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    Best places to eat in Petaling Jaya

    Our list of Petaling Jaya restaurants contains some of the most unique, creative and fun places to grab a bite to eat. This largely residential area about 20 minutes drive from the Kuala Lumpur city centre may be less than half the size of KL, but it is home to 12 major malls and a lot of exciting and quirky downtime activity offerings. Due to its location a little further off from the city, everything is a slightly cheaper here, from real estate to parking fees. As a result, you will find many up-and-coming businesses in the area, particularly in the culinary scene.

    Restaurants in Petaling Jaya range from quirky and unique cafes with one-of-a-kind themes to fashionable, award-winning restaurants frequently visited by celebrities and scenesters. Proudly presenting the coolest restaurants in town, Petaling Jaya restaurants have proven to be the heart and soul of the town. The best places to eat in Petaling Jaya are the perfect venues for seeing how young, urbane locals live.

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A Pie Thing is a quaint cafe that serves up delicious homemade sweet and savoury pies, imported confectioneries, as well as a satisfying range of coffees and teas in Petaling Jaya. Occupying a corner shop lot in Damansara Uptown (just minutes away from One World Hotel), this establishment is easily spotted by those travelling on the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) highway thanks its massive black-and-white signboard. Interior-wise, A Pie Thing is hardly extravagant when it comes to decor which results in mismatched yet well-spaced seating arrangements of communal tables with high stools, steel chairs and wooden tables. The counter area displays an array of mouth-watering pastries and Leonidas Belgian chocolates while a suspended menu lists down the prices of beverages and pie toppings. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 16:00 – 23:00, Friday & Saturday 16:00 – 00:00, Sunday 16:00 – 23:00
  • Address: 128G, Jalan SS21/35, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
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B-Lab, situated 20 minutes from Kuala Lumpur city centre, is a quaint combination of three dining concepts under one roof. It is an all-day European-style bakery, a laidback bistro that serves a range of non-halal fare, and a subdued wine bar for indulgent evenings. Situated within the Verve Suites residential area, B-Lab is a great place for a leisurely meal or intimate dinner.

Fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and hanging filament bulbs, B-Lab is a bright and welcoming eatery with an industrial colour scheme of white, black and red. Perfect for unwinding during breezy evenings, the simple yet spacious al fresco seating offers a view of suburban Mont Kiara. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 00:00
  • Address: G-3A, Level G, VERVE Shops Mont Kiara, 8, Jalan Kiara 5, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 6206 1880
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Located about 20 minutes away from the city centre, in Petaling Jaya, Bistro à Table is a small and homely classic French bistro that is busy no matter what day of the week you visit. The tasty food is what makes a trip here supremely worthwhile. Food served is primarily modern French but the kitchen uses local ingredients to keep dishes affordable. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 – 22:00 Tuesday – Thursday; 18:00 – 24:00 Friday & Saturday; 18:00 – 23:00 Sunday
  • Address: 6 Jalan 17/54, 46400 Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +603 7931 2831
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Bofe Eatery in section 19 Petaling Jaya is quickly gaining popularity with its winning combination of creative Asian fusion food using only high quality ingredients. A helpful factor in its rise to the top are its rather affordable prices, with mains starting from just RM8.90 - plus the diverse menu is great for large groups who can’t agree on a specific cuisine type. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
  • Address: 16, Jalan 19/36, Section 19, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +603 7932 2397
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Breadfruits Cafe

Breadfruits Cafe, situated in Desa Sri Hartamas, offers a deliciously wholesome breakfast and lunch menu, top quality fresh fruit and vegetables, a variety of organic dried goods, free-range eggs and pure, unprocessed wild honey. The cafe interior highly resembles a farmer’s market, with plenty of fresh produce and wooden furnishings. BreadFruits Cafe also has a large selection of fresh juices with unique combos that boast energising, detoxifying, and immune-boosting properties. Indulge in Breadfruits Cafe’s roasted banana bacon French toast with passion wild honey (RM18.80), a delightfully sweet combination of cinnamon-dusted caramelised bananas, bacon strips and fresh French toast, heavily drizzled with honey and passion fruit sauce.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 – 21:00
  • Address: 17, Jalan 26/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 6201 0090
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Brewyard Coffee is a quaint home-grown cafe that serves up an array of sweet and savoury brunch offerings such as pastas, pizzas, waffles, and pancakes, homemade cakes, as well as unique coffees and teas in a charming garden-like setting. Situated within Subang Jaya’s vibrant SS15 (Section 15) commercial hub, this quaint and fully air-conditioned establishment makes for an ideal escape from KL’s scorching heat and busy traffic. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 – 00:00
  • Address: 42, SS15/4, Subang Jaya
  • Tel: +60146699319
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Burger diners are common in and around Kuala Lumpur these days, with trailblazers such as MyBurgerLab in Seapark, Fatboys Burger Bar in Publika and Burgertory in Subang Jaya taking up the lion’s share of media attention. Joining their ranks is newcomer Burger Junkyard in Kota Damansara – a gourmet burger bar worth investigating for its hearty, inventive meat sandwiches. A tip of the hat to New York, they have a rocking formula: humongous, hearty American sliders in cool junkyard-chic interiors with a whole lot of hipster flair: think walls replete with graffiti murals, oversized naked bulbs and overturned wooden crates acting as chairs. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 22:00 Monday – Saturday
  • Address: 16, Jalan PJU 5/20D, The Strand, Kota Damansara
  • Tel: +603 6143 4305
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Capital Nasi Dagang Kelantan

