KL Living – Happy Go KL http://happygokl.com Family, travel and expat blog from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:40:54 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://happygokl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/helipad-1-554b53e3v1_site_icon-32x32.png KL Living – Happy Go KL http://happygokl.com 32 32 Recycling in KL – batteries, e-waste and more http://happygokl.com/recycling-in-kl-batteries-e-waste-bulbs/ http://happygokl.com/recycling-in-kl-batteries-e-waste-bulbs/#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:17 +0000 http://happygokl.com/?p=9918 Despite a year has gone by after the compulsory segregation of waste started in KL, many condos and neighbourhoods have seen little real change in facilities for recycling. If they are there, they typically only include separation of glass, plastic and metal. Separating organic matter from the waste seems to be light years away. But what bugs us the most, is how hard it is to find a way to dispose of those tricky items like batteries, light bulbs and electronic waste.

Hence we’ve done a bit of digging, and here is a list of helpful recycling places to take those pesky items in KL:

E-waste, batteries and other recyclables

Urban R+ Recycle

These guys are recycling superheroes. This social enterprice collect everything from paper and plastic to scrap metal, clothes, used cooking oil, e-waste, empty ink cartridges and all types of batteries. They separate the functioning items and usable clothes and dispose of the rest. Check the complete list on their page and arrange pick up by whatsapp or message.

IPC recycling centre

A convenient drop off of recyclables, pay-back of metal, aluminium, glass, paper and plastics. There is also a collection point of your out-of-life mercury content light bulbs (also known as CFL – Compact Fluorescent Lamp) and batteries. You can drive into the recycling centre from the back of the building.


IKEA website stated you can head to Exchanges & Return counter for out-of-life mercury content light bulbs and batteries.

At it’s new charming bungalow in the Telawis of Bangsar, the Hive accepts batteries, light bulbs and small e-waste. The also collect old prescription glasses that are put back to use in Myanmar. Be sure to check the regular courses on offer, and you may well find yourself soon going a step further to composting and trying to go zero waste.

Community Recycle for Charity

Community Recycle for Charity collects unwanted recyclable items. Small items such as paper, books, clothes, bottles etc. can be dropped at the CRC (Ren Ren) recycle boxes around the city. Large items such as furniture, electrical items etc. can be collected from your house for free. Call 017-3638 100 and to arrange a pick up.

T-Pot Computers

This company based in Shah Alam recycles and reuses electrical waste including old computers, washing machines and air con units.

Battery Man KL

Car batteries seem to suffer in this climate and die regularly. These guys come and pick up the old batteries from your house in a whizz.

Project Reboot

Got a computer you don’t use anymore? Instead of letting it gather under your desk or bed, you can give it to Project Reboot – they refurbish and donate them to NGOs, social causes, or underprivileged communities.

Old medicines

The government’s The Return Your Medicines programme means that you can take old medicines to public clinics and hospitals. Private pharmacies and hospitals are not part of the programme, and the ones we have asked do not accept return medicines.

Compost, seeds and plants

Free Tree Society

You may know this group for their free plants and seedlings. They accept empty pots and compost, too.

Also check out this list of shops that take empty cosmetics containers in return for discounts and vouchers. We have some tips on how to teach the kids about recycling and inspiration for a zero waste life, too!


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Arts Events for the Whole Family, June and July 2017 http://happygokl.com/arts-events-for-kids-in-kl/ http://happygokl.com/arts-events-for-kids-in-kl/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:54 +0000 http://happygokl.com/?p=7996 Here’s what’s happening for July in the KL for families arts.

Dancing through the Seasons 2017 – The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC)

The magic of dance with performers from 4 to 25 years old.

Where: Pentas 1, klpac

When: 16 July 2017 @ 3pm

TICKETS: Cat 1: RM 88 | Cat 2: RM 68 (No online sales of tickets. Call 03 4047 900)


Fame – KLPAC

Now here’s a blast from the past.  Perhaps something for the older kids but I should imagine well worth a visit for a bit of  80’s nostalgia, and yet another reason for your children to laugh at your sense of style.


