November 19th, 2020
18 new restaurants and bars to check out in KL and Selangor in June 2016
You can view a list of our most recent new restaurant features here. This is part of a monthly series.
From slow cooked meat to contemporary sushi, vegan spreads to Sarawakian fast food and more. Here are some new restaurants you can check out:
1. Flint at Persiaran Ampang
Flint resets the conversation for where to eat in Ampang – this is one of our favourite destinations so far in 2016, representing another triumph for the Vintry family of restaurants. The sister outlet to Medan Damansara’s Stoked is similarly focused on smoky, sultry cooking, but with a no-pork pivot that spotlights a heftier range of red meat, poultry and seafood.
This warm-toned, welcoming venue marks a metamorphosis for Persiaran Ampang’s long-entrenched Vintry outpost, recast as a rustic two-storey retreat with a hunting-lodge motif, complete with witty game-animal portraits and even a play section for kids. Local acacia firewood sets the scene around the open kitchen and bar, destined for charcoal-and-kindling ovens.
2. REI Contemporary Sushi Pop-Up at TTDI
REI marks an opportunity to celebrate the talents of two promising young Malaysian chefs as they embark on a fresh path in KL – this unconventional pop-up sushi bar is spearheaded by Perlis-born Eddie Ng, who honed his craft in Japanese kitchens in Tokyo and London in recent years before returning to Malaysia.
For the next few months, you’ll find Eddie and his buddy, Barcspain Nea, who trained in Gallic cuisine in France, manning a 10-seat counter at Taman Tun Dr Ismail’s DC Restaurant, crafting their own memorable take on sushi for omakase-style dinners with resourceful techniques and intriguing ingredients.
3. The Raw Power House in Desa Sri Hartamas
The Raw Power House is a labour of love, born of the determined vision of Ryoko Yen Watanabe, who lived in San Francisco until several years ago, when she resettled in KL with her three children to take care of her Malaysian mother.
This cafe is all about honest and healthy food, painstakingly prepared with heart and imagination, complementing a personal authenticity infused throughout this place – signboards woven out of bamboo blinds were sourced from traditional Penang craftsmen, wood tables came from Ryoko’s own collection, and colourful labels for takeaway snacks were hand-drawn by her four-year-old son.
4. Sugarbun at Menara Hap Seng
SugarBun, Sarawak’s enduringly successful fast food franchise, with scores of offshoots across Borneo, has resurfaced in peninsular Malaysia, now launching in Menara Hap Seng.
Expect many of SugarBun’s best-known ‘Borneo Asian’ staples, plus new recipes for KL, where the theme tilts toward a food court-style premises, with each stall promising specific signatures.
5. The Canteen by Chef Adu
Malaysian museums have never been gastronomic attractions (with the exception of the Islamic Arts Museum), but Chef Adu Amran could help change that – the previously London-based MasterChef Malaysia personality has launched a hideout filled with family heirlooms at the National Textile Museum, reflecting his love for fabrics.
The Canteen is a cocoon of curious calm in the afternoon, belying the bustle of traffic outside Merdeka Square, with strains of Edith Piaf soaring over the cafe’s speakers.
Address: 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Read review: The Canteen by Chef Adu at National Textile Museum
Find: Contact details and map for The Canteen by Chef Adu
6. Bali & Spice at Subang
Bali & Spice is wrapped in warm smiles, courtesy of the cheerful service team and the black-and-white portraits of Balinese residents that were taken specially for this restaurant.
It’s no surprise that this is becoming one of the Da:men mall’s busiest eateries, with the sight, sound and scent of grilling from an open kitchen setting the scene for a fun feast of Balinese flavours.
7. GravyBaby at Taman Desa
A strange foreign invasion has unfurled in Taman Desa: GravyBaby offers Blighty-style pies baked by a British former military club chef and inventive cocktails mixed by a French bartender who flew into KL from a stint in Buenos Aires.
