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KL dining scene celebrates all time high!
Date: 27 November 2013
Source: Time Out Kuala Lumpur

KL dining scene celebrates all time high!

More winners than ever before in the Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food Awards 2013

27 November 2013, Kuala Lumpur: The illustrious Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food Awards took place tonight, revealing more winners than ever before chosen from a record number of votes. Proof that the KL dining scene is on the rise!

Winners were unveiled from such myriad outlets as fine dining institution Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar, the innovative recent arrival to the scene Cantaloupe, Japanese doyen of taste Kampachi, and Restoran Fatty Crab, hip kid on the block MyBurgerLab, and artisanal coffee outlet Coffee Societe.

The Time Out KL Food Awards, presented by the effervescent Xandria Ooi and suave Josiah Mizukami, were unveiled in front of more than 400 guests selected from the upper echelons of the Malaysian dining industry at The Roof, one of KL’s newest, most exciting entertainment spaces.

The Awards are the biggest annual celebration of everyday dining in the Klang Valley. The Awards, now in their fifth year, are also the only prominent reader-voted accolades for the food and beverage industry in Malaysia.

They comprise 16 categories and the 2013 Awards saw a record number of votes, resulting in an extremely strong shortlist of old favourites and newer arrivals. In all, it told a picture of a city in rude health when it comes to dining.

The Awards this year were supported by Carlsberg, Somersby, Kronenbourg1664, Perrier, A&L Wines, Forty Licks Ice cream and was staged at KL’s hottest new venue, The Roof.

In addition to recognising successful outlets, The Time Out KL Food Awards (#TOKLFA on social media) had a surprise award for Food Personalities of the Year. The team from Time Out Kuala Lumpur magazine chose seven unique food personalities who they believe have given true credence to their craft via their personalities and have made outstanding contributions to KL dining.

Those honoured were taken from various aspects of the scene, and share the common aspiration of doing what they do first and foremost with the diner in mind. They create genuinely special food experiences that enhance our everyday lives.

The winners of these inaugural awards are Christian Bauer and Eddie Chew, Founders of Troika Sky Dining; Kulwant Singh, Owner of Restoran Santa; Nick Au & Ryonn Leong, Founders of Transparent Apron Underground Supper Club; JH Yee, Barista and owner of Top Brew Coffee Bar and Chef How Yoke Seng of Kampachi.

In the main awards themselves, Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining took the New Restaurant of the Year Awards, while Restoran Fatty Crab reclaimed their title as the Best Place for Seafood for the fifth consecutive year.

The Best Fine Dining Restaurant Award was taken by Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar while new entrants myBurgerLab were winners for the Best Western Restaurant at the Time Out KL Food Awards 2013.

The most hotly-contested category was Best Place for Coffee, which had no less than nine(!) shortlisted outlets, reflecting the popularity of that category with the public. The eventual winner was Coffee Societe by just a handful of votes.

Best Chinese Restaurant was Noble Mansion, Best Malaysian Restaurant went to Bijan, and Best Indian was picked up by Fierce Curry House.

Other regional cuisine awards went to Kampachi (Best Japanese), Al-Amar (Middle Eastern), La Risata (Italian), and My Elephant (Thai).

The remaining categories, Best Healthy Eats, Best Pub Grub, Best Cheap Eats and Best Place for Meat went to Marmalade Cafe, Tom, Dick & Harry’s, Devi’s Corner and Ril’s Bangsar respectively.

The night was not just about the winners, though. The Shortlists were made up of no less than 92 outlets - a Time Out KL Food Awards record!

To make the Shortlist, each outlet recorded more than a thousand votes during the nomination stage, hosted on Once the Shortlist was set, the final voting continued also on for two months, finishing at the end of October 2013.

Another surprise on Awards Night this year was a sweet collaboration between Time Out KL and the innovative churners behind KL’s well-loved artisanal ice cream label, Forty Licks, to create an exclusive ice cream flavour for Time Out KL. The team at Time Out KL, after a lot of deliberation, ultimately landed on their favourite childhood treat that hasn’t until now been morphed into an ice cream, the pineapple tart. The ice cream will be stocked at all outlets that stock Forty Licks ice cream, including several Time Out KL Food Awards winners.

The guests at the awards were entertained by psychedelic dancing chefs on stage while they sipped on Carlsberg, Kronenbourg1664, Somersby, wine courtesy of A&L wines and Perrier water while they snacked on delicious canapés by The Roof, cupcakes by JOW Creations and Ice Cream by Forty Licks.

The aim of the Time Out KL Food Awards is not only to recognise the best in KL’s dining scene, it is also to show that culinary excellence exists across the Klang Valley and that the public’s opinion matters.

Since its launch, Time Out Kuala Lumpur has strongly supported the dining scene in the city, by featuring new restaurants, championing old establishments and offering honest and independent reviews. Time Out critics always pay for their own meals, creating a culture of trustworthy food journalism.

These awards are another example of how the magazine places food at its heart and encourages its readers to eat out more often and enjoy the incredible array of wonderful eateries in KL, from the humble mamak stall to the fancy five-star restaurant.

Time Out KL Editor Lim Chee Wah said, “Time Out magazine is firmly established in over 40 cities around the world. Many of these have their own Food Awards but here in Kuala Lumpur, ours is one of the biggest in the world.”

“It’s wonderful to be able to put KL on the map as the top class food destination it is. However, the real purpose of the night is to acknowledge and acclaim the chefs and restaurateurs who work so hard for KLites, making us the food we eat three times – or more – a day.”

“Every one of the attendees tonight have received many votes and have a warm place in the hearts of KLites. Tonight, we at Time Out KL salute them and urge them to keep up their outstanding efforts into 2014 and beyond.”

After the awards were announced, Mr. Matt Bellotti, Chief Content Officer, Mongoose Publishing, the publishers of Time Out Kuala Lumpur said, “These awards reward and celebrate dining excellence in the Klang Valley.”

“They are the result of tens of thousands of votes cast by the cosmopolitan citizens of Kuala Lumpur. They are one of the biggest independent people’s choice awards and you can see that from the excitement and warm smiles of all concerned. Just reaching the Shortlist has been an epic achievement and the eventual winners will have received literally thousands of thumbs up... and deservedly so!”

Lim Chee Wah concluded the evening by thanking all the guests for coming and sharing in the celebrations, before noting, “All of this would not have been possible without the support of the partners, Carlsberg Malaysia, A&L Wines, Perrier, Forty Licks, JOW Creation, The Roof and all the intelligent, opinionated readers, who took the time out to nominate their favourite restaurants."

The complete shortlist and winners is available at