5 Best Japanese Bars in KL

5 Best Japanese Bars in KL

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Saké, shochu, Japanese-inspired cocktails, whisky and more, get the best drinking experience from the land of the rising sun at these Japanese bars in KL.

5 Best Japanese Bars in KL_IKK

Drop by TREC for an after-work drink at IKKI which specialises in crafted cocktail and artisanal whiskey. With haute-rustic decor, classic grandeur and rich colours, IKKI is the largest speakeasy bar that has over 200 types of liquor on their menu with a bigger collection on whisky, focusing on the Japanese kind. Their drinks are executed with flair to produce extraordinary combinations of flavours and fragrances. Saké cocktails are superb here.

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5 Best Japanese Bars in KL_Sion Dining & Bar

This is what happens when a Japanese chef who loves Spanish and Swiss cuisine opens a restaurant and bar. Experience the spirit of Sion Dining & Bar and enjoy the great ambiance and service offered. Since the opening of the restobar, it has been gaining strong support from Japanese patrons. Chef Masamichi Shiomi personally hand-picked wines for Sion Dining. Highly recommended to those who are looking for an intimate place for a drink and gathering.

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5 Best Japanese Bars in KL_Nobu Club Lounge

Nobu Club Lounge tailors one of the most scenic view, offering a stunning view of KL’s skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Nobu Club Lounge stands out among the rest with their use of local ingredients and flavours. Some of the cocktails were made especially for KL such as the Mangosteen Calpico Martini (with pandan syrup). You can also have a sip of fruit saké infusions and cocktails but if you are up for the true Japanese way, the saké selection is not to be missed!

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5 Best Japanese Bars in KL_Vino Vino Bistro

Vino Vino Bistro is quietly tucked away at one of the alleys nearby Eastin Hotel PJ. Not many have noticed but it is a true hidden gem. Vino Vino Bistro carries around 1000 different brands of liquor, wine, shōchū and sake. Backed by Lim Chui the bottle shop, it is also the sole distributor in Malaysia for a number of exclusive Japanese shochus. If you pay a visit, you definitely have to try their Asian Flitini or Toyko Cosmo. Very intimate dining and drinking atmosphere here.

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5 Best Japanese Bars in KL_Hana Dining

If you are passing by Sunway Pyramid, you should stop and have a drink at Hana Dining + Sake Bar. They have pretty good range of Japanese Sake and Whisky. Other brands and beer on tap can be hunted in this area too. Recently Hana Dining + Sake Bar rolled out their first food pairing with sake event, one of the first to do so in KL. You will completely love their cozy feeling in this modern infuse Japanese concept.

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Stacks by Las Vacas, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya

This time, something different.

 

Perhaps you have heard of the sister outlet The Meat Shop along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, or the latest venture of Las Vacas at Sunway Putra Mal. But this time, Las Vacas brings you something different. 

 

Stacks by Las Vacas is a whole new concept from the group which gives large emphasis on burgers and sandwiches; it is more fast food concept inclined. Be it indoor or alfresco, it’s both spacious and relaxing for group dining.

 

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Situated in the gigantic IOI City Mall, probably the best place to go for a quick grab before or after shopping.

 

Having been to Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall outlet, Stacks by Las Vacas gives a different feeling the moment I stepped into the restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling windows, assorted yet flexible arrangements of tables and chairs.. in fact, it feels more of cafe style rather than typical fast food chain.

 

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Very spacious dining space. The highlight? Electronic sockets everywhere for those they need for their laptops and other electronic devices! Phone dead, anyone?

 

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Waste sorting bins. Love this environmental friendly concept Stacks by Las Vacas upholds!


Stacks by Las Vacas started off with self service culture which patrons would have to order food themselves at the counter. Eventually, it evolves to today’s staff-servicing-patrons culture. So fret not, sit back and chill, the waiters will come over to your table to take your orders.
 

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Patrons could have a peek of all delicious-looking cakes when they hang around the counter.

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Proudly presented by Stacks by Las Vacas. One should really try these drinks – some is a rare find in Malaysia.

