3 New Restaurants to Check Out in Kuala Lumpur

We’ve curated the city’s most exciting new openings, from Japanese Izakaya-style eats to fine steaks.

Photo: Bocosan Izakaya

1. Bocosan Izakaya

As the sister restaurant to the successful Botanica + Co and Botanica Deli, Bocosan Izakaya ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a chic ambience and comforting Japanese tavern-style cuisine. Diners can expect a fun yet fresh approach to the dishes, with highlights such as the Bonsai Salad, a colorful arrangement of the season’s freshest produce; the Crispy Kakiage Udon, which features a six-inch block of tempura-fried vegetables; and the Mizu Shingen Mochi, a rendition of the popular “raindrop jelly cake”.

More information here.

Photo: Deuce

2. Deuce

A rebirth of the now-defunct Coquo, which was one of the city’s most lauded new openings in 2016, Deuce is a casual, pork-free European restaurant that offers affordable yet robust-tasting dishes. Here, communal dining is encouraged, with a variety of small- and big-plate dishes meant for sharing. Diners will find that prices are surprisingly affordable, despite the refined setting, with a 200g rib-eye steak going for just US$22 (RM88). The nondescript-sounding cauliflower soup, made silky-smooth and creamy with paprika crème fraîche and manchego cheese, is a hot favorite.

More information here.

Photo: Vantador

3. Vantador

Love meat? Vantador is a haven for carnivores who crave a taste for beef with extraordinary flavors and buttery textures. The highlight of the menu here is beef that has been dry-aged for at least 30 days. The carefully curated cattle picks include Spain’s highly rated Rubia Gallega and wagyu of the superior Tajima bloodline, alongside delightful sides such as smoked tomato relish and orange-glazed baby carrots with caraway seeds. The restaurant is also home to a bar where tapas-style small plates are served.

More information here.


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