New Restaurants, Cafés And Bars in KL: June 2017

New Restaurants, Cafés And Bars in KL: June 2017

Raise your glass, Burpplers! We're going headfirst into the halfmark of the year with plenty to keep us happy (and tipsy). For every new restaurant and cafe in this guide, there is also a bar where you can kick back with fruity gin and tonics, catch a break with cheery cocktails and 'wine' down for the night!
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This quiet white-walled spot sports a charming window teller for a cashier and sandwiches for breakfast. Open as early as 6am, Zao's where you can grab morning grub with a friend before work. From the quintessentially Taiwanese Spring Onion Egg & Cheese Slice (RM9) to a winning Western-inspired combination of Nut Butter Bacon & Grilled Pumpkin (RM12), expect the sandwiches to be generously stuffed and served with a side of the day. For early risers who enjoy heartier breakfasts, there are also big plates, essentially supersized open-faced sandwiches. Look out for the Korean Kimchi Porky (RM19) that sees thin pork belly slices with homemade kimchi and grilled sweet onions, sealed with a slice of gooey cheese. We could say that the probiotic benefits of kimchi will kickstart the day, but it's really the spicy, zesty flavours that make a strong selling point. Organic black coffee and cold-pressed juices are available by the bottle so if there isn't time for to savour a drink here, grab one to go.
Avg price per person: RM20

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The last to join the legion of Japanese restaurants at The Table, Touan specialises in yakitori, with a selection of sake to boot. Coupled with its smart casual, intimate space, this is a perfect nook to spend an evening with a business partner. While chicken is the mainstay, their fresh, Japan-imported seafood are also worth ordering. Start with a round of Assorted Sashimi (RM65) and cross your fingers that the catch of the day is their spot-on yellowtail, tuna and scallop. Moving on to the grill, Touan cuts to the chase with only the Special Assorted Yakitori (RM30 for five skewers) on offer. These are their best bets — skillfully seared chicken thigh, wing and melt-in-your-mouth liver. For something more substantial, order the affordable Sakura Bento (RM28) for chicken done two ways (grilled and deep-fried) and tamagoyaki (rolled omelette) with rice and soup, or have the best of both worlds in Touan's Set B (RM78) that features tempura with sushi. Sake prices are reasonable, so don't hesitate to order a bottle to ease right into talking shop!
Avg price per person: RM50

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Taking over the now defunct Barlai along Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Pahit is a marriage between the shoplot's old, pared-down aesthetics and the new wave of bars that encourage focus on a single type of alcohol. If your love for gin runs deep, this one will make a fine choice for relaxing evenings with a few friends. The bar sees its bedrock in a glass of Gin Pahit (RM40), the classic, colonial-inspired drink of gin and Angostura bitters. Those who enjoy their drinks with a twist will be happy to know that the bar is helmed by CK, the same guy behind nearby bar Coley's inventive cocktails. Here, he's to thank for their sous vide fruit-infused gin and tonics. Try the Lemongrass & Kaffir Lime (RM26) that takes the refreshing element of G&Ts to the next level with tangy lime flavours. Otherwise, the Pomelo & Elderflower (RM26) should soothe throats while tickling tastebuds with a good ratio of sweet and heat. Tasting flights are in talks for the gin bar, so it's prime time to start planning a visit!
Avg price per person: RM40
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This month sees The Bee in Publika handing their kitchen reins to The World Is Flat, the Singaporean team behind a reputable repertoire of restaurants across the straits. Easy eats like sandwiches, pizzas and pastas helm this menu to suit the crowd who often come for the venue's live music gigs. On regular days, the value-for-money lunch sets are what to come for. Go for the Pizza Lunch Set (RM25) that comes with your choice of personal-sized pizza, Spam fries (yes!) and a drink. The meat-free Garden State is a surprising winner, melding roasted beetroot with a rich but not cloying four-cheese combo on savoury charcoal crust. If you're not for getting your hands dirty at lunch, stick with the pastas. The Pasta Lunch Set (RM30) includes the option for a delicious Truffle Duck Confit, which sees a whole duck leg confit on charcoal pasta tossed with white truffled mushrooms. Mop up any leftover truffle sauce with the side of garlic bread. Those who love okonomiyaki, skip the sets for an a la carte order of Fat Samurai (from RM42), their unique, umami-packed deep dish rendition.
Avg price per person: RM35