14th July 2017 @ 8:30pm
15th July 2017 @ 3pm & 8:30pm
16th July 2017 @ 3pm
19th July 2017 @ 8:30pm
20th & 21st July 2017 @ 8:30pm
22nd July 2017 @ 3pm & 8:30pm

Where: Pentas 2, klpac


Standard: RM 53.00
Concessions: RM 43.00 (TAS Card Holder / Senior Citizen / Disabled / Student)
*All inclusive of RM 3.00 ticket handling fee and 6% GST

A MPO Fundraising Concert – Tapestry of Colours 2017

When: Sat 29 Jul 2017 3:00PM & 8:30PM

Show casing the talents of the multinational UTP students ensembles.


 Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone in Concert

Suitable for 3 years and up.

When: Jul 15, 2017 – Jul 16, 2017

Where: Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Time: Doors OPEN at 7:00 PM & CLOSE at 8:00 PM

The concert will feature a live symphony orchestra performing, to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.  Audience will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable music.


Comic Art Festival Kuala Lumpur 4

Entering its fourth year, Comic Art Festival Kuala Lumpur is a creator-focused event where independent and professional artists from various circles share and learn from each other.

Thousands of artists, fans and comic enthusiasts gather to experience the various comic cultures of Malaysia with artist booths, art demonstrations by guest artists and forums by members of the industry.


Kids’ weekend workshops at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

This month’s specialty: Islamic Book binding themed activity in conjunction with the exhibition in Special Gallery 2.










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Running and multi-sport events in KL for the whole family http://happygokl.com/running-and-multi-sport-events-in-kl-for-the-whole-family-2/ http://happygokl.com/running-and-multi-sport-events-in-kl-for-the-whole-family-2/#comments Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:57:44 +0000 http://happygokl.com/?p=8845 Family Fun Runs Coming Up in KL

Remember to get online early: The really good ones fill up fast, and some race registrations close early, so if you are keen go online and book your spot.

Spectacularly colourful, international event started to champion health and happiness. Be in quick to register as registration closes soon.

Date: 13 August 2017 (Sunday)

AK Balloon Run 4.0

Date: 13 August 2017 (Sunday)

AK Balloon Run 4.0

Endometriosis Awareness Charity Run 2017

Date: 26 August 2017 (Saturday)

This race is offering two distances, a 3 km and a 5 km for small kids and big kids.

EndoRun 2017 Howei

Eco Nature Run 2017  

Date: 17 September 2017 (Sunday)

MAKNA Founders Night Run 2017  

Date: 30 September 2017 (Saturday)

There is an age limit on this run – it is only open for children 7 years and above.

Zombie Urban Run – Taman Metropolitan Square, Kepong

I know Halloween is a long way away but bear this event in mind.  It’s the day before Halloween. Could be fun, or it may just scare your running socks off.

Zombie Urban Run 2017



Date: 28th October 2017

Venue: Metropolitan Square Kepong

Race Details: Open (13 years old and above) 4 km & Kids (5 – 12 years old) 4 km

Flag Off is at 7.30am




Live More Kids Triathlon Series

Here’s what’s next for the Live More Kids Triathlon Series. This will take the kids up until the end of the calendar year. It is being run as a series with the points from competitors 3 best results tallied for an overall series winner. But, don’t despair if your child hasn’t competed enough in the overall series, there are also individual prizes for the top 3 finishers on the day, and of course finishers medals for all who compete and finish the course.

International School of Kuala Lumpur Aquathlon, September 2017


Date: 10th September 2017, Sunday

Venue: The International School of Kuala Lumpur (Melawati Campus), PT3350 Jalan Melawati 3 Taman Melawati, 53100 Kuala Lumpur

Registration Deadline: End of 18th August 2017, Friday


Australian International School Malaysia Triathlon, October  2017

Date: 8th October 2017, Sunday

Venue: The Australian International School Malaysia, 22, Jalan Anggerik, Mines Wellness City, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor

Registration Deadline: End of 15th September 2017, Friday



Epsom College Triathlon 2017


Date: 12th November 2017, Sunday

Venue: Epsom College in Malaysia, Persiaran Kolej, 71760 Bandar Enstek, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus

Registration Deadline: End of 20th October 2017, Friday






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Holiday camps in KL in July 2017 and August http://happygokl.com/school-holiday-camps-in-kl/ http://happygokl.com/school-holiday-camps-in-kl/#comments Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://happygokl.com/?p=7540 July and August tend to be quiet for camps and holiday programmes with most international school kids away. We will update the list as we spot new holiday camps, programmes and events – bookmark this page!

If you’d like to see your holiday camp listed here, email us at info@happygokl.com. Please contact the providers directly for details and registration!

