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New F&B Openings 2020 in Kuala Lumpur

New F&B Openings 2020 in KL

In light of some crazy challenges for the food and beverage industry in 2020, it is amazing the number of outlets that opened this year. Whether they were forging ahead as money had already been invested or saw an opportunity and took hold, we celebrate these brave new businesses and wish them the very best for 2021. Below you’ll find a quick summary of the reasons to visit each. Click on the title for full descriptions including menus, prices, photos, contact details and recommended orders.

New F&B Openings 2020 in KL

Smith Breads & Cafe

Reasons to visit: outstanding coffee and wood-fire oven sourdough bread (seriously our favourite in the entire city – must try the country loaf and focaccia)

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Sourdough – Smith Breads

Delia Wines & Bistro

Reasons to visit: charming setting; hearty bistro-style French cuisine; must order cheese or cold cuts platters with a good bottle of wine; well-chosen French wine; only having one plate of the day makes choosing easy.

Delia Wines & Bistro
Delia Wines & Bistro

Canvass

Reasons to visit: sustainable hedonism; enlightened hospitality; biodiversity of ingredients; fermented, delicious and affordable food and cocktails; lovely venue.

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Natalina Italian Kitchen

Reasons to visit: Roman cuisine passed down from mother to son; handmade pasta; excellent wine by the glass list. 

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Natalina Italian Kitchen

Maria’s Signature

Reasons to visit: perfectly cooked steak, steak and steak! Excellent cocktails; small but well-chosen wine list. Great views over KLCC park and fountain.

Maria's Signature Steakhouse KLCC
Maria’s Signature

Cafe-Bistrot David

Reasons to visit : The pies! Oh, the pies! Fab place to chill with friends; freshly cooked, honest food with quality ingredients; unique and affordable wine list; unpretentious, down-to-earth setting.

European Restaurant Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Cafe-Bistrot David

BGR – Burgers for Adults

Reasons to visit: serious gourmet burger menu; must try the Cheeseburger, Wagyu Striploin Steak Burger and Tempura Cauliflower; good gin collection.

BGR Burgers for Adults Bangsar
BGR – Burgers for Adults

The Hungry Tapir

Reasons to visit: an absolutely beautiful setting (really, do bring your camera); excellent and varied plant-based menu; loads of fresh local produce; lovely bar; must try the Vegan Roti Canai and the Pink Bombshell Burger.

The Hungry Tapir Chinatown KL
The Hungry Tapir

Da Bao

Reasons to visit : cool setting; open kitchen; must-order the DaBao G&T, Cooler Than Being Cool, Vegetarian Bao (see if they also convert you to a Brussels sprout fan), DB Wings, Gulu Gulu Rice Bowl.

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Da Bao

Japas by Jeff Ramsey

Reasons to visit: The steak!! Spectacular views across the city; captivating fusion dishes; reasonable and varied wine and sake offerings.

Japas by Jeff Ramsey, Damansara Heights
Japas by Jeff Ramsey

Superfine Cafe

Reasons to visit: excellent coffee; concise yet varied menu; lots of plant-based choices; must order coffee in all of its forms, the Nitro Kombucha, Banana Cake, Superfine Bowl, Malty Buttermilk Pancakes and pork lovers should give Chef’s Cubano a go.

Nyght at Superfine
Superfine Cafe

Château Dionne

Reasons to visit: a true degustation menu complete with artisanal bread, canapes, amuse bouche, palate cleanser and petit four; attractive setting; classical French cuisine; flexibility with the degustation menus allowing guests to curate something to their desires.

Chateau Dionne KL
Château Dionne

Osteria Gamberoni

Reasons to visit: elegant setting with floor-to-ceiling windows, shiny-black marble and a plant-lined semi-alfresco area; must order house-made fresh pasta; possibly the best value wine by the glass in the city.

Osteria Gamberoni KL
Osteria Gamberoni

The Lankan Crabs

Reasons to visit: beautiful mud crabs – must order the Negombo; value-for-money with generous portions; Sri Lankan beer is a bonus; do try the brown sugar appam and paal poriyal.

The Lankan Crabs Sri Lankan Restaurant Bangsar
The Lankan Crabs

Sala The Row

Reasons to visit: excellent plant-based vegan café in Kuala Lumpur; pleasant new setting with great views; order the Shrooms Asada Burrito!

Sala The Row Vegan Cafe KL
Sala The Row KL

Heritage Pizza

Reasons to visit: great setting on a pleasant restaurant strip; slow, cold-ferment pizzas; affordable prices; must order the Calabrese with a ball of burrata on top.

Heritage Pizza The Row KL
Heritage Pizza

VCR Stacks

Reasons to visit: house-made everything including excellent sourdough; delicious coffee; a friendly and knowledgeable team who are passionate about what they do and strive to bring that same joy to their customers; and of course, hearty sandwiches worth biting into.

VCR Stacks Mont Kiara
VCR Stacks

JadJan Thai Street Food

Reasons to visit: a professional kitchen team; support a crew trying to survive difficult times; must order the Chilli & Lime Steamed Seabass and, of course, Mango Sticky Rice; the team is responsive to requests to reduce waste and accommodates guests bringing their own reusable containers for takeaway.

Hari Hari Datang
JadJan

Chica Bonita

Reasons to visit: 12 hours of happy (!) from 10 am until 10 pm; try the Desperados tequila-flavoured beer; lots of meat-free options; must-order Enchiladas Ta Loca Calabaza and La Bomba Nachos.

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Chica Bonita

Azeta

Reasons to visit: fine Italian food plated beautifully in a friendly neighbourhood setting; love the eggplant and risotto; don’t miss the hand-made pasta.

