Food is a favourite topic in Malaysia, taking pride of place at the core of its multi-faceted culture. The country’s culinary diversity is really something to marvel at, and the gastronomy landscape here is a thriving one. It’s on this fertile foundation that numerous new restaurants and eateries sprout every year.
Staying true to the plentiful option list, these come in many different forms, ranging from breakfast spots, lunch places, dessert havens, all-day-long cafes and more. We take a look at four of the more recent faces to have joined the ever-growing KL restaurant list.
Located within Chow Kit, Tapestry is so called as it is a place where vintage dishes are crafted using weaves of classic and modern flavours taken from various cultures. The address itself is a mix of new and old as well, with a contemporary greenhouse-like design within the enduring neighbourhood.
Heaps of natural light filter in through the glass roof portion of the restaurant, in which are bits of green plants. Actual tapestries hang down from the ceiling for great visual effect. The focus of the kitchen is on a breakfast-based selection that also features several brunch options. It’s described as an East-meets-West menu which is brought to life by harmoniously mixing the tastes of both sides.
WHERE 28, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 8am-4pm (Mon-Fri), 8am-5.30pm (Sat-Sun)
TEL 03 7622 8720
Nourish By Kenny Hills Baker
Putting heft into their name, this Bukit Damansara dining spot intends to call attention to the notion that health-conscious food does not have to be bland and boring. While simplicity is the way the wind blows when it comes to the way the cafe is laid out on the inside, the same cannot be said about what is prepared in its kitchen.
Beyond guilt-free pastries, cakes and the like, offerings here cover a nice range of brunch items, mains and sweet bites, and practically everything comes with the assurance that it’s equally good for the taste buds and body. Both Western and Asian regulars are interpreted in this style. Vegetarian and vegans are not left out either, with gluten-free options aplenty.
Nourish By Kenny Hillls Baker
WHERE 35, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
TEL 03 2011 6990
The Grumpy Waiter
Chef Shereene Kung Abdullah’s brainchild sure leaves many wondering if the waiter here is really a grumpy individual. When asked how it all came to be, an amusing clarification emerges – the grumpy waiter title in question was jokingly conferred to Chef Shereene’s husband after he poked holes at numerous potential names for this Sri Hartamas café, and it ended up on the sign.
Full of home-cooked recipes prepared with care, the menu is mainly Asian, with flavourful local and regional staples making for satisfying meals from just before noon to just after dusk. A dding to the homely feel is the cosy setup of the place, sporting liberal use of batik chinoiserie to keep things inviting and free of pretence and fuss.
The Grumpy Waiter
WHERE Block F-0-5, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 11am-8pm (Closed Mon)
TEL 012 495 2226
Snitch By The Thieves
As some might deduce from the name, this restaurant is from the same folks who gave us Breakfast Thieves, a well-patronised little establishment in APW Bangsar. The younger café is located a few short kilometres away, sitting on the third floor of The Gardens Mall. It’s a warm venue, with an interior embodying clean and contemporary designs highlighted by an interplay of pleasing contrasting colours.
Snitch operates all day long to provide breakfast through dinner meals, as well as a good selection of sweet bites and beverages. Touting an Australian touch, the food comprises Malaysian and Western cuisine types with an emphasis on fusion meals. Look hard enough and you can even spot a surprisingly well-stocked alcohol bar.
Snitch By The Thieves
WHERE T-225A&B, Third Floor, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 9am till late
TEL 03 2201 9699