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Hottest New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars: December 2018

Here’s the lowdown on 12 hot new spots this month from a swanky Italian-inspired restaurant in SS2 to an avocado-centric cafe in Desa Sri Hartamas.

Lucky Tora

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Rundown: Jalan Mesui welcomes a jazzy resto-bar serving modern twists on traditional Japanese grub, like Szechuan-style gyozas and Seafood Tomyum Udon.
Perfect for: Weekend dinner and drinks with the gang.
Order this: Wagyu Beef Katsu Don (RM32) and Tsukune (RM7).  
For those who like: Kaiju Company.
FYI: Word on the street is that the menu here is designed by the same chef behind APW’s Kaiju Company.

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myPizzaLab

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Rundown: The brains behind myBurgerLab take on pizzas at this cool joint in Seapark. Expect a menu of pies with unconventional toppings like dhal and boba pearls.
Perfect for: Fun dinners for pizza lovers.
Order this: Huat The Duck (RM35) and Boba Pizza (RM15).
For those who like: Patty & Pie.
FYI: You'll need to book your seat for now, as the restaurant is still in its dry run. Check out their Facebook page to find out how.

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GOODDAM

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Rundown: The young folks of this swanky restaurant in SS2 offer a stunning locally-driven menu inspired by Italian cuisine.
Perfect for: A special night with a loved one, or a fancy dining experience with foodie friends.
Order this: Tajarin (RM42) and Cruda (RM30).
For those who like: Deuce.
FYI: Leave your meal up to the chefs as you indulge in a 7-Course GOODDAM Experience (RM198 per pax).

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avocatier

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Rundown: Fans of everything avocado, make a beeline for Desa Sri Hartamas’s latest avo-centric cafe for wholesome brunch plates – all featuring the green fruit.
Perfect for: Healthy lunches after a workout.
Order this: Avo Meets Benny (RM26) and Avo Seafood Pasta (RM26).
For those who like: Marmalade.
FYI: These avocado aficionados have gone hardcore with their puns – spot them in the menu and on the walls.

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Ember Modern Bistro

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Rundown: A stylish bistro emerges in TTDI, serving bold-flavoured contemporary Asian-inspired eats that are great for sharing.
Perfect for: When you’re looking for a fresh and adventurous meal.  
Order this: Cold Noodles, Duck & Ponzu (RM35) and Kampung Chicken with Yuzu Kosho (RM37).
For those who like: Sitka Eatinghouse & Wine Bar.
FYI: Pair dishes with craft beers from the menu – the team will recommend pairings that work.

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Glow Smoothie Bar

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Rundown: Granola makers Amazin’ Graze, open their first smoothie bar at KL’s latest mall, The LINC KL.
Perfect for: A healthy smoothie for lunch.
Order this: Purple Glow (RM17.90) and Green Healer (RM12.90).
For those who like: The Good Co.
FYI: Spot the smoothie bar inside of Ben’s Independent Grocer, near the checkout counters.

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Kahuna Poké

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Rundown: Tasty, generous portions of fresh ingredients make up the colourful Hawaiian rice bowls at Damansara Utama’s latest poke restaurant.
Perfect for: Satisfying lunches with the colleagues.
Order this: Salmon Poke Bowl (RM19.90).
For those who like: Fin and Pokè Lab.
FYI: The Salmon Skin Crisp and Kale Chips are must-have sides!

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F.R.COPPER

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Rundown: TTDI’s got a new cafe oozing with minimalist vibes, serving fragrant filter coffees, hearty brunch grub and a superb housemade cheesecake.
Perfect for: Weekend catch-ups over cake and coffee.
Order this: Burnt Cheesecake (RM15) and Filter Coffee (RM15).
For those who like: Kaizen Coffee by Project Gibraltar.
FYI: All filter coffees are brewed using beans roasted by Osaka-based LiLo Coffee Roasters.

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Oenophilia Bar

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Rundown: SS2’s newest casual bar for wine, spirits and cocktails that won’t break the bank.
Perfect for: A wine and cheese party, or a laid-back night out with your buddies.   
Order this: Wild Passion (RM12) and Cheese Platter (RM25).
For those who like: Private Room and Wine Kaki.
FYI: The bar is located above Wine Warehouse, a retail shop for wine and spirits.

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Cafe Beside You 隔壁坐

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Rundown: Section 17's cosy, corner-lot cafe delivers appetising rice bowls and yummy noodle dishes at affordable prices.
Perfect for: A warm meal after a long day’s work.
Order this: Smoked Duck Udon (RM11) and Chicken Gyoza (RM(9).
For those who like: PapaSan Canteen and Littlepeople.
FYI: Filter coffees feature single origin beans by local roasters Seraph Awaken and Artisan Roast.

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Hideaway

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Rundown: A quiet and homey cafe in Happy Mansion for freshly made butter cakes.
Perfect for: Traditional butter cakes with the girlfriends for tea.
Order this: Pandan Gula Melaka (RM11).
For those who like: Jaslyn Cakes and Cake Jalan Tiung.
FYI: The kitchen also doles out hot food like pastas and toasts.

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Wicked Outpost

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Rundown: Look out for this container-style cafe (tucked beside 6 Ceylon condo) for tasty sandos and creamy lattes.
Perfect for: A quick and fuss-free weekday lunch.  
Order this: Louisiana Chicken (RM14.90).
For those who like: WHISK Outpost.
FYI: This place can be easy to miss, so keep an eye out for Italian restaurant NeroVivo – it’s right across it.

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