5 Best Halal Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
Affordable yet tantalising local and international delicacies
Halal restaurants can be found everywhere in Kuala Lumpur due to its predominantly Muslim population and you’d be pleased to know that they’re not limited to serving Malay cuisine. According to Islamic Law, halal food does not contain any alcohol, pork and its by-products, blood, carnivorous animals, and animals slaughtered without a prayer.
Most of Kuala Lumpur’s Muslim-friendly restaurants are found in Bangsar, which is easily accessible via LRT train, but there are a few stylish yet affordable eateries situated within KL city centre as well. Perfect for halal foodies who are on holiday in Kuala Lumpur, our comprehensive list of KL’s most popular halal restaurants is a mixture of local favourites, Middle Eastern, and pork-free western delicacies.
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1Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar0
Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju is highly popular Indian banana leaf restaurant in Bangsar. Standing out against its more stylish counterparts, the restaurant is a simple and humble setup that’s furnished with comfortable chairs and tables, hanging artificial flowers and warm, yellow lighting. Located opposite Bangsar Village 2, along the upmarket Jalan Telawi stretch, Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju also offers thosai, puree, and roti canai, but its signature banana leaf rice (priced at RM8 onwards) is the definite crowd favourite, consisting of piping hot rice and condiments such as fried bitter gourd, mutton curry, and fried chicken. Read More...
2Melur & Thyme Restaurant Suria KLCC0
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 01:30
- Address: 43, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar
- Tel: +603 2287 8445
Melur & Thyme Restaurant at Suria KLCC is an award-winning eatery in Kuala Lumpur that’s beautifully furnished with traditional marble-top tables, hand-drawn installations, low-hanging bulbs, and intricate wired art. Food-wise, diners can enjoy local fare like crispy Peking duck (RM32), ayam masak cili hijau (RM17), and Nyonya chicken rendang (RM17) as well as western comfort food such as beef stew (RM19) and salmon croquets (RM15). For drinks, Melur & Thyme Restaurant offers smoothies, and freshly squeezed juices as well as quirky signature mocktails such as Simply Cooling (cucumber sticks, lime or lemon squeeze, topped with sprite) and Virgin Bellini (peach juice, grenadine syrup and soda). Read More...
3Arabesque Kuala Lumpur Chnatown Kuala Lumpur0
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 22:00
- Address: GO3H-I, Level Ground, Suria KLCC
- Tel: +603 2181 8001
Arabesque is an atmospheric Middle Eastern restaurant that’s perfect for when you need some air-conditioned comfort after exploring the ever-bustling Petaling Street, with a kitchen offering a menu of some hearty, great-tasting, and pork-free dishes. Its food menu is an expansive mix of traditional Turkish, Egyptian and Syrian delicacies such as fattoush (RM16), falafel roll (RM10), grilled half chicken (RM25) with saffron rice (RM9), and shawerma platter (RM30), which consists of grilled chicken shawerma cutlets served with sliced tomatoes, cucumber pickles, garlic sauce, and a side of French fries. Drinks served at Arabesque Kuala Lumpur range from fresh fruit juices to Turkish coffee with baklava (RM9) and Arabian tea (RM5). Read More...
4The Ganga Cafe Lorong Kurau, Bangsar0
- Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 13:00–23:00, Friday 14:30 – 23:00, Saturday & Sunday 13:00 - 23:00
- Address: Jalan Petaling, Chnatown Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2022 1795
The Ganga Cafe, situated within a quiet neighbourhood in Bangsar, is a great place for hearty and well-balanced South Indian vegetarian fare. The humble-looking eatery prides itself in serving banana leaf rice, curries, nasi lemak, dhals and various Indian breads that are healthier than most Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Highly recommended are the Ganga nasi lemak (RM3.50), Ganga burger (RM7.50), and Uppuma (RM3.50), which is a thick porridge made with dry roasted semolina or coarse rice flour. For drinks, Ganga Cafe’s signature Pranic Juice is a unique blend of spices, herbs, and leaves including coriander, celery and honey which is said to have healing and detoxifying properties.
5Straits Food Company Bangsar Utama0
- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 08:30 - 21:30, Sunday 09:30 – 15:30
- Address: 19, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar
- Tel: +603 2284 2119
Straits Food Company is an authentic yet halal Nyonya eatery that’s set just minutes away from the towering condominiums and office buildings in BangsarUtama. This traditional-looking coffeehouse has an al fresco dining section while the open-air indoor area is spacious with massive windows overlooking the quiet neighbourhood. Nyonya delicacies such as pongteh chicken, nyonya laksa, and ikan Gerang asam (sour and spicy fish curry) cost RM7 while appetisers such as popiah (spring rolls) and otak-otak (fish steamed in pandan leaves) cost between RM3 to RM7. Straits Food Company also serves cendol (RM4.50), a Malaccan dessert of shaved ice, coconut milk, pandan-flavoured starch jelly, and palm sugar.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00 – 21:00
- Address: 2, Jalan Abdullah, Off Jalan Bangsar, Bangsar Utama
- Tel: +603 2202 0038
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