When you’re in Kuala Lumpur for the first time, it’s almost criminal not to indulge in local delicacies and watch colourful traditional dances. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city centre, Songket Restaurant Kuala Lumpur provides both culinary and cultural delights that will keep you entertained throughout the evening.
This high-end Malay restaurant is set in a traditional-looking bungalow with intricate wooden furnishings, warm lighting, and lots of framed songket (metallic hand-woven fabrics) decorating its walls. Diners can opt for the open indoor section with a well-stocked bar or its partially-shaded patio that overlooks a garden fitted with a small fountain and plenty of greenery, both of which offer the possibility of al fresco dining.
Ethnic Malay cuisine is often spicy with a tinge of sweetness due the generous use of coconut milk andlocal spices such as lemongrass, belacan (shrimp paste), chilli peppers, onions, and garlic, and aside from the rather hefty price tag, Songket Restaurant Kuala Lumpur’s Malay offerings are undoubtedly authentic in flavours and presentation.
Served with a plate of piping hot rice, one of its signature dishes is the flavourful ikan siakap masam manis (RM78++), which consists of a whole seabass deep-fried in sweet and sour sauce, with a side of turmeric and kaffir lime sauce.
A spicy dried beef curry that’s infused with lots of spices and low-cooked over a small fire, Songket Restaurant’s rendang daging (RM28++) is also a definite must-try if you are new to Malay cuisine. Alternatively, try the kambing panggang berempah (RM58++), a massive platter of char-grilled slices of Australian lamb rack marinated with local spices, served with tamarind dip.
Ending the night on a sweet note, standouts from Songket Restaurant Kuala Lumpur’s extensive dessert menu include homemadeice-cream (RM6 per scoop) in local flavours such as durian, pandan, coconut, milk tea, bandung (rose milk), and lemongrass, the traditional sago gula Melaka (RM12) that’s served with coconut milk and palm sugar syrup, as well as mixed fresh fruits (RM15).
Held nightly from 20:30 to 21:15, diners also have the rare opportunity of enjoying live entertainment in the form of traditional dances from across Malaysia, which covers Chinese, Indian, Malay, and indigenous-style choreography from Sabah and Sarawak.Featuring lively yet unobtrusive traditional tunes, the performances range from graceful choreography using ribbons and fans to Borneo dance medleys where dancers in traditional costumes expertly move their feet between clapping bamboo poles without being trapped.
Songket Restaurant Kuala Lumpur accessible within a five-minute walk from the Petronas Twin Towers, making it an ideal place for dinner after a day of sightseeing and shopping in the city centre.
Songket Restaurant Kuala Lumpur
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 - 15:00& 18:00 - 23:00, Saturday & Sunday 17:00 - 23:00
- Address: 29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 21613331