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BIJAN BAR & RESTAURANT FINE MALAY CUISINE, 3, Jalan Ceylon, KL. (Tel: 03-2031 3575). Business hours: 4.30pm-11pm, daily. The restaurant features a mix of recipes handed down over the generations and innovations of the real thing to excite taste buds. Here, traditional recipes with modern day ingredients help create a total dining experience.
HAN WOO RI, 1D & 2D, Jalan USJ 10/1J, Subang Jaya. (Tel: 03-8023 3357). Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm, daily. Non-halal. The Korean BBQ restaurant offers both set meals and a la carte menus. Its new “bossam” dish has thinly sliced boiled pork with rice and soup.
DANCING FISH MALAY-INDO CUISINE, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, KL. (Tel: 03-2095 6663). Business hours: 11.30am-10pm, daily. The restaurant prides itself in serving up gastronomic delights that leave customers wanting more. It serves Indonesian favourites such as Bebek Goreng Bali, Emping Melinjo, Gulai Pucuk Paku, Terong Sambal and their star dish, the Dancing Fish.
XENRI JAPANESE CUISINE, 9, Wisma Elken, Lorong 4/137C, Batu 5, Jalan Kelang Lama, KL. (Tel: 03-7783 8118). Business hours: Noon-10.30pm (Mon-Sat), noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Sun). Serves Japanese cuisine using premium ingredients and raw products from Japan. Diners can look out for their kaiseki specials, described as the art of fine food harmonising between flavours, textures, colours and presentation.
PASTA ZANMAI, G210B, Ground Floor Promenade, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, No 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, PJ. (Tel: 03-7728 1210 – 1 Utama, 03-7492 0710 – Sunway Pyramid, 03-2856 9860 – Nu Sentral/ www.superpasta.com.my). Business hours: 10am-10pm (Mon-Thurs), 10am-10.30pm (Fri-Sun). Serves up an interesting array of over 50 pasta dishes using Japanese spaghetti. Rice and pizza cooked up with Japanese ingredients like seaweed, miso and sesame are rather interesting.
The new Chocolate Harmony Cake from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf offers decadent layers of chocolate goodness.
MICHELANGELO’S RESTAURANT & BAR M, Lot J-OG-03 & J-OG-04, No 2, Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, KL (Tel: 03-6203 7734 – Solaris, 03-2141 1123 – Pavilion KL). Business hours: Noon-midnight (Sun-Thurs); noon-1am (Fri & Sat). Pork-free. An upscale casual restaurant with classy interior design with its signature Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam on its wall. Serves lavish Italian fare from appetisers, main courses and desserts.
SVAGO, Lot G4-5B-136, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, KL. (Tel: 03-2163 3188). Business hours: 10am-midnight (Mon-Thurs); 10am-1am (Fri-Sun). Pork-free. Guests are taken into a completely different world of retro chic combination that elegantly melds together a modern aesthetic deco with a fashionably comfortable loft. Specialities include Capricciosa wood-fired pizza with artichoke, mushrooms, olives, chicken ham and egg, Extra Spicy al’ Amatriciana pasta with bacon and roasted vegetables, and Mushroom Barley Risotto.
RESTORAN BIBICHIK, 17, Jalan SS 2/30, PJ. (Tel: 03-7873 6769/ 010-281 3606). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm, daily. Pork-free. Serves authentic and delicious Nyonya cuisine, which have been dished out for over 20 years. Specialities include Honey Sotong, Asam Fish, Crispy Brinjal, Bibisauce Chicken, Mango Fish, Paku-Pakis Belacan, Perut Ikan, Otak-Otak and Petai Sambal Prawns. It also hosts a musician playing oldies from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s on weekend nights.
SRI NYONYA RESTAURANT, 14, Jalan 22/49, PJ. (Tel: 03-7875 1031). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm (Tues-Sun). Closed on Monday. Pork-free. Family recipes like the Sri Nyonya Fried Chicken and Perut Ikan span four generations.
KAFE SAKURA KRISTAL, 301, Jalan Bandar 11, Taman Melawati, KL. (Tel: 03-4108 5897). Business hours: Noon-midnight (Mon-Sat), 4pm-midnight (Sun & public holiday). Halal. The restaurant has Asian, Thai, Western and Malaysian cuisine with enough options for vegetarians too.
DECANTER 3, No 5, Jalan 17/56, PJ. (Tel: 03-7968 1300). Business hours: Noon-midnight, daily. DECANTER 1, No 7, Jalan Setiakasih 5, Bukit Damansara, KL (Tel: 03-2095 2507). Business hours: Noon-11.30pm. Closed on Sunday. DECANTER 4, No 67, Jalan Setiabakti, Bukit Damansara. (Tel: 03-2095 3919). Business hours: 7.30am-10.30pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-10.30pm (Sat & Sun). Pork-free. Choose from over 80 Western and local favourites. Popular for its Oxtail Stew and Penang Assam Laksa.
LOI FATT RESTAURANT, 168, Jalan 8, 9th Mile, Cheras New Village, Kajang. (Tel: 03-9075 8035). Business hours: 11.30am-3pm; 5.30pm-10pm, daily. (Closed for dinner every Tuesday). Non-halal. The family-run business insists on keeping to traditional recipes that are becoming a rarity these days, as well as using only premium quality seafood. Recommendations include jumbo river prawns cooked in two styles, wild snakehead fish soup, sweet and sour crab, signature beancurd and Hakka deep-fried pork.
KHUNTHAI RESTAURANT, 6, Jalan 5/44, Petaling Garden, off Jalan Gasing, PJ. (Tel: 03-7781 7523 – Petaling Jaya, 03-3081 3308 – Klang, 03-6277 3523 – Kepong/ www.khunthai.com). Business hours: 10am-3pm, 5pm-midnight, daily. Pork-free. A surprise find among a cluster of Indian restaurants and unassuming in appearance. Start your meal with Mieng Kam, move on to white tomyam, Steamed Fish Lemon Style, deep-fried kangkung and Green Curry Chicken. The thirst quencher, a blend of freshly squeezed ambarella fruit and sour plum is the ideal drink on a blistering day.
GARAM MASALA RESTAURANT, 28-00-1, Lorong Batu Nilam 4A, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang. (Tel: 03-3318 2265). Business hours: 10.30am-10.30pm, daily. (Closed on third Tuesday of the month). This family-run restaurant specialises in North Indian food. Recommendations include Crispy Fish Pakora, Chicken Manchow Soup, Vej Jalfrezi, Mutton Roganjosh and Chicken Tikka Butter Masala. Its Pani Puri appetiser made of sugee flour is also an interesting find.
BOMBAY PALACE, Life Centre, 20, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-2171 7220/ 7221) Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm, daily. Closed on public holiday. The signature dishes offered by Bombay Palace are Mango Lassi, Palace Sizzling Grill, Zinga Masala, Palak Paneer, Chicken Makhni, Kulfi and Family Naan. The renowned award winning restaurant has proven to be the undisputed heavyweight in the Indian fine dining scene.
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