Hailing from Kota Bharu, Capital Nasi Dagang Kelantan is a humble-looking coffee shop that serves up deliciously authentic Kelantanese fare in Damansara Utama. Its signature dish is, of course, the nasi dagang: rice steamed in coconut milk served with fish curry, hard-boiled eggs and vegetable pickles. Capital does offer a good range of dishes to complement its fragrant rice, such as gulai ikan tongkol (tuna curry), chicken curry, beef rendang, prawn curry, and squid. Served only during the weekends, Lakso Kelantan, flat rice-flour noodles in full-bodied white gravy made with boiled fish and coconut milk, is another must-try in Capital Nasi Dagang Kelantan.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 – 16:30
  • Address: 29, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama
  • Tel: +6012 921 5200
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Chemistry Cafe + Lab

Chemistry Cafe + Lab is a quaint cafe in Shah Alam with a science laboratory concept, complete with chemistry sets decorating every nook and cranny, a massive periodic table across a bare-bricked wall, and friendly staff dressed in lab coats! Serving coffee, juices, and smoothies served in glass beakers as well as espresso shots in test tubes, the cafe’s eccentric concept makes it a popular spot for brunches and casual meetings. While its food offerings are limited to homemade cakes, pies, pastas, and sandwiches, we highly recommend Chemistry Cafe + Lab’s uranium cheesecake (RM10) and chocolate banana waffles (RM10.90). The cafe is a 40-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 15:00 - 01:00, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 - 02:00
  • Address: 26, Jalan Kristal J7/J, Seksyen 7, Shah Alam
  • Tel: +6012 999 9231
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Chequers KL in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail in Petaling Jaya has added a new taste to the city’s dining scene by being the first restaurant to specialise in the chicken-and-waffle combo wildly popular in southern USA. Serving comfort food that will easily impress, for now the menu at this corner-lot restaurant remains brief but plans are already in the works for future expansion. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 Monday – Thursday; 10:00 – 24:00 Friday; 09:00 – 22:00 Saturday; 09:00 – 23:00 Sunday
  • Address: 153 Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail
  • Tel: +016 661 7622
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Choong Kee Kampar Claypot Rice restaurant offers the best claypot chicken rice in the Klang Valley – some even say in KL. What’s unique about the pot rice here is the addition of sliced onions to the dish, which gives it a tangy taste and crunchy texture. Plus, instead of the usual gas burners, the restaurant uses charcoal fire stoves – the slow and even heat really makes the rice more flavourful. A Malaysian version of comfort food, claypot rice is a dinner dish of rice sprinkled with sweet, dark soy sauce, topped with chicken, ham yui (salted fish), Chinese sausage and scallions. Located in Damansara Jaya, Choong Kee Kampar Claypot Rice used to be a hawker stall in a coffee shop just down the road and when business got really good, it upgraded to its own restaurant. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30; 17:00 – 23:00 (closed Wednesdays)
  • Location: Petaling Jaya, Klang Valley
  • Address: No 80, Jalan SS22/25, Damansara Jaya, PJ.
  • Tel: +6017 871 7739
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Describing Cantonese dim sum is oftentimes hard – largely because instead of a single central dish, you get a variety of bite-sized dishes. Most of the time these steamed and fried dumplings, rolls and paus are found in atmospheric Chinese coffee shops but sometimes you’ll come across a good, high-end eatery specialising in it. Making time for a leisurely lunch one weekday afternoon, we head to Di Wei Chinese Restaurant in Empire Hotel Subang, choosing a total of 13 dishes from its menu of dumplings and rolls. Service is prompt and the restaurant is a comfortable spot for families. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 1st Floor, Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya
  • Tel: +603 5565 1268 or +603 5565 1388
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Epicuro Cafe

