• Ronn Tan

#RawrnNoms: 12 New places to eat in KL this April 2021

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Hello, it's Ronn!

If you're a fan of all things food, this is the list for you. Every month, I'll round up the latest and the newest restaurants and cafes in Kuala Lumpur and beyond for you — so you have your list of indulgence sorted.

For April 2021, the list includes a plethora of Insta-worthy cafes, the first % Arabica in Malaysia, a pink floral restaurant, and more.

1 | The Bao Guys

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The Bao Guys first started delivering baos from their kitchen in 2020. Now, the team has officially launched their first flagship store in SS2 — serving the same favourites; from Pho-King Good and Cluck Norris to Beef Be With You and Las Vegan. You can also get rice bowls and dessert baos here, including Milky Way and Nak Kaya. Baos are still available for delivery.

Address: First Floor, 12M, Jalan SS2/61, Petaling Jaya

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2 | Butty Boy Cooks

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Butty Boy Cooks offer an extensive menu filled with a plethora of Thai dishes and brunch fare. Treat yourself to concoctions such as Pha Phed Seafood (Stir Fried Red Curry), Pineapple Fried Rice, Pesto Scallop Spaghetti, Seafood Noodle Soup with Udang Galah, and Pandan Chicken. The restaurant's minimal and industrial setting (as well as its outdoor space) should also be added to your list of Instaworthy spots.

Address: B.Land, Jalan 51a/225, Petaling Jaya

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3 | Toast Maker

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Interesting toast creations take centre stage here at Toast Maker. First, choose your preferred bread from Cloud Wheat, Burnt Charcoal, and Brown Multigrain. Then, select the flavours you want with options such as Fish (King-sized Spicy Tempura with Lemon Herbs Dressing), Hammer (Omelette with Ham and Cheese), Classic (Omelette with Sweet Mayo and Cheddar Cubes), and Vege (Hand-picked Vege drizzled with Yuzu Sesame Dressing).

Address: 1, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya

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4 | Iron Tongue

While Iron Tongue's Scandinavian chic and impressive interior might be enough to get you going, you should also check out the cafe's menu. Try Iron Tongue's selection of tea concoctions, soothing coffee, and hearty dishes — such as Cajun-spiced Seared Salmon (with mushroom masala). Try the éclairs (with options like Durian, Biscoff, and Coffee) when they are finally available on the menu.

Address: Lot 1-1, Suria North Kiara, Jalan Sri Bintang Suria, Segambut, Kuala Lumpur


5 | De Pine Cafe

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This neighbourhood cafe in Taman Yulek offers their signature waffle and ice cream in pine tree-inspired setting. Options include the Norway Pine (crunchy waffle served with homemade Earl Grey ice cream and fresh berries), Lodgepole Pine (waffle topped with homemade chocolate Ice cream, Oreo crumbs, and peanut butter cream), as well as the Marshmallow stick treats with ice cream.

Address: 15, Jalan Cengkeh, Taman Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

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6 | Princeps Bistro

Unwind and dine in this tranquil restaurant at The Stories. Reminiscent of a serene oasis, treat yourself to a modern European menu helmed by Chef Jace Lok (of Stoked). Think Cheese Gnocchi, Duck Rillettes, Mackerel Fillet with Lemon Butter Sauce, and Cameron Highlands Tomatoes, as well as Roasted Cauliflower Steak.

Address: Unit A1, Taman Tunku, Jalan Langgak Tunku, Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur

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7 | % Arabica

Here's a new opening that really needs no introduction. Equipped with the brand's signature roasting machine and designed in collaboration with B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio of Beijing, the first ever % Arabica outlet in the country has everything from a % breeze block patio to an illuminating floor indoor space. Popular drinks include the likes of Spanish Latte and Dark Latte. Fun fact: this is the brand's 83rd global store.

Address: Lot 3.08.02, Connection, Pavilion KL, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

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8 | Mary Jane

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Located at the heart of the city centre, this new restaurant with an alluring pink floral interior offers an extensive menu filled with hearty treats and specialty cocktails. While you're taking a break from perfecting your #OOTD shots, munch on delectables such as Truffle Money Bag, Chili Crab Rice, Tamarind Sotong Bakar, Beef Goulash, and Sabah King Prawn Curry.

Address: 106, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

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9 | Heima Dairy Deli & Bakeshop

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Named after the word for home in Icelandic, Heima (by Raub's Nomad Farm) offers skyr made with Icelandic cultures and milk (used in many variations here) as well as treats such as Chicken Mushroom Pie, Mango Cream Cake, and brownies.

Address: 12A, Jalan Sinar Sentul 1, Kuala Lumpur

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10 | Seventh Day Cafe

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Located inside The Weekend Workshop in Sea Park, the new cafe offers patrons a great sanctuary to have breaks over a cup of coffee and pastries.

Address: The Weekend Workshop, Jalan 21/12, Sea Park, Petaling Jaya

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11 | Three Plates Full

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This fresh opening in SS15 combines a toned down yet beautiful interior with a simple and comforting menu. Fried chicken, Pork Cheek on Toast, Pork Ribeye, Prawn Toast, and Beef Striploin are some of the options available on the menu.

Address: 57, Jalan SS15/4E, Subang Jaya

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12 | Gekko Dining

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Helmed by Japanese bartender Osamu Kinugawa (or Sam), Gekko Dining is a japas (Japanese tapas) bar. Treat yourself to treats such as Baked Blue Mussel, Gindara (Black Cod) Saikyo-Yaki, Baru Chirashi, and Assorted Aburi Sushi.

Address: 20A, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur

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Stay tuned for May 2021's list of the newest restaurants and cafes in KL! It's food and drinks galore for sure.