KI by LavieFlo lets you dine amid beautiful floral arrangements

The florist specialises in preserved flowers.

The wide food selection makes it suitable for big groups or families (All photos: KI by LavieFlo)

Founded in 2012 by a company that specialises exclusively in artisan preserved floral arrangements, KI by LavieFlo (its name is an international portmanteau of words — ki is “tree” in Japanese, vie “life” in French and the last syllable is a truncated “flower”) is the latest venture by its enterprising founders, former publishing executive Ellen Loke and her husband, David Lim, who can now add “café owners” to their portfolio.

Soft-opened on Sept 9, the simple space is the perfect backdrop against which to admire LavieFlo’s offerings, serving as a floral library of its preserved bouquets and centrepieces.


The simple space is the perfect backdrop against which to admire LavieFlo’s offerings

The setting is serene and girly, as evinced by its logo of a rabbit holding a giant monstera leaf. Kawaii (“cute” in a Japanese context) in essence, it is sure to go down well with certain demographics. The menu also encapsulates this Japanese-Western vibe with a slew of yoshoku offerings. 

It is ambitious, considering it is LavieFlo’s maiden foray into the challenging and sometimes unforgiving realm of F&B. The wide selection makes it suitable for big groups or families, as the young ’uns will find no fault with sweet potato fries or Kara-Kara Chicken, KI’s take on the safe and trusty chicken karaage.


The homegrown brand also offers preserved bouquets and centrepieces

There are also soups, salads, nori tacos, donburi bowls, protein-heavy entrées and pastas to pick from. And on the slim chance that the Japanese-influenced flavours are not to your taste, there are the fail-safe nasi lemak as well as simple but comforting option of bread and chicken curry.


KI by LavieFlo is at B-15-G Zenith Corporate Park, 1 Jalan SS7/26, Kelana Jaya. 

This article first appeared on Oct 3, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.


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