We’ve got the inside scoop on some of the hottest new food and beverage spots in the Klang Valley, and despite the many months of lockdown and heavy hand the industry has been dealt recently, plenty of new places have cropped up on the radar.
Whether you’re looking for a new coffee spot to while away an afternoon with some pastries, enjoy a hearty brunch with some friends, or impress a date with some serious culinary chops, we’ve rounded up a few restaurants and cafes that should be on your list.
Having recently moved into a new location in Publika, Fin are purveyors of the clean and fresh approach to food. The good folks here have been putting the poke bowl on a pedestal for years now, creating gorgeous plates that are every bit as delicious as they look.
You can fully customise your own bowl of goodness by choosing bases, proteins, sides, sauces and toppings – all fresh and organic of course – or go with something right off the a la carte.
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Choose a wrap like the Juno – chickpea falafel with dill tzatziki, cucumber, shallots and tomatoes – or a fresh salad like the harvest bowl, packed with roast pumpkin, spiced cauliflower, mint, tomatoes, quinoa, almonds and garlic aoli – and you’ll be delighted with the flavours.
Where 06, Block D3, Level G3 Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel 012 780 0270
Dou Dou Bake
Sourdough has recently seen a surge in popularity among KL-ites and one of the places leading the charge is the ultra-popular Dou Dou Bake. Despite its location in Taman Rasa Sayang, PJ, you’ll find an almost permanent queue attached to the entrance of this designer bakery-cafe.
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The hoards come here for the sumptuous baked goods, the aroma of which hit you as soon as you step through the door – items like the Cinnamon Orange Zest Bun, the Cardamom Bun and the Kaffir Lime Drizzled Loaf. The real highlights here, however, are the sourdough-based goods, like the buttery, flaky croissant, and of course the full loaves made from on-site milled ancient grains like spelt, purple rye, durum and kamut.
It’s easy to see why Dou Dou shot to fame as soon as its doors opened just earlier this year. We recommend braving the queues and seeing for yourself.
Dou Dou Bake
Where 38, Jalan SS 4c/5, Taman Rasa Sayang, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
When 7.30am-11pm (closed Wed)
Tel 011 6963 5817
This unassuming little pizza joint is just a few months old but its reputation has already spread across the Klang Valley. Wood-fired, thin-crusted pies made with premium ingredients packed with fresh flavours have taken care of that. With the tagline Pizza for the People (pepo means ‘people’ in Italian), Pepo is set to rise to the top of the pizza ranks KL.
Red bricks dominate the exterior and interior and in the far corner of the dining hall is the striking wood fire oven from which emerge the pies. A benchmark of any good pizza proprietor is their Margherita – buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil and tomato base. It’s everything you could want and more, with just a few ingredients opening up a world of flavour.
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From classics to concepts, Pepo also offers some unique creations like the Black Angus Bulgogi, Spicy Chicken Kimchi and Lamb Ragu pizzas, taking your taste buds to entirely new places. Pepo’s is must stop for any pizza aficionado.
Where B. LAND Shoplot 5, LOT 2 Jalan 51A/225, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
When 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-12am (closed Mon)
Tel 017 245 8035
Collins Sake & Wine Bar
If you’re partial to a good Tom Collins cocktail, you’ll be right at home in this eye-catching new ‘Mizayaka’ – a Malaysian version of the Japanese izakaya – which does its own spin on the famous beverage. Try it with tequila (Juan Collins – Pink Grapefruit Highball) or rum (Bob Collins – White Grape Highball) for a refreshing new take.
Collins also applies culinary creative license to its fare which combines Japanese favourites with Malaysian and Southeast Asian staples. Go straight in with the Mazesoba which is a dry noodle dish made extra rich with raw egg yolk and minced meat. It comes with crispy pork belly and pork lard for a savoury meal that will warm your belly and heart.
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Seafood lovers will love the ocean-fresh catches available here including Ebi, baby octopus, cod and calamari to name a few, while the sharing platters are packed with porky delights like gyoza, siew yuk and lobak, are perfect for groups.
Collins Sake & Wine Bar
Where 48a-2, First Floor, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
When 5pm-11.30pm (closed Sun)
Tel 019 334 6631
Loo Loo Casual Dining
Upon seeing the almost whimsical logo and the simple-yet-beautifully appointed interior, you might not at first think the food created here here is on par with any fine dining establishment in downtown KL. Head chef and co-founder William Loo is a genius when it comes to ingredients though, having worked overseas under a series of highly respected chefs.
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Together with co-founder Nicole Loo, the two helm a restaurant that offers immaculately prepared food at highly competitive prices. Travel to the Middle East with the shawarma-style lamb leg, slow-roasted for six hours and served with parsley-green breadcrumbs. Grab a taste of Italy with the tiger prawn pasta (a mere RM22!), enveloped in a heavenly prawn bisque. Or indulge in Loo Loo’s version of famed eatery Momofuku’s steamed buns, made with hoisin-glazed smoked duck.
Loo Loo Casual Dining
Where B2-7, Block B, Plaza Damas 3, No.63, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
When 12pm-10pm (closed Tues)
Tel 011 2729 7311
The Swimming Cow
If you’ve never had the opportunity to try a sous-vide cooked dish, we suggest making a beeline to The Swimming Cow where you can sample a range of meat and seafood prepared using the method. It’s all about low-temperature cooking here, with items placed inside vacuumed pouches and submerged in water typically between 55-60 degrees Celsius. They stay in that water for extended cooking times, anywhere from one to 72 hours!
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Fans of poultry will want to try the sous vide chicken thigh roulade (served cordon bleu with turkey ham and cheddar) or pan-seared duck breast, both delivering a full-bodied flavour. If you’re feeling carnivorous, however, you’ll want to opt for the Australian wagyu MB4/5 beef. After emerging from the sous-vide water bath, it’s seared off with a blowtorch and served with garlic confit, sea salt, Sarawak pepper and mustard – a lush combination you won’t soon forget!
The Swimming Cow
Where No 29, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Utama 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
When 6pm-10pm (closed Mon)
Tel 03 7732 1191
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Take a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun at this restaurant which offers up a selection of highly enticing Japanese-inflected creations courtesy of a head chef who honed his craft in Japan over a period of seven years. He’s taken what he’s learned there and infused it with local fare for dishes you won’t find anywhere else.
Case in point, the Udon Asam Laksa which is a perfect pairing of the traditional thick Japanese noodles with the hearty and tangy broth – finished with pineapple slice and a decadent onsen tamago – those beautifully runny eggs that coat everything in a rich film of yoke.
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Pizzas are also a standout here, with items like the Jidori, chicken that’s been coated in Japanese plum sauce and herbs, or the Kaisan, a seafood melange with ebiko and teriyaki sauce. The extensive menu also contains delicious rice bowls, pastas, brunch items, snacks and of course sinful desserts – all made with meticulous attention to flavours and textures.
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Where Lot 1-9-1, No 14, Persiaran Anggerik Vanilla, Sinaran 1 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor
When 10pm-10pm (closed Tues)
Tel 019 322 0978