RISTORANTE PORTO ROMANO, K-1, Mont Kiara Banyan, 28, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, KL. (Tel: 03-6207 8171 - Mont Kiara, 03-7710 0509 - Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 03-2162 6799 - The Intermark). Business hours: 11am-midnight, daily. Pork-free. The restaurant has something in store for each member of the family, be it pizzas, pastas, hearty main courses and even light starters and desserts for the ladies. Some of the dishes to look out for include Moussaka, Grilled Vegetables, Stuffed Mussels, Seafood Soup and Braised Oxtail Roman Style.
SERAI@EMPIRE, Lot LG37, Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya. (Tel: 03-5611 3200 - Empire Shopping Gallery, 03-7887 3707 - Paradigm Mall, 03-7932 3070 - Jaya Shopping Centre, 03-2110 5353 - Pavilion KL, 03-8322 6717 - Shaftsbury Square, Cyberjaya). Business hours: 11am-10pm, daily. This restaurant is an Asian, Western and fusion destination which took root in Subang Jaya more than two years ago. The menu contains a popular selection of local fare. Dishes to look out for include Serai Nasi Kerabu, Serai Platter, Deep-fried Salted Egg Squid, Nasi Ambang and Deep-fried Crispy Brinjal with Serai Spice.
PAN & TAMPER, D1-G3-9, 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-6206 2929). Business hours: 8am to 6pm, daily. Pork-free. Serves an array of fusion dishes influenced with a touch of Melbourne, Australia and Catalonia, Spain. Pair that with speciality coffee and desserts in a minimalistic yet inviting ambience for an amazing dining experience.
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RESTORAN KUKUS STIM HABIS, 42-1, Jalan Presiden F, U1/F, Accentra Business Park, Glenmarie, Shah Alam. (Tel: 03-5567 9161). Business hours: 8am-5pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-4pm (Sat). Closed on Sunday. Specialising in Terengganu, Kelantan and Peranakan fare, this place endeavours to bring homemade flavours back to the dining table. Specialities include Master Dulang, Ganu Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kerabu Tulen, Kari Ayam Kapitan Cina and nasi lemak kukus sets. Meals are served thali-style, where curries, vegetables and condiments are served in little containers on a stainless steel plate.
SILVER SPOON TRATTORIA, No 2, First Floor, Wisma Menjalara, Jalan 7A/62A, Bandar Manjalara, KL. (Tel: 03-6277 0445). Business hours: 11.30am-10.30pm, daily. Pork-free. This Italian place, away from the hustle and bustle of the city in the Manjalara area, has traditional and contemporary styled dishes like Prawn and Avocado Salad, Homemade Chicken Liver Pate, Garlic Prawn Pizza, Penne Aglio Olio with Seafood and Braised Lamb Shank, just to name a few.
TUJO BAR-SSERIE & GRILL, Ascott Kuala Lumpur, No. 9, Jalan Pinang, KL. (03-2161 7789/ 012-210 3055). Business hours: 7am-1am, daily. Pork-free. A stylish down to earth ‘playground’ for the young at heart to meet up over good food, great drinks and have loads of laughs.
EL CERDO, 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL. (Tel: 03-2145 0511/ 013-309 4197). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6pm–10.30pm (Sun-Fri), 6pm–11pm (Sat). Non-halal. This restaurant is known for its Roasted Suckling Pig, Crispy Pork Knuckle, Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak, Mountain Paella, Oven Roasted Iberico Spare Ribs and Spanish Whole Roasted Baby Lamb Leg. Most of the food here is meant for sharing. Reservations are advisable.
PRECIOUS OLD CHINA RESTAURANT & BAR, M2 Mezzanine Floor, Central Market, KL. (Tel: 03-2273 7372). Business hours: 11.30am-10pm, daily. Pork-free. Offers an interesting interior filled with local antiques and is a popular venue with foreign guests. Malacca and Penang Nyonya delicacies here include chicken pong teh (chicken stewed in shallot gravy), devil’s curry, top hats (vegetable-filled rice cones), jiu hu char (cuttlefish salad), kerabu pucuk paku (fiddlehead fern in spicy marinate) and fish head curry. Call ahead, often booked for functions.
