2018 Round Up: 10 New Halal KL Eateries You Might Have Missed Out On


Yaya Norazman •  Dec 26, 2018

Who else feels like their 2018 is somewhat incomplete?

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If you're a self-proclaimed professional foodie and your dilemma is about discovering as many new places as possible before the year ends, then we got your back, honey.

This is a list of 10 places we have gathered as your sacred reference to end 2018 with. Enough sugar coating and let's just start scrolling already!

1. Pokok KL

The first fresh listing we've got for you is this spectacular glasshouse-inspired cafe called Pokok KL. It is situated strategically between KL and Petaling Jaya (right beside University of Malaya) so you can drop by even with last-minute plans ?

This place is gaining rapid popularity ever since it opened in October 2018. Their busiest period is definitely throughout lunch hour, where queueing time could take up to 30 - 40 minutes on a really good day!

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What we love the most about Pokok KL has to be its rustic, minimalist atmosphere graced with the right amount of sunlight, regardless of whether you opt for indoors or outdoors dining. Their accommodating hosts will make sure you and your appetite are well taken care of ?

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Though the menu is still quite limited, Pokok KL has so far lived up to the standards when serving delectable pasta and breakfast/brunch platters. The Nasi Lemak platter, which is priced at RM18, is the only Asian selection offered. But the lack of such options is compensated by a variety of pasta such as Chili Padi Pesto Pasta with Poached Egg and Beef Bacon (RM20). If it's a big breakfast that you're looking for, you can try their Avocado Mash on Rye Bread with Poached Eggs (RM18) or Smoked Salmon Benedict (RM28).

Regular customers also flock this place for their pastries, desserts and coffee, so make sure you give them a try, too!

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To seal all that heavy food, Pokok KL also houses Waka Waka Gelato, with a list of scrumptious flavours such as Salted Egg Yolk, Cookies & Caramel and Lemon with Poppy Seed. They complement every dense, tasteful scoop, hence we don't see why you shouldn't order a cone or two for dessert!

Status: Halal ingredients used, Halal certificate in progress

Address: MAHSA Avenue, Block B, Jalan Elmu, off, Jalan Universiti, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Open daily; 9AM-9PM (the kitchen closes at 7PM)

Contact: Call +603 8408 1811 (Reservations only on weekdays & Christmas)

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2. F.R. Copper

Craving for a comforting cup of latte to accompany your lunch in a hectic mid-day? F.R. Copper's got you covered, ladies and gents ☕

The first thing you'll notice as you walk in, apart from the amazing smell of food being served, is their stunning copper and white finish everywhere.

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They also serve quite a wide range of mains, the best-sellers being the Pan-seared Bass (RM32) and the Orange Chicken Chipotle (RM26). The french fries served with the mains are shredded and fried to achieve the right amount of crisp. It's safe to say that we're completely head over heels with this innovative instinct of theirs.

Also, let's be honest, the clean and minimalist interior is a good reason to stay longer for dessert.

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The Burnt Cheesecake, priced at RM15 per slice, is sure to change your mind about all the good cheesecakes you've had before. Served with cream on the side, it makes a tasteful combination without overpowering the thick yet light consistency of the cake.

Status: Muslim-owned

Address: 117, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours:

7.30 am - 8.30 pm (Mondays - Thursdays)

8.30am - 9.30 pm (Fridays - Sundays)

Contact: Call 012-958 0788

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3. Kettlebell

White brick walls. Brass furniture pieces. A hint of pastel pink hues here and there. It's no news that the aesthetic values presented by Kettlebell have so far won their customers' hearts and loyalty.

But you may wonder, what else about this place that makes the list? ?

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Located right beside the Firestation Fit 2 Mont Kiara, the fitness-freak vibe runs close in proximity next-door hence the all-nutritious menu Kettlebell offers. Their al fresco set up works well with the limited space this cafe has, and it proved to charm passersby to try out their food.

