‘Dancing Fish’ might seem a funny name for a restaurant, but expect serious food at this serene, elegant eatery. Situated in the far end of the revived Bangsar Shopping Centre, the restaurant offers fiery Malay-Indo cuisines in a fine-dining setting, unlike the usual roadside stalls and restaurants that can be found around Kuala Lumpur.
Dishes are best eaten with rice and you can choose to have the usual white rice, or slightly fragrant yellow rice that is cooked with spices and turmeric (it’s also good enough to have on its own). Waiters go around with rice buckets; refills are free.
We recommend trying the restaurant’s namesake dish, Dancing Fish to start with. This perfectly deep-fried fish dish is served with a choice of five condiments – masam kedondong pedas, tangy acar, mango kerabu, belimbing salad or sambal terasi and kicap, and with the fish in a ‘dancing’ pose on the dish. The bones and the ribs of the fish can be eaten, too, so don’t leave them behind when having this delicious fare.
The Bali-famous bebek goreng is also available here, and if you’re wondering whether it retains the same taste as the homeland version, fret not as the Dancing Fish staff were trained in Indonesia to maintain the authenticity of the dishes. The bebek goreng is a proof of this – the marinated duck is so well fried that it is crispy and succulent at the same time and is served with special chilli sauce for added spiciness.
Drinks and desserts are commendable items on the menu too, with highlights including refillable barley lime, and the caramelized banana with palm sugar and ice cream. Cendol is also another noteworthy offering; the local favourite is a combination of palm sugar, shaved ice, red beans and coconut milk, and it’s a refreshing treat to have after such fiery meals.
Although prices are slightly higher than your usual Malay restaurant, Dancing Fish is a favourite among those who appreciate good Malay-Indo cuisine, and reservations are advised if you’re planning to come during peak hours. The restaurant has another branch in Setia City Mall, so if you’re in the Shah Alam area, consider paying this stellar restaurant a visit.
Dancing Fish Restaurant
- Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:30 – 23:00
- Address: Lot T120, 121 & 122, 285, Jalan Maarof, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bukit Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +6 03 2095 6663