We continue our regular monthly feature where we summarise some of our highlights from the previous month and offer recommendations for where you should visit or have on your radar for the month ahead. Encompassing new KL restaurants and old favourites, pop-up venues, events and everything in between, here is the inside track for those sharking for chips and drinks.
If we’ve missed any exciting new places off this list, please get in touch in the comments section. In case you missed it – check out what OPENED IN JULY.
When? May 21, 2014
What is it? A Pie Thing is a specialty artisanal pie café who lives by the motto ‘we are only as good as our last pie’.
Who’s behind it? The Pie Keepers at A Pie Thing are led by a trio of Alex Yeo (Pie Seller), Chrisanne Oh (Pie Baker) and Irene Ho (Pie Maker).
Size? 50+ seats
What’s on the Menu? Pies, pies and pies. Savoury and sweet dessert pies available. Savoury selection includes Chunky Steak Pie, Cheesy Chicken Pie, Creamy Spinach Pie and others. Sweet pies range from the ever popular Smores Pie to the ultimate tribute – Elvis, a combination of Peanut Butter, Chocolates and Bananas.
When? July 7, 2014
What is it? A pit stop for coffee lovers on the go, The Fix serves artisanal coffee lovingly made to satisfy your caffeine craving.
Who’s behind it? The Fix Cafe is owned by 3 friends who share a love for good coffee, good conversation, and good friends. Yee Seng Tan and JX Yeow are both currently working in property development, while Alan Lau is working as a Chartered Accountant.
Size? Casual seating
What’s on the Menu? The Fix serves artisanal coffee, fruit juices, hot chocolate and teas, and offers a selection of pastries, pies, and puffs.
Bookings? Not taken.
When? 27 July 2014
What is it? Strangers at 47 serves both savoury and sweet fusion crepes by using only the freshest ingredients.
Who’s behind it? Hospitality & Culinary graduates Sean Ooi, Lim Sing Yi & Vincent Lee, all in their early 20s. Sean & Vincent lead the kitchen while Sing Yi manages the floor and is the resident Barista. Sean’s mother, Susan designed the dessert crepes; Sean created the savoury crepes.
Size? 50 pax capacity in a rustic yet friendly environment
What’s on the Menu? Strangers at Forty7 serve both savoury and sweet crepes. Savoury crepes includes the Big Breakfast Crepe, A Hen’s Crush (chicken), Lethal Shrooms (vegetarian), Shore to Please (seafood) & for a limited time, Not Your Local Beef (imported beef striploin). Sweet crepes includes Dark Side (chocolate), Go Bananuts (peanut butter & banana), Purple Rage (Japanese purple sweet potato), Spongebob’s Crib (pineapple), It’s Kelapa (coconut) & Adam’s Sin (apple crumble).
Bookings? Yes; weekdays only (Mon-Thurs)
When? June 6, 2014
What is it? A Kuala Lumpur food truck that serves Italian and French Food
Who’s behind it? Adel Ishak’ background was in marketing and public relations. The Little Fat Duck food truck is purely based on passion towards food.
Size? Food truck & a few tables and chairs.
What’s on the Menu? French and Italian food. Signature dish is the chicken confit and spaghetti aglio e olio.
When? June 30, 2014
What is it? Already known for its existing ‘Troika Sky Dining trifecta’ comprising of Cantaloupe, the modern European fine dining institution; Strato, a casual Italian eatery; and Claret Wine Bar, presenting some of the best boutique wines from France and the world over. Troika Sky Dining recently added another dining experience to its growing portfolio: Fuego (meaning ‘fire’ in Spanish) – a casual South American-inspired bar, serving modern cocktails and tapas.
Who’s behind it? Mr Christian Bauer, Executive Chef & Director of Troika Sky Dining Mr Eddie Chew, Director of Troika Sky Dining
Size? 70 – 90 covers
What’s on the Menu? Modern South American food where you can graze on tapas into the night or perhaps feast on charcoal grilled meats with the works if you’re after a more substantial feed and a range of innovative twists on classic cocktails.
When? April 10, 2014
What is it? Sitka, Damansara, Light meals during the day and Test Kitchen on Fridays and Saturdays, using local produce wherever possible.
Who’s behind it? Christian Recomio, who owns and operates Moonfish Café in Aberdeen, Scotland innovates local produce for a fresh, new dining experience.
Size? 35 seats.
What’s on the Menu? Fresh salads, baos, tacos, rolls and fried chicken for day. Test Kitchen centres around innovative techniques using local produce.
Bookings Only for dinner
When? April 28, 2014
What is it? La Famiglia Food Truck is a 1 ton truck that houses a small kitchen inside the truck that focuses on Italian staples such as pasta, Italian soda and dessert all based around the Godfather Trilogy of films.
Who’s behind it? Danial Marizd & Syazwan Khairuddin.
