*Ice cream photo from Kind Kones for illustration purposes*

Malaysians are always on the lookout for new and exciting places to dine, often travelling in search of the next best thing.

While it is perfectly acceptable to go to your usual restaurant and order your comfort food of choice, there's nothing quite like the joy of finding a new place that manages to take familiar flavours that you know and love and presenting them in fresh and exciting ways.

Here are five modern restaurants to think off the next time you're in the mood for a dining adventure. Who knows? You may even find a new favourite place.

Li Restaurant 

Li.jpg (original size)Tagliatelle with slow braised pork | Photo: Courtesy of Li Restaurant

Malaysian flavours gets turned up a notch at Li Restaurant, a fairly new restaurant in Damansara Jaya that wants to be your local friendly neighbourhood eatery. Featuring contemporary Asian fusion fare served at decent prices, the menu at Li blends local favourites with international influences to tempting results. Checkout their Facebook page here.

 Tabe Tomo

Tabetomo.jpg (original size)Beef Katsu | Photo: Courtesy of Tabe Tomo

Setting up in Damansara Heights under sister sake focused outlet Nomi Tomo, Tabe Tomo (Japanese for "eating buddies") is the latest modern Japanese dining experience to hit the scene. Yakitori, Japanese noodles and rice may be familiar favourites on the menu, but the chef's speciality section shows off the kitchen's talents. Click here to find out more.

Ra.Ft Cafe Bistro

Ra.ft-2.jpg (original size)Mushroom risotto | Photo: Courtesy of Ra.Ft KL

Ra.Ft Cafe Bistro is a stylish Italian eatery in the heart of KL located at Binjai 8. Their Facebook page promises "the best coffee you've ever had", authentic Italian eats with a few surprises and an unforgettable service experience. We're sold.

Cili 8 Noodle Bar & Kitchen

Cili 8 (all 4).jpg (original size)Various noodles at Cili8 | Photo: Courtesy of Cili8 Noodle Bar & Kitchen

Situated at Plaza 33 in PJ, the recently opened Cili8 takes pride in serving noodles with a focus on home-cooked tastes. Noodle lovers can look forward to a variety of classics, like pan mee, to new takes on said classics, like the oriental crispy duck noodle or volcano pan mee. Find more on the restaurant here.

Kind Kones

Kind-Kones.jpg (original size)Photo: Courtesy of Kind Kones

We end on a healthy note with a sneak preview of Kind Kones, a vegan ice cream and dessert parlour. The opening-this-weekend Mont Kiara eatery's desserts are made with natural ingredients only, free from dairy, egg, refined sugar, emulsifiers, preservatives, additives, artificial flavouring and colouring. Now that you know you can snack on their sweet guilt free, check them out here to get the lowdown on their wholesome goodies.

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Tags: Tatler 5, Modern Cuisine, Malaysian Food, Italian Food, Japanese Food, Ice Cream, Vegan, Yakitori, Cafe, New Openings