July and August 2017 holiday programmes and camps in KL:

The Election at BLUBRICKS

“The Election” – a holiday programme specifically created to combine drama, public speaking and debate for students aged 7 – 17 yrs (students will be separated according to age group). Understand the process of an election, its campaigns, create a fictional character, materials and the ‘debate’, where one pitches to get elected.

Happening this August 7th – 11th at Blubricks Kota Damansara from 1:30pm – 4:30pm. Call 012 777 5483 to book.

1st – 3rd August 2017 | 10am – 1pm | Blubricks Kota Damansara | 012 777 5483

Culinary Holiday Programme and a Culinary Camp.  Contact 03-62112433/whatsapp 018-3666414/ Email : info@youngchefsacademy.com.my for more info or to register.

Eye Level Summer Intensive Program is designed to enhance students’ study during their summer break or prior to their year end examination. Register before 6th August, classes 4 times a week.

A Luau themed School Holiday Program from 24th July to 30th July 2017. Kids will explore a wide range of
exciting activities from sandy science experiments to arts and crafts; music & choreography to food crafting; planning a party to setting up an entire party all by themselves! Contact +6018 668 0806 for enquiries and registration. Closing Date: 22nd July 2017.
Ted Boy Bakery is also running cooking classes every Saturday at Jaya One.

Call 018 2528 511 for more information!

Coach Arber’s Soccer Holiday Camp

It’s summer but Arber CoachArber and his team are offering bespoke small groups bookable 4-20 kids. Bespoke summer camps can be arranged with a min group of 12-15 for separate dates .
Prices on request. Another soccer camp will be available in August.

Please WhatsApp only on 0166746133

Shoot Football Holiday Camp in August

1 Day RM 120
2 Days RM 230
3 Days RM 330Online enquiry available here
Contact : 016 – 2968 983 ( Cheryl )
Email : cheryl@theparenthood.com.my / info@theparenthood.com.my

All proceeds from workshops (minus trainer fees & material costs) will be used to fund the running a sewing centre for underprivileged moms.

DIY Body Care Workshop
25 & 27 July (9:30am-11:30am, 2:30pm-4:30pm)
Learn how to make some of the most common daily products on a hands-on workshop using pure, therapeutic grade essential oils and things you could find at home. You will find out how great (and inexpensive!) way it is to go chemical-LESS! RM80 per session (1 adult + 1 child), includes all materials and light refreshment
“Back-To-School” Kids Sewing Workshop
Every Monday & Tuesday (9.30am-12.30pm) starting 31st July
Pick up a new skill and learn to sew your own “back-to-school” kits this holiday. Suitable for children age 9 & up (mummies are welcome to join the workshop too!). RM120 per project or RM300 for 3 projects (including all materials and light refreshment)
Contact: 012-6533656

Activities that run for 6 weeks, each week with a different theme based.

Contact plt@etonhouse.edu.my for further information.

To register, go to http://www.codejuniors.com/registration-form-main/
Enquiries, please email info@codejuniors.com or contact 012-3377055

The Little Gym Malaysia

 Academic prep programmes for kids between 9 and 16.
Star Maker Summer Camps in the British Academy of performing Arts for children aged 7-13. These camps are focused on Music, Acting and Dancing. The camps will be starting on the 31st of July. More details to be updated on the Facebook page.

EMS English School

MYR 800
A two-week program, with 40 hours of classroom learning and Practical English Learning
Classroom – Reading Writing, Speaking and Grammar for 6 to 8 year olds and
Practical English Learning (PEL) – for 9 to 12 and 13 to 16 year olds

Junior Golf Summer Camp

This Junior Golf Summer Camp is an ideal way to introduce the game of golf to our young ones in a fun, yet educational way. May it also help spark a life-long appreciation for this great game.

– 8th, 9th, 10th August, 2017
– 15th, 16th, 17th Auguest, 2017

Time: 9 am to 1pm (lunch included)
Note: Junior Golf set on loan at no extra cost

Lessons conducted by: Lim Siew Ai, the first Malaysian lady to qualify & played in the US LPGA Tour for 10 consecutive years) and Jonathan Thong, a certified Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 3 Golf Fitness Instructor and Junior Coach.

For sign up or enquiry, kindly contact: jnrcamp.mgp@gmail.com�



5-day camps for kids 3-6 years old in Mont Kiara. A variety of camp themes they can choose from. 20 spaces available per camp.
TIME: 930 am – 1230 pm    FEE: RM 880

Young Explorer’s in MK1

WA to book 013 3697460 / 012 2810877.

