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Bars & nightlife

  • Happy hours and other ways to get cheap(er) drinks in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    One of the biggest complaints about Kuala Lumpur, from both visitors and residents alike, is the shocking price of alcohol. It is often more expensive to get a drink in KL than in notoriously expensive cities like London and New York (and er, islands like Bali). Hefty government taxes are partly to ... read more

  • Best rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    As Kuala Lumpur grows ever upwards, one of the benefits is an increasing number of rooftop bars where you can get spectacular views of the city. For the most part these are based in high end hotels, making for a mixed clientele of well-heeled locals, expats and visitors. The dress code tends ... read more


  • The Antipodean
    4 stars

    Oversized breakfasts

    20 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar
    T: (03) 2282 0411

    With a red and black exterior and a patio occupied to the brim during lunch, Antipodean Cafe on Kuala Lumpur‘s trendy Jalan Telawi is one of Bangsar’s most successful lunch and coffeehouses (though they’re open for dinner too). Drawing inspiration from the taste and lifestyle of the Antipodes ... read more

  • Marmalade
    4 stars

    An excellent western style cafe

    Bangsar: Lot 18, First Floor, Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi
    T: (03) 2282 8301

    Just five years ago, the city had few really great Western-style cafes, but now it has a plenty of excellent choices, of which Marmalade is one. If anywhere in KL can claim to have a burgeoning cafe culture it is Bangsar, particularly the area centred on Jalan Telawi and on the upper floor of ... read more

  • Peter Hoe Cafe
    4 stars

    Far from the madding crowd

    Peter Hoe Beyond, Second Floor, Lee Rubber Building, 145 Jalan Tun HS Lee, Chinatown
    T: (03) 2026 9788

    As far from the madding crowd as you can get in Chinatown, this is one of the city's best kept secrets. The cafe serves up light-ish food, such as quiches, pies and salads. The selection may be on the small side, but the portions are generous. Staff can be charming or snotty, depending one side of ... read more

  • An introduction to Chinese coffee shops in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    When I first came to Kuala Lumpur, a workmate of mine offered to take me to their favourite Chinese eatery. I readily accepted the offer, but as we entered the place, I began to have second thoughts. Our “restaurant” was a collection of plastic tables and stools, located inside a car park. Once ... read more

  • Where to get a good cup of coffee in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    Malaysia is one of the few places I can think of that has a deeply ingrained culture of both tea and coffee drinking. For the most part, coffee (like tea come to think of it) is served up strong, milky and sweet; an anti-skinny decaff latte if you like. The quality is higher at traditional ... read more

  • Drinking and buying tea in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    Tea drinking has been part of Malaysian life for hundreds of years, although exactly when the habit started is unclear. The most likely explanation is that it was brought to the country by traders from China. The word for tea in Malay is teh, derived from Hokkien, the dialect spoken in the Chinese ... read more

  • Sek Yuen
    3.5 stars

    This eatery is all about the food

    313 & 315 Jalan Pudu, Pudu
    T: (03) 9222 9457

    A rather tough nut to crack for first time travellers to Kuala Lumpur, Sek Yuen is a venerable cafe in Pudu which has no menu, and little spoken English. Forget the decor, this eatery is all about the food, which has kept it popular for half a century. While the language and lack of menu are a bit ... read more

  • Alexis
    3.5 stars

    KL's queen of desserts

    29 Jalan Telawi 3
    T: (03) 2284 2880

    People with a sweet tooth will find much to tickle their fancy, but none rival KL's queen of desserts, Alexis. Its intimate, stylish Bangsar branch, serves a selection of decent thin-crust pizzas and Asian favourites, such as mee siam (Thai style fried noodles), and has a commendable wine list, ... read more

  • Plan B
    3.5 stars

    Extremely popular

    Ground Floor, Bangsar Village 1, 1 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar
    T: (03) 2287 2630

    Apart from being disappointingly halal, Plan B is a welcome, and already extremely popular, addition to the local cafe scene. It's part of the BIG Group launched in 2011 by Benjamin Yong, a man with a seeming Midas touch when it comes to food. When it opened, Plan B focused on breakfasts, light ... read more

