10 Expat Comforts: Restaurants, Cafes, Supermarkets and Beverages

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Are you a new expat in Malaysia? This list compiled by The Yum List will help you find some foods and beverages from home that might be missed.

1. Comfort Food at Miss Ellie Tea House

Miss Ellie

For comfort food, Miss Ellie Tea House has real scones, great comfort lunches, cold drip coffee and delicious desserts. Its just down the road from the ISKL Melawati campus.

Miss Ellie Tea House is located at 7, Jalan H3, Taman Melawati.
Tel: 03 4162 0113

2. Craft Beer at Ales and Lagers

Ales and Lagers

For craft beer, hunt down Ales and Lagers in Publika to find an ever changing range of boutique beers. It’s a little tricky to find the first time, but once you do, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered your very own speakeasy.

Ales and Lagers is located at D1-G4-06 Solaris Dutamas, next to Studio KL.
Tel: 012 262 8171

3. Mexican Food at La Mexicana

La Mexicana

For Mexican food, La Mexicana serves authentic Mecixan cuisine prepared by not one but two Mexican chefs! Everything is made from scratch. This is not Tex Mex (which I love also, but be excited as this food is from the heart of Mexico). Oh… and also… I must mention that they serve the BEST Margaritas in the city.

La Mexicana is located at Terrace at Hock Choon.
Tel: 03 425 35251


4. Pizza at Mikey’s Original New York Pizza


For pizza, Mikey’s Original New York Pizza is the place to go. The name discloses all and…wait until you meet head pizza man, Andrew Bellucci.

Mikey’s Original New York Pizza is located at 17, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar.
Tel: 03 2202 0880

5. Supermarket: Jaya Grocer at the Intermark

Jaya grocer

For a good supermarket, Jaya Grocer at the Intermark is clean and fresh, and the management are willing to listen to your requests. Easy parking and loads of expat items at more reasonable prices than Cold Storage and the few other expat targeted supermarkets around the city. I’m a fan of the organic isle while hubby drools over the cold cuts. There’s something for everyone – even wine tastings and cooking classes too.

Jaya Grocer at the Intermark is on Jalan Tun Razak.

6. Italian Food at Vineria.IT


For Italian food, Vineria.IT serves rustic Italian cuisine, made with the freshest ingredients, by one of the fussiest chefs I know, who insists on ‘no nasties’ (chemicals, MSG, preservatives, prepackaged, overly processed…) in his food. Sunday lunches are a particularly great time to visit, but Italian aperitivo happy hours during the week are a good deal too.

Vineria.IT is located at G133, Bangsar Shopping Centre.
Tel: 03 2287 7889

7. Wine Delivery Service: Wine Talk with Room Service



For wine delivery, Wine Talk with Room Service has what you like. The wines are selected by a professional sommelier and will be delivered to your doorstep.

Wine Talk with Room Service is located at Phileo Damansara II.
Tel: 03 7954 5142

8. Healthy Restaurants

Healthy food

Healthy restaurants in Kuala Lumpur may be hard to find. Here are some to check out:

Ashley’s by Living Food: Those looking for restaurants that cater to a variety of dietary plans and healthy eating in general will love Ashley’s. They serve up everything from raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free and even have organic grass fed meat options.

Ashley’s by Living Food is located at 11, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru.
Tel: 017 325 3663

The Daily Habit: Don’t miss their Mango and Chia Pudding!

The Daily Habit is located Chi Fitness Centre, Lot 1-02 BRDB Tower, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar.
Tel: 03 2202 3219

Culinary Capers: Culinary Capers leads the crowd with their delicious range of meals, snacks, party food and healthy desserts delivered directly to your door.

Culinary Capers is located at No.5 Jalan Tunku Putra, Off Jalan Duta.
Tel: 03 20935789

9. Coffee Places


Despite the number of coffee places popping up around the city it’s still not so obvious where to find a great cup in the city centre. So here… I’ve hunted them down for you. Take your pick of:

Eight Ounce Coffee Co: Conveniently located in KLCC and accompanied by decadent chocolate desserts.

Eight Ounce Coffee is located at Lot K13B, Level 1, Suria KLCC.
Tel: 03 2856 9353

La Boca Cafe: A good standard cup of Illy coffee in a funky Latin American environment.

La Boca is located at the KL Life Centre, 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail.
Tel: 03 2162 4333

VCR: A great little find on the other side of Jalan Pudu serving excellent coffee, and some yum cakes too.

VCR is located at 2 Jalan Galloway, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2110 2330

Feeka: Serves fantastic coffee and a great pastry and breakfast menu. Great to visit for brunch on the weekends when there’s little traffic and you can enjoy the green courtyard.

Feeka is located at 19, Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2110 4599

RGB at The Bean Hive: Excellent coffee and a delicious vegetarian menu.

RGB is located at 35, Jalan Damai, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2181 1329

10. Crusty Bread and Western Treats at Kenny Hills Bakery

Kenny hills

For crusty bread and other Western treats, head on over to Kenny Hills Bakery.

Kenny Hills Bakery is located I-1B, Taman Tunku, Off Langgak Tunku, Bukit Tunku.
Tel: 03 6206 4111

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Alejandro Ruizdelacuesta

I was not impressed by Mickey’s Pizza

Ed Couture

Any restaurant serving a prime rib?

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