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#BUROEats: 10 New cafes and restaurants to visit in Klang Valley in January 2023

Fresh finds for foodies


By Natalie Khoo

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#BUROEats: 10 New cafes and restaurants to visit in Klang Valley in January 2023

Where to eat in the Klang Valley this month: A fine dining Japanese restaurant at The Gardens Mall; an Instagram-worthy tropical-themed artisan bakery cafe in Bandar Utama; and a pizza parlour at Happy Mansion are among the latest dining spots in town! 


1. Waig by Chipta11A


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Established by the team behind curated dining concept Chipta 11A, Waig serves offbeat Japanese cuisine with hints of Malaysian influences. Fun fact: its name is inspired by the Kadazan-Dusun word for water. Opened just before Christmas 2022, the restaurant features an understated space defined by wooden furniture and minimalist interiors. The a la carte menu includes starters, makis, donburi, charcoal grill dishes, and desserts (especially kakigori). 


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Address: C-02, APW, 29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 6pm to 10pm, Tuesdays to Sundays



2. Kintsugi

Kintsugi promises to be one of the most exciting dining openings this month, especially given its reputation from the original flagship in Bangkok. Set to open on 10 January at The Gardens Mall, the fine-dining Japanese restaurant is the brainchild of Tokyo Michelin-starred Chef Jeff Ramsey. Armed with years of experience in kaiseki and omakase dining, Chef Ramsey brings a sense of “shun” to Kintsugi—signifying that a meal is “as good as its ingredients”, so guests can expect dishes crafted with seasonal produce sourced at the peak of perfection.

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Address: The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur (more details to be announced)

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3. Elephant Resort


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Despite the name, Elephant Resort isn’t a resort, but an artisanal bakery cafe with a resort-inspired concept. Distinguished by its striking orange painted walls, the eatery boasts a modern interior design with lush tropical-themed furnishings, large arched windows, and a vibrant atmosphere. Simply put, there are plenty of Instagrammable spots here! As for the menu, take your pick from an assortment of fresh pastries baked daily, on top of bagels, sandwiches, pastas, and berry bowls. 

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Address: Lot LG602, One Utama Shopping Mall, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Selangor 

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily  

Contact: 010 401 8626



5. Ginger


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Ginger is the latest offering by The Brick House Group, which owns other popular cafes such as Pokok and Popsicola. Nestled in the lush Bamboo Hills, the restaurant offers modern Australian cuisine with inflections of flavourful Indian spices. A high ceiling and full-length windows allow ample sunlight in to illuminate the space during the day, drawing attention to its beautiful interiors whilst giving patrons serene views of the surrounding verdant landscape. Aside from small and large plates made for sharing, there are also all-day salads, soups, pastas and desserts as well as a list of craft beers and beverages. 


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Address: Unit P05, Bamboo Hills, off Lebuhraya Duta Ulu Kelang, Taman Bamboo, Segambut, 51200 Kuala Lumpur 

Opening hours: 11am to 9pm, Wednesdays to Mondays (closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: 016 254 5218

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6. Round


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Pizza fans, rejoice! There’s a new spot in Section 17, Petaling Jaya’s Happy Mansion that serves coffee and cakes by day, before turning into a pizza parlour after 6pm. Formerly known as Uno’s Pizzeria, Round serves Neapolitan-style pizza such as Margherita, Diavola and Funghi (mushroom)—best enjoyed with your favourite pour. 


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Address: BG-8, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm, Wednesdays to Mondays (closed on Tuesdays)



7. Ra Ra Coffee


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Regular cafe hoppers and shutterbugs have been flocking to this pretty new cafe in the Bandar Utama neighbourhood recently, so you may have already spotted this on your social media feeds. Clean, contemporary and aesthetically pleasing aesthetics aside, the cafe offers a plethora of sandwiches, burgers, and snacks paired with your preferred coffee, matcha or tea. 


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Address: 1-1, BU4 Oasis, Jalan Changkat Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 11am to 10pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays | 11am to 11pm, Fridays | 8am to 11pm, weekends

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8. Olea Dining

Introducing the new kid on the block at The Row: Olea, a Mediterranean restaurant with rustic Greek charm. The warm, unassuming space puts the spotlight on ingredients by using fresh herbs and spices to bring out their natural flavours. Among the highlights from the kitchen include crispy feta with figs, classic Greek eggplant dip, seafood orzo, and chargrilled octopus, to name a few. (Note: the restaurant is still in its soft launch phase and is currently operating with limited capacity.)

Address: Ground Floor of No, 32, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 12pm to 10.30pm, Wednesdays to Mondays (closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: 018 988 3979



9. Pizza Duo

Another new pizzeria to open in the Klang Valley is Pizza Duo, located at the sunny Bamboo Hills. Tucked within Tap Room, the cosy spot also specialises in Neapolitan-style pizzas with thick, fluffy crusts, prepared by husband-and-wife duo Mark and Aina utilising the “largest handmade Stefano Ferrara oven in Malaysia”. There are currently 16 types of pizzas on the menu made with premium local and international ingredients, with options including Korean and Thai flavours. 


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Address: Lot P10, Bamboo Hills, Taman Bukit Bambu, Off Lebuhraya Duta – Ulu Kelang, Taman Bamboo, 51200 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11am to 1am, Sundays to Thursdays | 11am to 2am, Fridays & Saturdays

Contact: 012 942 8525



10. Wagyu Kappo Yoshida

Wagyu Kappo Yoshida is the latest conception by Curate Group, initiated by Michelin-starred Chef Junichi Yoshida to offer high-quality omakase dining specialising in high-grade wagyu. Set on the 48th floor of the Naza Tower, the intimate dinner-only restaurant welcomes guests to embark on an exquisite Japanese wagyu experience right in the heart of KL.It offers set menus with the option of choosing between sukiyaki (beef simmered in a stock of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin) or a spicy beef Japanese curry for mains.


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Address: Unit 3-48, Level 48, Naza Tower, Platinum Park, 10, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 6pm to 10.30pm, Mondays to Saturdays 

Contact: 011 1466 9375

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