8. BLVD House at Naza Tower
Endowed with a handsomely polished setting that evokes a cosmopolitan brasserie and a pretty tempting food selection that spotlights contemporary-minded fare, BLVD House seems poised to be a seductive destination for restaurant lovers at the recently launched Naza Tower in KL’s city centre.
9. Superthai at Damansara Uptown
Superthai fulfils its pledge of serving ‘appethaizing cuisine’ – expect robustly hearty Thai-inspired offerings with tantalising twists.
10. Bedouin Arabian Cuisine in Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Fans of Arabian fare need not wander aimlessly: Bedouin’s spirit of hospitality burns bright in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
11. Bakso Monster at Bangsar
Rampaging into Bangsar, Bakso Monster offers behemoth-sized bowls of Indonesian-inspired meatball soup with noodles at non-terrifying prices. The easy-to-navigate menu is basically all about bakso.
You can mix and match a choice of noodles (glass, yellow or hor fun) with your favourite broth (herb-laced consomme, sup tulang or tomyam), which comes with a huge, tender beef ball. Flavours are agreeably mellow, with the possibility of firing up the taste buds with sambal mentah, sambal hijau or sambal tumis.
12. Old Malaya at Raja Chulan
Everything old is new again: Old Malaya aims to be an address to admire, converting an atmospheric cluster of crumbling city shop-houses into an ensemble of contemporary restaurants and bars on Raja Chulan. Open so far: Pampas (the steakhouse that first carved its brand in Changkat Bukit Bintang), Kapitan Bar (for wine and cocktails indoors) and 1919 Bar (for a beer outside; the number refers to the year this building was originally constructed).
But the best is still to come: According to Old Malaya’s staff, the founders of Bistro a Table, Zenzero, Vin’s and Passage To India will launch various offshoots here in the months ahead.
13. The Straits Estate at V E Hotel & Residence
The Straits Estate, the flagship restaurant of Bangsar South’s new V E Hotel and Residence, takes inspiration from cuisine that mainly spans the breadth of peninsular Malaysia’s west coast.
Its selection specifies highlights like Penang’s Gurney Drive pasembur, Perak’s Ipoh noodle soup with Tualang prawns, Selangor’s Kajang satay, Malacca’s Jonker Street cendol and Johor’s Muar otak-otak.
14. 8 Jugra off Old Klang Road
8 Jugra’s chief allure is its unique setting, evoking a restaurant in a cottage, balanced somewhere between rustic and elegant. Its Italian-dominated menu comes close to competent.
15. Churros & Co at Petaling Jaya
Churros N Co puts a playfully unique spin on the popular deep-fried pastry – specialities include churros in savoury flavours that imaginatively span both East and West – Oriental-style chilli crab churros and salted egg yolk churros with curry leaves for the former, Coney Dog churros and cheesy churros for the latter.
16. Donkey & Crow Irish Pub at TREC
Irish eyes are smiling at Donkey & Crow, a friendly pub where Dublin’s delicacies take centre stage, with a supporting boost from other parts of the UK – expect braised lamb stew, corned beef and cabbage in Guinness, and bangers with champ and beans.
Address: E-G-05, Electric Boulevard, TREC KL, Lot 434 (South), Seksyen 90, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Read review: Donkey & Crow Irish Pub at TREC KL
Find: Contact details and map for Donkey & Crow Irish Pub
17. Messrs Barley, Malt & Hops in Ampang
A friendly retreat for craft beer fans, a couple of kilometres from the city centre. Kick back, pop a few (perhaps Mikkeller’s Peter, Pale & Mary pale ale or Brewers Reserve Barley Wine, aged in Bourbon barrels).
18. DaYung’s Tea at Sunway Putra Mall
Fans of tea-based beverages have a tantalising new destination – Taiwanese brand DaYung’s Tea, which runs more than 200 outposts in East Asia, has embarked into Malaysia – perfect for a convenient splash of ice-cold, aromatic liquid sustenance while shopping.