Here are 5 restaurants to check out as we’ve entered the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), and allowed to travel further than 10KM and dine in at restaurants, following strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) of course.

While opting to have food delivered did help some businesses stay afloat, not all survived the pandemic. Thankfully, we’re now in the RMCO phase, and the extra flexibility allows more restaurants to operate with a bit more freedom and for slightly longer hours as well. Not to mention, we don’t have to do our own dishes too.

Plus we can now finally go out and socialise with friends and family, while practising social distancing and other SOPs. With that said, check out these new restaurants and cafes that are waiting to greet you with open arms. The list includes mostly new restaurants plus a favourite that has re-opened in a new location.

Pic. courtesy of Flour

Flour has been around for a few years now, serving us with a fresh and delicious take on Indian cuisine. While not exactly new, Flour actually closed its Damansara Heights doors and moved into the heart of the KL city centre on Jalan Kamuning – a stone’s throw away from Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. With its doors already open, you can now head on over to satisfy your cravings for delicious Indian food.

Check them out here.

2.Calia Malaysia
Pic. courtesy of Calia Malaysia

Calia is a unique Australian restaurant-to-retail brand, operating two outlets in Emporium Melbourne CBD as well as Chadstone. This coming 19th June, Calia Malaysia will officially open its doors in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, bringing Japanese-inspired Australian cuisine to our shores. At the helm of Calia is Michelin-starred chef, Francisco Araya. Be sure to check out its signature ‘Calia Wagyu Bowl.’

Check them out here.

Monroe KL
Pic. courtesy of Monroe KL

KLoe Hotel is one of our shining stars in the hospitality sector of Malaysia in 2020. After a few months of unrest, it’s back in business and brings Monroe along for the ride. The restaurant matches with the entire aesthetic and vibe of the hotel while offering breakfast, brunch, and lunch in an informal setting. Dishes that you should check out include its salmon benedict, its breakfast burger, along with its lamb ragu.

Check them out here.

4.Akâr Dining
Akar Dining
Pic. courtesy of Akar Dining

The Asian-inspired, French-influenced eatery in TTDI is now back on its feet with two new four- and five-course carte blance menus. Having officially opened its doors in early March, Akar Dining is making a comeback to showcase modern French cuisine from an Asian perspective. A bread starter, as well as a palate cleanser, comes with the menus alongside a wide variety of wines to choose from.

Check them out here.

5.A.Zeta Kitchen
A.Zeta Kitchen
Pic. courtesy of A.Zeta Kitchen

To truly experience authentic Italian fare, A.Zeta Kitchen is your best bet. It doesn’t consider itself to be a usual Italian restaurant, and with good reason. It showcases the best of modern trattorias in Italy, home to where tradition and innovation come together. It has plenty of fresh-made pasta to choose from as well as a range of main courses to go along with its cocktails and wine.

Check them out here.


This article first appeared in Lifestyle Asia KL.

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