A.Zeta Italian Restaurant Bangsar
A.Zeta

Willow

Reasons to visit: Gorgeous setting – perfect for a date or catch up with the ladies; elegant and contemporary menu; excellent cocktails.

Willow W KL
Willow

FLOUR Jalan Kunuming

Reasons to visit: Technically brilliant cooking which follows through to the palate; beautifully designed interior; special occasion dining; practice your food photography with the stunning plating.

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FLOUR Restaurant

Shook! The Starhill Dining

Reasons to visit: stylish new digs; menu catering to a variety of tastes; Dancing Prawns; grill menu; cocktails from The Alchemy; although wine by the glass is not particularly impressive their vertical collection of Chateau Mouton Rothschild dating back to the 1940s is worth at least a little envy.

Shook! Reopens in The Starhill Dining
Shook! The Starhill Dining

Oh Cha Matcha

Reasons to visit: a fun café with a happy vibe; healthy and approachable matcha drinks; very Instagrammable; loads of dairy-free choices; nutrient boost in a bottle.

cafe in Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Oh Cha Matcha

Cholas by WTF

Reasons to visit: fine dining vegetarian menu; beautiful meat-free degustation menu; fancy setting – perfect for a date night; can cater to vegan, Jain and gluten-free diets with advance booking.

Fine Dining Cholas by WTF Vegetarian
Cholas by WTF

Sprout Plant-based Fusion

Reasons to visit: all meals made from scratch with the freshest ingredients; charming setting; nutritionally balanced options ensuring veg lovers get their B12; no fake-meat; must try the Choripan, Meatless Ball Sub, Romeo & Juliet and a Sprout Ah-Sigh-EE and a Wish.

Sprout Plant-Based Fusion Bangsar
Sprout Plant-based Fusion

Super Secret Social Supper Club

Reasons to visit: excellent value wine-paired menu; innovative yet comforting cuisine; a strong focus on sustainable sourcing of both food and wine; contemporary, upbeat and relaxed vibe. Fun. Fun. Fun.

Super Secret Social Supper Club Kuala Lumpur
Super Secret Social Supper Club

Five O’clock Brasserie

Reasons to visit: a very pretty setting with glass walls and loads of greenery; all-day brunch; good wine list; alternative kinds of milk such as oat; lots of variety to suit mixed dining desires.

Five O’clock Brasserie, Brunch at The Sphere, Bangsar South
Five O’clock Brasserie

The Grand Getaway

Reasons to visit: a 360 LED experience taking guests “around the world” on a “flight” touching down in five different countries with food to match.

The Grand Getaway, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
The Grand Getaway KL

Roberto’s 1020 Osteria

Reasons to visit: a stylish yet relaxed Italian restaurant; a setting that offers indoor dining and a bar, a patio and semi-alfresco seating; excellent house-made pizza and pasta; nice wine list with eight labels available by the glass. 

Roberto's 1020 Osteria
Roberto’s 1020 Osteria

Monroe

Reasons to visit:  north American diner-style setting; surrounded by greenery; all-day breakfast; we particularly enjoyed the cold-pressed juices, Steak & Eggs and Seabass Provencal.

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Monroe

Bars

Mizukami Highball

Reasons to visit: simple cocktails beautifully crafted, a short walk from the MRT, convenient city-centre location. And remember in these trying times; be like water, drink a highball and just let it flow.

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Mizukami Highball

Frank’s Bar

Reasons to visit: KL’s coolest new hidden bar; the crooning of Frank Sinatra and a classy jazz vibe; heavy leather furniture and classic décor; EXCELLENT cocktails; unique cocktail aged to the tunes of Sinatra.

Frank's Bar Avenue K
Frank’s Bar

Toji Sake Bar

Reasons to visit: Beautifully executed Japanese food prepared with French cooking techniques; a dark, high energy, intimate dining and drinking space; and excellent sake menu with a master sake sommelier on-site many evenings.

Toji Sake Bar Jalan Kasah
Toji Sake Bar

Kitchens – No Shop Front

Some businesses emerged in a complete adaptation to the pandemic with no shop front at all – just kitchens aimed at solely doing delivery, takeaway or catering.

Ghost Pizza KL

Reasons to order: a safe way to enjoy food you didn’t have to cook yourself; Roman-style and well-priced pizzas; must order the arancini balls.

Ghost Pizza KL
Ghost Pizza KL

Twenty9 Homecooked Foods

Reasons to order: wholesome French food made primarily on local ingredients; no preservatives or MSG; the option for pork or pork-free cooking made in two separate kitchens; must order the Chicken Liver Pâté to begin and the Gâteau Basque to end, everything else in between is hearty delicious French cuisine.

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Twenty9 Homecooked Foods

Werner’s Deli

Reasons to order: home-compostable food packaging; booze delivered to your door; must order the vegetarian paella.

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Werner’s Deli Food Delivery KL

Hotel

Last but not least, there was even a new boutique hotel opening this year!

KLoé

Reasons to visit: KL’s latest boutique hotel; must stay in an Artist’s Loft – we loved the Room to Grow; great location; good coffee and restaurant.

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Room to Grow – Artists’ Loft at KLoé

What new food and beverage outlets did you discover in 2020? Do you have any recommendations for us for 2021?

3 Comments

  1. Gosh!!! So many to choose from! I wouldn’t know where to begin. The pie at Cafe-Bistrot David looks good but I’ve a soft spot for that mantao at Da Bao…with that stewed pork belly peeping out! Tempting!

  2. Sourdough bread is my favorite and right now I am dying for a piece. Trying to remain keto means no bread, which has to be broken…sometimes. That burger is mouth-watering. excellent documentary photos!

  3. These are some really beautiful looking photos.

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