. There’s also pizza and that great Malaysian favourite, chicken chop. If you’re here on the weekend, check out the live entertainment as well. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon-3pm; 6pm1am. $$$ Crocodile Rock Pizza & Grill Restaurant 4360 Lorong Dato Mahmud 1, off Jalan Telok Sisek, Kuantan (09 567

5707). This establishment has built up a good reputation for comfort food like salads, pizzas, pasta, steaks, grilled salmon and burgers. The prices might be a bit steep for Kuantan, but they’re very reasonable compared to KL. This family-friendly restaurant is a good option if you’re craving Western food. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 5-10pm. $$ Sherwood Steak House A19, Jalan Teluk Sisek, Kuantan (09 566 3968); A-679 Jalan Beserah, Kuantan (09 568 8968). This Kuantan steakhouse offers yet another option for Western dining in a relatively small town. It doesn’t look too inviting from the outside and the plastic lobster seems a bit odd, but the locals rate this as one of the best places for steaks, chops, pizza and pasta. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon3pm; 6pm-1am. $$$ Japanese & Korean Japanese Hana Mizuki Japanese Restaurant B26, Ground floor, Jalan Tun Ismail 1, Kuantan (09 517 8817). If you have a hankering for Japanese in Kuantan, this is a good option and although slightly pricey, the quality and service makes it worth it. They offer a good selection of sushi, fresh sashimi and tempura. The fresh oysters are particularly popular. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10.30am-3pm; 5.30-10.30pm. $$

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Vegetarian dishes are also available. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, 7am10pm. $

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NEW Kawa Japanese Restaurant B-402 Jalan Beserah, Kuantan (09 560 0032/Facebook: Kawa-JapaneseRestaurant). This is the go-to Japanese restaurant for good sashimi especially the fresh uni (sea urchin roe). The menu offers a wide range of typical items like grilled seafood (the mackerel is recommended) and tonkatsu items. It can get pretty crowded so calling ahead is advised. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 6-11pm. $$ Ryo Zan Tei Japanese Village, Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills, KM 48 Persimpangan Bertingkat, Lebuhraya Karak, Bukit Tinggi (09 221 3666/017 617 9360/ www.colmartropicale.com.my). Most diners end up here after exploring the lovely Japanese garden, which is part of Colmar Tropicale’s Japanese Village. The restaurant offers simple bento, tempura, teriyaki and saba (mackerel) shioyaki sets, which is just the ticket after a walk around. Prices are higher than in town due to its location. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri & Sun, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-7pm. $$$ Malaysian Fusion Restaurant Lila Wadi A236, Jalan Besar, Kuantan (012 664 4054/fb.com/lilawadirestaurant). This is one of the most popular restaurants in Kuantan and their eclectic menu includes dishes like tom yam and burgers to pan barbecue


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and tofu dishes, and the coconut jelly is the best end to a meal here. Considerably pricier than the average Kuantan eatery, it’s also popular venue for banquets and events. Daily, 10.30am-2.30pm; 5.3010.30pm. $$$

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Southeast Asian Tamarind Terrace JapaMala Resort, Kampung Lanting, Pulau Tioman (09 419 7777/www. japamalaresorts.com). Tamarind Hill and Tamarind Springs in Kuala Lumpur is renowned for its unique surrounds and fusion cuisine, while Tamarind Terrace has the best view of them all overlooking the sea and is part of the gorgeous JapaMala resort. Malay, Thai and Indo-Chinese dishes are served here and if you want a nice Western breakfast, this is a good option as welll. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, breakfast, lunch and dinner. $$$

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NEW Warong Syahirah BBQ Seafood Lot 450 Kampung Tekek Pulau Tioman (013 767 6803). As the name suggests, it’s all about the barbecue here and its simple rustic setup only adds to the charm. This is a really local eatery but the seafood is fresh, the prices are easy on the wallet, and sometimes the best meal is the most unadulterated like grilled squid and prawns accompanied by a spicy sauce. Daily, 6-9pm. $

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Salang Sayang Restaurant Salang Sayang Resort, Kampung Salang, Pulau Tioman (09 419 5020). Come dinner time, fresh seafood and simple local dishes are on the menu. As part of a quaint beachfront resort, the restaurant is open to walk-ins. Their barbecues dinners are good value and offer guests a relaxed dining experience with lovely views of the sea. Daily, 9am-6pm; 7-11pm. $

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Pak Su Seafood Restaurant 4/1417, Batu 6, Kg Bahagia, Beserah, Kuantan (09 544 8025/ 019 987 8403/www.paksu-seafood. com.my). Pak Su is a bit of an institution having served up fresh seafood to regulars for decades. It’s also very well located near the beach with good views. Prices aren’t as friendly as they used to be (ask for the price before ordering) and it’s become one of Kuantan’s pricier seafood joints. But Pak Su is still worth a visit for specialties like stuffed crab shells, steamed fish, steamed prawns with Chinese wine, and all manner of shellfish. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am- 2.30pm; 5.30pm12midnight. $$

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sets and their famous exercise and let the cheesecakes in flavours children play. There’s like mango, durian, the added attraction strawberry and of stalls selling food Toblerone. Expect and drinks, of which to walk out smelling the curry puff e d a like barbecue, but stall with its tasty rink m d y tr ts , very satisfied. puffs does The mu grant pandan il acurry Don’t feel roaring trade. of fra ss and bas guilty indulging These are your ra lemong seeds in their signature typical Malaysian mango cheesecake. curry puffs; a plain, Child-friendly. Credit crisp pastry stuffed with cards accepted. Tue-Sun, a mild potato curry – the 5pm-12midnight. $$ perfect little snack. Tue-Sun, 3-7pm. $ Nyonya Ferm Nyonya Warung Paksu & Maksu 78A-D Persiaran Camelia 4, Tanah Jalan Tanjung Lumpur, Balok, Rata, Cameron Highlands (05 491 Kuantan. 5891/www.rfn.cameronhighlands. Traditional Malay food is why this com). simple warung is always crowded. Steamboat is the unofficial comfort Come for the satar, a local version food of the highlands and diners are of otak-otak – grilled fish wrapped spoilt for choice when it comes to the in banana leaves with coconut and selection of restaurants serving this. spices. Other authentic dishes include Although there are other places that nasi dagang and their take on a tom offer taster or cheaper versions, here yam soup made with young coconut. there’s also the option of NyonyaHalal. $ influenced dishes like assam curries and chicken rendang. Seafood Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 11amBabura Sea View Restaurant 11pm. $$ Babura Seaview Resort, Tekek Village, Pulau Tioman (09 419 1139/ Traditional Malay www.baburaseaview.com). Ana Ikan Bakar Petai This restaurant is part of a dive resort Pantai Selera, Jalan Tanjung located on Tekek Beach and offers Lumpur, Kuantan (019 987 8155/ freshly caught local seafood at a Facebook: Ana-Ikan-Bakar-Petai). There are several Malay-style seafood very affordable price. Recommended dishes include salted egg crab, tom restaurants along this area facing the yam seafood and black pepper squid. sea and Ana’s is undoubtedly one of Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards the most popular. Their specialty is accepted. Daily, 11am-3pm; 5-10pm. obviously the grilled fish (stingray is $$$ particularly popular) with petai but they do have other seafood dishes like Mail Ikan Bakar squid, bamboo clams and more. Perkampungan Tanjung Lumpur, Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 5.30pmJalan Tanjung Lumpur, Kuantan. 12midnight. $ When it comes to ikan bakar, locals will advise you to come here to NEW Go’Bang Maju indulge in the grilled fish in a rich, Jalan Triang, Temerloh spicy sambal. The restaurant itself (019 956 9696/fb.com/ is very simple, but this is the kind of PatinTempoyakGobangFoodcourt). place where it’s all about the food. Temerloh is the second largest town And although other seafood dishes in Pahang after Kuantan and has a are highly rated, it’s really all about very old-school feel to it. Due to its the ikan bakar here. location, freshwater fish dishes are Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 6pmaplenty, with the silver catfish being 12midnight. $ the most popular and a delicacy of the area. This local restaurant serves what is thought to be the best ikan Mexica Garden Seafood patin tempoyak (silver catfish in Restaurant a durian-base gravy) in town. It’s A1, Lorong Tun Ismail 11, Kuantan reasonably priced and as much as (09 515 9248/fb.com/Mexica-Gardencustomers have complained about the Seafood-Restaurant). diminishing amount of petai, it still Its slightly deceiving name belies tastes pretty good. the fact that this is a proper Chinese Halal. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 11amseafood restaurant serving a plethora 11pm. $ of dishes covering every kind of seafood. Owned by an award-winning chef, expect typical dishes like Taman Gelora Curry Puff steamed fish, grilled prawns and crab Taman Gelora, Kuantan. in a variety of sauces. There’s also Taman Gelora is a small park near a wide selection of meat, vegetable the sea where the locals hang out,


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Penang is renowned for its exciting culinary options – from street food stalls and cool cafés to home-grown Nyonya eateries and fine dining establishments. Its geographical location and fascinating mix of cultures have influenced the island’s culinary offerings, making it the unofficial foodie capital of Malaysia. For more information, visit timeoutpenang.com. 124 Time Out Malaysia Eating & Drinking 2017


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Dining out in Batu Ferringhi

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Ferringhi Garden is a classic case of not judging a book by its cover with its demure entrance leading to a sprawling interior where lush greenery and fountains

here is delicious. Prices are slightly higher than the surrounding eateries, but the quality and service you get more than make up for it. We can safely say that this is one of the better restaurants in Batu Ferringhi. 34-C Jalan Batu Ferringhi (04 881 1193/fb.com/ ferringhigarden). Daily, 8am12midnight.

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surround the dining area. This restaurant ticks all the right boxes – varied menu, impeccable service and perfect surrounds. The restaurant has two sections; the front is the dining area with both indoor and outdoor seating, while the back has a lounge and a sleek bar where they serve a good selection of wines. Although alfresco dining is usually preferred, the ambience indoors is just as captivating with potted plants scattered around and cosy wooden interiors. When night falls, oil lamps cast a pleasant glow over the area – perfect for date night. During the day, Ferringhi Garden serves hearty breakfasts and good coffee – a surprisingly rare commodity in Batu Feringghi. Whether it’s local comfort food like fried rice or Western favourites like Norwegian salmon and steak, everything

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Batu Ferringhi’s food scene may not be as vibrant or have the abundance of choice as George Town, but Nawaf Rahman aims to prove the naysayers wrong and goes on a foodie trek from one end of the strip to the other


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This little gem is just a stone’s throw away from the Hard Rock Hotel and its appearance belies the fantastic food it offers. Even though there’s nothing special about its décor and interiors, the restaurant is pretty spacious and takes up two shoplots. The service at Enca is friendly, and a highly

here; their chicken tikka, a tandoori and makhanwala att a set the benchmark of what delicious North Indian meal should be. Enca also serves Western and Italian dishes – think pizza, pasta and more. There’s even a dedicated corner for making pizza and bread from scratch. If you don’t know what to order or feel overwhelmed by the many

recommended dish is their butter prawns – the prawns are fresh and come swimming in a rich and creamy gravy; one of the best versions we’ve tasted. This dish is best enjoyed with flatbreads and we recommend their bestselling garlic and cheese naan, which goes brilliantly with the moreish gravy. However, it’s not just about the prawns

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Andrew’s Kampung Neatly tucked away in the corner on the second floor of the Eden Parade opposite Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort, Andrew’s Kampung serves up local favourites

like Marmite chicken, Nyonya assam curry fish, fried squid, sizzling prawns and their famed crispy duck. Stepping into the restaurant, you’ll be greeted by interesting decorations;

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think ‘chandeliers’ made up from recycled bottles, a photo wall and Chinese lanterns. Yet the restaurant is simple in setup – round tables covered by spotless white table cloths and plastic


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come here too for the variety. Long Beach benefits from cooler conditions due to its strategic location near the beach; and there’s always a pleasant breeze blowing through, making it an ideal respite for locals and tourists who have been under the sun all day. It’s also one of the tidier hawker centres around, and can boast of pretty clean bathrooms, which is always a major plus in our books. Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi. Daily, 6-11.30pm.

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If you’re on a tight budget, this covered hawker centre fits the bill perfectly. With Malay, Indian, Chinese and even Western cuisine, Long Beach is quintessentially all the types of Penang food under one roof. It also happens to be the biggest hawker centre in the Batu Ferringhi area. Long Beach offers more than 20 stalls and the food varies from ordinary to excellent; whether it’s unabashedly sinful char kuey teow or heavenly fried rice, you’ll find it here. Other palate-pleasers s to try are the mee udang dang and spicy chee e cheong fun, while hile the satay and Hainanese spring roll make for excellent appetisers – who can resist seasoned meat on a stick k and deep-fried rolls filled with minced meat and vegetables? While the majority ajority of the diners are tourists, rists, locals

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chairs (you can ask for a cushion if your chair isn’t cushi comfortable to sit on). We comfo recommend sitting next reco to the balcony for sprawling views of s Batu Ferringhi. You know a restaurant is good (regardless of appearance) when both locals and tourists say it’s one of the best s places to eat in Batu pl Ferringhi. There are times Ferr when a humble restaurant serves the right food at an serve even better price and you leave satisfied and happy – the best kind of meal ever! Second floor, Eden Parade, Jalan Sungai Emas Batu Ferringhi (04 881 1688). Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon9.30pm.

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options, just ask the servers; they’ll be more than happy to recommend crowd favourites from their delectable menu. Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (016 440 4020/ Facebook: Enca Café & Restaurant). Daily, 10.30am12midnight.


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The Americas American New York Burger & New York Pizza 723Z-G, Vanda Business Park, Yellow House, Jalan Sungai Dua, Gelugor (04 655 2626); 16 Jalan Irrawaddi, George Town (04 227 2626); 5 Union Street, George Town (04 264 2626/ fb.com/mynewyorkburger). Fast-food lovers with a hankering for burgers and pizza can ease their cravings at sibling outlets New York Burger and New York Pizza. The burgers come with juicy beef and chicken patties sandwiched between charcoal buns; while the classic handtossed pizzas with thick mozzarella cheese and chunks of meat are bound to please everyone. If you’re still hungry, there’s also pasta and chicken wings. The place may not look like much, but if it’s just good burgers and pizza you’re after, this is the spot to be. Cafés 55 Café & Restaurant @ Coffee Atelier 47-55 Lorong Stewart, George Town (04 261 2261). Snuggled in Coffee Atelier, 55 Café & Restaurant is a new eatery, replacing the preceding Kopi Cine. While it offers quite a range of Mediterraneaninspired cuisine for breakfast and lunch such as various tapas, pastas and cakes, 55 Café’s siren song is its coffee. Other selling points include its quaint, whimsical interior, which exudes warmth and homeliness. Take note though that 55 Café opens early and closes early. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 8am-9pm. $$ Armenian House Café 35 Lebuh Armenian, George Town (04 262 8309/fb.com/ ArmenianHouse). This café is part of the Armenian House accommodation. It offers homemade cakes, simple comfort food such as pasta along with freshly brewed coffee, juices and beers. Housed in an old shophouse on a popular heritage street in the heart of George Town, the café has a charming ambience and friendly service. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am6pm. $ Bistro Tang 82-A Lebuh Penang, George Town (04 250 8383/www.renitang.com). We suspect that this airy, spacious and bright café right in the heart of Little India will be a favourite spot for many to sit and watch the colourful goings-on in town. The café’s menu offers mainly Western fare, coffees and charming glass bottles of CocaCola from Thailand. The only local main dish is the Tang Laksa, which in our books is a total crowd pleaser.

Also don’t miss the homemade crème brûlée and Tang’s ice-blended drink, Kalamansi Freeze. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11.30am11pm. $ NEW Black Kettle 105 Lebuh Pantai, George Town (04 251 9270/www.blackkettle.com.my). Tucked away on Beach Street, Black Kettle prides itself with authentic patisseries and award-winning imported coffee from Melbourne. Coffee and patisseries aside, the mouthwatering menu selection and the contemporary décor make it one of the impressive up-and-coming cafés in town. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 8.30am-12midnight. Bricklin Bar Hin Bus Depot, 31A Jalan Gurdwara, George Town (04 226 6813/fb.com/ BricklinCafeBar). These are the guys that brought Feeka to KL and we’re glad that they’ve maintained the deliciousness of their food and their cool interior designs. They’re located just beside the Hin Bus Depot – which is home to an art centre and a weekend pop-up market – and serve up excellent coffee and delectable desserts. Mon-Thu, 10am-10.30pm; Fri-Sun, 10am-11.30pm. $$ Brown Pocket 6.11, Gurney Paragon Mall, Persiaran Gurney (04 218 9668/ www.brownpocket.com). This relatively hip café has a cool Australian vibe to it. Filled with contemporary charm, Brown Pocket places a large emphasis on its desserts, which range from waffles to crêpes. The health-conscious will also be happy to find fruit toppings like banana and mixed berries sitting gently on a bed of delightful Liège waffles, all freshly made from the kitchen. Daily, 10am-11pm. $$

dcovalogan) From the outside, this café looks like an old property in London or France. On the inside, you’ll find sumptuous fusion food with a twist. Go for their pasta and coffee, both of which locals rave about. It may get crowded on the weekend, and parking may be a small issue, but if those issues don’t bother you, this place is worth a try. Mon & Wed-Sun, 10am-10pm. $$ Junk Café 401 Chulia Street, George Town (016 438 3205/fb.com/junk401). If you’re wondering how on earth the proprietors of this wacky café acquired a landfill’s worth of junk to fill their coffeehouse, it’s because they didn’t – the junk preceded the café. Junk Café was initially the depository of a vintage collector who traveled far and wide in his quest for pre-loved treasures. Equipped with little but an espresso machine and an outdoor grill, the team here still manages to magic up delicious drinks and towering burgers. Pork-free. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 3pm-1am. $$ Khoon Pastry House 29 Argyll Road, George Town (04 263 2858/fb.com/khoonpastryhouse). Despite having been around for more than half a decade, this family-run eatery hasn’t received the recognition it deserves. Sure, the interior isn’t the most stylish, but what is most important is the TLC that goes into the baking. If you’re here for lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong with the beef shepherd’s pie. Tea time calls for cream cones and garishly decorated cupcakes. Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm; 6-9pm. $$

Kopi C 153 & 155 Lebuh Pantai (04 263 7299/www.chinahouse.com.my). Previously known as Kopi Cine at Coffee Atelier, it has since moved to ChinaHouse, a traditional compound NEW Café Lagenda of three linked 43 Campbell Street, heritage buildings, ai h g n a h S George Town (04 housing bars, for sign to locate 261 2293/fb.com/ restaurants, cafés, 1910 café cafelagenda) performance theatres, this Here is where you can shops and art galleries. find variety of Malay Kopi C boasts different traditional cuisine like menus for breakfast, lunch ayam percik, nasi kerabu, and dinner including a few chicken rendang served with modern diverse breakfast sets, sandwiches twist and fancy presentation. Try and salads for lunch, and low-fuss their Gado-Gado and sea bass and mains such as the ginger bud pesto finish your meal with Pandan Brulee vegetarian pasta for dinner. But the fo dessert. highlight is quite evidently the coffee, Halal. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, which is prepared by the team of 7am-11pm. $$ highly trained baristas, all of whom are ready to accommodate your NEW DCOVA requests. Logan Heritage, 4 Lebuh Bishop, Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards George Town (04 261 3121/fb.com/ accepted. Daily, 9am-12midnight. $$$

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Gurney Drive Hawker Centre Persiaran Gurney, George Town. This is THE food court on Penang Island. Gurney Drive Hawker Centre is your one-stop hawker centre to sample Penang’s signature delicacies including curry mee, assam laksa, ais kacang, cendol and rojak. Some downsides are that prices have rocketed owing to the centre’s popularity and the traffic is horrendous. Daily, 6pm-12midnight. $

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Selfie Coffee 88 Love Lane, George Town (04 261 0675/Facebook: Selfie-Coffee-Penang). While there is nothing special about this café décor-wise, the concept behind this establishment is fresh!

Cheap eats Hawker 888 Hokkien Mee 72 Lorong Mahsuri 10, Bayan Baru (016 434 1919). With an ardent following and a good reputation among locals, the Hokkien mee here comes with the added option of garnishing the noodles with top-ups of pork ribs, pork skin, pork knuckles, prawns and intestines. It stays open until late, so it’s a good place to satiate your post-dinner cravings. There aren’t any decent parking spots here, so just pull up by the side of the road instead. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 5.30-11.45pm. $

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NEW Pik Nik 15 Nagore Road (016 448 1517/ fb.com/PIKNIKEVERYDAY). Inspired by word ‘picnic’, this hipster café is one of the pioneers in Penang’s café scene. Apart from the café’s artful interior, their acclaimed waffles are what makes this place tick – crispy, fluffy and generously adorned with savoury ingredients such as bacon, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Big fan of waffles and burger? We recommend their selection of waffle burgers – you can pick from Big Fish, Wonder Beef or Super Beef. Mon, Wed, Thu & Sun, 3pm12midnight; Fri-Sat, 3pm-1am. $$

CF Food Court 49-F, Pengkalan Weld, George Town. Once featured in ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’ TV programme, this open-air food court houses some of the finest street eats in town. Whether your craving calls for Thai or Taiwanese cuisine, CF has it all and judging from the usual crowd, the variety is enough to satisfy the most discerning Penangite. Sit back and order a cold beer with a side of hawker fare, from wan tan mee to spicy tom yam. Child-friendly. Daily, 9am-12midnight. $

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The Twelve Cups The Whiteaways Arcade, 12 Lebuh Pantai, George Town (04 262 6812/ fb.com/TheTwelveCups). The European feel and attractive black-yellow-white interior are some of our favourite things about The Twelve Cups. It serves mille crêpe and coffees, and don’t forget to try the large croissants served warm with butter and jam. The young people who run the place are cheerful and efficient. It’s worth a pit stop after a few hours of strolling around the heritage area of George Town. Halal. Credit cards accepted. MonThu, 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 9am12midnight; Sun, 9am-11pm. $$

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The Mugshot Café 302 Lebuh Chulia, George Town (012 405 6276/fb.com/ themugshotcafepenang). Rustic, down to earth and rather hip, this café opens early for breakfast and serves pastries from the Rainforest Bakery next door. Otherwise, the café’s menu consists of yoghurt with a variety of toppings and bagel sandwiches to accompany your favourite morning cuppa. Halal. Daily, 8am-12midnight. $

Batu Ferringhi Beach Corner Kompleks Baru Senja, Batu Ferringhi (04 881 1867/fb.com/ beachcornerseafood). This beach-side restaurant is a fun place to people-watch. Must-tries on the menu include the yam duck, spring rolls, spicy crabs and the roasted lamb with ladies’ fingers. Child-friendly. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon-2.30pm; 6pm-12midnight. $$

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Snap a shot of yourself using the café’s cellphone, pay for your selfie coffee, and patiently while away the minutes by doodling on the café’s glass-top tables (non-permanent markers are provided). When your coffee arrives try to contain your excitement upon seeing your face staring back at you from your beverage. Halal. Daily, 10am-10pm. $

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Macallum Connoisseurs 1 Gat Lebuh Macallum, George Town (04 261 3597/fb.com/Macallum). The high-ceilinged warehouse-turnedcafé is the epitome of industrial charm. Good WiFi makes it a popular work space among freelancers. The innovative coffee cream spaghetti opened our minds to the possibility of using coffee as a cooking ingredient. Daily, 9am-12midnight. $$

Asam Laksa at Air Itam Market Jalan Pasar, Air Itam. The Air Itam Market is synonymous with authentic assam laksa. Each bowl is laden with thick rice noodles and fresh vegetables, filled with a spicy mackerel-based soup, and topped off with a dollop of shrimp paste. This stall is just a stone’s throw away from Kek Lok Si temple, should you feel like sightseeing. Halal. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon10pm. $

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Anson Road Market Food Court Jalan Anson, George Town. This humble food court is tucked away in Anson Road wet market. It’s not as large as its nearby competitors but its range of local comfort food is equally delightful. There’s the delicious kuey teow th’ng and Hokkien mee. If you have room for more, slurp down some wan tan mee and char kuey teow. Serving breakfast daily, except Mondays. $

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well Long Beach is THE one in Batu Feringghi. While it’s more popularly frequented by the tourists who are staying in the hotels nearby, locals have also been known to patronise this food court for the sheer variety of great food from over 20 stalls. Given its location, Long Beach also benefits from cooler weather conditions, making it an ideal respite for tourists who’ve been out under the sun all day. Daily, 6-11.30pm. $ NEW Lorong Selamat Char Kuey Teow 82 Lorong Selamat, George Town Locals may argue over their personal favourite char kuey teow in Penang, but one consistent contender is definitely the stall at Lorong Selamat. The portions here are generous, and the prawns are huge and juicy, which all adds to the crowd-pulling factor. If you fancy, the oh chien is pretty good as well. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm. $ New Lane Hawker Centre Lorong Baru, George Town. Even amid all the hawker centres that have populated Penang in earlier eras and the deluge of new hawker centres and food courts, New Lane remains a favourite among locals and tourists. Along the stretch of road is every offering of all the food that has come to be associated with Penang, and arguably the best variations of each of these delicacies; especially notable ones include the pork intestines porridge, the chee cheong fun, the apom manis and the roasted chicken wing and drumstick. Stalls operate on their own schedules. $ Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul Various locations in Penang (04 262 6002/www.chendul.my). Founded in the 1950s, this stall is managed by the chirpy Tan brothers, who inherited this cendol business from their late father, Tan Teik Fuang. Armed with a five-decadesold recipe, the family rolls up their sleeves every day to prepare bowls of refreshing cendol and ais kacang for their customers. If you’re up for an ice ball, get one for the road. As there are no chairs and tables here, join the locals and slurp down your order on the sidewalk. The original roadside stall is located next to Joo Hooi Café on Lebuh Keng Kwee but in recent times, we’ve spotted outlets in Island Plaza food court, KOMTAR and Gurney Paragon. Halal. Child-friendly. Mon-Fri, 10.30am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 10am7.30pm. $ Pitt Street Koay Teow Th’ng 183 Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town (017 479 3208/017 477 3419).

