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  • Bunga Emas Restaurant at The Royale Chulan KL

    Fine dining Malay food in Kuala Lumpur


    Bunga Emas restaurant is a fine dining Malay eatery in The Royale Chulan Hotel KL with a decidedly regal air that is perfect for diners looking for something extra special. Expect expertly-crafted, haute cuisine, silver service, attractive surrounds and the chance to mix with some of Kuala Lumpur’s elite.

    Conveniently situated just one km from Pavilion KL, along Jalan Conlay, the kitchen team headed by chef Khairul puts out beautiful looking plates of food that deliver on the taste front and do not shy away from spicy flavours. Opened in 2009, its interior design is old fashioned, with framed lithographs, paintings and low subtle wall lighting that blend in beautifully with pale green carpeting, ornate woodwork cornices and stunning chandeliers.

  • However, like any good fine dining restaurant, the food takes centre stage at Bunga Emas. The menu is divided into two sections – the first is unashamedly traditional Malay cooking, while the second features dishes that have been given modern flourishes. All dishes utilise top quality ingredients, which means that the food here is not cheap, but it is well worth the price tag.

    We commence our culinary journey at Bunga Emas with complimentary fried prawn crackers, which are expectedly oily but enjoyably tasty. For starters we dig into Malay-style oxtail soup, a favourite among the diners at our table – the broth is savoury, with a spicy kick. We also order the creamy curried pumpkin soup, served with a side of crispy mushroom tempura, which is a pleasure to the taste buds.

    When it comes to the mains, the kitchen deftly turns out classic Malay dishes: our first choice is ayam dara panggang: perfectly grilled chicken with tender, moist flesh sitting in a bed of creamy and richly flavoured coconut, turmeric gravy. We also sample the gulai ikan karipoley (fish curry heavily seasoned with onions and curry leaves, with soft okra and eggplant). Served with fragrant long grain Moghul rice, both dishes are hearty, fulfilling and thoroughly satisfying, although the fish curry does not light our taste buds on fire.  

    We finish off our dining excursion at Bunga Emas with bubur pulut hitam, which is sticky black rice pudding served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream in the centre. Also good is the ciku strudel, a buttery pastry filled with the flesh of a sticky, sweet local fruit. All in all, Bunga Emas is a restaurant that delivers on all fronts, from good food to beautiful décor and service that borders on mind reading.

    Bunga Emas

    • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30; 19:00 – 22:30
    • Address: The Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 5, Jalan Conlay
    • Tel: +603 2688 9688
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