15 New Restaurants to Visit in KL and Selangor - May 2015
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1. Olfactory Bulb at Kota Damansara
Coffee cocktails conceived by a top Malaysian mixologist, coupled with complex, liquor-laced waffle recipes? Olfactory Bulb knows how to stimulate our pleasure centre.
Address: 15-2, Jalan PJU 5/13, Dataran Sunway
Read Review: Olfactory Bulb at Kota Damansara: Restaurant Review
2. Bandits Coffee Bar at Bukit Damansara
Bandits Coffee Bar hijacks the limelight; breaking into Bukit Damansara, this wild bunch of brunch-crazy baristas – armed with avocados & helmed by a notoriously tattooed ringleader – seems set to steal the hearts of KL’s cafe enthusiasts.
Address: 16 Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara
3. Second Sunday at Damansara Jaya
A new day has dawned in Damansara Jaya: Second Sunday could become the first choice for denizens who desire a distinctive destination with fun flourishes & colourful cooking.
Address: 31, Jalan SS22/19, Damansara JayaWP Kuala Lumpur
Read Review: Second Sunday at Damansara Jaya: Restaurant Review
4. Cake Jalan Tiung at Shah Alam
Did Shafinaz bake her way into Hidzad’s heart? The former banker says she began brushing up on the art of creating cakes several years back because her beau had a sweet tooth – now blissfully married, the couple have unveiled Cake Jalan Tiung this month, fronting the charge in Shah Alam for the Klang Valley’s current onslaught of outrageously beautiful cake shops. Check out the origami birds – pimped up in Cake Jalan Tiung’s signature shades of blue, yellow & white – that float over the counter & threaten to flutter out through the spacious first-floor cafe’s lofty windows.
Address: 31M, Jalan Tengku Ampuan Zabedah J 9/J, Section 9, Shah Alam
Read Review: Cake Jalan Tiung at Shah Alam: Restaurant Review
5. Panchos Mexican Taqueria at Mid Valley
Dónde está la taqueria? Opening in Mid Valley, Panchos claims it serves the city’s tastiest tacos, burritos & quesadillas; there are a couple of other contenders in KL for that crown, but fortunately, this isn’t entirely an empty boast – Panchos’ food harbours lively, full-bodied flavours that linger in the memory, mirroring its founders’ confidence.
Address: Level 3 Mezzanine, Mid Valley Megamall
6. Flingstones Café at Subang Jaya
Fling a stone in Subang’s SS15 neighbourhood & you risk hitting a cafe (or a cafe visitor – eek!); thankfully though, there’s no need to sift through a pile of pebbles to uncover an understated gem like Flingstones Cafe.
Address: Jalan SS15/8, Subang Jaya
Read Review: Flingstones Cafe at SS15 Subang: Snapshot
7. Kopimeo at Shah Alam
Power couple Meor & Leena have delivered one very healthy labour of love – a visually beguiling new cafe with bespoke chevron-patterned tables by Lain Furniture, open-terrarium plants & a children’s play corner.
Address: 29, Jalan Tengku Ampuan Zabedah B 9/B, Seksyen 9, Shah Alam
Read Review: Kopimeo at Shah Alam: Restaurant Review
8. Skillet at 163 at Fraser Place
Skillet At 163 represents an intriguing initiative by chef Raymond Tham & his terrific team to showcase inventive fare with an international flair. Think mille-feuille of chicken otak-otak with cashew crumbs, percik sauce & beetroot spread.
Address: 163 Fraser Place, Jalan Perak
Read Review: Skillet At 163 at Fraser Place: Restaurant Review
9. Yellow Brick Road at Damansara Heights
No ruby slippers required – tap your heels together three times, tell Toto you’re not in Solaris Dutamas anymore, & let happy little bluebirds take you to this restaurant somewhere over the rainbow, run by the Wonderful Wizards & Good Witch behind The Red Beanbag, Smooshie Juice, Oneatezero & Shamaziin. Yellow Brick Road isn’t lacking for heart, courage & brains.
Address: 8-7 Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights
10. Palazzo Viva at Bangsar
One of KL’s most ambitious new eateries, Palazzo Viva is a Malaysian-Italian collaboration that brings a fresh thrill to Bangsar. Check out the counter of Italian-made desserts, flown in regularly from D&G Patisserie, west of Venice.
Address: 10-12, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru
Read Review: Palazzo Viva at Telawi, Bangsar: Restaurant Review
11. The Counter Burgers at Pavilion
The Counter – a California-based chain that’s billed as ‘the 21st century’s bold answer to the classic burger joint’ – celebrates the launch of its first Malaysian outpost this month, promising eye-popping possibilities for customisable burgers that’ll tempt ambitious & adventurous customers.
Address: Dining Loft, 7th Floor, Pavilion shopping mall
12. Streaky Hot Dogs at Sri Petaling
Customisable hot dogs are streaking into Sri Petaling; restaurant founders Jeffers, Desmond, Tyler & their team have created one of the most family-friendly destinations imaginable for everybody who loves massive wieners.
Address: 11 Jalan Radin Bagus 5, Sri Petaling
Read Review: Streaky Hot Dogs at Sri Petaling: Restaurant Review
13. Café Dola at Changkat Thambi Dollah
Cafe Dola is the offspring of a random encounter – Jueliene, a local TV producer, contacted Alex, a hotel manager, to reserve some rooms last November. In subsequent conversations, Alex mentioned a space beside his hotel that he wanted to turn into a cafe. It was the right place & time for Jueliene & two of her friends, Izzat & Haziq, who recently founded a cafe consultancy & catering initiative. The trio have since remade Alex’s space, a former herbal tea shop, into Cafe Dola, a promising spot with nice people, honest cooking & wholesome vibes.
Address: 270 Changkat Thambi Dollah, Kuala Lumpur
14. 2 Scones 1 Cup in Section 17
Four friends who recently wrapped up their studies abroad have come back to Malaysia & combined forces to launch one of PJ’s most cheerful cafes; curiosity surrounding 2 Scones 1 Cup’s name might be the initial lure for some customers, but it’s worth heading here to meet the cafe’s founders – Horng Qing, Eugene, Natasha & Nicholas – & check out what they’re serving. Start with two scones & a cup of tea – that’s what the outlet’s name is supposed to mean; its resemblance to a pop-culture phenomenon is coincidental.
Address: 627 Jalan 17/8, Section 17, Petaling Jaya
Read Review: 2 Scones 1 Cup at Petaling Jaya: Snapshot
15. KGB at TTDI
KGB marks the launch of its third branch, located in Taman Tun Dr Ismail to complement its outlets in Bangsar and Mid Valley, with a new menu that includes chicken wings in four different styles (our favourite’s the salted egg yolk wings), red velvet waffles & more.
Address: 107, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, TTDI
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