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KL’s top cosmopolitan dining spots


T+L picks three cosmopolitan restaurants that are turning heads in Malaysia’s capital. By Bruno Lee

Published on Dec 15, 2011

Bistro à Table
Sydney-trained chef-owner Isadora Chai calls her restaurant a “humble hole-in-the-wall”—but while the stark flooring and beech-wood chairs might be understated, Chai’s creative, ever-evolving French-inspired menu is anything but. Start off with the French onion soup with ice cream, followed by the Australian wagyu rib-eye with horseradish cream. Finish with the Pakistani-spiced mango pavlova. T+L Tip Wine lovers, rejoice: the restaurant’s BYOB policy offers corkage at just RM30 a bottle. 6 Jalan 17/54, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; +60 3 7931 2831;; dinner for two RM200.


New age fusion sums up both the design scheme and the menu here. The interiors dazzle—shimmery cushions; honeycomb-shaped lighting; a groovy mirrored bar counter—and the dishes shine with Asian flavors. Try the spicy salmon pizza—salmon slivers and chili atop a crispy open-plan tortilla smothered with guacamole—or the squid-ink fried rice served with a raw egg. T+L Tip At sunset, order a lemongrass-infused lychee martini and mingle with the city’s advertising types. G-2 WORK@Clearwater Jln. Changkat Semantan Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; +60 3 2095 0999;; dinner for two RM150.

The go-to destination of choice for KL’s Japanese expat community seeking authentic flavors of home, this minimalist dining room tucked away in the upscale Intermark building serves sashimi flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market three times a week. The omakase menu is perfect for sampling the best seasonal produce. T+L Tip The central location and minimalist setting makes it an ideal spot to host a business dinner. Ground floor, The Intermark, 182 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; +60 3 2164 2133;; dinner for two RM400.


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