  • Coliseum Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Fabulously art deco

    98 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Little India
    T: (03) 2692 6270

    The streets of Kuala Lumpur were once littered with traditional Chinese-run cafes and while many have closed down, the fabulously art deco Coliseum Cafe lives on. Coliseum has been serving food and drink for more than 90 years and while the mostly Western-style food may not hit any great heights, ... read more


  • Din Tai Fung
    4.5 stars

    Tremendous dumplings

    Lot 01.05, Level 6, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2148 8292

    A good and popular chain with an outlet in Pavilion is Din Tai Fung, which specialises in Taiwanese cuisine. The steamed meat dumplings are delicious, as are many of the more unusual dishes, such as the noodles mixed with sesame and peanut, and pumpkin with salted duck eggs. Din Tai Fung has ... read more

  • Wong Ah Wah
    4.5 stars

    Fabulous chicken wings

    1-9 Jalan Alor, off Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2144 2463

    It might not look much from the outside, but this is arguably Jalan Alor's best eatery, serving up tasty Chinese food, with a Malaysian twist. Worth the visit for its chicken wings alone, it is does superb seafood dishes, like chilli prawns and black pepper crab. The English menu and a willingness ... read more

  • Li Yen
    4 stars

    Excellent but expensive

    The Ritz-Carlton, 168 Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2782 9033

    When it comes to the most refined Chinese food in KL, the best place to look is in the city's five star hotels. One of the finest options is Li Yen in the Ritz Carlton. It is renowned for its service, its sumptuous decor and cassic Cantonese cuisine, including top notch dim sum. Stand-out ... read more

  • Wan Fo Yuan
    4 stars

    Great vegetarian fare

    8 Jalan Panggong, off Jalan Sultan, Chinatown
    T: (03) 2078 0952

    Not surprisingly, several Buddhist vegetarian restaurants are to be found in Chinatown, the best of the bunch being Wan Fo Yuan. This place has a door-stopper size picture menu, most with an English description of the dish. Portions are large, so if you want to sample a a selection of different ... read more

  • Kedai Kopi Lai Foong
    4 stars

    Try the Penang style char kuay teow

    140 Jalan HS Tun Lee (junction with Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock), Chinatown

    Oddly enough, Chinatown is not the best place to find Malaysian Chinese food, but a few old style coffee shops do survive. Kedai Kopi Lai Foong, near to Sze Wa Taoist temple, is well worth popping into if you are in the neighbourhood. The restaurant feels a little like a mini food market as there ... read more

  • Restoran Zhing Kong
    4 stars

    Cheap and good

    92 Jalan Hang Kasturi, off Jalan Sultan, Chinatown

    Open to the street, Restoran Zhing Kong is well worth popping into if you are in the neighbourhood. One of the few proper Chinese coffee shops left in central KL, the decor does not seem to have changed for decades. Or some of the customers for that matter. During the day, you order food from the ... read more

  • Yut Kee Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    1 Jl Kamunting, Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur

    Yut Kee is a Kuala Lumpur culinary institution, although sadly not one many visitors will have heard of. It’s been serving up tasty food and drink for 83 years, making it one of the city’s very oldest eateries. In that time, this traditional Chinese coffee shop has survived a world war, several ... read more

  • Century eggs
    3.5 stars

    Known as century eggs, hundred-year eggs, millennium eggs or pidan, this Chinese delicacy is not as old as its name suggests but might take that long to work up the courage to eat. If you can get over the pungent smell and its odd colour, its a popular dish in Malaysia that you might find yourself ... read more

  • Ming Tien Food Court
    3.5 stars

    Lot 10991, Jalan SS24/8 Taman Megah, Selangor
    T: (03) 7806 4991

    Ming Tien in Taman Megah is one outdoor food court you shouldn’t miss trying out in Kuala Lumpur. Festooned with coloured lights, wooden huts and trees, Ming Tien is an affordable but popular location to taste local dishes once the sun sets. ... read more