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Welcome to Coffee and Capsule Bar. Sleek and clean, isn’t it?

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Let us have a closer look. Custom french press coffee (RM10) is offered at here as well. Can you spot it?

Let’s get to the point straight – Stacks by Las Vacas’ burgers and sandwiches!


On the menu are 200g 100% Wagyu Beef Burger, 150g Flame-Grilled 100% Beef Burger with Cheese, Cheesy Smoked Turkey Pressed Sandwich, and many more. All burgers and sandwiches come with steak fries while all sandwiches have additional coleslaw on the side. 

 

What’s interesting at Stacks by Las Vacas is it introduces daily carvery section which includes 12-Hour Smoked Bbq Beef Brisket, Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder, and Traditional Roast Beef – all come in either 150g sandwich (RM20) or 300f platter size (RM35). If you haven’t noticed already, Stacks is pretty generous with their serving portion.

 

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A creation of the owner of Las Vacas, The Godfather, 150g 100% beef patty with special pomodoro sauce, creamy bechamel, spicy pepperoni slices and cheddar cheese on sesame seed bun (RM25).

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Stacks by Las Vacas

Stacks by Las Vacas
Mixed Platter from daily carver selection – a little bit of everything including beef brisket, lamb shoulder, and roast beef – plus choice of side salad (RM40).

 

And this, Famous Las Vacas Beef Wrap is a must if you pay them a visit.

 

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Famous Las Vacas Beef Wrap – sauteed beef rolls filled with julienned vegetables in cheesy beefy sauce (RM20). This is good!

 

Finally, dessert time! Stacks’ pudding would make a delight after meal. It is hand made fresh daily and you will be amazed by the range of flavours – banana and peanut butter, tiramisu, vanilla, mango, and passion fruit – spoilt by choices indeed.

 

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Stacks Pudding (RM10)

And how could we forget the fancy-looking cakes with creative and beautiful plating!

 

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Stacks by Las Vacas

Stacks by Las Vacas

 

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Stacks by Las Vacas

 

G205, Ground Floor,

IOI City Mall,

Lebuh IRC, 

IOI Resort City,

62502 Putrajaya,

Malaysia.

 

Daily: 10:00am – 10:00pm

 

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Sou Omakase Dining

Sou Omakase Dining, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A Journey to Omakase

 

Sou Omakase Dining is a classy luxury Japanese fine dining restaurant specialises exclusively in the art of omakase – a style of dining where the chef will serve you based on what he feels best. There’s no a la carte menu, so patrons will leave it to Yokohama-born executive chef Fukuchi and his team to present a gastronomical journey of Japanese cuisine.

 

This new Japanese addition is located near to the entrance of The Gardens Hotel, facing Bangsar area. I arrived at the restaurant via the mall so it was a little tricky and confusing to navigate at first. The best way to access to Sou Omakase Dining is via The Gardens Hotel side.

 

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You can’t miss this posh golden signage of Sou Omakase Dining.

 

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The interior of the well-spaced Sou Omakase Dining is designed to provide patrons adequate privacy.

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A peep through window on the kitchen team.

 

Lunch starts from RM98++ for a 5-course meal while dinner pricing could be up to RM320++ for a 10-course meal.

 

“Bara-Chirashi” lunch course (RM98) – inclusive of salad, chawan-mushi, mix appetiser, Bara-Chirashi sushi with miso soup, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

“Ten-Zaru” lunch course (RM98) – inclusive of salad, chawan-mushi, mix appetiser, tempura, soba or udon or inaniwa-udon, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

“Bento” lunch course (RM118) – inclusive of salad, starter, chawan-mushi, Sou Omakase bento box, rice course, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

Sou lunch course (RM148) – inclusive of starter, soup, sashimi, mix grilled and deep fried appetiser, main course, rice course with miso soup, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

Sou dinner course (RM220) – inclusive of starter, soup, Japanese appetiser, fish course, mouth wash, main course (beef or lamb), rice course with miso soup, and home made dessert with Japanese tea

 

Special dinner course (RM320) – inclusive 2 kinds of starter, special fresh oyster, special soup, special fish course, mouth wash, main course (beef or lamb or fish), grilled rice ball with scallops ankake sauce, and home made dessert with Japanese tea

 

For the purpose of our review, we went for the Sou dinner course and special dinner course.

