By Vanishaa Vasudhevan

April Crave: Best New Hotspots to Delight Your Palate This Month

Savour the April scoop with foodie flash news.

“They say ‘April is the time to turn over a new leaf,’ and we totally agree with that. Especially when new bars, restaurants, and cafes debut in town, answering the age-old question in our minds: ‘Where should I eat right now?’ That’s when we enter the conversation, pointing diners toward the most intriguing or otherwise buzzworthy new eateries in the KL and PJ area. From cosy hideaways to avant-garde bistros, there’s always a new gem waiting to be uncovered, ensuring that every dining excursion is an adventure in itself. To keep you in the loop, we’ve crafted a one-of-a-kind guide to the latest and greatest gourmet spots, unveiling the hottest destinations for April

Top 8 Newest Eateries Worth Giving a Shot This April

Breizh KL

Breizh, nestled in Damansara Kim, pays homage to the Breton name for Brittany, the region of France where European crepe culture originated—a fitting tribute to the gastronomical heritage that inspires every bite at this charming creperie. Breizh doesn’t stop at crepes; their Saint Jacques dish abounds as a testament to exquisite finesse, reminiscent of Parisian brasserie fare. Plump, perfectly pan-seared scallops meet juicy pork bacon, complemented by a luscious leek fondue and comforting caramelisation. On the sweet side, the Mont Blanc-inspired crepe offers a tantalisingly distinctive experience. Adorned with chestnut puree vermicelli and crowned with a sugared chestnut, it conceals a chilled centre of vanilla ice cream, giving an after-taste of Christmas in April.

Address: 75, Jalan SS 20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening Hours: 10 am – 6 pm (Sunday, Monday to Thursday) | 10 am – 9.30 pm (Friday and Saturday) 

Belly & Mel

Set in the vibrant locale of Mont Kiara, the newly debuted restaurant emerges as a fusion of two renowned cafe brands—Belly and Mel—coming together for the first time and elevating the palate exploration with playful Asian influences, adding a twist to classic dishes. From the fiery Szechuan-spiced duck confit with risotto to the aromatic grilled sea bass with century egg chilli ragu, each bite is a celebration of bold flavours. Not to mention, Belly & Mel’s beverage servings are equally inventive with concoctions like the Camelia Yin Yong, a refreshing blend of oolong tea, coffee, and milk along with the intriguing Kumquat Suan Mei Tang, a salty-sour sensation infused with the tangy essence of Mandarin plum.

Address: GF-05, 163 Retail Park, 8, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 11 am to 10 pm (opens daily) 

Tina’s Taqueria 

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Say hello to Tina’s Taqueria, the vibrant reincarnation of Curbside Cantina in Damansara Kim. Here, Mexican-inspired cuisine reaches new heights, boasting a symphony of rich, robust aromas that tantalise the taste buds. The star attractions? Look no further than the Perak Duck Taco and XL White Prawn Taco. These mouthwatering ecstasies promise an explosion of punchy pleasure, served in your choice of Baja-style (accented with green cabbage, crema, avocado salsa, and pico de gallo) or Sonora preparation (red cabbage, chipotle mayo, and cheddar wrapped in soft white corn tortillas). Along with all the goodness, enhance your food encounter even more with marvellously spiced mole beans, providing the perfect accompaniment to your tacos. And for dessert? Treat yourself to a velvety hot chocolate, crowned with white chocolate cream—a sweet finale that leaves a lasting impression.

Address: 71, Jalan SS 20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening Hours: 12 pm – 8 pm (Thursday to Saturday, Monday and Tuesday) | 12 pm – 6 pm (Sunday)

Grumpy Bagels 

Don’t let the name fool you—Grumpy Bagels is anything but grumpy. It’s a charming cafe with a cheerful character, located within a weathered bungalow in Imbi, thoughtfully transformed into a dreamy destination that welcomes you with an open arm. Founder Claire’s passion for bagels shines through in every bite, with offerings like the matcha-infused mochi red bean-stuffed bagel and the hearty Lox bagel. But what truly sets Grumpy Bagels apart is its commitment to quality and flavour, especially its Mexican-influenced bagel ( juicy pulled beef, poached eggs, smashed avocado, and barbecue sauce), a winning combination that’s anything but gimmicky. Whether you’re indulging in their house-blended cream cheese or savouring their bagels, you’re sure to be blown away by the bold and inventive seasonings.

