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New Restaurants, Cafés And Bars in KL: May 2016

New Restaurants, Cafés And Bars in KL: May 2016

This May just be the best month yet, as many more new eateries pop up to feed the forever hungry. From delightful morning eggs on toast to 'appethaizing' dinner favourites and freshly made chimichurri salad bowls, this guide is packed with plenty of ideas to feed your cravings!
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Sate your curiosity as to what Keralan cuisine is at KAYRA, best suited for a full-blown lunch feast — be warned about its food coma-inducing effects though! For starters, tuck into the comforting Appo (RM12) — mini rice cakes topped with delish coconut chutney. That should get your appetite going for the mains. The Kerala Roast (RM22) is a fantastic Kerala-style roast chicken, while Meen Pollichattu (RM29) serves grilled banana leaf parcels of tasty fish. Remember to order a portion of Dosa (RM4) to go with these flavourful picks. If you prefer to end lunch hour on a sweet note, the Vattalappam's (RM10) brown sugar and coconut custard served with honey pineapple will do just that.
Avg Price: RM30

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The charming setup at Bangsar's Dr.Inc café is succeeded by Coley in the night, an experimental cocktail bar that takes inspiration (for both its name and drinks) from famed mixologist Ada Coleman. Let the dreamy drinks and relaxed vibes here put you and your date in the right mood. With the opening promo that lasts all May, refreshing happy hour cocktails like the Gin & Coconut (RM36) and Whisky Barley (RM36) go for only RM20 each. Other signature cocktails include the Hanky Panky (RM46) — gin, red vermouth and Fernet Branca, and a dangerously delicious Blood Blossom (RM40) with earl grey infused gin, blood orange jam and burlesque bitters.
Avg Price: RM40

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Serving wonderful, accessibly-priced Thai dishes in an industrial setting, this spot might just be your next family dinner favourite. Pick the fork up for both the sinfully delicious Flame Grilled Pork Belly (RM25) and the addictive, lard-laced Basil Minced Pork (RM17). Both make a wonderful complement to the filling Fried Rice with Crab Meat (RM18). For a dish reminiscent of Bangkok's own, have the lip-smacking Crispy Omelette (RM12). Finally, end the meal with a glorious Red Ruby Jack Fruit (RM10) — a bowl filled to the brim with rubies (water chestnut), lychee, jackfruit and coconut milk.
Avg Price: RM35

Pioneer café The Red Beanbag's crowd-pleasing brunch menu recently saw the addition of new, innovative gems — perfect for a weekend brunch with the girls. Be delighted by the terrarium-inspired Smokey Robinson (RM25) — a smoky jar of pea and mint panna cotta with beetroot cured salmon, poached egg and a side of housemade sourdough bread. Then, have your smartphones ready for an equally photogenic Who Zoo Yuzu (RM22), which sees a stack of light, fluffy pancakes paired with refreshing yuzu, crisp basil leaves, mandarin orange segments and strawberry white chocolate ice cream. The girls' day out gets better with a potent glass of tangy Sangria (RM23)!
Avg Price: RM35

Sandwiches, salad bowls and wraps are customisable here at ChimiChurri, with its selection of natural, non-processed ingredients. A meal ranges from RM9.90 to RM15.90 depending on your choice of protein — chicken breast, dory fish, beef brisket, salmon fillet or vegetarian. Pick salad-bar style from the offerings of fresh vegetables and warm fillings such as rocket, red cabbage, couscous and brown rice. Then, top it off with delicious sauces like warm creamy butter and chilled chimichurri. For something fuss-free, go with our staple Chicken Breast Salad Bowl with lettuce, cauliflower rice and chimichurri sauce.
Avg Price: RM15

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New restaurant Coquo KL's menu is the brainchild of famed chef Toni Valero Ruiz and partnering sommelier, Gustavo Arriaga. Wow your date with a unique dining experience here. For starters, savour the delicious Basque County Cecina with Grated Manchego Cheese (RM22) or, from the seas of Pulau Ketam, the intriguing Razor Clams with Pedro Ximenez Sherry (RM21). From the selection of mains, don't miss out on the frontrunner — Ibérico Tartare (RM41), which features fresh pork with a golden mango 'yolk' and smoky charcoal mayonnaise. Make it a meal to remember by finishing off with the pleasant heat of a Chili Padi Chocolate Ice Cream (RM17).
Avg Price: RM60