Lefty Sports Academy

Week 2 (fun with fitness) : Mon 24th Jul – Thur 28th Jul 2017 📞 0146352832
Week 2: 9am – 12pm

The Club, Bukit Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

3 – 6 years young Girls & Boys
Fee: RM950 – Snacks, lunch, materials, field trip, transportation and T-shirt.
Sms/ Call/ WhatsApp: 0146352832 / 0126586988 email: support@leftysa.com

Sports School during the summer break of international schools.
Whatssapp 60123316372 for details.

Malaysia: The Journey of Cultural Discovery
13 August – 21 August 2017

UKM-GSB’s 9 Days & 8 Nights traveling programme covering selected cultural attractions within Malaysia, targeting international students and youth. Exploration of fascinating places, highlighting Malaysia’s cultural diversity and involvement in cultural related activities that will leave long-lasting memories.


Not a holiday camp as such, Opera for Kids is back! This time the children will get to perform in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) in Pentas 1, KLPAC. Enrol your child today by emailing to klcostudio@gmail.com or call 012-3728892 (Soon Yoon)/ 012-2058691 (Danny) for more information. Read our review of the kids’ opera experience here.


Cooking classes at Pusat Kreatif Kanak-kanak Tuanku Bainun

Zucchini and Carrots Rose Tarts with Lemonade With Mint Leaves Ice Cubes
12th August 2017
9.30am to 11.30 am
Fee: RM86.00

To register for the class:
Call 03 – 7733 8559


Safarikids Summer Camps

MoneyWise FLiP Fast Track. Complete the whole level in just 8 days instead of 6-7 months. Perfect for those unable to join our bi-monthly classes. 

Java Minecraft camps in August – register on the website or email info@creativetechcamp.com.

Young Outliers Game Changers camp

A camp for teens with a passion for entrepreneurship.

Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei Badminton Academy

Residential camps in Ipoh for serious badminton players in August.
Eligibility: Malaysians youth. Register online or at the nearest MBC branch.





































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The 5 Best Hari Raya Adverts in 2017 http://happygokl.com/the-best-hari-raya-adverts-in-2017/ http://happygokl.com/the-best-hari-raya-adverts-in-2017/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:27:30 +0000 http://happygokl.com/?p=9955 Whether you are stuck in traffic or KLIA2 immigration queue or happily put in your Raya destination, it’s a perfect time to get into the mood by watching the handiwork of Malaysian creative industry: the Raya short films and adverts. We spent a good while going through this year’s candidates and here are our four favourites. Selamat Hari Raya!

1. Hypp Inspirasi

Hypp TV’s is a clever take on settling your differences for the festive season. Two brothers fall out because they fancy the same girl – the final twist is hilarious.

2. Astro

Astro has done well between tear-jerking and bearable amount of emotion. The short film is the true story of the father who started the Autism Café Project.

3. BSN

BSN’s “Selamat-kan Hari Raya” falls into the category we call “1 Malaysia adverts”. It is a story of two friends – Raj Singham and Chong – who become neighbourhood vigilantes while everyone else is away for the festivities.

4. KFC

This clip falls firmly in the “soppy festival genre” with a sparkle of hope. Points for the colours and the joyful undertone.

5. Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has put a lot of effort into this one: beautiful scenes from countries across Asia celebrating Eid. We recently visited Xian and loved seeing that beautiful city featured in the ad. This one wins the “Traveller’s choise” =)


6. Maxis

Wyang Sayang is a beautiful clip that balances nicely between the past and present Malaysia, and shows a side of a marriage that is not often portrayed in the festive adverts.

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Raya Activities for Kids in KL http://happygokl.com/raya-activities-for-kids-in-kl/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:04:43 +0000 http://happygokl.com/?p=9785
Hari Raya is about spending time with the family, but if you find yourself in the city without plans, there are a few things happening in the malls. Some have cultural programme and many run suitably themed crafts workshops for kids.
Music, dance and drum performances, LEGO mascot appearance and Miss CosmoWorld 2017 Grand Finale
1 July, 4 pm.
Moleknyo Rayo Bersamo! Let’s gather together in this festive season with an array of interesting activities from traditional dance performances, cooking demos of art and crafts workshops and many more. The best time to bond together!



