The 10 Best Trendy Kuala Lumpur Restaurants 2018 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 2018 are favourites not only for their excellent food, but also their unique décor, great service and friendly atmosphere.
Chocha Foodstore KLChinatown
Chocha Foodstore KL, set within an antiquated shophouse along Jalan Petaling, offers diners a tranquil retreat from the ever-bustling Chinatown KL, with its charming rustic setting and satisfying food offerings. A five-minute walk from Petaling Street Market, the picturesque café houses a sunlit central courtyard that’s decorated with rustic décor, potted herbs, wooden communal tables and benches. Its menu mostly comprises local comfort food with an international twist, as well as a selection of Chinese tea, coffee, and imported wines. For a filling meal, we highly recommend the Chinese pesto flat noodles (handmade noodles mixed with semi-dried tomatoes, ulam pesto, and crushed peanuts) and duck confit rice (pan seared duck with barley rice, ajitama egg, and pickled salad).
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: 156, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2022 1100
- Cuisine: Mexican
Antipodean Café, KLJalan Tun Razak, KL
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...
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 08:00 – 22:00, Fri – Sat 08:00 – 23:00
- Address: 20 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2282 0411
- Cuisine: Western
Ru Di Fook Noodle BarPetaling Jaya
Ru Di Fook Noodle Bar, like the name suggests, specialises in fusion-style noodles and cocktails in a cosy and photogenic setting. One of the trendiest restaurants in Petaling Jaya, its interior is undoubtedly photogenic thanks to its clever use of Japanese and Chinese décor, natural lighting, wood and steel furnishing, and potted plants hanging from the ceilings. Food-wise, a standout dish here is the Namyu Zhayuk Mee, which combines al dente egg noodles with onsen egg, blanched kai lan, and crispy fermented pork. Fans of sake will love the the Rudifook Mizuwari cocktail, which combines sake, lemon and elderflower syrup, or Summer Hawaiian Onglai, a tropical concoction of sake and coconut water, topped with torched pineapple garnish.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 – 22:30, Sunday 12:00 – 22:00
- Address: 2, Jalan PJU 5/4, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7496 7103
- Cuisine: Western
Kaiju Company Kuala LumpurBangsar
Kaiju Company Kuala Lumpur shares a space with several cafes and restaurants in APW Bangsar, a renovated factory building along Jalan Riong. Easily distinguished by its 30-metre dragon structure hanging from the ceiling, it’s one of the most popular dining venues amongst Bangsar’s expat community thanks to its innovative Thai-Japanese food offerings. We highly recommend the Tom Yum Udon, which consists of Japanese udon noodles, prawns, squid, eggs, and mushrooms in a spicy tom yum broth. Another must-try at Kaiju Company Kuala Lumpur is the Hawaiian Kaiju Rice, which combines deep-fried chicken patty, Japanese curry and shimeji mushrooms with white rice topped with a fried egg and green mango.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 22:00
- Address: 29, Jalan Riong, APW Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2788 3796
- Cuisine: Western
Acme Bar & Coffee, Troika KLPersiaran KLCC, KL
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...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 24:00; Friday 11:00 – 01:00; Saturday 09:30 – 01:00; Sunday 09:30 – 24:00
- Address: G1, The Troika, 19, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +60 3 2162 2288
- Cuisine: Fusion
Enfin by James WonJalan P. Ramlee
Enfin by James Won Kuala Lumpur is an elegant dining venue in Kuala Lumpur city centre, where you can enjoy French delicacies, paired with premium champagnes and wines. Set along Jalan P. Ramlee, this modern French restaurant also houses Asia’s only Krug Chef’s Table, where diners can enjoy a bespoke dinner with Krug champagne pairing.
A perfect venue for those looking to enjoy a luxurious and relaxing dining experience, its spacious main dining area features high ceilings and carpeted floors, with windows overlooking the city centre. The entrance houses a sleek bar, stocked with imported brands from Japan, France and Italy. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 – 14:30 & 17:30 – 00:00
- Address: Lot 2-05, Level 2, Menara Hap Seng 1, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +6010 288 7920
- Cuisine: Dessert
Nobu Kuala LumpurMenara 3 Petronas, KLCC
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...
- Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 12:00 - 14:00 & 18:00 - 22:30, Saturday & Sunday 14:30 - 16:30 & 18:00 - 23:00
- Address: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +60 3 2164 5084
- Cuisine: Japanese
Pinchos Tapas BarChangkat Bukit Bintang, KL
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...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 02:30 Tuesday – Sunday
- Address: 18 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL
- Tel: +603 2145 8482
- Cuisine: Spanish
Lima Blas Nyonya Restaurant, KLJalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, KL
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...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 17:30 - 23:00
- Address: 15, Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2110 1289
- Cuisine: Asian
Tamarind Springs by SamadhiAmpang
Tamarind Springs by Samadhi is a fine-dining restaurant set within Ampang’s natural forest reserve, where you can enjoy an extensive menu of classic Indochinese merged with Lao, Vietnamese and Khmer influences. Merging seamlessly with the jungle, the restaurant is fitted with impressive surroundings, from the candlelit entrance path dividing the tropical gardens to the romantic, intimate tables. Standout dishes include the khmer krom stir-fried crab, stir-fried beef, deep-fried sea perch with spicy tamarind sauce, sweet and sour Asian salad, and asparagus and crabmeat soup. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:30 – 14:30 & 18:30 – 22:30
- Address: Jalan 1 Taman T.A.R. 68000 Ampang, Selangor
- Tel: +603 4256 9300
- Cuisine: American