#BUROEats: 10 New cafes and restaurants to visit in the Klang Valley in April 2022
Foodies on the hunt
1. The Coffee Academics
Award-winning specialty coffee brand Coffee Academics has officially landed in Malaysia with the opening of its 40th outlet in Pavilion KL. Established in Hong Kong in 2012, TCA has built a global reputation for its coffee, which scores 85.75 points on average and features coffee beans from over 50 different farms. Its first Malaysian outlet spans 2,013 sq ft of space, highlighted by stylish gold accents and state-of-the-art coffee equipment.
Complementing its extensive range of coffee—which includes the Geisha Private Collection, Pour Over Coffee, Single Origin Selection, and Espresso Based Coffee—is a decent variety of breakfast dishes, pastas, and desserts. Not to mention, the coffee house offers locally roasted coffee beans, drip bags, specialty coffee capsules, and brewing tools for coffee enthusiasts to enjoy at home.
Address: Lot C3.02.00, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03 9779 0788
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily
2. Dusun Openhouse
Social media mavens will be quick to recognise the Bali-inspired (or some say Tulum) vibes of Dusun Openhouse on their feeds. Launched in early March to instant fame, this distinctively tropical restaurant is the latest brainchild of the byAcme group, which owns OpenHouse and Acme Bar + Coffee. Aside from the lush interiors and relaxing al-fresco setting, guests can look forward to a menu featuring modern Malay dishes prepared using locally sourced ingredients and traditional kampung cooking techniques over mangrove wood fire.
Address: G9A Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm daily
3. Gai by Darren Chin
After much anticipation, the renowned chef behind the eponymous DC by Darren Chin and Bref by Darren Chin has finally announced the opening of his latest venture. Enter Gai by Darren Chin, which specialises in Lanna-style cuisine, a rare culinary experience from the mountainous regions of northern Thailand, particularly Chiangmai. Located just above Bref, the restaurant spotlights the seasonality, freshness, and herbaceous flavours of the unique cuisine while paying homage to the culinary roots of Darren’s in-laws, Mama Nuanta and Papa Suwit. Expect their renditions of familiar Thai dishes like Khao Soi, Tom Yun Goong, and Jay Fai’s famed Crab Omelette, to name a few best-sellers.
Address: 26A, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 223 2991
Opening hours: 12pm to 4pm, 6pm to 10pm | Wednesdays to Mondays (closed on Tuesdays)
4. Artisan Playground
This new kid on the block at Rivercity is fresh from its opening on 31 March and ready to serve up an array of all-day dining options. Brought to you by the team behind Cookhouse, Artisan Playground is a unique dining concept that can be likened to an urban food court. True to the name, it serves as a hub for artisans including Mabel and Tucker, Drum Coffee Roaster, and Delectable by Su—offering Melbourne inspired breakfast and brunch tapas, specialty coffee, and more F&B experiences in a contemporary dining space.
Address: Block H, 1st Floor, Rivercity, 3rd Mile Jalan Ipoh, 51200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03 4051 1118
Opening hours: 8am to 10pm daily
5. Aposto KL
Fans of Italian fare now have a new place to check out for modern interpretations of Italian classics. Aposto is helmed by chef-patron Chu Wei Sin, formerly of Babe Gastro fame. Nestled in TTDI, the restaurant operates an evening-only service with a romantic ambiance that’s ideal for date nights, yet casual enough for dining with family or friends. The menu is developed with communal dining in mind, presenting small plates, handmade pasta, meats, and sweet treats for sharing. There’s also a respectable wine menu with both old world and new world options, in addition to craft drinks and your other go-to beverages.
Address: 38, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 010 282 4990
Opening hours: 5.30pm to 11pm | Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays)
6. Nota Café
Kota Kemuning has recently welcomed a promising new place for foodies in the form of Nota Café. This is (not a) typical café as far as interiors are concerned, with its warm wooden furniture exuding an unpretentious, home-y atmosphere. Neither is the menu your run-off-the-mill brunch catalogue; instead, it’s filled with cute illustrations of wholesome dishes such as Salmon Tataki and Avocado on sourdough, Summer Soba, and The Rotisserie.
Address: No. 1-1 First Floor, Jln Anggerik Vanilla BF 31/BF, Kota Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam
Contact: +6012 670 0211
Opening hours: 9am to 7pm | Tuesdays to Sundays
7. Underwood Bakers
Underwood Bakers made its debut in Bukit Bintang back in January, adding to the ever-growing list of bakery cafes in the Klang Valley. The double-storey corner lot café features a spacious outdoor dining area and bright, naturally lit interiors defined by bare concrete floors and counters, and neatly potted greens. The menu includes all-day-dining favourites like your Eggs Benedict and French Toast, as well as a selection of wood-fired pizzas and pastas. Carb addicts will also find an assortment of freshly baked loaves, brioches, croissants, and Danish pastries here.
Address: 41, Jalan Sahabat, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 016 268 5680
Opening hours: 7.30am to 5.30pm | Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays)
8. Yue Coffee Bar
After bidding farewell to their former address, Yue Coffee Bar has now moved into a humble new home in Cheras. The neighbourhood joint has joined forces with LY Food Store to complement its coffee bar with a full kitchen, offering a small selection of sandwiches and toasts to pair with your coffee of choice. In terms of interiors, the space has a cool, vintage aesthetic that’s characterised by mismatched furniture. Come earlier in the day to catch the natural sunlight through the semi-shaded glass atrium roof.
Address: 46A, Jalan Mutiara Barat 6, Taman Taynton View 56000 Cheras, KL
Opening hours: 9am to 7pm | Fridays to Wednesdays (closed on Thursdays)
9. Sushi Yoshi
Sushi Yoshi is the latest addition to KL’s omakase dining scene, where the menu is left up to the chef based on the freshest ingredients in season. Located at Lalaport Bukit Bintang, the Japanese restaurant is centred around an open kitchen for guests to interact intimately with the chef. Ample sunlight illuminates the space through floor-to-ceiling windows, whilst bonsais of various shapes and sizes add character to the serene space. There’s also a VIP room that seats up to eight guests for private dining.
The lunch and dinner menus vary according to price point, with the most premium option being a fully customised special menu with a value of RM1,298 (advanced booking is required). Seasonal add-ons such as uni bowls, foie gras, and wagyu are also available.
Address: G01 & G02 Lalaport Bukit Bintang City Center, No.2 Jalan Hang Tuah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 011 33186881
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Short for Sweet Street, Swtstrt is a family-owned cafe in Ara Damansara that serves breakfast, sandwiches, coffee, and more prominently, cakes. The modest space is the culmination of the long-time dream and hard work of the homebaker known as Iada Cakes on Instagram. Spot the bright green entrance and follow the playful trail of what appears to be a dancing strawberry cake inside to find a happy place with feel-good treats.
Address: C-G-32, Jalan PJU 1A/3K, Taipan 1, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya
Opening hours: 8.30am to 6pm daily
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