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul Formerly located on Pitt Street (now Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling), the popular kuey teow th’ng stall has now settled on Jalan Carnarvon. The version of kuey teow th’ng here is garnished with slivers of pork, eel balls and fresh lettuce on top of a bed of smooth flat noodles. Whether you opt for soup or a dry version (same ingredients minus the soup), always keep in mind the side of homemade chillies. Add the chillies generously to your bowl for extra heat. Tue-Sat, 8am-4pm; Sun, 8am-1pm. $ Presgrave Street Hawker Centre 67A Lebuh Presgrave, George Town. You won’t find this hawker stretch recorded in many travel guides; this place remains a well-kept secret among locals and those who are fond of a late-night supper. You can find some of Penang’s tastiest street food here, such as ais kacang, wan tan mee and fried oysters. A particular favourite here is a piping hot bowl of prawn noodles from 888 Hokkien Mee stall with its highly recommended add-ons of pork belly and chilli paste for an extra kick. It’s a good thing that parking is scarce in this side of town; it gives you a reason to walk off a few calories from all that feasting. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 4.30pm12.30am. $ Siam Road Char Koay Teow Jalan Siam, George Town. What merits the stall’s popularity and volume of customers is the owner’s stir-fry technique using charcoal flames as opposed to frying food over a gas stove. Perched at the end of Jalan Siam, this char kuey teow stall has been a Penang favourite since its opening many decades back. The owner operates only with one assistant, so prepare to wait with other customers for your order. However, it’s well worth it as every

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portion is stir-fried to perfection with fresh ingredients. There are no seats around the stall, so enjoy your plate of char kuey teow at the Chinese coffee shop across the street. Tue-Sun, 3-11pm. $ Sisters’ Curry Mee Jalan Air Hitam, Pekan Ayer Hitam, Air Itam (fb.com/currymeesister). Run by two elderly sisters, this curry noodles stall comes highly recommended by Air Itam locals. Perched on tiny stools and surrounded by various condiments and ingredients, the Lee sisters are quite a sight as they work their magic over a charcoal stove. Mon & Wed-Sun, 7.30am-1pm. $ Kopitiam Ho Ping Coffee Shop Junction of Lorong Kampung Malabar and Jalan Penang, George Town. If you only need one reason to check out Ho Ping Coffee Shop, it’s the bak moi (pork rice porridge). Operating on the side street just slightly off the coffee shop, the MSG-free rice porridge is simple and comforting; the rich, clear broth is cooked with a myriad of pork toppings like intestines, liver, brain and various ‘spares’. We recommend getting a bowl with everything in it for speedy service. For the less adventurous, ask for a bowl without innards. If you are caught in a queue and are condemned to a long wait, fret not; the lor bak (fried minced pork roll) and heh ji (prawn fritters) from the adjacent stall make good snacks. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 5pm-late. $ Kek Seng Coffee Shop 382 Jalan Penang, George Town. Amid the sheer multitude of local coffee shops in Penang, Kek Seng Coffee Shop has been operating


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Toh Soon Café Lebuh Campbell, off Jalan Penang, Geoge Town (04 261 3754). Toh Soon, a coffee shop so small it barely qualifies as one, could be more accurately described as a set of tables and chairs in a sheltered alleyway sandwiched between two buildings. But Toh Soon’s painstakingly prepared charcoal toasted bread, with homemade kaya and rich Hainanese coffee, has locals (old and young), tourists and expatriates alike huddled in the darkness of its shop. Crowds of people head down to its rundown

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Luan Fong Kopitiam Lorong Bagan Luar 3, Butterworth (012 409 4042/Facebook: Luan Fong Kopitiam). Even a Chinese kopitiam as traditional as Luan Fong has its own Facebook page, filled with updates on the owners’ upcoming holiday or the availability of their popular nasi lemak. Luan Fong’s menu boasts classic breakfasts like toast with eggs, beef noodle soup and local beverages to pair it with. The star of this eatery is of course the crunchy roti kahwin, which marries the goodness of kaya (coconut jam) and butter in a sandwich. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 7.30am-6pm. $

Toon Leong Coffee Shop Junction of Jalan Argyll and Jalan Transfer, George Town. Toon Leong has been around since the 1930s, and it still retains its minimalist colonial appeal with wooden furniture and marble tiles covering practically every inch of the place. This Chinese coffee shop is Nasi Kandar Line Clear special for two reasons: its old-school Beside 177 Jalan Penang (04 261 breakfast with toast, half-boiled eggs 4440). and authentic homemade coffee; Nasi kandar originated from Penang, and Deen Nasi Kandar, which and Nasi Kandar Line Clear operates at the front of the is one of the oldest coffee shop and sells a nasi kandar eateries wide range of spicy standing, so a food dishes. trip to Penang Daily, 7am-8pm. wouldn’t be Closed every complete asi n ’s alternate Sunday. without a n o ti tu ti s le $ visit here. This in an enjoyab is It’s hidden kandar of rice, sides Mamak inconspicuously and plate , e ic o Bangkok Lane along Penang h c of your with various Mee Goreng Road, with a small d e d s Seng Lee Café, 270 entrance to an alley floo f currie Jalan Burma, George where the wooden types o Town (016 485 7659). chairs and tables are The reputation of laid out; but don’t worry Bangkok Lane’s mee goreng is about not noticing it because indisputable, with long queues and come lunchtime, Line Clear will be recommendations by food blogs and buzzing with activity. television food programmes. The Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $ family-run stall has been up and running for nearly eight decades and Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar currently, Mahboob Zakaria and his 15 Lebuh Nipah, Bukit Jambul, family helm the stall at Seng Lee Café. Bayan Lepas (04 646 4767/www. The most famous at the coffee shop, originalkayu.com.my). the mee goreng is a stir-fried noodle Kayu is an example of a remarkable dish prepared with onions, potatoes, success story of a humble stall eggs, bean sprouts and a tangy gravy in Klang Valley that grew into a of mashed sweet potato and prawn well-known nasi kandar institution. extract. We recommend paying a bit Founded and managed by Penangites more for the addition of cuttlefish. through and through, the stall sees regulars filling every table for a bite Tue-Sun, 8am-6.30pm. $ of the signature nasi kandar combo, Gerai Makanan dan Minuman Maj consisting of hefty portions of meat, Lebuh Ah Quee, George Town. fish, vegetables and seafood. Dine There’s no better place for chapatti like the locals do and top off your steamed rice with lots of curries for than Maj – you’ll find the cooks griddling freshly made flat breads full flavour. six days a week. The atmosphere of Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $ this unassuming stall is often festive and bustling with the local breakfast Sup Hameed crowd waiting for a piece. We 148 Jalan Penang, George Town (04 recommend dipping the bread into a 261 8007). plate of mutton or beef curry. Sup Hameed is renowned for its Halal. Mon-Sat, 12noon-6pm. $ soups, not just for the wide variety on offer, but also for the uniqueness of their tastes. Judging on a superficial Hameediyah Restaurant level will probably do the soups an 156 & 164A Lebuh Campbell, injustice because they aren’t starchy GeorgeTown (04 262 1095). or thick. In fact, they look like a mess This old eatery along bustling in a bowl. What makes these Lebuh Campbell is famous for its soups so distinguished is their authentic Indian-Muslim cuisine and characteristic taste. Most patrons has served up spicy, power-packed will have their soup served with roti fish, chicken, vegetables and mutton benggali, which is made by hand. If curries for over 100 years. Basically, you’re feeling adventurous, try the this restaurant is a curry institution sup torpedo, which is bull’s penis and we’d be surprised if you’re not

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Lam Ah Coffee Shop 156 Lebuh Carnavon, Penang (012 409 0696) In the world of coffee shops, Lam Ah is the gastronomic equivalent a triple threat. It has a signature stall that, on its own, is capable of attracting an already formidable crowd; its famed beef noodles stall, widely held to be the best in Penang; and the perfect stall to complement your beef noodles – an oyster omelette stall that, at the risk of sounding repetitive, has also been championed as the best in the vicinity. Top it all off with a thirst quencher – the highly recommended blended white nutmeg with plum. Pork-free. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-4.30pm. $

impressed with the behemoth legs of turkey floating around in appetising curry or their crispy but tender deepfried free-range chicken marinated in spices. A decadent meal – where you can indulge in two or three types of curries, plain biryani and a murtabak – may cost you between RM15 and RM25 here, less for a moderate-sized meal or order. Halal. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 10am10.30pm. $

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NEW Kheng Pin Café Corner of Jalan Penang and Jalan Sri Bahari, George Town. The signature dish here is lor bak (five spice pork rolls). The delicious lor bak is freshly made, addictively crunchy, and best when you dip it in the spicy chilli sauce. Besides that, there’re the usual kopitiam staples – go for the wan tan mee, nasi lemak and char kuey teow. Tue-Sun, 7am-3pm.

shack of a shop early in the morning for its half-boiled egg, toast and coffee. Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm. $

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since 1903 and as of today, its quaint ambience and traditional wooden seats remain intact. It’s better known for its durian ice cream, which goes wonderfully with hefty meals such as chicken rice and Hokkien mee. Daily, 9am-5pm. $


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soup. Sup Hameed also serves the usual mamak fare, such as nasi kandar, nasi lemak and roti canai. Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $ Chinese Double Dragon Inn 27B Jalan Gottlieb, George Town (04 227 7049/Facebook: Double Dragon Inn Restaurant). Double Dragon Inn is a place with history, having fed the locals with Cantonese fare for over 30 years. Staying true to its origins, the menu has not changed in the slightest. The mui choy kao yoke (pork belly cooked with preserved mustard cabbage) is as good as your grandparents can remember. The chefs of Double Dragon prioritise freshness in every plate, so beef dishes are only available for preorder as they shop for fresh ingredients from the morning market daily. Child-friendly. Mon & Wed-Sun, 6.309.30pm; Fri-Sun, 12noon-1.30pm, 6.30-9.30pm. $$ Goh Huat Seng 59-A Lebuh Kimberley (04 261 5811/ Facebook: Goh Huat Seng Steamboat). Goh Huat Seng, one of the oldest Teochew restaurants in Penang, has been in operation for more than 50 years and has changed very little since its inception. It has installed new air-conditioning but its steamboat still adheres to their original recipe of success – traditional pots heated over charcoal with clear chicken soup as a base and a plethora of ingredients including mushrooms, fish, prawns and noodles. Child-friendly. Daily, 5-9.30pm; closed every alternate Monday. $$ Golden Gate Steamboat 77 Jalan Cantonment (04 226 1361). Its colonial building façade is

indicative of its age, as well as a testament to its fortitude against the test of time. Even to this day, this place is as frequented as it was in its heyday – a success that can be attributed to the freshness and quality of the ingredients it uses – the signatures are fish slices and prawns netted out straight from the in-house tanks. What hasn’t changed and has arguably been the factor keeping Golden Gate going strong is its friendly service and unwavering dedication to its customers’ satisfaction. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, 6-10.30pm. $ Hakka Tree F27, TESCO Tanjung Pinang, 1 Jalan Seri Pinang, Tanjung Tokong (04 899 3887/fb.com/hakkatree). This little place has steadily built its fan base with simple but quality yong tau foo, hor fun and clear soup served with nearly every dish. Wooden stools, chairs and tables give it the atmosphere of a street-side coffee shop, albeit a clean and airconditioned one. We recommend the Hakka Tree’s black bean hor fun. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 9.30am10.30pm. $$ Kedai Makan Satu Satu Tiga 113 Lebuh Melayu, George Town. Accidentally wandering into this humble eatery might be one of the best things that happened to us in Penang. Frequented by old-timers who enjoy sitting around and shooting the bull, this Chinese coffee shop is renowned for duck dishes; think duck rice, duck porridge, duck noodles. Get the duck kuey chiap: hand-torn dough and hard-boiled eggs topped with ridiculously tender thick duck slices and drenched in herbal essence. Mon-Sat, 6.30am-3pm; Sun, 11.30am-3pm. $

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NEW Tek Sen Restaurant 18-20 Carnavon Street, Penang (012 981 5117/fb.com/TekSenRestaurant) A hotspot for lunch and dinner, Tek Sen serves up a delectable variety of Chinese cuisine, including Cantonese, Teowchew and Hakka-style food. Best enjoyed in group of family or friends, where you can order a few dishes to share for a hearty, satisfying meal. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon-3pm, 6-9pm. $$ European & British Bulgarian Vintage Bulgaria Restaurant 1E Jalan Sungai Kelian (04 898 1890/www.vintagebulgaria.com). As possibly the only Bulgarian restaurant not just in Penang but also in Malaysia, Vintage Bulgaria has certainly carved out a niche for itself. If you’re planning to make a visit, we can’t stress enough that you ought to try Vintage Bulgaria’s specialty Bulgarian dishes – namely, the Bulgarian pork djolan (roast pork knuckle), the platter Bulgaria (platter of sausages, pork fillets and patties) and the sweet Bulgarian pastry, baklava (pastry made of layers of filo pastry with fillings of chopped nuts and topped with syrup). Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 5pm-12midnight. $$$ British Abbey Road Bistro 6GF Lebuh Tenggiri 2, Pusat Bandar Sunway, Seberang Jaya (04 390 6655/fb.com/abbeyroadbistro). This elegant yet cosy restaurant is sure to make you feel right at home. Abbey Road’s menu is unintimidating and consists of Western food such as fish and chips, Black Angus tenderloin, sausages and garlic mash, a variety of pasta dishes and comforting burgers coupled with

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Shing Kheang Aun 2 Lorong Chulia, George Town (04 261 4786). Shing Kheang Aun has been in existence for more than half a century since its opening during the war period in 1941. The restaurant’s regular patrons have been visiting loyally for decades, and new customers pour in every day thanks to word of mouth. It’s still very much set in its old ways, which have, to be fair, never failed it; so expect to see old-school pulleys to lever food from the first to the second floor, and steep stairs to the second level that families with seniors should avoid. Look out for the famous gulai tumis pomfret (traditional Nyonya curry pomfret) and the friendly smile of the owner, Mr Ong. Child-friendly. Daily, 11am-2.30pm, 5-9pm; closed every alternate Monday. $$

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La France Café and Restaurant 3B Jalan Irrawadi, George Town

Il Bacaro Campbell House, 106 Lebuh Campbell, George Town (04 2618 290/www. campbellhousepenang.com). It may be wise to make prior reservations as the place can be quite packed with locals and tourists on weekends – which is quite a feat actually, considering the fact that Il Bacaro is quite a sizeable restaurant that spans a few lots with ample tables, along with alfresco seating outside as well. The chef at Il Bacaro believes in the use of the freshest ingredients, so the breads and pastas are all made in-house; the menu also changes periodically, just to shake things up. Daily, 8am-11pm. $$$

Edelweiss Café 38 Lebuh Armenian, George Town (04 261 8935/www.edelweisscafe. com). Given its location in a colonial shoplot in the heritage area of Penang, it’s only fitting that Edelweiss Café should be adorned in antique décor and furniture. The chairs are the traditional mahogany-coloured kind and there is an almost random assortment of props slung around the place – a huge, ancient clock with Roman numerals, old-school dim sum steamers, now-redundant kitchenware, and an odd bronze sculpture of a man fishing from a toilet bowl. They offer Swiss-German comfort food at its best. Try the superb pork belly sandwiches or the cheese fondue. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Fri, 11.30am-3pm, 6.30-10pm; Sat, 11.30am-10pm; Sun, 11.30am6pm. $$

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Eté Café 79 Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town (017 435 0922/fb.com/etecafe). The name means ‘summer’ in French. This family-owned café is nestled on Carnarvon Street and managed by a Taiwanese couple, Chiang Tsung Hsun and his wife Venessa. Their skills, honed in Le Cordon Bleu, are evident in the freshly baked pastries, desserts and the small selection of savoury items. Don’t be surprised to find macarons, tarte normande and the crunchy fromage baton here. Complement your pastry of choice with traditionally brewed coffee. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 12noon-6pm. $

Italian Bella Marino Ristorante e Pizzeria 3A-G-11, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong) (04 228 6277/fb.com/bellamarino. ristorante). A lovely spot by the marina where you can enjoy the soft breeze while tucking into a slice of pizza alla Siciliana or spaghetti ragu alla Bolognese. Portions are generous, especially the starters – the bruschetta and baked aubergines are widely recommended. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-3pm; 6-11pm. $$$

Swiss Deli Biergarten Ground floor, Gurney Plaza, Persiaran Gurney, George Town (04 227 2771/www.eurodeli.com.my). Euro Deli sits at the entrance of Gurney Plaza and comes with a beautiful view of the sea. Offering a Swiss-German menu and pub grub that aims to please, Euro Deli has a range of specialities that include Hungarian beef goulash with mashed potatoes, barbecued pork ribs, pork knuckles and belly roast. The portions are rather hefty and best shared with a group of friends. Mon-Thu & Sun, 10am-12.30am; Fri-Sat, 10am-1.30am. $$$

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French Dining Room Macalister Mansion, 228 Jalan Macalister, George Town (04 228 3888/www.macalistermansion.com). Minimalistic and chic, this restaurant only opens at dinner time. If you prefer all things pretty, Dining Room’s interior is as white as snow, dotted with a gorgeous tree centerpiece and pastel-coloured deer. Matching its contemporary décor is a modern and innovative fare. The menu leans towards French cuisine but you can expect a riot of experimentation and more than a few fusions between east and west. We recommend you go all-out and enjoy the variety of the tasting menu, which changes every few months. Our final tip? Don’t let the classy interior intimidate you – families are always welcome and there’s also a kid-friendly menu. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 7-11pm. $$$

German Ingolf’s Kneipe 1F Jalan Sungai Kelian, Tanjung Bungah (04 899 5796/www. ingolfskneipe.com). This isn’t the place to visit without having made reservations; weekdays may promise a few empty seats by the bar but it’s a gamble not worth making on weekends. Its success story is fuelled by reasonable prices and big portions, not to mention that it’s one of few German restaurants around. Once you’ve secured a seat, remember to try the German butcher’s platter, the German pork sausage and the pork knuckles. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon, 3pm-12midnight; Tue-Sat, 12noon-12midnight. $$

Via Pre 5 Weld Quay, Georgetown (04 263 0560/www.via-pre.com). As far as Italian restaurants are concerned, few offer truly authentic Italian meals unless manned by true-blue Italian expatriates. Via Pre, the brainchild of brothers Maurizio and Massimiliano Ranauro, is named after a street in Genoa, Italy. This upscale restaurant is daintily discreet and only houses 12 tables but it’s a popular place for families, couples and small groups of friends. Service is attentive and never far away. The lazzarona pizza surprises with its subtle bite of gorgonzola and dollops of creamy eggplant paste; and the spectacularly bitter tiramisu, liberally dusted with cocoa and sporting thick layers of espresso-soaked savoiardi, has a real kick to it that leaves other pretenders far behind. Via Pre also houses a well-stocked deli with a big range of cured meats and Italian cheeses, plus a popular nightclub, Jammin. Child-friendly. Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, 12noon10pm. $$$

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Uncle Albert’s Traditional English Fish and Chips 3A-G-9, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong (04 890 3407/www.unclealberts.com.my). Traditional fish and chips will never go out of fashion, and Uncle Albert’s scores high with thin, crispy batter but a little low for prices and homemade chips. You can choose to have your fish grilled, baked, herbcrusted, or coated in Uncle Albert’s secret batter and deep fried. The menu also extends to roast chicken, burgers, lasagne, pastas and more. The openair ambience, gorgeous marina view, and friendly efficient service are all plus points too. Just remember that each fish main course order may take around 20 minutes, but only because they’re prepared fresh. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon10.30pm. $$$

(012 412 7355/www.cafe-la-france. com). Once a French stall in a food court, La France has since made its way to the heart of George Town as a cosy café. It’s known for its croque monsieur (oven-baked ciabatta with various toppings), the aglio olio with extra virgin oil and the Crêpes Suzette. Also, despite what its name may suggest, La France also serves an array of German fare. In the beverage menu you can find espresso-based coffees as well as the renowned French lager beer, Kronenbourg 1664. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, 9am-3pm. $$

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thick-cut fries with the skin on. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sat, 12noon-12midnight; Sun, 12noon-11.30pm. $$$


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Indian Chettiar’s Tiffin Café 39 Lebuh Penang, George Town (04 262 2443). This humble café sits almost at the start of Penang’s Little India on Lebuh Penang. Its menu offers not only the usual Indian favourites (such as curry, samosa, biryani, murtabak and the like) but also fish and chips, prawn noodles and breakfast of eggs and sausages. The latter certainly sets it apart from all the other restaurants in the area, which normally offer straight up Indian fare and little else. For a smaller meal, we’d recommend the veggie burger. It comes with a small serving of fries and coleslaw. If you’re there for just a drink, the local coffees are pretty good, but do grab a samosa or two. You won’t regret it. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, 8am10pm. $ Kapitan’s 93 Lebuh Chulia (04 264 1191). Open 24 hours a day, Kapitan’s has made a name for itself and its tandoori chicken. Kapitan’s is also known for its nasi biryani, naan and badam milk, a rather eccentric mix of a drink made from pure cow’s milk boiled with ground almonds, cashew nuts and raisins with sugar. Pork-free. Daily, 24 hours. $

on a banana leaf. One can also order supplementary dishes such as the signature crab masala, deep-fried bawal hitam (black pomfret), sambal fish, fried squid and chicken masala, which are served atop a banana leaf. Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon3.30pm; 6.30-11pm. $ Penang Special Samosa 45 Lebuh Queen, George Town. You’ll be pleased to discover a range of deep-fried Indian snacks on display at this unassuming stall popular with locals. Begin the humble exploration with some golden crispy samosas stuffed with tuna, chicken or vegetables. Other titbits like vadai, halwa mascard and pakkoda are also good for teatime snacks. Before you leave, buy a bag of chickpeas seasoned with chilli, spices and curry leaves. Halal. Mon-Sat, 9am-evening when they run out. $

dressing. It’s a play of cool, fruity and leafy flavours, balanced with the savoury crunch of crispy fish, at once exotic and familiar. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm; 7-11pm. $$$$ Dave’s Deli Lot LG-51, Queensbay Mall, 100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas (04 643 2268/www.davesdeli.com.my). The hearty pies, rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes from Dave’s Deli remind us of our childhood days. Dave’s beef rissole is pan fried to perfection with just a touch of crisp at the edge, while the roasted chicken comes with mash and coleslaw. If you have a more dainty appetite, try the medium-sized steak-and-mushroom or chicken-and-mushroom pie – also smothered in brown sauce. Halal. Daily, 11am-10pm. $

Sri Ananda Bahwan Restaurant 2982 Jalan Bagan Luar, Butterworth (04 331 0781/www. srianandabahwan.com.my). It’s a testament to Sri Ananda Bahwan’s strength as an Indian restaurant that its outlets have spread across the peninsula like wildfire over the last two decades or so, from Butterworth (where it originated from) to KL, Kedah and Penang. It’s somewhere on the scale between proper Indian restaurant and roadside mamak: unpretentious, relatively economical, and at the same time offers the comfort of dining in an airconditioned environment. Must-tries include its naan with butter chicken masala, its kothu parota (one among many obscure-sounding dishes) and its chicken Hyderabad. Child-friendly. Daily, 7am-11pm. $

Downtown Art Heritage 149 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kelinga, George Town (012 566 1172/www. downtownartheritage.com) Strategically located on the crossroads of Lebuh Canon and Lebuh Armenian, Downtown Art Heritage is a comfortable, air-conditioned space to recoup after hours of sightseeing. Works of art adorn the walls of this restaurant, which serves fusion dishes and drinks such as the Chef Pasta (ginger, garlic and minced beef spaghetti) and Apple Sancha smoothie (blended apple, Haw flakes and caramel). The restaurant’s signature dish is Nasi Ketuk served with chicken rendang; don’t be taken aback by the blue hue of the rice, which derives from a natural dye from a local plant. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 10am6pm. $$

International 32 at the Mansion 32 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George NEW Muthu’s Traditional Indian Town (04 262 2232/32mansion. Banana Leaf Rice com.my). 143 Lebuh Acheh, George Housed in a colonial Town mansion, this sleek If you are looking for restaurant is elegantly authentic banana leaf furnished with rice eatery in George white linen tables, rior te x e Town, then look no e it modish furniture h further. Known The all-whoplot marks and dim lighting. Its for their Chicken luxurious interior of the s ot for Muthu 65 and delicious and top-dollar menu the sp esn’t have curries, it’s a staple can be intimidating as it do nage eatery for locals to get to the thrifty but if sig their banana leaf rice fix. you have a pocketful of Halal. Daily, 9am-3pm. $ cash, give it a try. Here, style is subtle, light with Passions of Kerala a touch of resilience. During hot, 102-C-3, New World Park, 102 Jalan humid evenings, we recommend you Burma (04 227 2550) begin your meal with the refreshing Passions of Kerala is known for its marinated watermelon salad banana leaf rice – a South Indian dish with broad slices of green mango of rice accompanied by vegetables, sprinkled with crumbled crispy fish papadums, dhal and curry served and drizzled with toasted coconut

NEW Enca Jalan Batu Feringghi, Batu Feringghi (016 440 4020/Facebook: Enca Café & Restaurant). Tucked down at the far end of Batu Feringghi, Enca serves up Indian, Italian, western and even Arabic cuisines under one roof. Even though the restaurant may seem uninviting at first glance, the food here is incredible. Their Northern Indian meals such as chicken tikka, butter chicken, naans, and Italian staples like pizza and pasta are among the must-tries. Pork-free. Daily, 10.30am-12midnight. $$

Kashmir Restaurant 105 Jalan Penang (04 263 7411). The tandoori chicken at Kashmir restaurant is highly acclaimed, as is the naan. Although Kashmir may be on the pricier end of the scale, it excels in terms of range; it not only serves a huge variety of Northern Indian and Kashmiri appetisers, main courses and desserts, it also doubles as a bar that offers a mélange of cocktails and spirits to accompany your meal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$

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Restoran Yosenabe 15-G-12A, Bayan Point Medan Kampung Relau 1, Bayan Lepas (04 644 1196/www.yosenabe-pg.com). Yosenabe means ‘putting together’ – a fitting name for a steamboat restaurant. Each diner is provided with their own individual hotpot as opposed to everyone digging into one communal pot, which might diminish a sense of camaraderie, but makes more hygienic sense. Get the seafood boat (a set meal inclusive of fishballs, tiger prawns, beancurd and so on) and the mutton slices. Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 12noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm; Sun, 6-10.30pm (Closed every first and third Tuesday of the month). $$$

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Soba Yoshi & Hanayoshi Restaurant 303-01-15, Krystal Point, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Sungai Nibong, Bayan Lepas (04 646 8650/www. sobayoshi.where2go.com.my).

TAO Authentic Asian Cuisine 1820-F1 & 1822-F1, Jalan Perusahaan Autocity, North South Highway, Juru Interchange, Seberang Perai (04 501 7826); First floor, Penang Times Square, Jalan Dato Keramat, George Town (04 228 5826/www.tao-cuisine.com). To appreciate TAO’s lunch and dinner buffets, all you need is a monster appetite. It’s best to book in advance, as the restaurant gets mighty busy during dinner time. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 12noon-4pm, 5.30-10pm; Fri-Sun, 12noon-4pm, 5.30-11pm. $$$$

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Kampachi Hotel Equatorial Penang, 1 Jalan Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas (04 632 7188/www.penang.equatorial.com). Authenticity is something Kampachi upholds dearly. For instance, your orders will be served by kimonoclad servers. Take your pick from three seating arrangements: the sushi bar, the teppanyaki table (to watch resident chefs preparing your meals) and the private tatami room. The Japanese cuisine here is touted to be among the best in town, which explains the popularity of the weekend buffet lunch spreads. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. MonFri, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm; SatSun, 12noon-3pm, 6.30-10pm. $$$

Soba Yoshi is favoured by Japanese expatriates, due in large part to the staff fluent in Japanese. Some standouts in the extensive menu include the nabeyaki soba or udon (hot claypot noodles with prawn tempura, egg and vegetables), soba yoshi bento (assorted sashimi and sushi, cold soba, tempura, unagi, shitake yasaiitame, chawanmushi and miso soup), and sukiyaki tei (sliced beef or chicken,vegetables and bean curd in sweet Japanese sauce). Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 11.30am2.30pm; 6-10pm. $$$

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Suffolk House Restaurant 250 Jalan Air Itam, next to the Malaysian-German Society (04 228 1109/suffolkhouse.com.my). Suffolk House, inaccessible from the main road, is known to most Penangites as once being the home of the island’s founder, Captain Francis Light. Since Suffolk House’s stint as a school and its subsequent restoration, it now doubles as a restaurant and a heritage site for tourists and locals to visit. The restaurant serves a blend of Eastern and Western cuisine and you can visit for lunch, dinner or high tea, a lavish spread of sandwiches, scones, cakes and pies. Cap off your visit with a stroll across the neatly manicured courtyard. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am-11pm. $$$$

Japanese & Korean Japanese Azuma Japanese Restaurant 2F-87 (South Zone), Queensbay Mall, 100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas (04 641 3118). Being a relative newcomer in the influx of Japanese chain joints, Azuma has benefitted from the unwaning popularity of the kaitenzushi (conveyor-belt sushi) restaurants, and the trend doesn’t seem to be dying down any time soon. Among the many franchises of this sort of restaurant in Malaysia, Azuma finds itself somewhere in the middle range, characterised by spacious, classy seats and affordable prices. Sweeping dishes off the belt on to your table may be the fastest way to get your food, but order from the à la carte menu for Azuma’s larger and more popular dishes – the shake tataki maki, the una cheese maki and the eringi butter abalone. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, 11am10.30pm. $$$

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SteakFrites@23 23 Love Lane, George Town (04 262 1323/www.23lovelane.com). SteakFrites’s straightforward dining experience revolves around just one dish: the European staple of steak and fries. Only two decisions are required of you: 150g or 200g of Australian grass-fed tenderloin? And how well do you want your meat done? Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, (Breakfast) 7-10.30am; (Afternoon tea) 4.30-6pm; (Dinner) 6-10.30pm. $$$$

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Living Room Macalister Mansion, 228 Jalan Macalister, George Town (04 228 3888/www.macalistermansion.com). The words ‘chic’, ‘whimsical’ and ‘cosy’ describe not only the interior of this all-day dining restaurant at the luxurious Macalister Mansion but the food offered here too. Try the breakfast menu dishes such as scrambled duck’s eggs (served all day), the deliciously thick smoothies, or the delectable high teas. You will undoubtedly be satiated, if not addicted. Always looking for ways to improve, Macalister Mansion has thought of delicate and equally irresistible bakery fare made in-house from scratch to add on to their menu of local and Western food. There’s a huge variety of bread, pastries, cakes, jams and savoury spreads that are perfect to accompany a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a pot of premium TWG tea. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 8am-11pm. $$$

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Seafood Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant 90 & 90A-90D, Persiaran Gurney, George Town (04 228 1272/04 228 8272/www.balihaiseafood.com). Situated on bustling Gurney Drive, this seafood restaurant is quite a sight, given the rows and columns of fish tanks housing a plethora of seafood from rainbow lobsters to geoduck clams. Bali Hai is hardly a high-brow restaurant (the glaring