Getting your Hari Raya Bajus Online http://happygokl.com/getting-your-hari-raya-bajus-online/ http://happygokl.com/getting-your-hari-raya-bajus-online/#comments Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:10:32 +0000 http://happygokl.com/?p=9890 I love the month of Ramadhan and the joys of  pasar Ramadhans everywhere.  It is such a wonderful way to lead to the festivities of Hari Raya and  open houses, the unique Malaysian festive occurrence where houses are literally open on a day for you to visit! I am already counting the Hari Raya open house invitations and have started dreaming of having lemang, ketupat, rendang and satay at one go.

Open house invites also mean that I need a baju raya. Whilst modest clothing is absolutely fine, I always love being part of the celebration and wear a baju for my visits. Usually I would trawl the shops of Masjid India, Kamdar or Jakel to decide from a million fabric choices and find a tailor to bring my outfit to reality. This year, I decided to take my purchases online and found many different options.


The #zaloraraya2017 is very addictive due to the vast collection. There is an ongoing sale which makes everything even more attractive! Designers of note include: Rizalman, Jovian Mandagie, Tom Abang Saufi and Melinda Looi. They have a super easy to use app which is very user friendly. While options for mamas seem endless, they don’t have anything for kids.

Fashion Valet

Founder Vivy Yusuf has a massive instagram following and the Fashion Valet Raya is truly sensational with a stellar round of designers including Alia B,  Aere, Fiziwoo, Khoon Hooi, Mimpikita, Nurita Harith. They now have FVKids with some lovely options for Raya including the Pokoks . The Wau collection is one that has definitely caught our eye. A great one-stop for the Open House needs of the whole family.


Poplook has a comprehensive collection online with something for every taste. Of particular interest is the kids collection for both boys and girls.


Other standalone stores with interesting options especially for the young ones:

Whimsigirl, PoyaKupu Kupu Studio,  BBLuveMe


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Father’s Day Activities For Families in KL http://happygokl.com/fathers-day-activities-for-families-in-kl/ http://happygokl.com/fathers-day-activities-for-families-in-kl/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:31:21 +0000 http://happygokl.com/?p=9782 How to celebrate Fathers’ Day? The newly released Despicable me 3 would probably suit most dads, or one the many Fathers’ day buffets in KL.

If you have no plans for the weekend, here are a few events happening this weekend for the family. Or you can always have a look at our list of what to do with the kids in KL or the best day trips from KL!

Father’s Day Tee Painting Workshop

At Atria Mall on Sunday 18th June. Pre-register at https://goo.gl/forms/Fogk8ym7jXSSzz0z1

Fathers Day Special by Crafty Lab
This Father’s Day, show appreciation for your real-time hero by having some father child bonding time by doing arts and crafts at Crafty Lab.

17th – Papa Doll by Miss Ireen Handmade
17th & 18th – Macrame Plant Hanger by Pow Pow Jellyfish
17th & 18th – Moss + Wild Plant Terrarium by Wabiko
17th & 18th – Shrink Plastic + Pop Up Card by Happydoory
18th – Dream Catcher by Miss Ireen Handmade

Limited space available, any workshop details, please contact:
Email: a.hippies@gmail.com
Contact: Ireen +60167829215

Father’s Day Baking Workshop

Saturday at 10:00–13:00 in Bangsar

Nature Thru’ The Lens- MNS Photography Exhibition & Fundraising

Last day to go and have a look at these nature photographs at the White Box in Publika.

Malaysia Percussion Festival 2017

16 – 18 June 2017

Pentas 2, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) Tickets: Ticketpro Malaysia

The Malaysia Percussion Festival (MPF) includes concerts, workshops, ensemble performances, ensemble experience, clinics, community drumming, outdoor marching percussion talk and competition. The very first Malaysia Percussion Festival Competition (MPFC) will also be held on 18th June at 2pm, featuring participants of all ages testing out their skills in two categories, Solo and Ensemble.

The Eighth MY Garden Birdwatch

This is something you can do in your own garden! MY Garden Birdwatch is an annual bird count that aims to keep track of the population of garden birds. The count is used to raise awareness of birds as an indicator of the health of our natural environment. For further information, please check the website, www.mygardenbirdwatch.com or email mygardenbirdwatch@gmail.com.

Soul of Shaolin

28th May – 26th June 2017
Showtimes 4PM and 9PM
Genting Highlands

Direct from Broadway, Soul of Shaolin is a martial arts performance for the whole family. This production stars performers trained in Shaolin kung fu.



