10 of the most foodtastic cafes and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur (Yes, for every type of foodie!)

10 of the most foodtastic cafes and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur (Yes, for every type of foodie!)

I must confess. I get a lot of questions when I travel to other parts of the world. I think it’s time I reveal my most overused response when people ask “What should I do when I visit KL?”

My go-to answer would be? THE FOOD. It’s definitely what I ultimately miss whenever I travel, no matter where I end up in the world. And if you’re a foodie, you’ll find that the food in KL is unparalleled. The variety? Unrivalled! Which is why you need to get on this list – there’s definitely something out there for every type of foodie.

Note:

$: RM0 – RM 20,

$$: RM20 – RM50,

$$$: RM50 – RM80,

$$$$: RM80 – RM100 or more

1. The Health-Conscious Foodie

Ashley’s by Living Food

Ashley’s offers a pretty awesome range of healthy dishes. There are raw/vegan/gluten-free options for the more extreme healthy types, to low-fi versions of local Malay dishes for those who are trying out a different diet or just a curious foodie, like me!

The vegan nasi kerabu is made of coconut-drizzled Bario rice with a side of local herbs and pickled veggies, that is also accompanied with dried shrimp garnished with young mango. The vegan option comes without the dried shrimp. Each plate of rice comes with a side dish, and you may opt for some non-vegetarian dishes too like daging masak hitam or Achiote Grass-fed lamb. Of course, the Malaysian in me was tempted by the daging masak hitam.

Fancy a raw-vegan, gluten-free chocolate tart anyone? Despite the mouthful description, this tart really did cure my sweet tooth fix after all the vegetables.

 

Average cost / person: $$$

11, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar

1am – 11pm, weekdays | 9am-11pm, weekends

 

2. The Insta-foodie

Isabel

Your tummy grumbles, you’ve been hungry for at least a century. Suddenly, you hear the restaurant’s kitchen doors swing open and a waft of gorgeousness fills the air. Your ears perk up as you hear the waiter’s footsteps approach your table and you blink your eyes rapidly as the plate descends in front of you. Your hand slides upwards… and opens up your camera app. Snap snap snap!

It’s a conscious effort to not ravage the hot, steaming plate of yummy food and make yourself take a picture of it. Not only does Isabel look gorgeous in photos, but their dishes look too good to eat! Don’t worry, you won’t be disappointed. The flavours are surprisingly delicious too.

Isabel

Try the Vietnamese duck noodles, that came in a large bowl and had a full duck thigh in it (the Asian in me screamed “value for money!”) accompanied by the most refreshing, the most exquisite jackfruit, basil and pomelo side salad I have ever tasted… It was sweet and sour at the same time! Okay I’ll admit I was pretty hungry. But that salad though!

Isabel

Trust me, Isabel knows their desserts. Isabel is the little sister to the already-famous Alexis Bistro. One would think that an eye for desserts run in their family. And true enough, their mini pavlova did not disappoint. Just look at that gorgeous delicateness!

 

Average cost / person: $$$

21, Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday – Sundays, 12pm – 12am | Closed on Mondays

 

3. The DIY Foodie

Kung Jung Korean Restaurant

Have you ever wanted to walked in to a restaurant’s kitchen and announce “Can I help to flip the meat?”

I love food, I love cooking, but I can’t stand it when the kitchen overcooks my meat. So when I heard that there’s an authentic Korean bbq place in town that offers the option of sizzling your own choice cuts, I jumped at the chance! For Korean food lovers, this place is win, win, win.

Kung Jung Korean Restaurant

Kung Jung Korean boasts an in-table barbecue grill so you don’t get the messiness of the tubes and gas cylinders that you normally would at smaller BBQ joints. This way, you can have a quieter and more comfortable dining experience.

A beginner at the grill? Don’t know how to gauge your meat doneness? The kind and friendly staff will assist you, as they have a dedicated host to service each table. Spoilt for choice? Just start with your preferred meat of choice and you’re good to go!

Kung Jung Korean Restaurant

The best thing for me isn’t on the menu though, because for every portion that you order, you get eight different side dishes. Yes, Koreans are known for their generous side dishes and Kung Jung is no exception. They are all replenishable and each one gives you truly authentic Korean flavour. Are you giddy with excitement yet?

 

Average cost / person: $$$$ (But totally worth it!)

9, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

Monday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm | Closed on Sundays

 

4. The Local Gourmet Foodie

Sixty Bites Burger

I love a great local watering hole. Except I don’t drink. And my diet is mostly meat. What is the equivalent of a watering hole when you’re thirsty for meat?

Sixty Bites Burger
Credit: Sixty Bites Burger

Ta-da! Made fresh daily, Sixty Bites’ beef patties are homemade with 100% minced ribeye meat and is naturally rich and juicy in flavor. If you love a good greasy joint, Sixty Bites is a MUST-TRY.

Sixty Bites Burger
Credit: Sixty Bites Burger

The chef, John Fugu had a 15-year hotel and fine dining experience under his belt before he decided to start this out on his own. Says John, out of respect for good quality burgers, he does not use any chili sauce or ketchup. His signature burger, the Chezburger consists of a beef patty topped with a signature ‘onion jam’ and mustard pickle mayo, sandwiched in between custom buns.

 

Average cost / person: $

Opposite BHP petrol station, Pinggir Zaaba, TTDI

Monday – Saturday, 8:30am – 12am | Closed on Sundays

 

5. The Low Fuss, High-Calorie Foodie

Restoran Nasi Kandar Ibramsha

I confess, sometimes, I just need that extra bit of carbs to get me through the day. Usually it hits me around lunchtime. If like me, you’ve always prioritised the flavours and not the fluff, then you’ll definitely enjoy this silent gem of an eatery in the heart of KL.

