January 8th, 2021
12 New Restaurants to Visit in KL & Selangor in October 2015
You can view a list of our most recent new restaurant features here. This is part of a monthly series.
Honest Spanish cooking by a former schoolteacher from Salamanca & her Dutch husband who’ve made KL their home: Marta’s Kitchen is a marvellous new stop for Malaysians seeking authentic servings of tapas, paella & very possibly the city’s most satisfying churros.
Address: The Signature, Jalan Sri Hartamas 2
2. Sekor & Co
Gyu tan don, semur lidah, daging balado, bakso & sambal bajak – recipes that reflect Melati Proehoeman’s multifaceted family roots & faraway travels, served with soul at a restaurant gifted to her by her husband for their fifth anniversary.
Address: 1A, Jalan Chong Khoon Lin, Ukay Heights
3. Sion Dining
What happens when a Japanese sommelier-&-chef who loves Spanish & Swiss cuisine (as well as Marilyn Monroe) opens a restaurant? You wind up with a venue like Sion, where the setting is seductively elegant & the cooking is singularly engaging. Tongue meat tossed with parmesan? Count us in!
Address: B-1-16, 1st Floor, Block B, Jalan PJU 1A/20A
Read Review: Sion Dining at Ara Damansara: Restaurant Review
4. Lucky Bo
If you know your history, this Bangkung address has housed some excellent neighbourhood eateries over the years, from seafood sanctum Four Seas to mod-Oz haven Madisons(plus Tasting Room by Wine Cellar, if you count the space upstairs). Lucky Bo, reputedly named in honour of the beloved dog of the outlet’s owner, preserves that tradition; if we’re fortunate, this ‘community cafe’ will enjoy a more enduring presence than its predecessors.
Address: 65 Jalan Bangkung
Read Review: Lucky Bo at Bangkung, Bangsar: Restaurant Review
5. Rak Somtam
Terrific Thai temptations that tickle the taste buds & linger in the memory – Rak Somtam is well worth the trip to Kota Damansara, helmed by a Malaysian restaurateur & his Thai wife, with a kitchen crew that hails largely from north of our border.
Address: 17-1, Jalan PJU 5/4, Dataran Sunway
6. Nomi Tomo
Hidden without a signboard on the third floor of a shop-lot, Nomi Tomo – which translates into ‘Drinking Buddies’ – serves purely sake & skewers (with an interesting selection of both), founded by friendly brothers Kelvin & Kai Zhou.
Address: 3rd Floor, No. 2 & 4, Plaza Damansara
Closer tries to go the distance to be distinctive with a sun-drenched, plant-adorned setting to complement its amiable offerings.
Address: G-02, Menara TSR, 12 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara
8. Polecats Coffee
This cafe is tiny & tricky to locate, but it’s worth checking out: Founders Sam & Zee (plus their newborn daughter Arya) have made Polecats a fun family-run hangout with a deeply personal touch, crafting their own culinary creations like pancakes with lamb bacon.
Address: 36, Jalan Bandar 1, Taman Melawati
Read Review: Polecats Coffee at Taman Melawati: Snapshot
9. Bean Brothers
This Korean-operated coffee bar on a secluded street in Sunway Damansara scores significant points for its striking looks, with a cavernous two-level warehouse space filled with intricately photogenic corners that’ll become a social media staple.
Address: Jalan PJU 3/50, Sunway Damansara
Read Review: Bean Brothers at Sunway Damansara: Restaurant Review
Not a bad stop for Italian cooking with a few interesting flourishes.
Address: 14 Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru
Read Review: Prezzo at Telawi, Bangsar: Snapshot
11. Slappy Cakes
From Portland to Publika: American brunch franchise Slappy Cakes smacks its way into Malaysia this month, promising playful pancakes that customers can cook themselves on special griddles built on each table.
Address: A3-G2-3A, Solaris Dutamas
Read Review: Slappy Cakes at Solaris Dutamas: Restaurant Review
12. Koosh Koffeez
Conjuring up notes of razzle-dazzle in its decor & dishes, Koosh Koffeez is an eccentrically colourful venue, exuberant with plush chairs & playful hip-hop caricatures, taking an adventurous approach to everything from pastas to waffles & coffee.
Address: D5-G3-03 Solaris Dutamas
Read Review: Koosh Koffez at Solaris Dutamas: Restaurant Review