Epicuro Cafe is a trendy and cosy establishment that serves tantalising western fare as well as aromatic coffee and tea in Damansara Utama. Its homemade cakes are especially popular; diners with a sweet tooth will delight in its sinful tiramisu and chocolate brownies served with a scoop of Dulce De Leche ice-cream. Serving a wide array of sandwiches, salads, pastas, and mains, definite must-tries in Epicuro Cafe include its signature pulled pork sandwich (RM17.50) and tender lamb shack served with cauliflower puree (RM39.90). With a chic colour scheme of canary yellow, black and white, Epicuro Cafe exudes a happy and laidback vibe that’s perfect for weekend brunches and casual meet-up sessions.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00 - 23:00, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Address: 20, Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Utama
  • Tel: +603 7733 3110
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Amongst the modern and sleek cafes that Kuala Lumpur has been practically overflowing with recently, Espressolab in Solaris Dutamas really stands out from the rest. Not because it is much better looking than any of its competitors, but precisely because it is not. The cafe’s minimalist look – with just a counter, preparation area and seats to enjoy your cuppa – focuses guests’ attention on their coffee, and well, when it all comes down to it, who comes to a coffee shop expecting world-class decor anyway? Nevertheless, Espressolab is one serious establishment for all things coffee, and it is slowly becoming KL-lites’ favourite joint for a caffeine fix. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
  • Address: D1-G4-6, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 6211 0662
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Fatty Crab Restaurant, Taman Megah

Located in Taman Megah, Fatty Crab Restaurant is a popular hang-out place for its good food and ambience. While its ‘main’ outlet is in Taman Megah, Fatty Crab Restaurant can also be found in Seri Kembangan, The Mines and Pandan Indah.

Just like its name suggests, succulent crabs are its specialty, and these come in many mouth-watering forms from plain, steamed crabs to Sweet & Sour Crabs. Even though the menu is not as extensive as most seafood restaurants, Fatty Crab Restaurant’s signature offerings are often more than enough to keep people coming back for more.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 17:30 – 23:30
  • Address: No 2, Jln SS 24/13 , Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: (603) 7804 5758
  • Cuisine: Chinese Seafood
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Frontera Sol of Mexico

With a kitchen that specialises in showcasing Mexico’s gastronomic stylings, Frontera Sol of Mexico is certainly a colourful addition to our list best Petaling Jaya restaurants. A sunny, family-run tortilleria that is perfect for when you are in the mood to indulge in salsa and some samba music, the menu is thoroughly Tex-Mex with tamales that are delicate and fluffy, corn tortillas enveloping a generous amount of filling and crispy enchiladas that are perfectly seasoned. The restaurant’s interior design is without doubt fun – think, a cheerful colour palette of orange and yellow for its walls, screen doors that are gaily painted turquoise blue and ornate gothic-inspired chandeliers.

Standouts on the menu include the kitchen’s signature chilli con carne, prepared daily using fresh, air-flown ingredients to create a dish that is memorable in flavour – while the stew is naturally spicy, there is also the full-bodied taste of tomatoes and kidney beans ever present in each bite.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 01:00 Sunday – Thursday; 11:00 – 02:00 Friday & Saturday
  • Address: Lights at Palm Square, Jaya One, 46200, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +603 7958 8515
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Fuzion at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is anall-day dining outlet that serves a selection ofala carte fare and a generous buffet of Asian, western, Middle Eastern and Japanese cuisines, cold appetisers, salads, and pastries. Surrounded by lush greenery and cascading waterfalls, Fuzion is situated right next to the hotel’s picturesque free-form swimming pool and a well-stocked bar – perfect for lounging with a glass of wine after dinner.

With a seating capacity of 360 people, the softly-lit establishmenthas a cosy yet lively setting with spacious tables and cushioned seats in its air-conditioned indoor area while rattan chairs and light wooden tables adorn the al fresco terrace area. Offering a tranquil, verdant view with the sound of cascading waters, we highly recommend dining outdoors if you prefer a more intimate dinner affair. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 10:30; 12:00 – 14:30& 18:00 – 22:30
  • Address: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
  • Tel: +603 7495 1888
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Goodsaltz Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant and family-friendly restaurant that’s conveniently situated along The Curve’s open-air walkway. It stands out from most eateries in Petaling Jaya for its cheerful vibe, quaint interior, and as well as delectable comfort foods with unique flavours.

Furnished with light wooden tables and bright red-cushioned chairs, Goodsaltz’s spacious al fresco dining area is surrounded by a leafy and shaded courtyard that overlooks The Curve’s walkway (called The Street), making it the perfect setting for casual breakfasts and intimate dinners. Meanwhile, Goodsaltz's air-conditioned indoor section is beautifully decorated with an eclectic mix of old family pieces, garage sale collectibles and recycled knick-knacks, resulting in a rustic yet cosy dining ambience. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 00:0, Friday – Sunday 10:00 - 01:00
  • Address: G41, Ground Floor, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +603 7733 7860
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For a taste of some of the freshest sushi in town, head on over to Ichiro Sushi Bar in One Utama shopping centre. Situated on the top floor in Isetan, Ichiro is just one of the Japanese-themed food joints in a cluster, aptly-named ‘EAT Paradise’, and it certainly evokes an atmosphere of The Land of The Rising Sun with its compact seating arrangement and four Japanese chefs chattering among themselves while preparing meals. Ichiro Sushi Bar is open from 11:00 to 22:00 so it offers a convenient all-day dining option for when that sushi craving strikes but this restaurant is not recommended for larger parties as tables can only seat four people, with other seating around the preparation bar, mimicking the traditional sushi bars found all around Japan. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 22:00
  • Address: Eat Paradise, 2nd Floor, Isetan One Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
  • Tel: +603 77265899
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Nestled within a sports centre in Petaling Jaya, Jam & Kaya Cafe is a charming venue that’s inspired by the bustling cafe culture in Melbourne, Australia. Serving simple yet tantalising all-day breakfasts and delicious chocolate drinks, Jam & Kaya Cafe is a hidden gem that’s proving particularly popular with brunch-lovers.

