November 2014: Top 5 new restaurants in KL and PJ


November 25, 2014 | BY Calvin Chong

This month's new openings include a curry bar, a meatball café and a silver screen-themed speakeasy bar.

For the month of November, we have found many interesting new openings across Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya with the most intriquing concepts to date.

First, we have a Japanese curry eatery, a café that focuses on the art of meatballs and a Japanese teppanyaki house. We also have the opening of two restaurants with unprecedented concepts. One boasts of three different dining experience housed under one roof, while another is a speakeasy bar that features a silver screen-inspired decor.

While we approach the year end, it's time to indulge and go all out with this month's new openings.

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Blue Elephant at Plaza Damansara
Speakeasy bar culture has been one of the most hyped trends in Malaysia for this year and now, we welcome a new player in town that is set to blow our socks off with its unique movie-themed concept. It even has its own miniature Oscars award statue in the room. To find this place, you need to look for a staircase lined with movie posters. Once you've found it, head up the stairs and find a black and white photo wall. The hidden entrance is right around the corner. If you are successful, you will be rewarded with delicious cocktails and delectable Sri Lankan cuisine.

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Sakai's Curry and Bar
As Malaysians, we all love our spicy curry but we also love the sweet savoury Japanese curry that we often find in sushi joints. So, in comes Sakai's Curry and Bar, where you can find a variety of Japanese delicacies with an emphasis on curry dishes. Located at Solaris Mont Kiara, this is also a great place to unwind after a long day's work and to escape peak hour traffic with a cocktail or two before indulging in its Japanese cuisine offerings.

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Restaurant DC By Darren Chin at TTDI
Owned by Darren Chin, who comes from the Dave's Bistro family, the new Restaurant DC is an exciting three-storey establishment that caters to all kinds of diners. You will find 'Le Comptoir' on the ground floor, where you can dine on a casual setting with an open kitchen setting. For a fine dining experience, head on to the second floor for 'La Salle' for a round of innovative cuisine that pushes culinary boundaries. Finally, for those who are interested in the culinary arts of DC, sign up for its cooking workshops in the third floor space called 'L'atelier'.

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Polpetta at 10 Boulevard, Petaling Jaya
If you love American-styled Italian food, here is a place worth checking out - a meatball specialised café. Inspired by the Meatball Shop in New York, this family-run establishment is a fun and casual place for a quick bite. When at Polpetta, choose from its three meatball choices - beef, chicken and meat-free mushroom - and a variety of sauces and toppings to create your very own meatball special. From cheese cream sauce to mash potatoes and brown rice, the combinations at Polpetta are limitless.

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Kazoku-Ai Modern Teppanyaki Kitchen at Old Klang Road
While it might not be your regular dining spot, Old Klang Road is fast becoming one of the new favourite spots in town. At Kazoku-Ai, distinctive ala-minute hot grill Japanese cuisine done with a modern twist. On the menu, there are the finest ingredients like foie gras, scallops and Kobe beef executed in a simple, yet delicious way. This restaurant also offers great set menus that cater to sizable dinner parties ranging from 4 to 10 pax and if you are adventurous, you can try its delicious cold-pressed juice named 'The Miracle Drink'.


ICYMI: Click here to see October's new restaurant openings in KL and PJ

(Photos courtesy of all respective restaurants and eateries)