Petaling Jaya

M’Laboori, Petaling Jaya

Serving sustenance for both the brain and the belly, M’Laboori is a library and a vegetarian cafe. Books cover everything from Amy Schumer to Artemis Fowl, while bowls brim with meat-free pad thai, pretty tasty and wholesome, complete with bean curd drumsticks (RM11.70), and soy patty sliders with fried tempeh and acar (can’t complain for […]

Sri Hartamas

Gentilezza Cafe, Sri Hartamas

Genial warmth, genuine fulfillment: Gentilezza Cafe has a graceful new home in Sri Hartamas, serving honest, homely fare in a soothing space. Gentilezza’s name is Italian for gentleness, kindness and thoughtfulness, all qualities embodied in this venue, which moved less than two months ago from DC Mall to Plaza Damas 3. Take a table under […]


Tiger Hotpot, Petaling Jaya

A lovely space of lanterns and lattices, Tiger Hotpot first roared to life when its founders, Elbert and Sean, were strolling the streets of Shanghai last year and saw hordes of hotpot eateries brimming with enthusiastic patrons. They launched this restaurant in February 2020, offering their own take on steaming-hot flavoured broths and fresh ingredients […]


WOP Pizzeria, Plaza Damas

Five years ago, Ikmal Burhanuddin built his first brick oven, cooked his first wood-fired pizza, and began his foray into food services with his wife, Azara Nur Abdul Rahman. Every step they took was a leap of faith forward, from popping up at festivals to setting up tables and chairs for patrons outside their family’s […]


Insieme Italian Restaurant, Ampang

More than 10 years ago, we walked into an Italian restaurant in Solaris Dutamas, before Publika even opened, and found a chef from Bologna and his Malaysian wife serving up rustic Italian meals that evoked family-run trattorias. That restaurant, Osteria RealBlue, soon nurtured a reputation for handmade pastas, crespelles and cotoletta – it even served […]


Cafe Rocco, Segambut

With their first restaurant named after their firstborn toddler son, chef Sim Hon Sing and his wife Magarita Santiago bring a lot of love, prowess and passion to the table. Cafe Rocco is a long time coming – it’s been seven years since the couple launched their home-based supper club, Hungry Mario, before embarking on […]


Heritage Pizza, Jalan Doraisamy

With a Milan-born founder at its helm and a Verona-built stone oven in its kitchen, Heritage Pizza strives to do justice to the legacy of Italy’s ubiquitous export. The numbers add up: At least 48 hours of cold fermentation (yielding flavoursome dough), three minutes of mangrove wood-fired cooking (preserving the freshness of the toppings), in […]

Bangsar South

Komune Cafe, Bangsar South

From Roti John to Yakiniku Don, this serenely leafy cafe offers sustenance and sanctuary in Bangsar South. Part of the new Komune Living hotel, Komune Cafe is worth checking into to check out Malaysian-inspired sandwiches stuffed with spiced omelette, minced chicken and kyuri (RM12) and Japanese-inflected stewed beef with soy-braised egg, stir-fried veggies and white […]


M Cuisine, Desa ParkCity

M Cuisine makes a meal of both contemporary and conservative Chinese creations: Novelties like Rose Wantons (RM28; crispy-fried shrimp dumplings, poking out from a pot of parsley) and the Giant Bean Curd with Shrimp Paste Sauce (RM28, crunchy like a cracker) will catch the eye, while old-fashioned favourites like Cantonese-style stir-fried seafood hor fun (RM48; […]


Phil’s Pizza, Bangsar

Bangsar’s latest spot for New York-style pizzas is a casual affair, serving 18-inch pies by the slice at prices starting from RM6. Our favourite of four pizzas we tried was the classic Pepperoni (RM12), with crisp, thin slices of beef salami all across the slice. The crust meets the mark for pizza that can be […]

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