Surrounded by palm trees and overlooking Petaling Jaya Sports Centre’s swimming pool, the cafe’s exterior is a quaint all-white cottage with a cemented front yard while its spacious interior is a simple setting of white walls, hanging light bulbs, framed photos, massive windows, complete with rustic elements and wooden furnishings. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 19:00, Saturday & Sunday 09:00 -18:00
  • Address: 1, Lorong Sultan, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +6016 667 5078
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Notably known for its award-winning banana leaf rice, Kanna Curry House is a South Indian restaurant that occupies two shop lots at the fringe of Section 17. The interior is air-conditioned which are usually fully occupied during the lunch hour, but famished guests who want to enjoy the evening breeze can opt for the open-air dining area opposite the restaurant. The outdoor dining area has several fans and big trees for the comfort of its diners during the hotter climate.

There is a frying station right outside the restaurant where we marvel at the trays of marinated seafood and chicken. The marinated seafood is freshly prepared upon order by deep frying them. Enticed by the alluring fragrance, we order a portion of squid and tenggiri (narrow-barred Spanish mackerel) cutlets as we await our hearty portion of Kanna Curry House’s speciality: banana leaf rice. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 06:30 – 21:00
  • Location: Kanna Curry House is located at the fringe of Section 17 with close proximity to the Section 17 Police Station. Parking spaces are available along the streets and back streets around the restaurant.
  • Address: 29 Jalan 17/45, Section 17, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +603 7958 4814
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La Casa Restaurant is a quaint pork-free establishment that serves hearty Italian and French fare within VERVE Shops Mont Kiara, a commercial hub nestled within VERVE Suites, Mont Kiara. Situated 20 minutes from Kuala Lumpur city centre, this hidden gem is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner – complete with a bottle of red wine, of course. The interior of this restaurant features exposed ceiling, rustic steel fixtures, warm lighting, wooden furnishings, and bare brick walls, yet manages to maintain a cosy dining ambience with plenty of colourful throw pillows and stacks of cookbooks and magazines. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 23:00
  • Address: Level G, VERVE Shops Mont Kiara, 8, Jalan Kiara 5, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 6211 8875
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Little Fat Duck is one of the pioneers of a new dining craze that is sweeping through Kuala Lumpur. It is a food truck that serves affordably priced Italian and French cuisine for on-the-go diners and urban hipsters. It is certainly the most novel dining experience in Subang Jaya and stands out against the wide array of local restaurants, burger joints, and quaint cafes in SS 15 (Section 15). Parked in front of Public Bank’s SS15 outlet, Little Fat Duck is credited for kick-starting the food truck culture as similar ventures have popped up all over Kuala Lumpur.

Open from 20:00 onwards, it is well-frequented for its reasonably priced yet hearty meals. A must-try in Little Fat Duck is the aglio olio (RM5), a spicy rendition of the classic Italian fare thanks to a rather generous seasoning of chilli flakes and Italian herbs. Served with a choice of chicken or beef, its level of spiciness may be overwhelming for some but those with a healthy appetite for fiery flavours will delight in Little Fat Duck’s aglio olio. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Wednesday - Monday 20:00 – 00:00
  • Location: Situated in SS15, Subang Jaya (approximately 20km from the Kuala Lumpur city centre), Little Fat Duck food truck is parked opposite Public Bank from Wednesday to Monday.
  • Address: SS15, Subang Jaya (opposite Public Bank)
  • Tel: +603 5613 2087
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Marche Movenpick, Mutiara Damansara

Introducing a new and unique eating concept in Malaysia, Marche Movenpick is fast becoming one of the country’s most popular dining outlets. Situated in The Curve, Mutiara Damansara, it is characterised by a few statues of colourful cows outside and a cool, ‘marketplace’ atmosphere inside.

Within, food stations offering all types of fresh cuisine from local to western, all prepared before your eyes hawker-style, lend a market-like appearance to the place. Patrons will each be given a ‘passport’ at the entrance, which they will carry around with them to get stamped as they order their food from these stations. Upon exit, the stamped passports are then surrendered to the cashier, who will then calculate the cost of the meals based on the stamps collected.