  • Dim sum in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    Dim sum is a Cantonese custom that you can enjoy at various locations throughout Kuala Lumpur. Dim Sum, literally translated as “to touch your heart,” originated in the teahouses of China but this charming way of dining has made inroads into most parts of Asia and has become part of the culture ... read more

  • Village Roast Duck
    3.5 stars

    Lot F8, 1st floor Bangsar Village Shopping Centre 1 Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru
    T: (03) 2287 4128

    Familiar with Cantonese cuisine? It’s more than just dim sum, with roast duck being an institution all of its own. In London, the Four Seasons’ roast duck restaurant has become famous, particularly in Cantonese circles, for being the best outside of Hong Kong. Now two siblings who worked for ... read more

  • Peking duck in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    With a large Chinese population in Malaysia, it comes as no surprise that many prized dishes from China have become commonplace. Some of them are just too good to miss, like Beijing’s famous duck dish, Peking duck. ... read more

  • Dragon-i
    3.5 stars

    Pleasant surroundings

    Lot 13, level 1, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2143 7688

    Part of a local chain of restaurants, Dragon-i serves up Chinese food in pleasant surroundings. Dragon-i has two main specialities, Shanghainese la mian (pulled noodles), which you can see prepared in the open kitchen area, and xiao long bao (steamed dumplings). But the menu it is filled with ... read more

Fine dining

  • Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
    4 stars

    Fine dining at sane prices

    Menara Taipan, Jalan Puncak, off Jalan P Ramlee, KLCC
    T: (03) 2072 4452

    Forget the flash hotel restaurants, if you want fine dining at sane prices, this should be your first port of call. French chef Nathalie Arbefeuille has taken the KL fine dining scene by storm over the last few years, with her mix of classic Franco-Italian cuisine and more innovative ... read more

  • Sage
    4 stars

    Bargain fine dining

    The Gardens Residences, Sixth floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley, Lingkaran Syed Putra
    T: (03) 2268 1328

    The word "bargain" is rarely spoken in the same breath as "fine dining", but there is no other way to describe the pricing at Sage. The weekday three course set lunch costs just 100 ringgit, for some of KL's very best food. Dishes like chicken consomme with black truffle and foie gras terrine; and ... read more

Food courts

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    Food courts in KL
    4 stars

    Every mall has one

    Twenty years ago KL had barely one large shopping centre, now the city is awash with them. Food is a very important draw at these temples to consumerism, split into two distinct types, stand-alone restaurants, and food courts. Every shopping centre has at least one food court, some of the larger ... read more


  • Jarrod and Rawlins
    4 stars

    Great for a non-halal breakfast

    AmpWalk Mall, Lot 08B, Ground floor, 218 Jalan Ampang, Ampang
    T: (03) 2166 0708

    Jarrod and Rawlins is part of a small chain of gastropubs, extremely popular with expats and middle class Indian and Chinese Malaysians. If you are looking for a proper non-halal fried breakfast, with real bacon and pork sausages, then these outlets take a lot of beating. Other highlights include ... read more

  • Albion KL
    4 stars

    Some of the best gastropub fare in KL

    31 Jalan Berangan, off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2141 9282

    A relatively new kid on the block, Albion KL has quickly built up a reputation for some of the best gastropub fare in town. Named after the ancient name for Britain, the menu would not be out of place in London, where the two owners (one British, one Malaysian) learnt their trade. Albion KL serves ... read more

  • Twentyone Kitchen and Bar
    4 stars

    Fusion and non-fused too!