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Naughty Nuri’s Warung 114 Jalan Burma, George Town (04 226 3171/fb.com/ NaughtyNurisWarungGeorgeTown). Succulent pork ribs and cocktails make a great combination at Naughty Nuri’s. This restaurant hails from Bali and brings with it a menu that runs the gamut from Balinese fried rice to Mexican nachos, with a whole lot of pork in between. Daily, 3pm-1am. $$

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Pork/Non-Halal NEW The Barn 170-G-43 Gurney Plaza, Persiaran Gurney (04 229 0763/Facebook: The Barn Gurney Plaza). Having opened early 2016, The Barn serves up a menu of all things flamed, grilled and barbecued. This bar and restaurant has a porky menu that’s sure to delight complemented with good selection of wine. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am1am. $$$

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Nyonya Aunty Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery Malaysian 1 Lebuh Bishop, George Town (04 NEW Andrew’s Kampung 263 8121). Jalan Sungai Emas, Second Look out for the blinking floor, Eden Parade, Batu light bulbs that hem Feringghi (04 881 Aunty Gaik Lean’s 1688). signboard. The menu Amid the tourist features familiar hotspots in the Nyonya fare such as s e m o area is this gem assam prawns, inchi ish c Each d e choice that’s known kabin, jiu hu char with th r half or for its warm (stir-fried, shredded e h it hospitality and great e f sengkuang, which is a o ortion kind of root vegetable, offering of Malay ormal p n and Chinese delicacies. and cuttlefish) and The restaurant has a very kerabu. A standout dish is relaxed atmosphere, matched the grilled brinjal generously by its unique decorations made up slathered with tangy sambal. We also from recycle items. The crispy duck, like the spicy chicken fillet rendang. marmite chicken and Nyonya fish Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. are few dishes that come highly Mon-Sat, 12noon-2.30pm; 6.30recommended. As well as the great 9.30pm. $$ food, the restaurant also offers few selections of beers. Kafe Mews Pork-free. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon77 Jalan Muntri, George Town (04 9.30pm. $ 263 5125/www.muntrimews.com). Kafe Mews, an Asian fusion eatery, is Malay housed within the luxury flashpacker Ayu Mee Udang lodgings Muntri Mews. The café is 936B Lengkok Kampung Masjid pet-friendly, meaning you’re more Satu, Teluk Kumbar (04 649 3881). than welcome to bring your furry The mee udang (prawn noodles) here friends along. Dine in the alfresco area is served in a starchy, tomato-based on a clear day. When you’re there, try soup rich with the glorious aroma the crispy beer-battered fresh grouper, of prawns. Ayu prioritises using a bowl of Helen’s Curry Mee and a succulent, fleshy prawns as opposed dessert of mango and sweet glutinous to the small, standard variety you rice served with coconut ice cream. find elsewhere. Therefore, it comes as Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards no surprise that a bowlful of noodles accepted. Daily, 8am-11pm. $$

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Restoran Nasi Campur Awet Muda Lorong Sungai Dua, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor (012 494 7478/fb.com/ RestoranNasiCampurAwetMuda). Venture southwards of Penang Island to sample excellent home-cooked Malay delicacies at this mixed rice shop, which only opens for breakfast and lunch. Halal. Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm. $$

Mama’s Nyonya Cuisine 31-D Lorong Abu Siti, George Town (04 229 1318). It’s been years since Mama began cooking up a storm in the kitchen, but the Nyonya food remains authentic. Savour the likes of curry kapitan, wild boar rendang and fish curry at this family-oriented restaurant. If you’re lucky, you might run into some of Mama’s famous clients including Datuk Jimmy Choo, squash player Datuk Nicol David or Hong Kong director Ang Lee. Child-friendly. Tue-Sun, 11.30am2.30pm, 6-9.30pm. $$$

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Puncak Mutiara Lot 179 MK3, Kampung Pelet, Bukit Mertajam (04 522 8502/www. puncakmutiara.com). Tucked away in a lush estate surrounded by farms, Puncak Mutiara is quite a ways out-of-town, but offers delivery within Seberang Perai, Kulim and Kepala Batas, so you don’t have to travel far to sample its iconic lamb biryani. An unusual dish to try would be the ostrich stir fry. Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am-2am. $$

NEW Kebaya Seven Terraces Hotel, 2-16 Lorong Stewart, George Town (04 264 2333/04 261 2862/kebaya.com.my). If you are looking for a restaurant with the lofty flavours of Indochinese colonial days, then look no further. Housed in Seven Terraces Hotel, the restaurant with gorgeous interiors boasts an exquisite menu with Nyonya favourites – think pai tee, grilled chicken kapitan, jiu hu char (fried jicama and cuttlefish) and more – enhanced with traditional French cooking styles. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6-10pm. $$$

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Sa Rang Chae Korean Restaurant 11-G-1 & 2, Jalan Gottlieb, New Bob Center, George Town (012 468 6700/ fb.com/sarangchae.penang). Meaning ‘guest house’ in Korean, Sa Rang Chae presents a medley of Korean delicacies suited for local palates. It’s known for its barbecue menu, but if you’re looking to spice things up, opt for these underrated dishes: the maewoon kalbi (a spicy pork rib stew peppered with dates, potatoes, tang hoon and radish) or the haemultang (a comforting stew containing crabs, mussels and mushrooms). Tue-Sun, 12noon-3pm; 6-10.30pm. $$

here costs almost triple the standard price (a small bowl with three prawns will set you back about RM15 while the bigger bowl with six prawns costs around RM22). Halal. $$

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Korean Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant 15-2-G, 2-1 & 2-2, Bayan Point, Medan Kampung Relau, Bayan Lepas (04 640 2616); 104 Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Tokong (04 891 3616). This premium Korean eatery serves barbecue sets with an entourage of side dishes. Some standouts on the menu include the saeng-deung-shim (prime beef imported from the US and seasoned with fragrant sesame oil) and the hanbang samkyupsal (thin slices of pork belly marinated in Korean ginseng and herbs).


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neon lighting and hordes of tourists are slight annoyances) and prices are higher than normal, but the seafood is as fresh as it gets. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm-12midnight. $$$$ DeHappy Seafood Restaurang 58 Jalan Macalister, George Town (04 227 7809/www.dehappy.com). Tiger prawns, lobsters and Alaskan spider crabs are among the live seafood you can find on display. While the restaurant calls for last orders by midnight, the kitchen continues dishing out Teochew-style porridge until the wee hours of the morning. Opt for the alfresco or airconditioned seating. Daily, 11am-3am, 5pm-12midnight; (Teow Chew porridge supper) 9.30pm3.30am. $$ East Hokkaido Seafood Restaurant 20C Jalan Bagan Jermal, George Town (04 228 8979/Facebook: East-Hokkaido-Seafood-RestaurantSdnBhd). Never mind the Japanese reference; East Hokkaido serves Chinese food through and through. The restaurant is often packed to the brim thanks to its popular cheese crab dish. Other signatures include the salted egg mantis prawn, seafood poon choy (mixed bowl of ingredients), crab thermidor, spring chicken, steamed fresh water patin (silver catfish), black pepper udon and prawn wan tan noodles. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-3pm; 6-11pm. $$$ Ong Cheng Huat Seafood 2004 Bagan Lallang, Butterworth (04 331 4782/012 453 5188). Mention ‘toddy’ (home-brewed palm wine) to any local and you’ll be led to this shack-turned-restaurant where you can buy one-litre bottles to enjoy on your own time. Ong Cheng Huat serves Chinese dishes, though not run-of-the-mill. Pick from six to seven dishes, which include steamed baby octopus with deep-fried garlic and deep-fried spring chicken. Pork-free. Tue-Sun, 11am-5.30pm. $$ Southeast Asian Thai Tree Monkey Restaurant Tropical Spice Garden, Lone Crag Villa, Lot 595, Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang (04 881 3493/www.treemonkey.com.my). Sharing a space with Tropical Spice Garden has its perks; Tree Monkey’s chef enjoys exclusive access to fresh herbs and spices. Don’t judge the restaurant by its Balinese aesthetics as it is, in fact, a Northeastern Thai restaurant. We love the alfresco

dining amid tall, shady trees, though it can get hot up here during the day. Order a plethora of tapas such as the fried chicken drumlets or otak-otak and wash it down with something cold yet equally spiced: We recommend the iced spiced coffee, with its hints of cardamom, cinnamon, clove and star anise, or the tom yam margarita. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10.30am-10.30pm. $$$ Vegetarian Annalakshmi Temple of Fine Arts 1 Lebuhraya Babbington, off Jalan Barrack (04 228 8575). The food at Annalakshmi is prepared by volunteers. Guests are ushered to their seats before they can start on the vegetarian buffet of rice, vegetables, soup, chapattis, eggs and so on. The part that baffles many first-timers most is Annalakshmi’s policy of accepting however much patrons wish to pay – these donations go into funding the activities of The Temple of Fine Arts. Do note that if you come as part of a larger group, you may be charged a flat fee of RM12. Our humble advice is to first take note of the semi-formal dress code of the place, and also to return the goodwill – don’t make a free meal out of it. Tue-Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm; 6-9.30pm. $

popular flavour. Halal. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 9am12midnight. Real Food Café 3A-G-13D, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong (04 890 8295/www.realfoodgrocer. com). Real Food is both a vegetarian/vegan café and a grocery store stocked with healthy produce. The menu is a mix of Western dishes such as burgers and pizza, as well as Asian favourites like noodles, rice dishes, soups and dumplings. The dumplings are the cafe’s signature and come either fried or steamed, and stuffed with shredded vegetables and bean curd. We can heartily recommend their portobello mushroom burger, a juicy concoction with a terrific crunch, and their chickpea cake salad, in which a filling and lightly spiced patty made from chickpeas and sweet potato is topped by lettuce, grilled asparagus, nuts, olives and French beans. For a sweet ending to your meal, order the ice cream made from brown rice milk and sugar cane instead of regular milk and sugar. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am10pm. $$$

NEW Sushi Kitchen Various locations in Penang (012 591 3311/fb.com/sushikitchen). If you are big fan of Japanese food Evergreen Vegetarian House and a vegetarian at the same time, 39A Jalan Cantonment, George Town then you will absolutely love this (04 210 3900). place. This Japanese-themed vegan Evergreen specialises in eatery serves staples like udon, Chinese vegetarian cuisine, fried rice, a variety of so you can expect sushi rolls and more, a lot of creative and they pride mock meat dishes. themselves on not The economy using artificial rice dishes are colouring, affordable and preservatives, popular come microwaves, s le b ta lunch time, but white sugar vege Lots of ushrooms you can also and salt. This branch out into and m ubiquitous is one to go if e th made-to-order e c you’re looking for l repla and ee dishes like bak kut a healthy vegan almon s teh, laksa, satay or Japanese meal. char kuey teow. Drop Child-friendly. Credit by Evergreen’s sundry cards accepted. $$ shop to pick up some vegetarian groceries for home. Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant Halal. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 7am60 Jalan Penang, George Town (04 7.30pm. $ 263 9764). Smack in the middle of Little India No. 1 Cannon Street Galeri & Kafe rests Woodlands, a vegetarian eatery 1 Lebuh Cannon, George Town (04 where South Indian cooking rules 261 4378/fb.com/no.1cannonstreet). supreme. Order the special thali We can’t make head nor tail of the set for an introduction to various décor here, but the locals clearly traditional dishes such as chappatti, don’t give a hoot. Half of the clientele dhal, rice, sambar, vegetables, spicy appear to be vegetarian backpackers kulambu, yoghurt curds and more. To relieved to have found meat-free fare. end your meal on a sweet note, take Order from veggie burgers, noodle your pick of the traditional Indian dishes, spring rolls and steamed buns, sweets displayed near the storefront. but leave room for some vegan ice Pork-free. Child-friendly. Daily, cream, of which nutmeg is the most 8.30am-10pm. $

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The food scene and old world charm of Perak, particularly its capital Ipoh, is garnering plenty of attention as one of the top local destinations to visit. Filled with hipster cafĂŠs and old-school favourites, head here to try the original Ipoh white coffee, chicken rice and tau fu fah.

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Cafés Burps & Giggles 93 & 95 Jalan Sultan Yussuf, Ipoh (05 242 6188/fb.com/BurpsGiggles). Burps & Giggles is the ‘it’ spot in town for brunch. We suggest going either in the early morning or late evening when there are less people and the weather is more forgiving as there’s a lot to explore around this tiny refurbished café. A lot of heart has gone into the décor, and the menu’s unique items will tempt you to go overboard with orders. Mon & Wed-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-7pm. $$ Espressolab 105 Jalan Canning Estate, Ipoh (05 546 6648/www.espressolab.asia). KL’s Espressolab has branched out into Ipoh where it serves up aromatic coffees and delectable cakes. There is a small food menu but we recommend you stick to the caffeine and baked goods. Mon-Thu & Sun, 10am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-10pm. $ Happy 8 Retreat Café 46 Jalan Market, Ipoh (05 243 8388/ fb.com/thehappy8cafe). This nature-themed cafe is one of our favourite places in Ipoh. It’ll be easy to relax and forget your worries amid the artfully arranged plants, tree murals and wooden furnishings. On the menu you’ll find a mix of Western and Chinese dishes as well as tasty desserts to enjoy with your cuppa. Mon-Thu & Sun, 9.30am-10pm; FriSat, 9.30am-11pm. $$

offers homemade wholemeal buns and scones as well as other porcine favorites suitable for brunch or mains. Check out their range of drool-worthy desserts, like their homemade s’mores pie, brownies and tiramisu. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon10.30pm. $$$ Plan b. 75 Jalan Panglima, Ipoh (05 249 8286/www.thebiggroup.co/planb). Opening this branch in Ipoh’s old town area, Plan b maintains the quirky, rustic décor they are known for in the Klang Valley. Try their house blend, a roast of Indonesian, Brazilian and Ethiopian beans, and savour a rich creamy espresso. This small café also offers up a menu of mostly Western dishes, including deliciously healthy breakfasts and brunches, pastas, sandwiches and salads. Credit cards accepted. MonThu,10am-11pm; Fri, 10am12midnight; Sat, 9am-12midnight; Sun, 9am-11pm. $$$ Sidewalk Ice Cream Lounge 26 Lengkok Canning, Ipoh Garden, Ipoh (016 562 6844). For nearly two decades, the pair behind the Sidewalk Ice Cream Lounge has been hard at work at their shop in a quiet residential area of Ipoh. Their customers, some of whom have been regulars for years, love their creative sundaes and cutesy décor, and you get a simple, quiet, down to-earth place that’s great for families. To ensure freshness, the fruits are bought fresh from the market and the chocolate sauce and butterscotch are homemade. However, be prepared to pay a little extra for what seems like generic ice cream with toppings. Child-friendly. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 7.30-11.30pm. $

Karat Café 135 Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, Greentown, Ipoh. With an old school kampung-style interior, this café has a great ambience and setup for group dinners, parties or events. Dubbed NEW Thumb’s Café as one of the only 133 Jalan Sultan halal hipster cafés in Abdul Jalil, Ipoh Ipoh, the popularity (019 614 6618/ of Karat Café is is fb.com/thumbscafe). growing, thanks to ’s Café Food here is a mélange Thumb next to its spread of good d of Malay and Western locate Café food; they have a dishes that includes t Kara variety of local and fried rice, congee, international eats that chicken chop and their has a loyal fan base across signature homemade meatballs. town. Affordable prices, a great ambience Halal. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 5pmand comfort food make this a great 12midnight. $$ place for a casual meal. Halal. Child-friendly. Mon & WedMorsel Eatery Sun, 6pm-1am. $ 23A Jalan Seenivasagam, Ipoh (05 243 8133). Cheap eats It looks like the industrial chic café hype is not dying anytime soon, at Hawker least in Ipoh. One of the first places in Casual Market Ipoh to include jamón ibérico (cured Taiping Casual Market, Jalan ham made from black Iberian pigs) Panggung Wayang, Taiping. in their menu, Morsel Eatery also At this buzzing and crowded food

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court, you can find almost everything from chicken rice and wan tan mee to curry mee. The wan tan mee is especially good, drenched in soy sauce and topped with slices of sticky-sweet barbecue pork. Also hugely popular are the homemade Nyonya kuih such as the kuih talam, kuih ketayap, kuih koci and pulut panggang. Daily, 8am-10pm. $ NEW Ding Feng Tau Fu Fa 8 Jalan Panglima, Ipoh (012 527 1028) Looking for a twist to your Teochew tau fu fah (tofu pudding)? Head here for interesting variations including ginger syrup and sesame seeds. Get a bottle of fresh soya bean milk while you are at it. Daily, 9.30am-4.30pm. $ Funny Mountain 49 Jalan Theatre, Ipoh (012 516 1607/012 588 6167). It could be the quirky name that’s caused the roaring success of this stall, but we’re more inclined to believe it’s the soya bean milk and tau fu fah. The pudding is fantastically smooth, which is probably why there’s usually a long line of people queuing up for their Funny Mountain fix. If you’re in a hurry, make use of Funny Mountain’s drive-thru service and your order will be delivered to your car. Daily, 10am until the tau fu fah finishes. $ Kafe Zun Seng Fatt Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh. Only two stalls fill up this shop that has been around for ages, which should hint already at the dependable quality of the food. You can get either pork noodles or the Ipoh-famous kai see hor fun (shredded chicken kuey teow soup) here. What sets these dishes apart from the rest is the flavourful broth that has no trace of MSG. Don’t keep your hopes high about the coffee though. $ NEW Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong 15A Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh (05


NEW Nasi Kandar Yong Suan (Nasi Vanggey) 2 Jalan Yang Kalsom, Ipoh This restaurant started the nasi vanggey or nasi ganja (weed rice) craze in Ipoh. Also known as Ipoh’s version of nasi kandar, this dish comes with salted egg, fried chicken and kuah campur – a mix of two or three gravies which makes it so addictive. Halal. Daily, 10am-7pm.

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Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum 32, 34 & 36 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Ipoh (05 255 7134). A hotspot for dim sum, this shop is regularly jam-packed with customers so we suggest that you go early. Try the char siew bao, yam cakes, wu kok, fish balls and an assortment of prawn and fish paste dumplings. For dessert they offer the sweetened and undeniably healthy sesame and lotus seed soup. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 6am-12.45pm. $$

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Hj Sharin Low Grand 14 & 14A Persiaran Greenhill, Ipoh (05 241 2472). This is the biggest Chinese Muslim chain of restaurants with more than ten outlets across the nation. Expect the regular dishes that you can find in a generic Chinese restaurant, minus the pork of course. This is a great place to bring Muslim friends who’d like a taste of Chinese cuisine. Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$

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Chinese Aun Kheng Lim 24 Jalan Theatre, Ipoh (05 254 2998). This store selling salted chicken has stood the test of time (over 20 years!) in a swarm of recently opened shops peddling the same dish. The chicken isn’t that big as they use only free-range chicken, which is perfect for two people to share. Herbs such as dong quai (female ginseng) and gei zhi (Chinese wolfberry) are combined with salt crystals to bake this unique Ipoh delicacy. We suggest that you book in advance, especially if you plan to visit on a weekend or a public holiday. Daily, 9am-6.30pm. $$

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241 4601). variety of famous Ipoh fare. Located This classic kopitiam is certainly a on the old streets in Ipoh town, this prime example of what Ipoh white place isn’t hard to find. If you’re coffee is all about. Try their staying at Sekeping Kong Heng, signature white coffee head to this coffee shop along with their butter on the ground floor for and kaya toast with dishes like sar hor fun, half-boiled eggs for chee cheong fun, Ipoh a hearty traditional white coffee and breakfast. Other pork satay. The sar standout menus hor fun – served n o o Y in include chee Kopi S e oldest in clear soup i a d e K cheong fun, with prawns and th one of se siew yuk shredded chicken – Loong isional Hainane h (roasted pork) is slippery smooth o it Ip ad in tr s p and egg tarts. and glides down ee sho ff o c Daily, open from effortlessly. Also early morning until popular is the popiah, evening. $ generous fillings of turnips, crunchy fried small NEW Laksa Kedah Padang Polo prawns and vegetables wrapped in Taman Rekreasi Sultan Abdul Aziz, a paper-thin crêpe. Jalan Brash, Ipoh (019 541 3541/ Child-friendly. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, fb.com/LaksaKedahPadangPoloIpoh). 8.30am-4pm. $ Based in Taman Rekreasi Sultan Abdul Aziz, or known as Padang NEW Restoran New Holly Wood Polo, this stall needs no introduction 38 Jalan Lee Kwee Foh, Taman among locals. This famous food Canning, Ipoh. stall sells authentic laksa Kedah It’s not often you find a pork-free (rice noodles in a mackerel and Chinese eatery. And this cosy place is tamarind broth) and is as famous for where locals come to for comfort food its generous portions as the friendly and typical Malaysian breakfast items owners. like chee cheong fun, roti telur goyang, Halal. Tue-Sun, 2.30-10pm. $ nasi lemak and roti canai, all under one roof. Restoran Lou Wong Tauge Halal. Tue-Sun, 7am-4pm $ KueTiau 49 Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh (05 254 Tong Sui Kai 4199). Jalan Sultan Ekram (opposite SRJKC Crowds in search of chicken and bean Sam Tet), off Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, sprouts pack Lou Wong to the rafters Ipoh. every day. Ipoh bean sprouts are said Also known as Ipoh’s Dessert Street, to be plumper than the usual types, Tong Sui Kai houses around 50 and the steamed chicken here is the hawker stalls under one roof and perfect texture, though it’s a little on promises a wide selection of hot and the oily side. The chicken usually cold desserts. No single stall stands accompanies rice noodles or boiled out, and highlights include extra large rice as the main. bowls of shaved ice topped with rose Daily, 10.30am-12midnight. $ syrup, condensed milk, ice cream and a generous amount of mixed fruits. Pusat Makanan Taman Tasik Or try other desserts like lin chi kang Jalan Sultan Mansor (opposite and a variety of dessert soups such Taiping Lake Gardens). as black bean, red bean, sago, sweet Two things you need to order as soon potato and bubur cha cha. as you step into this low-key food Pork-free. Tue-Sun, 5pm-12midnight. court: oh chien (fried oyster omelette) and grilled stingray (known as ‘fish Mamak from paradise’ according to a few Ansari Cendol satisfied customers). The food court 92 Jalan Barrack (off Jalan Chung has a large variety of stalls and seems Thye Phin), Taiping (012 562 9440). to be one of the only places to eat in The old faded signboard proclaims the vicinity that are open as late as ‘Restauran Ansari Famous Cendol’, 11pm. We recommend making this and this is just a few steps away from your dinner spot if you decide to take the famed Bismillah Cendol. Ansari’s a stroll along the picturesque lake selling point is the generous helpings gardens, otherwise you’ll probably of cendol and all at a reasonable find this place a little dead if you price. Those squiggly green jellies are come during lunch hour. poured in to the brim, so you haven’t Child-friendly. $ been satisfied with other stalls’ measly portions, Ansari is the one Restoran Ipoh Kong Heng you should try. 74 Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh. Halal. Daily, 10am-7pm. $ While there are cheaper alternatives, if you’re a tourist this is probably Bismillah Cendol the best one-stop place to sample a 233 Jalan Barrack, Taiping.


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Restoran Makanan Laut Kok Thai 56-64 Lebuh Medan Ipoh, Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh, Ipoh (05 546 8407). Chinese restaurants are everywhere in this predominantly Chinese town, but Kok Thai is hugely popular among locals. Dishes here come in big portions, with an equally abundant variety to choose from. Pork ribs, hou si fatt choy, deep-fried butter prawns, and kaya puffs are some of the highlights on the menu. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11.30am2.30pm; 5.30-10.30pm. $$$ Thean Chun 73 Jalan Bandar Bijih Timah, Ipoh (05 255 3076). Another one-stop place for quality Ipoh food, Thean Chun is almost synonymous with Ipoh itself. Must tries in this outlet include the chee cheong fun, popiah, sar hor fun with shredded chicken, beef balls made from tendons, and the satay. For dessert order the crème custard with syrup, an Ipoh favourite. Daily, 8am-4.30pm. $ European Modern European NEW Maiale Japanese Style Italian Restaurant 5 Jalan Dato’ Yeoh Cheng Lee, Ipoh (05 241 1405/Facebook: Maiale Japanese Style Italian Restaurant) Italian restaurants are rare sight in

Ipoh, but Maiale stands out for its cosy ambience and all-white theme. What makes this small family restaurant stand out is their Japanese chef who cooks Italian food. Known for their homemade pasta, Maiale offers an idiosyncratic spin on Italian staples and delivers them with a Japanese essence. Try their range of desserts, which include the likes of creamy crème brûlée, tiramisu, Italian milk pudding, just to name a few. Credit cards accepted. Tue, 6.3011pm; Wed-Sun, 12noon-3pm, 6.30-11pm. $$ French NEW Garvy’s French Dining 275 Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh (05 255 8082/www.garvysmy. com). Opened in 2013, Garvy’s is helmed by Chef Romain Fabre who comes from a background in French fine dining. His multi-course degustation menus are very popular with the freshest ingredients sourced locally and from France, accompanied by a curated selection of wines. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. TueFri, 11am-2pm & 6-10pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-3pm & 6-10pm. $$$$ The Limestone’s Fine Dining Restaurant Ground floor, Regal Lodge, 131 Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh (05 242 3241/ fb.com/thelimestone). Limestone’s is one of Ipoh’s up-and coming restaurants that have established themselves among locals with their roast lamb leg, grilled salmon and menu of monthly specials. Reservations aren’t merely recommended, but required as it seats 44 at most; but it’s the small The Limestone's Fine Dining Restaurant

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be prepared to wait by a table to get seated. Specialties include the duck soup and the dry noodles topped with char siu and wan tan as a side dish. Child-friendly. Cash only. Daily, 6am9pm. $

size, coupled with the timber flooring and abundance of natural light, that affords the place its intimate quality. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon, 7-10.30am, 6-10.30pm; Tue-Sun, 7-10.30am, 11.30am-3.30pm, 4-5.30pm, 6-10.30pm. $$$ Indian Pakeeza Restaurant & Catering 15-17 Jalan Dato Seri Ahmad Said, Kampung Jawa, Ipoh (05 241 4243). A restaurant specialising in Northern Indian cuisine, Pakeeza offers an alternative to your standard mamak fare. The place is often full, so we suggest you make a reservation beforehand. The place is known for their biryani with a choice of chicken or beef, and their naan – one of the best we’ve tasted. Order the garlic, Kashmiri, cheese, or just plain naan. They offer a variety of fruit lassi as well. Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am-3pm; 6-10pm. $$ Tandoor Grill 9 Jalan Chin Choon Sam, Greentown, Ipoh (05 253 5995/05 255 5995/ Facebook: Tandoor-Grill). Specialising in North Indian cuisines, Tandoor Grill offers a fine dining experience for an affordable price. Order their bread basket which comes with three types of naan (cheese, butter and garlic), chicken samosa with mint chutney, grilled fish tikka, mutton seekh kebab and tandoori chicken. Then, chase them all down with a glass of thick mango lassi. Pork-free. Credits cards accepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11.30am-3pm; 6.30-11pm. $$ International Beacon Point Restaurant 41 Lintasan Perajurit 6, Taman Perak, Ipoh (05 546 9916/www. beaconpoint.com.my). Its signboard is utilitarian at best, but step into Beacon Point and you’ll be treated to home-style local and Western food. Affordable set lunches targeted at families are available every weekday, with the all-time favourites on the menu like chicken chop, laksa lemak and lamb shank. The real highlights of the menu are the cakes and pies though – the Mars bar chilled cheesecake is definitely worth a try. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 9.30am-6pm; Fri-Sat, 9.30am-10pm. $$ Citrus Wine & Dine 38-46 Laluan Ipoh Perdana, Ipoh (05 545 1010/fb.com/Citrus.Wine. and.Dine). In consideration of Ipoh’s rather limited circle of more upscale restaurants serving continental

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Yishen Vegetarian Restaurant 19-21 Jalan Medan Ipoh 6, Medan Ipoh Baru, Ipoh (05 546 6013/fb.com/ yishensu). Vegans rejoice. This is the place to visit for traditional Chinese veggie food. The meat substitutes that consist mainly of soy products are surprisingly ‘meaty’. Among their specialties are ‘mutton’ curry, crispy ‘salted fish’, and the kung pow ‘chicken’ and ‘snails’. The bean curd is especially tasty as well and they serve both white and brown rice. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 10am-3pm; 5-10pm.

