Eat Drink KL: 2021

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Kitchen Goheung, Solaris Mont Kiara

If you love Korean cuisine and you love cockles, get going to Goheung, which offers the marvellous molluscs in bibimbap (RM30) and on their own with chilli peppers (RM50). Goheung's cockles are served slightly chilled, but they still feel fresh and full-bodied in their tender texture. Note though that they taste clean and light, instead of bold and bloody. 

Kitchen Goheung

3A, Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-6206-1490

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Hisho Sushi Bar, Bangsar Shopping Centre

A fast, friendly fix for nigiri, maki and sashimi for Bangsar's shoppers, Hisho Sushi Bar offers fuss-free servings of familiar staples like hirame-toppped sushi (RM22 for two pieces), rolls draped with both unagi and anago (RM45) and thick cuts of kanpachi (RM40), washed down well with house sake (RM56).

Hisho Sushi Bar

Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

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Jelutong Hills Bakers, Shah Alam

Jelutong Hills Bakers' top temptations go beyond bread and butter, with hearty meals that span sourdough toast layered with meltingly tender smoked pulled lamb with caramelised onions (RM28; with fries on the side for a full day's worth of carbs), and crispy-fried chicken and scrambled eggs heaped in waffles with maple hollandaise sauce (RM30). If you're curious about the ovens here, check out the counter, where tenderly cakey scones, buns and rolls beckon.

Jelutong Hills Bakers

G, No.15-1, 16/G, Jln Elektron U16/E, Denai Alam, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor. Tel: 03-7832-6963

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Kebun Cafe by Hoho Farm, Hulu Yam Lama

A genuinely green escape, just a 45-minute drive from KL's city centre, Kebun is a new cafe launched this month by Hulu Yam Lama's Hoho Farm, set in a soothing heartland of pesticide-free, organically cultivated vegetables.

Kebun is currently open Friday through Sunday; stop by for wholesome beverages of chilled banana milk and hot matcha lattes, savour the lush, wide-open views, and say hi to Kebun's friendly resident canines.


Hoho Fruit Vege Park, Jalan Patin 2, Taman Desa Patin, 44300 Batang Kali, Selangor. 

Open Friday-Sunday and public holidays, 10am-5pm.

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MixoBot: Malaysia's first robot mixologist shakes up a cocktail storm at Petaling Jaya's LAVO

Meet the MixoBot, a bartender who doesn't talk but does make a mean Margarita. 

Malaysia's first robot mixologist is shaking up a storm of cocktails at Petaling Jaya's LAVO resto-lounge, blending artificial intelligence with authentic flair and flavour.

If you're a cocktail enthusiast, check out LAVO to see cutting-edge technology take over the bar, with mechanical arms that can precisely whip up a cool potion within three minutes. 

If you're a bar owner, the MixoBot is a striking installation to lease for your venue, bringing stylish reliability to swiftly bolster your margins.

It's fun to watch MixoBot make a cocktail starting with an empty glass. 

MixoBot isn't a person but it isn't without personality. Its sleek white arms dance and weave across the many bottles suspended from the top, taking only what's needed to shake it like a rock star. It’s a show that's visible throughout LAVO, injecting a unique dynamic to the scene.

MixoBot's movements might seem like an attractive novelty, but this isn't purely a gimmick - this state-of-the-art innovation is fully capable and consistent in determining the accurate proportions for a perfectly crafted cocktail.

Focus Dynamics, which operates LAVO and has introduced the MixoBot in Malaysia, points out that without room for human error, bar owners face fewer risks and losses from drinks returned to the bar by dissatisfied customers. If the customer loves the drink once, they'll always love it.

The final test is in the tasting. We're happy to report that MixoBot's creations at LAVO taste well-balanced, exactly what you'd expect from a respected bartender.

Bar owners and customers will appreciate the convenience offered by MixoBot.

It's easy to programme the MixoBot to create a wide variety of customised cocktails, including the Lychionic (RM35; gin with lemon juice, lychee and Schweppes tonic water), Irishman (RM38; whiskey with lemon juice, soda water and ginger) and Strawberry Margarita (RM36; tequila with triple sec, lime juice and Monin strawberry fruit mix). 

The cocktails are priced reasonably, without any MixoBot surcharge.

To see the MixoBot and its flexible arms in action, head to LAVO. You can walk in or book a table through the GemSpot mobile app.

Ordering at LAVO is fuss-free through a tablet that showcases the complete cocktail menu, with all ingredients accounted for.

One human element remains intact at LAVO's bar, with the garnishing finished by LAVO's own crew.

Interested restaurants can contact Focus Dynamics for leasing opportunities. Find out more at

MixoBot at LAVO

Menara Lien Hoe, No 8, Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana Golf & Country Resort,  47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 12pm-12am. Tel: 010-311-1888

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