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 11:00 – 22:00
  • Address: The Curve Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya 47800, Malaysia
  • Tel: (603) 7727 8461
  • Cuisine: American, Asian, Bakery, Barbecue, French, Swedish, Dutch, Wine Bar
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Meatworks

Meatworks in Solaris Mont Kiara is a no-frills chophouse that stands apart from others because of its great food at reasonable prices and simple, trendy interior. Located along Jalan Solaris 2, less than two km from Publika mall, the food certainly makes a trip here worthwhile – expect monster portions of meat with excellent pepper sauces and stellar sides that almost steal the show from the main event (like the mashed potatoes…mmm, the mash...).

The décor is trendy with dull red brick walls, well worn wooden tables and sketch artwork. Open every day from 12:00 to 24:00, for the most part the kitchen presents solid interpretations of steak but you can also find lamb and burgers. Our favourite dish is the Flintstone-sized brontosaurus steak, which clocks in at 1.5kg. Though it is intended for two, the very flavourful Halal-certified top sirloin easily feeds three and yields little resistance when chewed.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
  • Address: L-3A-1 2 Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 6203 0871
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Myburgerlab

Restaurants specialising in burgers are all the rage in the city now and the topic of where to find the best burger can fuel furious debate among KL natives. However we are firm believers that the award-winning Myburgerlab, a home-grown burger bar established in 2012, easily tops the list of best burger bars in the city. Owners Teoh Wee Kiat and Chin Ren Yi believe that great burgers are made to order from scratch, which is why they always start with 100% meat that is never frozen. Attracting a diverse clientele of burger aficionados and late-night urban drinkers, the restaurant’s interior design is clean and simple, with naked bulbs casting a warm glow over the place and lots of steel, chrome and wood fixtures utilised. Whether you enjoy a classic burger or you like to indulge in inspired inventions, this burger bar’s the place for you.

  • Opening Hours: 17:00 – 22:15 Tuesday – Sunday
  • Address: 14, Jalan 21/22, SeaPark, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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My Elephant

Worthy of being called a destination-restaurant, My Elephant is a cute and quirky fine-dining Thai restaurant with a kitchen specialising in putting out dishes with fiery, sour north-eastern Isaan flavours. Dining at this low-key spot is an exploration of funky, spicy, complex and challenging flavour, plus we love the fact that the kitchen will crank up the chilli factor upon request. You will be smitten with the stir fries that are refreshingly light on oil, but My elephant’s bestseller is snow fish (RM58), a salt-baked seabass that goes great with the kitchen’s signature green chilli sauce, warm fluffy white rice and prawn tom som (clear galangal, lemongrass and lime soup with aromatic Thai herbs) soup (RM20) that packs just the right amount of chilli heat.

Its interior design is meant to evoke that of a New York loft, with wide open dining room accented by black and white paint colours, furniture with clean and simple lines allowing for easy traffic flow through the main walkways, and naked bulbs hanging from the ceiling casting a warm, romantic glow. The muted setting allows the food to steal the show.

  • Opening Hours: C-G-4 Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya
  • Address: Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +6010 220 1283
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Nerofico Restaurant

Nerofico restaurant in Wisma Perintis along Jalan Dungun is really one of those restaurants you need to visit now. From its pots, pans and bowls, come artfully-presented and soul-satisfying classic Italian and western dishes, created with locally grown ingredients in a nod to KL’s many cultures. With some minor improvements, the food could take centre stage along with other dining room heavyweights in Kuala Lumpur’s culinary scene.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 24:00 Monday – Friday; 18:00 – 24:00 Saturday
  • Address: Ground Floor, Wisma Perintis, 47, Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights
  • Tel: +603 2089 5312
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Pelita Nasi Kandar, SS2

Originating from Penang, Pelita Nasi Kandar is a famous mamak chain in Malaysia.
Starting from a humble beginning of occupying a small stall in a corner coffee shop in Perai, the popularity of its offerings had enabled it to expand into a number of restaurants bearing the same name all over the country.

This 24-hour restaurant also has a large, wide-screen television for the entertainment of its patrons. During major international sports seasons such as the World Cup and Euro Championships, the place is packed full with people trying to catch a piece of the action over cheap, good food and excellent community ambience.

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours.
  • Address: 1-21 Jalan SS 2/64, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Tel: (603) 7874 9072
  • Cuisine: India
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S.Wine at Publika

S.Wine at Publika, nestled within Ben's Independent Grocer, serves up western and Asian fare with a heavy emphasis on porcine delicacies. Decor-wise, the restaurant exudes an industrial and rustic ambience with dim lighting, wooden tables and metal seats, as well as kitsch, pig-themed decorations. From continental pork salads to crispy roast pork, S.Wine at Publika is well-frequented not only for its tantalising menu, but for its decent price and prompt service. We highly recommend the Momofuku-inspired pork buns (RM21), a classic Chinese dish consisting of braised pork belly slices with pickled cucumber sandwiches in steamed mantao, and the sloppy piggy burger with Mexicana pulled pork (RM26), which comes with a side of coleslaw and crinkled fries.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 – 22:00, Saturday & Sunday 09:00 – 22:00
  • Address: Level UG1, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 6209 1716
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Satay Kajang Haji Samuri Restaurant, Damansara Uptown

Originating from the town of Kajang, hence the name ‘Satay Kajang’, Satay Kajang Haji Samuri Restaurant in Damansara Uptown is probably the best place to sample Malaysia’s No. 1 dish.