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Vegetarian Fu Tien Vegetarian Restaurant 34 Jalan Medan 1B, Medan Ipoh Bestari, Ipoh (05 549 9098). Located opposite the Tesco hypermarket, Fu Tien is a fusion restaurant, serving both Chinese and Japanese food to its patrons. But their speciality lies in their vegetarian sushi. Other notable dishes are their signature salad, seaweed salad, mango sushi and Hainanese ‘chicken’ rice. Tue-Sun, 11.30am-2.45pm; 6-9.45pm. $

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Restoran Yum Yum 5 Persiaran Greenhill, Greentown Area, Ipoh (05 253 7686/fb.com/ restaurant.yumyum). Designed to look positively Thai, the restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine. Among their tofu dishes, the fried tofu topped with plum sauce is considered their signature dish. Another speciality is the sambal prawn with petai. Dishes are very reasonably priced as well. Halal. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 6-10pm. $$

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Southeast Asian Thai Koh Samui Restaurant 83 Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh; 28 Lebuh Medan Ipoh, Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh, Ipoh Garden East (05 255 6608). If you fancy sweet, sour and spicy food, Koh Samui (the restaurant in Ipoh, that is) is the place to go to for authentic Thai fare. Order the tom yam with seafood, pineapple fried rice, deep-fried squid with sweet and sour sauce, Thai green curry chicken, and pandan chicken. Halal. Daily, 11.30am-3pm; 6.3010.30pm. $$

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cuisine, Citrus presents itself as a Secret-Garden). viable choice for those seeking to take Secret Garden’s location is much a hiatus from Ipoh’s much busier less inconspicuous than its name hawker and Chinese cuisine suggests – it’s situated within a scene. That said, Citrus is big old English bungalow. neither unreasonably Diners can choose to sit expensive nor inside the two-storey pretentious in their establishment, re a service and serving or outside the There e v li s portions; the portions bungalow in a e m someti ormances garden setting. Much are generous and rf e p the staff have often care and effort has nt band rtainme been acknowledged been put into the décor as ente dinner g as competent and of the restaurant; its durin attentive. If you’re aesthetic is a harmonious planning to drop by, hybrid of Gothic and remember to try the chef’s Victorian architecture with recommended items. a hint of contemporary and local Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Tueinfluences. Sun, 11.30am-3pm; 6.30-11pm. $$$ Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-12am; FriFriend’s Café Sat, 12noon-1am. $$$ 28-30 Jalan Medan Ipoh 4, Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh (05 546 3667/ Seafood fb.com/friendscafemy). Lung Seng Restaurant Perfect for private parties and casual 10 Jalan Besar, Tanjung Tualang (05 dining, this café has a separate space 360 0735). for private dining. If you’re coming Widely considered the Mecca for in with a group of friends, opt for the freshwater prawns in the region, private room with an adjoining sofa area for cocktails or pre-dinner drinks. this eatery is the one to visit for all things crustacean. In preparation The food menu includes dishes like before cooking, the chef submerges spicy green curry spaghetti, hot basil the prawns in ice cold water to spaghetti with turkey ham, balsamic retain their springy texture. You duck breast salad, and lamb loin. will also find live fish and crabs in Credit cards accepted. Mon, Wed-Fri the tanks of this restaurant. Other & Sun, 5pm-12midnight; Sat, 5pmrecommendations include the steamed 1am. $$ frogs legs with essence of chicken and the sang har mee. Jook Joint Bistro Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon-9pm. $$ 4180 Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Lumut (016 557 5611/Facebook: Jook-JointMun Cheong Seafood Restaurant Bistro). 511-517 Jalan Pasir Puteh, Ipoh (05 The newly renovated Jook Joint has 321 2815). a good selection of well-prepared Popular since 1978 in Ipoh, Mun Western dishes. Look out for the Cheong is a synonym for Chinese green signboard and you’ll find it. wedding banquets. Dishes in Mun One of the more happening places Cheong are generally crowd-pleasers in sleepy Lumut, Jook Joint is pretty with favourites like the pan-fried much where the expats hang out. prawns, platter of stuffed crab shells, Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10amassam-style stir-fried vegetables 12midnight. $$ with scallops, fish paste with sliced abalone, and crispy salad chicken. Patisserie Boutique Make sure you save some room for 103 Jalan Sultan Yusuff, Ipoh the traditional Chinese dessert of (05 241 1385/fb.com/Patisserie. sweet soup – chestnut with egg white BoutiQue). and ginkgo nuts. This Parisian-themed café serves Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. simple pastas, sandwiches and cakes. Daily, 10.30am-2.30pm; 5.30-10pm. We like Granny’s Chicken Lasagna, $$$ a fantastically cheesy concoction of chunky minced chicken and red margherita sauce with a drizzle of Pusing Public Seafood Restaurant cream that gives the dish a salmonG57-65 Jalan Verasamy, Ipoh (05 pink hue. For dessert, you can’t go 241 9348). past the unique pumpkin chocolate The restaurant is aptly named after cake but keep an eye on the evertheir first branch, which is located in changing roster of cakes. the small town of Pusing in Perak. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Mon-Tue & The place is popular for wedding Thu-Sun, 11am-6pm. $ banquets as they offer top-notch Chinese banquet-style cuisine. Secret Garden @ TSG Highlights include the black pepper 42 Lorong Cheah Cheang Lim, off and honey-glazed fish, steamed Jalan Tambun (Jalan Raja Di Hilir), kampung chicken with Hong KongIpoh (05 241 0412/Facebook: Thestyle kai lan, and their signature


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Truly the city that never sleeps, Kuala Lumpur (and surrounds) is a haven for night owls and party animals looking to paint the town red. Drink, dance and be merry at these establishments that certainly set the bar high. For more information, visit timeoutkl.com.

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The speakeasy furore is quietening down and the quirky, cool cocktail bar is on its way up the popularity stakes.Time Out Malaysia introduces the bartenders (or mixologists) who are leading the way and upping their mixing game.

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the Double Duck Kek-Wa, a concoction of duck fat-infused Aylesbury Duck vodka, chrysanthemum-infused saké, fresh lemon juice, honey and soda water. By fat-washing the vodka for eight to 24 hours, the drink is less acrid than you’d expect. Or try the exotic Grand Bloom with its neat ice shaving nest over a refreshing fruity mix of Bols Genever Amsterdam Gin, Créme de Cassis, fresh lemon juice and hibiscus jam. Most of Kelvin’s cocktails are subtle, making it dangerously easy to over-drink if you don’t pace yourself! E-1-09 Electric Boulevard, TREC, 436 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2110 5664/Facebook: Crime Cocktail Bar). Daily, 6.30pm-1am.

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Is mixology a science or based on gut instinct? Kelvin Lee, head bartender at Crime Cocktail Bar, deems it neither and both. Sponsored training abroad enabled Kelvin to gain a thorough education in cocktail formulas whereas travels to far-flung cities bestowed him with a keen sense of ‘what works’. Even so, he believes that the art of mixing drinks is largely informed by social skills, or one in particular – listening. During his travels around Europe, Kelvin paid attention to the fact that many a cocktail bar didn’t offer a drink menu. As a customer, you simply strike up a conversation with the barkeep and describe what you’re after. In order to please one’s patronage, you had to practise the omakase concept. Congratulations if you succeed in finding Crime Cocktail Bar, a speakeasy

located in the vicinity of TREC. After keying in the password and climbing a flight of stairs, you’ll find yourself in a steampunkish space reminiscent of a railroad station (historically, the first speakeasies were housed under train tracks). Framed portraits of infamous mafia hitmen (including Al Capone, the Godfather himself) frown down upon the scene, but behind the bar, mildmannered Kelvin welcomes customers with an open smile. Give him a hand in creating your bespoke cocktail by ticking off the following boxes: smoky, bitter, herbal, floral, spicy, citrusy, tropical or dry. But if you’re open to experimenting, order a signature cocktail, such as

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Kho Chee Kheong aka CK of Coley This Bangsar back street is going through a bit of gentrification with Southern Rock Seafood at one end and DR.Inc on the other. If you’re unfamiliar with the place, you may not have heard of a funky little bar ensconced within DR.Inc run by the affable CK, who knows a thing or two about mixing drinks. His business card reads ‘Bar Keeper’, which is the old word for bartender, and gives you an idea of how much he’s into his craft. Having studied hospitality, he was always drawn to the business of food and beverage, and after a stint working in a coffee house, he tried bartending and the rest as they say is history. ‘It’s the lively vibe of being a bartender that still draws me in to this day,’ he said. Coley is the super cool version of the neighbourhood bar where uncles would go

for happy hour beers. But instead of uncles here, you get hipster media types and Bangsar denizens who just want a fantastic cocktail in a chilled out place. When asked what he enjoyed most about running Coley, CK had this to say, ‘The best part of it is the interaction with our customers. This is the one thing that consistently inspires me to craft new cocktails suited to their taste. The customer’s smile after the first sip of their cocktail is priceless. Besides that, I really enjoy coming up with new concepts, collaborations, promotions, and events to raise awareness or educate people about cocktails.’ Coley’s signature cocktail is the Saffron Sour, which is a classic Whisky Sour with a twist – infusing whisky with saffron and sweetened with vanilla syrup. And if you’re wondering what kind of drink CK likes, it’s the classic Old Fashioned. Collaborations

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are another aspect of the business and at the moment he’s working on Cocktail Soft Serve, which, as the name suggests, is alcoholic ice cream – perfect for our tropical weather. CK’s view on what 2017 will bring to the KL bar scene is an interesting insight, ‘The KL bar scene is definitely thriving currently, based on the number of cocktail bars opening with unique concepts and experimental cocktails. People are open to try different types of spirits like rum, tequila and mescal. Most bartenders are creative and passionate in creating cocktails with local ingredients, and we’re expecting more local-inspired cocktail bars creating truly unique Malaysian cocktails. 8 Jalan Kemuja, KL (019 270 9179/fb.com/LongLiveColey). Mon-Sat, 5pm-1am; Sun, 3-9pm.


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and her cocktails) is its mindboggling selection of whiskies (almost 450 labels) from all over the world; you can even find Indian whisky here. Patrons are serious drinkers who appreciate quality and the reasonable pricing. On your next night out, forget the usual haunts and head here for a 6th of June. 61 Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama, PJ (017 680 1357/ fb.com/61monarchy). Mon-Sat, 5pm-2am

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Shirmy is a breath of fresh air not because she’s a woman in what is frankly a male-dominated business, but because she’s ultra hip, knowledgeable and truly loves to mix a good cocktail. A Hospitality & Tourism alumni, she worked in five-star hotels until being offered an opportunity to work with Omakase & Appreciate, one of the original speakeasies in the city. This is where her interest in bartending grew exponentially and her curiosity for the different flavours behind the drinks was piqued. The inevitable question of the challenges faced by a woman in the industry came up and Shirmy answered with honesty, ‘It was challenging a few years back. A woman had to be physically able to carry beer barrels, crates. Luckily in a cocktail bar, I only need to carry the little spirit bottles one at a time! A bigger challenge is dealing with intoxicated customers. After years in the industry, I

have solutions on how to deal with them and I always advise them to drink responsibly and not use alcohol as a reason to misbehave.’ Shirmy’s signature drink is called 6th of June, a mix of Caol Ila Scotch whisky, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, Cassis liqueur, sweet Vermouth, Campari and lemon. The name and cocktail came about because it has six ingredients and was made for a customer in June. It was inspired by Shirmy wanting to combine the tastes of her favourite classic drinks like the Negroni, Old Fashioned and Whisky Sour. So she isolated their dominant characteristics and achieved a bitter, sweet, sour, smoky flavour, and a cocktail was born. Her favourite drink is a Gin and Tonic with Peychaud’s Bitters, which she refers to as a casual drink. As one of the more comfortable bars around, 61 Monarchy is one of those where you could sit all night with friends and not notice time pass. Their main attraction (besides Shirmy

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Rick Joore of Coppersmith Crafting cocktails has always been the world of Rick Joore. Coming from Amsterdam, his career began at 14 when he spent his formative years in the kitchen working and developing his palate. When he turned 18, he attended hotel school where he met his mentor, who happened to be a cocktail guru. This is where his journey to becoming a mixologist began. In his early years, Rick joined national bartending competitions and was once selected to represent his country at an international competition, and then chosen to go to Singapore for a cocktail course. He landed a job with Troika Sky Dining in 2013 and was put in charge

of the drinks for all the outlets. When plans were underway for the conception of Coppersmith, Rick was offered the chance to helm the bar. Since Coppersmith opened its doors in July 2016, Rick has hit the ground running. He has been working on a host of original cocktails in collaboration with Cocktail Professor, and together they have come up with some of Coppersmith’s signature cocktails, such as From The Garden’s Smith and Banana Rama. Easily inspired by everything around him, Rick likes to experiment with different elements and flavours, and still keep the drink uncomplicated. And it’s the presentation and garnishing that make Rick’s drinks shine – the visual is as essential

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as the flavours. Every day, he spends his time prepping his drinks and the garnishes in Troika Sky Dining’s pantry where he’s free to create and envision new drinks. When asked about his hopes for the future, he shares that he wants people to acknowledge being a bartender as a profession. His dream? Simple. To open his own tequila bar! Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 21620886)/www. troikaskydining.com/ coppersmith). Daily, 5pm-1am.


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Keen in the art and science of mixology, grape varieties, or brews made from barley? These specialty bars in KL cater to connoisseurs of cocktails, wine and beer. By Sammi Lim

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but sleek bar with wooden counters offers craft beer by the bottle, in cans or on tap. Want to sample a whole spectrum of beers? Opt for a tasting flight – three 150ml glasses is a reasonable RM50. The Market, Isetan The Japan Store, Lower Ground Floor, Lot 10, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (03 2141 7777/ Facebook: Takumi Craft Bar). Daily, 11am-9pm.

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it’s prevailing at refined, small-scale trades. The first and only Japanese craft beer bar in Malaysia, Takumi Craft Bar lets you get your hands on gems from the Land of the Rising Sun. An isle of calm in the bustling food market in Isetan The Japan Store, the small

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The microbrewery has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the United Kingdom. Over the last few decades, the fad for craft beer has spread like wildfire, particularly in Japan, because if there’s anything SAM MI L IM the Japanese do well,


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PAUS If you enjoy getting nerdy about beer and can rant about the ‘abv’ (alcohol by volume), ‘ibu’ (international bittering units), ‘ebc’ or ‘srm’ (colour intensity scales) of different brews, then this should be your next stomping ground. It’s not often that one meets staff who truly know their trade and speak the language of beer. Rather like a ‘beer library’, PAUS even equips each regular with his or her own booklet for keeping track of every bottle they’ve sampled. PAUS, meaning ‘whale’ in Malay, is where beer connoisseurs can congregate to find their ‘Moby Dick’. (In beer slang, a ‘craft beer whale’ is deemed a prized bottle.) The proprietors pay close attention to their products, stocking only the best beer (cider and ginger beer too) from independent breweries in Australia, New Zealand and Belgium. First floor, 42A Persiaran Zaaba, TTDI, KL (03 7731 8006/ Facebook: PAUS Craftbeer Bar). Mon-Sat, 5pm12midnight.

PS150 Seek out the small toy store carrying Ultraman figurines, miniature car models and other vintage brica-brac; this hole in the wall is merely a front for the entrance to PS150. Shrouded in shadows and dimly illuminated with sensual red lighting, PS150 is located within a row of Chinese shophouses along Jalan Petaling, and could easily serve as a set for a Wong Kar Wai film. Once inside, wander through the rooms, nooks and crannies before ending up at

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the main bar where an exotic range of cocktails awaits. More than a sexy place to be seen, the bar’s Asian-inspired cocktails speak volumes for the establishment. Multi-award winning mixologist Angel Ng is fond of local flourishes: homegrown ingredients such as gula Melaka syrup, pandan essence, lychee and ginger flower are key components in the drinks. Try a new-fangled version of your favourite cocktail and drink your way through the ages - divided into time periods, the cocktail list is inspired by different eras such as pre-prohibition (1850s to 1910s), prohibition (1920s to 1930s), post-war (1940s to 1960s), the dark ages (1970s to 2000s) and contemporary (late 2000s to present). Ground floor, 150 Jalan Petaling, KL (03 2022 2888/www.ps150.my). Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sat, 6pm2am; Sun, 3-10pm. TRY The Punch! bowl for three or six persons, which usually contains three or more kinds of alcohol.


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and lotus root gin. Even the serving ware is inspired and ranges from coconut husks and glass vials to metal cans and earthen pots. Ambience-wise, it’s thrilling to be outdoors, surrounded by greenery under the stars as opposed to standing cheek by jowl in a cramped underground space. Try to snag seats on the bouncy elastic tarp stretched out over a square of grass. APW Bangsar, Jalan Riong, KL (011 3639 0695 /fb.com/ casestudybar). Mon-Sat, 6pm1.30am.

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Rousing Bangsar’s night birds, this greenhouse helmed by botanistbartenders doesn’t conform to the norm to say the least. The menu reads like an artist’s sketchbook, contains labelled illustrations of each cocktail, and lists ingredients so atypical it will raise eyebrows and pique curiosities. No longer are vegetables delegated to sides, salads, soups or stews – at Case Study, they’re ‘magicked’ into infusions, garnishes and tinctures. Salted wildflower honey takes the place of sugar syrup, and base liquors include the likes of water chestnut rum, shiitake mushroom tequila

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WINE As its name implies, this wine bar is a far cry from the rowdy watering holes of Changkat Bukit Bintang or TREC. Breathe easy knowing you’ll have complete privacy while nursing your glass of wine and sidling up to that special someone. Take our advice and make a reservation to gain access to the password of the week. Look out for a bright yellow door somewhere in Taman Tun and put your code to use. With more than 200 wine labels from all four corners of the globe, Private Room makes it a little tricky to pick your poison, which is why knowledgeable sommeliers are always ready to make recommendations. Serious collectors can inquire after the rare vintages in the inconspicuous chiller. Expertly-curated cheese boards and deep-fried finger

food serve as nibbles while you swirl, sniff and sip your glass of wine. First floor, 48 Persiaran Zaaba, TTDI, KL (019 334 6631/ fb.com/prttdi). Mon-Thu, 5pm1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-2am. TRY A rare vintage or a wine-based cocktail such as the Purple Venus

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Vintry Few other wine bars in town own Enomatic Wine Dispensers, an electronic device that stores and dispenses up to 16 wines at perfectly regulated temperatures. Wine enthusiasts either love or loathe this bit of technology, but if you ask us, it’s genius – solo drinkers gain more options (instead of being relegated to house pours) and need not open a bottle and worry about wastage. Often likened to a library for wine, Vintry is lined with shelves of bottles from every imaginable wine-producing country. The food menu too reads like a thick tome dedicated to pork. Pair the grilled gourmet sausages with an aromatic red or the tom yam pork belly pizza with a dry white. 130 Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, KL (03 2094 8262); Ground floor, Jaya 33, Jalan Semangat, Section 13, PJ (03 7960 6737/ www.vintry.com.my). (Medan Damansara) Mon-Sat, 3pm12midnight; (Jaya 33) MonThu & Sun, 12noon-2.30pm, 5pm-12midnight; Fri-Sat, 12noon-2.30pm, 5pm-2am. TRY Wine dispensed using Enomatic technology and paired with fall-off-the-bone pork ribs

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For the uninitiated, the types of whisky available can be daunting. Malt whisky is the most popular and is usually

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The history of whisky is a tale that stretches back millennia, so to avoid a dull history lesson, let’s start with the fact that early production of alcohol was mostly done in monasteries during the 15th century, back when it was called ‘aqua vitae’, Latin for ‘water of life’. Records show that James IV of Scotland gave malt to a certain friar to

spirits and since whisky was the most common spirit, it was unofficially known as the Whiskey Tax; and this led to the Whiskey Rebellion when grain farmers decided they had had enough. And here’s a name everyone recognises – John Walker was a Scottish grocer who began making his own whisky in 1820 in the midst of all this furore – which has become the most recognisable brand in the business and it’s interesting to note that he was a teetotaller. Across two continents and centuries of unrest, whisky prevailed.

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make whisky during the late 15th century so he obviously enjoyed a wee drop. In 1536, King Henry VIII disbanded the monasteries. So production had to be moved and was then made in homes and farms by former monks. And as America was being colonised during the early 17th century, Irish and Scottish immigrants brought their distilling skills with them and began producing in these new territories. Because the drink was so popular, Great Britain imposed a tax on malt sometime between the end of the 17th century and the 18th century to help pay for the war. The Malt Tax caused many distilleries to begin clandestine production (distilleries were finally legalised in 1825), and during the American Revolutionary War, whisky was used a type of currency. After this war, the new government imposed taxes on distilled

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s with everything in the food and beverage industry, trends play a huge part in what the general public consumes. A couple of years ago, gin exploded onto the drinking scene. The humble gin and tonic, once the domain of red-cheeked colonials and women on the edge of a nervous breakdown, became so popular that a slew of gin producers like Monkey 47 and Hendrick’s cashed in on the trend. So what’s next on the drinking agenda? Well, whisky apparently never went out of style to begin with.

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with mineral or distilled water to ensure purity, and you can tell by how clear the ice looks. Whisky enthusiasts insist good (expensive) single malt should be taken neat. Mixers are a bit of a Ladies Night special – cheap whisky and Coke anyone? But, it’s all down to personal taste so drink as you like it. With a resurgence in its popularity, brands from atypical whisky producing countries like Japan (third largest producer globally), Spain, Taiwan, India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are becoming more exposed. The cocktail rage has also heightened interest in whisky with classics like the Whisky Sour, Manhattan and Old Fashioned regularly requested in bars. If your interest is piqued head to bar and indulge in a flight (a tasting selection) and see what the fuss is all about.

Water, ice and mixers

The whisky aficionado doesn’t just plonk ice from the fridge into their glass. And although the majority of drinkers don’t give much thought to the science of ice (it’s just frozen water!), there’s so much the untrained palate is missing out on just by not having the right ice. Ice straight from the fridge can have a stale taste, which affects the taste of the whisky. Purists prefer theirs neat, but many drinkers add ice or water so it really depends on what you prefer. Adding water exposes the whisky’s subtle flavours – AU especially for LA NA those with higher alcohol content – and softens the burn that comes with a stronger drink. Ice lowers the temperature of the whisky, offering a different taste and creating a more refreshing drink, which is where the quality of the ice makes a big difference. Most tap water is chlorinated so ice for whisky should be made

WHERE TO DRINK WHISKY IN KL 61 Monarchy A friendly little bar with an extensive selection of whisky and incredibly knowledgeable owner and staff. 61M Jalan SS21/1A, PJ (017 680 1357/ www.61monarchy.com).

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distillation, maturation (in wooden casks) – with differences in ageing time, type of distillery, ingredients and ratio of grain.

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produced in Scotland from malt barley and distilled in pot stills made of copper where heat is directly applied. Grain whisky is made of any other type of grain except barley like wheat and is usually distilled in column stills, matured for a shorter period and is used for blended whisky. Bringing us to the blended variety comprising a combination of malt and grain, with the better tipple containing a higher ratio of malt whisky. These usually come from Scotland or Ireland. In the United States, bourbon is mostly produced in the state of Kentucky in column stills and must contain at least 51 percent corn by law, with the rest of the grain made up of barley, wheat or rye. Also hailing from the States is one that’s made from rye and corn, which aren’t as popular and mostly used for blends. Another type that comes out of the States is Tennessee Whiskey (the ‘e’ differentiates geographical location), which is similar to bourbon except it’s produced solely in Tennessee and goes through an extra filtration process through charcoal chips before being aged. Production follows the same formula – malting, mashing, fermentation,

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The Whisky Bar Cigars, leather chairs and whisky, including old and rare labels. 6 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2143 2268/ www.thewhiskybarkl.com).

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Torii Come here for Japanese whisky and fantastic yakitori. Lot 8-6 Jalan Batai, KL (03 2011 3798/fb.com/toriimy).


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NEW The Berlin Ground floor, 208 Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL (03 2022 2111/ www.theberlinkl.com). The Berlin KL is an edgy hidden bar in Chinatown, opened in the second half of 2016. In line with the theme, the walls are covered in graffiti tags along with photos of Berlin’s past. Take your pick from the four signature cocktails, all named after famous landmarks in Berlin: The Brandenburg, JFK, Lustgarten and The Berlin Wall. To keep things

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Barlai 3 Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2141 7850/ www.thebiggroup.co). A sensible recommendation for the visiting backpacker, this scruffy nook is perfect for chilled out drinks and lighthearted gossip. Located on the inconspicuous Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Barlai is an exceedingly charming space with decaying walls, bamboo blinds, naked bulbs and white window panes. Wooden picnic tables make up most of the bar while gangly trees sprout around the narrow staircase that leads to the mezzanine floor – up here is where gigs, readings and exhibitions take place from time to time. Try the the Milo Kaw cocktail (Irish whisky, hazelnut liqueur and Milo) for a tipsy twist on the local beverage or the Barlai Pina Colada (with a dash of pandan syrup) if you like pineapple juice. Mon-Fri, 5pm-3am; Sat-Sun, 3pm-3am.

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NEW Bait 65 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL (03 2201 8187/fb.com/baitkl). Alexis Bistro Although it’s known as one of the Lot 10 & 11, Great Eastern Mall, better seafood (not the salted egg 303 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 crab type) restaurants 4260 2288); 29-29A Jalan around, Bait has a Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, different vibe with a KL (03 2284 2880); decidedly festive First floor, The mood once the Gardens Mall, Mid dinner crowd Valley City, KL (03 fades away. 2287 2281); First Turntables and floor, Bangsar set up and lounge Shopping tunes are played. Alexis Telawi holds Centre, KL (03 On weekends, live jamming sessions 2287 1388/www. it’s quite the little every first Monday of alexis.com.my). party pad with the month Synonymous with crowds spilling out tipples, jazz and sweet onto the sidewalk and a treats, this old-timer and local selection of genres ringing institution is unwavering despite out from the speakers to keep the a heavy influx of contenders year punters happy. after year. Go for the full experience Mon-Thu, 4pm-12.30am; Fri, 4pmby ordering a wine and a slice of the 2.30am; Sat, 11.30am-2.30am; Sun, signature Tiramisu while listening to 11.30am-12.30am. live jazz (at the Bangsar and Ampang outlets only). Barfly Pork-free. Child-friendly. Call outlets Various locations (Check Facebook for for opening times. individual outlets). Barfly takes the crown for the NEW The Attic Bar cheapest beers in town. Last we Travel Hub KL, 15 Jalan Balai checked, it was RM12nett for a pint Polis, KL (012 393 8627/fb.com/ of Tiger and RM14nett for Guinness.

Though not much of a cocktail bar, Barfly does offer mixed drinks. Take up the ‘Barfly Monsta’ challenge – a drinking game where you knock down a strong concoction as fast as you can. If you break the outlet’s current record, you’ll get a free drink of your choice on the house.

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theatticbarkl). To get here, you need to be buzzed into the first floor guesthouse, head to the back, and then take the spiral staircase two floors up – where you’ll find a cosy, relaxed little space, complete with sofa and beanbag corners. There’s a quaint DIY charm to bar, with bare brick walls and birdcage light fixtures. There’s also a balcony. But the best part about The Attic Bar is the price – beers and spirits start from only RM10, while cocktails are from RM24. Tue-Thu & Sun, 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 6pm-2am.

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Ales & Lagers D5-G4-3, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 6419 0328/ fb.com/AlesLagers). Hidden along a lonely Solaris Dutamas lane, Ales & Lagers doesn’t share the same cool vibe perfected by some of its more illustrious neighbours on the block. However, the imported craft beer specialists make up for the cramped space and nonexistent design with a very simple yet effective modus operandi – serve a dizzying array of bottled craft brews. Ales & Lagers is all about beer education, appreciation and discovery. You can opt to either take away their purchases or pick out bottles based on the staff’s recommendations and savour the brews in glasses right away. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 3pm-late.

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AfterWerk G-2 & G-3, The Scott Garden, 289 Jalan Klang Lama, KL (03 7972 2520/019 622 2423/ www.afterwerk.com.my). AfterWerk is a massive space (7,000 sq ft to be exact) with various sections and types of seating. The bar is the centrepiece of the establishment so hang out there if you want to rub shoulders with strangers. We like the alfresco area outfitted with plush red sofas – it’s even got a retractable roof for rainy days. An electronic dart machine and pool table will keep you and your friends busy while local bands provide live entertainment. Daily, 4pm-2am.


