There is no doubt that Kuala Lumpur is well-known for having the best restaurants in the country. From higher end restaurants for a fancy date to more casual joints for family gatherings, here’s a list that covers the best restaurants in the city.
*The restaurants in the list are pork-free, unless stated otherwise.
1. Yun House
With Hong Kongese executive chef Chef Jimmy Wong onboard, the Four Seasons’ Chinese restaurant is bound to serve authentic Cantonese cuisine. Overlooking the iconic KLCC park, diners are treated to an array of freshly made dim sum such as the flavorful steamed charcoal lava bun with salted egg custard filling and steamed crystal shrimp dumplings. While Yun House is famous for its dim sum, they also have à la carte menu that features claypot, vegetables, rice and noodles, barbecued meats and more. Some of the menu highlights include deep fried eggplant with cereal, Peking duck and braised egg flat noodles with Boston lobster in spicy scallop sauce. Prices are on the higher side, but this is one of the places where you go to celebrate a special occasion or simply to treat yo’ self!
Four Seasons Hotel, 145, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2382 8640
Opening hours: 12.00pm – 2.30pm (Lunch, Mon-Fri); 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Dinner, daily); 10.30am – 3.00pm (Sat & Sun)
OpenHouse is quickly becoming one of the most attractive restaurants in the city with its opulent interior design of Peranakan themes with contemporary urbanity. However, the restaurant shines with classic Malay dishes that have been given a modern twist. The restaurant takes pride in creating dishes with local produce such as umai prawn Borneo, octopus sambal petai and a medley of village greens including pucuk gajus, banana hearts, ulam raja and cekur which is accompanied with a peanut sauce dressing. Continuing the theme of local flavors in the menu, their cocktails also comprise of local touches with aromatics like assam boi, pandan water and coconut milk.
Do note that the restaurant has a strict dress code and a house rule policy of only smart business attire and no children below 10 years old.
G48 Suria KLCC | Lakeside, 50888 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2162 0888
Opening hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm (Daily)
3. The Majapahit Restaurant & Bar
There will be a time in your life when you would ask yourself “What to eat today?”. Well, look no further. Majapahit in Mont Kiara offers multi-cuisine dishes with influences from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. The restaurant is also perfect for group gatherings as many of the dishes are meant for sharing. The Maha Rice Royale is perfect as a sharing platter, as it is a foursome of Thai fried rice, Indonesian fried rice, Thai Pineapple rice and Malaysian kampung fried rice. Other mouthwatering offerings include Southeast Asian four-variety satay platter of Balinese fish satay, Vietnamese sugarcane prawns, Malaysian chicken satay and Indonesian beef satay, as well as Padang-style slow cooked beef, Sundanese grilled chicken and Javanese nasi liwet.
G8, G9 & G10, Ground Level, Arcoris Mont’ Kiara, 10, Jalan Kiara, Mont’ Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-6411 7097
Operating hours: 12.00pm – 12.00am (Daily)
4. Isabel Kuala Lumpur
Isabel KL is more than just an Instagram-worthy restaurant. It offers a delectable variety of Southeast Asian cuisine, especially Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai and local delights. The highlights include southern Thai-Spanish mackerel yellow curry, Vietnamese-style roasted short ribs and gulai tumis oxtail. The restaurant also offers ulam platter with cucumber, cabbage, ulam raja and pegaga that comes with spicy sambal belacan for an extra kick. For desserts, the house-made ciku ice cream is a must try, and the banana fritters with gula Melaka ice cream is a classic.
Isabel Kuala Lumpur
21 Jalan Mesui, Off Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 12.00pm – 3.00pm (Lunch, Tues-Fri); 6.00pm till late (Dinner, Tues-Fri), 12.00pm till late (Sat-Sun). Closed Monday.
Fuego is a well-known dining destination in Kuala Lumpur for its panoramic views of KL city centre and an equally amazing Latin American influenced cuisine. The restaurant is famous for its guacamole that they even have a dedicated guacamole chef! Each bowl of guacamole comes with homemade chips of plantain, yam, sweet potato, taro root and lotus root. There are different kinds of guac that you can choose according to your preference — from classic guac to slightly exotic ones such as the smoked eel and pickled prawn guac. The latest addition to the menu is the tacos. The restaurant made sure that the tortillas are made fresh daily with yellow maize flour and then chargrilled for a smoky flavour. There are three different fillings available: chicken, beef and fish, promising something for everyone.
