#BUROEats: 7 New cafes and restaurants to visit in the Klang Valley in March 2022
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1. Sushi Mastro
Sushi Mastro makes its debut as the latest Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) restaurant in town, located in Kepong. Founded by the team behind Seafood Maestro—who have established themselves as a premium seafood wholesaler turned online grocery store—this humble restaurant takes pride in serving fresh locally raised fish, Ikejime-style.
For the uninitiated, Ikejime is a Japanese technique that is considered the most humane way of killing fish, while preserving its flavour and texture. With that in mind, sashimi is a must-order here, especially the siakap, red snapper, and malabar. The extensive menu also includes a variety of nigiri, uramaki, mains, and desserts, as well as refreshing mocktails that promise to please the palate as much as the eye.
Address: Unit 1-1 Fortune Centra, No. 2, Jalan Metro Perdana 6, Taman Usahawan Kepong, 52100 Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 312 4112
Opening hours: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm | Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays)
2. Baker Next Door
What started as a passion and a home baking business in May 2021 transpired into a full-fledged cafe almost half a year later. Baker Next Door was initially a friendly offering in the form of a blueberry crumble cheese pie from co-founder and actress Ong Ai Leng's neighbour. Despite not having a sweet tooth, Ong fell in love with it and started helping her neighbours sell their pies on social media. The response was overwhelming, and now, complete with mouthwatering pies (sweet and savoury), plenty of natural lighting and a minimalist interior decked in white—so the natural colours of the food pop in photos—Baker Next Door offers a cosy retreat over comfort food and coffee.
“For their signature pies, expect the freshest fruits in generous sizes and portions, honest ingredients, and a slightly savoury biscuit crumble base to balance the flavours. Our personal favourite is the XXL Strawberry Crumble Cheese Pie. It's incredibly sweet, juicy, and paired beautifully with fresh cream and biscuit base. On the other hand, The King's Pie features 500g of fresh Musang King on top for true indulgence and durian lovers. For friends who have less of a sweet tooth, the cafe also offers artisanal sourdough, which they bake in-house and has gained immense popularity too. Ong tells us that while they're known for their Instagram-worthy and delicious fruit pies, the hidden gem on the menu is really the savoury pot pies. Well, there's only one way to find out!” —Rachel Au, Managing Editor
Address: FF-30, 1st Floor, Waterfront Desa Park City, 52200, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6010 802 1778
Opening hours: 8am to 8pm daily
There’s a new kid on the block at Bangsar Shopping Centre for those looking for a casual, all-day dining spot to wine and dine. That’s Luca for you—the latest venture by Leslie Gomez, a seasoned F&B business mogul and founder of The Olive Tree Group. The restaurant is split into two sections: the main dining area, which features sophisticated interiors minus the serious mood, and the bar, which resembles an upscale pub with a lush outdoor terrace.
As for the menu, expect a mix of European and Indian influences presented in dishes spanning tapas, burgers, pizzas, sharing platters, biryani, and so much more. In addition, there are over 50 varieties of wine from across the globe to choose from, on top of classic and specialty cocktails. Suffice to say, you’ll be spoilt for choice here.
Address: Lot G9, Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2011 1399
Opening hours: 11.30am – 11.30pm daily
4. Third Mile at Rivercity
Go the extra (Third) Mile at Rivercity in Sentul and you’ll be rewarded with a chic new place for coffee, bakes, and brews. A skylight punctuates the high ceiling, whilst large windows flank the exteriors of the corner lot to fill the room with natural light. The clever use of mirrors and contemporary fixtures add the illusion of space, with potted greens amping up the Instagram factor. Photogenic qualities aside, the café welcomes visitors for a quick takeaway of coffee and sourdough toast as well as casual dine-ins with pasta, rice bowls, and sandwiches galore.
Address: 468-G-15, G-17, G-32, Block G, Rivercity, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah 51200 51200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6016 491 5207
Opening hours: 9am to 5.30pm
5. The Qing
Launched during the recent Lunar New Year, The Qing is KL’s latest pork-free Chinese restaurant. Far from the kind you may have grown up dining in, this modern establishment takes familiar cultural elements and incorporates them into the design and interiors in unique ways—from the oriental-style garden that greets you at the entrance to the giant fish-shaped lights (lanterns?) swimming above the tables inside. Likewise, the menu features dim sum favourites like siew mai and prawn dumplings, but with its own twist, such as the addition of ikura or caviar.
Address: Jalan Kamunting 50300 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6018 302 2663 (WhatsApp)
Opening hours: 11am to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Tuesdays to Fridays) | 10am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm (Weekends)
6. The Orange Couch
Any fans of the all-time-favourite American TV sitcom Friends here? If you’re a true fan, you’ll recognise the orange couch that decorates this new café in Subang Jaya and inspired its name. Aside from the iconic prop in Central Perk, however, the rest of the interiors are quite the contrast from the show’s sets. The orange theme is consistent, standing out against a minimalist grey backdrop with hints of black accenting the space. Could you BE any more excited? Well, have a look at the menu and you just might, from the names of the six waffles that pay homage to the beloved cast of the show. Of course, there’s also coffee, with the Orange Couch Signature citrus coffee cooler being the popular choice.
Address: 11, Jalan SS 15/4c, SS 15, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +016 906 5611
Opening hours: 9.30am to 5.30pm (closed on Wednesday)
7. Sachi Dining
Rounding off this month’s list is another Japanese restaurant, offering modern kaiseki to a maximum of 10 guests every evening. Located in TTDI, Sachi Dining is helmed by Chef Akira Sono, who has previously worked at Shangri-La Singapore’s Nami and was also part of Sushi Oribe’s launching team. Like most, if not all, Japanese fine dining establishments, the menu changes regularly depending on the seasonal produce and available ingredients. Unlike omakase dining, however, it stays consistent for a period of time. Dishes may include a variety of sashimi, broth, and original creations prepared using sophisticated Japanese techniques and served in delightful Japanese ceramic and tablewares.
Address: 14, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6011 2374 3521
Opening hours: Lunch — 12.30pm to 2.30pm (weekends only) | Dinner — 7pm to 11pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
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