Kuala Lumpur Skyline

5 Amazing Restaurants in KL with A Breathtaking View

Take your dining experience to the highest level, literally.

 

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is always a vibrant city with dazzling lights and amazing sunrise and sunset. Take in the breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur city from a whole new height while dining high above the ground.

 

 

Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower
Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower

 

Atmosphere 360 is a modern and elegant revolving restaurant situated 282m above ground level. Housed in the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world – the KL Tower, it offers luxurious fine dining experience of modern authentic Malaysian and International cuisine that will leave a lasting memory for the diners. 

 

 

Looking a lot like a spaceship with colourful neon lights and starry fibre optic ceiling lights, the intimate table arrangements and romantic, sky-high views make it a popular place for date nights.

 

 

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Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar

 

Nestled on the 37th floor of Regalia Residence, Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar presents diners spectacular views of Kuala Lumpur, and unblocked view of both the KLCC Twin Towers and KL Tower. 

 

 

Overlooking the iconic Twin Towers and KL Tower, Hemisphere vows to deliver excellent service to diners, from ensuring the freshness of ingredients (without MSG too!) to providing extensive food and beverage menu as well as creating top quality dining environment.

 

 

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Samplings On The Fourteenth

 

An enchanting 14th-floor view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline, the award-winning Samplings On The Fourteenth offers an Western classic premium dining. Experience exquisite fine dining cuisine paired with tasteful vintage wines to suit diners’ discerning palate.

 

 

The layout boasts a spectacular bird’s-eye view of downtown Kuala Lumpur, framed by massive floor to ceiling windows. It also features an open kitchen concept where diners get a crystal-clear view through the glass-walled, semi-circular kitchen, of the chefs preparing dishes. 

 

 

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Inaho Sushi Skypark

 

At the 10th-floor Skypark rooftop of Subang's One City sits Inaho Sushi, a Japanese restaurant overlooking a suburban landscape. A mental note to make: Inaho Sushi's outdoor tables are limited, so advance reservations are highly recommended if you wish to enjoy the scenic view. The restaurant has a spacious air-conditioned interior as well to accommodate more customers. Diners can also stroll around the rest of the rooftop to enjoy the breeze and view.

 

 

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Proof Cafe & Sky Lounge

 

Located on the roof of the iconic The Signature Serviced Suites & Studios, Proof Cafe serves an effortless breakfast with an European charm, scrumptious cakes, and Executive Lunch sets that will make your boss envious.

 

The serenity at Proof Cafe complements with its smoothing view of the surroundings of Sri Hartamas and Mont Kiara. The people of Proof have nurtured friendships with Melbourne-based chefs & coffee specialists to help them reach for fresh heights. Definitely a hidden gem in the city.

 

 

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Roasted Turkey

Christmas at La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

La Risata has been a big name in Italian dining scene in KL. The multiple award-winning restaurant  has recently bagged the Best Italian Restaurant award from Time Out KL Food Awards 2015. Despite its fame, La Risata hasn't lost its steam since opened in 1996 – that’s almost two decades of making Italian pizzas and pastas the right way!

 

 

As 2015 draws to a close, I was invited to sample La Risata’s Christmas menu. La Risata Medan Damansara outlet is quietly tucked in Damansara Heights, away from the hustle and bustle, making it a hidden gem in the city. The restaurant carries an old-world charm and has a cozy setting. The sampling was held on a weekday night. By 8pm, the restaurant was already packed with diners. I was relieved and grateful that I had my table reserved earlier. At this moment, I made a mind note to self – reservation is highly recommended to dine at La Risata as the business is so good!

 

 

Entering the restaurant I was greeted by the charming waiters and on-point festive decorations. The dining room was dimly lit and surrounded by Christmas lights and ornaments hanging on the exposed bricks. I couldn’t help to notice the little silver reindeers hiding among the presents under the Christmas tree – not that kind of typical Christmas decoration that you see elsewhere – La Risata truly cares about the finest details. I began to anticipate for my Christmas sampling at La Risata more.

 

Christmas lights and wine glasses at La Risata
Christmas lights and wine glasses at La Risata

Can you feel Christmas?
Can you feel Christmas?

 

Antipasti

 

 

As an antipasto, a thin-crust white Pizza Mozzarella (RM30++), baked in La Risata’s famed brick oven started the dinner great. The perfectly baked crust was topped generously with La Risata’s homemade smoked mozzarella, anchovy and marinated peppers. The pizza went well with the fruity red wine served. I was delighted by the good execution of the pizza where it’s widely known that pizzas are hard to impress diners because they could become rather predictable.

