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  • 10 Best Restaurants In KLCC

    Best Places to Eat in KLCC

    Whether you are looking to tuck into hearty comfort food or enjoy capital curries, KLCC caters to all comers, with a variety of award-wining, culturally diverse restaurants, most of which offer spectacular views of the KL city skyline. Do not be fooled though as there are a few standouts: if you are in the pizza-and-pasta mood, we suggest Italian restaurants like Marini’s on 57 and Strato, but diners looking for a taste of Malaysian flavours should head to Acme Bar & Coffee or Atmosphere 360.

    Offering a genuinely cosmopolitan dining experience, the area’s variety of choices is seriously impressive, with some suave establishments just perfect for date nights. Picking the right ones can be a little tricky so here it is, our pick of restaurants and cafes in KLCC, for when only the best will do…

  • Marini’s on 57 is an exclusive Italian restaurant set on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3, adjacent to Suria KLCC. Located in the heart of the KL city centre, it consists of a restaurant, bar and lounge. Refined and elegant, paintings from Italian artist, Rosalba Mangione hang on the walls, while floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass roof provide great views of KL.

    Specialising in Italian fine-dining, the restaurant has à la carte options but we liked the recommended specials, like the spaghetti with botargo (mullet roe) and almonds – it had terrific texture and lots of flavour. Also good was the pan-fried sea bass stuffed with shrimp and lemon dressing, a terrific, zesty dish. Food portions are small but each dish has unforgettable taste. Read More...

    • Open: 17:00 – late Bar; 19:00 – late Restaurant; 15:00 – late Lounge
    • Address: Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Telephone: +603 2161 2880 or +603 2161 4880

    Stepping into Acme Bar & Coffee is like going into a hip New York City loft – with clean steel lines, comfy sofas, plush cushions and floor-to-ceiling glass walls letting natural light in; all this is enhanced by soft background jazz music.

    Set on the ground floor of Troika Sky Dining, the award-winning restaurant promises only the best ingredients, and a bite of any of their offerings proves it is high quality. There are seasonal items on the menu but there’s classic fare, too, that keeps their returning customers coming back for more. For some Asian flavour, try out the popular salt egg yolk chicken strips served in a Staub pan all warm and fresh; and sambal hebi aglio olio spaghetti, an interesting take of the old pasta dish with a dash of spiciness, thanks to the sambal. Read More...

    • Open: 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
    • Telephone: +60 3 2162 2288
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    Cantaloupe
    Cantaloupe

    A ten-minute walk from Suria KLCC, Cantaloupe (set on the 23rd floor of the ultra hip Troika Sky Dining) is a restaurant that offers flexible dining spaces suitable for post work socializing or full-on fine dining meals, with both cosy corners and  comfortable banquette-style tables. Naked bulbs, buffed wooden floors and high ceilings allow the views outside the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows to take centre stage.  

    The kitchen, helmed by Chef Chris Bauer (who used to head the team behind the food at Frangipani’s), puts out haute French cuisine that is simply unsurpassable. Standout dishes include fine de Claire oysters marinated with a briny anchovy cream and served with a side of light cucumber jelly. We also love lobster bisque – a creamy, highly-seasoned soup, striking the perfect balance between the sweet shellfish, tart tomatoes and notes of rosemary with each taste.

    • Open: 12:00 – 14:30 & 18:30 – late
    • Address: Level 23a, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC 50450 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2162 0886

    With a smooth fit-out, great service and a laid-back atmosphere, the team behind Thirty8 Restaurant & Lounge has pulled out all the stops in trying to impress diners. Opened in 2013, it offers 360 degree views of the KL skyline (including up-close panoramas of the PETRONAS Twin Towers), and its decor is ultra-modern with curving balustrades, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of steel and chrome fixtures.

    An unpretentious, light-hearted ambiance dominates, and the kitchen, helmed by Executive Chef Tommy Fransilla, puts out Chinese, Japanese and western fusion dishes that are inventive and tasty. Standouts include barbecue Australian Black Angus beef ribs, a small but hearty cut of meat that is at once juicy, savoury and smoky in flavour. Besides that, we love the filling – and fulfilling – roasted duck in five Chinese spices: dark meat that is succulent and moist, with crispy crackling skin. Read More...

    • Open: 06:00 – 11:00pm
    • Address: 38 floor Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2182 1234

    When the rooftop Cedar on 15 restaurant first appeared on the city’s foodie scene, it did not cause many waves, but as time has gone by, it has garnered the respect it deserves. Its attractions are plentiful: it has a fantastic location on the 15th floor of Impiana KLCC Hotel (just opposite Suria KLCC), food is sumptuous and not overpriced, the ambiance refined and relaxed with attention to detail evident.      