*Some food items contains alcohol.
Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2162 0886
Opening hours: 12.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily)
6. Symphony by Chef Jo
“Eclectic food” were the words that Chef Jo used to describe his restaurant. Chef Jo is a former juror on the cooking reality TV show MasterChef Malaysia and the dishes offered have been given a fancy twist. Case in point: the signature ‘pitzaal’ is a thin crust dough, with crispy fried chicken Marmite, topped with pineapple, kiwi and onions on a cream base, and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese. You can also choose to try the Mexican-Malaysian hybrid of rice pudding topped with Musang King durian gelato and wash down your dinner with a cup of foamy Nitro coffee with cotton candy.
Symphony by Chef Jo
L1.19-L1.21, First Floor, Damansara City Mall, Jalan Damanlela, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2011 7173
Opening hours: 12.00pm – 11.00pm
7. Lucky Peaches Eating Hall + Bar
For a more casual dining out with friends or family, head over to Lucky Peaches where they serve rich and vibrant Asian-inspired cuisine. Some of the must-try includes Taiwanese wok black Chilean mussels which is served in fish broth infused with sake, scallion, tomato, fresh Thai basil and served with toasted sourdough bread. Another signature dish is the ch’cken guling rice bowl, which was inspired by the Balinese pork guling. Its sublime flavours of Asian kaffir lime pesto served with lemongrass pulled chicken definitely packs a flavorful punch. The restaurant also serves cakes and bread from the famed Huckleberry Food & Fare.
*Some food items contains alcohol.
Lucky Peaches Eating Hall + Bar
B-G-8, Plaza Arkadia, Desa ParkCity, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2712 0705
Opening hours: 4.00pm – 12.00am (Tue – Fri); 12.00pm – 3.00pm (Lunch, Sat-Sun); 5.00pm – 12.00am (Dinner, Sat-Sun). Closed on Mondays
8. Little Rimba
Little Rimba is the little sister of Kota Damansara’s Rimba dan Rusa cafe, and while the interior space are almost similar between the two, the menu could not be more different. The restaurant is more on the casual side and serves Malaysia’s classic cuisines. The star of Little Rimba is the lontong, where nasi impit (rice cakes) and vegetables are doused in coconut milk curry. It is served with peanut sauce and sambal— the kind of dish that could evoke memories of mom’s cooking. Other local delights on the menu are pengat durian, soto ayam, assam laksa and nasi lemak ayam goreng berempah.
1, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-7733 6177
Opening hours: 7.30am – 6.30pm (Tues-Sun). Closed on Mondays
9. Bijan Bar and Restaurant
If you only have time for one place to eat in Kuala Lumpur, we’d suggest this restaurant. Bijan has been around for almost two decades and it is no wonder why it is still going strong in the highly competitive F&B business. The restaurant prides itself in offering fine Malay cuisine with a touch of finesse. It is not very common in Kuala Lumpur to find a restaurant that offers a refined Malay dining experience. One of the must-tries is the rusuk panggang, a chargrilled marinated short ribs. Don’t let the dark textures put you off though, the meat is actually juicy and tender, the melt-in-your-mouth sort. Another signature dish from Bijan is the asam pedas seabass, where the fish is simmered in tangy chili and tamarind gravy with okra, resulting in the perfect balance of spicy and sour.
Bijan Bar & Restaurant
3 Jalan Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2031 3575
Opening Hours: 4.30pm – 11pm (Daily)
If you are craving for a good plate of pasta, Eatalia is the place to be. Any Italian restaurant that serves homemade pasta and baked their pizza in a wood fire oven is legit and deserves a visit. With years of experience in the F&B business under its belt, you can expect your tummy to be satisfied. You won’t go wrong ordering the squid ink ravioli, which is prepared from scratch in Eatalia’s kitchen. The ravioli is served with baby scallops, pink peppercorn and immersed in saffron cream sauce. Fans of potato dumplings will love the gnocchi, which is submerged in a thick, robust gorgonzola sauce. The wood-fired pizzas are also a must-try, especially the Rustica that is perfect for sharing. Toppings include beef salami, tomatoes, peas, corn, rocket leaves and gorgonzola cheese.
25, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2288 8188
Opening hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm (Daily)
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