    20-1 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2142 0021

    Twenty One turns out sophisticated fare, predominantly modern European with the odd Asian twist. Wild mushroom risotto (slow cooked Italian rice), with oyster mushroom tempura, is just one of the imaginative offerings. But the menu has simpler non-fusion fare too, such as the steak sandwich. As an ... read more

  • The Magnificent Fish and Chips Bar
    3 stars

    Pricey British staples

    28 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2142 7021

    In the midst of the Changkat Bukit Bintang strip, The Magnificent Fish and Chip Bar, lives up to its name, serving Britain's best known fast food, in a pub setting. It has nine different choices of battered fish, including classics like cod, and more unusual options such as parrot fish. The ... read more


  • Bombay Palace
    4 stars


    215 Jalan Tun Razak, KLCC
    T: (03) 2145 4241

    North Indian eateries tend to be rather more upmarket than their southern counterparts, with prices to match. The Indian dining experience does not get much more sumptuous (or over the top) than at Bombay Palace, set in colonial bungalow on the edge of KLCC. It's on the pricey side, especially if ... read more

  • Nagasari Curry House
    4 stars

    Curry + beer

    Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang

    Many of KL's Indian eateries are also alcohol free. Not so the tasty Nagasari Curry House, so if you like a beer with your curry, head here. Nagasari is a bit unusual in other ways too. Although it looks like a Mamak shop, and opens nearly as long hours, its menu is a mix of south and north Indian ... read more

  • Devi's Corner
    4 stars

    KL's best banana leaf curry

    14 Jalan Telawi 4, Bangsar
    T: (03) 2282 7591

    Bangsar is also home to a branch of Devi's Corner, which apart from the usual Mamak offerings downstairs, serves probably KL's best banana leaf curry upstairs. If there is one local food experience which should be tried at least once by every visitor to KL, it is the banana leak curry. At its most ... read more

  • Nasi Kandar Pelita
    4 stars

    Popular and affordable

    149 Jalan Ampang
    T: (03) 2162 5532

    A short walk from KLCC LRT and Suria Mall you'll find the conveniently located Mamak stall, Nasi Kandar Pelita. Named after nasi kandar, originally a Penang favourite of steamed rice served with a selection of dishes, but now mostly associated with Malaysian Indian Muslims (Mamaks). Other popular ... read more

  • Where's Kuala Lumpur's best banana leaf curry?
    3.5 stars

    Banana leaf curry is an Indian thali, done with a distinctive Malaysian twist, and it’s something visitors really should try at some stage during a trip to Kuala Lumpur. I decided to check out a few places in order to find the best spot to indulge in the delicious meal.Popularity may not be ... read more

  • South Indian food in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    One of the undoubted culinary highlights of Kuala Lumpur is south Indian food, done with a distinctive Malaysian twist. The eateries can be divided into two main categories: those run by Hindus, and those run by Indians who have converted to Islam, known as Mamaks. Although many dishes turn up at ... read more

  • Kanna Curry House
    3.5 stars

    29 Jalan 17/45, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur
    T: (03) 7958 2829

    A short hop from the Liza De Inn Hotel, you’ll find Kanna Curry House in Section 17, a residential part of Petaling Jaya. With a modest but clean interior and a simple outdoor section with plastic tables and chairs, it may look like any other south Indian joint in Kuala Lumpur. But appearances ... read more

  • Sagar
    3.5 stars

    No. 16, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar Park, Kuala Lumpur
    T: (03) 2284 2532

    South Indian restaurants are far more the norm in Kuala Lumpur, but flamboyant Sagar in Bangsar, a 15-minute cab ride from the city centre, offers a wide selection of northern Indian specialties, such as tandoori chicken, rogan gosh and chicken biryani. Vegetarians aren’t forgotten either, with a ... read more

  • Nasi Kandar
    3.5 stars

    A Malaysian Institution

    A plate of rice topped with four different curries for breakfast? Sounds like a handful (or rather plateful) but that’s exactly what nasi kandar is about; a combination of tantalising, distinct flavours. Once you get used to the idea of consuming so many carbs and so much spice so early in the ... read more

  • Restoran SK Corner
    3.5 stars

    A good introduction to Mamak fare

    46 Jalan Rembia, off Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang

    A good introduction to Mamak (Muslim Indian) fare in Bukit Bintang. Now in it's third and largest incarnation in the area over the last five years, it finally looks to have found a long-term home. Part of a small local chain, SK Corner offers all the classics, including roti canai (fluffy flat ... read more

