Eating Out

Over the years, Nobu has grown exponentially. What was initially a small Japanese restaurant in the United States (the inimitable Matsuhisa) started by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa has become over 40 high-end restaurants scattered across the globe, in places as far-ranging as Miami, Manila, Dubai, Beijing, Moscow, Cape Town and our very own Kuala Lumpur.
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There is something incredibly endearing about Rata in Subang Jaya, Selangor. The eatery’s walls are lined with images of foliage while tables and bartops are fashioned out of recycled wood sourced from local junkyards, lending a holistic energy to the space. The brainchild of chef-owner Vicneswara Thenamirtham (who also helms the popular Two Hands in
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Just based on looks, Passione is an instant head-turner. Incongruously positioned amid a slew of cafes and Chinese restaurants in the thriving Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur area, the eatery is incredibly pretty and occupies a sprawling two-floor space that feels conversely cavernous as well as cosy, with gorgeous light fixtures, pockets of foliage and picture
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Growing up, siblings Anusha and Dharran Kandaiah were the lucky recipients of their mother Magasvary Rasiah’s delicious home-cooking. “My mum is very passionate about cooking and she really makes amazing food,” gushes Anusha. It had been a long-held dream of Magasvary’s to enrol in culinary school and open her own restaurant but as her parents
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A spark of an idea germinated when five friends realised they were eating so much Japanese food in KL that they might as well start their own Japanese restaurant. “We are huge fans of Japanese food and were going to Japanese restaurants three or four times a week, so we thought instead of giving other
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It is all getting curiouser and curiouser, to borrow a quote from Alice in Wonderland, as Martell’s year-long “Reward The Curious” campaign debuts nationwide. During a memorable evening of cocktails and canapés that foreshadowed a bespoke tasting menu to pair with Martell and Chivas, it was announced that epicureans could look forward to a coming
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A friend recommended a Thai-Chinese restaurant in Bangkok, figuring that as a frequent traveller to the Thai capital, I would be game for something fusion or at least, not traditionally Thai. Boy, was I glad he told me about Je Ngor. That was four years ago, and I’ve been going back to the restaurant on
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Ensconced in Section 17’s thriving gourmet scene is Tipsy Boar, a no-frills eatery that pays homage to the pig. The eatery is the brainchild of chef-owner Suren Krishnan and his girlfriend and co-owner Toh Tsun Yee. Suren has been in the F&B business since he was a teenager, and has worked in numerous restaurants; he
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As the first Banyan Tree property to open in Malaysia and having stayed at Banyan Tree Phuket some time ago, it was with great anticipation when I arranged to have lunch at the Horizon Grill in the new Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur which opened in July with Lim Wei-Ling, the doyenne of contemporary art in
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Some distance away from the heavy foot traffic and constant stream of cars whizzing along Jalan Bangsar Utama 1 is Chez Gaston. The French restaurant sits in a quiet-ish, recessed corner and is a strikingly incongruous addition to a stretch of shoplots that has its fair share of cheap eats and convenience stores. But in
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Sheathed in a large glass-encased enclave within the densely-trafficked Pavilion mall, Maison oozes cosmopolitan charm. The eatery is casual yet effortlessly sophisticated, with attentive, smiley wait staff adding to its allure. The entrance is marked by a large display case, showcasing a wide array of house-made pastries and desserts, an entrancing selection that encompasses everything
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