1. %Arabica Malaysia, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
If you miss Japan and its abundance of cafes, your closest bet is probably %Arabica, which, thankfully, has finally opened its doors at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Expect queue up for it, though we hear the wait could take an average of 40 minutes. Some of you might wonder, “Why is %Arabica so popular?” The answer is a package deal. You get speciality coffee, a strong brand identity from its minimalistic style and design, and consistency. Case in point (besides the quality of the coffee): Every %Arabica store in the world uses Slayer espresso machines, which are manufactured by the parent company, Asiamix Holdings. Here’s a fun fact: the unmistakable % logo actually represents a coffee cherry branch.
Address: Lot 3.08.02 /E3.08.02, Level 3, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang 55100
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
2. Three Plates Full, SS15
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Having opened towards the tail end of March, Three Plates Full is indeed the new kid on the block, and it shows plenty of promise in the local dining scene. The restaurant has an unassuming exterior but step within, and the three levels (though one is currently still a work in progress) offer a cosy retreat. The interior takes on an industrial direction but softens it with rattan chairs, wooden surfaces and marble tables. That level of attention to detail shines through in the menu as well. It’s so extensive that perhaps you’ll need to go back for all three meals in a day: Brunch, lunch and dinner. Some of the must-try items on the menu include Devesa beef striploin, fried chicken (mmm!) and tater tots.
Address: 57, Jalan SS 15/4e, SS 15, Subang Jaya 47500
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (closed on Mondays)
Contact: +603 5613 3315
Email: [email protected]
3. Butty Boy Cooks, Petaling Jaya
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