Check out three of Kuala Lumpur’s most hot and happening spots to eat and drink.
THE IRON FAIRIES
After attention-grabbing launches in Bangkok and Tokyo, The Iron Fairies has opened in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the TREC entertainment hub, the bar is the creation of Australian iron ore miner-turned-interior designer Ashley Sutton, based on Sutton’s fairy tale about a group of miners who forge iron fairies that come to life.
Filled with an ornate cast-iron décor that befits the bar’s fairy tale theme, the two-storey outlet is divided into several areas, including The Butterfly Room, where 50,000 handmade butterflies hang from the ceiling, while the main area features two bars and a live music stage located between floors that gives everyone a close-up view of the performing bands. Where drinks are concerned, go for the signature cocktails such as the Trapping Tinkerbell, a Scotch-based cocktail with homemade popcorn syrup and bitters; The Green Fairy, a punchy, six-spirit drink made with vermouth, blue curacao and absinthe; and Labyrinth, a gin-based cocktail with osmanthus, apple juice, citrus and Indian spices.
Address: Hive, TREC, 438 Jalan Tun Razak H-G-06, 43000 Kuala Lumpur
Experience authentic Japanese hotpot in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at the newly opened Mo-Mo-Paradise, located within J’s Gate Dining at Lot 10 Shopping Centre in Bukit Bintang. Focusing on fresh, high-quality ingredients accompanied by warm hospitality, the hugely successful all-you-can-eat hotpot restaurant from Japan specialises in two distinct styles – Shabu-shabu and Sukiyaki.
Shabu-shabu features a light broth, to be enjoyed with ponzu and sesame sauce, while Sukiyaki has a rich, sweet-salty flavour. Choose from a mouthwatering selection of meat, such as locally sourced Sakura pork and beef air-flown from Australia, carefully sliced and kept in strictly controlled temperatures before serving. The vegetable bar offers more than 20 types of fresh vegetables, with complimentary water and tea. A branch of the famous Mo-Mo-Paradise in Shinjuku Kabukicho in Tokyo, the restaurant chain is present in more than 60 countries and is one of Japan’s most successful Shabu-shabu and Sukiyaki restaurants.
Address: P1-10/11 Level 4 Lot 10 Shopping Center, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
For a meal with a spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur, head up to the 58th floor of Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, where you’ll find Horizon Grill, the luxury hotel’s seafood and grill restaurant. The kitchen is led by Chef de Cuisine Daniel Wong, who learned his craft under the late Joël Robuchon at the Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, so you can expect a range of classic French and European dishes to shine through.
For beef lovers, keep an eye out for the restaurant’s selection of 35-day Black Angus beef cuts, or the 28-day wet-aged Golburn Valley beef, which is cooked on the Santa Maria oak pit grill. If you’re not sure where to start, opt for the degustation menu featuring six of Chef Daniel’s signature dishes, which includes steak tartare with wakame seaweed, crustacean bisque, pan-roasted foie gras, seared Atlantic cod, Kyushu Japanese beef, and cinnamon apple pie.
Address: Level 58 Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, No. 2, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur