15 New Restaurants to Visit in KL and Selangor - April 2015

You can view a list of our most recent new restaurant features here. This is part of a monthly series.

1. Dewakan at KDU University College


2015’s best new restaurant so far is an unassuming venue with an ambitious vision: Darren Teoh is a playful but perceptive chef, taking guests on a real journey through Malaysia’s culinary tapestry, interpreted via an insightful lens, with edible ‘twigs’ with budu mayo, syphon-brewed mushroom broth with ox tongue, chicken liver ragout with puree of buah keluak & kailan, Gula Melaka marquise with pulut ice cream, & a mango curry that’s a tribute to his grandmother’s late Malayalee friend.

Address: Lower Ground Floor, KDU University College

Find: Contact details and map for Dewakan

See Also: Dewakan by Darren Teoh at KDU University College, Glenmarie: Restaurant Review

2. Saisai at Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas


It’s challenging to prove that Saisai exists; this new secret sanctuary for Japanese soul food – half a shop-lot in Plaza Damas – has no signboard, no English-language Facebook page, no Foursquare location so far. But Saisai may thrive through old-fashioned word-of-mouth, as fans of Japanese fare seek out what friendly founder Mika-san & chef Moritsuna Sakuma offer. Come for a taste of tradition – oden in its truest, time-honoured form, a simmering stew in a pot of light, soy-laced dashi broth.

Address: F-0-9, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas

Find: Contact details and map for Saisai

See Also: Saisai Japanese Restaurant at Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas: Restaurant Review

3. Wanderlust at Solaris Mont Kiara


Instead of taking the obvious route of omelettes & Eggs Benedict, Wanderlust detours into deliciously different territory, with its inventive interpretations of guabao, chicharrons & more.

Address:  10, Jalan Solaris 4, Mont Kiara

Find: Contact details and map for Wanderlust

See Also: Wanderlust at Solaris Mont Kiara

4. Rakshee at Kota Damansara


With the promise of a ‘new way to eat bakso,’ Rakshee brings lovers of Indonesian beef balls on a cross-continental culinary incline into Italy, a spin through Sweden & a trek of Thailand.

Address: 13G, The Strand, Jalan PJU 5/20A, Kota Damansara

Find: Contact details and map for Rakshee

See Also: Rakshee at Kota Damansara: Restaurant Review

5. Tiramisu Café at Damansara Uptown


Flash, bam, alakazam: Domenico Ferroni was minding his business, being a polite tourist in Southeast Asia, checking out Bali & Bangkok, when out of an orange-coloured sky, he came to KL last year & his life changed – he fell in love with Malaysia & a Malaysian, then decided to move here, more than 6,000 miles from his native Rome. Now, Domenico has teamed up with two fellow Romans – his friend Lorenzo & chef Anya – to open this friendly spot with a splash of heart & a shot of soul, imbued with the lessons he learned long ago in his teens while helping his late father run a trattoria.

Address: 33, Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Uptown

Find: Contact details and map for Tiramisu Cafe

See Also: Tiramisu Cafe at Damansara Uptown: Restaurant Review

6. Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen at Bangsar


This new collaboration between The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar & Southern Rock Seafood thrives on the ocean’s bounty, serving seafood ‘popcorn,’ gin-cured trout, mussels in laksa broth, haddock soup & oysters.

Address: 32, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar Utama

Find: Contact details and map for Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen

See Also: Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen at Kemuja, Bangsar: Restaurant Review

7. Haraju-Cube at Empire Damansara


Haraju Cube brings Shibuya honey toasts with tantalising twists to Empire Damansara. Only 48 of these buttery-fluffy toasts are baked everyday, monumentally thick & topped with the likes of Korean strawberries, Belgian chocolate & house-made honeycomb.

Address: Lot 103, Empire Damansara

Find: Contact details and map for Haraju-Cube

See Also: Haraju Cube at Empire Damansara: Restaurant Preview

8. Viv’s Boutique Café at Taman Tun Dr Ismail


Tucked on one of TTDI’s less-travelled rows, Viv’s showcases some vivid ideas in its bid to be a distinctive dining destination – think mango-scented salmon with unagi reduction.

Address: 16 Jalan Wan Kadir 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Find: Contact details and map for Viv’s Boutique Cafe and Restaurant

See Also: Viv’s Boutique Cafe at Taman Tun Dr Ismail: Restaurant Review

9. Eat With Mune at Solaris Mont Kiara


This venue boasts a notable back-story: Chef Mune was overweight for much of his life, but he chose a couple of years ago to get fit. He succeeded, shedding tens of kilograms, & has now opened this restaurant that targets folks who want to eat healthy.

Address: Jalan Solaris 5 (Opposite Cold Storage)

Find: Contact details and map for Eat With Mune

See Also: Eat With Mune at Solaris Mont Kiara: Restaurant Review

10. The Soprano’s at Old Klang Road


Chef Sergio E.V. hails from Sicily, but he has both Italian & German blood coursing through his veins, making him the ideal figure to cook up cuisines from both those countries at The Soprano’s.

Address: 1st Floor, NewCom Club Building, Batu 5, Old Klang Road

Find: Contact details and map for The Soprano’s

See Also: The Soprano’s Italian-German Restaurant at Old Klang Road: Restaurant Review

11. Buns & Meat at Lakefield


This new restaurant provides what its name promises, giving customers their daily bread & getting to the meat of the matter.

Address: 72A, Jalan Tasik Utama 7, Lakefield, Sungai Besi

Find: Contact details and map for Buns & Meat

See Also: Buns & Meat at Lakefield, Sungai Besi: Restaurant Review

12. Eat at D7


In one elegant, evocative word, Eat issues an impossible-to-ignore imperative to KL’s food fans to swarm Sentul’s D7 complex for Asian comfort food & independently baked desserts.

Address: G13-A, D7 by YTL, Sentul East

Find: Contact details and map for Eat by Jun Chan

See Also: Eat by Jun Chan at D7 Sentul East: Restaurant Review

13. Aroy Nae Non at Old Klang Road


Adventurous admirers of Thai fare may like Aroy Nae Non, which delves into the diverse dishes of northeastern Isan cuisine, from 12 types of som tum to cockle salads & crunchy chicken knuckles.

Address: Lot 2-47-48, Scott Garden

Find: Contact details and map for Aroy Nae Non

See Also: Aroy Nae Non at Scott Garden, Old Klang Road: Restaurant Review

14. Raku Pizza at Subang


This casual new lair for Italian-Japanese fusion fare in Subang puts pizza at the fore front & prawn tempura on top. Raku Pizza tackles mix-&-match pies – choose a crust (plain dough, charcoal or herbs), select a sauce, then go crazy with your pick of toppings.

Address: 80 Jalan SS15/4D, Subang Jaya

Find: Contact details and map for Raku Pizza

See Also: Raku Pizza at SS15 Subang: Restaurant Review

15. Dope Alley at Subang


Kicking its way into Subang, Dope Alley strives to serve Thai fare that packs a punch; this strikingly spruced-up restaurant was conceived by two enterprising college buddies who’re now balancing their studies & the effort of running a full-blown business.

Address: AG-5, Jalan SS15/4D, Subang Jaya

Find: Contact details and map for Dope Alley

See Also: Dope Alley at SS15 Subang: Restaurant Review

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