New, drool-worthy restaurants always get us excited like kids getting new toys.
Kuala Lumpur’s dining scene has been blossoming with new eateries. With Malaysia easing their travel restrictions (fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to go through pre-departure or on-arrival tests), visitors can now travel to the city and enjoy the great new bites KL has to offer.
Here are our picks of newly-opened restaurants to have on your #RadarList.
This new restobar with an ultra-fun name, Shhhbuuuleee, offers a small plate menu that revitalizes East Asian cuisine, with refreshing takes. Even more exciting, they also offer an extensive list of natural wine, sake and highballs to round your meal out with fruity, bubbly notes. Must-tries include Braised Tripe & Tendon, Drunken Cockles and Grouper Head Terrine.
For a soul-soothing fare and vibe, Luca BSC should be on your must-visit list. Nestled within Bangsar Shopping Centre, the restaurant doles out umami-packed national dishes complemented by a list of house signature tipples. The vintage bistro interior, with blue and brown-themed decor, oozes out a luxurious, yet mellow feel that is as inviting as it is relaxing.
For carbaholics, The Bread Bar will be your haven. Here, you can treat your taste buds to naturally leavened baked goods that are crafted over a 3-day process, with organic stone-milled flour. Stop by for their Signature Grilled Cheese, Corned Beef Sandwich, Focaccia Chicken Ham and Sourdough Quiche Slice. Their sourdough loaves alone make a great addition to your brekkie, lunch, brunch and dinner at home. Don’t forget to also grab The Bakers Box, which consists of super-flakey, butter-enriched pastries, like Basil Lemon Curd & Meringue Danish and Almond Croissants, as a gift or even snacks to munch on your way home.
Translated as Western Food, Yōshoku is Japanese-reinterpreted western dishes – think Omurice, Hambagu, Tonkatsu and Napolitan. Divulge in the elevated version of Yōshoku at the new fine dining establishment, Shin’Labo by James Won. Here, the Japanese-Western fare mingles with French spins, a new combo that aims to draw wow-inducing effects. The restaurant is reservation-only, so be sure to make your booking prior to your arrival.
When in need of pasta perfection, head over to Aposto for contemporary Italian dishes that will put a spin on your regular Italian nights. You will find the restaurant’s Grilled Caesar a daring version of its original, their 16 Hour-Braised Duck Pasta to be a rival to your typical ragù and their Miso Chili Vongole Aglio e Olio to be a well-deserved Asian addition to Italian cuisine. The pasta here is also made fresh in house every day, so that gives this place an extra point.