 

As with any omakase, the menu will change according to what’s fresh and in season. The dinner started with beautiful appetisers. Take a look at the ingredients used and the generous scoop of caviar, they mean business.

 

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One of the appetisers served to kick-start the dinner.

 

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Kissing the sea on the lips – a palm-sized amazingly fresh oyster from France with slightly mild yet complex homemade tabasco sauce.

 

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Very warm and comforting.

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Take a sip of yuzu soda to get the taste buds afresh for the next course.

 

The sashimi served was satisfying. Every dish presents an undeniably unique dining experience – fine specimen with subtle flavours, delicate texture, fully enhanced with umami-riched soy sauce and freshly grinded wasabi. The salmon stole the limelight above all sashimi that night. A word of warning, more sashimi photos coming soon because it was almost a crime not to post these up.

 

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Sou Omakase Dining

Sou Omakase Dining

Sou Omakase Dining

Sou Omakase Dining

 

Then it was finally the time for some hot dishes. Main course came in the form of sliced wagyu beef or lamb cutlets, or if you opt for Special dinner course, you could have another choice – tuna collar. I am usually a fan of beef but the beef was a slight let down. To be fair, I should have lift my lid earlier so my beef would’t be overcooked. 

 

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Sliced wagyu beef before cooked.

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Lamb cutlets.

 

And we proceed to the next course: rice course with miso soup. The rice course was must preferred if compared to the miso soup. The miso soup was decent but it could be better.

 

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Rice course with miso soup

Sou Omakase Dining
Rice course with miso soup

 

The dessert platter is inclusive of jelly, pistachio ice cream, orange sorbet and yoghurt-filled raindrop cake.

 

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Dessert platter

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Dessert for the dinner course

The desserts were beautifully presented of course, but other dishes stood out better. Nevertheless, it was still an adequate ending for a dinner course. Service is warm and friendly with a slightly fast-paced serving. Overall it’s a worth considering omakase dining venue. 

 

 

 

Sou Omakase Dining

 

G247, Ground Floor,

The Gardens Mall,

Mid Valley City,

Lingkaran Syed Putra,

59200 Kuala Lumpur, 

Malaysia.

 

Daily: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

 

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Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant, Dua Annexe, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant, Dua Annexe, Kuala Lumpur

 

Well hidden at the modern luxury Dua Annexe apartment along Jalan Tun Razak, Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant is a traditional Japanese restauran The restaurant offers varieties of attractive Japanese foods, not to mention their Sake and Shochu. The well trained waitresses at Kirishima KL are dressed in kimonos – something which is rarely seen in Malaysia, although there’s one or two restaurants out there that does the same. The restaurants’ regulars are a mix of locals and Japanese that resides in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant
The setting is airy with typical light wood furnishings, applies minimalist interior design with a touch of Japanese zen.

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant
Magazines and newspapers in Japanese are available given its Japanese customer base.

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant
Private rooms are available especially when you have a business meeting or in need of some family space if you have kids along with you.

Despite situated in one of the most expensive lands in the heart of KL city, the food here are priced reasonably, food comes in large and generous portion, and the ingredients used are always fresh. Every Tuesday and Friday, the team at Kirishima KL will have fresh items air flown from Japan. 

 

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The desserts are worth a mention, especially Ginger Sorbet and Wasabi Ice Cream which are made fresh from kitchen. Almost missed these two rare items because they are off the menu; diners will have to make a request and it is very much depends on luck. 

 

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant
Ginger Sorbet

 

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant
Wasabi Ice Cream

Special recommendations are available at Kirishima KL and are changed weekly, so diners always have different choices. 

