6 Yi Cafe, OUG

For fans of arts, crafts and literature, 6 Yi is worth at least 60 minutes of your time: Come for the colourful, creative corners, stay for the punchy braised pork rice (RM15.90) and desserts and drinks with a kick, including Bailey’s chocolate mousse cake (RM16.90) and sparkling cider. 6 Yi Cafe 12A 1F, Jalan Awan […]


AiJiu Wine Bar, Puchong

Liquor lovers have a new hideout in Puchong: Pick a Portuguese wine, perhaps a supple red by Monte Cascas from southern Portugal’s Alentejo region, and linger for the entire evening. Friendly service, comfortable sofas and soothing music combine for a relaxing experience. AiJiu Wine Bar No. 01, 02, Jalan Kenari 19a, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 […]


Phuket Babas, Klang

Powered by Peranakan and Thai inspirations, Phuket Babas potently reimagines the classics of both cuisines from a contemporary lens, recasting everything from pie tee to moo ping. Longtime readers might realise that we rarely tread into Klang, but this restaurant’s premise proved irresistible. Two starters feature sauces that shimmer with intrigue: Try the smoky grilled […]


Food Republic Malaysia: All the top temptations of a food court, delivered to you

Clockwise from left to right: Padthai (Thai Cuisine), Mee Goreng Ayam (Indian Cuisine), Crispy Chicken Chop (Western Cuisine), Steamed Chicken Rice with Braised Egg (Sergeant Chicken Rice), Beef Phở Soup + Sliced Rare Beef, Mee Jawa (Mee Jawa) From roast duck with wonton noodles to grilled stingray with rice, char koay teow to nasi kerabu, Food Republic has long been […]


Curio Cafe, Muzium Negara

After exploring the exhibits at Muzium Negara, we enjoyed locally inflected refreshments at this cosy cafe outside the ticketing entrance. Frosty cendol with plenty of kidney beans was an antidote for even the most humid afternoon, while boba-laced fresh milk made nectarous with gula Melaka brought together Taiwan and Malaysia in a sweetly soothing beverage. […]


BeanMart, Kuchai Lama

Coffee buffs, be at BeanMart, which takes its caffeine seriously. Try the Costa Rican honey-processed coffee, elegantly served like Chinese tea, accompanied by its original beans for customers to sample both the beverage and the beans (RM18). BeanMart’s barista will patiently explain that serving it in this style encourages patrons to sip more slowly and […]


Le Gourmandin, Solaris Dutamas

With a Toulouse-born chef toiling in the kitchen, a Paris-loving picture of the Seine on the wall, and the 1979 classic Ma Reverence by Veronique Sanson playing on the speakers, Le Gourmandin brings Malaysians closer to France than most of us will get this year. Run by a French-and-Malaysian husband-and-wife team, this new restaurant takes […]


D’Izakaya, Taman Melawati

Ayam percik sushi rolls? A smash success at D’Izakaya, where chef Azri Che Ishak has the chops to execute the balance of flavours and textures that holds the key to reinvention. Purists might howl, but cuisine shouldn’t stay stagnant – after all, even the California roll was only first created in Los Angeles in the […]


KL Scenarium, The Enclave Bangsar

If you’ve ever encountered an 18-foot black truck named Britney that seemed to pour out endless sidecars, salty dogs and sangrias, you probably had a very good time at a wedding or some other celebration, courtesy of mobile cocktail bar-for-hire KL Scenarium. This year’s woes have forced KLS off the road, but it’s even more […]


The Lankan Crabs, Bangsar

If crab roe rocks your boat, set sail for The Lankan Crabs and order a serving of Indonesian-sourced female mud crabs cooked in Sri Lanka’s Negombo-inspired mild curry (RM140 for two medium-sized crabs, weighing at least 400 grams per crab). The curry is rich with roe in practically every spoonful, complementing the seafood-sweet crustaceans, served […]


The Manor, Himachal Pradesh

Driving up to Dharamshala on the edge of the Himalayas is an hours-long affair, no matter which route you take – have a break at one of the many mountainside cafes that line the journey in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state, stopping at The Manor for a masala-spiced omelette paired perfectly with masala chai. This […]


Collins, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Billed as a Mizayaka – a Malaysian izakaya or a modern izakaya – Collins brings a sleek update to the classic Japanese bar experience. Spend the evening snacking on sofas beneath The Great Wave Off Kanagawa or take a table on the corner to sip the night away beside walls lined with contemporary Japanese prints. […]

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