August 9th, 2022
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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