MELAKA STREET RESTAURANT, No. 34, Jalan SS2/66, PJ. (Tel: 03-7873 6232/ 016-634 6921). Business hours: 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm, daily. Pork-free. While the name may suggest Melakan cuisine, the restaurant dishes up a mix of Nyonya and local favourites, offering a wide array of rich and unique traditional Malaysian fare. Dishes served include Portugese fish, Marmite Chicken, Nyonya Brinjals and Crabmeat Tofu.
ELITE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, Lot 9B, Jalan Kemajuan, Section 13, PJ. (Tel: 03-7960 4288/ 4988). Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Mon-Sat), 9.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Sun). Non-halal. The restaurant’s signature dishes include Braised Whole Abalone with Brown Sauce, Braised ‘Wu Xi’ Pork Ribs served with Bun and House Special Pan Fried Lamb Cutlet with Red Wine. Besides the more common choices of live seafood, diners can also choose from rarer ones such as French turbots, Australian snow crabs, Alaskan spider crabs and Canadian geoduck clams. It was previously known as Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant.
PARADISE DYNASTY, Lot 1F-15, Paradigm Shopping Mall, PJ. (Tel: 03-7887 5022 – Paradigm Mall, 03-2201 7022 – Bangsar Village II, 03-7972 9280 – Pearl Shopping Gallery, KL). Business hours: 10.30am-10pm, daily. Non-halal. The restaurant captures the finer points of the bygone era in a contemporary style. Diners will be treated to both northern and southern Chinese cuisine with an innovative touch. Delve into the legend of Paradise’s world’s first eight flavours xiao long bao – original, ginseng, black truffle, crab roe, foie gras, cheese and Szechuan.
KAKI LANG HOMES KITCHEN, 29, Lorong Dato Yusuf Shahbuddin 29A, Taman Sentosa, Klang, Selangor. (Tel: 012-366 4679/ 016-955 5920). Business hours: Noon-3.30pm, 5pm-9pm (Tues-Sun). Closed on Monday. Non-halal. The restaurant’s home-cooked Malaysian Hakka cuisine still observes their family matriarch’s recipes. The yam discs and black vinegar pork trotters are simply to die for. Other must-tries include ginger and rice wine chicken, acar and braised pork belly with black fungus.
VIN’S RESTAURANT & BAR, No 6, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-7725 9053/ 012-200 2119). Business hours: 4pm-2am (Tues-Fri), 3pm-2am (Sat and Sun). Pork-free. A contemporary restaurant that serves up a selection of appetisers, pizzas, pastas and main courses. There’s also local favourites like lamb fried rice, mee mamak, lamb masala and mutton varuvel to name a few.
SKIPPYS PIZZA, 33, Jalan SS21/56B, Damansara Utama, PJ. (Tel: 03-7733 0255 – Damansara Utama, 03-7931 2555 – Phileo Damansara One). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 5pm-midnight (Mon-Thurs), 11.30am-midnight (Fri-Sun). Non-halal. Although the restaurant’s menu offers a wide selection of homemade signature pizzas as well as burgers, pastas and ribs, the home-grown brand is synonymous for its porky pizzas. There are also local dishes such as chi yuk fun (pork noodles) and pork varuvel for those who want a little local flavour.
SHELLOUT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, Lot G-12, G-Village, G Residence, 35, Jalan Desa Pandan, KL. (Tel: 016-340 4616 - G-Village, 016-418 4616 - Kota Damansara, 016-419 4616 - Setia Alam, 016-275 4616 - Ayer@8, Putrajaya, 016-275 4616 - Main Place @ USJ 21). Business hours: 11am-10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am-11pm (Fri-Sun and public holidays). An entirely different dining adventure of savouring scrumptious ocean delights without any cutlery nor plates or bowls. Just dig in with your bare hands over freshly cooked crabs, lobsters, crawfish, scallops and prawns served on top of their signature shellbang sauce.
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