Tuesday, 22 July 2014

10 Expat Comforts - Restaurants, Cafes, Supermarkets and Beverages for a Little Piece of Home

This is part two in a series dedicated to helping our newbie expat friends settle into their new homes. Part one highlighted some experiences as an introduction to some must do touristy things, which could also be used as your 10 Places to Take Overseas Guests to Eat list and this post highlights where to find some foods and beverages from home that might be missed. When the excitement of new delicacies wears off here's are list of:

10 Expat Comfort Spots for a Little Piece of Home

(Click on the title links for full details, menu, prices and a map)

Comfort Food
Miss Ellie Tea House - for real scones, great comfort lunches, cold drip coffee and delicious desserts. It's just down the road from the ISKL Melawati campus.

best scones in kl
Miss Ellie Tea House


Craft Beer
Missing your favourite 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.

best beer in kl
Ales and Lagers 

Mexican
La Mexicana - Authentic Mexican 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. 

best restaurant in kl
La Mexicana

Pizza
Mikey's Original New York Pizza - the name discloses all and... wait until you meet head pizza man, Andrew Bellucci...

expat restaurants in kl
Mikey's Original New York Pizza

Supermarket
Jaya Grocer at the Intermark - clean, fresh and management who 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.

expat supermarkets in kl
Jaya Grocer Organic Aisle

Italian
Vineria It. - Rustic Italian cuisine, made with the freshest ingredients, by one of the fussiest I 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.

best italian in KL
Vineria It.



Wine Delivery
Wine Talk with Room Service - Wine. What you like. Selected by a professional sommelier. Delivered to your doorstep. Yes. Please.

wine in kl
Wine Talk with Room Service

Healthy
Healthy restaurants in Kuala Lumpur are hard to find so here I list my favourites:

Eco Green Organic, Taman Tun - a comprehensive selection of super fresh, locally sourced  ingredients to make salads, Asian and Western dishes. 
The Daily Habit, Bangsar Shopping Centre - don't miss their Quinoa Parfait!
Urbean, Avenue K - delicious salads and great coffee.
Witches and Brew, Avenue K - gluten free breads and special catering for coeliacs. 

health food kuala lumpur
Healthy Restaurants in KL


And... taking it one step further... Delicious Detox Delivery leads the healthy crowd with their raw, organic, vegan cuisine delivered directly to your home. They even do healthy desserts. LOVE these ladies!

raw, organic, vegan, whole foods
Delicious Detox Delivery


Coffee
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
La Boca Cafe - a good standard cup of Illy coffee in a funky Latin American environment
VCR - a great little find on the other side of Jalan Pudu serving excellent coffee, and some yum cakes too
FEEKA - not only serving fantastic coffee but a great pastry and breakfast menu as well. Great to visit for brunch on the weekends when there's little traffic and you can enjoy the green courtyard.

best coffee kuala lumpur
Best Coffee in the City Centre

Bubbly Brunch
Lastly, now that you're stationed overseas you must partake in the long standing expat tradition of Sunday Bubbly Brunch. ;-) For an intimate and affordable splash into the scene, you can't go past Neroteca

bubbly brunch
Neroteca

Welcome newbies! Wishing you much success in your new stations. Do leave your comments alerting us to what you need/ are looking for and we'll do our best to guide you.

6 comments:

  1. Another great list! Thanks for sharing :D

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  2. That's one awesome-looking pie, Miss Ellie's.

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  3. Oh I remember Miss Ellie!
    That's the poodle, right? :)

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  4. KL is good for offering lots of expat home comforts when you need them...then you are ready to face the Asian fun again!

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  5. This recipes looks great, can’t wait to try this out. I’m really interested about the Mikey's Original, sounds pretty weird, but I’m definitely going to give it a try.
    Personal Chef

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