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It's fairly tricky to pick a favourite from their Power Packed Protein range, but we recommend the RM18 Fuel Protein Bowl, which is a terrific arrangement of brown rice, tofu, tempeh, roasted pumpkin, red cabbage, and 63-degree egg. If rice is a no-no in your diet, try Fire Caponata; roasted pepper, eggplant, zucchini, beetroot, hummus, plus 63-degree egg on a toast. Have them paired with any smoothie (RM16) e.g Pina Colada Charger or Shelter Booster and you'll leave the place feeling so much healthier! ?

Status: Halal ingredients used

Address: C-G-1 Plaza Mont Kiara, Ground Floor, 2 Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 8 am - 6 pm (Daily)


4. Good Monster

Fans of poké bowls-- assemble! A new quaint place just opened in town, and it's far from your usual expectation of what a poké menu should look like.

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Good Monster was founded with the spirit to revolutionise the way Malaysians enjoy their comfort food. Imagine your favourite local dishes and condiments, made of organic and only the freshest ingredients-- perfect for those days when your health-freak alter ego comes for a visit.

What we really fancy about this place is how they apply a modern twist to the meals locals grow to love and can't separate from.

One of their specialities, Nyonya Pescatarian is a delightful mix of virgin coconut oil rice, grilled fish, otak-otak, curry pineapple, hard salted egg, 4 Emperor vegetables, all topped with bursting boba filled with salted egg-buttermilk.

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Whether you're thinking of having on-the-go lunch or spending your entire afternoon here, you're welcomed either way as Good Monster is both a convenient take-out kiosk and a casual diner.

Status: Halal ingredients used, Halal certificate in progress

Address: LG089B, Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 10 am - 10 pm (Daily)

Contact: Call 03-6734 0803

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5. Lisette's Cafe and Bakery

Tucked away in Jalan Kemuja, Lisette's appear almost hidden to passersby in broad daylight with its tranquil exterior. Once you step in, you'd realise how it became an instant favourite to the neighbourhood and KLites in general.

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It is no doubt that the main prize here is their buffet spread that is available on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. From local favourites to continental items to rich vegetarian options, it's hard to run out of things to pick at Lisette's any time of the day.

If the broad selections overwhelm you a little, don't hesitate to give their ala carte menu a browse. The stars of the show would be their Egg Benedict (RM22), Big Breakfast (RM35), and Toasties sandwiches (RM18 - 22).

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We know for a fact that customers come back to this place for their Black Rice Nasi Lemak (RM28), which is made with organic black rice, known to have high anti-oxidants content and low carbs and calorie count relative to white rice and brown rice. If rice is not what you have in mind, there are always Smoked Duck Spaghetti Aurora (RM34), and Kimchee Fried Rice (RM22 - 26) to save your day.

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Be it inside or outside seating which you fancy, we promise you'll love the atmosphere of this place as well as whatever's on your plate!

Status: Halal ingredients used

Address: 8 Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 8 am - 5 pm (Daily)

Reservation: Call 03-2201 7772


6. Food by Fat Cat

Want to feel like the cat who caught the canary AND polished off a bowl of cream on the side? ? Better head on down to Food by Fat Cat, the latest collaboration between Jaya Grocer and the culinary team behind ‘The Good Batch’ and ‘Nara Kitchen & Co’.

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With a soothing pastel pink backdrop, marble top tables and an eye-catching wall of brass shelving systems, decorated with cute potted plants and little knick-knacks, the ambience here is super comfortable and screams hipster!

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As for the food, the café has some puurr-fectly delectable dishes that range from one-meal rice bowls, fusion ramen to homemade waffles and all-day breakfasts.

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The ‘Fattie Bom Bom’ (a tasty chicken kaarage rice bowl) and cinnamon dusted churros dipped with matcha pandan sauce (a mouthful to order, but what a tasty mouthful it is!) are also quickly becoming the stars of the café’s menu ?!

Status: Halal-certified ingredients used

Address: Jaya Grocer, Sunway GEO Avenue, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, 47500 Subang Jaya

Opening hours:

10 am – 10pm (Mondays – Sunday)

Thursdays Closed

Reservations: Call 03-5650 5181

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7. Flower Girl Coffee

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Tucked away on the ground floor of Sunway GEO, Flower Girl Coffee offers a delightfully cosy atmosphere in a beautiful glasshouse setting. With its young, friendly staff, an extensive menu packed with ‘feel good’ food, delicious desserts and of course, really great coffee, it’s the perfect place for a lazy afternoon hangout session with your BFFs!?

