From new cafes for brunching to hearty bowls of soup noodles, this is your list of new restaurants in KL to check out this month.

Businesses are back in, well, business now. This July, we celebrate our restricted freedom by visiting some new dining outlets that you might have missed. Some of these restaurants are the unlucky ones that opened early in March, right before the Movement Control Order (MCO) began. Thankfully, they’re still around to resume their operations and we can’t wait to patronise them.

What’s in store for the list below? We have cafes that you can chill at, eateries offering comfort food, and also an exciting place opened by two people cut their teeth at Restaurant André and Waku Ghin in Singapore (spoiler alert: that restaurant is Atelier Binchotan in Taman Desa).

So ready your appetites and begin exploring these new places listed below.

1. Element Fresh

Element Fresh recently opened in Pavilion KL and hails from Shanghai. It first started out as a gym-based cafe in China, but its first outpost in Malaysia focuses on nourishing, wholesome food made with the freshest ingredients. Here you’ll find hearty Western offerings with healthy accompaniments (salads won’t be boring here) in an elegant environment.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @myelementfresh)

2. CLV Cafe PuchongLooking for a place to chill out with coffee, food, and desserts in Puchong? C’est La Vie (CLV) Cafe Puchong will be perfect for it. Try out the cafe’s signature Dutch Baby, a dish that’s a combination of puff pastry and breakfast staples of eggs, mushrooms, bacon, and more. The cafe is also pet friendly, so feel free to bring your fur kids to roam around.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @clvcafebar)

3. Atelier BinchotanBinchotan is a type of Japanese charcoal that’s commonly used to grill meat, yakitori style. What’s special about this charcoal is that it produces close to no smoke and flames, but is able to get to a really high heat point. Enter Atelier Binchotan, Taman Desa’s newest eatery inspired by the Japanese charcoal. The restaurant first opened in March, but was forced to close due to the Movement Control Order (MCO). Now that we’re in the RMCO period, it’s back to business as usual. The menu is small but punchy, featuring dishes that are a combination of Japanese and French techniques. Try the Malaysian kampung chicken (free-range village chicken) cooked with forest honey or the charred Spanish Iberico ribs for a protein-packed meal. But the restaurant doesn’t fall short on its vegetables too — these will make a great accompaniment to the meat dishes.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @atelier_binchotan)

4. Monster and BeerWhile Monster and Beer is neither a restaurant nor a cafe, it deserves a shoutout here as one of the few new watering holes in town. Taman Paramount seems to be a booming neighbourhood for new F&B outlets, and Monster and Beer is one of them. If you like craft beers, this is right up your alley, serving a variety of brews from all around the world. Don’t worry about having your beer on an empty stomach, because the bar serves hearty snacks too.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @monsterandbeer)

5. Fifty TalesThere’s nothing that hits the spot quite like a comforting bowl of soupy noodles. Here at Fifty Tales, the team keeps it simple yet excellent, proving that a humble bowl of noodles is enough to make the world go around. This noodle bar serves handmade egg noodles served two ways: dry and with pork bone broth that’s been simmering for over six hours. Its concept is similar to a Japanese ramen joint, but the recipe at its heart is inherently Chinese. The noodles come with shrimp, pork, and eggs in the bowl for a hearty meal. If you’re not feeling for noodles, try the Rice Please, a rice bowl dish with the same pork and egg you’ll find in the noodle dish.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @fifty_tales)

6. Tgt In LifeAnother cafe worth adding to your cafe-hop list is Tgt In Life, a fairly new place in Tropicana Avenue. The cafe serves up excellent coffee using beans from local roastery The Roast Things, and the selection of waffles on the menu will surely tame any sweet cravings. It’s a nice place to chill at with some coffee in hand, watching the world go by.

(Image credit: Instagram/ @tgtinlife)

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia KL.

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