This is part two in a series dedicated to helping our newbie expat friends settle into their new homes. Part one highlighted some experiences as an introduction to some must do touristy things, which could also be used as your Places to Take Overseas Guests to Eat list, and this post highlights where to find some food and beverage from home that might be missed. When the excitement of new delicacies wears off here’s our list of:
Expat Comfort Spots for a Little Piece of Home
(Click on the title links for full details, menu, prices and a map)
Miss Ellie Tea House – for real scones, great comfort lunches, cold drip coffee and delicious desserts. It’s just down the road from the ISKL Melawati campus.
Miss Ellie Tea House
Missing your favourite craft beer? Hunt down Ales and Lagers in Publika to find an ever changing range of boutique beers. It’s a little tricky to find the first time, but once you do, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered your very own speakeasy. For some of these delicious brews on tap, head a little further afield to PJ to The Great Beer Bar.
Ales and Lagers
La Mexicana – Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared by not one but two Mexican chefs! Everything is made from scratch. This is not Tex Mex (which I love also, but be excited as this food is from the heart of Mexico). Oh… and also… I must mention that they serve the BEST Margaritas in the city. La Mexicana has recently opened a Bangsar branch too in Jalan Telawi 5. (Tip: 2 for 1 Margaritas can be had 5-7pm, Monday to Thursday)
Jaya Grocer at the Intermark – clean, fresh and management who are willing to listen to your requests. Easy parking and loads of expat items at more reasonable prices than Cold Storage and the few other expat targeted supermarkets around the city. I’m a fan of the organic aisle while hubby drools over the cold cuts. Look out for the fridge of Bella and Luca Pasta Fresca for fresh handmade pasta. There’s something for everyone – even wine tastings and cooking classes too.
Jaya Grocer Organic Aisle
Modern Australian Drift Dining – Contemporary cuisine made with the freshest ingredients, and run by a truly dedicated team of passionate Aussies.
Healthy restaurants in Kuala Lumpur are hard to find so here I list my favourites:
Ashley’s by Living Food – Ashley’s by Living Food: Those looking for restaurants that cater to a variety of dietary plans and healthy eating in general will love Ashley’s. They serve up everything from raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free and even have organic grass fed meat options.
La Boca Cafe – a good standard cup of Illy coffee in a funky Latin American environment
VCR – a great little find on the other side of Jalan Pudu serving excellent coffee, and some yum cakes too
FEEKA – not only serving fantastic coffee but a great pastry and breakfast menu as well. Great to visit for brunch on the weekends when there’s little traffic and you can enjoy the green courtyard. RGB at the Bean Hive – these specialty coffee roasters take their brew very seriously and offer a great vegetarian menu too.For serious coffee aficionados you’ll be happy to know that there’s quite a scene for locals roasting specialty beans. Check out our list of Specialty Coffee Roasters in Kuala Lumpur.
RGB at the Bean Hive
‘Real’ Bread Kenny Hills Bakers has some deliciously crusty breads and other scrumptious treats (don’t miss their Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake. Over at Huckleberry Food and Fare, the team has a wonderful French baker, Christophe. Making his own fruit yeasts and insisting on doing everything from scratch, anything coming out of his oven is sure to delight.
Kenny Hills Bakers
Huckleberry Food and Fare
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