  • Sri Nirwana Maju
    3.5 stars

    Try the deep fried bitter gourd

    43 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar
    T: (03) 2287 8445

    Sri Nirwana is believed by many to do the best banana leaf in KL, and is certainly not far behind Devi's, when it comes to its basic selection. The deep fried bitter gourd is worth the trip to this Bangsar outlet almost by itself. Popular extras, like the ikan goreng (fried fish coated in spices), ... read more

Malay & Nyonya

  • Bijan
    4 stars

    Hard to beat

    3 Jalan Ceylon, off Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2031 3575

    In terms of quality and authenticity, as well as a pleasant setting, Bijan (Malay for sesame) is hard to beat. It serves up most of the Malay classics, including otak otak (steamed seafood mousse wrapped in a green leaf), rendang (slow cooked dry meat curry), and ayam percik (chargrilled marinated ... read more

  • Enak KL
    4 stars

    Get acquainted with Malay cooking

    LG2, Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery, 188 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2141 8973

    Set in the very fancy Starhill Gallery, Enak KL is a good place to get acquainted with Malay cooking. The menu includes a good selection of Malay classics, with some Indonesian ones thrown in for good measure. Recommended dishes include the sup ekor (oxtail soup), sambal tumis udang (prawns in a ... read more

  • Eating around the clock in KL
    3.5 stars

    Kuala Lumpur is not so much the city that never sleeps, as the city that never stops eating. To say that the city’s residents like their food is a serious understatement. They are obsessed with it. Day to day life is planned around meals, not the other way round.And while the sheer volume of food ... read more

  • Halal and Haram (Haraam) in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    Every year, Kuala Lumpur plays host to a global halal conference, an indication of how important the Malaysian government views the international market for products that comply with Islamic rules. The event covers everything from food to financial services, which probably comes as a bit of a ... read more

  • Old China Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Nyonya hit

    11 Jalan Balai Polis, off Jalan Petaling
    T: (03) 2072 5915

    Nyonya cuisine was born out of the union of Chinese men and Malay women, who together formed the Peranakan culture. The two main centres of Nyonya cooking are Penang, where Thai influences also feature, and Melaka, where Portuguese and Indonesian cuisines form part of the mix. The Old China ... read more

  • Songket
    3.5 stars

    Good food, keen pricing

    29 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KLCC
    T: (03) 2161 3331

    Songket combines combines well-cooked food and generally keen pricing, in a pleasant bungalow setting. A good way to start your meal is with the selection of appetisers, which includes popiah goreng (fried spring rolls) and cucur udang (deep fried battered prawns). Other recommended dishes include ... read more

  • Makan Kitchen
    3.5 stars

    Fancy Malay

    Doubletree by Hilton, The Intermark, 348 Jalan Tun Razak, Ampang
    T: (03) 2172 7272

    Malay food varies hugely from region to region, in part due to the influences from other cuisines, such as Thai and Javanese. Makan Kitchen not only tries to show off this regional variety, it also showcases some of Malaysia's non-Malay cuisines, including Indian, Chinese, Nyonya (Malay-Chinese), ... read more


  • Ramadan food markets in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    As I may have mentioned before, Malaysians like their food. It’s one of the few things which cuts across all the main ethnic groups in the country. One big difference between the races though, is that while fantastic Chinese and Indian food is easily accessible to tourists, good Malay cooking is ... read more

  • The best fresh food markets in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    Close to where Kuala Lumpur began in 1857 is a traffic-clogged square called Pasar Medan — literally, “market field” in Malay. It was here that the city’s pioneering tin miners bought their fresh supplies, and around which the early settlement too shape. In the late 19th century, the market ... read more

Middle Eastern

  • Al-Amar
    4 stars

    A great place for a pit stop

    Ground Floor, Fahrenheit 88, 179 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2141 3814

    Just across the road from Tarbush is Al-Amar Express, which if you can ignore its fish bowl like qualities, is a great place for a pit stop. The large range of hot and cold meze, and excellent Lebanese bread sandwiches, mostly priced in the 10-15 ringgit mark, all make for high quality, decent ... read more