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Blue Elephant 17M & 15M, Plaza Damansara, Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, KL (03 2011 7715/ Facebook: Blue Elephant). Seek out this speakeasy by following the trail of movie posters lining the walls of a steep staircase. Blue Elephant’s charm lies in the small details – from an Oscar-shaped statue to a popcorn machine churning out bar snacks. If you haven’t already guessed, the theme here is ‘Hollywood’. It can get packed on weekends, but regulars keep coming back for the fun vibes. The Ladies Night deal on Wednesdays offers ladies free cocktails from a special drink menu. Mon-Sat, 5pm-2am. Bricks & Barrels 76 Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, KL (012 662 5129/fb.com/ BnBHartamas). The folks at Bricks & Barrels have gotten all the ingredients in the right places. To begin with, they occupy a strategic corner lot in the bustling

neighbourhood of Hartamas, which is close to both KL and the suburbs of PJ. In addition to that, beer and other tipples are never in short supply. Throw in great happy hour deals, football streaming and live bands for an unbeatable good time. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 4pm2am. Brussels Beer Café Various locations (www.brusselsbeercafe.com). Brussels Beer Café is a popular den for savvy urbanites to kick back and relax. They have a huge range of imported beers, including draft Hoegaarden, Stella Artois and Leffe fresh from the tap. Pub grub and authentic Belgian fare make great accompaniments to the booze. Note that each branch runs its own Happy Hour promotions at different times. NEW Case Study APW Bangsar, 29 Jalan Riong, Bangsar (011 3639 0695/fb.com/ casestudybar). This brilliant bar in the already brilliant APW (Art Printing Works) can be likened to a greenhouse that comes to life after sunset. Try not to gape as you browse the illustrated cocktail menu; many a drink can be liked to a liquid salad. For instance,

the Penguin Jar contains dill tincture, cream cheese, beetroot shrub and an Islay Whisky Scandinavian infusion, while the Watering Can sees a burdock root infusion, a broccoli and plum wine infusion, pisco, egg whites and lemon. We’d grab the airy alfresco seating over the rather cramped but cosy bar unless it looks like there’s a chance of rain. Mon-Sat, 6pm-1am. Claret Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 0886/ www.troikaskydining.com). This strikingly beautiful bar resembles a high-end New York loft. As its name suggests (Claret is the English name for a red Bordeaux), Claret specialises in drinks from the grapevine. Speak to the sommelier if the mind-boggling selection of wines seems intimidating. A secluded room beside the wine racks lets you cosy up to your date while a grand piano and outdoor patio overlooking the skyline add to the romantic ambience. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 4pm1am. NEW Coley 8 Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, KL (019 270 9179/fb.com/LongLiveColey). The next time you’re at DR.Inc, skip the coffee and head towards the back

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exciting, The Berlin KL plans on introducing themed nights at least once a month. Refer to their Facebook and Instagram page for more updates. Mon, Wed & Sun, 6pm-2am; ThuSat, 6pm-3am.

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Food Pairing with Carlsberg

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Carlsberg beer is not only the agship drink for the Carlsberg Group’s portfolio of beers, but the crisp and refreshing brew is also ideal paired with Asian-inuenced cuisine, hawker food, seafood, and grilled or barbecued meats. Head to these restaurants and pair your Carlsberg beer with their signature dishes.

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Friendscino Indulge in the delectable Seafood Platter where the he combination of mussels, calamari, sh and succulent prawns is best enjoyed with a chilled Carlsberg. Various locations, (www.friendscino. com).

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Morganeld’s Carlsberg is obviously the ultimate accompaniment to all the meaty goodness you’ll nd in the ‘Home of Sticky Bones’. Various locations, (morganelds.com).

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Wong Ah Wah A plate of Wong Ah Wah’s famed wings, an ice cold Carlsberg and good friends make for the ultimate pre- or post-party meal. 9 Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2144 2436).

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for a drink. An ode to Ada Coleman, Ring up this speakeasy prior to a celebrated female bartender known your visit to procure the password, for creating the Hanky Panky which must be keyed into a security cocktail, Coley is trendy yet cosy with box upon arrival. After the secret cushioned bar stools, potted plants door gives way, tiptoe up a dim and exposed concrete. Behind flight of stairs to seek out your the bar is local bartender destination. Done up to CK Kho, who brings resemble a mafia’s with him over 12 hideaway, Crime years of bartending Cocktail Bar is experience, so you reminiscent of Bo ok the private know your drinks a railroad station room for a birthd are in good hands. to evoke the first boy or girl; his or ay The cocktails here speakeasies which see contemporary were hidden beneath photo will appear her on twists on traditional railroad tracks. Come a ‘Wanted’ poste r classics. The Coley’s here for the bespoke Saffron Sour, for cocktails, which is head instance, was inspired bartender Kelvin Lee’s by the classic whisky sour, specialty. You can customise but incorporates saffron-infused your cocktail by checking off a list bourbon. The tiniest details are paid of flavour notes such as smoky, bitter, attention to, from dehydrating fruit herbal, floral, spicy, citrusy, tropical slices in-house (for garnishes, which and dry, or pick a signature cocktail. makes them edible too) to even Try the Double Duck Kek-Wa, which making their own ice. comprises duck fat-infused Aylesbury Mon-Sat, 5pm-1am; Sun, 3-9pm. duck vodka, chrysanthemum-infused saké, fresh lemon juice, honey and soda water; or the Naughty Butter, NEW COMO by Pisco Bar a mélange of Singleton Signature, Electric Boulevard, TREC, 436 Jalan espresso, macadamia nuts, milk, Tun Razak, KL (03 2110 2272/ peanut butter and meringue. fb.com/comokl). Daily, 6.30pm-1am. COMO is a revised, modernised and rejuvenated take on its thriving older sibling Pisco Bar. Expect Spanish NEW The Deck at Mango’s fare with an Asian twist such as E-12-14, Electric Boulevard, TREC, 436 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (012 477 barbecued ribs with a sesame glaze or lamb burgers with mango chutney. 3070/fb.com/thedeck.mangos). For drinks, Italian mixologist Mateo Boasting a tropical setting (trees and Arrigoni has devised a promising lounge chairs), Mango’s combines a restaurant, lounge, dance club and cocktail menu; our favourite is the now, the addition of an alfresco deck. Oolong sour, a concoction of oolongtea-infused bourbon, lemon juice and Listen to some of the best DJs in syrup. Eat and drink while bopping town spin while you sip on that rum your head to DJ sets and live gigs. cocktail and enjoy the stunning view from up here. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm3am. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 6pm-3am. NEW Coppersmith Troika Sky Dining, The Troika, Level NEW Donkey & Crow 23a Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 Electric Boulevard, TREC, 436 Jalan 0886/www.troikaskydining.com). Tun Razak, KL (03 2110 5349/ Troika Sky Dining’s newest cocktail fb.com/donkeyncrow). bar reflects the current trends in the Have a casual meal of Irish fare world of mixology: think artisanal with a few pints of Guinness at this and inventive drinks made with craft friendly neighbourhood pub and spirits and featuring house-made take the opportunity to catch up syrups, dehydrated fruits and edible on live sports screenings and cheer garnishes (miniature paper planes you your team on. Brews on tap include can munch on). The bar was created Guinness, Strongbow and Tiger. in collaboration with internationally Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11amrenowned bar consultant Cocktail 3am. Professor. Of course, with a name like Coppersmith, you can expect elements Drift Dining and Bar of copper not just in the décor, but 38 Jalan Bedara, off Jalan Nagasari, also the glassware and even the bar Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2110 2079/ equipment. In short, a very cool space. www.driftdining.com). Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pmWine lovers will be impressed by the 1am. extensive wine menu at this modern Australian restaurant and bar. Best of NEW Crime Cocktail Bar all, you don’t have to break the bank: Electric Boulevard, TREC (entrance a glass starts at just RM19 while the within Crave Oyster Bar), 436 Jalan cheapest bottle is only RM98. Come Tun Razak, KL (03 2110 5664/ with a group of friends and try the Drift Jar – a fruity concoction served Facebook: Crime Cocktail Bar).


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in a jar that’s enough for four. Private rooms are available should you wish to celebrate with your loved ones alone. Visit the restaurant’s Facebook page to stay abreast of wine tastings and special public events. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon4pm; 6pm-late. NEW Elysium Level 32, Wisma Goldhill, Jalan Raja Chulan, KL (03 2022 3818/fb.com/ ElysiumKL). Situated on the 32nd floor of Wisma Goldhill is Elysium, a bar and lounge with amazing views of the KL Tower and KLCC. The first-floor interior is kept cosy with cushioned booths in a corner for privacy, and a scattering of chairs and tables around the open

area. Upstairs, the open-air terrace is perfect to take in the sights and sounds of the city. Elysium is always bringing in international DJs to spin on their decks, so you can be sure of a good time here. Go for their cocktails and attractive happy hour deals and themed nights. Tue-Sun, 5pm-3am. NEW Fatty Fatty Boom Boom Lot G39B & G39C, Tropicana City Mall, Jalan SS20/27, Seksyen 20, PJ (03 7710 0394/fb.com/ FattyboomboomPJ). Fatty Boom Boom is a cocktail bar and show lounge featuring stand-up comedy, music and dancing. Asian ingredients take centre stage in the drinks, including chrysanthemum

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he cocktail bar is enjoying a renaissance and Coppersmith is set to shake up the city’s cocktail scene. As you enter, your first impression will be that you’ve just walked into someone with a very impressive home bar. The setting is intimate with warm metal tones, custommade furniture and Tom Dixon lights casting their welcoming glow to ensure you have a fantastic night out in gorgeous surrounds. Experienced mixologist Rick Joore is passionate about his craft and has created two distinct series of cocktails showcasing the

tea, sea coconut and kaya. There’s a bubble tea cocktail series – complete with a plastic-sealed cup and straw – alongside a selection of shots and classic cocktails with a twist. We suggest having a meal at S.Wine downstairs before heading up for the show. If you’re looking for privacy, there’s a little corridor at the back with seats (also the smoking area) that’s tucked away from the crowd. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 5pm-2am.

finest ingredients, finesse and knowledge of what a cocktail should be. ‘Welcome to Coppersmith’ comprises six original drinks combining a dash of quirkiness with a lot of innovation. Take ‘From the Smith’s Garden’, for example - a heady concoction of celery and green apple juice, fresh basil, lemon juice, homemade kwai feh syrup, Belvedere vodka, thyme, lime peel and Szechuan foam – and promising to both refresh and surprise. ‘Home Sweet Home’ goes back to basics and takes classic cocktails and gives them a subtle twist to bring them up to speed. “Our style of drink

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making is unique. We barrel and age our own cocktails, and take a great deal of care with every step of the cocktail-making process,” said Christian Bauer, Executive Chef & Director of Troika Sky Dining. ‘We wanted to create a space that we would like to hang out in – having amazing cocktails with our friends in a beautiful surrounding,” added Eddie Chew, Director of Troika Sky Dining. Exquisitely presented, Coppersmith cocktails are the best pre or post-dinner treat right in heart of this vibrant city. Coppersmith Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2162 0886/www.troikaskydining. com/coppermsith). Operating hours: Daily, 5pm-1am


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Chew and Christian Bauer’s panoply of F&B wunderkinds at Troika Sky Dining. The menu sees flamed, grilled and smoked tapas such as smoked quail eggs and grilled watermelon with fried halloumi. Pair these with something from the bar’s succinct cocktail menu. Reservations are highly recommended. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6.30pmlate. NEW Gaslight Café 15-2 Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, KL (fb.com/gaslightcafekl). If you’re all about reliving the ’60s in an Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan kind of way, then make Gaslight Café your new hangout spot. The café’s vibe, with its vintage

knick knacks and dim lighting, does its part well in dressing up as a folk music and poetry joint. It’s all back to basics for here: a mic (or two, depending on performers) and a guitar. Sip on coffee, beers (we spotted chocolate beer once) and light snacks such as slider while enjoying the live performances Mon-Sat, 6pm-1am. NEW GRIDiRON 11-15 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, KL (03 2201 4820/fb.com/gibangsar). This bar is pretty much a bar for sports fans, what with their walls dotted with flat screen TVs which allow you to watch from anywhere you sit in the bar. There’s a menu of Western and Asian cuisines – think

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NEW Havana Bar & Grill 2 & 4 Lorong Sahabat, off Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2142 7170/ havanakl.com). This Changkat institution is one of the earlier settlers on this party street. The Latin American-themed establishment offers good music for dancing, an easygoing vibe to chill out to, good food with juicy steaks and tender ribs, and a separate menu for Ad ve r to ria l

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oju clubs have been the byword in the burgeoning clubbing scene in Penang and are known for being the venue to hit when you want a really big night out! Live music and DJs provide the best entertainment to club-goers with local and international acts ensuring the party goes strong into the wee hours. Soju Penang is located at Penang Times Square in George Town and is the place to see and be seen. The main attraction here is the club’s popular resident band, Cash Band, with the vivacious Michelle Ayalde on lead vocals. With its large stage and lush sofas offering great views of the entertainment, the energy in this club is legendary. On the mainland, Soju Autocity, which has recently

burgers, Cajun chicken and mutton varuval – that go well with their range of tap and bottled beers. There’s also cocktails, whisky and wine. Here is also where you go for attractive happy hour beer deals. Mon-Thu, 4pm-2.30am; Fri, 4pm3am; Sat-Sun, 2.30pm-3am.

undergone a revamp, now features state-of-the art lighting and a mini-pool. This is the centre of the EDM scene with regular special events and an eclectic range of acts and performers from Europe and the Philippines. Themed parties and special events occur throughout the year, and guests are always encouraged to dress up and really get into the swing of things.

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Soju Penang B2, Entertainment City, Penang Times Square, Penang (+604 210 3082/ sojupg). Soju Autocity 1824-F1, 1825-F1 & 1826-F1, Jalan Perusahaan Autocity, North-South Highway, Juru Interchange, Prai, Penang (+6012 523 8826/ sojuac). Soju Sunway Level 12, 13 & 13M, Sunway Hotel Resort & Spa Persiaran 47500 Bandar Sunway, Selangor Malaysia (+6012 697 5576/ www.soju.com.my). Soju Kuala Lumpur Lot GF001, G. Floor, Federal Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (+6011 1287 9327/www.soju.com.my).


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island-inspired cocktails. Mon-Fri, 5pm-3am; Sat-Sun, 10am3am. Healy Mac’s Various locations (www.healymacs.com). This chain of friendly neighbourhood pubs offers greasy but comforting fare in an enacted Irish atmosphere. Nurse a pint or two while watching live sports on flat screen TVs. Rest assured that the staff here have mastered the art of pouring the perfect pint sans wastage. Credit cards accepted.

Heliloungebar). How often does one get to party on a helicopter landing pad? Ladies should ditch their stilettos in favour of flats, as the steep steps could prove troublesome, especially after a few drinks. Time your visit with sundown to catch a spectacular sunset. Drinking is almost an afterthought. The menu is straightforward, if unspectacular. Still, the helipad is what you come here for. It’s probably the best place to enjoy a 360-degree view of the KL skyline. Without barriers. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm12midnight.

Heli Lounge Bar 34th floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (03 2110 5034/fb.com/

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is a refreshing drink with gin, champagne and absinthe; while the Don’t Do Shrooms is a sweet dessert cocktail made with a house-made infusion of Truffle Wormwood vodka, heavy cream and cardamom milk jam. Skullduggery is equipped with a cutting edge surround sound system, which is put to good use through guest DJs the bar brings in. There’s a mix of funk, retro, R&B, soul and hip hop to party the night away to.

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(017 786 7611); Level 2, Menara CIMB, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, KL Sentral, KL (017 672 2081); Level G, Seni Mont Kiara, 2A Changkat Duta Kiara, KL (03 6211 1318/www. hubba.asia). From the company that brought you SOULed OUT, this restaurant and bar has an extensive menu, ranging from grilled items and salads to popular Asian and Western dishes such as fish and chips, Portuguese seafood rice and beef rice noodles. As for the drinks menu, you can expect a variety of martinis, shooters and also cocktail towers. Credit cards accepted. (Ceylon) Daily, 6.30am-1am; (Sentral) Mon-Fri, 12noon-11pm; (Mont Kiara) Daily, 11am-11pm.

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ne of the more popular bars to open in 2016 is Skullduggery, a handsome place situated in Damansara Heights behind the popular artisan bakery that is Huckleberry. The space is dimly lit and cosy with plush leather furniture scattered around, much like an affluent gentlemen’s club, albeit with a sense of playfulness in the wall decorated with copper skulls and a toy train that goes around to deliver

drinks to guests. It’s all about precision and technique here as the cocktails – both classic and bespoke drinks are available – are complex and inventive. The bar is stocked with the best of the best in terms of liquors, ales, wines and champagne, which means that only the good stuff go into the making of your drinks. Bonus: all the cocktails here contain double shots. Go for their signature cocktails – the Khan Artist

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Skullduggery 2M Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, KL (03-2098 7933/ fb.com/skullduggerykl) TuesThurs 6pm till 2am, Fri-Sat 7pm till late


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NEW HYDE 53M Damansara Uptown, PJ (017 680 1357/fb.com/HYDE53M). HYDE is hidden on the second floor behind a black sliding door and appears like something straight out of ‘The Great Gatsby’. The classy interior sees a marble-topped bar and comfy cushioned seats while classic jazz plays in the background. It’s stylish, but not overly so. There are over 100 drinks on the menu including the finest selection of champagnes, wines, single malts and your usual liquors. But it’s the cocktails that shine, and with a menu that changes regularly, you’ll get to taste something different every month. Tue-Sun, 5pm-2am. NEW Ikki Electric Boulevard, TREC, 436 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (012 270 1343/011 1064 0112/fb.com/ikkikl). Occupying 3,000 square feet at TREC, IKKI is easily the largest speakeasy in KL, specialising in crafted cocktails, whiskies, tapas and bar food. Congregate at the gorgeous bar, the speakeasy’s centerpiece, and order an herb-infused cocktail. Resembling a gentleman’s study and entertainment room rolled into one, the sophisticated space sees faux skulls, LED bulbs, tarnished marble tabletops and a well-dressed clientele. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6pm2am.

IPPUDO Bar Ground floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, KL (03 2011 6238/www. ippudo.com.my). Accessible from the air-conditioned dining area via a glass door beside a giant saké chiller, the space is semi-outdoor, where you can choose to either sit at one of the high benches or lounge in cushioned seats by the huge windows. You’ll find an encyclopaedic collection of sakés as well as an assortment of whiskies, beers and Japanese-inspired cocktails and snacks – an Oriental alternative to the Western bars and pubs within the Bangsar area. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am12midnight.

The main focus at this resto-lounge is wine, and the lounge is outfitted with shelves filled with bottles of wine from both new and old worlds. Take your pick from over 600 different labels of wine from Argentina, France, Spain and more. The look is clean and simple with big windows that allow plenty of natural light to come through in the day. The main dining area is where you can tuck into dishes from the fusion menu of Western and Italian favourites; while the sofas are tucked towards the back, offering a cool chill-out spot perfect for enjoying a glass of wine. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-1am; Fri-Sat, 12noon2am.

NEW Jiro 61-1 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL (017 250 8586/fb.com/jirokl). Bar and lounge Jiro KL offers a stateof-the-art sound system and different genres of EDM featured on different nights, ensuring something for every dance fan. There’s also a room with its own DJ console for private parties and bar bites courtesy of the in-house kitchen. Mon-Tue, 4pm-2am; Wed-Thu, 4pm3am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-4am.

NEW Live House Electric Boulevard, TREC, 436 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (012 3722 374/ fb.com/livehousekl). Live House has two sections, the Main Room downstairs and LOL @ Live House upstairs (where all the comedy shows will be held). The Main Room is where all the live music will be – expect a mix of live bands and DJ sets. If you’re hungry, go for burgers or sliders; KGB mans the kitchen here. Other options include quesadillas, chicken wings and sandwiches. And if you want a drink but not a strong one, try the spiked milkshakes – can’t go wrong with Nutella and Bailey’s. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm5am.

NEW Lavo Menara Lien Hoe, 8 Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana Golf and Country Club, PJ (010 311 1888/ fb.com/lavomalaysia).

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163 Jalan Binjai, Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2386 6030/ www.marble-8.com). The wide selection of whiskies and spirits is M8’s strong point. There are also bundle deals on bottle of gin, whisky, cognac, champagne and vodka that will surely appeal to large groups. As for cocktails, try the Wolfberry 8, an Asian-inspired cocktail spiked with gin and spiced with wolfberries. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 7-11pm.

57th floor, Menara 3 Petronas, KL (03 2386 6030/www.marinis57.com). Perched on the 57th floor of Petronas 3 Tower, Marini’s offers an unparalleled view – so much so that drinking is almost an afterthought. But you should sip on something, as the cocktails by famed bartender Junior Rizal are that good. Snack on complimentary popcorn or order something more substantial from the à la carte menu. The next-door Italian restaurant and cigar lounge make Marini’s a one-stop spot for swanky tourists and post-work urbanites. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 3pm-1.30am; Fri-Sat, 3pm-3am.

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Tom, Dick & Harry’s As the folks at TDH say, there’s not much that can’t be solved with an icecold Somersby and their delicious Pork Platter! Various locations in KL (Facebook: Tom-DickHarryspubgrub).

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Mezze Bar & Bistro 132 Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, KL (03 2095 0122/www.mezze.my). The folks that patronise Mezze are mostly blue collar types unwinding after a long day at the office. It’s the ideal neighborhood nook to catch up with friends or close that business deal. Enjoy a cool blend of beers on tap and clever new cocktails introduced on a fairly regular basis. Resident sommelier Sebastien Le François is your man for wine recommendations. The mind-bogglingly long drinks menu also features liquors, saké, shŕchŢ, umeshu, grappa, brandy, whiskies, spirits, cocktails and mocktails. Credit cards accepted. Mon & WedThu, 4pm-1am; Tue, 3pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 12noon-1am.

View Rooftop Bar This prime rooftop venue in the heart of the city boasts gorgeous views. Come here for a night out and enjoy Somersby as you party the night away. Level 29, G Tower, 199 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2168 1881/ www.view.com.my).

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NEW Mantra Bar KL Rooftop, Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, KL (017 344 8299/fb.com/mantrabarkl). Sitting atop Bangsar Village II is Mantra Bar KL that boasts an alfresco deck with panoramic views, a long bar that commands your view as you walk in and a comfortable, cosy vibe. Traditional cocktails are given the Asian treatment with local twists and flavours, while bites include a selection of tapas with Asian influences. Tue-Thu & Sun, 4.30pm-1.30am; FriSat, 4.30pm-3am.

NEW Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar 51 Jalan Telawi 3, KL (03 2201 5288/fb.com/Mercat.kl). This Catalonian restaurant and bar helmed by David Caral, who hails from Barcelona, is a welcome addition to KL. Prior to Mercat’s opening, it was near impossible to come by bona fide Catalan fare and drink. Spanish wineries are brought to the forefront in the wine menu. Pick from Spanish red wines, white wines, rosé or cava (Spain’s take on bubbly) and pair your drink with a selection of tapas. Credit cards accepted.

Naughty Nuri’s Nothing beats a plate of signature BBQ spare ribs and deepfried crispy pork belly washed down with a chilled Somersby in your hand! Various locations, (016 556 4611/fb.com/nnkualalumpur).

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Mama San Ground floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2166 3088/ www.mamasankualalumpur.com). Award-winning Chef Will Meyrick’s Mama San occupies a prime spot in KLCC overlooking the KLCC park. With thriving outlets in Bali and Hong Kong, Mama San’s menu is filled with innovative Southeast Asian dishes that are a twist on the classics. But their strength also lies in the cocktails – in fact, they are known for it. The cocktails are an extension of the food concept, ie you’ll find classic cocktails made with local or Asian ingredients: a coconut passion fruit pineapple daiquiri, a pineapple kaffir lime margarita and more. Mon-Fri, 8am-11pm; Sat-Sun, 8am12midnight.

NEW Marketplace 4A Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, KL (03 2166 0750/Facebook: Marketplace Kuala Lumpur). This underground establishment is LGBT friendly and is best visited on Fridays and Saturdays for a good crowd. Known for their fun themed nights like their ‘Hipster PreChristmas Party’, ‘B*tch Beach Party’ and ‘Bimbo Jumbo III’, Marketplace will definitely be a fun night out. Credit cards accepted. Wed-Sat, 10pm-late.

The most renowned cider in the world, Somersby is best served over ice to appreciate its unique fruity avour. This versatile drink goes well with spicy food, pork belly, strong cheeses and apple-based desserts. Head to these restaurants and pair your Somersby cider with their signature dishes.

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Mai Bar Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral, KL Sentral (03 2723 1188/www. aloftkualalumpursentral.com). A tiki-themed bar located on the 30th floor of Aloft KL, Mai Bar is a colourful venue to enjoy views of the cityscape while lounging by the pool with a Mai Tai in hand. Happy hour is from Monday to Friday from 5pm until 9pm and on weekends from 3pm until 9pm. If you’re feeling peckish, ask for the Mai’s Terrific Twosome deal, which includes a pizza and two frosty beers for RM60. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Wed & Sun, 12noon-12midnight; Thu-Sat, 11am-1am.

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Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, KL (03 2282 0241/thebiggroup.co/ bignightout/brooks). Finding Mr Brooks is a bit of a treasure hunt – look out for a purple Sunbeam Alpine car on Bangsar Shopping Centre’s third floor. This speakeasy sports the ambience of a conventional British gentlemen’s club in the 1920s, but the décor is sleek and modern, boasting a bicycle installation that functions as wall lights. Come here for the gin and cocktails, which often change on the ever-evolving menu. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 5pm-2am. NEW Nagaba 31 Jalan Mesui, KL (03 2141 0858/

fb.com/nagaba.kualalumpur). Nagaba is a multi-space venue with something for everyone. On the ground floor, you have a beautifully designed air-conditioned space that has an industrial chic vibe is elevated with clusters of handsome leather sofas reminiscent of a worldly gentleman’s study. On the first floor, you have the club floor of Nagaba, where the EDM series Ohrwurm holds its house music nights on Fridays, featuring a selection of well-acclaimed DJs. That’s not it; there are parties for other genres too, such as deep house, drum and bass, and funk. Up on the roof is a cool alfresco space known as the Mojito Rooftop Bar – a laidback and leafy space with a charming DIY feel.

Tue, 4pm-1am; Wed-Thu, 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-3am; Sun, 5pm-2am. No Black Tie 17 Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, KL (03 2142 3737/ www.noblacktie.com.my). Listed among Time Out KL’s 101 Things to Do, live jazz sets at No Black Tie (affectionately called NBT) will leave you wanting more. Often dubbed ‘the city’s best jazz venue’, NBT is where artsy KLites make recurring visits. Check who’s playing that week on their website. Be prepared to spend a fair bit on the cover charge, drinks and possibly food – but it’s a small price to pay for an unforgettable evening. Ad ve r to ria l

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Lavo Receive the royal treatment at Lavo, a breathtaking space adorned with geometrically pleasing prints, warm wood accents and floor-to-ceiling windows. Whether you’re with family, co-workers, old chums or that special someone, Lavo delivers to the occasion. The spacious restaurant seats small and large groups alike and the diverse menu lists lip-smacking Italian, Western and Asian fare. Once you’ve dined well, drinks are in order – from creative cocktails to aged whisky, Lavo’s got it all, but their wine collection with more than 600 labels is one-of-a-kind. Sports

enthusiasts don’t have to skip dinner for fear of missing a live football match, as Lavo is equipped with a wide screen, high-definition screen and surround-sound system. Lavo Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon1am; Fri-Sat, 12noon–2am (fb. com/lavomalaysia).

CHAZE But the night is still young – make your evening extra memorable by seeking out Petaling Jaya’s coolest speakeasy. As its name implies, CHAZE requires a bit of a chase to discover its secret entrance. Seek out the smart Wardrobe displaying trendy threads by local designers – it leads to better things than Narnia. Mission completed, reward yourself with a handcrafted

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cocktail at the Bar, where skilled mixologists offer bespoke drinks. After a shot of liquid courage, challenge a stranger to a game of table tennis or pool at Fun Nook or dance up a storm at DJ Space. Recover and recuperate at Snug Corner, which also makes a romantic spot for cosying up to your significant other. A well-guarded secret, CHAZE is, ironically, also the talk of town. CHAZE Mon-Thu, 5pm– 1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm–2am (fb.com/ chazemalaysia). Lavo is located on the ground floor and CHAZE on the first floor of Menara Lien Hoe, 8 Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana Golf & Country Resort, PJ, Selangor. For reservations to either establishment, please call 03 7887 7710/010 3111 888. CHAZE


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Omakase + Appreciate Lower ground, Bangunan Ming Annexe, 9 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2022 2238/016 305 0852/fb.com/ OmakaseAppreciate). One of the first speakeasies to invade KL’s nightlife scene, Omakase + Appreciate is tiny, but makes a big impression. Once you’ve discovered its secretive location and entrance, say hi to award-winning mixologists, Shawn Cheong and Karl Too. Since they practise the ‘omakase’ format, which basically means ‘I’ll leave it to you’, you can get a tailor-made cocktail or order from the fixed menu. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Fri,

Opium KL 50 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2142 5670/fb.com/opiumkl). This gastropub romanticises the Orient by evoking Shanghai in the 1930-60s. Sensual or gawdy – your take on the venue depends on whether or not you have beer goggles on. Enjoy spiked-tea cocktails, light bites such as crispy crab cakes or main courses such as pan-seared sour plum duck breast. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. MonThu, 12noon-1am; Fri-Sat, 12noon2pm; Sun, 4pm-1am. NEW P&C Cocktail Bar 2 Jalan Sri Hartamas 20/70A, Desa

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Sri Hartamas, KL (014 621 0905/ Facebook: P&C Cocktail Bar). This closet of a space is accessible via an inconspicuous door behind Naughty Nuri’s in Hartamas. Décor-wise, P&C is cosy, but nothing to shout about. What’s worth celebrating is the omakase concept. You’ll receive a double-columned placard; tick one box from each category. The first column lists a range of flavours (do you like your cocktail sweet, spicy, bitter, earthy or zesty?) while the other spells out the hard liquors (choose from a variety including absinthe, brandy, gin, saké, vodka or tequila). P&C is a non-smoking venue, which makes complete sense, given its confined space.

