5 new places to wine and dine in KL & PJ

The city has no shortage of great restaurants.

Darren Chin's latest restaurant serves northern Thai cuisine (Photo: Gai by Darren Chin)


Brand new and brilliant, beg, borrow or steal a table at the newly opened Joon Dining. Brought to you by the talents behind Rare The Food Company and Kinmedai, Joon’s kitchen is headed by Tyrell Joon, who has clocked up service at Singapore’s stellar Iggy’s and Les Amis before. Expect a menu infused with contemporary European flair and chic Asian accents. But with passionate and experienced restaurateur Ken Lai at its helm, we expect nothing less. 

Lot 1, b. LAND, No 2, Jalan 51a/225, PJ. Daily, 4-10pm. Closed on Mon. For reservations, call 016 848 4257.



Darren Chin seems unstoppable as he continues to create hit after hit. His latest restaurant, in partnership with his Thai wife Nana and in-laws, Mama Nuanta and Papa Suwit, is Gai by Darren Chin — which serves northern Thai cuisine. Come for the knockout crab omelette and amazing crispy chicken skin with nam jim sauce. Also in the pipeline is Monsieur Darren, which will specialise in fine pastry. 

26A, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, TTDI, KL. Daily, noon-3pm; 6-11pm. Closed on Mon. Call 03 7732 4406 for reservations.



Ignore skyrocketing ticket prices to the UK and the ongoing horror show that is London’s Heathrow Airport and, instead, treat yourself to a classic Beef Wellington at the newly opened Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill at Sunway Resort. If you have been finding it impossible to get a dinner reservation, here’s some good news: Lunch service begins this month!

Lobby level, Sunway Resort, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, Selangor. Daily, noon-3pm; 6-10.30pm. For reservations, call 03 7492 8000.



This temple of tipple is causing quite a ripple and if you have yet to visit The Chamber, you are missing out. Spanning 4,600 sq ft of space at The Starhill in Bukit Bintang, it is a veritable treasure trove of top-notch wines and spirits from the best names on the planet. Complementing the selection is an array of top smokes from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Private rooms for discreet tasting sessions are also available. 

UG26-28 Starhill Gallery, Indulge, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL. Daily, 10am-10pm. For more info, call 012 400 3933.



Still can’t visit Hokkaido and tuck into one of Milk Kobo’s divine cream puffs? Well, the newish Japanese concept café in Bangsar Shopping Centre, Momaku, in partnership with Baristart Coffee Malaysia, might just be the answer. Order a hot latte and proceed to tear into its signature cream puffs, filled with Hokkaido BIEI Jersey cream. Thank us later.

Lot G133A, Ground Floor Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bangsar, KL. Mon-Fri, 8am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-11pm. 


This article first appeared on Aug 1, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.

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