1. Chateau Dionne
After cementing a prime legacy in Shanghai, founder David Lim and partner executive chef Andy Choy have finally established Chateau Dionne here in Kuala Lumpur. The French fine dining restaurant’s menus are seasonal-progressive but patrons can definitely expect “classic French dining with a contemporary local balance”.
Check out the Degustation Menu that consists of palatable dishes such as Homard (Canadian lobster, Norwegian salmon, ravioli and lobster sauce); Champignon Et Artichauts (Mushroom and artichoke velouté, black truffle, and parmesan); as well as Bouillabaisse (Sabah Coral Trout, saffron potato, and rouille).
Address: 24 (Ground and Mezzanine), Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03 2011 2333
2. Half & Hāfu
Part hair salon, part coffee bar, Half & Hāfu is the every embodiment of sip and snip. Combine a minimal and tranquil space with curated beverage—and you’re all set for a relaxing time out.
Make sure to try their namesake signature drink, Half & Hāfu (Mocha with dry bitter orange) and a slice (or two) of the Burnt Butter Carrot Cake. The team at the cafe is always experimenting and there will always be new and exciting concoctions to check out.
Address: Lot B-1-05, First Floor, The Hub SS2, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya
Contact: 03 7931 1990
3. Am Found
Up for heartwarming coffee and hearty meals? Check out this Shah Alam-based cafe that’s sure to give your Instagram game a boost with its simple yet alluring aesthetics. Beverage options include Gula Melaka Cafe Latte, Long Black, Apple Enzyme Cinnamon, and Genmaicha Latte.
As for food, opt for the signature Sambalnara, Mr Lu Braised Pork Rice with the cafe’s signature garlic kimchi, Otak-Otak Quiche, and Miso Salmon with Rice.
Address: B-01-08, Sunsuria Forum, Shah Alam
Contact: 03 5032 1405
4. The Sherry
Located in OUG, The Sherry is a pork-heavy eatery that focuses on hearty mains and contemporary fusion cuisine. Signature dishes here include Sherry Iberico Steak, Pan-Seared Salmon, Tiger Prawn Aglio-Olio, and HamHamSap Belly.
You will also find desserts such as Bitter Sweet Matcha Pound Cake, Torta Caprese, and Vanilla Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Compote.
Address: 32, Jalan Selera 1, Taman Bukit Indah, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 012 764 6028
5. Core by The Mechanic
Here’s an establishment that needs no introduction. Core by The Mechanic is an amalgamation of classic minimalism setting with exciting culinary offerings. You’ll find specialty coffee, pastries, and brilliant food—in addition to the opportunity to take Instaworthy shots at the entrance.
Options to check out include Thai Basil Spaghetti, Grilled Chicken Chop, Ikan Curry, and Black Sesame Waffle with Earl Grey Milk Tea Ice Cream.
Address: D-G-12, Medan Connaught, Taman Connaught, Cheras
Contact: 03 9108 1828
6. Wop Pizzeria
No, this eatery has nothing to do with Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s song—but the place sure is packed with all the characteristics of a banger. Founded by Ikmal Burhanuddin and wife Azara Nur Abdul Rahman, Wop Pizzeria is the latest artisanal pizza joint to join the scene in KL. Using the Gianni Acunto wood-and-gas kiln, you will find Neapolitan-style pizza here.
Wondering what to try? Order options such as Bianca Con Pomodorini, Margherita, Smoked Beef and Rocket, as well as Spicy Shrimp Garlic. Don’t forget to snap some shots of the exquisitely adorable store entrance while you’re there.
Address: H-0-8, Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 019 2279 324
7. Niko Neko 2.0
With the temporary closing of their first outlet in Bangsar comes the opening of Niko Neko 2.0—a new concept store in Chinatown. Considered the pioneer of specialty matcha in KL, there really is no better place to savour and experience matcha like never before. The interior is sleek, minimal, and definitely bigger than its predecessor.
Here at Niko Neko 2.0, you will still be able to find classic favourites such as Genmaicha Choux, Matcha Burnt Cheesecake, Matcha Sourdough Croissant, and of course—the matcha-based drinks.
Address: 181, Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 019 2136 456
For last month’s list of restaurants and cafes, click here.
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