New Restaurants, Cafés And Bars in KL: February 2016

New Restaurants, Cafés And Bars in KL: February 2016

It's the last weekend in February and we've got many food ideas for you! Chill out with hearty pizzas and live music at this new pub in town, grab brunch for supper at this cafe, or customise a green bowl for your #EatClean lunch at a salad joint. And if you are not tired of the salted egg trend just yet, you should check out this bakery in our list for its amazing cronuts!
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Singapore's Timbre Group has brought its brand of live music and good food to Kuala Lumpur's The Row. Enjoy live music by local bands from Wednesday to Saturday nights as you kick back with tasty pub grub. Start with the Mini Bites Of Mama Thorthon’s (RM17), heavenly crispy chicken nibbles served with aioli, followed by Timbre's famed thin crust pizzas. The Philly Cheese Steak (RM40) is a classic combination of sautéed beef, Spanish onions, cheddar and provolone, while the Asian-inspired Roasted Duck (RM36) comes topped with roasted duck breast, sautéed shiitake mushrooms with hoisin sauce, mozzarella and crispy popiah skin. Can't make up your mind? Go for The Half & Half at (RM39), sip on a Lychee Martini (RM13) and enjoy the music.

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Fancy brunch for supper? Sudo Brew's newly launched brunch menu is available from 7:30am to 11:30pm daily, and features the best of comfort food favourites. The All Day Breakfast (RM19) comes on a platter heaped with scrumptious scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms, mini sausages, potato mash and a fresly baked croissant. For something different, try the Messed Up Mee (RM15), a beautiful 'mess' of homemade noodles and vegetables tossed in miso dressing. Enjoy that as part of a set (RM22) with an Aeropress coffee. You will also notice that they have upped their coffee prices. The Dark Roast is now RM9, while the Speciality Coffee is at RM10 — a small price to pay for the good stuff, really.

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As Chai Bar's latest Jalan Telawi 3 outlet in Bangsar would prove, salads are more than just boring bowls of leaves. Choices are extensive, so be prepared to make some difficult decisions while assembling your own salad, or keep it simple and pick one from their All-Time Favourites shortlist. The Porntip (RM19) is a Thai-inspired creation with a mixed lettuce and glass noodles base, topped with onions, young papaya, cherry tomatoes, haricots verts and prawns, drizzled in Thai som tam dressing, or go Japanese with California Girls (RM21.50). This features a mixed lettuce and red rice base, mixed with typical Japanese flavours including pickled seaweed, crab stick, ebiko and a creamy wasabi dressing. Prices range from RM13.90 to RM22.90.

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By the people behind The Owls Café comes New Chapter in Bukit Jalil. Housed in the Calvary Convention Centre, which offers ample (and free parking), this makes a perfect spot for large gatherings over coffee and dessert. Zoom right in on the usual suspects like David (RM18), a luscious combination of peanut butter, chocolate and banana; Rebecca (RM18) which marries fresh fruit with Earl Grey ice cream; and their waffle reinterpretation of Milo Dinosaur (RM15) which would give our childhood drink a good run for its money with its liberal use of Milo. Enjoy all of that with the Rose Latte (RM10) and remember to take lots of pictures at this sun-filled cafe!

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Don’t lay off the salted egg just yet! Head over to Dotty’s in TTDI, a humble corner lot bakery with an unmistakable cool blue exterior. Their delectable Salted Egg Cronuts (croissant + donut, RM11 each) make a lovely tea time snack, but it is best you bring a friend, as these pastries are dense and filling. The cronuts are baked in-house and ready for sale at noon, 2pm and 4pm on weekdays; 11am 1pm and 3pm on weekends, on a first come first served basis. Pro-tip: Call ahead to pre-order the cronuts (minimum six pieces) before you swing by to pick them up!

Helmed by a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, The Pantry KL is just the place to spend a leisurely afternoon nibbling on French pastries like croissants (RM8) and macarons (RM5 each, six flavours available). If you prefer, there are also savoury plates on their soft launch menu. Go for foolproof breakfast classics like the Eggs Benedict (RM22) or the Pantry Breakfast (RM35), both available till 5:30pm, or heartier mains like the Crispy Boneless Chicken Chop (RM29) and Duck Confit Cheeseburger (RM33) with homemade brioche buns. There is also a wide selection of coffee, tea and fresh juices.

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Cottle Cafe has finally found its way to Malaysia, after decades of roasting and supplying coffee beans to cafes in Melbourne. Gather a few friends and catch up over their excellent Filtered Coffee (prices vary, check with the barista), which they brew using beans flown in from their Melbourne roastery. Food-wise, Cottle Coffee has both local food options like Nasi Lemak Packet (RM3), available from the morning till it sells out, and a luscious durian cake Aroma Therapy (RM15), along with Western favourites like Pulled Beef Sandwich (RM18.50) and Hay Smoked Chicken & Leek Pie (RM14), both served with a side salad of the day.

