The 10 Best Trendy Kuala Lumpur Restaurants 2017 list is a guide to the city’s most fashionable restaurants and places to indulge in and be seen at. Although Kuala Lumpur is a very tourist-friendly capital, its food options are still largely geared towards the local crowd, with Chinese coffee shops and mamaks (Indian-Malay restaurants) dominating its dining scene.
Recently a new breed of restaurants have begun to mushroom all over KL and instead of a collection of extremes (fine diners or hawker shops), you will find lots of cool, quirky and inexpensive cafés and bistros offering a variety of food. As KL’s dining scene is a fluid one, determining the ones to make the cut is not an easy task. Our choices below of the 10 most popular Kuala Lumpur restaurants in 2017 are favourites not only for their excellent food, but also their unique décor, great service and friendly atmosphere.
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Set on Lorong Nibong, off Jalan Ampang in KL, La Mexicana is a city taqueria that delves not only into simple tacos and tamales, but also features a menu of regional Mexican cuisines. The impressionistic food arrives with cosmopolitan style, but expect home-grown taste and rich flavours. Our favourite item on the menu is the tacos campechanos (RM22), corn tortillas jammed with pork meat, cilantro, onion shavings and Molcajete red sauce.
- Cuisine: Mexican
Sure to please anyone who loves a long, leisurely weekend brunch, the quaint and hip Antipodean Café is beloved in the KL dining scene, with a lot of locals applauding its all-day breakfast menu. A breakfast bar in Menara Tan & Tan, along Jalan Tun Razak, it is particularly popular among young, trendy urbanites, especially since it is pretty inexpensive – think RM19 for a big breakfast set (toast, sausage, mushroom, scrambled eggs and hash browns) and RM9 for a latte. Read More...
- Cuisine: Western
Heli Lounge Bar KL wows us in so many ways. A helicopter pad turned aeronautical-themed rooftop bar, its lower levels are home to a lounge restaurant with a food menu that leans towards classic western. While a visit to this flashy eatery feels like a party most nights, the food is certainly down-to-earth and comforting, with favourites like the grilled chicken topped with sautéed mushroom sauce priced at just RM30.90. The restaurant’s exclusive status will make you feel like you are part of the super elite when you visit. Read More...
- Cuisine: Western
Forgoing flamboyant interior design for hearty, generously-portioned food, El Cerdo is a Changkat Bukit Bintang restaurant with a definitely porcine-centric menu. Whether it is slow-cooked, roasted with crispy crackling, or sliced and served on a sandwich with a side of chips, the kitchen does pork well. Doing our favourite meat hearty justice, the kitchen ensures that there is just the right amount of fat and flesh. Set lunches are priced at RM48, but considering the fact that portions are generous and can be shared between two, we think it is pretty decent. Read More...
- Cuisine: Western
Making our list of 10 Best Cafés in KL too, the award-winning Acme Bar & Coffee is another breakfast bar favourite, set on the ground floor of the glamorous Troika Sky Dining along Jalan Binjai. Resembling a hip New York-style loft with clean steel lines, plush cushions and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, there is classic western food on the menu, with some dishes incorporating Asian flavours, such as the RM28 aglio olio spaghetti, with the interesting addition of sambal (spicy shrimp paste) to add a dash of spiciness. Read More...
- Cuisine: Fusion
Unique ice cream flavours (from durian and pistachio, to XO cranberry and chempedak) are the name of the game at Inside Scoop, a Bangsar hipster bistro with a simple design concept of artificial green grass, high tables and chairs, and even indoor swings. Technically a dessert bar, we consider its menu offerings of waffles and ice cream (starting at RM19) a fantastic Sunday afternoon meal option – the perfect cure to any hangover.
- Cuisine: Dessert
Nobu Kuala Lumpur is a Michelin-starred titan in the world of sushi, sashimi and tempura. The world-famous restaurant, co-owned by American actor Robert De Niro, first opened in 1994 in New York. It went on to win critical acclaim for its glorious dishes that were classically comforting yet creative, and chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners went on take the world by storm, opening more than 29 franchises around the globe. Read More...
- Cuisine: Japanese
A Spanish-style bistro along Changkat Bukit Bintang in KL, Pinchos Tapas Bar might sound primarily like a nightlife haunt, but that could not be farther from the truth. The perfect place for a casual dinner, modern Iberian cuisine is the draw, with salsa music adding an electrifying edge to the otherwise laid-back atmosphere. Expect a menu of garlic-infused dishes, with native wine to wash it all down – and with prices starting at just RM25, you are certainly in for a treat. Read More...
- Cuisine: Spanish
A Nyonya restaurant set along Jalan Mesui in Changkat Bukit Bintang, Lima Blas Restaurant could easily be mistaken for a true blue Malaccan antique shophouse. With an interior done up in eclectic junk shop style, it is all too easy to focus on the quirky décor, but the stunning food really does take centre stage. The food has a distinctly sweet and rich flavour, and being priced so affordably (lunch sets start at RM9.90) is quickly helping it to reach cult status in the KL dining scene. Read More...
- Cuisine: Asian
An unimpeachable newcomer to the city’s list of great burger bars, KGB (Killer Gourmet Burgers) restaurant is certainly lethal to hunger, particularly for its juicy homemade chicken, beef and vegetarian patties. The addition of upmarket ingredients like truffle oil to its gourmand sliders makes a visit here a thoroughly satisfying experience in more ways than one. We love the options made with 100% Australian grass-fed beef patties, such as the signature Truffle’d Swiss Mushroom (RM20.90) – a tantalising ensemble of beef patty, sautéed Portobello mushrooms, Swiss cheese and herbed ranch with fragrant truffle oil.
- Cuisine: American