Ooh la la! Sure, France is the romantic, fine-dining capital of the world but Kuala Lumpur has its fair share of supremely good Parisian-style bistros and fine dining restaurants. These places are the types of restaurants you book ahead of time, look forward to visiting for days and when the moment finally arrives, you savour each second.
Our five favourites range from homey bistros to high-end splurges with dazzling food and sparkling service and they’ve captured our attention not only because of this, but also their ultra stylish design. Whether you are looking for a weekend indulgence or a date-night venue, do not miss out on a chance to visit some of the city’s best French fine dining restaurants.
Lafite Kuala LumpurShangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Lafite Kuala Lumpur is very popular among the rich and famous, not only for its decadent French delicacies and excellent collection of wines, but for its exquisite fine-dining ambience that’s great for special occasions. As one of the better fine-dining establishments in the city centre, service here is excellent as the staff are attentive without being intrusive.
Set within the lobby level of Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the award-winning restaurant is the ideal place for an intimate dinner for two due to its winning combination of muted tones, warm lighting, modern furnishing, tranquil garden views, and soft instrumental music playing in the background. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 12:00 – 14:30 & 19:00 – 22:30
- Address: Lobby Level, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2074 3900
Maison FrancaiseChangkat Kia Peng
Set in a converted three-storey mansion along Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, Maison Francaise (French House) is a French fine-dining restaurant with a romantic, vintage feel. With a classic Rolls Royce parked on the driveway out front and an interior design of white walls, terrazzo floors, modern crystal chandeliers and white tablecloth-covered tables, the decor is indisputably classy.
It is separated into three areas: a private cigar lounge, main dining hall with a patio and an al fresco dining section surrounding a swimming pool. Heading the kitchen is executive chef Franck Lamache, who used to work in Les Ambassadeurs and Le Taillevent – Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris. Serving French food (with an emphasis on southern French dishes) the food is without a doubt tasty: they serve different complimentary amuse bouches every night. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
- Address: 5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, KL
- Tel: +603 2144 1474
Café CaféJalan Maharajalela
Café Café is one of the most surprising entries in Kuala Lumpur’s list of best restaurants. A French-Italian fine dining restaurant, Café Café is no stranger to accolades and was nominated as the Best Continental Restaurant and Best Independent Restaurant in the 2010 Time Out KL Food Awards.
Highly recommended, the grandiose yet unpretentious Café Café practically transports you to Paris. Perfect for couples, the romantic interior has candlelit tables, French background music, chandeliers, and twinkling crystal decorations. Service, however, could be better and the restaurant is starting to look a little run down but the food more than makes up for it. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00
- Address: 175, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2145 8141
Bistro a TablePetaling Jaya
Bistro a Table is a classic French brasserie located about 20 minutes away from the city centre, in Petaling Jaya. The ever-changing menu is short but everything is prepared and executed with such flair that you won’t notice the small selection: signature dishes (such as the coddled maple syrup egg) stay on the menu throughout the year. Sure, this restaurant is more of a homey Parisian bistro than a fine-dining restaurant, but the food is just so good that it would be a travesty not to include it on our list. A stronghold of classic French comfort food, behind the scenes in the kitchen is the hip chef Isadora Chai, who 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
Nathalie's Gourmet StudioSolaris Dutamas
Located in Solaris Dutamas, Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio is run by the chic, award-winning Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille. The restaurant decor is modern and trendy with royal purple bucket chairs and white table cloth covered tables, but limited number of seats means you will have to book ahead if you want to enjoy a meal here. Food served is a variety of creative French dishes – some of which have Asian influences and the menu changes monthly. We love almost everything served but Nathalie’s macaroons deserve special mention, so save room for dessert!
- Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 09:00 – 18:00; Fri - Sat 19:00 – 22:30
- Address: Block A4 - Unit A4-1-5 - Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 6207 9572