Succulent pieces of beef or chicken skewed on thin bamboo sticks are charcoal-grilled over open fire, releasing an aroma that is quite out-of-this-world as the satay sticks are cooking. People have been known to come from far just to get a taste of the infamous Satay Kajang at this restaurant.

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 11:00 - 0:00 (except Fridays 15:00 onward)
  • Address: No. 79, Jalan 21/37, Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: (603) 7710 5318
  • Cuisine: Malay
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Located at the The Strand in Kota Damansara, Saint’s is roughly 22km from the Kuala Lumpur city centre. It’s an easy-to-find establishment – occupying a corner lot on the Red Carpet Boulevard and it will soon be in the shadow of a mega shopping mall. However, you won’t have to endure unsightly construction while eating here – the soon-to-be-constructed mall’s oversized colourful signage blocks any view of the ongoing work. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 01:00
  • Address: No. 26 – G Red Carpet Boulevard Encorp Strand, Pusat Perdagangan Kota Damansara, PJU5, 47810 Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: (6016) 2075 298
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If you’re ever in the neighbourhood of Subang Jaya, and hankering for local cuisine, Serai should be at the top of your list. Located in Empire Shopping Gallery, the restaurant might appear rather small from the entrance, but it’s cozy and inviting ambience certainly makes up the lack of space. The décor is classy and simple – white walls and furniture with potted plants thrown in for good measure, and together with the warm lighting, it sets the perfect mood for a great meal. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
  • Address: LG37, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, Subang Jaya, Selangor
  • Tel: +603 5611 3200
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Strangers at 47 Cafe at Petaling Jaya is a charming weekend hotspot set amongst an elevated stretch of home-grown eateries in a quiet Kuala Lumpur neighbourhood. Apart from the staple cafe offerings of cakes, fruit juices, coffees and teas, the main draw here is their innovative crepe recipes that make for satisfying all-day breakfasts and desserts.

The interior design consists of bare cement walls, hanging light bulbs, tiny potted flowers, and comfortable wooden tables, chairs, and benches. Aside from a pair of quirky caricatures painted on a massive wall space, Strangers at 47 Cafe exudes a simple and rustic setting with a cheerful ambience – perfect for laidback weekend brunches and casual gatherings. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday – Friday 15:00 – 22:00, Saturday & Sunday 11:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 47, Jalan 17/45, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +6011 1669 5707
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Mixing the manga and Cosplay subculture and serving it up with food and drinks, a visit to Tenshi no Cafe is bound to be a pretty offbeat but fun experience. Located in e@Curve in Mutiara Damansara, this cafe mixes humour in with food, making it stand out among the sea of food outlets in KL. Aimed squarely at anime fans, it is not the decor nor the food and drinks which make Tenshi no Cafe stand out – it’s the waiters and waitresses that make you sit up and take notice. The themed cafe is staffed with ‘maids’ (young girls in pink and white French maid outfits) and ‘butlers’ (guys in tuxedo-like attire) who are supposed to act as servants to customers, making you feel like you have stepped into a comic book. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:30
  • Address: LG18, North Side, e@Curve, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +603 7732 9813
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The Frisky Goat

The Frisky Goat is an all day coffee house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail that made its name on its enormous and unusual deli-style offerings. Its charming industrial interior design instantly transports you from quiet Petaling Jaya to bustling SoHo in New York – think, bare brick walls, quirky, colourful artwork and lots of mismatched furniture. Boasting a peaceful decibel level, it is less than a five minute walk to 1 Utama mall, making it a favourite pre-shopping, weekend brunch spot.

When it comes to the menu at The Frisky Goat, there are plenty of indulgent options available: a number of offerings revolve around toast, but it is the mushroom quiche and baked eggs which have stolen our hearts. Plus, if you are willing to shell out a little extra for a mug of the bar’s hot chocolate, we guarantee you will be blown away by the creamy concoction.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:30 Tuesday – Sunday
  • Address: 72, Jalan Burhanudin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +603 7731 2965
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The Good Batch is a cosy brunch retreat in Damansara Utama that serves sumptuous all-day breakfasts, crunchy salads and light snacks, as well as a good range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Fusing Malaysian flavours with conventional western fare, some of The Good Batch’s innovative offerings include The Good Stuff (grilled mango-stuffed French toast drizzled with crushed nuts, gula Melaka, caramel sauce served with a side of creamy vanilla ice-cream) and Malaysian-Lah (chunky lamb marinated in Malaysian spices, tossed with potato cubes and fresh greens, all wrapped in roti canai). The Good Batch is also a popular amongst night dwellers as its extensive alcohol menu ranges from wines and champagnes to draft, craft and bottled beers. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 - 00:00, Friday 11:00 - 01:00, Saturday 10:00 - 01:00, Sunday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Address: 53, SS21/1A, Damansara Utama
  • Tel: +603 7733 2303
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The Humble Pie Co. at Petaling Jaya is a full-fledged artisanal café that serves a satisfying range of Italian delicacies. Its speciality however, lies within its signature pies and cakes that are freshly-made using only the highest quality of fruits. The cafe’s bright orange-hued exterior is attention-grabbing with several mismatched wooden furnishings that are great al fresco seating options during breezy evenings. Meanwhile, the air-conditioned indoor section is kept simple with unique whisk-shaped light fixtures and cosy seating arrangements.

