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 or its by-products, blood, carnivorous animals or animals slaughtered without a prayer – and neither do these restaurants.
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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Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju is a 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...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 01:30
- Address: 43, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar
- Tel: +603 2287 8445
Melur & Thyme at Suria KLCC is an award-winning restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that’s beautifully furnished with traditional marble-top tables, hand-drawn installations, low-hanging light bulbs and intricate wired art. Food-wise, diners can enjoy local fare like crispy Peking duck, ayam masak cili hijau and Nyonya chicken rending, as well as western comfort food like beef stew and salmon croquets. 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...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 22:00
- Address: GO3H-I, Level Ground, Suria KLCC
- Tel: +603 2181 8001
- Opening Hours: Sat - Thu 13:00 – 23:00, Fri 14:30 – 23:00
- Location: Jalan Petaling, Chnatown Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2022 1795
The Ganga Café, 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, all healthier than most Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Highly recommended are the Ganga nasi lemak and Uppuma, which is a thick porridge made with dry-roasted semolina or coarse rice flour. For drinks, Ganga Café’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.
- Opening Hours: Tue - Sat 08:30 - 21:30, Sun 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 Bangsar Utama. This traditional-looking coffeehouse has an al fresco dining section and the open-air indoor area is very 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 upwards 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, a Malaccan dessert of shaved ice, coconut milk, pandan-flavoured starch jelly and palm sugar.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11:00 – 21:00
- Address: 2, Jalan Abdullah, Off Jalan Bangsar, Bangsar Utama
- Tel: +603 2202 0038
Las Vacas Meat Shop combines a specialty butcher’s shop and steakhouse in one convenient space, where you can find halal imported meats. Located in Mont Kiara Shoplex, it’s known for offering premium meats like Australian Wagyu, Pinnacle Grassfed and Black Angus Beef. If you’re looking to dine in, just choose your preferred cut from the display counter and it’ll be brought to the kitchen and prepared according to your liking. Each steak is served with a salad and garlic bread, while additional sides, such as roasted baby potatoes, spinach with ricotta and fried egg, come at additional prices.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 11:30 – 22:30, Fri 11:30 – 23:00, Sat 10.30 – 23:00, Sun 08:00 – 23:00
- Location: Shop LG, New Wing @ Mont Kiara Shoplex, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 6205 2258
Peter & Mawar Café is a floral-themed dining venue in Petaling Jaya, serving Asian and Western dishes, as well as cakes and pastries that are sourced from local bakeries throughout Kuala Lumpur. The two-storey café is fitted with wooden furnishings, walls covered in bright flowery murals, and floor-to-ceiling windows allowing plenty of natural light in. For a more cosy setting, head upstairs where you can relax on plush couches and catch up with friends and family. Food-wise, we love the Nasi Lemak Ketam, which features soft shell crab atop a bed of fragrant pandan-coconut rice, with anchovies, cucumber, egg and spicy sambal sauce.
- Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 12:00 – 23:00, Fri 15:00 – 24:00, Sat 12:00 – 24:00
- Address: C-01-GF, Block C, Jalan PJU 5/10, Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 6150 4400
Goodness Green Café by La Juiceria is a casual all-day dining spot in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, where health-conscious diners can enjoy a wide range of Asian and western dishes, coffee and tea, as well as cold-pressed juices and smoothies. A standout breakfast (or brunch) option is the smoked salmon quinoa, which comprises a generous amount of smoked salmon, mixed quinoa salad with pesto dressing, scrambled local eggs, served with toast and butter. If you’re lactose intolerant but can’t stomach the taste of black coffee, try the vatte as it contains homemade almond milk (instead of cow’s milk) and double shots of espresso.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 22:00
- Address: 32, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7732 0235
Rimba & Rusa Kuala Lumpur is a halal-friendly dining venue in Petaling Jaya, featuring a spacious and naturally-lit dining space with pastel furnishings, potted greenery and an upstairs play area for families with young children. Food-wise, the braised glazed short ribs (with whipped potato, charred corn and onion rings), peanut butter crunch milkshake and pandan French toast come highly recommended. Meanwhile, the cake counter is teeming with a rotating menu of delicious desserts, such as cakes, tarts, brownies and puddings. All dishes at Rimba & Rusa Kuala Lumpur are made from scratch, so a little patience goes a long way here.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 12:00 – 22:00, Sat – Sun 09:00 – 22:00
- Address: D-GF-01 Sunway Nexis, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 6151 4022
Purradise Cat Café KL, located in Petaling Jaya, fosters over 20 rescued cats that roam freely in a large space. The café is also fitted with colourful wall murals, plush beanbags, an indoor swing and wood-and-steel dining tables for diners. Food-wise, the café serves light snacks, smoothies, tea and coffee, as well as wholemeal sandwiches at affordable prices. Perfect for a scorching afternoon is the Purr by the Beach smoothie, which is made with pineapple, mango and honey. The café charges an entrance fee of RM15 for the first hour of playing with the cats (inclusive of a juice or smoothie) and, if you purchase a sandwich or drink that costs RM12 and above, you’ll get an additional 30 minutes.
- Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 14:00 – 22:00, Sat - Sun 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: 24A (First Floor), Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 2389 0976