Size? Food Truck size
What’s on the Menu? Having just kicked off, they have 9 menus including their own home made Italian soda. Thye also have bolognese (beef/chicken), carbonara, pasta salad, seafood olio, tuna pesto, their special “The Poss” pasta, fries, wedges, dessert (cannoli) and their Italian soda. The food price ranges between RM5.00 – RM8.00.
Bookings? Besides selling on the street they will also cater for private events such as company dinners, birthday parties and weddings,
When? March 25, 2014
What is it? Tea Retail and cafe specialising in premium teas from Darjeeling, Assam and the rest of the world.
Who’s behind it? It’s a family business headed by the Amiruddin family.
Size? 21 seats
What’s on the Menu? Homemade Cakes, pastries and scones. Their bestselling items are the scones, which come in a different flavours. Their lemon poppy seed, brownies and key lime pies (only available on weekends) sell out very frequently too.
The Good Tea Company’s bestselling teas are the signature blend The Good Tea Company Afternoon Tea, a Darjeeling Earl Grey and Green Mango tea. They carry some rare and some popular single estate Darjeeling, including Castleton, Margaret’s Hope and Thurbo estate.
When? July 1, 2014
What is it? Grinder is a neighbourhood café tucked in the nook of serene Damansara Kim, offering a chic but casual atmosphere to savour some wholesome western favourites and great espresso.
Who’s behind it? Alvin Chan & Co
Size? 50+ seating including bar seating and outside area
What’s on the Menu? Grinder’s all day Big Breakfast, as well as cheesy toast, eggs & toast, crispy skin salmon, beef stew, grilled chicken breast with tarragon sauce, delicious sandwiches including croque monsieur, cashew broccoli and pesto pasta with chicken or escargot, soups, salads, light bites, cakes and desserts. Not forgetting great espresso.
Bookings? Yes they take reservations
When? July 12, 2014
What is it? Inspired by the Opium regimes of the east, furnished with age-old artifacts such as an opium bed in the Rose Room, opium pipes and huge Chinese wine pots displayed vividly at the Communal area, the outlet aspires a 1930s-1960s look and feel.
Who’s behind it? Werner Kuhn, owner of six restaurants (El Cerdo, The Whisky Bar, The Steakhouse, Black Forest, Dining In The Dark and Opium)
Size? 80 pax (VIP room, Bar seating, Rose Room seating, Communal seating, indoor and outdoor seating)
What’s on the Menu? Food – Asian oriental delights with a twist, beverages – Signature house cocktails that have been specially crafted for Opium KL.
When? Official opening 12th June 2014
What is it? Bariuma Ramen Restaurant is the newest Japanese foodie haven located at Jaya Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya. “Bariuma Ramen” is a super rich tonkotsu shoyu ramen with high quality soy source as its base in which the natural flavour of tonkotsu is extracted. They have travelled and tried numerous Ramen at all over the Japan to create unique taste and restaurant which has never found in Ramen industry. They then have strived for their original ramen over many years – it has an addictive flavour but with very simple preparation.
Who’s behind it? Bariuma Malaysia is co-owned by Mr. Elvin Siew and Mr. Aldred Yaw. This was the first time that they had ventured in F&B. They both obtained overseas MBA qualification in Business and IT Management. The Head Chef of Bariuna is Ms Eden Ong. She has undergone intensive training for Ramen making and preparation in Singapore for months. Previously, Ms Eden has worked in London.
Size? 50 seats. Designed by Mr Haruki-San from Bariuma Japan.
What’s on the Menu? Signature dish, Bari-Uma Pork flavoured shoyu soup with thick-cut flamed chashu. Ajitama-Uma – Pork flavoured shoyu soup “Ajitama” with thick-cut flamed chashu. Nori-Uma – Pork Flavoured shoyu soup with thick-cut flamed chashu and seaweed. Noritama-Uma – Pork Flavoured shoyu soup “Ajitama” with thick-cut flamed chashu and seaweed. Shoyo-Uma – Pork flavoured light shoyu soup with half thick-cut flamed chashu. Chashu-Uma – Pork flavoured shoyu soup with additional chashu. Kara-Uma – Pork flavoured shoyu spicy soup with thick-cut chashu.
Bookings? Takes Reservations
Open Hours: Monday-Sunday 12pm-9.30pm
SIX Bar. Lounge. Cocktails.
When? July 23, 2014
What is it? Located in the heart of Bangsar, SIX fuses an extensive bar focusing on cocktails, with an in-house award-winning mixologist, in a chilled out lounge setting with great music.
Who’s behind it? 6 friends + Arthur Nathan (Manager) + Imran Hossain (Mixologist/Bar Head). Arthur has approximately 20 years of F&B business experience whilst Imran was previously the Mixologist at Garibar and Rils, Bangsar.
Size? 80 seated (including lounge sofas and 15 bar seating).
What’s on the Menu? Predominantly a cocktail bar, with a range of Signature and Classic Cocktails. They also boast 22 different kinds of Whiskies.
Bookings? Table reservations only necessary for the weekends and special events – before 9pm. Group bookings (party larger than 6) also accepted.
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