This cool coffee shop is located just a few rows away from the ever-popular Kanna Curry House (a South Indian eatery that’s well-patronised for its award-winning banana leaf rice) within Section 17’s suburban setting. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:30 – 22:00, Saturday & Sunday 11:00 – 22:30
  • Address: 11, Jalan 17/45, Section 17, Petaling Jaya
  • Tel: +603 7932 1793
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The Lobsterman is one of the few restaurants in KL that specialises in lobsters. Set in the quiet residential SS2 area, it is a cosy restaurant that is really popular for its inexpensive set lunches. It may not feature fine dining frills but meals here qualify as delicious and affordable feasts. The Lobsterman restaurant was founded by Hong Kong native, Bruce Ma, who has more than ten years of experience as a chef. Comfortable and casual, the interior of The Lobsterman restaurant is thoroughly unpretentious with stone and wood furnishings and fixtures contrasting beautifully with a vivid green ceiling. A large tank filled with live lobsters of various sizes lines the wall at the far end of the dining area. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:30 lunch; 17:30 – 22:30 dinner
  • Address: No. 53, Jalan SS 2/30, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Tel: +603 7877 6772
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The Meat & Wine Co. Kuala Lumpur is a pork-free restaurant and bar that serves big juicy steaks and feel-good western classics, all alongside a solid list of imported wines from around the world. Situated within a 15 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre in Solaris Dutamas, the restaurant’s rather hidden locale and friendly service makes it a great place for intimate dinners as well as casual gatherings.

The indoor fine-dining setting exudes an industrial-meets-rustic theme with bare bricked walls, warm lighting, blackened steel fixtures with well-spaced seating arrangements as well as an impressive display of alcoholic beverages at the open bar. Perfect for enjoying breezy evenings with a pint or two, the al fresco section features wooden communal tables and benches while potted plants provide a verdant setting. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 - late
  • Address: A1-G2-06, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 6211 9908
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The Morning After

With a name that has undoubtedly raised a few eyebrows, The Morning After serves a good range of hearty breakfasts, juicy burgers and savoury pies, not to mention freshly brewed coffee and delicious cakes. With an eclectic mix of industrial and rustic design elements, the cafe’s chic yet laidback vibe makes it a popular hangout spot for those in need of a quick caffeine and sugar fix. Kick-start the day with The Morning After’s Good Ol’ Benny & You (poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce, turkey ham, and lightly buttered English Muffins) complemented with your choice of morning kick-starter, such as salted caramel macchiato, cappuccino, or the classic latte with an extra shot of espresso.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 00:00
  • Address: A-G-3, ATIVO Plaza, Bandar Sri Damansara
  • Tel: +6012 273 8998
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The Red Beanbag, situated within Publika Mall in Solaris Dutamas, is a contemporary Australian-inspired cafe that serves up hearty all-day breakfasts and western delicacies. Nestled in a first-floor corner overlooking Publika’s Piazza and Istana Negara (Malaysia’s National Palace), the cafe is beautifully decorated with rustic wooden furnishings, miniature potted plants, and coffee bean bags hanging on its grey cement walls.

The Red Beanbag is divided into two dining areas - a fully air-conditioned indoor section with large windows, a mix of wooden furniture and plush cushioned seats as well as an al fresco dining area beautifully decorated with potted plants, wooden benches, and a spacious communal table catering to large gatherings. Read More...

  • Opening Hours:
    Tuesday - Thursday : 10:00 - 22:00
    Friday : 10:00 – 00:00
    Saturday : 09:30 – 00:00
    Sunday : 09:30 – 22:00
  • Address: A4-1-8, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 6211 5116
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The Royal Flush @ Ara Damansara

The three-storey The Royal Flush is certainly an impressive sight from the outside, with its pagoda-style stupas, fire-engine red trimmings hung with glossy red paper lanterns, and a front pathway with sunken fountains. Inside its décor is just as impressive with porcelain vases, wood corbels and heavy antique wooden furniture ever present.

