KL’s top eats: Go or No-Go?

KL’s top eats: Go or No-Go?

Are these trendy new places worth sacrificing your precious palate or $$$? Our team sacrificed their taste buds to tell you if these locations are a Go or No-Go.

1. Deuce Dining & Bar

Usually, when a restaurant claims they are a ‘casual European’ restaurant, it would involve a medley of western cuisines like the normal pastas, pizzas and steaks, with one or two key French or Middle Eastern dishes. Deuce, however, manages to pull off this ‘casual European dining’ claim pretty well, offering exquisite, signature dishes in a variety of sharing plates small and large, and even has specially curated wine lists to accompany them.

Deuce Dining & Bar - Pan-seared Snapper

The Pan-seared Snapper was a winner for us. It was so perfectly cooked, you could taste the smokiness. It is placed on a bed of vegetables like zucchini and fennel that were surprisingly complementary. The bouillabaisse broth, on the other hand, is a fine example of oceanic flavors mixing well together.

Dessert was the Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream – we couldn’t resist nibbling on the frozen bits!

Deuce Dining & Bar - Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream

Go / No-Go?

Definite go!

 

Deuce Dining & Bar
D1-G4-6, Solaris Dutamas
Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily | 6.00pm – 12.00am

 

2. Wizards at Tribeca

While we would normally be very impressed that a restaurant at this address includes a Foie Gras Brioche on their typical breakfast menu, we were less than impressed at the actual experience of eating it.

Wizards at Tribeca

However, the foie gras at Wizards was the talk of the town, so we decided to give it a go. At a hefty RM65 per plate, it fell short of our expectations. Perhaps it was due to a lack of the right seasoning, or that there was too much butter. Or maybe we’re just not fans of breaking the sanctity of a good, wholesome, slightly savory breakfast with such ‘luxurious’ flavors.

The coffee was great, though, and the overall ambience was fancy enough to make you feel you’re paying for what your meal is worth. We would return for the rest of the items on the menu, just not necessarily what people recommend online.

Wizards at Tribeca

Go / No-Go?

No-Go if you don’t plan on spending outside your budget.

 

Wizards at Tribeca
201, Jalan Imbi
Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily | 10.00am – 10.00pm

 

3. Vantador Steakhouse

Vantador describes itself as a ‘dry-aged steak boutique,’ but we’re not so sure if it lives up to that promise – it was a few online reviews shy of convincing us that we would be in for a treat. We took up the challenge anyway, and we dare say that although some of the reviews were a tad too harsh, the service could have been better.

Vantador Steakhouse

We had requested for a medium doneness, and although they did not disappoint, the sauce we chose on the side (parsley and salsa verde) was somewhat mediocre. Go with the chimichurri, or the beef jus. The safer options.

In a nutshell, if you’re in the mood for steak, and you’re ready to spend, you won’t be disappointed. But to be honest, we felt the entire restaurant experience lacked a personal touch to warrant a second visit.

Vantador Steakhouse

Go / No-Go?

Worth a try, but we’re not too convinced that you’ll be paying for the best steaks in the neighborhood.

 

Vantador Steakhouse
38, Jalan 25/70a
Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily | 6.00pm – 12.30am

 

4. Dew 

Just the sheer fact that Jaslyn Cakes is behind this too-pretty-to-eat dessert parlor/florist makes us giddy with excitement.

Dew

For those unfamiliar, Jaslyn Cakes is a tiny bakery of pastries, cakes, organic teas, juices and other yummy morsels that are baked fresh daily, in store.

While the neighbouring cake shop is said to make you feel completely at home with the over-the-counter selection of honest-to-goodness cakes and pastries, Dew, their latest brainchild, is shiny, elegant and undeniably pretty.

Dew

This demure Blueberry Camembert Cheesecake is to die for! The lighter-than-air camembert mousse is complemented with a beautiful surprise inside: a luscious, blueberry compote. Grab a cup of decent coffee – however, we must warn you that there’s not much space to sit.

Dew - Blueberry Camembert Cheesecake

Go / No-Go?

Huge, huge fan. Must try.

 

Dew
7, Jalan Telawi 2
Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Weekdays: 11.00am – 7.00pm
Weekends: 11.00am – 8.00pm
Closed on Mondays

 

5. Pan & Tamper

Pan & Tamper is helmed by a traveling group of friends who love brunch and have returned to Malaysia, so expectations of the menu should include a sprinkle of European and Australian styles. But recently it’s been said to add on a creative twist to their drinks. Creative, maybe. Tasty? You be the judge.

Pan & Tamper

For starters, order up a cup of the insta-friendly pink-as-a-princess Beetroot Latte, if you’re tired of the same ol’ coffee-based lattes. One caveat: Only if funky, bitter, spice-flavored drinks are your thing.

The Teh Tarik Panna Cotta had us struggling with ‘Expectation vs Reality’ because… Oh, no words needed. We’re not big fans of panna cotta, but this one was exceptionally murky – think old, cold teh tarik left in a cup outside to curdle for a few days and then turned over on a plate.

We’d come back for the other items on their breakfast menu, though. There’s a gorgeous-looking Acai Bowl waiting for an indulge, and most recently, the restaurant has decided to jump on the trending bandwagon and added a Crispy Rendang Burger – for snacks and giggles, perhaps?

Pan & Tamper

Go / No-Go?

The fluffy drinks are good for the ‘Gram, but we would’ve liked more substance too. Maybe go just for the food?

 

Pan & Tamper
D1-G3-9, Solaris Dutamas
Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily | 8.00am – 7.00pm

 

6. The Majapahit Restaurant & Bar

New to the Mont Kiara area and with a swanky address, the Majapahit boasts of flavors that are primarily derived from Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian influences. If those combinations aren’t enough to excite you, the interior definitely will. Look at all that Insta-worthiness!

 The Majapahit

Personal faves? The Curry Galore Platter which features four different types of curry, served with three types of warm fluffy bread. They also have a tantalizing Wings Platter (with four different levels of heat!)

The Majapahit The Majapahit

Go / No-Go?

Must go, must eat, must try!

 

The Majapahit Restaurant & Bar
Lot G8-G10, Level G, Arcoris Mont Kiara
Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily | 12.00pm – 12.30am

 

7. AliBaba & Nyonya

Are you that kinda Malaysian who’s always in the mood for Nyonya cuisines? We are. That’s why we were overjoyed when AliBaba & Nyonya set up shop. The latest to join the TTDI hubbub of new and trendy restaurants, Alibaba & Nyonya are set to simply impress.

Alibaba & Nyonya - Nasi Ulam and Ayam Dara

With a salivating menu and a quirky interior, this place made us go gaga even before we ranked them a deserving ‘GO’. But be prepared to pay a little more than ‘nyonya’ prices – the address should already give you warning signs.

We had the Kam Heong Clams and the Nasi Ulam & Ayam Dara. The clams were succulent and sweet and spicy enough, and would be awesome with a plate of rice.

The nasi ulam was refreshing, like a fancy version of nasi kerabu, and the crispy fried chicken was very well cooked through, accompanied with homemade sambal belacan and salted egg. Unlike other places, the fried chicken is made to order, so you can ensure you’ll be digging in to a hot piece of fresh fried chicken.

Alibaba & Nyonya - Kam Heong Clams

Go / No-Go?

No confirmation needed, just empty stomachs!

 

Alibaba & Nyonya
54, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily | 11.00am – 11.00pm

For the love of food and frenzied appetites, head on over to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! Travel like a local when you book your stay on Traveloka.

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