Top 10 Restaurants In Bukit Bintang

Best places to eat in Bukit Bintang

KL-ites are seemingly always in the mood for food and fortunately the city is the perfect host, with a range of restaurants ready to whet your appetite. One of our favourite food zones is Bukit Bintang, where we are constantly surprised by new food ideas. What’s more, if you are not keen on splashing lots of cash for your meal, Jalan Alor and Hutong at Lot 10 Shopping Centre provide good food at unbelievably cheap prices.

Eating out should always be a special occasion but the city’s restaurant scene is ever-changing, so to help you make the best dining out decisions we’ve named ten restaurants that really matter.

1. El Cerdo Bukit Bintang

Whether it is slow cooked, roasted with crispy crackling, or sliced and served on a sandwich with a side of chips, we love pork, and when we are in the mood to put some pork on our forks, we head to El Cerdo along Changkat Bukit Bintang. Forgoing flamboyant interior design and choosing to concentrate on hearty food that is generously portioned, its enthusiastic approach has cemented its popularity with local foodies.

If you are a vegan (or squeamish about little piggies), we suggest you turn away now, because El Cerdo’s menu is definitely porcine-centric. Doing our favourite meat hearty justice, the kitchen ensures that there is just the right amount of fat and flesh. Straddling the bar/restaurant line with style, there is a sister venture next door (El Cerdito) where you can indulge in drinks and light snacks, but if you choose to stay on at El Cerdo after dinner for drinks, you will not be disappointed. Read More...

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30; 18:00 – 22:30
Address: 43 & 45 Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2145 0511


2. Shanghai @ JW Marriot

Exuding an air of quiet elegance typical of a five-star hotel restaurant, Shanghai is an opulent dining experience in more ways than one. Its sumptuous decor is reminiscent of a 1920’s Shanghai lounge, with highly lacquered teakwood furniture, dividing screens, pots of bamboo ferns and Oriental-themed artwork.

The award-winning restaurant’s food is fit for royalty with service to match. Its menu focuses on Shanghai cuisine, with dim sum as its crowning glory, although other notable standouts include the crispy crackling roasted pork, steamed sea bass, fried chee cheong fun and siao lung pao.

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30 & 18:30 – 22:30
Address: JW Marriott, 183 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2715 9000

3. Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar

Located in a pre-war terraced house nearby Changkat Bukit Bintang, Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar looks more like a whimsical garden than a restaurant. Divided into a lounge (upstairs) and restaurant (downstairs), its décor is weird and wonderful – think carousel horses and mismatched furniture that looks like it has been sourced from a yard sale. Don’t be fooled though – each piece of furniture has been carefully handpicked to give Palate Palette a sense of real individualism.

The artwork is another must-see feature – funky, quirky graphics are the name of the game and our favourite is a loud, pop-out installation of fake flamingo heads in shockingly-bright colours, with glowing eyes and fake fur. Offering western food with a twist, if you come in a big group don’t be shy to order and sample a little bit of everything: prices are reasonable and portions generous. Read More...

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00 Tuesday – Thursday; 12:00 – 02:00 Friday & Saturday (closed Monday)
Address: 21 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2142 2148

4. Jalan Alor - Bukit Bintang

Called the cultural heart of the city’s local cuisine, Jalan Alor is one of the most famous roads in Kuala Lumpur for food. Located just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang, it is basically a strip of atmospheric air-conditioned Chinese seafood restaurants, with a row of hawker stalls set up on the five-foot walkway on both sides and plastic tables and chairs spilling out onto the road.   

The food and ambiance is its main draw, with vendors furiously fanning grills of chicken and beef skewers, the metallic clang of frying woks and the air thick with charcoal smoke. The variety of food available is amazing with barbecued meats, noodles and desserts recognised as some of the best (and cheapest) in the city. Most of these dishes cannot be found in fashion-conscious restaurants making these hawkers a favourite on the city’s foodie scene. Most have picture menus, making ordering an easy affair. Read More...

Opening Hours: 17:00 - late
Location: Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur (behind Jalan Bukit Bintang)

5. Prego @ the Westin

So hip it hurts, Prego is an Italian restaurant in The Westin KL that has proven that it has plenty of substance behind all that style. A bistro beauty with a friendly neighbourhood feel, its interior design is contemporary classic with an open kitchen so you watch chefs at work and soft wall colours that allow its array of eclectic artwork to stand out.