  • Sahara Tent
    4 stars

    One of the best kept culinary secrets in KL

    41&43 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2144 8310

    Sahara Tent is one of the best kept culinary secrets in KL -- except that is among the thousands of Arabic tourists who flock there every year. The food, which is described as Arabian, is not only reliably good, but also the best value Middle Eastern cuisine in town. As well as a good range of ... read more

  • Naab
    4 stars

    Iranian fare

    130 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2143 3949

    Apart from the big names in Middle Eastern cuisine, KL also has some rather quirkier culinary treats. One such place is Naab, which specialises in Iranian fare. While most of the dishes would not look out of place on a Lebanese menu, such as the various kebabs, dolma (vine leaves stuffed with herby ... read more

  • Tarbush
    4 stars

    The epicentre of Middle Eastern food in KL

    138 Jalan Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2142 8558

    Bukit Bintang is the epicentre of Middle Eastern food in Kuala Lumpur and if you're after Lebanese food, Tarbush is a great starting point. Tarbush is part of a small local chain but don't let that put you off. The sharing plates of meze (mostly vegetarian appetisers), served with warm flat bread, ... read more

  • Bosphorus
    3.5 stars

    Turkish in KL

    Lot 33, Level 6, Pavilion KL, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2142 4000

    Moving on from Lebanon, but not from the Pavilion, is KL's only Turkish restaurant, Bosphorus. Though strictly speaking not part of the Middle East, Turkish cuisine shares many of the same dishes. What makes Bosphorus special though, is the offerings which are more particular to Turkey, including ... read more

Other Asian cuisine

  • Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine
    4 stars

    The best all-round Thai experience in KL

    5, Jalan U-Thant, off Jalan Tun Razak, Ampang
    T: (03) 2143 2663

    Rama V is probably the best all-round Thai experience in KL, mixing comfort, tasty food, and decent value for money (except alcohol). Apart from the well-executed standards, there are also a number of more unusual dishes, such chor ladda (chicken and peanut dumplings) and Yam Hua Plee (banana ... read more

  • Sao Nam
    4 stars

    Best Vietnamese in KL

    25 Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2144 1225

    Sao Nam, the city's best Vietnamese restaurant by a mile, of being in an inconvenient location. Goi dud u bo kho (young papaya dried beef salad), banh xeo (crispy chicken and prawn pancake), pho bo (beef noodle soup), and vit sot me (duck in tamarind sauce), are all superb. The menu also lists ... read more

  • Restoran Thai Somtam Seafood
    4 stars

    Authentic Thai

    8 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2145 8458

    For the most authentic Thai food in town, it's hard to beat Restoran Thai Somtam Seafood. Forget the stained/torn table cloths, and the wobbly tables, and concentrate on the food. The green curries are wonderfully spicy and flavoursome, while the som tam (spicy papaya salad), and pad Thai (sour ... read more

  • Samira by Asian Terrace
    3.5 stars

    Delicious food, poor location

    Lot 268, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Ipoh
    T: (012) 921 3880

    Everything about Samira is right -- romantic setting, attentive service, classy decor, fair pricing, and last but not least, delicious food -- apart from its location. What sets Samira apart from many of its rivals, is that the food has not been altered too much for local tastes. This is proper ... read more

  • Kampachi
    3.5 stars

    Solid Japanese

    Lot 09.00, Level 6, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2148 9608

    Somewhat less scarily priced than many of KL's Japanese offerings, Kampachi is widely considered to be Malaysia's best chain of quality Japanese food. The two conveniently placed KL outlets (one in Equatorial, the other in Pavilion), are both reliably good places to find authentic cuisine. It is ... read more

  • Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
    3.5 stars

    Noodle stop

    Tokyo Street, Level 6, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2143-8878

    One of the city's few dedicated Japanese noodle restaurants, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is the big draw, with long queues around lunch and dinner time. Its speciality, as the name suggests, is ramen (wheat noodle soup), done in four ways: shio (pork broth), miso (soybean paste mixed with pork broth), ... read more


  • Seafood in Port Klang
    4 stars

    A full day of eating

    Whether you’re seeking a quick culinary expedition or just looking for a new place to visit for a day from Kuala Lumpur, Port Klang is easily accessible and allows you to combine filling your stomach with the discovery of a new location. Relatively unknown by foreigners, Port Klang’s crab and ... read more