Restoran Nasi Kandar Ibramsha

It’s considered the original, old-timer’s go-to place for nasi kandar in Malaysia, originating in Penang. Pro tip: Catch an early ride into KL because people apparently start queuing up from 11am.

Restoran Nasi Kandar Ibramsha

Don’t miss out on the ayam masak kicap that is so tender the meat falls off the bone, freshly made roti canai, and mind-blowing kari kepala ikan. Oh, and the messier the better.

 

Average cost / person: $

68, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur

Open daily | 7:30am – 7:30pm

 

6. The “Must Taste Like Home” Foodie

SALTed

Claimed to be the closest to the real deal, SALTed is a must-try for foodies who need a gentle reminder of Sarawak’s home-cooked food. In particular, the Kolo mee which I had – the perfect combination of springy noodles in fatty goodness with a side of power-packed sambal!

SALTed

Noodle-foodies will know what I’m talking about. Each bowl of kolo mee only needs these three: the springy mee, the spicy sambal, and the scrumptious soup. Each mouthful will take you back to that moment when you were slurping on some noodles in your hometown and the girl next door caught your eye as she walked past.

SALTed

 

Average cost / person: $$

30-1, Jalan PJU 7/16, Mutiara Damansara

Open daily | 10am – 3:30pm

 

7. The “Little Bit Of Everything” Foodie

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant @ OneWorld Hotel

People tell me I eat like a bird. I eat very little, yet I want to peck at a lot. If that sounds familiar, then you might be this type of foodie! Try the newly-relocated Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant at One World Hotel. It has a spanking new look and a revamped menu – with all-you-can-eat dim sum! And we all know when dim sum is concerned, a little goes a very long way.

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant
Steamed Siew Mai with Japanese Baby Scallop. Credit: One World Hotel

Some of the chef’s recommendations include the Cod Fish Dumpling with Orange Skin and Pumpkin, and the Steamed Cheong Fun with Prawn and ‘Tong Choy’.

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant
Assorted dim sum. Credit: One World Hotel

The “All you can eat” menu is only available on weekends and public holidays from 10am to 2pm, so be sure to make a reservation! Prices are RM88 per adult and RM44 per child aged 6 – 12 years. Other than that, only the ala-carte menu is served.

 

Average cost / person: $$$

One World Hotel, Bandar Utama

12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm-10.30pm, weekdays | 10am – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm, weekends

 

8. The Big Mouth Foodie

Makirito

Most restaurants get their popularity or ‘buzz’ from food reviews and restaurant feature articles – but to me, the most buzz-worthy of kitchens get their foodie fuel via word of mouth! And with this restaurant, the bigger your mouth, the better.

Makirito
Credit: Makirito

Makirito is a ‘sushi burrito’ outlet at APW in Bangsar, and uses fresh ingredients wrapped in a burrito-sized roll, giving birth to the name Makirito (from the Japanese makimono).

Makirito’s hand-fitted power packed burritos are perfect for those in a hurry or for those who want a fresh new way to eat fresh ingredients.

Makirito
Credit: Makirito

Choose to build your rolls from luscious salmon seasoned rice, capelin roe, crisp greens and chuka wakame wrapped in nori, and drizzle a selection of house-blended sauces like spicy sriracha mayo, shoyu citrus mayo or a light shoyu ponzu.

 

Average cost / person: $

APW, 29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar

12pm – 8pm, weekdays | Closed on Mondays

 

9. The ‘Anytime is Dessert Time’ Foodie

Kind Kones Vegan Ice Cream Bar

So what if you’re not a foodie? What if you just want desserts all day, every day? Well, we’ve got two spots just up your alley – dessert devotees, unite!

Kind Kones Vegan Ice Cream Bar
Credit: Kind Kones

First up, Kind Kones Vegan Ice Cream Bar is a newly-opened vegan ice cream parlour in Mont Kiara and it’s the first of its kind in Malaysia. They are brought to you by the same folks behind Raisin’ The Roof, a vegetarian restaurant in Plaza Damansara.

Kind Kones Vegan Ice Cream Bar
Credit: Kind Kones

The ice creams at Kind Kones are free from eggs, dairy, refined sugar, emulsifiers, preservatives, additives, artificial colouring and flavouring. “It’s not just for vegans, it’s also for those who are lactose intolerant and for kids who can’t take certain things,” Serina said of the ice cream.

 

Average cost / person: $

61, Plaza Damansara, Mont Kiara

Open daily | 11am – 11pm

 

Foo Foo Desserts

Sit down, stand up and get out of the way. Because Foo Foo wants to sweep you off your feet with their traditional plated desserts and house-made ice cream.

Foo Foo Desserts
Credit: Foo Foo Desserts

I say this with no biasness. But once you step in and realize that pastry chef Foo’s creations are mindblowingly fantastic, you’ll be floored.

Bestsellers include the Chocolate Mascarpone Sour Cherry Trifle with Chocolate Feuilletine, Strawberry Tart with Balsamic Vinegar Ice Cream, and Passion Pavlova with Lime Chantilly.

Foo Foo Desserts
Credit: Foo Foo Desserts

Their latest addition is the traditional Crème Caramel that needs no introduction – made of velvety smooth custard and caramel, this European dessert is world-famous, and thank god for Chef Foo who brought it to our local shores.

 

Average cost / person: $$$

Level 1, 64, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, TTDI

Open daily | 2pm – 11pm | Closed on Wednesdays

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