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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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