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Cocott’ – A Casual French Sharing Experience http://happygokl.com/cocott-a-casual-french-sharing-experience/ http://happygokl.com/cocott-a-casual-french-sharing-experience/#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:09:47 +0000 http://happygokl.com/?p=9803 It all starts with a little aperitif. We are in the living room in my grandparents’ house. It’s close to lunch time and we are warming up our appetite with a few canapés and a little drink. Three hours later, the kids are running around and playing in the garden. The little stream has become a sea for the boats we have made out of sticks and leaves. The adults are finishing the wine with some cheese and the little bread that is left. Lazy lunches, a way of life in a french household. A typical Sunday in France, right? Or at Cocott’ in TTDI.bluecicada photography cocott

Of course, France is not the only place in the world food and time together are celebrated. Traveling has introduced me to new flavours, but one thing remains: how it brings people together. In Kenya, if you happened to come by someone eating, they’d say “karibu”, inviting you to share their food. In the Middle East, we experienced our first Iftar with friends, and here in Asia, the discovered the round table that spins so everyone can have a taste of everything displayed.

More than ever we live in a time where sharing the things we have in common – but also our differences – has become important, almost vital. The big events, yes, but most importantly the little ones too, the perhaps non-events. Maybe it’s just another Sunday, but it is also about sharing a meal, taking the time to do so, talking and laughing, re-centering, just being and of course some good food.

The three hours we spent in Cocott’ made me think that this place was just that. A simple yet clever blend of hearty, delicious French food and the spirit of sharing, Asian style. A place that could look like your own dining room: a few rugs, wooden tables and chairs, plants and flowers. The kitchen is open and you can witness the dedicated chef and assistants preparing your food with care and attention to details.

Rui and Geoffroi are the dynamic and friendly duo leading the restaurant. Their training in Switzerland has given them a solid base for offering a culinary and hospitality experience but their openness and how they are doing this with a heart can not be learnt. The atmosphere of the restaurant feels genuine and it adds a “je ne sais quoi” that doesn’t go unnoticed. The rest of the team, from the waiter to the commis de cuisine were friendly, smiley and super patient with our two girls. We always appreciate staff that seem attentive without being overwhelming. Another key point for me is to know when to serve the next dish. I always feel like with sharing, you could end up just eating non-stop, but this was timed perfectly, striking a good balance between leaving enough time to savour what was in front of you, and looking forward to what was coming next.

The cast-iron cocottes are cute, but don’t be fooled, they are heavy and strong and they actually contain a decent portion of food! Each cocotte has enough to share but I honestly could have eaten a whole boeuf bourguignon one by myself, it was so tasty and melted in the mouth. Each dish is well presented without going over the top, respecting the whole idea of offering a casual experience. The flavours seem simple but take your time to taste everything together and you will appreciate the combinations and the effort that has gone to each dish.

First they bring you bread, which is baked in the cocotte itself. The crust is thin and crunchy, just enough, but the inside is soft and melty.

Then we tried some entrées:  baked escargots, foie gras and deep fried raclette cheese balls, married to perfection with onion and red wine chutney. If you have never tried escargots and you are not going to France anytime soon, this is the place to do it. They are imported from France and they are the crème de la crème of escargots. They are seasoned and baked just right. The foie gras is cooked and served with salad, and I actually combined it with the chutney and it was delicious.

Our mains were the scrumptious marinated red snapper, which was after the boeuf bourguignon, my very favourite dish. I now know a few people who have loved the potato and cheese mousse that accompanied these mains. It was certainly the favourite of our children.

We finished with two absolutely delicious desserts, the chocolate and raspberry moelleux and the pineapple clafoutis – I have gone back since and tried the mango tatin with kaffir lime, and that’s to die for! I love how the richness of the dessert is not overwhelming and the flavours are superbly put together. What a finish!

Finally, I am coming back to the boeuf bourguignon a little bit. Eating one in my neighbourhood here in Malaysia that reminds me of the one my grand-mother used to make is a little bit like coming home. And what not to wish more than the feeling of home when you gather with your loved ones in a restaurant? Enjoying, sharing delicious food, taking the time to be present in the moment… So if you are a “Joey doesn’t share food” type of person, it’s OK, but do give it a try – at Cocott’, you’ll want to keep going back, and share, again and again!



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