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New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Kuala Lumpur: August 2019

New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Kuala Lumpur: August 2019

Five new cafes, a chic Korean resto and a cosy spot in Damansara Uptown for northern Malaysian dishes – August is buzzing with many new eateries! We spill the goods on this month's 10 hottest new spots.
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Hop on over to Cheras to visit this fresh-faced newbie for hearty grub, coffee and desserts! On mains, find comforting rice bowls done with a twist such as the Lychee Meat Ball Rice (RM15) with marinated meatballs served with fresh lychee, cucumber and pineapple – this one resembles the classic sweet and sour pork rice. Dessert-wise, Burppler Alyssia Yu highly recommends their Homemade Berry Cheesecake (RM16). Cap off a meal with a cuppa – the Flat White (RM12) is smooth, and they also offer an oat milk option for an additional RM2.50. Pro tip: Chye Seng Foo Coffee Shop is located next to popular Thurs2.0.
Photo by Burppler Alyssia Yu

Enter this yellow door along Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, and it'll lead you to bread heaven. The friendly team here specialises in sourdough breads – which are delicious! You could enjoy a slice on its own for RM4, but we suggest pairing it with Sundried Tomatoes (RM2). Alternatively, have the bread in hearty dishes like the 150g Aus Ribeye & Eggs (RM35) topped with two gorgeous fried eggs. If you're here after 12pm, a must-try is the Chipotle Sourdough Grilled Cheese with Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup (RM22) stuffed generously with gooey cheese.
Photo by Burppler Sam Chong

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Gather the fam at this new spot in Damansara Uptown for special Northern Malaysian dishes to share. Choose from a range of dishes to feast on: Ayam Masak Merah (RM15), Asam Pedas Pari Fish (RM30) and Okra Fritters (RM6), best eaten with their signature Tomato Rice (RM16). If you’re here for a quick lunch, order from their single plates menu with options like the large Mee Goreng Mamak (RM18) and Nasi Daging Air Asam (RM16), with tender pieces of grilled meat served alongside fluffy and fragrant short-grain rice. Ps. Temu is owned by one-half of the team behind now-defunct The Prep Room.

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Ground control to coffee fanatics! Find delicious brews at Damansara Uptown's latest cafe. They are located on the quieter side of DU, along Jalan SS21/34, so you don’t have to worry about finding parking here. In the hopper, you'll find quality beans from roasters BEAM Specialty. Go for the Long Black (RM8) if you’re a fan of fruity flavours. Otherwise, the Creamy White (RM14), a milk-based cold brew with sugar syrup is also good. Come with an empty belly too! Expect an array of sweet and savoury baked goods, plus sourdough or brioche toast with yummy spreads like Fresh Pumpkin Puree (RM9) and Spinach Ricotta (RM14).
Photo by Burppler Calie Tang

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The team behind TTDI's Frisky Goat bring their culinary prowess to SS18 with a quaint cafe dishing up breakfast grub, sweet treats and coffee. Give in to temptation when you set sight on their pastry bar. The selection includes Fruity Custard (RM7) topped with fresh strawberries and kiwi, Peach Custard (RM7), savoury Minced Mushroom (RM7) and many more. Make a visit for brunch on weekends for the hearty The Works (RM28.90), breakfast plate filled with two eggs (sunny side or scrambled), beef sausage and bacon, and the creamy Linguine alla Boscaiola (RM29), a carbonara-esque dish with chicken or beef bacon and mushrooms. Complete your meal with a hot, milky Latte (RM11).
Photo by Burppler Ling Fu

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Located deep in Puchong Prima is this cosy cafe serving delightful home-cooked meals that are guaranteed to keep you belly-happy. Get their signature Mama's Rice Bowl + Soup (RM11.90) for a substantial meal for one. Each order comes with a soup, a protein dish (which changes daily) and stir fry vegetables. Burppler Hemlatha Nagappan recommends wrapping up your meal with a dessert like the cheesy Arancia Fromage (from RM10.90) or the sweet and fruity Polar Mango (RM14.90).
Photo by Burppler Hemlatha Nagappan

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Perk up your mornings with a good cup of joe from this stylish coffee shop inside Nucleus Tower. Go straight for an Americano (RM8) for a no-nonsense cup, or the Piccolo (RM9), which is also available in alternative milk options such as soy, oat and almond for an additional RM2. We personally like the fizzy and fruity Espresso Orange Tonic (RM13) – a fresh blend of orange juice, tonic water and a shot of espresso that'll buzz you right up! Overslept and skipped breakfast? Fuel up with a Boozeberry (from RM11.90), a filling smoothie combo of bananas, strawberries, blueberries and chia seeds.

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Tropicana Avenue welcomes a chic Korean restaurant that doles out tasty Korean pancakes, noodles and rice dishes. To start, order the Gogi Wanja Jijimi (Korean pancake, RM18) for the table. Each pan-fried pancake filled with pork, chives, carrot and onion is perfectly crispy while still meaty in the centre, and is served with a tangy onion soy dipping sauce. Turn to the bowl section on the menu when it’s time for mains. Try the Bibim Guksu (RM22) for a flavour bomb – Korean noodles are tossed in a spicy sauce and topped with crispy pork belly, spring onions and chilli.

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Fill up on heartwarming rice bowls AND stock up on stationery at the same time at this new inclusion to Sunway Mentari. Upon entering, walk through a stationery and antique shop (with major old Nyonya vibes!) to get to the cafe. Go for the Orange Chicken Bowl (RM15), which Burpple Jamri Aizat enjoyed for its tenderness and tanginess of the orange marinade. Other lighter options include simple Eggs on Toast (RM3.50) that goes hand in hand with a smooth Cafe Latte (RM10).
Photo by Burppler Jamri Aizat

Fans of Sarawak laksa, pen this spot down when the craving arises. You’ll find their namesake dish on the menu, Signature Sarawak Umai (RM6.90), comprising raw prawns marinated in a lime dressing – fresh and tangy! You can expect the Laksa Sarawak (RM13.90) to be good too. The broth is light yet addictively savoury – you'll want to dive in for more. Other Sarawakian delights are available too such Kolo Mee (from RM10.90) with beef, chicken or smoked duck, as well as a Tomato Fried Kuey Teow (RM10.90). Pro tip: Swing by on weekdays to enjoy their laksa lunch set with a drink for only RM10.90!

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