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s far as wine bars go, Claret is has sealed its place as one of the finest in KL. Located in the heart of the vibrant city centre, this is the quintessential venue for after-work drinks as well as pre- and post-dinner cocktails, offering an intimate setting for special occasions and celebrations. The ambience is convivial and elegant, and this is apparent as soon as you walk in and see the sleek white marble bar, high ceiling and tall windows looking out onto the amazing view of the city dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers. Claret is a welcome escape within the city with its soft lighting, houndstooth armchairs and

comfortable sofas. Once you’ve settled in, peruse the carefully curated wine list with labels from around the world and order by the glass or the bottle. The best thing about the wine and champagne found here is that they have been chosen with real care, and if you have any doubts, the knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help. One of the best things about Claret is that you can order gourmet bar bites courtesy of Strato, the

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fantastic Italian restaurant located just above the bar. There are special tastings where you can taste featured wines and purchase anything that takes your fancy at a special price. If you appreciate the finer things in life, Claret is exactly where you should be. Claret Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, KL (03 2160886)/ www.troikaskydining.com/ claret). Daily, 4pm-1am.


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NEW Private Room First floor, 48 Persiaran Zaaba, TTDI, KL (019 334 6631/fb.com/ prttdi). Seek out the yellow door (hint: It’s next to Bowery Petit) and walk up a flight of stairs. A haven for wine enthusiasts, Private Room carries more than 200 labels from all over the world with a focus on less common labels such as Barista, Porcupine Ridge and The Guilty. Don’t ask for the wine list – there isn’t one. Instead, strike up a chat with one of the sommeliers and describe your preferred flavour notes. At

NEW PS150 Ground floor, 150 Jalan Petaling, KL (03 2022 2888/www.ps150.my). As one of Time Out KL’s Best New Openings of 2016, PS150 is making waves in the city’s cocktail scene. A visit here is a transportive experience – from the Wong Kar Wai-esque seating areas to the menu by eras. Asian ingredients are emphasised, while the classics are paid tribute to with a twist. The bartenders are highly knowledgeable, and that comes across in their cocktails – standard drinks given an edge of individuality with Southeast Asian leanings. Tue-Sat, 6pm-2am; Sun, 3-10pm.

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Ril’s Bangsar 30 Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, KL (03 2201 3846/www.rils.com.my). Ril’s might be famous for its juicy, mouth-watering steaks, but this 1920s cabaret-themed steakhouse

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The Rabbit Hole 14 & 16 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL (010 899 3535/ www.rabbithole.com.my). An ode to ‘Alice in Wonderland’, The Rabbit Hole serves the usual suspects on top of themed cocktails – we like the one served in a tiny vial and labeled ‘Drink me’. Wine and dine in the airy alfresco area surrounded by potted plants or shoot a round of pool with friendly strangers. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-3am.

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the time of print, Private Room has five signature cocktails. Order the ‘Mocking Mistress’ (Malibu rum, gin, Sauvignon Blanc, kiwi, cucumber and lime) and ask the sommeliers about the inspiration behind it (there’s an interesting story involved). Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 5am-2am.

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audios and visuals. There are regular appearances by top local and international DJs, as well as a host of live acts. This is where PJ folks come to party after a long week at work. The premium spirits and great promotions are a bonus. Credit cards accepted. Thu-Sat, 10pm-3am.

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NEW PLAY Club at The Roof Sky level, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, PJ (013 270 3111/fb.com/ playclubtheroof). Put on your dancing shoes and hail a cab to get to Play, a designer super club with state-of-the-art

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Pisco Bar 29 Jalan Mesui, KL (03 2142 2900/ www.piscobarkl.com). This hot-blooded Spanish bar and popular haunt in Changkat may be in the heart of the tourist hub, but remains an unwavering favourite among locals. Though not overly impressive, the drinks menu includes all-time favourites such as beer, wine and cocktails. The fusion fare, heavy on seafood and pork, is influenced by the chef’s Peruvian-Japanese background. Upstairs sees DJs spinning dance tunes until late. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 5pm-late.

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NEW PAUS First floor, 42A Persiaran Zaaba, TTDI, KL (03 7731 8006/Facebook: PAUS Craftbeer Bar). If you’re wondering about the name, yes, the bar’s name is ‘whale’ in Malay, and it was intentional. In craft beer speak, a ‘craft beer whale’ is considered a prized bottle. Here, the owners have carefully sought out some of the best and more unique craft beers. Think pilsner, lager, ale, wheat beer, porter stout, India pale ale, ginger beer, cider perry and more, all within the price range of RM26 and RM33. And to help you keep track of what you’ve already tried, the team has devised a system where you can fill out a card with your name and the beer you’ve had – sort of like a membership card. Mon-Sat, 5pm-12midnight.


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also makes really good cocktails. They serve both reliable old fashion cocktails (like a rum cocktail with rum, molasses and bitters) as well as a series of house signatures and classics (the likes of Jungle Bird and Old Cuban). Ril’s also sometimes hosts live performances and entertainment, which makes this one of the go-to places to wind down after a long day at work. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-3pm, 6pm-12midnight; Fri-Sat, 12noon-3pm, 6pm-3am. RUYI & LYN Fourth floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, KL (03 2083 0288/fb.com/ruyilyn). This huge multi-space venue packs in a bar, a lounge, a cigar room, several private dining rooms complete with karaoke, a secluded balcony and a restaurant. The Malaysian-esque sushi was the talk of town and the darling of Instagrammers when it first came out. Locating RUYI & LYN might prove a little challenging, so ask for directions. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm, 6pm-12midnight. NEW Shelley Yu’s 49 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL (03 2201 4139/fb.com/shelleyyus). Shelley Yu’s has its design down pat, keeping to the restaurant and bar’s Nyonya theme but updated with modern aesthetics. It’s cool and vibrant, and superbly photogenic, something Instagrammers will love. Food-wise, Shelley Yu’s decides to stick with classic Malaccan Nyonya cuisine. The cocktail menu, on the other hand, takes more risk by exploring Nyonya-inspired cocktails with homemade syrups, mixers and edible garnishes. Expect ingredients like turmeric brine, salted pineapple and the like. On the weekends, Shelley Yu’s also features the occasional DJ nights, making it a place you can stay on long after dinner is over. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon-3.30pm; 5pm-2am. Sid’s Pub 34 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, TTDI, KL (03 7727 7437); The Village, Bangsar South, 2 Jalan 1/112H, off Jalan Kerinchi, KL (03 2287 7437); H2 Taman Tunku, off Langkat Tunku Bukit Tunku, KL (03 6205 2588); Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, KL (03 2094 7437/www.sidspubs.com). When it comes to character, Sid’s Pub just gets it right. It’s charming, homely, uncomplicated and boasts everything you could ask for from an authentic British pub. It’s very much a neighbourhood institution, with regulars coming back time and time again for the well-pulled pints of Guinness. The food is a

strong selection of pies, burgers, roasts and English fare. They cook a mean pork burger with bacon and cheese toppings that comes with their signature thick chips cooked to a lovely golden hue. Sid’s Pubs are child friendly, pet friendly… in fact, you know what, they’re just friendly, full stop. The pubs are definitely well worth a visit. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am1am. SIX 33A Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL (03 2202 0029/fb.com/SIXBangsar). It all started when six friends were having drinks one night and received an atrocious bill. They asked themselves: ‘Why not open a place with reasonably priced drinks?’ SIX, a cocktail lounge located in an upstairs shop lot on a popular stretch of Bangsar, is casual enough to dress down, but doesn’t skimp on the quality of drinks. A number of cocktails sport silly names such as ‘Six Wrongs Do Make it Right’ and ‘Six Peas in a Pod’ to adhere to the ‘six’ theme. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 5pm-late. NEW Skullduggery 2M Plaza Damansara, Jalan Media Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, KL (010 960 0498/fb.com/skullduggerykl). This dim, cosy bar feels private and affluent, like a member’s club. But there’s still a sense of mischief here: a wall decorated with copper skulls, and a toy train going round delivering shots. The bar is all about technique and precision – classics aren’t mucked about with gimmicky twists, but perfected with the use of premium and craft spirits; while the house cocktails are inventive and complex, often featuring unusual ingredients such as truffle-infused vodka, seaweed agave and cardamom milk jam. Tue-Sat, 6pm-3am. SkyBar Level 33, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, KL (03 2332 9888/ www.skybar.com.my). The gleaming Twin Towers serve as your backdrop at this stunning bar with floor-to-ceiling windows and a skylight. Large alcoves overlooking the cityscape and positioned next to the swimming pool make for impressive and cosy nooks to chill with good company. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sat, 10am-1am; Fri-Sat & eve of public holidays, 10am-3am. The Social 57-59 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL (03 2282 2260); The Waterfront@ Parkcity, 5 Persiaran Residen, Desa Parkcity, KL (03 6279 9225); The

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Square, Publika, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL (03 6207 9225); Electric Boulevard, TREC, 436 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2110 2772/ www.thesocial.com.my). Buzzing with atmosphere, The Social is a fine place to, well, socialise. There are so many reasons to visit any one of their branches: to catch up with friends over cocktails, to celebrate a promotion, to watch live music performances, to dance the night away, to catch a live football match, to shoot a round of pool, and the list goes on. Credit cards accepted. Soju Ground floor, Federal Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (011 1287 9327); Level 12, 13, 13M, Sunway Hotel Resort & Spa, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, PJ (012 697 5576/ www.soju.com.my). International DJs have been gracing the decks at Soju KL, bringing sounds and beats from Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and more. The dim lighting here adds to the whole clubbing experience, and party-goers can be confident of a good time here. Expect the usual list of champagne, whisky, cognac and beers here. Souled Out Ground Floor, Menara HSC, Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2181 1626/soa. souledout.com.my); 7 Jalan Kerinchi, UOA Nexus Building, Bangsar South, KL (03 2242 3308/sobs.souledout. com.my); 20 Jalan 30/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, KL (03 2300 1955/www. souledout.com.my). An established if slightly faded name in KL, Souled Out Hartamas is still a staple among loyal patrons. Bangsar’s branch is more contemporary in terms of design and mirrors an industrial warehouse, while Ampang lures a steady flow of customers for an affinity for live music. The food menu is extensive and won’t disappoint, whereas the drinks sometimes leave something to be desired. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Ampang) MonThu, 12noon-3pm, 5pm-late; Fri & Sun, 12noon-late; Sat, 12noon-late; (Bangsar) Mon-Fri, 12noon-late; (Sri Hartamas) Daily, 7am-late. NEW Takumi Craft Bar The Market, Isetan The Japan Store, Lower ground floor, Lot 10, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (03 2141 7777/ Facebook: Takumi Craft Bar). The first and only Japanese craft beer bar in the country, Takumi is a hidden gem housed in the Isetan Japan Concept Store in Lot 10, KL. Get your hands on imported Japanese craft beers, whiskies, wines and spirits. Even if you’re a novice, the bartenders here will be happy to lend a hand and an ear in the true spirit of omotenashi


Sway and groove away to our version of nightlife offering local and international DJ acts playing non-mainstream music from the House genre in a unique and exciting environment enhanced by the Funktion-One sound system. Our bar offers a wide range of trendy cocktails and premium brand liquors for the elite ensuring you will always have a great night out at Jiro KL. For those who wish to hold small exclusive parties, Jiro KL offers a private room with a personal DJ console and butler service, where you can party the night away to music of your choice.


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(Japanese hospitality). Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am9pm. Taps Beer Bar A-0-3 One Residency, 1 Jalan Nagasari, KL (03 2110 1560); G1 Mont Kiara Mall, 1 Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, KL (03 6206 5983/ fb.com/TapsBeerBar). If you’re curious about the craft beer hype, look no further than Taps Beer Bar for an education. There are bare cement floors, exposed brick walls, a moveable performance space and a whole load of empty beer bottles along the wall. At any one time there are 14 beers on tap; when one runs out, it’s replaced by something new and different. A large blackboard is

chalked up with what’s on offer at the moment, and if you can’t decide, you might get a couple of tasting portions. Credit cards accepted. (One Residency) Mon-Sat, 5pm-1am, Sun, 12noon-1am; (Mont Kiara) Daily, 11am-1am. Tate Ground floor, The Intermark, 182 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2161 2368/ www.thebiggroup.co). Inspired by the oft-romanticised idea of Prohibition and the roaring ’20s, Tate evokes a secretive gentleman’s club with sleek wooden furnishings, leather upholstery and crystal cut glass. Needless to say, the prices of the drinks here totter on the higher end, but given the classy

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Torii Jalan Batai Lot 8-6, Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara, PJ (03 2011 3798/019 203 7093/www.torii.my). One of the best yakitori joints in town, Torii is also a bar for serious whisky connoisseurs. The list is one of the most extensive we’ve seen in KL, focusing mainly on premium Japanese and Scotch single malt; the latter is further categorised according to region. Go for the Islay whiskies if you like them peaty, or the Highlands if you prefer something more floral. While the priciest bottle on the list, the Macallan Ad ve r to ria l

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ocated in the centre of Bangsar’s Telawi stretch is the latest addition to the vibrant nightlife scene. Jiro KL is a bar and lounge on its way to becoming the go-to destination for the best nights out with plans to bring in an exciting line-up of international DJs and upand-coming acts. The main aim of Jiro KL is to bring underground house culture to Bangsar, which is why they have installed a topof-the-range Funktion-One audio system. For those in the know, this is the sound system used in all the top clubs in the world and the

surroundings, we think it’s definitely worth it. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 5pm-2am.

preferred choice for major music festivals. The 3,000 sq ft space includes two full-service bars serving an extensive selection of premium alcohol as well as a broad range of cocktails, a fully equipped DJ console and a cutting edge lighting system. Each night hosts a different theme all playing homage to the different genres of house music, so if you’re into progressive / deep/ funky / classic house / techno, this will be your new weekend hangout. If you plan on hosting a party here, there are two VIP areas available, one located right behind the DJ console

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for those who want to be in the middle of all the action. The private room is where you will enjoy premium bottle service, personal service staff and its own DJ console so you can have your very own private party! If you feel like nibbling on something, bar bites come by way of the typical bar snacks and fusion tapas from their very own kitchen. If you’re looking for the latest Bangsar nightspot to hit, head to Jiro KL any night of the week for a night of fantastic tunes and great company. Jiro KL 61-1 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, KL (017 250 8586/ fb.com/jirokl). Mon-Tue, 4pm2am; Wed-Thu, 4pm-3am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-4am.


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NEW Gold Bar Tropicana Avenue, 12 Persiaran Tropicana, PJ (03 7453 6808/fb.com/ mygoldbarpj). Gone are the nights when you and your friends have to pick between

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Zouk KL TREC, 436 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2171 1997/www.zoukclub.com.my). Any night out here is bound to be an epic time. KL’s iconic superclub

Tavern 13 There’s no better combination than Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc with their delicious barbecued chicken wings! Lot 1A, Jalan Kemajuan, Section 13, PJ (016 383 3733/ fb.com/TavernThirteen).

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NEW CHAZE First floor, Menara Lien Hoe, 8 Persiaran Tropicana, PJ (03 7887 7710/010 3111 888/fb.com/ chazemalaysia). As its name implies, this speakeasy calls for a bit of a ‘chase’. Hint: it’s hidden behind a posh wardrobe. CHAZE is always fun, whether you’re thirsty for cocktails, game for a round of pool, or want to show off your moves on the dance floor. Mon-Thu, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm2am.

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WIP Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, KL (03 2094 1789/wip.com.my). An abbreviation of ‘Whipped into Place’, WIP is a cool hang-out spot that targets the up-market Bangsar crowd. Now refurbished, the place features a clam-shaped island bar, firefly pendant lights, palm tree trunks and an alfresco garden – a positively urban-tropic establishment. Aside from the usual beers, wines and liquors, the cocktail list is amazing. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noonlate.

The Melb Come here for great pub grub like crispy sh and chips and Chicken Parmigiana accompanied by an ice-cold Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc. Ground Floor, 63 Jalan SS15/4D, Selangor, Subang Jaya (03 5624 0888/fb.com/ themelbss15).

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The Bar Kinugawa 112 Empire Damansara, 2 Jalan PJU 8/8A, Damansara Perdana, PJ (03 2116 9680/03 7611 0153/ thebarkinugawa.com). The Bar – really, that’s the name of the bar – keeps things simple and sticks to the classics. Practising ingredient transparency, the bartenders here show you every component of your drink as it’s being made. Come here for the classics, made right, complete with a Japanese touch. Mon-Sat, 7pm-2am.

Caffeinees This café and event space offers a range of international fare including their popular seafood appetisers best enjoyed with brews like Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc. 16 Jalan Kampung Pandan, KL (03 9284 6686/www. caffeineespalace.com).

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NEW Under9 Bangunan Ming Annexe, 9 Jalan Ampang, KL (fb.com/under9kl). This club is accessible via a dingy flight of stairs leading down. The music can best be described as ‘underground’. Think thumping techno, psychedelic trance and trap remixes. The proprietors are big supporters of the local alternative arts scene, so the space is often filled with quirky sculptures or trippy tapestries. Check Facebook for opening times, which coincide with events.

A premium wheat beer brewed in France, Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc is the cream of the crop amongst European beers. Enjoy its citrusy accents with seafood and fruity desserts. Head to these restaurants and pair your Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc with their signature dishes.

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20-1 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2142 0021/www.drbar.asia). This veteran in the nightlife scene is great for reasonably priced cocktails on one of the most happening streets in town. The extensive selection of cocktails is bound to appeal to everyone, and the balcony offers a great place to unwind and enjoy the night air. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon3am.

NEW 61 Monarchy 61M Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, PJ (017 680 1357/61monarchy.com). While most whisky bars are a bit showy, 61 Monarchy strips those preconceptions away. This unassuming bar (there’s no sign outside, but it’s located above Nara Kitchen & Co) has a laidback ambience with a swing in a corner, long cushioned benches and low tables with stools. Select and sip on pickings from the extensive whisky collection (in the hundreds!) as well as seasonal cocktails. Once you decide to call it a night, you’ll be offered a cup of Japanese green tea to freshen you up for the journey home. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 5pm-2am.

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25 years, sells for an eye-watering RM9,150, you can also order your whisky by the glass for most labels, with prices starting at an affordable RM24. There’s a limited selection of wines, sakés and sŕchŢs, but we’d skip those for the inventive Asian-inspired cocktails. Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm; 5pm-1am. $$

has left its 11-year-old Jalan Ampang address to move into its shiny new RM38-million home. The new Zouk comprises several clubs, a VIP bar lounge, member’s lounge, café and rooftop deck. There are also adequate parking facilities, private lifts, VIP concierge, various function rooms, a medical bay and more. Look forward to a line-up of international DJ gigs on top of Zouk’s weekly club nights and themed parties. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm-late.


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vibe hidden behind a row of old lockers serves a good combo of bar bites as well as quirky cocktails. Tex-Mex-inspired dishes have been reinterpreted with local ingredients – think mutton varuval quesadillas with mango chutney – while the cocktails here feature inventive use of local and Asian ingredients. The best part is, the drinks are affordably priced. Tue-Sat, 5pm-1am; Sun, 12.3011.30pm. NEW The Malt & Leaf at The Roof Sky Level, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, PJ (017 908 5766/ fb.com/themaltandleaf). Styled like a gentlemen’s club, Malt & Leaf is for the cigar lovers and whisky enthusiasts. From the interior you can tell it’s a little more exclusive here, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank – Happy Hour promos from 5pm to 8pm daily offer buy one free one buckets of beer. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6pm2am. NEW Ojos Bar 72a Jalan Universiti, PJ (03 7931 8715/Facebook: Ojos Bar). This Taiwanese bar staffed with Taiwanese mixologists serves (surprise surprise) Taiwanese snacks like fried chicken steak, Taiwan

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a wine bar and your favourite seat large parties. If you’re hungry, neighbourhood pub. At Gold Bar, tear into a plate of sauce-slathered you’ll get the best of both worlds, ribs or twirl some spaghetti and and more. Craft beers meatballs on a fork. primarily rule the drinks Credit cards accepted. menu, but the wine Daily, 3pm-late. list is something you shouldn’t turn NEW Laundry Bar away from either. Ground floor, The Gold Ba Gold Bar is looking Curve, Western r is th e first in KL to to introduce a beer Courtyard, PJ (03 p ro v dining experience, 7728 1715/ catering ide beer services where craft beer www.laundrybar.net). is paired with food Since it was established specially made in-house. in 2006, Laundry has Think tapas (skewers, admittedly lost some and fries with truffle and sheen and taken a bow to parmesan), mains (like duck and fish newer nightlife establishments. dishes), appetisers (featuring ibérico Nevertheless, the bar still has our pork sliders and confit onion tarts) as back for being a stalwart supporter well as desserts. of the local music industry. Catch Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & the Jumero brothers, Armon, Isaac Sun, 4pm-12.15am; Fri-Sat, 4pmHo, Reharmnation, Night Skies & 2am. Visions, Tasha Aleia, The BackSeat Affair and other talent here. Laundry The Great Beer Bar is also frequented by Premiere League 86 Jalan SS21/62, Damansara fans looking to cheer their favourite Utama, PJ (03 7731 5946/fb.com/ teams on. Score.TheRoof). Credit cards accepted. Daily, 4pm1am. The Great Beer Bar is easy to like. Not only does it have up to eight craft beers on tap at any point, but NEW The Locker & Loft a majority of the speciality beers 40A Jalan SS20/10, Damansara Kim, PJ (03 7496 7222/fb.com/ here are in the RM20 range. The minimalist space is set up with long lockerandloft). communal tables that comfortably This laidback bar with an industrial

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant is a leading contemporary German restaurant with two popular outlets located in KL and PJ. The food here is influenced by the cuisine of Bavaria with specialty dishes like Crispy Pork Knuckle, Bavarian Pork Ribs, Schnitzel, typical German cheeses and cold cuts and a variety of their renowned sausages. Their impressive platters are perfect for sharing and combine all the best the menu has to offer. The beer selection is great at Brotzeit with a wide selection of German beers both bottled and on tap. As one of the top beer drinking and producing countries in the world, it’s safe to say that diners come to Brotzeit to sample the best the Germany has to offer. There are four popular Paulaner beers

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on tap – Munich lager, Munich dark lager, wheat beer (Weissbier) and dark wheat beer. There are two famous annual celebrations, Maifest which celebrates the beginning of spring; and Oktoberfest, the world’s largest folk festival where beer flows freely and there’s a lot of fun to be had. Head to Brotzeit at these times and enjoy traditional dishes like white asparagus, a once-a-year offering, during the Maifest; and experience the customary barrel tapping signifying the beginning of Oktoberfest. The Christmas season also sees a variety of German dishes like roast duck and Stollen (German fruit cake), and their famed Gluhwein (spiced, mulled wine), which makes for a welcome change from the usual Christmas fare. Look out for special promotions and menu offerings throughout the rest of the year. Ground External Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2287 5516); OB K4 Oasis Boulevard, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, 3 Jalan PJS 15/11 Bandar Sunway, PJ (03 5638 5516). (Mid Valley) Mon-Sat, 11am-late; Sun, 10am-late. (Sunway) Daily, 11am-late.


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Tsubohachi Juicy skewers of baconwrapped mushrooms and tender chicken thigh hot off the grill goes down well with a cold Asahi in hand. A2-UG1-09, Publika, 1 Jalan Dutamas, KL (03 6206 5526/ www.tsubohachi.com.my).

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Hana Dining + Sake Bar This izakaya encourages pairing Asahi with their hot and cold specialties like fresh oysters and lightly seared lamb ponzu. Oasis Boulevard, Ground oor, Sunway Pyramid, 3 Jalan PJS 11/15, KL (03 5624 0888/www.hanadining.com).

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Yamaguchi Fish Market Get the freshest seafood here – so fresh some were alive two minutes before ending up on your plate! A chilled Asahi is the perfect accompaniment to their fresh sashimi and sushi. 16 Jalan Kampung Pandan, KL (012 268 2816/ fb.com/ YamaguchiFishMarket).

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The Roof Sky Level, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, PJ (03 7726 1588/theroof. com.my). This nightlife hub in PJ, which just celebrated its third anniversary in 2016, houses five outlets all under, well, its roof. There’s Catch a popular Stratosphere, a flick at an helipad-turned-bar NEW Stratosphere at carpeted with faux The Roof outdoor cinema grass; Signature, a Sky Level, 1 First on a helipad casual gastro-lounge Avenue, Bandar serving outstanding Utama, PJ (03 8605 3388/ cocktails and fusion fare; fb.com/Stratosphere.TheRoof). Play, for those who want to dance to Stratosphere is the first bar on top of popular DJs spinning; Score, where an infinity, grassed helipad in Asia.

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NEW Signature by the Hill Sky Level, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, PJ (03 8605 3388/fb.com/ Signature.TheRoof). This sprawling restaurant with glass panels overlooking PJ’s gridlike landscape offers an extensive menu listing local and continental favourites. After a luxurious supper of pan-seared black cod, wagyu or beef ribs, scan the liquor menu for dessert cocktails such as Christmas in June, a tempting brown-sugar and Frangelico concoction. Book early to reserve a table by the windows. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 11.30am2.30pm, 5pm-2am; Sat-Sun, 5pm-2am.

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Japanophiles swear that sushi, sashimi and yakitori is incomplete without Japan’s most popular beer, Asahi Super Dry, famed for its invigorating taste. Head to these restaurants and pair your Asahi beer with their signature dishes.

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NEW SCORE at The Roof Sky Level, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, PJ (03 8605 3388/fb.com/ TheRoofMalaysia). Sports enthusiasts can head to Score to catch live telecasts of major sporting events while chugging a pint. Regulars swear by the beer promotions and the pub grub doesn’t disappoint either. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm2am.

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NEW Olfactory Bulb 15-2 Jalan PJU 5/13, Dataran Sunway, PJ (03 6151 1108/ fb.com/olfactorybulb). A bar, café, lounge and dessert shop packed into one, Olfactory Bulb is perched on the first floor of a building overseeing the streets of Kota Damansara. They excel at cocktails and desserts (waffles in particular) here. Available in sweet and savoury combinations, the thick-cut waffles are oft inspired by local flavours; and where drinks are concerned, the cocktails too have local influences. And then there are ‘drunken desserts’, which showcase Olfactory’s strong points; the Drunken Brownie is drenched in rum and topped with plum ice cream and crème fraîche. Tue-Fri, 5pm-12midnight; Sat-Sun, 3pm-12midnight.

live telecasts of major sporting events are broadcasted, cold pints are served, and sports enthusiasts can be found; and Malt & Leaf, a space styled like a gentlemen’s club for cigar and whisky lovers. Credit cards accepted. (Stratosphere) Tue-Sun, 8pm-2am; (Signature/ Score/Malt & Leaf) Daily, 5pm-2am; (Play) Wed-Sat, 10pm-late.

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sausage and popcorn chicken to pair with their range of inventive cocktails; think vodka, coffee and raspberry topped with a house-made caramel ‘bird’s nest’ or Bols Creme de Cassis, ginger, cocoa powder and cotton candy. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 6.30pm-2am.

