Kuala Lumpur may not have its own edition of the coveted Michelin Guide yet, but as we’re a nation of devoted foodies, it’s only a matter of time.
For a taste of what to expect from Michelin-approved eateries, make a reservation at these notable restaurants with connections to Michelin-starred establishments and master chefs:
Babe, Damansara Heights (Pork-free)
Michelin Star Chef Jeff Ramsey heads Babe, which offers a modern Japanese-Tapas (Japas) fine dining menu. Fusing together Japanese cuisine and Spanish tapas using innovative molecular food science techniques, Babe promises diners a fun gastronomical experience, with a stunning view of the city as the cherry on top.
Their tasting menus, which change seasonally, range from RM300+ to RM400+, while an ala carte menu is also available. Try their Hokkaido Don (uni, ikura and King Crab with dashi jelly on rice) and BabenDazs (foie gras and VSOP ice cream sandwich).
11th Floor, [email protected], Jalan Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2095 8599
Opening Hours: 6.00pm – 11.30pm | 6.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.00pm & 9.00pm seatings | Closed on Mondays
Nobu, Petronas Tower 3 (Pork-free)
Kuala Lumpur had the honor of being selected as the location of Nobu’s first Southeast Asian restaurant, bringing its prestigious Michelin-starred cuisine right to our doorstep. Located on the 56th floor of Petronas Tower 3, diners are also treated to an unparalleled 360-degree night view of the city center. Ipoh-born chef Philip Leong, who earned his chops at Nobu’s Berkeley Street branch in London, helms the kitchen here.
Their Japanese dishes come with South American (specifically Peruvian) influences, which are highlighted in their flavorful signature dishes such as octopus carpaccio (slices of octopus on a bed of leafy greens and jalapeño sauce) and Chilean sea bass cooked in red jalapeño miso.
(Note: Some dishes are prepared with alcohol, so do check with the staff before ordering.)
Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Level 56, Petronas Tower 3, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2164 5084 / +60 19 389 5085 (Whatsapp)
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 2.00pm (Lunch, Mon-Fri) | 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Dinner, Mon-Sun) | 1.00pm – 4.00pm (High Tea, Sat & Sun)
Taka by Sushi Saito, St. Regis KL (Non-halal)
Hailed as “the best sushi restaurant in the world” by famed French chef Joël Robuchon, Sushi Saito is one of the handful of sushi restaurants which hold 3 Michelin Stars. So it’s a treat indeed for sushi lovers looking to experience Edo-style sushi. Located inside the luxurious St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, the chefs at Taka were personally trained and hand-picked by Chef Takashi Saito himself, who visits the restaurant a few times a year.
Great care was taken to replicate the look and feel of the original Sushi Saito in Tokyo, from the counters made of 300-year-old Hinoki wood to the freshness and quality of the ingredients. Like most sushi bars, space is limited – the restaurant can only fit up to 16 people at one time, so be sure to reserve a seat ahead of time to avoid disappointment. Their price ranges from RM450 to the highly-recommended RM1,400 omakase menu.
Taka by Sushi Saito
Level 3A, The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, No. 6, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2727 6688 / +60 12 330 3600
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 2.30pm (Lunch) | 6.30pm – 12.00am (Dinner) | Closed on Mondays
DIN by Din Tai Fung, Suria KLCC (Pork-free)
For all our Muslim brothers and sisters who search high and low for halal dim sum, you’ll be happy to know that Taiwan’s 1 Michelin Star dim sum experts, Din Tai Fung, opened a halal restaurant right here in Kuala Lumpur. Din Tai Fung’s house specialty is the delicately-made, broth-filled xiao long bao, which you’ll find here as well.
Their crab and chicken xiao long bao, handmade noodle dishes, spicy shrimp and chicken wantons and fluffy steamed custard buns are fan-favorites, so be sure to order these.
DIN by Din Tai Fung
Level 4, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2181 0321
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.30pm (Mon-Fri) | 10.30am – 10.30pm (Saturday) | 10.00am – 10.30pm (Sunday & public holidays)
Pang’s Kitchen, Taman Desa (Non-halal)
Serving up a lip-smacking array of Cantonese dishes, the 1 Michelin Star Pang’s Kitchen opened their first branch outside of Hong Kong in Taman Desa. The restaurant offers an eye-boggling list of over 150 dishes to choose from, ranging from premium dishes like goose palm and bei fong tong crab to simple stir-fry dishes such as fried rice and Hong Kong-style fried beef ho fun.
Chef Heng, the Malaysian chef who runs the Kuala Lumpur branch, was personally trained by the restaurant’s founder, Pang Pak-Sheung, to ensure a similar level of quality. Must-try signature dishes include crispy chicken with garlic, scrambled milk with scallops, sweet and sour pork with strawberry and steamed prawns with glutinous rice.
Pang’s Kitchen @ Voizsup
Level G2, Wisma Miramas, Jalan 2/109E, Taman Desa, Jalan Klang Lama, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 7971 2748 / +60 012 631 7971
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 3.00pm (Lunch) | 6.00pm – 11.00pm (Dinner) | Closed on Tuesdays
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