 

 

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant

Lot 1.2, 1st Floor, 

Dua Annexe, 

211, Jalan Tun Razak, 

50400 Kuala Lumpur.

 

Daily: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm

 

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Dinner Buffet 2016 at Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Dinner Buffet 2016 at Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall, Kuala Lumpur

 

Barely open for half a year, Las Vacas’ latest addition now sits at Sunway Putra Mall. The location is perhaps new, but you might have heard of its well-known sister outlet along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng. The renowned beef-inclined steakhouse, which also doubles as a deli and butchery, boasts a wealth of different cuts and meats at varying price points.

 

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A surprisingly cosy-looking Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall outlet, with the team behind it paying close attention to details even the floor tiles.

During this Ramadan festive, Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall offers a dinner buffet from 9th June – 4th July 2016, available daily from 6.30pm – 9.30pm, featuring a special daily carvery including Halal Australian beef, New Zealand lamb, and BBQ chicken. 

 

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Dinner buffet during Ramadan season at Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall. It covers everything from appetisers to mains, from pastries to fruit cuts.

The carvery at Sunway Putra Mall outlet is prepared using JOSPER Charcoal Oven – Josper, which worth the value of a car (!), is an elegant combination of a grill and an oven in a single machine that adds the unique flavour of the finest embers, giving a unique texture and juiciness in all meats. 

 

Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall is the only outlet in the Las Vacas family that has the masterpiece Josper oven. Naturally, carvery steals the limelight for this Ramadan buffet. Take a look at the cuts below.

 

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Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall outlet offers an intimate serving experience – you can customise your meat request to the chef team, be it different parts of meat or meat doneness – a plus point compared to hotels’ buffets.

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Pink colour medium rare steak, a bit soft and spongy and slightly springy. All the calvery is cooked to patrons’ liking.

Check out some of the dishes available at Las Vacas’ dinner buffet at Sunway Putra Mall outlet. Pretty eye-pleasing indeed.

 

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Meat counter at the dinner buffet.

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Chicken Rendang

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Nasi Minyak

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Shell Pasta with Eggplant in Tomato, Basil and Cheese Sauce.

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Fried Tempura Fish

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A traditional dish with Western mix.

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Linguinne Aglio Olio with Mushroom

A pure surprise that I had during the night is Las Vacas’ French pastries selection. Well, to be frank, desserts and pastries are rarely a highlight for buffets but at Las Vacas it was exceptional. I first started to taste the pastries without having much high hopes but I was so wrong – the pastries, are heavenly made! Before I realised, I started to fill my plate with almost every pastry available at the counter – and I had to make second helping. 

 

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Very inviting French pastries – a burst of delightful not-too-sweet cream the moment you sink your teeth into the soft texture of bun – all in a bite

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Las Vacas has its in-house pastry chef, it’s no wonder the pastries taste so good and fresh!

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An array of traditional Malay kuihs available at the dinner buffet -almost as good as their French pastries.

Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall's dinner buffet is priced at RM80 nett (per adult) and RM40 nett (per child).

 

 

 

 

Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall

 

Lot 1-013, Sunway Putra Mall,

100, Jalan Putra,

Chow Kit, 

50350 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

 

Daily: 10:00am – 10:00pm

 

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5 Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in KL

5 Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in KL

Enough flavors to satisfy any palate, here are 5 restaurants to get you started!

Southeast Asia is home to an incredibly rich food history. From French colonial-inspired bánh mì to Singapore's iconic chicken rice to creamy Thai tom yam kung soup, this is one cuisine that embraces enough flavors to satisfy any palate. Full of bright, bold flavours, some of the finest Southeast Asian cuisines can be found in these restaurants.

Tamarind Springs

Tamarind Springs is a treat for the senses. Only 15-minutes drive from downtown Kuala Lumpur, disembark upon nature's gateway into a visual and sensory feast. Its pavilions that take full advantage of its location on the edge of a lush forest appeal to those who love being close to nature, with an unrivalled view that is stunningly romantic; while its titillating traditional Indochinese cuisine of sweet, salty, sour and spicy have won many industry accolades and topped several gastronome scoreboards. Make sure you taste Khmer Krom stir-fried crab and stir-fried beef if you visit Tamarind Springs.

