EatDrink Find the Best Restaurants in KL Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:54:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Depot Pub Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:51:18 +0000 0 Depot Pub at Petaling Jaya: Snapshot Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:43:07 +0000

Depot’s Sarawakian founders are clearly proud of their roots, with small flags of their home state flying above the entrance and behind the counter.

The pub’s main founder, Cindy, is from the Lun Bawang indigenous community of Lawas town; her menu includes a few noodle-based nods to Sarawak, including basic mee kolo (RM10) and mee goreng basah (RM12). There’s also a Depot Laksa (RM15) that’s not exactly the Sarawak laksa we know and love; the broth features a different spice mix with less depth and more creaminess. Still, this is one of the Klang Valley’s rare spots in the Klang Valley where you can wash down your laksa with tuak; alternatively, pair a Tiger with the Hornbill treats.

It’s probably best to come to Depot on weekends, when Lun Bawang specialities like babi belacan are available – Sundays are supposed to be especially festive, with the crowd coming in after church.

Location & Details

Address: Depot Pub, 63, Ground Floor, Zenith Corporate Park, Jalan SS7/26 Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya, 47301 Selangor
Hours: Open Tues-Sun, 11am-midnight
Tel: +603 7886 0174
Find: View directory for Depot Pub here.

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Made by Illy at Taman Tun Dr Ismail: Review Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:22:12 +0000

This noodle specialist is notable for serving pork-free ramen, souped up with meaty supplements such as beef short ribs in beef broth (RM25), a worthy-enough bovine substitute for the tonkotsu ramen that rules the roost at most of KL’s top ramen joints.

Other ramen variations are available, such as the Spicy Szechuan (RM15) – this may evoke mapo tofu, with some Szechuan chilli paste to mix with the beef broth.

The Intensified Miso (RM24) uses a concentrated miso broth served with spicy minced beef. Beware: It might be more fiery than expected.

The regular Miso (RM 20) is thankfully a more subdued affair – the miso broth’s flavour comes right through, mingling with a touch of mushrooms. This includes chicken char siu to replace the popular barbecued porcine counterpart.

The menu also features light bites like the Zwingz (RM 12) – zesty chicken wings that pack a crunch, with a sweet-and-spicy flavour that’s essentially similar to chilli sauce.

For beverages, the Fruit Rouges by Comptoirs Richard (RM7) showcases black tea blended with a variety of berries and cherries.

Fun fact: Made by Illy’s storefront proclamation of “Est 1991” reputedly refers to the birth year of its young founder, Illy.

Location & Details

Address: Made by Illy, 36, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 12pm – 10pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays, 3 – 10pm on Sundays
Tel: +6012 222 7051
Find: View directory for Made by Illy here.

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Made by Illy Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:13:31 +0000 0 Three Journey Cafe at Cheras Traders Square: Restaurant Review Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:12:51 +0000 Three Journey Cafe’s sweet treats might prove a thrill for the young at heart – the signature DIY Unique Glaze (RM15.90) surfaces at the table with a flamboyant flourish, with a mirror glaze of white chocolate that’s meant to be poured over passion fruit yogurt mousse for a playfully patterned chilled dessert.

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We also had fun with the fragrantly floral French rose tea soft serve, layered with honeyed cornflakes and lychee jelly (RM12.90), unicorn-themed cake pop (RM9.90) and green tea charcoal chiffon cake (RM6.90) – all the makings of a cheerful afternoon break.

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Three Journey takes customers on a complete voyage beyond desserts – there’s also crowd-pleasing all-day brunch fare, from luscious guacamole over house-baked muesli bread with sunny-side-up eggs, tomatoes and a salad with a citrus dressing (RM22) to fried Cajun-spiced chicken fingers with pesto scrambled eggs and lime zest honey mustard sauce (RM24).

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Go organic for the beverages – the cafe relies on coffee beans roasted by KL’s Organic Coffee Affair Malaysia (OCAM); there’s also bottled organic ginger soda by Australia’s Melbourne Soda Co. Service is warm and welcoming.

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Location & Details

Address: 153A-G,Jalan Dataran Cheras 9, Cheras Traders Square, Balakong Cheras, 43200 Kajang, Selangor
Hours: Open Tues-Thurs, 11am-10pm, Fri-Sun, 11am-11pm
Tel: +603-9082 1080
Find: View directory for Three Journey Cafe here.

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Three Journey Cafe Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:04:24 +0000 0 Natrabu Minang Restaurant at Bangsar: Restaurant Review Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:30:30 +0000 Natrabu makes a welcome comeback in Malaysia: The Indonesian purveyor of West Sumatra’s Padang fare has resurfaced in KL, bringing classic Minangkabau cooking to Bangsar.

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Tantalising touchstones of this cuisine span the quintessential gulai braised with beef tendons (RM10) or jackfruit and long beans (RM6) to classic recipes that pop with colour and flavour, including ayam pop (RM18; chicken stewed with coconut milk), telur balado merah (RM4; hard-boiled egg with ground red chilli sauce) and sambal hijau (RM4; green chillies mixed with fermented shrimp paste and lime juice, pounded with a pestle and mortar) – essentially Indonesian small plates, suitable for sharing in a vibrant, vivid spread that’ll fill the table.

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Come hungry, since there’s much more to savour, from daging cincang sapi to paru goreng, sayur daun singkong to terong tempeh balado; complete the meal with rice, dragonfruit juice and coffee.

Natrabu’s history dates back more than five decades to its origin in Jakarta, so it has a rich, respected heritage that’s well-represented by irreproachably executed recipes – flavours here sing with a lovingly time-honoured sense of tradition, rounded out with potent herbs and spices. Once upon a time, Natrabu had outposts in KL Sentral and Kampung Baru, but those closed years ago; it’s nice to have the brand returning to our city in a fairly comfortable setting.

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Location & Details

Address: Level 1, No. 182, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Opposite Bangsar Shopping Centre, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Generally open daily, 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Find: View directory for Natrabu Minang Restaurant here.


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Natrabu Minang Restaurant Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:07:36 +0000 0 Alibaba and Nyonya at TTDI: Snapshot Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:25:59 +0000 Fostering the familiar favourites of both Peranakan and Malay cooking, Alibaba & Nyonya is cheerful and crowd-pleasing. The chicken pongteh is a surprising standout, with a resonant flavour that does justice to the beloved classic (RM21.90). All in all, the recipes taste fresh and nuanced, characterised by other capably executed offerings like the assam pedas stingray (RM35), belacan-spiked kerabu pucuk paku (RM14.50) and nasi ulam (RM6.50). Not a bad bet for lunch in this neighbourhood.

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Location & Details

Address: 54, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Daily, 11am-10pm
Tel: +603-7722-1142
Find: View directory for Alibaba and Nyonya here.

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