  • Fatty Crab
    3.5 stars

    No. 2 Jalan SS 24/13, Taman Megah Petaling Jaya
    T: (03) 7804 5758

    Fatty Crab is a name on Kuala Lumpur‘s seafood circuit that any self-respecting seafood lover ought to know. It’s impossible to miss with the crowds waiting outside to dine here; even with two floors of seating, you may need to wait more than an hour on weekends for a table. The best strategy ... read more

  • Unique Seafood 23
    3.5 stars

    Lot 9B-3, Jalan Kemajuan, Section 13, Petaling Jaya
    T: (03) 7960 2088

    Anyone up for some fresh seafood in Kuala Lumpur? If heading for the coast is too time-consuming and inconvenient, then this is the place for you in Kuala Lumpur: Unique Seafood is 15 minutes from the city centre by cab and you’ll find more than a hundred fish tanks filled with fresh seafood ... read more


  • Blue Boy
    4 stars

    Solid vege options

    Blue Boy Mansion, off Jalan Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang

    At first glance, Blue Boy looks like any other Chinese coffee shop, but rather unusually, it is wholly vegetarian. As well as the lunch-time "mixed rice" section, it's a great spot to try Chinese and Nyonya dishes which are usually off-limits. The curry mee (thick curry noodle soup), asam laksa ... read more

  • Annalakshmi
    4 stars

    A unique dining experience

    Temple of Fine Arts, 114-116 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields
    T: (03) 2272 3799

    Annalakshmi offers a different dining experience to anywhere else in KL – the only place which allows you to choose how much you want to pay for your food. Apart from breads, which are ordered from the waiting staff, the rest of the food is served as a buffet. As many of the dishes, which change ... read more

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    RAW Coffee Kuala Lumpur
    4 stars

    The only western-style vegetarian cafe in KL

    Wisma Equity Building, 150 Jalan Ampang, (opposite KLCC), KLCC
    T: (019) 313 8978

    The only western-style vegetarian cafe in Kuala Lumpur is RAW Coffee, which serves up a small selection of salads and sandwiches. The cafe is owned by Artisan Roast, purveyor of some of the city's finest coffee. So you can rest assured that you can get a quality caffeine fix to go with your ... read more

  • Bakti Woodlands
    4 stars

    Reliable and affordable Indian vegetarian food

    55 Lebuh Ampang, Chinatown
    T: (03) 2034 2399

    For reliable and affordable Indian vegetarian cuisine in centrak KL, Bakti Woodlands is a good option. This popular eatery does a range of good value thalis thalis (a selection of dishes normally served on a round stainless steel plate), from various regions of India. A la carte choices include ... read more

  • How to eat vegetarian in Kuala Lumpur
    3.5 stars

    Horror, pity and grudging admiration: the three main ways Malaysians react when they find out someone is a vegetarian. This would suggest that keeping clear of meat and fish is a tough ask, even in cosmopolitan KL. Which is odd, because there are few places in the world where vegetarians can eat ... read more

  • Saravana Bhavan
    3.5 stars

    Wholly vegetarian

    52 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
    T: (03) 2287 1228

    You will always be able to find dishes free of meat and fish at Indian restaurants, even Mamak shops (see Indian section) but the city also has a number of wholly vegetarian options too. Saravana Bhavan, which has convenient outlets in Bangsar, Brickfields and Little India, turns out some of the ... read more


  • Suzi's Corner
    4 stars

    For steak connoisseurs on a tight budget

    Lorong Ulu Kuantan, by junction of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2, Ampang
    T: (03) 4256 6720

    For steak connoisseurs on a tight budget, then Suzi's Corner is the place to go. Set on the edge of the embassy district, this place is a triumph of substance over style. Forget the plastic furniture, neon lighting, and traffic noise, steaks of this quality, for under 30 ringgit, are worth ... read more