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Located within an industrial area right opposite Jaya One, Yellow Apron caters mainly to those working nearby, but the light-filled, Instagram-worthy space may just warrant you make a trek down for lunch. Run by the people behind The Humble Pie Co., Yellow Apron offers a menu of modern Malay, East meets West eats like burgers, rice and pastas. The extensive selection also means that even the pickiest of eaters will find something to eat! If you're in the mood to indulge, go straight for the Fantastically Fusion Fried Chicken Burger (RM21.50), a plate of fried goodness served with potato chips — it definitely isn't for the faint-hearted! For something substantial but less sinful, the Curry Lamb Bam, Thank You Mam (RM24.50) comes with fragrant green apple and raisin baked basmati rice and a side of battered ladies fingers — as described in the menu, the dish is "potent, simple yet complex”, or warm your tummy with the soupy Dancing Prawns, Swimming Chicken Fried Yee Mee Noodles (RM19.50). For dessert, get the Musang King pie (RM16 each) to nibble on over black coffee (RM5.50 a cup or RM9.50 for bottomless).

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Located in the middle of a residential area with ample parking spaces, away from the busy Telawi area, the European-inspired Pinch is an ideal spot for a quiet date, especially if you're in the mood for a romantic candlelit dinner. Dig straight into hearty mains like Beef Bourguignon with Mash (RM49), which comes with beef so tender it slides easily off your fork, and the Roast Pork Belly with Apple-slaw Baguette (RM35), which impresses with its satisfyingly crisp crackling. If you're in the mood to splurge, order the Grass-fed Tenderloin Diane with Creamy Mustard Mushroom Sauce (RM78). Order a glass of wine (RM25 - RM32 per glass) from their extensive selection to go with your food — don't hesitate to ask the friendly waiters for pairing recommendations. Linger over the Grand Marnier Tiramisu (RM22) or the citrusy Crêpe Suzette (RM20) for a sweet-tangy finish! Reservations are recommended.

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From classic Asian fare to Western dishes with a twist, this cosy spot at Happy Mansion in PJ serves up an interesting array of tasty eats, making it an ideal place to hang out with colleagues after hours. Get appetites going with moreish tapas like the oh-so-juicy Gyoza (RM9), Duck Jerky cooked with Shaoxing wine (RM10) and, if you are with a larger group, the Soft Shell Crab with Sriracha Mayonnaise (RM13). As for mains, the pastas are the way to go. It's hard to miss Pak Johnny Mee Rebus (RM14) which features angel hair pasta instead of the regular yellow noodles. There are also other interesting pasta options like the Salted Egg Butter Milk with Soft Shell Crab (RM28) or the Aku Anak Kampung (RM22 - RM28), which sees the pasta tossed in a piquant sambal and topped with julienned cucumber. Reservations can be made at this venue.

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Taking over Damansara Uptown’s classroom cafe Ecole P, Ampersand by Culinary Rebels is a cosy space serving up generous portions of food — great for gatherings with friends. Bring a group of four to six to share the hearty Pork Ribs (RM26 for half rack, RM48 for full), marinated in a variety of Eastern and Western flavours and cooked for 12 hours till fork tender, as well as their signature Chicken Wings (RM16 for 4 pieces, RM21 for 6 pieces). Both dishes are available only on weeknights, so plan your visit accordingly! Wash it all down with a bottle of beer, or get a bucket (RM60 to RM120) to share with your buds! The kitchen ups their game on weekends, taking brunches to a whole new level with massive eats like their XXXL Breakfast (from RM38 for two). Served on banana leaves, just like how they do it at mamak restaurants, the dish features a heaped combination of scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms, bite-sized hashbrowns, roasted potatoes, bacon, German bratwurst and housemade Lebanese bread. For an even larger meal, go for their Chicken Feast (from RM38 for a half bird), which features lemongrass-brined meat, with housemade Lebanese bread on the side. It requires a 30-minute waiting time, so order some nibbles to fill your tummy first if you're famished. Rest assured though that it's well worth the wait!

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This famous Korean-style soft serve ice-cream from Taiwan launches its first branch in KL, in Sri Hartamas. Made with organic milk, the ice-cream is milky and luscious, and the perfect dessert in a cup on hot days. There are a variety of sundae choices, but their signature Honey Comb (RM14.50) is one of the most popular. Though simple, the combination works beautifully, and it is great especially if you have not tried fresh honeycomb. The sweet-toothed would enjoy Popcorn (RM14.50), which comes topped with USA-sourced popcorn for added crunch. Bring a friend or two so you can try more flavours!

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