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 RoyaleVietnam

This Vietnamese-owned restaurant celebrates both the warm, welcoming culture and the colourful, palate-brightening cuisine of the country. Decked with many-hued silk lamps and done up in dark wood, the Royale Vietnam sets the mood and that's even before you meet the charming Vietnamese wait staff in traditional Vietnamese dress. In the kitchen, the chefs are also all from Vietnam, bringing a touch of authenticity to the menu. On the menu, you'll find royal dishes from the Hue Kingdom, once the capital of Vietnam, as well as the usual Vietnamese favourites on offer – from fragrant, steaming bowls of the ubiquitous beef pho, silky noodles in soup with sliced beef, to broken rice served with grilled lemongrass chicken chop.

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 NeoTamarind

Best described as ‘the new Zen', dining within this stylish luxe-lounge style restaurant feels sexy, satiating and quite a state of mind. NEO's kitchen is a special place from where eclectic Chef Sombat Kokasemkul weaves his magic, conjuring an innovative menu of what can only be described as 'global cuisine'; drawing inspiration from Asian flavours and using European techniques to transform the best ingredients into something delightful and fantastic. The most sought-after dishes include Angus beef seared tataki style with lemongrass, bird’s eye chilli and passion fruit juice, and their salmon sashimi served in a cilantro and Thai chilli vinaigrette.

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Mandi-Mandi

Mandi-Mandi is placed within the same jungle enclave where Tamarind Springs currently sit. To conceptualize a pool lounge restaurant within the same grounds, is to utilize synergies; a presentation of the sum of one great culinary experience that is unmatched. This poolside restaurant offers worthwhile Malay and Thai food in a jungle setting that's only a 15-minute drive from the city centre. How does BBQ tomyam-infused chicken sound to you? Exotic much? Make your trip to Mandi-Mandi today to enjoy both tranquility and quality food!

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 TamarindHill

Tamarind Hill is one of the earliest restaurants to serve Thai-Burmese cuisines. Trademark for its rustic-luxe dining experience since 1999, Tamarind Hill's new environment on a private hilltop makes the restaurant an escape within the city. Against the backdrop of skyscrapers, Tamarind Hill's organic and tranquil ambiance exudes the illusion of being 'out-of-town'. As the name suggests, 'walk up an appetite' and relinquish to a culinary affair you'll never forget. Recommended dishes include tuna in hot and spicy mango sauce,  stir-fried wagyu beef with hot Thai basil pesto and sauteed scallop in turmeric sauce.

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5 Best Thai Restaurants in KL

5 Best Thai Restaurants in KL

Ah, flavourful, spicy, sour and aromatic Thai foods!

 

Sawadee ka! With the famous and fun filled Songkran Festival just around the corner, check out these 5 Best Thai Restaurants in KL, just to satisfy your Thai cravings! 

 

 

Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

 

Set amongst a magnificent pool of lotus blossoms, quietly tucked away from the busy district of Kuala Lumpur, Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine’s innovative chefs cook up a blend of authentic and modern Thai dishes and present their creations as a feast not only for your palate but for your eyes. Herbs and natural seasonings are used to create a variety of colours and sensations in taste that makes a meal at Rama V memorable, exciting and enjoyable. Do not miss their Tom Yam Kung Mae Nam (tom yam river prawns  served in young coconut) when you pay them a visit! Note: Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine will be under renovation until 30th April 2016.

 

 

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My Elephant Thai Restaurant

 

Awarded as “Best Thai” by Time Out KL Food Awards 2015, myELEPHANT™ Thai Restaurant has surely gained a lot of loyal customers ever since then. Many come to taste their timeless signature dishes such as the Tom Som, Snow Fish, Gai Tod and home-made Tod Man Plah. Complimenting the perfectly balanced meals of spicy, sweet, sour and salty are the ever popular drinks, Pandan Cooler and Green Aroma. However, the real fans crave for the creamy green curry served with Thai eggplants, asparagus bean and a choice of meat. 