 

Pizza Mozarella
Pizza Mozarella

And here comes another antipasto with an extremely long Italian name – Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia (RM46++) – tender cuts of grilled BLUE FIN TUNA (gasp!) with bed of squid ink gnocchi in a lemon butter sauce. The rare combination of tuna and gnocchi was surprisingly good.

 

Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia
Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia

 

I personally heart this antipasto – Insalata Razzo E Pera (RM32++) – a healthy looking rocket and pear salad with lemon dressing and shaved parmesan. The light and refreshing taste of the pear did good help in lifting my guilt for having heavy (but also heavenly good!) meals back-to-back. Definitely a good choice for antipasto before feasting on the Roasted Turkey.

 

Insalata Razzo E Pera
Insalata Razzo E Pera

 

Secondi Piatti

 

 

For the main course, the enormous and mouth-watering roasted turkey Tacchino Arrosto (RM338++, 4kg, serves 10-12 persons) awaited. Look at that perfectly golden, moist turkey! So beautifully prepared!

 

Roasted Turkey
Roasted Turkey

The roasted turkey was served with traditional chestnut stuffing, roasted vegetable with cranberry sauce and giblet sauce. You would feel the Christmas blessings the moment you sink your teeth into the tender cuts of the turkey dipped with the specially prepared sauce. The roast was cooked to perfection and dissolved in my mouth. Too good that I was lost in words.

And that was not the end of the happiness yet! Another delight came – Cosciotto d’Alene (RM228++, 3kg, serves 10-12 persons) – gigantic roast leg of lamb with root vegetable served with rosemary sauce.

Roast Leg of Lamb at La Risata
Roast Leg of Lamb at La Risata
Nicely done!
Nicely done!

 

Dolci

 

 

I had the chance to sample THREE exquisite desserts (oh god, triple happiness!) The first was Tiramisu (RM160++, serves 12 persons), how could you miss having Tiramisu at an Italian restaurant! Layer of Savoiardi biscuits soaked in espresso and filled with Italian mascarpone cream cheese, the Tiramisu perfected the dinner.

 

The very pretty Tiramisu
The very pretty Tiramisu

Zucotto (RM120++, serves 8-10 persons), the pretty liquor dome cake filled with sinful chocolate and vanilla cream with almond, hazelnut and chocolate bits!
Zucotto (RM120++, serves 8-10 persons), the pretty liquor dome cake filled with sinful chocolate and vanilla cream with almond, hazelnut and chocolate bits!

Torta di Zucca (RM80++, serves 8-10 persons), pumpkin pie served with maple cream sauce.
Torta di Zucca (RM80++, serves 8-10 persons), pumpkin pie served with maple cream sauce.

 

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE DESSERT TIME. 

 


All of us know that preparing for Christmas meal takes an inordinate amount of time and patience. La Risata is thoughtful to make their festive selections available from December 2015 to 10th January 2016, where you can “mix and match” to create your own sumptuous Christmas or New Year menu for your celebrations at restaurants or in the comfort of your house.

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! *burp*

 

 

 

La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante

 

Damansara outlet

128, Jalan Kasah,

Medan Damansara

50490 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

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

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Ampang outlet

16, Jalan Persiaran Ampang,

55000 Kuala Lumpur, 

Malaysia.

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

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Arte Bar

Arte Bar, TREC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Arte Bar
Arte Bar

 

The newly opened Arte Bar at TREC’s Electric Boulevard phase catches our eye with its exposed brick walls and graffiti murals. Apart from its trendy interior design, it has a rotating schedule of DJs who perform at the venue, which is decked with specially-commissioned artworks.

 

 

Located just beside Zouk KL, Arte Bar stands at a strategic location where unblocked view of all-time beauty KLCC Twin Towers and iconic KL Tower could be admired from within. Imagine sipping Mojito at this total open space of 2000sf with a private bar, views of KLCC on one side and the Royal Selangor Golf Course on the other.

 

Chivas at Arte Bar
Chivas at Arte Bar

 

Deconstructivism art is the main theme at Arte Bar. Every art piece here shouts expressionism, minimalism and unconformity. Kevin, the man behind the unconventional restaurant, reveals his inspiration for Arte Bar (Arte is art in French) comes from his interest in arts and his adoration of The Louvre in Paris. It is no wonder why the graffiti murals and artworks showcase. Every art piece here is the only and one copy in the world. No replicates.