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For a breezy rice bowl brunch with a friend, the new Lushbowl decked out in rattan chairs and clean concrete will be excellent. From their selection of salad, sushi rice and cauliflower rice, jump at the chance for the latter. Steeped in a flavoursome stock before stir-frying, it is not often that it is executed so delicately. Salmon is the star here, sliced fresh and tossed in dressing upon order. You will not regret ordering the Simon Says (RM27) with salmon doused in their truffled ponzu dressing, rich and refreshing at the same time. Also good is the Janey Mama (RM25) that comes dressed in creamy togarashi — it surprises with a spike of heat from Sriracha. All bowls come with this foolproof trio of toppings: edamame, seasoned seaweed and ebiko. Lastly, decide if you want a lusher bowl — the options for crispy Baked Salmon Skin (RM5) and Six Minute Egg (RM5) with soft, golden yolk are worth every penny. This was initially meant to be a smoothie bowl bar, so you can count on the sweet treats to be just as good. The Beso (RM23) sees a tropical twist with pineapple mango in fresh coconut water and baobab (a type of organic superfruit).
Avg price per person: RM25
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The casual atmosphere at Wine Kaki sets the mood for a laidback night, bolstered by their bottles of wine from all over the world. Get a few friends or colleagues to come around after dinner and clink your glasses to celebrate the end of a long day at work! Wine (from RM99) is only sold by the bottle, but these are well-worth their prices, typically lower than the usual rate at restaurants. Be sure to seek the expertise of servers as they stand by to bring you their best bottles off the shelves, from light, aromatic rosés to full-bodied Ser Lapo (Chianti wine). Also order some bar snacks to share, as recommended by founder Chew. The Cured Duck Breast (RM25) and charcoal-cooked Quail Eggs (RM8) are delicious pops of savoury flavours that pair well with the wines.
Avg price per person: RM60
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More than a kitchen and bar, Modern Society strives to be a place for people to eat, drink and mingle. This new restaurant in DC Mall boasts two stunning stories (respectively named The Gallery and The Loft), a contemporary food menu and a delicious deal for ladies' night on Wednesdays! That's precisely when you should swing by with your girlfriends to indulge in RM2 cocktails between 5 to 10pm. The Modern Poison embodies the spirit of this place, pushing conventional boundaries with whiskey, lemon, rose syrup, Angostura bitters and egg white. Otherwise, order the Pimm's Reviver, a fresh, easy-to-drink concoction of Pimm's No.1, lemon sherbet and soda. The kitchen is famed for their Chicken Ramen Burger (RM26.90) — a grilled chicken patty with miso mayo, sandwiched between compressed noodles (no more soggy buns!). But the real hero for us is the snack plate of Chicken Floss French Fries (RM13.90). Deep-fried in duck fat and tossed in saltish chicken floss, these shoestring babies boast killer flavours. Avg price per person: RM40

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Nestled in what is slated to be the city's next creative arts capital, Zhongshan Building, Piu Piu Piu is the best shot for a cafe around here. On afternoons alone, seek out the small space for drinks, light bites and a conversation — either with cafe-owner Unagi or lingering customers-turned-friends. The Lemon Sour (RM15) is a remedy for hot days, featuring preserved lemons and soda. For an extra kick, get the Lemon Sour + (RM25), jazzed up with shochu. If you're here for coffee, we recommend the Latte (RM10) with a splash of Coconut Oil (RM2). Unagi points out that the oil adds a different dimension to the drink and also aids health by raising good cholesterol levels. There are also a handful of daily bakes by the counter — if the decadent Flourless Matcha Chocolate Brownie (RM14) is any indication, these will be delicious! Seats are few but there is plenty space to stand by the bar or outdoors by the balcony.
Avg price per person: RM20

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Premium supermarket Mercato in Pavilion has taken grocery shopping to the next level, having expanded one floor up with their new dine-in space. Part cafe, part oyster and seafood bar, this sun-filled restaurant stretches along Jalan Bukit Bintang for a close-up view of the city's bustle. Stop by after shopping for nosh with the ladies! Aside from shucking fresh oysters flown in from France, the chef works around the grocer's readily available produce to create a menu of its own class. Standout starters include the zingy Tsarkaya Oyster No.3 (from RM56.90 for three), the creamier option of Baked Oysters (RM39.90) and the made-to-share Mussel Fries (RM54). Mains should be shared as well, as portions run big, especially for the Slow Roasted Lamb With Rosemary (RM38). The Australian grain fed lamb is slow cooked for a precise period in the oven, voiding the dish of gaminess. Its side of homemade potato puree with truffle also hits the mark — definitely a must-order.
Avg price per person: RM50
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Following in the footsteps of their father, the two sons behind Chuck Two Sons cook up a Nyonya feast here in this corner lot. Come lunchtime in Mid Valley, race down for a taste of their Tau Yew Bak with Rice (from RM17). The traditional dish has flavours on point, featuring a passed-down recipe for chunky pork braised in soy sauce. Since the dish is made fresh in small batches daily, it tends to run out fast — come on the dot for this stellar pork. Alternatively, order Nasi Lemak Mutton Rendang (from RM16). The tender mutton doused in a thick, delicious rendang sauce comes in generous portions to go with your nasi lemak. And if rice won't cut it, go for noodles! The Mee Goreng With Siew Yok (RM22) and Kerabu Beef Meehoon (RM17) both pack a hearty, meaty punch, although the latter should be reserved for fans of spicy, sourish flavours! Busy Burpplers working nearby should make use of their reasonably priced delivery service.
Avg price per person: RM25

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