 

 

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Tamarind Hill

 

Trademark for its rustic-luxe dining experience since 1999, Tamarind Hill is one of the pioneer restaurants to serve Thai-Burmese cuisines. It is nestled on a spectacular, private hilltop in the heart of KL city. Against the backdrop of skyscrapers, Tamarind Hill's organic and tranquil ambiance exudes the illusion of being ‘out-of-town’. Its gorgeous space is lined with hill tribe artefacts that owner has acquired on his extensive travels in Asia. Recommended dishes include tuna in hot and spicy mango sauce, and stir-fried wagyu beef with hot Thai basil pesto. 

 

 

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Imperial Chakri Palace

 

Established in 1999, Imperial Chakri Palace is well-known for its superb and Authentic Thai Cuisine prepared by award winning chefs and also for the warm smiles and exquisite charm of its service which always been favourite choice of discerning food lovers, celebrities and also royalties. The highly skilled Thai chefs are personally hand-picked from Thailand. All dishes at Imperial Chakri Palace have no added MSG, additives or preservatives, and are cooked with low cholesterol oil. Private dining rooms overlooking KL city skyline are available for diners who are in need of privacy as well.

 

 

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Baan26

 

Translated as “House 26” in Thai, Baan26 is a a funky Thai fusion café located along the perennially popular street of Changkat Bukit Bintang, attracting both families looking for authentic Thai food and the bar hopping working crowd. The food, prepared by Thai chefs, features both the classic favourites such as Tom Yum and Green Curry, as well as unique specialties like the Curry & Egg Slices Mud Crab. Chill out restaurant by day, lively bar by night, it still manages to feel serene, homey and completely welcoming at this gem in this busy city.

 

 

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5 Best Dim Sum Restaurants in KL

5 Best Dim Sum Restaurants in KL

Who's up for dim sum?

 

 

Nothing beats good dim sum when it comes to weekend brunch with family and friends. The variety of bite-size morsels allows us to savour a gamut of flavour and texture slowly while relaxing and spending quality time with loved ones. Planning to have dim sum this weekend? You gotta check these out then! 

 

 

Tai Zi Heen

With an all-you-can-eat dim sum concept on weekends and public holidays, Tai Zi Heen offers a variety of steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried and baked dim sum along with rice rolls, congee, noodles, vegetables, and dessert that will make your palate dance with joy. Some of the unique dishes are shrimp dumpling with crabmeat and conpoy, bean curd wrap, and steamed purple spinach dumpling with Mexican clam. 

 

 

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Lai Ching Yuen

Recognised for its skilful and innovative Chinese chefs specialising in exquisite and contemporary Cantonese cuisine, Lai Ching Yuen in Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur presents 50 unique dim sum dishes prepared live in an open kitchen. Everything is from scratch and made to order. Thanks to its extensive menu made with quality ingredients and its nostalgic ambiance that depict ancient Shanghai, this upmarket Cantonese restaurant is a popular dining spot amongst guests and locals alike. In addition, they’ve got meat-free dim sum – definitely a good news to vegans!

 

 

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Shanghai

Shanghai is the only hotel Chinese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that specialises in exquisite Shanghainese cuisine. The restaurant serves a sumptuous selection of Shanghainese Dim Sum and dishes for lunch and dinner. The experienced master chef at Shanghai will tempt you with delicate broth-filled xiao long bao (steamed Shanghainese dumplings) alongside other delicious morsels such as flaky, sesame seed speckled wong kui siu peng (Imperial Bridge baked pastries), cottony-soft Shanghai layer cake and glutinous rice balls. Also, Shanghai's lovely dim sum selection comes with excellent plating and presentation as well!

 

 

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Luk Yu Tea House

Luk Yu Tea House pays tribute to China's tea culture by re-creating the warm and welcoming ambience of traditional teahouses with an open side entrance reminiscent of villages in ancient China. A fantastic pork-free menu offers steaming fresh Hong Kong-style dim sums and a comprehensive range of Chinese delicacies from its open kitchen wok, complemented by over 20 selections of fine teas from Taiwan and China. Watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen or sit at the mezzanine to enjoy your meal in the open concourse of Starhill Gallery as the rest of the world seem to whirr around you.

