2017 Food Trends

2017 Food Trends: What You’ll Be Eating This Year

Hello, 2017!



Every year there's bound to be different food trends shaking up the KL dining scene. In the past years, we have seen buzzing keywords such as mobile food trucks, cold-pressed juices and many more. Let’s hear what restaurateurs and global reports say about 2017 food trends.



Purple produce


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Purple potatoes, purple yam, purple corn chips, purple cauliflower and asparagus are just some of the purple foods taking over Instagram. These purple produce brings diversity to a previously pale plate in the vegetable world, and, of course, makes our lives more colourful.


Have a very colourful dish and plating at Savini Ristorante Italiano >




Creative condiments

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Reports say to look out for black sesame tahini, habanero jam, ghee, pomegranate molasses, black garlic purée, date syrup, plum jam with chia seeds, beet salsa, Mexican hot chocolate spreads, sambal oelek or piri piri sauce, Mina Harissa, and Frontera adobo sauces. Definitely not something we see and eat everyday.


Pay homage to the creative and daring dishes by Bistro à Table >



Coconut everything

2017 Food Trend_YeziCoconuts have been ruling 2016 and 2017 will see this tropical fruit extending the lead, with a gamut of coconut-based products that are all set to storm the stage. Expect to find everything coconut from coconut spreads and coconut chips, to coconut caramels and the comparatively more pedestrian toasted coconut chips.


Embrace the first coconut-based steamboat broth in Malaysia from Yezi >




Part-time vegetarians


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More people are choosing to become part-time vegetarians for personal reasons, whether it’s health, environment, religion or something else. With more people looking for different types of plant-based diets, we shall see more organic and semi organic dishes fresh from the farm to the table.


Get some green love from Botanica + Co >




Japanese food beyond sushi


2017 Food Trends_Ishin Japanese Dining

Non-sushi Japanese food is on the rise. Ponzu, miso, mirin, sesame oil, seaweed, Japanese-style pickles, and plum vinegar are some of the ingredients in Japanese food that are growing in popularity.


Feast seasonal Hokkaido King Crab air-flown from Japan at Ishin Japanese Dining >



Very interesting.




Best of 2016

Best of 2016: Restaurants that Won 2016

We look back at best dining experiences that captivated that city in 2016. 


Best Exotic Cocktail: Assam Laksa Cocktail

Best of 2016_OpiumAssam Laksa Cocktail by Opium | Changkat Bukit Bintang
Asam Laksa lovers wouldn't want to miss this. The famous spicy noodle dish is recreated into a pleasant sweet and sour cocktail with spiced rum, pineapple juice, calamansi juice, ginger flower leaf, assam boi and its of mint. Have a sip of this exotic, jaw-dropping Asam Laksa Cocktail at Opium where the interior is inspired by the Opium regimes of the east.


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Best Unique Steamboat Broth: Coconut Broth

Best of 2016_YeziCoconut Broth by Yezi | Bandar Utama
Yezi is the first of its kind concept steamboat in the country that uses coconut-based broth. Yezi’s great emphasis on the broths of coconut base is complimented by a wide repertoire of organic and semi organic dishes fresh from the farm to the table. The unique offering of this specialty coconut-based broths are available in five unique variants; Original Coconut Broth, Imperial Canton Broth, Aromatic Taiwanese Beef Spice Broth, Fragrant 'Shao Xing’ Wine Seafood Broth and Wild Forest Truffle Mushroom Broth. 


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Best Bubbly Dim Sum: Way Modern Chinois

Best of 2016_WayModernChinoisBubbly Dim Sum Weekend by Way Modern Chinois | Damansara Heights

It’s not very often we could mix bubbles and broth except it is Way Modern Chinois’ Bubbly Dim Sum Weekend treats. The first 35 guests arriving from 10am will enjoy free-flow prosecco to go along with unlimited servings of Way Modern Chinois’ cool, contemporary interpretations of traditional Chinese dim sum. Held every Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 12pm.


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Best Unique Dining Experience: Dining In The Dark KL


Best of 2016_DiningInTheDarkKLDining in complete darkness at Dining In The Dark KL | Changkat Bukit Bintang

Dining In The Dark KL is a concept restaurant where your meal takes place in a room void of all light. The idea is that your other sense are heightened giving way to new tastes and sensations.  Patrons are guided to their dining tables by ‘darkness experts’ who are visually impaired. The entire dining experience at Dining In The Dark is similar to blind tasting as the restaurant serves a surprise set menu which will only be revealed after the meal.


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Buffet with Best View: Atmosphere360


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International buffet at 282m above ground level at Atmosphere360 | KL Tower

Atmosphere 360, a modern revolving restaurant situated 282 metres above ground level, is located in the tallest tower in Southeast Asia: KL Tower. Furnished in a spaceship-like atmosphere, the restaurant offers an unmatched view of Kuala Lumpur while starry fiber optic ceiling lights hover above. Enjoy an unlimited lavish buffet that complemented by a variety of delicious main dishes ranging from Rendang Tok, Stir Fried Chili Crab, Stir Fried Venison Fillet with black pepper sauce to assorted Dim Sum.


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Best Value Brunch Buffet: Sunday 'Snout to Tail' Brunch Buffet

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Sunday ‘Snout to Tail’ Brunch Buffet by Naughty Nuri’s Life Centre | Jalan Sultan Ismail

Probably one of the most tempting and porkilicious buffets in town. Every Sunday from 12pm to 3pm, Naughty Nuri’s Life Centre’s ‘Snout to Tail’ buffet brings patrons Balainese delights with its tantalising BBQ pork ribs, Flamed Grazed Iberico, Babi Guling, Ayam Penyat, Pork Ribs Curry, Roast Pork Rendang and more. For only RM49.90++ per person, with free flow of soft drinks and eat-all-you-can, this is no doubt the steal of the year.


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Best Hit Cafe: Pokémon Café

Best of 2016_Pokemon Cafe

Pokémon Café | Mid Valley Megamall

The pop-up café features themes from the highly-anticipated Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games. Featuring Pikachu as the main character, the food and drink in the café’s Original menu has been conceptualized and inspired by Pokémon characters and stories. The cafe even has a taller-than-human-size walking Pikachu to meet and greet patrons. Gotta catch ‘em all as the pop-up cafe will only be around until end of February 2017.


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Best Comeback: Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

Best of 2016_RamaVFineThaiCuisineRelaunching of Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine | Jalan U Thant

22 years since it first opened its doors, Kuala Lumpur’s first-ever Thai fine dining restaurant has received a well-deserved makeover earlier this year. Closed for renovation from March to May, the restaurant re-opened with a fresher, more vibrant look, while maintaining its traditional Thai feel. The highlight is of course the newly added bar and lounge area where diners can have a couple of drinks and sit down and relax.


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Best European: Soleil

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The Multiple-Award winner Soleil Restaurant | Damansara City

Recently awarded as the Best European restaurant by Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food Awards, Soleil continues to soar high in 2016. Serving modern European cuisine, Soleil boasts a plethora of fresh imported and local seafood options as well as other delectable items including a small selection of meats and pastas on its menu.


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Thank you, 2016.