The perfect backdrop to enjoy the restaurant’s Italian cuisine, recommendations include its wood-fired pizzas (try quattro formaggio, a four-cheese pizza starring fontina, gorgonzola, mozzarella and taleggio), and comforting pastas, such as the mouth-watering risotto with soft, almost creamy, wild mushrooms and pungent Parmesan cheese. Its Sunday Bubbly Brunch is illustrious throughout the city for serving up an excellently-varied buffet, from a raw foods station to sumptuous grilled meats. Even after dinner, it is a great place to linger with wine, beer and cocktails available. Read More...

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30 & 18:30 – 22:30
Address: The Westin KL, 199, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2731 8333

6. Dining In The Dark

Malaysia’s first restaurant set in total darkness, Dining In The Dark is a unique experience that lets you discover food in a whole new way – without seeing it. Located along Changkat Bukit Bintang, having a meal in pitch darkness is not a new fad, with many restaurants of the same nature found around the world – the most famous being Opaque in New York and Dans Le Noir in Paris.

A restaurant where sounds and smell come to life, besides shifting the focus from the restaurant’s décor to the food, Dining In The Dark also forces us to pay closer attention to conversations at our table and around. Some people visit for the uniqueness of it, others to tie in their meal with a social purpose by supporting the visually impaired serving staff. Whatever the case, this is the type of place you will come back to, not only for the food but also for the experience. Read More...

Opening Hours: 18:30 – late Tuesday – Sunday
Address: 44A & 46A, Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL
Tel: +603 2110 0431

7. Maison Francaise

Set in a converted three-storey mansion along Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, Maison Francaise (French House) is a French fine-dining restaurant with a romantic, vintage feel. Understated elegance is the buzzword here – think terrazzo floors, modern crystal chandeliers and crisp white tablecloths – with the place divided into three areas, a cigar lounge, main dining hall and an al fresco dining section surrounding a swimming pool.

Heading the kitchen is executive chef Franck Lamache, who used to work in Les Ambassadeurs and Le Taillevent (Michelin-standard restaurants in Paris). Serving French cuisine with an emphasis on southern French dishes, the food here is without a doubt tasty as well as artsy, with some dishes looking almost too pretty to eat. Read More...

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
Address: 5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, KL
Tel: +603 2144 1474

8. Hutong @ Lot 10

A meal at Hutong Food Court is a dining experience that will leave the competition in the shade. An award-winning gourmet food hall housing more than 20 neon green-lit stands, vendors here are popular KL and Penang hawkers who have been handpicked to set up shop. Well-liked names that have spaces include Kim Lian Kee’s Hokkien mee (from Chinatown) and Honkee Porridge.

Located on the lower ground floor of Lot 10 mall, Hutong Food Court has been designed to look like an old Beijing village with narrow ‘alleyways’ linking stalls. Instead of a central seating area, tables and chairs are placed around these stands. Prices are a little expensive by food hall standards (between RM10-Rm18 for a meal) but very worthwhile – whether you are in the mood for pork noodles or wan tan soup, it's all good. One thing to note: drinks are only available from the women walking around with trolleys selling beverages.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Lot 10 Shopping Mall

9. Shook @ Starhill Gallery

Proudly proclaiming to feature ‘seasonal trends in its extensive menu’ Shook’s menu is a little hard to describe – in essence it is fusion food, with the kitchen playing around with Japanese, Chinese, Italian and western cuisine. Its open-kitchen concept allows you to see chefs hard at work, as they create tantalisingly inventive dishes most easily described as delicious. Standouts include goats’ cheese coated with roasted pistachios, an appetiser we simply could not get enough of, and the medallion of grain fed beef with pan-fried foie gras – a main worth going back for time and time again.  

The restaurant has an impressive walk-in wine cellar with over 3,000 bottles of premium and vintage label wines, plus a jazz band to keep diners entertained as they enjoy their food and drinks.

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 01:00
Address: Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Tel: +603 2719 8535 or +603 2719 8536

10. Five Sen5es @ The Westin

Located in The Westin KL, Five Sen5es décor is a mix of contemporary style with some 19th century Asian influences, in the form of local artwork, timber furniture and wooden floors with tiled inlay. On that same note, its menu is a thorough reflection of modern Cantonese cuisine, with food that is nothing short of brilliant, so expect lip-tingling good dishes.

However the dim sum at Five Sen5es really takes this restaurant above and beyond in terms of cuisine and ensures fans of ‘little treats’ must pay a visit. Its kitchen (helmed by Chef Tan Tzaan Ling) has to be lauded for coming up with such a staggering array of steamed, baked and fried dim sum, all of which are absolutely delicious. What’s more its four private dining rooms, named after Chinese dynasties Zhou, Han, Tang, Ming and Qing, make for a great special occasion spot.

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 10:30 & 12:00 – 14:30 & 18:00 – 22:00
Address: The Westin KL, 199, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2773 8338

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