 

Arte Bar interior
Arte Bar interior

DC Comics getting high, literally
DC Comics getting high, literally

 

Let's have this delicious looking Pumpkin soup before we start the meal.

 

Parmesan Pumpkin Soup
Parmesan Pumpkin Soup: Fresh blended pumpkin garnished with herbs and spices. Served with homemade bread. Some chilli flakes and chilli powder were used in this dish.

Close-up shot of Parmesan Pumpkin Soup
Close-up shot of Parmesan Pumpkin Soup

 

Appetizer

 

To kick start the journey of gastronomy (little did I know it’s going to be a night of food wonders), the Spicy Beef Salad kick-starts right. Inspired by Italian dish Carpaccio (Italian dish with raw meat), the Spicy Beef Salad is not your typical salad. A forewarning, the meat served is raw meat. Since this dish is served raw, the meat must be fresh. You might twitch a bit for the unusual meat preparation but the chef did an amazing job by twisting the meat salad with greens and European and Asian herbs.

 

Spicy Beef Tenderloin
Spicy Beef Tenderloin

 

Thin slices of imported Brazilian Tenderloin with lemon, olive oil, fresh juice, shavings of Parmesan cheese and herbs. A surprising hint of garlic flower could be tasted. If you are detailed enough, you could spot walnuts in the dish too. What a twist!

 

 

Mains

 

Smoked Duck Blackcurrant
Smoked Duck Blackcurrant

 

Smoked Duck Blackcurrant wins the hearts of many diners. Seared smoked duck breast laid on a bed of sales with Arte Bar’s signature blackcurrant red wine reduction. The duck breast is well prepared with the meat remains tender and juicy. The sweetness of blackcurrant makes a creative twist to the usual meaty flavour. 

 

Sprinkle with walnuts. Definitely a worth repeat order.
Sprinkle with walnuts. Definitely a worth repeat order.

 

The Chef’s love for herbs and spices is undoubtedly faithful. His passion in discovering herbs and (even edible flowers) brings him to a journey of countless doors-knocking to explore strangers backyards at random neighbourhoods. He even went into the woods in East Malaysia to search for herbs and has experienced the Long House culture in using herbs.  

 

Crazy Fish
Crazy Fish

 

Crazy Fish, the Italian cuisine Acqua Pazza inspired dish, celebrates the perfect marriage of European and Asian herbs. Acqua Pazza, literally crazy water in Italian refers to the lightly herb both used to poach the fish. For this Crazy Fish, other than the standard ingredient olive oil, the chef uses white wine and a lot of herbs, be it European or local grown, to prepare the dish and further enhances the freshness of the fish. 

 

The freshness of the fish is topped in KL. Can you imagine the chef took the effort to prepare the fish broth from scratch? And that broth itself took 5 hours at least!
The freshness of the fish is topped in KL. Can you imagine the chef took the effort to prepare the fish broth from scratch? And that broth itself took 5 hours at least!

BBQ Seafood Aglio Olio
BBQ Seafood Aglio Olio: Spaghetti based with garlic oil topped with a variety of char-grilled seafood.

 

Desserts

 

Strawberry Basil Ice Cream
Strawberry Basil Ice Cream with long bread.

 

Taste like sorbet. My impression of ice cream was turned upside down after tasting this. Never had I thought basil could match with strawberry flavoured ice cream so well. You can’t blame me for ordering this twice. 

 

Alcoholic Tiramisu
Alcoholic Tiramisu

And here’s another bomb of the night. This Alcoholic Tiramisu is light, you won’t have the guilt feeling for having this. The alcohol used for this dessert is not the usual whisky or rum we typically taste in tiramisu, but it’s a kind of Asian wine the Chef holds it as a top secret after at-least-11-attempt of guesses. 

 

 

Seriously, this leaves me hanging and that feeling is driving me insane.

 

 

You are welcome to drop me a comment if you find out what’s the secret wine in that Tiramisu. 

 

 

Here's a little bit of bonus for you:

 

The extensive alcohol list at Arte Bar: To the infinity and beyond
The extensive alcohol list at Arte Bar: To the infinity and beyond

30% off for TABLEAPP users
30% off for TABLEAPP users

 

Arte Bar

E-G-3, Electric Boulevard, TREC,

436, Jalan Tun Razak,

55000 Kuala Lumpur, 

Malaysia.

Daily: 5:00pm – 3:00am

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