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The food served here are primarily western in style with a dessert menu that’s both pleasing to the eyes as well as the palate; but there are a few Asian-inspired gems on the menu if you feel like having something a bit more ‘local’. Plus, the cafe also offers some pretty egg-citing options for those of you who crave that good ol’ protein.

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From their tantalizing omelettes served with smoked salmon, avocado toasts with perfectly poached eggs on top to chicken schnitzel with poached eggs, you’re definitely going to want to put Flower Girl Coffee on your brunch list ?!

Status: Halal-certified ingredients used

Address: Sunway Geo Avenue, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, Selangor

Opening hours:

8 am – 10pm (Open Daily)

Thursdays Closed

Reservations: Call 03-56117251

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8. Dew @ Bangsar

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Stepping into Dew is like stepping into a foreign country. With a florist out front and glistening marble-topped tables taking centre stage inside, Dew makes the most of its limited space with an inviting yet minimalist décor that makes the patisserie, florist and sometimes speakeasy look effortlessly chic and sophisticated ?

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The French-inspired patisserie often takes inspirations from nature to create their amazing Instagram-worthy desserts. Not only are they gorgeous to look at, they taste phenomenal as well!

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And for all those coffee lovers out there, Dew even has a Kopiko Tart that’s filled with Nescafé ganache, coffee bean praline and a coffee-soaked sponge, topped with a thick, light layer of bittersweet Nescafé mousse ?

Status: Halal-certified ingredients used

Address: 7, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:

11am – 7pm (Tuesday – Friday)

11am – 8pm (Saturday – Sunday)

Closed Mondays

Reservations: Call 03-56117251

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9. Omulab

If you watch a lot of anime or Japanese Dramas, then you’ve definitely come across the famous ‘omurice’. For those of you who aren’t sure of this term, omurice is basically a fluffy omelette served on top of a bed of rice. When the omelette is sliced open, the insides gush out and spread evenly on your rice (kind of like a chocolate lava cake).

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Omulab is the ONLY omurice specialty restaurant in Klang Valley and almost every item on the menu features a variation of this omelette-style dish. The prices might seem a little expensive at first, but the work it takes to craft such a perfect, anime-esque omurice that tastes just as good as it looks makes it worth every penny!

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One of their best sellers is the ‘Omu Kare’ with add-on Crispy Fried Chicken Chop (made with Japanese fresh panko) but you can also order the omelette as it is (and request sauces separately for dipping purposes). If you prefer your eggs kind of salty and peppery, the Master Demiglace is perfect for you; featuring minced beef fried rice, topped with an omelette and drizzled with a delicious demiglace sauce ?

Status: Halal-certified ingredients used

Address: No. 7, Jalan 17/45, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Opening hours:

10.30am – 10.30pm (Tuesdays – Sundays)

Closed on Mondays

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10. Podgy @ Bangsar

Podgy is a stunning, contemporary-style café that sports geometric patterned floors, light coloured walls and an eclectic collection of both furniture and plant life ?

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The café simultaneously gives off a homey yet hipster vibe, making it a great place to hang out with your friends and take a few (or dozen!) selfies or food shots for Instagram! Speaking of which, the café also has plenty of large glass windows that provide a ton of natural light – making for stunning photos opportunities ?

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As for food, Podgy serves all-day breakfasts, mains, desserts and of course, great coffee! The café’s menu items might be on the simpler side of things, but they’re always beautifully plated and taste amazing! A bonus is that the portions are also decently sized and the pricing is not too crazy! Just remember, if you do drop by, load up on their breakfast platter or try out their freshly baked cakes and brownies. You definitely won’t regret it ?

Status: Halal-certified ingredients used

Address: 5, Lorong Kurau, Lucky Garden, 59100, Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:

9am - 10pm (Wednesdays - Mondays)

Closed on Tuesdays

Reservations: Call 012-619 0841

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Ah, there you go! Now that the True Revelation is for everyone to see, will you be making your move to these 10 favs of ours anytime soon?