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  • 10 Best Restaurants In Bukit Bintang

    Best places to eat in Bukit Bintang

    While Bukit Bintang is more renowned for its bustling nightlife scene, it also hosts a satisfying range of restaurants that constantly surprise visitors with innovative and award-winning food ideas. What’s more, diners who are not keen on splurging for their meal can opt for Bukit Bintang’s hawker food lane, Jalan Alor, and Hutong at Lot 10 Shopping Centre as both provide tantalising local and Chinese fare at unbelievably low prices. As Bukit Bintang’s dining scene is ever-evolving, we’ve listed our 10 Best Restaurants in Bukit Bintang to help you make the best eating out decisions during your stay in the city centre.

  • El Cerdo, situated along Changkat Bukit Bintang, is a friendly bar and restaurant that offers a porcine-centric menu that is generously portioned, perfect for diners in the mood to put some pork on their forks. Signature dishes include German crispy knuckle, perfectly seasoned with herbs and tangy garlic, with a side serving of creamy potato dumplings, tart sauerkraut and a delicious mustard beer sauce. Straddling the bar/restaurant line with style, there is a sister venture next door (El Cerdito) where guests can indulge in drinks and light snacks, but El Cerdo is also a great place for after-dinner drinks, serving a satisfying selection of beers, wines, cocktails, and liquors. Read More...

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

    Bijan Bar & Restaurant, an award-winning establishment, is perhaps one of Kuala Lumpur’s best-kept secrets. Serving high-end Malay cuisine, this restaurant’s décor is a fusion of traditional and contemporary, with verdant surroundings and an intimate kampung-style setting. Bijan Bar & Restaurant’s menu is pork free, so it is the perfect dining venue for those looking for an introduction to top quality Malay cuisine. Highly recommended dishes include rusuk panggang (char-grilled short ribs) and rendang daging, a traditional spicy Malaysian meat dish that is delicious to the bone. Located along Jalan Ceylon, it is one of two restaurants on this stretch. Read More...

    • Open: Monday – Saturday 12:00 – 14:30, 18:30 – 10:30, Sunday 16:30 – 22:30
    • Address: 3, Jalan Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2031 3575 or +603 2031 6568
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    Shanghai @ JW Marriot
    Shanghai @ JW Marriot

    Exuding an air of quiet elegance typical of a five-star hotel restaurant, Shanghai at JW Marriott is an opulent dining experience in more ways than one. Its sumptuous décor is reminiscent of a 1920s 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 (rice noodle rolls) and siao lung pao (steamed dumplings).

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

    Hailed as the cultural heart of the city’s local cuisine, Jalan Alor is one of the most famous roads in Kuala Lumpur for hawker fare. Located just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang, it is 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. Read More...

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

    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 can watch the chefs at work. 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. Read More...

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

    Malaysia’s first restaurant that’s 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 sharpens its guests’ attention to conversations at the 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. Read More...

    • Open: Tuesday – Sunday 18:30 – late
    • Address: 50 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2110 0431

    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...

    • Open: Daily 12:00 – 24:00
    • Address: 5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, KL
    • Telephone: +603 2144 1474
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    Hutong @ Lot 10
    Hutong @ Lot 10

    An award-winning gourmet food hall housing more than 20 neon green-lit stands, Hutong Food Court is a dining experience that will leave the competition in the shade. The vendors consist of popular hawker stalls in Kuala Lumpur and Penang who have been handpicked to set up shop in this prime location. Well-liked names that can be found here 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 range between RM10 Rm18 for a meal and diners can savour hawker delicacies such as pork noodles and wonton (dumpling) soup in an air-conditioned setting.

     

    • Open: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
    • Location: Lot 10 Shopping Mall
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    Shook, Starhill Gallery
    Shook, Starhill Gallery

    Shook at Starhill Gallery offers a diverse fusion menu, with the kitchen playing around with Japanese, Chinese, Italian and western cuisine. Its open-kitchen concept allows you to see the chefs hard at work as they create tantalisingly inventive dishes most easily described as delicious. Standouts include goat’s 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 also 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.

    • Open: Daily 12:00 – 01:00
    • Address: Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
    • Telephone: +603 2719 8535 or +603 2719 8536
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    Five Sen5es @ The Westin
    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 inlays. 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.

    • Open: Daily 07:00 – 10:30, 12:00 – 14:30 & 18:00 – 22:00
    • Address: The Westin KL, 199, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2773 8338
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