Top 10 Best Kuala Lumpur Restaurants

Most Popular Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia's passion for food is well known: food is not just a necessity here, it is an obsession with the whole country filled with good places to eat. From roadside stalls to fine-dining restaurants, and from local fare to international offerings, the options are simply endless.

We review the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and below you will find a list of our top picks. Ranging from upmarket fine dining restaurants and chic, quirky bistros to Mediterranean-inspired restobars and homey Thai cafes where you can get a hearty meal of comfort food, you will be spoilt for choice.

Coliseum Café Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, KL Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman

Coliseum Café is a veritable institution on Kuala Lumpur’s food scene. Established in 1921, it used to be a favourite hangout of the British colonists who wanted to get real Western food: today, it remains legendary for its Hainanese chicken chop and enormous sizzling steaks. The décor is pretty basic with worn tile floors and lots of well-aged, dark wood trimmings that make it look very much like it has come straight out from a Somerset Maugham short story. Read More...

SoulED Out Desa Sri Hartamas Desa Sri Hartamas

Situated in Desa Sri Hartamas, SoulED Out is a 20-minute drive away from the city centre: what makes the journey to this restaurant worthwhile is the happy, colourful vibe, fantastic food and the fact that the place frequently hosts vibrant themed parties. It has been around since 1996 and is divided into two spaces: a cool, indoor bar and a laidback alfresco dining area. Offering Asian, western and northern Indian cuisine to satisfy its international clientele, we adore SoulED Out’s burgers, pastas and pizzas, but the Asian and Northern Indian dishes are just as good. There is free valet service so you do not have to worry about parking. Read More...

Baan 26 Restaurant Changkat Bukit Bintang

Located along busy Changkat Bukit Bintang, the bright yellow Baan 26 is hard to miss. Inside it looks like a homey and whimsical neighbourhood Thai restaurant, with antique lacquer-ware tiffin carriers and Thai figurines that blend well together with iridescent sequin bead curtains and colourful vases. Specialising in Thai cuisine, one of the things that make this restaurant unique is that it has a good selection of red and white wines to go with your meal – an unusual thing for a Thai restaurant in KL. Read More...


Enak KL @ Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang Bukit Bintang

Established in 2001, Enak KL is one of the city’s most famous Malay fine dining restaurants. Listed as one of the Malaysian Tatler’s 2011 ‘Best Restaurants’, it relies heavily on age-old family recipes, leaving little doubt as to why the food has such a rich, home-made flavour to it. We recommend the rendang padang (topside of beef cooked in moist coconut cream and spice curry) and the sambal tumis udang (sweetened prawns with fiery dry red chilli, tamarind juice and pepper leaves). The restaurant looks like a high-end kampung (village) home with high-back chairs upholstered in beige and crimson, heavy Balinese-style tables, polished antique brassware, wooden screens and beaded curtains. Read More...

Ben’s @ Pavilion KL Bukit Bintang

Ben’s is a home-grown chain restaurant with a simple formula of good food, great location and trendy décor. Voted Best New Restaurant by Time Out KL in 2011, food portions are big enough for two and prices are very reasonable. The menu is a mix of western pastas, sandwiches and burgers, and a few Asian options. The Pavilion branch looks like a trendy city loft with lime green walls, royal blue L-shaped sofas and black and white photos on the walls. Read More...

Mezze Medan Damansara, Bangsar Bangsar

Onsemiro is a fine dining Korean restaurant set in Intermark Mall on Jalan Tun Razak that makes clever use of Korean aesthetics to create an engaging dining experience. Freshness, high quality ingredients and orderly plate presentations are part and parcel of the Onsemiro dining experience. Read More...

WIP Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bangsar Bangsar

Occupying a spacious corner lot in Bangsar Shopping Centre, WIP (short form for Whipped Into Place) is a popular fusion restobar that serves up local, Western and Northern Indian cuisine. Its wood fired pizzas are especially tasty, but we recommend the Caesar salad with its creamy onion-tasting dressing and the crispy fish and chips. They have an extensive cocktail list, with the Mojito selections itself taking up an entire page on the menu. Read More...

Pincho’s Tapas Bar Changkat Bukit Bintang Changkat Bukit Bintang

Pinchos Tapas Bar is a Spanish-style bar and restaurant with salsa music playing over the speakers creating a sultry, animated vibe. From the outside it looks modest, with lots of potted plants and some outdoor seating: inside, Spanish tiles and pendant lights that cast a warm, romantic glow over the area make it a great place for date nights. The kitchen serves up tapas (a variety of Spanish appetizers) and pinchos – snacks typically eaten in bars in northern Spain and usually skewered with a toothpick. Read More...

Palate Palette Changkat Bukit Bintang Changkat Bukit Bintang

Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar looks more like a whimsical garden rather than a restaurant. Located in a pre-war terraced house nearby Changkat Bukit Bintang, it is divided into a lounge (upstairs) and restaurant (downstairs). Shady trees, pebbled walkways, flowers and lots of colourful tables and chairs contribute to its classic summer style. The kitchen offers western food with a twist: we recommend the ‘chicken lollipops’ (fried chicken) served with roasted chilli mayo and tempura-fried dory fish with potato and yam chips. Read More...

Restoran Kim Lian Kee Petaling Street

One of the best hokkien mee (fat black wheat noodles with black soy sauce, seafood and fried pork bits) restaurants in the city is Restoran Kim Lian Kee. A popular Petaling Street eatery, it is divided into two sections: the original stall is set up on the street, with plastic tables and chairs surrounding it, while the three-storey indoor restaurant is air-conditioned. Besides noodles, it also specialises in mixed rice, fried kway teow (flat rice noodles) and luk ken thang (Hokkien-style pork slices in corn flour cooked in cabbage soup). Read More...

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