    The kitchen is headed by Austrian WACS National Global Master Chef, Helmut Lamberger, a man who deserves his recently-acquired title. His food is just so amazingly tasty and his humble, down-to-earth nature makes our meal a fun, easygoing one. A sleek and pared-back space hosting a kitchen that comes up with astoundingly creative food, we highly recommend you visit Cedar on 15 for their set meals which start at RM55 for a two-course and RM58 for a three-course meal. Arrive early to get a table on the balcony – it is the perfect spot for photos of the city skyline. Read More...

    • Open: 18:00 – 02:00
    • Address: 13 Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2147 1111
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    Passion Road Secret Garden
    Passion Road Secret Garden

    Passion Road Secret Garden has become one of Kuala Lumpur’s ‘it’ venues for weddings and private functions largely because of its gorgeous, dreamy garden setting with white outdoor tents fitted out with crystal chandeliers and lovely floral arrangements. Elegant and impressive, it is set in a bungalow along Lorong Yap Kwan Seng, putting it right in the centre of the city yet it easily maintains its hideaway feel due to its abundant greenery.

    However it is not primarily a function venue as it welcomes all comers for its daily lunch spread. Food-wise, the kitchen has an ever-changing menu of western and Asian specialties – think comfort food such as juicy roasted chicken in rich, peppery mushroom sauce served with a side of buttery mashed potatoes. Local flavours are represented with dishes such as nasi minyak (savoury, ghee rice) with rendang (spicy yet sweet Malay-style) chicken.

    • Open: 11:00 – 18:00
    • Address: No 16, Lorong Kwan Seng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Telephone: +603 2166 7111

    Taking its inspiration from classic Chinese heritage, Celestial Court is located on the third floor of the five-star Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur on Jalan Sultan Ismail. It is renowned for its array of innovative Cantonese offerings and has a regal, elegant look with red, black and gold accents dominating its halogen-lit interior. The ‘Halal’ Cantonese cuisine on offer ranges from innovative fusion dishes to wholesome and comforting traditional recipes. The kitchen, helmed by Master Chef Ho Boon, constantly pushes the boundaries, giving traditional dishes an interesting twist. Signatures include honey-spiced roasted rack of lamb with sweet bean in Mongolian sauce, sautéed sea tiger prawns with minced garlic and shallots in homemade chilli sauce, and sautéed vegetables with fresh lily bulbs. Read More...

    • Open: Monday – Saturday: 12:00 – 14:30 & 18:30 – 22:30; Sunday & Public Holidays: 10:00 – 14:30 & 18:30 – 22:30
    • Address: Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2717 9988
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    Strato
    Strato

    An approximate ten-minute walk away from Suria KLCC mall, Strato is an Italian restaurant located on the 23rd floor of the famous Troika Sky Dining. This gourmet Italian trattoria’s interior design is charming, with an old-world library feel – but instead of books, the focus is on the open-concept kitchen and the views of the KL city skyline outside the floor-to-ceiling windows.

    Italian staples such as pizza and pasta feature prominently in its menu and one of the most easily recognisable cuisine choices in the world is certainly done justice in Strato. Cracking service from the knowledgeable staff make for a truly magical dining experience, but it is the food that blows its competition out of the water. A standout in the mains section of the menu includes juicy pan roasted cod, sprinkled with salty, herbed breadcrumbs, creamy, soft polenta and toasted almonds with anchovy chilli oil. 

    • Open: 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00
    • Address: Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC 50450 Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2162 0886

    Sitting atop the Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill) Forest Reserve – the oldest gazetted forest reserve in the country – Menara KL is an easily recognizable and popular Malaysian landmark. One of its more remarkable features is a revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360, which offers some pretty spectacular views of the city, including close-up views of the PETRONAS Twin Towers during your meal.

    Food-wise the restaurant is most popular for its buffet spread, set along the restaurant’s walls, with three stations – the appetizer area, main course section and dessert bar. The selection changes from week to week but there are always western, local and Chinese favourites. Read More...

    • Open: 09:00 – 22:00 weekday; 09:30 – 22:00 weekend & public holidays
    • Location: Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P. Ramlee
    • Telephone: +603 208 5448

    There are not many non-Chinese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that serve duck, but Melur and Thyme on the ground floor of Suria KLCC is one such place. Spelling ‘elegance’ without too much glamour, expect an East-meets-West interior with kopitiam marble-top tables, low-hanging bulbs, white brick walls and intricate wired art.

    Food-wise, tapas take centre stage with two varied categories: Melur, for the eastern flavours such as duck satay, Peking duck and nyonya chicken rending; and Thyme for its western counterparts, such as beef goulash, duck confit and salmon croquets. We love the fact that duck meat gets cleverly infused into some favourite classics such as carbonara served with smoked duck, and Penang char kuey teow with juicy slices of duck meat. However, though duck is the star of the show here, there are also non-duck dishes on the menu, examples of which are Asian noodle soup, grandma’s hokkien mee and deep sea aglio-olio. Read More...

    • Open: 08:00 – 22:00
    • Address: GO3H-I Level Ground, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
    • Telephone: +603 2181 8001
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