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Various locations The Bee Palm Square, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (03 7960 2160); Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 6201 8577/ thebee.com.my). Mere mention of The Bee conjures the image of live bands, stand-up comedians, comfort food and a good time. Buzzing with a neighbourly vibe, The Bee at Publika is pet friendly, so you can comfortably sit with your pooch in the alfresco area surrounded by greenery. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Child-friendly. (Jaya One) Mon-Thu, 9am-11pm; Fri, 9am-11.30pm; Sat, 10am-11.30pm; Sun, 10am-9.30pm; (Publika) Mon-Thu, 11am12midnight; Fri, 11am-1.30am; Sat, 10am-1.30am; Sun, 10am12midnight. Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant Various locations (www.brotzeit.co). This popular German restaurant and bar with outlets in KL and PJ is renowned for its extensive selection of German beer including Paulaner on tap and bottled lables

like Hacker-Pschorr and Thurn & Taxis. Accompanying the beer is an appetising menyu of modern German dishes with a Bavarian slant. The Brotzeit platter with the signature crispy pork knuckle and sausages is great to share and comes highly recommended. Credit cards accepted. NEW Friendscino Various locations (friendscino.com). ‘Eat, drink, darts, repeat’ is the tagline at Friendscino. A popular haunt among darts enthusiasts, this popular chain of restaurants and bars is equipped with rows of electronic dart boards. Reenergise with a meal from the extensive food menu; the snack platter loaded with deep-fried chicken wings, grilled sausages and pizza is good for sharing with chums. There is also a wide range of beer and wine if you’re thirsty. La Bodega 16 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, KL (03 2287 8318); Ground floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, KL (03 2287 2768); Level 3, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2148 8018); Lower ground, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1 SS16, Subang Jaya (03 5634 8388/labodega. gastrodome.com.my). Nurturing tapas culture since 1999, La Bodega is Malaysia’s grand matriarch of Spanish cuisine and has a dedicated crowd of regulars. Order from the tapas menu to share and swig from a jug of house-made sangria. The spirits and wines here are well-curated if a little pricey. There’s also beer on tap if

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Needless to say, views are spectacular and being far above the hustle and bustle of the city is an appealing prospect. There are good drinks and delicious tapas, and the bar has taken to hosting rooftop movies every weekend complete with beanbags. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 8pm-2am.

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you feel like a pint. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Tom, Dick & Harry’s Various locations (Facebook: Tom, Dick & Harry’s: pub+grub). This neighbourhood watering hole first won the hearts of Taman Tun’s residents before expanding citywide. Tom, Dick & Harry’s is a pub, albeit one that’s been updated to reflect our zeitgeist. Fashionable cocktails, for example, feature on their drinks list next to staple lagers, but it’s their pub grub that has secured a loyal following; think pigs in a blanket, porky fries (deep-fried sticks of luncheon meat, pork knuckles and big breakfasts on the weekends. Credit cards accepted. Vintry 130 Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, KL (03 2094 8262); Ground Floor, Jaya 33, Jalan Semangat, Section 13, PJ (03 7960 6737/www.vintry. com.my). This modest wine bar with rustic, bare brick walls is a favourite among wine aficionados for its diverse wine list and reasonable prices. The mouth-watering pork dishes also take some credit for returning customers. Plan on throwing a party with family or friends? Vintry is efficient about hosting large groups. Child-friendly. Credit cards accepted. (Medan Damansara) Mon-Sat, 3pm-12midnight; (Jaya 33) Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-2.30pm, 5pm12midnight; Fri-Sat, 12noon-2.30pm, 5pm-2am.


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Hubba Hubba: The Party Hub Hubba Hubba at Ceylon’s expansive menu includes the likes of lamb shank pie, mutton varuval and sirloin steak. These meaty dishes will pair well with Connor’s Stout Porter and bring out the creaminess of the stout. 1 Bukit Ceylon (Invito Hotel Suites) 1 Lorong Ceylon, KL (03 2022 2923/www.hubba.asia).

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BLACK Market Restaurants The ibérico pork ribs, paprika lamb shank and rib-eye burger at the BLACK Market Restaurants are all good on their own, but even better when washed down with a pint of Connor’s Stout Porter. 16 Jalan Kampung Pandan, KL (017 321 8686/www. blackmarketrestaurants.com).

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he most common food pairing is between wine and ne food, but the reality is that pairings can be done with many other types of drinks. Connor’s Stout Porter is a brew inspired by the British stout porter recipe from the 1700s. It’s balanced in taste with a creamy foam and gentle roasty undertones courtesy of the premium ingredients (malt, barley) used to create this beverage. Food pairing with Connor’s Stout Porter is simple – beef, lamb and pork dishes like steak pie and barbecued ribs, and even cheeses (particularly the strong blues) and dark chocolate desserts complement the stout impeccably. Head to these restaurants and pair your Connor’s Stout Porter with their signature dishes.

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Tiki Taka A sip of Connor’s Stout Porter will go a long way in tempering the richness of Tiki Taka’s signature pork dishes of pork ribs, wild boar rendang, pork satay. 138 Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara (016 328 7438/ fb.com/tikitakamy).


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El Centro 32 Jalan Haji Saman, KK (08 825 1427/elcentro.my). This restaurant and bar with a great menu – vegetarian dishes included – is popular with a good mix of travellers, expats and locals. The kitchen closes at 10pm, which is when the bar starts to get busy. There are quiz nights, live music and what are considered the best cocktails in KK. The owner and staff are famously friendly and Happy Hours are always a good time to head here. Tue-Sun, 11am-12midnight.

PLUtonic G-40-1, Block G, KK Times Square (019 812 0030). One of the few LGBT-friendly clubs in town with theme nights, live music and DJ sets; PLUtonic promises an interesting night out for all. It’s quite a small venue so it can get pretty crowded on the weekends. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 6pm1am; Fri-Sat, 6am-2am.

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Party Play Lifestyle Café 117 Jalan Gaya, KK (08 831 1210/ fb.com/PartyPlayLC). During the day this is a great place for a good meal and at night there’s live music and great value happy hour deals. It’s a popular venue for events,

Shamrock Irish Bar 6 Anjung Samudra, Waterfront Esplanade, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, KK (08 824 9829). It’s not the most Irish of bars, but it does have Kilkenny on tap and is one of the few places that shows rugby games. The food is good and reasonably priced, the staff are friendly and there’s live music later in the night.

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NEW The Loft Lot 12, Waterfront Anjung Samudera, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, KK (019 881 0824/fb.com/theloftkk). The Loft is popular with sports fans as games are shown on the big screen, and it’s also a good place to play pool or hang out on the big balcony with your pick from their selection of wine and cocktails. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 3pm1am; Fri-Sun, 3pm-2am.

Q Bar 15 Gaya Street, KK (016 847 3085). A gay-friendly venue, Q Bar guarantees a great night out with stage shows, themed nights and a crowd that knows how to party. There’s also a pool table and it’s pretty easy to make new friends in this friendly bar. Credit cards accepted. Mon & Sun, 9pm-1am; Tue-Thu, 9pm-1.30am; Fri, 9pm-3am; Sat, 9pm-3.30am.

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Cowboy Bar Asia City, KK (016 830 6828/ cowboybarkk.blogspot.com). Live music and DJs entertain the crowds in this backstreet bar. It can get pretty wild in the wee hours, which is why people head here. If you have a penchant for female DJs,

parties and date nights. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 9am12midnight; Sat-Sun, 9am-1am.

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Cock & Bull Lot 3, The Waterfront, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, KK; Jesselton Point, KK (08 822 2842/www. cocknbullbistro.com). A stalwart of the KK night scene, this is a chain of bistros and bars with outlets in the touristic areas of the city. The Waterfront branch is very lively come sundown and sports fans can come here to watch the big football games on big screens. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 3pm1am.

come here, as they seem to rule the dancefloor. Daily, 4.30pm-2am.

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Sabah Kota Kinabalu BED The Waterfront, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, KK (fb.com/BEDKK). This popular club is where the party’s at on weekends. It’s the city’s largest club and the dancefloor is usually packed with people coming for the live music, DJ sets and good happy hour deals. In a city where people mostly go to bars, this is the closest you’ll get to a big night out. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 7pm-1am; Sat, 7pm-2am.

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Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-1am; Fri-Sat, 12noon2am. Shenanigan’s Fun Pub Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, KK (08 822 1234/ www.kinabalu.regency.hyatt.com). Shenanigan’s has been around for a while and although it isn’t the most exciting place to be, it’s a nice place to hang out and looks like a posh British pub. There are theme nights and live music at night. It’s in a hotel so expect prices to be higher than the norm. Mon-Thu, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm2am. Sully’s Bar Lot 12, Block B, KK Times Square, KK (08 844 7107/Facebook: SullysBar). You can’t miss Sully’s bright green and red neon signage. Featuring a live jazz and blues band three nights a week, Sully’s calmer genre of music provides a different kind of night scene. Enjoy a good range of single malt whiskies, wines and cocktails. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 5pm1.30am; Sun, 6pm-12.30am. NEW Sunset Bar Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort, 20 Jalan Aru, KK (08 8327 888/ www.shangri-la.com/kotakinabalu/ tanjungaruresort) As the name implies, watching the sunset here with a cocktail in hand will be one of the most enjoyable evenings spent in KK. Get here early as the tables facing the sea get snapped up quick. The best spot are the loungers on the water’s edge. There’s also food available but as this is a Shangri-La property, expect prices to be higher than the city. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 4pm11pm.

evening of drinks and jazz. Mon-Sat, 4pm-2am. Backstage @ The Junk 80 Jalan Wayang, Kuching (08 225 9450). True to its name, this bar and restaurant is crammed full of curiosities. The restaurant is popular with tourists and is family-friendly to boot. The bar is a good place to listen to music and gets a good crowd in during the weekends. Credit cards accepted. Mon & WedThu, 6pm-12midnight; Fri, 6pm1.30am; Sat-Sun, 6pm-1am.

Drunk Monkey Old Street Bar 68 Jalan Carpenter, Kuching (016 864 9222/fb.com/ NEW Ruai Bar drunkmonkeyoldstreetbar). 7 Jalan Ban Hock, Strategically located Kuching e in w at the intersection of (010 980 0303) is a rice Carpenter Street and to Their tagline is ‘worst unique Bishopgate Road, . bar in the world’ ak Saraw Drunk Monkey is one an which should already ah ab S e Th of Kuching’s most elicit enough curiosity equivalent isi frequented watering to check it out. Decked called tapa holes. Sit outside for a out like a longhouse, view of the Sarawak State this local haunt is very Legislative Assembly Building. laidback and serves the local There’s a lot of beer to be had from all liquor famous for downing even the over the world and is actually one of hardest of drinkers – tuak. But as the best bars in Kuching. they say, when in Kuching… drink Credit cards accepted. Daily, 2pmtuak! 2am. Daily, 4pm-2.30am.

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Jambu Restaurant & Lounge Crossroads of Jalan Central and Jalan Crookshank/Bampflyde (08 223 5292/www.jamburestaurant.com). This restaurant is housed in colonial bungalow and although people come here to eat, the lounge is a great place for a chilled out evening. It’s a bit of a trek but worth coming for the beautiful setting. (Restaurant) Tue-Sun, 6-11pm; (Lounge) Tue-Sun, 6pm-late.

Vino Vino J-57, Ground floor, KK Times Square, KK (08 848 6363). If you’re looking for something more upmarket, Vino Vino ticks all the right boxes. Indulge in good food, wine, cigars and coffee. It’s not exactly a wild party spot but a good choice for quieter night out with friends. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 12noon-1am; Sat, 12noon-2am; Sun, 4pm-12midnight. Sarawak Kuching 21 Bistro 64 Padungan Road, Kuching (08 223 9069). Better known for its food than most bars in Kuching, 21 Bistro serves great Asian dishes. The best part is that after dinner you can carry on to the long bar and listen to the band fulfilling our criteria for a relaxing

NEW Monkeebar 2 Padungan Road, Kuching (017 896 069/www.monkeebars.com). Here’s a bar whose tagline ‘Drinking for conservation’ is not only unique but very successful considering it’s crowded every night of the week. At least one third of the profits go towards conservation programmes to help animals like orang utans, sun bears and gibbons, which in our opinion is a noble cause. Come here for a great night out knowing that your beer money is actually helping rehabilitate and save animals in need. Plus, the beer is cheap! Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 4pm1.30am; Sat-Sun, 4pm-2am.

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Speak Eazy 61 Ewe Hai Street, Kuching (012 610 0987/fb.com/speakeazykch). Board games, karaoke, good food and an impressive range of flavoured tuak – what’s not to like? Lots of regulars, travellers and people looking for a good time, this chilled-out bar has a slightly geeky vibe to it but it’s all part of the charm. Mon-Thu & Sun, 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-2am.


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The southernmost state in Malaysia has no shortage of nightlife – from bars and clubs in the rapidly developing city of Johor Bahru to the laidback beach vibes of one of the most beautiful islands in the region, Pulau Tioman.

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Mulligan’s Irish Pub 17 Jalan Permas 10/2, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, Masai (07 388 1869); 39 Jalan Kuning 2, Taman Pelangi (07 331 1977); 2-6 Jalan Austin Height 8/6, Taman Mount Austin (07 364 2364/Facebook: MulligansPub-and-Bistro). Celebrating its eighth year, Johor’s largest chain of Irish pubs is favoured by locals and expats alike. Understandably, the pub’s homely décor is all green walls and wooden furniture. Sit back and do some people-watching as the jaunty service team dashes about, slinging pints of beer for the thirsty. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 11am-11pm. The Balcony Bar & Restaurant

Aruku The Walk Ground floor, Block D, Plaza Sentosa, Jalan Sutera, JB (07 331 1118/ www.arukuthewalk.com). A tunnel covered with sparkling mirrors, Aruku’s entrance is one to take advantage of for photo ops to remember your night. Popular among the younger crowd in JB, the club aims to shake things up with a diverse line-up of DJs. You can even dine here before the party starts. Aruku’s menu is pretty extensive, although drink prices tower above those of other local watering holes. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10pm3am. The Balcony Bar & Restaurant Wisma SP Setia, S2-00115, Jalan Indah 15, Bukit Indah, JB (07 239 5191/fb.com/ thebalconybarnrestaurant). This black and white checkered bar is popular among the upper strata of the working crowd. There’s a gigantic screen for sports enthusiasts and live band performances every Tuesday through Thursday from 8.30pm onwards. The Balcony also serves dishes that are above par. Try the signature pork knuckle. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-1am; Fri-Sat, 12noon2am.

La Primeur’s four branches spread across town (Skudai, Taman Austin Perdana and more) serve as popular meeting hubs for sports fans. The well-ventilated bars fill up fast during big events such as the World Cup and the Olympic Games. While not particularly remarkable, La Primeur does have a jovial atmosphere, thanks in part to the karaoke machine. Skip the liquor and wines and ask for the infinitely cheaper draught beers. Mon-Thu & Sun, 3pm-1am; Fri-Thu, 3pm-2am. NEW MAD160 160 Jalan Ngee Heng, JB (07 222 0163). Located across DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru, this two-storey bar offers an alfresco area with fluorescent-lit furniture and a lounge where you can chill and shoot a few rounds of pool. We’ve heard good things about the margaritas, although the service is sometimes slow. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am12midnight.

I Beam Bar 21 Jalan Seluang, Taman Banang, Batu Pahat (07 438 6555/ www.ibeam.com.my). Deemed one of the most happening nightclubs in Batu Pahat, I Beam frequently sponsors resident DJs to maintain a happy crowd. Free flow parties are not uncommon, and to top things off, girls enjoy free beer on Ladies Night every Wednesday. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 9pm3am. La Primeur Pub Various locations (07 355 2761).

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NEW Sky Bar Lewvel 4, Hotel Jen, Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, JB (07 560 8888/www.hoteljen.com). With bar stools, wicker chairs and an infinity pool, SkyBar is the perfect spot to unwind while sipping cocktails. Overlooking the Puteri Harbour, the bar turns into a great dining option after sunset, serving steaks and fresh seafood with a wide selection of cocktails and wines. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon12midnight. Vino Vino Bistro 12 Jalan Molek 1/13, Taman Molek, JB (07 357 6699/Facebook: Vino-Vino-Bistro-Johor). Hailing from Kota Kinabalu, Vino Vino Bistro has opened additional outlets in Johor and Penang. The wall lined with shelves of wine bottles is an impressive sight, and the bar offers a notable array of cocktails, sprits, saké and soju. Regulars flock here for the chilled out ambience, good food, impressive drinks and top notch service. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 12noon-12midnight; Sun, 5pm12midnight.


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While Kedah isn’t the best place to go looking for nightlife, night dwellers can hop on a ferry and go to Langkawi, where the beach bar scene has started to pick up, particularly at Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah.

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to D’Upstairs Lounge for drinks and live music from Dianne Guerzo and Tristano Soliano, who croons all the classics. It’s also a good place to catch live sports matches on the telly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 9am6pm.

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Alor Setar NEW JTerrace Forty Eight 48, Pekan Cina (04 731 2527/fb.com/ terracefortyeight). Perfectly located at the corner of Pekan Cina (Chinatown), Terrace Forty Eight is housed in a heritage building with a great selection of draught beer, wines and extensive of tapas menu. You can hardly find any pubs or bars in Alor Setar, so this is definitely your best spot to chill and unwind if you’re in town. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 4pm2am.

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Langkawi NEW Antero Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah (019 404 0762/fb.com/ anteroworldwide). This is as close to a club as you’re going to get in Langkawi and it has changed the nightlife scene on the island, where live music and DJs take turns entertaining the energetic crowd of travellers, tourists and locals. Wed-Sun, 11pm-4am. Breeze Lounge The Westin Langkawi (04 960 8952/www.westinlangkawi.com/ diningbreezelounge). Sink gratefully into a comfy couch after a day of sun and sea and enjoy a cocktail at Breeze. Overlooking the Andaman Sea, this contemporary bar serves a selection of wagyu steaks and bento boxes alongside a huge variety of cocktails. You’ll find a particularly fine selection of vodkas. There’s a live band playing here every night (except for Mondays) from 8.15pm until midnight. Daily, 9am-1am. BudaBa Green Village Resort, Jalan Pantai Tengah, Teluk Baru, Pantai

Tengah (04 955 3117/www. greenvillagelangkawi.com). Operating under Green Village Resort, this eclectic little bar is reputed to be a friendly spot. It bills itself as an ‘oleskool’ bistro and world music bar, which means there’s often live music – and if that’s not enough, there’s also billiards and darts. Daily, 7pm-late. Charlie’s Bar & Grill Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC), Jalan Dato’ Syed Omar (04 966 4078/www.langkawiyachtclub.com). Located inside the grounds of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, this Langkawi favourite has now reopened after a year of renovations. Overlooking the clear view of the infamous Dayang Bunting Island and marina, this refurbished restaurant offers new extensive menu and drinks include premium spirits on the rocks or with a mixer. Halal. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 7-11pm. $$$ NEW J Sunset Deck Bon Ton Restaurant and Resort, Pantai Cenang (04 955 1688/www. bontonresort.com). Surrounded by palm and coconut trees, this in-house café and bar is built on a huge wooden platform, set with chairs and inviting tables in massive open-air seating. Offering a pleasing variety of cocktails, wines and liquors with its special menu of tapas and mezze, Sunset Deck is the spot for evening drinks while enjoying the lovely view of sunset in a laidback ambience. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon10.30pm. D’Upstairs Lounge 6 Casa Fina Avenue, Pantai Cenang (013 467 4055). Eat at Red Sky and then head upstairs

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NEW JD’Reef Lot 63 & 40, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang (04 953 3228/ theclifflangkawi.com/dreef). Housed in The Cliff Restaurant & Bar, D’Reef is a floating bar with a stunning view. The Cliff is built on a cliff (literally) overlooking the Andaman Sea, so you’ll get a sweeping view no matter where you sit. In addition to a wide array of juices, beers, wines and cocktails, the bar also offers its own line of signature cocktails to go with their great selection of snacks. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon11pm. Jam Rock Beach Cafe Off Jalan Pantai Tengah (fb.com/jamrockLGK). Missing the old Babylon Matlounge? This is your new spot for sunset drinks and late night jam sessions. Sister establishment to The Kasbah, this beach bar is all about enjoying laidback island life. As always with Babylon endeavours, Jam Rock is the product of a healthy respect for nature and a DIY aesthetic. This bamboo beach shack hosts live music and plenty of barbecues. Daily, until late. NEW JKalut Café & Bar Mali-Mali Beach resort, Pantai Cenang (018 408 0963/ fb.com/kalutbar). Bean bags on the beach, cheap drinks, juicy burgers, DJs at the sunset – what’s not to like? The beach bar scene is picking up on Cenang and this is where you go to chill out, grab a cold one, and watch the sun go down. Night brings fire shows, more drinks and a great party vibe. Daily, 11am-1am. La Sal Cocktail Bar Casa del Mar, Pantai Cenang (04 955 2388/www.casadelmarlangkawi.com). This bar located in Casa del Mar boasts a beautiful atmosphere and has a reputation for some of the best cocktails on the island, which bring together fresh juices, local fruits, herbs, spices and infused spirits. Some of the signatures are CDM Bellini, 5 Spiced Poached Apple & Cinnamon Mojito, and their Tom Yam Martini. There’s also a small selection of mocktails which, like the cocktails, sound impressive but are sometimes a hit or miss. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 7am12midnight.


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Yellow Beach Café Pantai Cenang (012 459 3190/ fb.com/yellowbeach.cafe). Another popular spot along Pantai Cenang, Yellow Beach Café’s charm lies in its location. The bar is facing the sea, and it’s best to come during sunset. Sip on a cocktail and watch the world go by, or catch the sun as it’s setting. You’ll know the place when you see it – there is indeed a lot of yellow. Mon & Tue, 3pm-1am; Wed-Sun, 12noon-1am.

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Sunba Retro Bar Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah (04 953 1801/www.sungrouplangkawi.com). Sometimes when it’s late and you’ve had a few drinks, all you want to do is find a place where you can dance. This is that place. DJs spin old-school tunes from the ’60s to the ’80s while the in-house band takes over the stage on certain nights. Needless to say, drinks are plentiful and so are the drunks. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 7pm2am.

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Rhu Bar Four Seasons Resort, Jalan Tanjung Rhu (04 950 8888/ www.fourseasons.com/langkawi). This unique Middle Eastern-inspired bar features Turkish water pipes, Indian Mughal hanging swings NEW Naam OMG and Japanese cuisine. A little Paradise 101 Langkawi incongruous, sure, but it’s hard to (012 473 0094/fb.com/NaamOMG). say no to such a delectable Having just moved to a private selection of Japanese snacks island called Paradise 101 – including yakitori, Langkawi, Naam OMG edamame beans and is flocked with tourists spicy tuna temaki and locals alike. rolls. Its airy design It’s a delightful encourages you to blend of open air s linger on the wicker seating and live happy houron e Th sofas and coloured performances at night 2no start from 1daily cushions and enjoy with a wide range of to 7pm the stunning view of cocktails, mocktails, the ocean. Pass the time wine and beer alongside with a shisha pipe, play an extensive menu – pool, or check out one of the sounds like a pretty good deal many board games available. And to altogether. drink? We love the sweet potency of Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10amthe Langkawi Sunset and the Sunset 1am. at Rhu. Daily, 5pm-12midnight. ONE LOVE Reggae Bar Pantai Tengah (fb.com/ Sugar onelovelangkawi). End of Pantai Tengah (04 955 3928/ Opened since 2012, this fun-loving fb.com/sugarlangkawi). bar is behind Cactus Restaurant Sister to fatCUPID, this Instagramand opposite Holiday Villa. Reggae

worthy restaurant and bar is an increasingly popular spot for live music and sunsets. Situated right on the beach where the old Lighthouse Restaurant once stood, Sugar complements its natural attractions with an Asian-inspired tapas menu and a raft of breezy cocktails. Tue-Sun, 2-10pm.

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and hip hop are generally on the playlist and the menu is geared more towards drinks. If you’re peckish, you can try the bar’s Dip & Bite menu with offerings like fish and chips, nachos, chicken chop and, somewhat unusually, pelmeni. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 6pm-3am.

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NEW JNest on the Beach Beachfront Jalan Pantai Tengah (The Old Lighthouse) (012 655 5984/fb.com/nestonthebeach). This is what island partying is all about with the exotic cocktails served here. Cold beer, a great view, cool people, and an overall chilled ambience bring the crowds. Nest on the Beach looks like the place to be on Pantai Tengah, complete with a tapas menu courtesy of the Sugar restaurant. Daily, 2pm-2am.

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Pulau Redang Bayu Bar The Taaras Resort, Pulau Redang (09 630 8888/www.thetaaras.com).

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Pulau Perhentian Kecil Oh La La Pasir Panjang, Pulau Perhentian Kecil. Another hostel and bar combined, Oh La La is popular with backpackers. It’s an unpretentious bar situated on Pasir Panjang (Long Beach), and the kitchen serving pizzas and burgers is open until late.

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NEW 45 Degree 172 Jalan Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu (011 2380 6670/ fb.com/45degreebar). Alcohol is hard to come by on the mainland, so this lively bar that promises to close only when the last one standing leaves is very welcome. Boasting a contemporary design, dart machines and a surprisingly good selection of drinks, this is where the party’s at in an otherwise quiet town. Daily, 5pm-1am.

Tupai Beach Bar Laguna Redang Island Resort, Pulau Redang (09 630 7888/www. lagunaredang.com.my). Enjoy a more relaxed vibe at Tupai Beach Bar, part of the luxurious Laguna Redang Island Resort. Kick back on the beach with some cocktails and while away the hours. Don’t pin high hopes on the resident band though. Daily, 5pm-12midnight.

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This chic open-air beach bar is a delight with a decent cocktail list and light snacks such as pizza, tapas and mezze. Enjoy them all as you take in the superb Pulau Redang views. At the time of print, the resort is closed for renovations and is scheduled to reopen in March 2017. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6.30pm12midnight.

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221 Jalan Bandar, Kuala Terengganu (09 623 2383/fb.com/ thevinumXchange). It’s quite a surprise to find a decent watering hole in this part of the country. A mix of coffee and cocktails, The Vinum Xchange is a nice hangout spot with exposed light bulbs, tall wooden stools and a small selection of pastries. The crowd consists of young locals and well-dressed backpackers looking for a pint, and the wall of wines will appeal to thirsty tourists in conservative Terengganu. This oasis in the desert also boasts a good selection of spirits. Credit cards accepted. Mon & WedSun, 11am-11pm.

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Kelantan Restoran Golden City 3950-G Jalan Padang Garong, Kota Bharu (012 212 8473/fb.com/ GoldenCityRestaurant). Surrounded by backpacker hostels, Restoran Golden City is a popular gastro pub located in Chinatown, close to the centre of Kota Bharu. Try the Turkish Pizza and Crispy Tempura Fried Squid Rings with homemade mustard. Come happy hours (4pm to 8pm), head here for some ice cold beer, a rare commodity in dry Kelantan. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri & Sun, 4pm-1am.


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NEW Skydeck 360 1 Jalan Melaka Raya 9 (06 292 1888/fb.com/ ecotreeskydeck360). One of the few MOVIDA lounge bars in Kitchen+Terrace Malacca, Skydeck 360 2-1 & 4-1, Jalan KSB means ‘party’ in is where you can sip 12, Taman Kota Cuban street slang delicious cocktails by Syahbandar (06 288 0311/www.movida. and ‘movement’ in the pool while enjoying the my). Spanish 360-degree Movida is a solid panoramic view of space to party the night Malacca Straits. There away. The space spills out are resident DJs and live on to the outside patio where you performances that enliven the space. can have a meal before continuing the Suffice to say, if you’re looking for night inside. Their food is a bit of a a lively place to have fun, this is hit and miss for us, so just go for the definitely where you can let your drinks. The upstairs area has two VIP hair down. sections – red, chintzy chambers that Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6pmare designed for groups. 1am. Daily, 12noon-3am.

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Hard Rock Café Melaka 28 Lorong Hang Jebat (06 292 5188/ www.hardrock.com/cafes/melaka). This Hard Rock café established itself on the streets of Malacca in 2011, giving patrons an alternative choice of a venue with good live music and Tex-Mex fare. Its location by the river is pretty strategic too, so join the queues early for an evening of assured fun. Remember to pick up some Hard Rock Melaka memorabilia too. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 11.30am-1am; Fri-Sat & eve of public holidays, 11.30am-2am.

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Honky Tonk Haven Café 68 Lorong Hang Jebat(010 257 3270/ fb.com/honkytonkhavencafe). This is a nostalgic, live music venue with old records on the walls and a view of the Malacca River. Opened by a Kiwi couple some years ago, the funky bar is now run by musicians. Make some friends, grab the arguably the cheapest beer in town, and enjoy the live music. Mon & Wed-Sun, 4pm-1am.

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Geographer Café 83 Jalan Hang Jebat (06 281 6813/ www.geographer.com.my). Housed in a pre-war building, this café/pub oozes heritage charm all around. It’s often thronged with tourists and locals alike, and the vibe here is fairly laidback, soundtracked by a live band performing jazzy numbers. Drinks are varied and people are genuinely friendly. It’s a decent spot to make some new friends too. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. MonFri, 10am-1am; Sat-Sun, 9am-1am.