  • The Daily Grind
    4 stars

    Will burger you senseless

    Lot 8, Lower Ground Floor, Bangsar Village, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar
    T: (03) 2287 6708

    Although plenty of eateries in KL serve decent burgers, this is one of the few eateries to give pride of place to that most American of food exports. Promising to "burger you senseless", Daily Grind has a wide range of burgers to choose from, including two vegetarian options, although the classic ... read more

  • Frangipani
    4 stars

    High end dining at high end prices

    25 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2144 3001

    Located in a beautiful art deco building in Bukit Bintang, Frangipani delivers high end dining at high end prices. Named after a frangipani which unfortunately no longer stands out front, the restaurant pulls off the fusion trick, marrying European and Asian cuisines, to make an end result which is ... read more

  • El Cerdo
    4 stars

    An unashamed porky meat-lovers paradise

    43 & 45 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2145 0511

    No risk of hitting the halal wall at El Cerdo, an unashamed porky meat-lovers paradise. Although named after the Spanish for pig, this place is run by an Austrian, and turns out dishes from all over Europe. Thuringer tostbratwurst (sausage with pickled cabbage and mashed potato), may sit uneasily ... read more

  • Pinchos
    4 stars

    A deservedly popular tapas bar

    18 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2145 8482

    Pinchos is a deservedly popular tapas bar at the top (western end) of Changkat Bukit Bintang. The food is tasty, well-priced and authentic. Top picks include the patatas bravas (potatoes with spicy tomato sauce), gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns), pan tumaca con jamon (Serrano ham on tomato smeared ... read more

  • El Meson
    4 stars

    Non halal tapas

    61–63 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar
    T: (03) 2282 8290

    New chico (Spanish kid) on the Bangsar block, El Meson, is non-halal, and all the better for it. Quite apart from having a great range of authentic tapas, cold cuts, and main meals, El Meson is the unlikely home to one of KL's best fried breakfasts, with real bacon and pork sausages. Unlikely, ... read more

  • Sassorosso
    4 stars

    One of KL's most romantic places to dine

    9 Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KLCC
    T: (03) 2166 6428

    Set in a bungalow in a secluded part of KLCC, Sassorosso is one of KL's most romantic places to dine. A favourite amongst expats and well-heeled locals alike, this is a great place for a treat Italian meal while visiting KL. Although by no means cheap, Sassorosso is not outrageously priced, so ... read more

  • La Bodega
    4 stars

    KL tapas

    Lot 06.00, Level 3, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2148 8018

    Kuala Lumpur isn't the first place that springs to mind when you think tapas, but if a tapas crave hits, don't fret, La Bodega will help. While it is relatively easy to get good Spanish food in Kuala Lumpur, the most prominent local chain, La Bodega, lets itself down by being pork-free. Spanish ... read more

  • Las Carretas
    3.5 stars

    Sombreros await

    Lot B-0-7 Semantan Avenue 10 Jalan Semantan, Damansara Heights
    T: (03) 2093 0380

    With a diverse multiracial society and an evolving food culture, there’s no doubt that diners are spoilt for choice in Malaysia. But you aren’t limited to Asian cuisine if you’re seeking something a little more exotic to this part of the world; if you prefer the zing of jalapenos, jump on the ... read more

  • Tatto
    3.5 stars

    Great spot, less great location

    19 Jalan Damai, off Jalan Tun Razak, Ampang
    T: (03) 2166 5212

    For rustic Italian fare, in an intimate setting, Tatto is a great choice, albeit not in a very covenient location. Dishes like lamb shank with soft polenta (cornmeal), roast sea bass with grilled vegetables, and pumpkin ravioli with duck breast, are great examples of less being more. The pizza is ... read more

  • Nerovivo
    3.5 stars

    Undeniably pleasant

    3A Jalan Ceylon, off Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang
    T: (03) 2070 3120

    If Neroteca is for the connoisseur of proper Italian food, its sister restaurant round the corner, Nerovivo, tends towards style over substance. It is an undeniably pleasant setting -- one of KL's very best spots for a romantic date. And the food is generally decent too, especially the pizzas. But ... read more

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