Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur are aplenty, particularly in affluent Bangsar and Brickfields’ Little India. Serving authentic Northern and Southern Indian cuisine with rich ingredients such as coriander, turmeric, cumin, ghee and curry, these eateries are often open from morning until past midnight, making them ideal dining options after a late night out in KL city centre.
Enjoyed by all Malaysians, some of the most popular Indian delicacies include banana leaf rice, biryani (heavily-season Basmati) rice, tandoori, with meaty curries and vegetarian side dishes. Promising a fiery yet tantalising gastronomic experience, our picks of the 5 Best Indian restaurants in KL offer authentically-prepared delicacies, laidback ambience, and efficient service.
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Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju is a humble Indian eatery in Bangsar that’s popular for its reasonably-priced banana leaf rice. Standing out from the more upmarket restaurants along the Jalan Telawi stretch, this restaurant has an air-conditioned interior that’s furnished with comfortable chairs and tables, hanging artificial flowers and warm, yellow lighting. Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju’s banana leaf rice consists of piping hot white rice served with an assortment of three vegetables, pickles, curry dishes such as meen kari (fish curry), koli kari (chicken curry), dhal (boiled lentils), as well as papadum (Indian crackers). We also highly recommend the chicken masala, deep-fried squid, thosai, puree, and roti canai. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 01:30
- Address: 43, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2287 8445
Fierce Curry House Bangsar is an award-winning Indian restaurant that serves authentically-prepared biryani and banana leaf rice in Kuala Lumpur. Accessible within a five-minute walk from the Bangsar LRT train station, this rather hidden eatery encompasses dishes from all over India, though it’s frequented mostly for its Hyderabad dum biryani, which is a steaming pot of perfectly-seasoned Basmati rice with generous amounts of spices and marinated meat. Also highly recommended is the RM6 banana leaf rice, best paired with chicken tikka masala, mutton varuval and tandoori tiger prawns as side dishes. Meanwhile, diners with a sweet tooth will delight in the roti Nutella, which is a fluffy and buttery flatbread with melted chocolate filling.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:30 – 22:30
- Address: 16, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar Utama
- Tel: +603 2202 3456 or +6019 770 1945
Kanna Curry House, notably known for its award-winning banana leaf rice, is a massive South Indian restaurant at the fringe of Section 17 in Petaling Jaya. Spread across two shop lots, the eatery is divided into a glass-enclosed area with air conditioning and al fresco section with ceiling fans and trees providing ample shade. Kanna Curry House is one of the best restaurants in KL for authentic South Indian delicacies such as nasi biryani with a side of dalca and korma chicken. Its best-selling however, is its banana leaf rice, which consists of parboiled white rice, cucumber salads , potato chutney, crispy papadum (thin disc-shaped flour crackers), and a choice of chicken curry, fish curry, or dhal. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 06:30 – 21:00
- Address: 29, Jalan 17/45, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7958 4814
The Ganga Cafe, a hidden gem within a quiet neighbourhood in Bangsar, offers a tantalising vegetarian menu of banana leaf rice, curries, nasi lemak, dhals and various Indian breads. Well-frequented for its wide range of affordable and MSG-free dishes that are much healthier than most South Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, diners can enjoy a hearty all-you-can-eat buffet for only RM16.Containing healing and detoxifying properties, we also highly recommend Ganga Cafe’s signature drinks with your meal. Try the ‘Pranic Juice’ which is a unique and refreshing blend of spices, herbs, and leaves including coriander, black salt, honey, cumin, celery and honey.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 08:30 - 21:30, Sunday 09:30 – 15:30
- Address: 19, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar
- Tel: +603 2284 2119
Taj Garden Restaurant, accessible within a 10-minute walk from KL Sentral station, serves deliciously authentic north Indian cuisine behind the bustling main road of Brickfields, Little India. Nestled in a tropical garden setting, the restaurant’s spacious indoor and airy al fresco dining sections are adorned with white furnishings and minimal decor. Diners can find the usual array of tandoori, naans (oven-baked flatbread), and matar paneer (cottage cheese and green pea curry), though Taj Garden Restaurant’s specialities lie within its chicken chettinad curry and mutton madras curry. Best enjoyed with Rumali bread (thin flatbread), both curries are heavily seasoned with coriander seeds and fennels, resulting in a fiery flavour.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: 5, Anexxe Leopad, Jalan Tun Sambanthan
- Tel: +603 2260 6489