The last time I visited Publika, it was a weekday and the place was awfully quiet. You can tell that the economy has really taken a toll on both the F&B industry and consumers' spending.
Among the dozens of restaurants and cafes we walked by, Ante Kitchen & Bar was the only one that seemed to be buzzing with life.
Ding Heong is one of the few surviving apam balik truck in KL that's still doing well. To stay relevant to the ever changing consumer tastes, Ding Heong also offers a whole lot of non-conventional pancakes with various stuffing - almost like a pizza.
Besides Marugame, Kodawari Menya is another Japan-based udon and tempura restaurant that offers tasty noodles at affordable prices. As of now, Menya Kodawari can only be found at 1 Mont Kiara shopping mall, right opposite another great Japanese noodle restaurant - Menya Kamikaze.
One of the perks of staying in Petaling Jaya is that there are many good Penang food around. Among them, Choon Prawn Mee House is one of my recommended places to go for Penang-style prawn mee. However, do note that the soup here leans towards sweet, so it might not be everyone's cup of tea.
BreadFruits is an extremely popular spot for breakfast and brunch in Desa Sri Hartamas that's also notorious for their slower than average service.
The first time we were here a year or so ago, we were turned away by the crowd. There was even a line of people trying to get into the restaurant. So we decided to drop by for dinner instead.