Address: 5, Jalan Kamuning, Off, Jln Imbi, 55100 Wilayah Persekutuan, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm (opens daily) 

Flat 18

At Flat 18, every bite tells a story of quality and innovation. Embracing the essence of freshness and seasonality, the recently opened restaurant emerges as a culinary gem in Mutiara Damansara, specialising in contemporary dishes crafted with care and creativity. Try out one of their signature dishes—salt beef sourdough sandwiches or tantalise your taste buds with the Turkish eggs, a fusion of Mediterranean cuisine and traditional breakfast fare. For those longing for something a little different, the shrimp cake served with pickled daikon promises a symphony of scrumptious adventure. The restaurant’s focus is on creating memorable dining discoveries that celebrate the best of fresh, seasonal ingredients. So, whether you’re a local food enthusiast or a curious visitor, be sure to stop by and savour the yummy infusion that awaits you. 

Address: G-01, Bangunan Sterling Group, 21, Jalan PJU 7/7, Mutiara Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening Hours: 8 am to 5 pm (closed on Tuesdays) 

Flaaah With ONO

If you’re a fan of the ultimate trifecta—matcha, coffee, and pastry bliss—then the newly-united Flaaah and ONO café in KLCC is sure to amaze you. Renowned for their heavenly pastry selections and mouthwatering matcha-coffee blends respectively, these two beloved cafes have come together to create a cosy haven for foodies and caffeine enthusiasts alike. Among their delectable offerings are the elusive Japanese fried sando desserts, waiting to be discovered by those in the know. So, get ready to satisfy your cravings and dive into a world of matcha-infused delights at this heavenly new spot!

Address: Level 1, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm (opens daily)

Asador V

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Asador V emerges as KL’s newest culinary gem, a chic haven where succulent steaks and seafood sizzle against the stunning urban skyline. Perched on the fourth floor of Menara Hap Seng 3, this dazzling establishment exudes the sophisticated charm reminiscent of mid-century Manhattan. Under the guidance of chef Daric Liu, the restaurant promises an escapade like no other, drawing inspiration from South American asado barbecue traditions. Featuring prime cuts of dry-aged Spanish and Australian beef, along with a variety of seafood specialities. From Josper oven-grilled whole turbot to princely lobster paella and charred Spanish octopus, each dish at Asador V is meticulously prepared over open fires fueled by acacia wood and charcoal, ensuring that every presentation is crafted to perfection, delivering a truly exceptional epicurean spread.

Address: Unit 3A-1 & 3A-2, 4th Floor, Menara Hap Seng, 3, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours:  12 am to 12 pm (Monday to Saturday) | 6 pm to 12 am (Sundays)

Betterdays KL

“Coffee first, schemes later.” Better Days is more than just a place for your caffeine fix—it’s a celebration of slow living. Tucked away in a secret spot in Bangsar, this backyard coffee bar opens its doors from 9.30 pm until midnight, providing a vibrant and leafy hideout for those late-night cravings. Cool down with a chilled dirty latte, the ultimate antidote to the crazy weather. And when the heat becomes too much to handle, indulge in an affogato—where hot espresso meets chilly vanilla ice cream for the perfect mood fix. For non-coffee aficionados, fear not! They also have refreshing alternatives like strawberry ice cream milk and vanilla ice cream milk. No matter your preference, there’s something suited for your every mood waiting at Better Days. 

Address: Timba Studio KL, 58, Lrg Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 9.30 pm – 1.30 am (opens daily)