Opened in 2013, highlights from the menu include the soft, juicy steamed dragon garoupa fish that lies on a bed of soy sauce – the semi-sweet flesh of the fish blends beautifully with the salty, slightly wine-based soy sauce. However, our undeniable favourite is fried prawn with batter sauce – the fat prawns are succulent, topped with sweet, buttery sauce – when paired with fluffy white rice, this dish will have you coming back for more time and time again.

  • Address: Central Piazza, Oasis Square Ara Damansara, 2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A, Petaling Jaya Tel: +6012 299 7598 or +603 7831 1339 or +016 2912 737
  • Tel: +6012 299 7598 or +603 7831 1339 or +016 2912 737
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Village Park Restaurant is a nasi lemak powerhouse in Damansara Utama. Operated by a Chinese-Muslim husband and wife team, locals will tell you that this is where they come for their nasi lemak fix; be prepared for a big lunch crowd if you arrive after 12:30. There is also nasi dagang and noodles offered. The yellow-hued rice, cooked with margarine, coconut milk and ginger, is fluffy in texture and the rich flavour strikes a good balance with the tender and flavourful spicy rendang chicken and ikan bilis sambal (anchovies chilli paste). Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 20:00 Monday – Saturday; 07:00 – 18:00 Sunday
  • Address: 5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama
  • Tel: +603 7710 7860
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Wanderlust Café Kuala Lumpur is a minimalistic yet lively brunch eatery in Solaris Mont Kiara, with a constantly evolving menu of hearty fusion meals, freshly-brewed coffee and tea, as well as unique dessert options. The interior of the travel-themed cafe is kept simple and cosy, with an open coffee bar, wooden furnishing, blue and white walls, paper planes, and a glittering glass bottle chandelier as a centerpiece.

Serving brunch from 11:00 till 18:00 and dinner from 18:00 onwards, Wanderlust Café Kuala Lumpur’s diverse pork-free offerings consist of fresh ingredients such as free-range eggs, tropical fruits, and kitchen-made pasta and tomato chutney. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 - 23:00, Saturday & Sunday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Address: 10, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 6211 9688
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Way Modern Chinois

Way Modern Chinois is a classy restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that’s well-frequented for its extensive range of contemporary Chinese cuisine. Situated in Damansara Heights, this well-hidden establishment features a sleek elevator entrance that opens to a softly lit interior with a mix of wooden panels and mirrored walls, minimal yet modern decor, woodenfurnishing, and a massive vase of orchids as its centrepiece.

Way Modern Chinois is a pork-free establishment, featuring an array of Chinese delicacies with international influences and flavours. For starters, we sample the Wagyu bun (RM12), which is a deep-fried bun with black pepper Wagyu stuffing. Crafted in the shape of a porcupine, the bun remains crispy and soft while the piping hot filling is pleasantly savoury with a lingering peppery taste.

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 12:-00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 22:30
  • Address: G-1, WORK@Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights
  • Tel: +603 20951118
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Whisk Espresso Bar and Cake Shop is the place for comfort food – serving great coffee and delectable homemade cakes in a quaint setting. Wooden stools, dimmed warm lighting and bare white brick walls make up the casual and modest interior, but don’t let that fool you; this cafe is far from quiet. Whisk is almost always busy, entertaining guests from all around Klang Valley who flock their tiny cafe for a cuppa or a slice of their heavenly cakes. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 22:00; Friday – Saturday 10:00 – 22:30; Sunday 10:00 – 22:00
  • Address: LG03A, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, Subang Jaya, Selangor
  • Tel: +603 7722 1020
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Wondermilk is a whimsical, artsy little cafe in Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya, popular among the locals for its adorable cupcakes, light snacks, great coffee, and its own brand of flavoured milk (hence the name). Founded by a group of art enthusiasts, the cafe clearly shows off their background and talent. It is intricately decorated, with little trinkets and knick-knacks such as potted plants, mismatched furniture, scribbled blackboards and ceramic art animals. The overall vibe is warm and cosy, with indie bands playing in the background and friendly counter staff members greeting you as you walk in. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Damansara Uptown
  • Address: 41, Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
  • Tel: +603 7725 8930
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Yuen Buffet Steamboat Restaurant had been operating from its previous location in Sunway Mentari since 2005 and relocated to new location at Zenith Corporate Park, SS7 Kelana Jaya. About 30 minutes from KL, it offers really cheap steamboat selections but it is not just the prices that make this restaurant so popular – it’s also the staggering variety of vegetables and meat dishes available. The un-cooked ‘dishes’ are prepared (cut, chopped etc) beforehand at Yuen Steamboat and patrons ‘cook’ their own food in the huge boiling bowl of soup in the centre of the table: this ensures that vegetables remain nice and crunchy and the meat dishes such as prawns, scallops, clams and oysters maintain their juicy flavour. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 17:30 – 23:00
  • Address: 8G, Block A, Zenith Corporate Park, Jalan SS7/26 Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
  • Tel: +60 12-299 8463
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