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Drop in at Tomorrow People with a few friends to enjoy local breakfasts with a twist, made fresh in the open kitchen. The Ghetto Egg Toast (RM9) deserves a mention. Combining kicap manis (sweet soy sauce) and soft-boiled eggs on a slab of kaya grilled toast, it's sweet, salty and delicious. On the sweeter side of things, find a delectable Toast Manis (RM6.90) — thick, crisp toast with a side of homemade pandan buttercream and gula melaka pastry cream. For something heartier, get the Crispy Lava Egg Pasta (RM10.90) that plates chili oil-tossed spaghetti with a fried onsen egg and cilantro. The reasonable prices and attentive service here will have you feeling right at home!
Avg Price: RM20

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Take your colleagues out for a wallet-friendly bakso meal in Bangsar. Formerly ROC, Bakso Monster takes over the lot along Jalan Telawi 5 with a sign that claims: 'The Fattest Bakso In Town'. Bakso being the only meal on the menu, your choices come in the forms of noodle and soup (RM9.90 each). We recommend you go for the rich, soothing Sup Tulang (beef bone broth) and pair it with a serving of slippery smooth Hor Fun. Also get a side of the Kerupuk Pangsit (RM3) — crispy wanton skin for snacking. While the beef ball is indeed monstrous in size, the portion of noodles can be a little underwhelming so perhaps fill the tummy up with a yummy Monster Tea Tarik (RM5.50).
Avg Price: RM15

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The first of its kind in Malaysia, Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu is helmed by chefs trained under the tutelage of Tanahira Akimitsu, a renowned head chef at an Asakusa-based tempura house. Bring a friend for some quiet, quality time with amazing Japanese food. Between the two of you, share the Chef's Special (RM64), a first class bowl packed with deep fried conger eel, prawns, squid, oysters, whiting fish, a mix of vegetables resting on grains of soy sauce-streaked rice. If you prefer individual bowls, the Kakiage Don (RM32) will hit the spot with its combination of prawns, scallops, whitebait and vegetables.
Avg Price: RM35

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Fifth Palate's new dinner menu launching this 13th May is certainly 'nacho' regular Mexican fare. Start with the heat of the Mexican Grilled Corn (RM6 per piece), charred with a layer of spicy marinade. Also challenge the meat lover in you to a surprisingly scrumptious Vegan Taco (RM6 per piece) — we are guessing you won't miss the meat but in case you do, the Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs (RM58) is a ridiculously delicious rack served atop a bed of skinny fries. The new menu also includes a guacomole-y Mexican Chicken Waffles (RM38) and addictive Nachos De Carnitas (RM22). With its spacious interior, ever helpful staff and craft beers on offer, this spot hits the mark for occasions with big groups. Pro Tip: The otherwise lunch spot only opens for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.
Avg Price: RM60

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USJ finally gets its own haven for Balinese cuisine in Da Men Mall. Like its sister restaurants, Bali & Spice is suited for communal dining and particularly for those looking to feast. Dig into a Balinese Fried Squid Salad (RM21), a tangy snack to get your appetite going for the monstrous portion of Kambing Bakar (RM35). Most dishes here have a distinctive hint of spiciness and the best cure would be a smooth Kopi Apokat (RM15), blended avocado and gula melaka that comes with a shot of espresso on the side.
Avg Price: RM45

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Serving up plates inspired by both European and Australian influences, this new cafe in Publika will win the hearts of all brunch enthusiasts. Sunny mornings get better with their gorgeous Rösti (RM18), complemented by a 63 degree egg, mushrooms and baby spinach, while rainy days call for a Leek Pie (RM18) — puff pastry blanketing a bowl of rich leek soup. Healthy eating comes with a novel touch, as The Garden In A Jar (RM18) would prove with pomegranate, quinoa and rocket salad spilling out of a glass jar.
Avg Price: RM25

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