Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
A melting pot of cultures and cuisines, eating out in the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur is a gastronomic exploration and a treat for the senses. With so many different cuisines on offer, served in some trendy and stylish settings, visitors will have their hands (and mouths) full sampling the delicious fare on offer in Kuala Lumpur.
Not all locals or travellers have the time or money to sit down to a three-course meal so many opt to dine, quite simply, on the side of the road. There are thousands of roadside stalls and food bazaars catering to all kinds of tastes and budgets which are really worth trying. Popular bites include satay (marinated and barbecued meat, normally chicken, beef or mutton), nasi lemak (savoury rice steamed in coconut milk) and chicken rice and fried noodles.
Indigenous Malaysian cuisine is influenced by Thai, Indian and Chinese cooking and the mixture produces new and exciting flavours. Indian Muslim (Mamak) cuisine is especially fragrant, with lots of spices, coconut milk, and curry leaves, and is one of Kuala Lumpur's most popular cuisine choices. Malaysian Chinese cuisine is also a favourite among both locals and visitors, and still remains distinctly Chinese. With so many types of cuisines and types of eateries to explore, eating out in Kuala Lumpur is just another one of the city's fabulous attractions and adds to the authenticity of the experience.
With Chinese Malay Kampung architecture and a stylish and clean interior dotted with antique furniture, Bon Ton is one of Kuala Lumpur's most popular eateries and has a stylish yet laid-back atmosphere. Bon Ton used to be located in the Lot 10 shopping mall, but in early 2013 it moved to Central Market in China Town. Once you've tried the sesame crusted salmon fillet with roasted mashed potato and cream of chilli cilantro, there's no turning back. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: 6, Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: +60 (0)3 2141 3848
Specialising in North Indian cuisine, Bombay Palace is one of Kuala Lumpur's most popular restaurants and sees hundreds of locals and tourists dining here each week. With majestic décor fit for a king, Bombay Palace delivers. Try the Lamb Vindaloo if you can handle the heat or for dessert try the Dil Bahar or Pista Barfi. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: 215 Jalan Tun Razak
Telephone: +60 (0)3 2145 7220
This Arabian gem, slightly incongruous in the middle of Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, is a popular option, especially with vegetarians. The service is renowned for its friendliness and traditional staples like hummus and falafel feature strongly in the menu. Carnivores won't be disappointed either! The restaurant is open for lunch and supper daily.
Address: 92 Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: +60 3 2022 1795
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