 

 

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Way Modern Chinois

Way Modern Chinois is a classy, sensual avant-garde modern cuisine restaurant specializing in contemporary Chinese / Asian cuisine. A labour of love in many ways, Way Modern Chinois is the brainchild of avid foodies and Chinese food enthusiasts. In Mandarin, Way means “unique” or “one and only”. The essence of Way is modern fine dining Chinese cuisine served with a subtle twist and sophistication. The entrance is a unique lift door which opens and transports the diner to a world of exquisite indulgence. Come try their famous signature “Skinless” Xiao Long Bao!

 

 

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5 Best Places for Steak in KL

5 Best Places for Steak in KL

Did someone just mention STEAKS?

 

 

With steakhouses springing up like mushrooms after the rain everywhere in KL, here are the 5 staple restaurants that never fail to impress us with succulent and tender steaks.

 

 

Angus House Japanese Charcoal Steak

 

Angus House is one of the few rare steakhouses that offers international cuisine with a Japanese touch thrown in. Meat doneness is not an issue here as the chefs know what they are doing. At Angus House, steak, seafood and salad served are complimented with the best of Japanese flavours. Find your salad laced with Japanese wafu dressing or taste the unconventional steak sauce made up of Japanese soy sauce. Not to worry if you prefer a familiar tasting sauce as the outlet has mushroom and black pepper sauces on stand-by.

 

 

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The Steakhouse

 

With 40-seater, The Steakhouse has been consistently listed on the chart of best steakhouses in KL, offering diners one of the best steaks you could find in the town. The beef is imported from Australia and you can choose between the aged Black Angus and Grain Fed. There on, choose from five cuts – medallion, tenderloin, rib-eye, T-bone and striploin after which you choose your sauce (béarnaise, black pepper, red wine etc) and style of potatoes (baked, mashed, wedges etc). All steaks orders are accompanied with grilled vegetables, tomato salsa and onion rings. All cuts are grilled over charcoal, a style popularised by the Argentinians.

 

 

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Outback Steakhouse

 

 

Outback Steakhouse lives up to its bold tagline “Big, Bold and Fresh”. “Big” refers to the generous portions and variety of food served at Outback Steakhouse while “Bold” is their seasonings as everything in their secret 17-spice blend is made inhouse, from scratch! “Fresh” of course refers to the ingredients sourced from around the world with quality credentials from the US. Dining in a group is recommended as some of the generous portions definitely need to be shared. It’s time to hang out with awesome food buddies!

 

 

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PAMPAS Reserve

 

 

This fancy outlet offers an alfresco dining area, as well as indoor dining area. In the dining room, Pampas Reserve offers a daily tasting menu with a journey of seasonal ingredient, pure, clean and intense flavours. Pampas Reserve has their menu designed around the best steak that South America has to offer, and is complemented by an exceptionally smart wine list that will easily satisfy every palette. Almost anything on Pampas Reserve menus can be on your private dining menu. From a delectable appetisers, to the mouth watering prime-aged steak, to the too good to be true desserts, you definitely need to make a trip to Pampas!

 

 

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Ante Kitchen & Bar


Recently been awarded as the “Best Place for meat” by Time Out KL, Ante Kitchen Bar is the destination for pork eating enthusiast of choice. Famous for their chargrilled pork steak, roast pork belly with caramel sauce and pork bacon carbonara. This hidden gem of a dining establishment is situated at Solaris Dutamas. Try the BBQ Ribs and Pork Knuckle if you're a party of 3 or more, if you're with a date, the a la carte menu will not disappoint as Ante has got it covered from duck confit, chargrilled steaks, to gourmet burgers and pizzas. A full bar menu with wine list and Espressolab coffees also means you could just chill out and enjoy the ambiance. Just remember to book a table.

 

 

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