Must-Try: 10 Best Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur


What is striking in this city is that there are so many good options to eat out, it is not difficult to stumble upon some of the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur at any given turning, and the diversity of options is sure to appease all tastes.

1. Melting Pot Cafe

melting-pot-cafe-kualalumpurMelting Pot Cafe is an excellent representation of Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur and the diversity of its guests, as it includes Chinese, Malaysian, Halal and Continental cuisine, with a wide ranging menu, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Tom Yam, Raw Seafood and Dim Sum here are exquisite, and artisan chefs are at hand cooking a variety of dishes at a Teppanyaki grill on request. This fantastic dining experience is further enhanced by the live music, performed by Batak Strollers.

2. Naughty Nuri’s Life Centre

balinesepork-kualalumpurNaughty Nuri’s Life Centre is a famous Balinese restaurant and was described in the New York Times as being an essential place to dine. It prides itself on its delicious barbecued and grilled foods, with their BBQ Balinese Pork Ribs being their standout dish. Naughty Nuri’s is very easy to get to, as it is located in the heart of the golden triangle, and is quickly establishing itself as one of the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.

3. Opium KL

opium-kualalumpurThe Shanghai themed restaurant, Opium KL, has quickly become one of the most frequented eateries in the Changkat Bukit Bintang area. A specialist in oriental cuisine, its most revered dishes include the Beef Brisket & Tendon Stew, Angus Beef Rendang, Crispy Duck Noodles, and Fern Leaf Salad, Huge Chinese wine pots and opium pipes pervade the vintage interior of the restaurant, exuding a charming sense of nostalgia, coupled with traditional live music.

4. Xin Cuisine

xincuisine-kualalumpurAt Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Xin Cuisine has been consistently producing the finest Chinese dishes for many years now, with their Dim Sums being some of the most delectable you will get to try anywhere in Malaysia. The Chinese Parsley Dumpling and the Steamed Scallop Dumpling are both generously filled, and must be tasted to believed, while the Siew Mai combines pork and prawn in a truly satisfying concoction. Their deserts also match the quality of the mains, with Chilled Aloe Vera and Mango Pudding being popular selections.

5. Din Tai Fing

dintaifing-kualalumpurDin Tai Fing has been considered as one of the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur for decades, and in 2010, its Hong Kong branch earned one Michelin star, the first Taiwanese restaurant in the world to do so. Often referred to as the “taste of Taiwan”, the prestigious restaurant boasts a number of signature dishes, like the Din Tai Fung House Special, comprising of seaweed, beansprout and bean curd strips, while the exotic Spicy Jellyfish meal is an absolute delight.


6. Tg’s Nasi Kandar

nasikendar-kualalumpurTg’s Nasi Kandar can be found in the heart of the Bukit Bintang area, and has a splendid halal menu offering some of the tastiest Indian and Malaysian food around. This eating place prides itself on its large menu that consists of popular rice meals such as Kari Kepala Ikan, Udang Goreng and Rice Ayam, all at very affordable prices. Not only does it also serve breakfast and brunch, but it is open 24 hours, and is visited often by tourists from all over the world.

7. Hard Rock Cafe

westernfood-kualalumpurFor those who want to sample some more Western flavours, Concorde Hotel KL’s Hard Rock Cafe has an authentic American menu including Country Fried Chicken, Twisted Mac, Chicken & Cheese and Famous Fajitas. They also boast a smokehouse, with a selection of meats being slow-cooked to perfection, such as Roasted Lamb Ribs, Smoked Beef Brisket and Hickory-Smoked Pulled Lamb. The Hard Rock Cafe is also a fine place to enjoy a large cocktail menu, and listen to live bands perform.

8. Restoran Sambal Hijau

nasicampur-kualalumpurIt can safely be said that Restoran Sambal Hijau is one of the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur when it comes to Nasi Campur, an Indonesian/Malay mixed rice meal that is usually accompanied by small portions of other dishes. In this quaint buffet establishment, over 50 kinds of Malay and Minang style food can be found, and mixed and matched to one’s liking. The Daging Salai Masak Lemak and Ikan Bakar are simply sumptuous, and deserve special mention!

9. Simple Life Healthy Vegetarian

vegetarian-kualalumpurSimple Life Healthy Vegetarian is a restaurant that has a strong ethos on providing organic dishes that contain no MSG, colouring, trans-fat or preservatives. A common misconception about eating healthy foods is that they can be bland or flavourless, but this restaurant has a delightfully vibrant menu, filled with superfoods and fresh ingredients, proving that you don’t have to have meat in your dish for it to be an exciting meal.

10. Dining In The Dark

dininginthedark-kualalumpurThe Dining In The Dark restaurant serves continental food and describes itself as “an authentic refined dining experience in true darkness”, and it is just that. A quite unorthodox means of dining, guests are subjected to complete darkness, relinquishing their phones in the process, while mystery multi course meals are served to them. It is of the belief that visual impairment heightens other senses, so experiencing Dining In The Dark may result in a scrumptious treat for your taste buds.

What is striking in this city is that there are so many good options to eat out, it’s not difficult to stumble upon some of the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur at any given turning, and the diversity of options is sure to appease all tastes.