NEW Reggae On The River 88 Lorong Hang Jebat (012 218 7532/Facebook: Reggae-On-TheRiver). The name says it all – here is where you get reggae music by the river. Located along the Melaka Riverside, this is the perfect place to unwind after a long day with reasonably priced drinks. Daily, 5.30pm-2am.

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Eleven Bistro &Restaurant 9, 11, 13 Jalan Hang Lekir (06 282 0011/fb.com/11Bistro). Ever wanted to sample cuisine from a bygone era? Here’s where you can indulge in Portuguese-Malaccan cuisine popular during the colonial era. What’s great is that you can wash all that scrumptious food down with ice cold beer while enjoying the relaxed ambience. Pork-free. Credit cards accepted. Daily,11am-2am.

MiXX Second Floor, Mahkota Parade Malacca (016 621 5577/fb.com/mixx. com.my). A massive club hugely popular in Malacca, MiXX is probably the best place to party, dance and drink. The club is divided into two rooms: Paradox and Arris. The former flaunts a cutting-edge interior where DJs churn out big tunes on the weekends; the latter is a garden café where live bands perform. Mon-Tue & Thu, 5pm-1am; Wed & Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am.

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Malacca Bar Rio Casa del Rio, 88 Jalan Kota Laksamana (06 289 6888/www. casadelrio-melaka.com). Bar Rio offers a solid drinks menu for you to end your day with – be it wine, beer, spirits, saké or cocktails. Adorned with lounge-like, wooden armchairs by the river, Bar Rio sports a casual vibe ideal for those seeking a relaxing setting where they can sit and watch the world go by. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 4-11pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-12midnight.


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NEW M Club A23, Tingkat 1 Jalan Gambut 3, Kuantan (016 933 2832/fb.com/ vclubkuantan). Mostly catering to the younger crowd,

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Chukka Hyatt Regency Kuantan, Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan (09 518 1234/ www.kuantan.regency.hyatt.com). Located inside the Hyatt Regency Kuantan, this Kuantan favourite is closed at the time of print as Hyatt Regency Kuantan is under renovation. Reopening is scheduled for early 2017, so do check out this happening spot after that date.

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The Buzzed B24, Ground floor, Lorong Haji Ahmad, Kuantan (fb.com/TheBuzzedMalaysia). If you’re on the lookout for new places to chill, then look no further. The Buzzed has built a decent reputation for itself among the local residents of Kuantan with its vibrant atmosphere and respectable selection of food and drinks. Perfect for gatherings with family and friends or for a birthday celebration. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 3pm-12am; Fri-Sat, 3pm-2am.

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Jungle Bar & Restaurant Kang Traveller’s Lodge, 9 Lorong Perdah, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (05 4915 823/

Kuantan Barce A-391, Ground floor, Jalan Berserah,Kuantan (012 939 3986/ fb.com/barcepremiumlounge). Head over to Barce for a game of darts with your mates. If sports are not your cup of tea, Barce has you covered with karaoke sessions and a wide variety of alcoholic beverages on offer. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 4pm-1am; Fri & Sat, 4pm-2am; Sun, 8pm-1am.

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Highlands Bar By the golf course, Tanah Rata,Cameron Highlands (05 491 1100/www. cameronhighlandsresort.com). The Highlands Bar is a posh, upscale place that serves a comprehensive menu of whisky, cocktails and other drinks in a comfortable, pleasant environment. Live music is featured at night and you can look forward to playing a game of pool or just relaxing in front of the fireplace. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon12midnight.

Genting Highlands NEW Cloud 9 Lower Lobby Floor, Resort World Hotel, Genting Highlands (03 2718 1118/www.rwgenting.com). Undoubtedly one of the more popular clubs in Genting, Cloud 9 greets you with a row of neon lit pillars and bass thumping beats of hip hop or R&B, spun by their resident DJs. You can expect a full bar and complete wine list, but it does get rowdy on weekends. The club serves a variety of snacks and features a live band on certain nights. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu, 5pm3am; Fri & Eve of Public Holidays, 5pm-5am; Sat, 12noon-5am; Sun & Public Holidays, 12noon-3am.

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Wild Berry Club Lot 195 & 196, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (05 491 1166/ www.strawberryparkresorts.com). Should you feel the need to sing in a karaoke setting, the previously named Strawberry Club is now Wild Berry, a karaoke bar that fills this niche demand in Cameron Highlands. They serve up a decent selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Daily, 10pm-late.

The Patio Level 2, Resort World Hotel, Genting Highlands (03 2718 1118/ www.rwgenting.com). A casual hang-out spot, the Patio Bar & Lounge serves a wide mix of snacks and broadcasts live football matches on a huge projector screen. Opinions are divided on their live band but you can go decide for yourself. Their newest addition is a Wine & Whisky bar along with 14 taps serving international beer. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu. 5pm-3am.

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Cricket Lounge Copthorne Hotel, Kea Farm, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands (05 496 1777/ www.copthornecameron.com). Nestled in the swanky Copthorne Hotel, the Cricket Lounge is a nightspot where you can watch your favourite sports and order from an extensive selection of food and drinks. High speed Internet access is also available, making it a trendy and popular spot among travellers as well. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 4pm12midnight.

Persimpangan Bertingkat, Lebuhraya Karak, Bukit Tinggi (09 221 3666/ www.colmartropicale.com.my). One of the famous eateries in Colmar Tropicale, Le Blason serves a nice mix of cocktails and alcoholic beverages. For those not in the mood for drinking, they also offer some local and international dishes. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 24 hours.

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www.daniels.cameronhighlands.com). Dimly lit and rustically decorated, Jungle Bar is not an easy place to find. But when you do (it’s tucked away in a backpacker’s inn), it’s the bar for cheap beer, cheap games of pool and a satisfying hang-out place for locals and foreigners alike. The makeshift bonfire pit lets guests warm up and bring out their guitars for a quick campfire song, while an open, airy bar encourages mingling. It may not be in a swanky hotel, but Jungle Bar & Restaurant is kind of charming in its own way. Daily, 7pm-late.

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Cameron Highlands Cameron Bar 30th Mile Ringlet, Cameron Highlands (05 495 6152/www.lakehousecameron.com). Cosy and low-key, the Cameron Bar has a wide spectrum of liquor available, whether you’re looking for beer or Scotch whisky. There’s a constant stream of sports on the TV but this is an all-round chilled out place for chilled out drinking. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 7am11pm.


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this club is packed every weekend. They also host special occasions and themed party for certain nights. Credit cards accepted. Thu-Fri, 9pm1am; Sat, 9pm-3am. Malibu Pub Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan, Balok Beach, Beserah, Kuantan (09 544 7333/www.swissgarden.com). With its contemporary island bistro concept, Malibu Pub is highly frequented by hotel guests. The bar is fully stocked and they’ve got a myriad of exotic cocktails to satisfy your thirst. You can also expect an in-house band on most nights. Credit cards accepted. Mon & We-Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat-Sun, 6pm-2am. O’Corner 236 Jalan Teluk Sisek, Kuantan (019 933 7888/Facebook: Os-Corner). A refurbished building, O’Corner is right by the Kuantan River. Thus, making it a nice place to grab a drink and chill by the river breeze. It’s actually right behind Lila Wadi. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 2pm1.30am. Parrot Bar Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan, Balok Beach, Beserah, Kuantan (09 544 7333/www.swissgarden.com). Comfortably shaded by trees, the Parrot Bar is located inside the Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan and tucked away from the chaos of the city. It’s a good place to mingle and try their specially blended cocktails or their coconut juice. They offer a pool table and, if you’re up for the challenge, an outdoor karaoke section. Then again, you could just sit back in one of their hammocks and relax after a long day. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am7pm.

are recommended. Tables are on a wooden deck facing the beach and sea, complete with gorgeous views on a fine day. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-9pm; FriSat, 12noon-11pm. Sampan Bar Hyatt Regency Kuantan, Teluk Chempedak (09 518 1234/www. kuantan.regency.hyatt.com). Having a drink at the Sampan Bar is like encountering history itself; the bar is a revamped Vietnamese boat that came ashore three decades back full of asylum seekers. Far from the harsh utilitarian nature of the boat’s previous purpose, it’s now infused with a soft, decadent edge. The imagery of sipping a piña colada almost always comes readily hand in hand with that of watching the sun set by the beach, so having cocktails at the Sampan Bar is as close as it gets to living the dream. Note; At the time of print, Sampan Bar is closed as Hyatt Regency Kuantan is under renovation. Reopening is scheduled for early 2017, so do check out this spot after that date. Tjantek Café & Art Bistro 46 Jalan Besar, Kuantan (019 917 2021/tjantek.blogspot.com). If LED wristbands, crazy crowds, eardrum-busting dubstep music and sweaty armpits are not your type, then head on down to Tjantek Café. Located in an artsy refurbished prewar shophouse, Tjantek’s edgy style includes jazz, art and drinks. However, it’s difficult to find parking. We recommend that you get a taxi. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 8pm-1am.

The 8th Pub & Kitchen A31, Lorong Tun Ismail 9, Sri Dagangan 2, Kuantan (012 900 8398/ www.facebook.com/PhatBarrels). This replacement for Phat Barrels, arguably the finest in Kuantan’s social scene, does some nice steaks, but the main pull for the crowd is the edgy interiors, thumping sound systems and beers. Look out for live entertainment on Saturdays. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 3pm-2am. NEW Sunday Bar Breeze Samsuria Beach Resort & Residence, Jalan Sungai Ular Damai 1, Balok (012 887 9510/www.sundaybars.com). Located off the beaten track, this small French-run beachside café offers a selection of cold beers, pizza, hotdogs and typical croquet monsieur (grilled ham and cheese sandwich) without burning holes in your wallet. On Fridays, you can have drinks with special home-cooked dishes like beef stew or roast chicken which

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Tioman Island B&J Dive Bar Near Johan’s, Air Batang, Pulau Tioman. A relaxed bar in which to plan the next day’s diving adventures over a cold beer or swap tales tall and true about marine critters. Good selection of cocktails and liquors. Daily, 2pm-12midnight. Hallo Bar Left from the jetty, Air Batang, Pulau Tioman. One of the more happening bars on Tioman and for good reason: great beach views, affordable drinks and an enjoyable atmosphere. Located just outside Nazri’s II, this rustic bar serves up duty free beer, which is a perfect pairing for the spectacular sunset. Tioman Cabana Bar Between Coral Reef Holidays Chalets and Wak Cottage, Tanjung Said Beach, Tekek Village, Pulau Tioman (09 419 1045/www.tiomancabana. com). A chill and charmingly decorated hangout that is perfect for wannabe pirates. Sit back with a beer, enjoy their hearty selection of food (try their burgers, please) or join the inevitable jam session. There are bonfires and fireball shows most nights and you might even be lucky enough to get a lesson in the latter. Nothing pretentious with the surfer dudes who run the place. Daily, 2-4pm, 7-10.30pm, (Drinks) all day.


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Bora Bora by Sunset Lot 415 Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (04 885 1313/fb.com/ boraborabysunset). Fairy lights, tiki huts and various ‘tropical jungle’ paraphernalia are the order of the day at the beachthemed Bora Bora. Here, beers, liquors and cocktails flow copiously and affordably in an area otherwise known as a tourist trap. Parties can last way into the night, so be sure to keep your flip flops and bags where you can see them. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-1am; FriSat, 12noon-3am.

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George Town Wines 19-19A Lebuh Leith, George Town (04 262 1011/fb.com/ georgetownwines). Previously a building used to house horse stables, this space with

Hard Rock Café Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (04 881 1711/penang.hardrockhotels.net). Throughout its worldwide locations, Hard Rock Café’s reputation is backed by its authentic American menu with a hint of Southern flair. And complementing the food is a range of beers and specialty cocktails (some of which are served in souvenir glasses that you can bring home for a little extra cost). And what is Hard Rock Café without music and some rock ’n’ roll – the music playing is good, and there are live band performances nightly. Also staying true to the Hard Rock eccentricity, the café is furnished with comfortable seats and rock music paraphernalia from around the world.

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Feringgi Bar Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Rasa Wing Lobby, Mezzanine Level, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (04 888 8888/ www.shangrila.com/penang/ rasasayangresort). The rustic ambience in Feringgi Bar is complemented by lather club chairs, a neatly stocked bar and a classy piano. It’s sometimes overlooked in favour of its more frequented sibling, the Feringgi Grill restaurant, but it chiefly boasts a good selection of cocktails and champagne. This is one to visit when you’re in the mood for a touch of class. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6.30pm1am.

Gravity Level 24, G Hotel Kelawai, 2 Persiaran Maktab (04 219 0000/ www.ghotel.com.my). Gravity is the latest addition to Penang’s directory of rooftop bars with spectacular views. Here, you can sip on a pomegranate mojito (their signature cocktail) while taking in the sights of the mountains as well as a bird’s-eye view of George Town that stretches all the way to the Penang bridge. What we love about this place is how close the infinity pool is to the bar. You’ll be jumping in for a swim in no time. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm1am.

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Berlin’s Bier Houz Bay Avenue, G-1-1 Lorong Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas (04 644 8887/ fb.com/berlinbierhouz). Erdinger Weissbier, Hoegaarden and Weihenstephaner prevail in this German and European bistro. To go along with their sizeable beer selections, beer bites like German meat balls, bacon ham canapés, German roast pork and pork knuckle all make delicious company. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-11pm; Fri-Sat, 12noon12midnight.

NEW Cuvee Jalan Fettes, Tanjung Tokong, Penang (012 421 8486/fb.com/ CuveePrecint10) Beautifully decorated with contemporary and funky wall paintings, Cuvee is one of the popular spots for partygoers to hang out in a relaxed yet playful environment. Known for their DJs and contemporary tunes, Cuvee also serves up extensive list of wines and champagne plus a range of interesting cocktails. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 7pm-3am.

Victorian era décor is now a wine bar with a blossoming selection that consists of Old World and New World wines. To complement the wine, they also have a Mediterranean-inspired Western menu. Enjoy a glass or a bottle on the premises or simply duck in to pick up your favourite for later. Credit cards accepted. Mon, Wed-Thu & Sun, 6pm-1am; Fri, 5pm-1am.

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BED 368-01-08 Bellisa Row, Jalan Burma; 01-01-07, E-Gate LVH, Tunku 2, Gelugor (04 656 6526/www.bed. com.my). Glammed with golden light fixtures and modern furniture, a BED outlet is the kind of place where you can enjoy a cappuccino and a cocktail in one sitting. Every outlet is equipped with WiFi and the clientele covers a mix of young urbanites and the postwork crowd. There’s even karaoke equipment to let your vocals soar. Credit cards accepted.

house with fine Peranakan elements. Food-wise, you’ll find an extensive East-meets-West menu; while entertainment comes in the form of live music. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 8am2am.

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NEW Antarabangsa Enterprise 21 Lorong Stewart, George Town (04 263 2279). This hidden gem offers self-serve coolers full of beverages, ranging from beer to a surprisingly large selection of domestic wine coolers. Outside are a few tables and chairs for customers to hang out and drink – sort of like an impromptu bar right on the sidewalk outside the shop. In addition to the very wallet-friendly prices, customers often come back for the casual laidback settings and the overall warmth and camaraderie of the regulars. Daily, 12.30 noon– 2am.

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Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 11am-2am; Fri-Sat, 11.30am2.30am. INCH Food Bar 44 Lebuh Muntri, George Town (04 261 1693/fb.com/inchfoodbar). The ambience at INCH is quiet and cosy, much like the rest of Lebuh Muntri, so this is a nice hideout if you’re tired of the bustling, touristy energy of George Town. They have impressive all-day long promotions for drinks, and there are live band performances on Friday and Saturday nights – perfect for winding down after a long week. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am12midnight. Jammin’ Via Pre Via Pre, Second floor, 5 Pengkalan Weld, George Town (04 261 9800/ fb.com/jamminviapre). You’ll find this bar and lounge one floor above the Italian restaurant Via Pre. The interior is largely composed of dark wooden furnishings, with a small bar and a stage that has hosted various live DJs and bands. The balcony overlooks Pengkalan Weld with tables for couples who want a bit of privacy. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am12midnight. Kebaya & Baba Bar Seven Terraces, Lorong Stewart,George Town (04 264 2333/ www.7terraces.com). Kebaya and Baba Bar may be tucked into a corner of Seven Terraces but this lounge certainly holds its own with a collection of specially selected wines, beers and cocktails. As a heritage hotel, Seven Terraces draws upon Penang’s Peranakan culture in its design. Drop by if you’re in the mood for Nyonya cuisine with a side of cocktails. Credit cards accepted. (Kebaya) Daily, 6-10pm; (Baba Bar) Daily, 2-11pm.

Mish Mash 493 8279/Facebook: Micke’s Place Love Lane). Micke’s Place is great for people watching since Love Lane intersects with chaotic Chulia Street. Thirsty backpackers flock here for cheap drinks and the lack of a dress code. Cocktails can set you back RM45 for three (definitely a bargain) while pints of beer go as low as RM10. Daily, 12noon-3am. Mish Mash 24 Lebuh Muntri, George Town (017 536 5128/www.mishmashpg.com). This is not your average bar; it’s a cocktail bar, a tobacconist and an art gallery rolled into one venue. Besides their alcoholic fare, have a go at their coffee and sample their simple menu. Signature cocktails are the Moscow Mule, Tommy’s Margarita and the Angel’s Goblet. Credit cards accepted. Tue-Sun, 5pm12midnight.

Naughty Nuri’s Warung 114 Jalan Burma, George Town (04 226 3171/Facebook: Naughty-NurisWarung-GeorgeTown). Bali’s famous pork ribs has trudged NEW Market Lane Tuak Shop its way up to Penang. Their Lorong Pasar, Georgetown (016 comprehensive menu includes 471 6393). a wide variety of food as For a real local tipple, head well as alcoholic drinks. over to Market Lane and If you’re in the mood look for Kedai Tuak. to try something The entrance to the adventurous, we Th is tradition shop might look recommend the homemade palmal a little dodgy, wine Spectrum of Lights/ is produced using but the owner is Rainbow cocktail, friendly and has good palm sap, yeast an and yes, that’s for d command of English. you to find out about. sugar Also known as ‘toddy’, Credit cards accepted. tuak is made through Daily, 3pm-1am. a process of fermentation and it has a slightly milky Patio Bar de Tapas consistency with a sweet aftertaste. 49F Pengkalan Weld, George Town Daily, 10am-7pm. (012 311 0442/fb.com/patiopenang). This tapas bar has got Spanish NEW Micke’s Place influences written all over it. Patio 94 Love Lane, George Town (012 Bar is set up in such a way that you

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can enjoy a cocktail from the bar first before sauntering to your table in its courtyard, which is dotted with greenery and wooden furnishings backed by rustic, brick walls. Enjoy a menu full of Spanish dishes that go well with their sangria (there are four types; Patio is one of the few places that specialise in sangria in Penang). There are also cocktails, mocktails and a range of whiskies and wines. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 5pm-1.30am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-2am. QEII Church Street Pier, 8A Pengkalan Weld, George Town (04 263 3331/ www.sohopenang.com). Thanks to the steady stilts, QEII sits over the water, perched next to the Penang jetty overlooking the marina. It’s a fine dining restaurant by day, and by night it transforms into a spacious alfresco nightclub. On most nights, vivacious dance and house music are usually on loop. This makes a night out at QEII quite literally a party on the sea. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 6-11pm. Sand Bar Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (04 881 1711/penang.hardrockhotels.net). One of the few beach bars in Batu Ferringhi with a massive tiki hut, the Sand Bar is fairly new to the Hard Rock family and, in recent years, has done a fine job keeping beachcombers hydrated. Cocktails may cost you more than usual but the ambience of surf and sand coupled with their signature cocktails might prove worthy. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am11pm. Sigi’s Bar and Grill Golden Sands Resort, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi (04 886 1852/www.shangri-la.com/penang/ goldensandsresort).


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Pahang

The Canteen at ChinaHouse 183-B Lebuh Victoria, George Town (04 263 7299/fb.com/ TheCanteenAtChinaHouse). Once a row of heritage shophouses, ChinaHouse has transformed into one of George Town’s most sought-after night spots. Today, it comprises a fine dining restaurant, a café, an alfresco courtyard and an art gallery. The Canteen in particular buzzes every night with a series of open mic sessions and jazz nights, and they’re occasionally graced by local and international music acts. If you want to get familiar with our local music

Malacca & Surrounds

Vino Vino Bistro Block H-10-1, Lorong Bayan Indah 2, Bay Avenue, Bayan Lepas (04 645 9922/Facebook: Vino-Vino-Penang). Don’t be fooled by the Italian name because here is where you can find an array of Japanese saké and sochu. Vino Vino also serves a wide range of wines, single malts and beers, and trending on the menu is the signature yakitori, which pairs very well with the alcohol. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon12midnight.

Kelantan & Terengganu

Talk Talk Wine Bar & Lounge 2-G-3, 2-G-4 & 2-G-5, Pekaka Square, Bangunan Lip Sin, Lebuh Pekaka Satu, Gelugor (014 901 1303/fb.com/ TalkTalkwinebar). Decorated in a rustic chic manner, the huge space is structurally divided into two floors without giving off

The Den 228 Jalan Macalister, George Town (04 228 3888/www. macalistermansion.com). The Den is a quiet lounge for connoisseurs of Cuban and Dominican cigars. Serving up a range of scotch whiskies, it’s ideal for relaxation and a tête-à-tête. If you’re a newbie to whisky-cigar pairings, nudge the wait staff for a brief walkthrough. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-2am.

Kedah & Perlis

Soju Room B2, Entertainment City, Penang Times Square, Jalan Dato Keramat,George Town (012 556 5876/fb.com/sojupg). Graduating from its former Soju Club moniker, the establishment is nestled within its current home at Penang Times Square. Boasting a futuristic circular stage, laser lights and an ultra-modern bar, Soju Room is constantly reinventing itself. It’s proving to be a promising nocturnal retreat in George Town with live DJ sessions taking up most nights of the week armed with clubbing hits and EDM. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 9pm-3am.

The Best Brew Four Points by Sheraton Penang, 505 Jalan Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Bungah (04 371 8888/www. fourpointspenang.com). The Best Brew is Four Points’s warm and inviting bar, where you can relax over a game of pool or darts with a cold pint on hand. It also, incidentally, presides over some gorgeous sea views, visible from the tables inside and the breezy outdoor terrace. Generous-portioned food like burgers, sandwiches, pasta and local favourites are fairly affordable here, as are the draft and bottled beers. Try the unusual Timmermans fruit beers or kick back with anything from a Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc to a Guinness. Signature cocktails include the devilishly sweet Toblerone dessert cocktail and the Espresso Martini, a mix of espresso, vodka, Kahlúa and Frangelico. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Fri, 11am12midnight; Sat-Sun, 11am-1am.

The Cellar 228 Jalan Macalister, George Town(04 228 3888/www. macalistermansion.com). In a fancier part of George Town, The Cellar is a swanky and stylish night spot to hang out at. The red-goldblack interior says ‘gentleman’s club’, but ultimately the atmosphere is an inviting one, beckoning visitors to sit back in a comfy chair, order a glass of wine along with a cheese platter, and forget the troubles of daily life. There’s a range of beers on tap as well as over 300 labels of wines from all over the world. An enticing selection is available by the glass from the Enomatic wine storage machine. Despite appearances, The Cellar also boasts a well-rounded and affordable snack menu. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-2am.

Johor

Soho Free House 50 Jalan Penang, George Town (04 263 3331/www.sohopenang.com). Soho Free House can get exceptionally crowded on weekends, so come early and secure a good seat for you and your pint of beer. It’s fast becoming one of the town’s favourite watering holes. Regulars normally consist of expats, tourists and a fair share of locals. Good pub grub bring in the lunchtime crowds, but when night falls, people come to shoot pool, have a pint or dance to house music on the small dance floor. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 12noon3am.

That Little Wine Bar 54 Jalan Chow Thye, George Town (04 226 8182/www.thatlittlewinebar. com). Spearheaded by local celebrity Chef Tommes, That Little Wine Bar is a cross between a wine bar and a European-style restaurant. Friendly, stylish and quaint is how you’d best describe the place, and it boasts an admirable range of Old World and New World wine to pair with culinary standouts like the tenderloin and apple filo dessert. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 5pm-1am.

scene, you’ll find it all here. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 3pm-2am.

East Malaysia

Slippery Senoritas The Garage, 2 Jalan Penang, George Town (04 263 6868). Slippery Senoritas is one of the more long-lasting party venues on the island. The club occupies a spacious room at the entrance of Upper Penang Road. It consists of a salsa club and a restaurant that attracts a good crowd of partygoers on Friday nights. In terms of entertainment, the bartenders often pull off moves while mixing drinks, live bands often cover familiar favourites, and the dance floor is always available. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm3am.

a claustrophobic vibe. The ground floor houses a manic arrangement of wooden tables and bar stools whereas the open space above is filled with comfortable couches. The bar serves wine, beer and cocktails, and live bands appear midweek to help you ease into the weekend. If you’re more food-focused, Thai food is available for lunch and dinner from Talk Talk’s adjacent sibling, Tok Tok Cuisine. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Tue, Thu & Sun, 4pm-1am; Wed & Fri-Sat, 4pm-2am.

KL & Surrounds

Come here for alfresco dining with excellent views. Located right on Batu Ferringhi beach, Sigi’s offers a range of Western and Asian cuisines, along with a menu of zippy and inventive cocktails. The cosy restaurant also has an upper deck that opens out to panoramic views of the ocean. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 10am12midnight.


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Kelantan & Terengganu

NEW Jeff’s Cellar The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Sunway City Ipoh, Ipoh (05 210 7777/ www.thebanjaran.com). One of the most unique, private wine cellars in the world, Jeff’s Cellar is set within a 280 million-year-old Palaeozoic grotto with artfully lit stalagmites and stalactites. It’s an impressive wine bar and offers a delectable fine dining menu to ensure an unforgettable evening. Daily, 6-11pm.

Kedah & Perlis

Healy Mac’s Ground floor, 2 Persiaran Greentown 4, Greentown Avenue (05 249 3627/ www.healymacs.com). For the hungry ale hunters, Healy Mac’s is definitely good news. This Irish bar serves up the usual pub grub and promising mains; we recommend the Guinness-marinated organic pork

History Bistroz 36 & 38 Jalan Lau Ek Ching, Ipoh (05 255 3836/fb.com/HistoRyBistRozIpoh). This cavernous pub is the kind of place you’d want to settle into for a long afternoon chat with friends over beers. On the menu you’ll find pub favourites like fish and chips, and behind the bar is a selection of brews like Tiger, Paulaner, Guinness and Strongbow. Head to the leafy beer garden out back and relax with a game of pool. Check out their neat happy hour prices where you can score beers, wine and Smirnoff Ice at really good prices. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-2am.

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Berlin’s Bier Houz Ground floor, 12 Persiaran Greentown 4, Greentown Business Centre (05 241 8118/fb.com/berlinsbierhouz). When Berlin’s Bier Houz first opened occupying a space in the bustling Greentown district, the concept was

Euro House 49-51 Jalan Hussein, Ipoh (05 255 5532/fb.com/EuroHousePage). If you are looking to down a few pints of premium beers in Ipoh, this is where you go. They serve imported beers like Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, Erdinger and more aside from liquors, wine and champagne. Stamping ground for the college set, Euro House can get extremely crowded on weekends. Something worth mentioning is their impressive entertainment arsenal of Xbox Kinect, pool tables, LCD TVs as well as karaoke machines. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 3pm-1am.

spare ribs. Service is cheerful and drinks are great. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-1am; Fri-Sat, 12noon2am.

East Malaysia

Barbeza 50 Jalan Medan Ipoh Baru 4, Bandar Baru Medan (05 547 8598/fb.com/ barbeza). The team behind Barbeza understands that the essence of a good bar lies in its service. Since its early days, Barbeza has cultivated a constant stream of regulars that come for the great Italian food and premium cocktails. Come and check out some of the best band performances around, according to some. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 5pm-2am.

unheard of. What’s a German-themed bar doing touting pork knuckles and wheat lagers in Ipoh? However, Berlin’s has proven their worth with beer-starved Ipoh residents embracing the concept wholeheartedly. Löwenbräu is the beer to try here. Tip: parking can be difficult, so do come early if possible. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 12noon-12midnight; Fri-Sat, 12noon-1am.

KL & Surrounds

Bar.Racuda 131 Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, Greentown (05 255 1311/fb.com/ Barracuda131). This refurbished bungalow restaurant and bar was opened by three Ipoh locals who couldn’t find a watering hole to suit their tastes. Interestingly, they serve affordable spicy Indian curry dishes during lunch hours (don’t worry, there’s air conditioning). But come evening, Bar.Racuda transforms into a laidback bar with pool tables and live bands on the weekends. Credit cards accepted. Mon-Sat, 12noon-2am.

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