Best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is chock-full of good restaurants. Simply walking along the streets of KLCC or Bukit Bintang would lead you to discover many stylish cafes and upscale eateries. But if you’re not one to leave things to chance, this listicle of 10 must-try restaurants in Kuala Lumpur will help you discover excellent places to dine at when you’re in the city.
Most picks on this list have exclusive dining deals with Maybank, so cardmembers will get to enjoy substantial savings at those restaurants, along with other benefits such as seamless Singapore-Malaysia banking and 0% instalment payment plans at participating merchants. For those who visit Malaysia often, there’s no better card to fuel your travel adventures.
Table of Contents
- Best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
- Where to go for good restaurants in KL
- Find out more about Maybank’s Malaysia deals here
1. Sushi Yoshi Omakase
If you’re looking to enjoy the exquisite dining experience that is omakase, look no further than Sushi Yoshi Omakase. The restaurant offers omakase courses from RM298+/~S$88.40+ that showcase bold yet delicate flavours. Like most omakase, dishes change according to the season, but you can expect fresh, premium ingredients such as uni and botan ebi to feature throughout each course.
Maybank cardmembers are entitled to large savings for the pricier courses. From now till 30 April 2023, flash your Maybank card to bring the Tsukimi Omakase (U.P. RM798+/~S$236.70+) down to RM598+/~S$177.50+, or the Hanami Omakase (U.P. RM 998+/~S$296+) to RM798+/~S$236.70+.
Address: G01-G02 LaLaport Bukit Bintang City Center, 2, Jalan Hang Tuah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: +60 10-207 9185
Sushi Yoshi Omakase is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. La Mei Hotpot
Located in the lifestyle venue Plaza Arkadia, La Mei Hotpot will surely please fans of fiery mala broths. After you pay a starting fee of RM6.80+/~S$2+ per person, you can choose up to four kinds of Soup Bases (from RM36+/~S$10.70+), including tomato, pork bone, and of course, three levels of spicy mala.
There are many cuts of meat to have at La Mei Hotpot, but we recommend the silky-smooth Beef Tongue (RM28+/~S$8.30+) and Spanish Iberico (RM58+/~S$17.20+). But if you don’t want to choose between all those mouthwatering items, get one of the combo set platters instead, which come with a variety of tasty meat, seafood, and more.
From now till 31 March 2023, Maybank cardmembers can get 20% off all food items at La Mei Hotpot.
Address: MY Kuala Lumpur Plaza Arkadia Desa Park City H-G-16, Block Hutton, Plaza Arkadia No.3, Jalan Intisari Perdana, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 12am
Tel: +60 3-6261 9505
La Mei Hotpot is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Grand Imperial Restaurant @ Pavilion KL
With several outlets across the country, Grand Imperial is one of the most established Chinese restaurant franchises in Malaysia. The Pavilion KL branch justifies that status, offering top-quality dishes such as the Crispy Roasted Duck (from RM48++/~S$14.20++) and Iberico Pork Fillet Pan Fried With Spices (from RM23++/~S$6.80++).
If you’re willing to go big, we recommend splurging on the Boston Lobster Sauteed With Shimeji Mushroom and Truffle (RM38++/~S$11.30++), which is a sweet, meaty lobster infused with the earthy flavours of truffle and shimeji mushroom.
Address: Lot 6.39.00, 168 Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: +60 3-2110 2913
Grand Imperial Restaurant is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. Mingle Cafe
Cafe-hoppers need to stop by Mingle Cafe, a vintage-themed eatery located a stone’s throw away from the famous Petaling Street Market. Enjoy moreish treats such as the Salmon Lox & Cheese (RM32++/~S$9.50++) sandwich and Burnt Cheesecake (RM19++/~S$5.60++ per slice) amid spalling brick walls and old-school furnishing. Hot coffee such as the aromatic Rose Latte (RM15++/~S$4.50++) is served in traditional tea cups to complement the cafe’s quaint charm.
From now till 31 July 2023, Maybank cardholders can get 20% off normal-priced beverages with a minimum spend of RM50 at Mingle Cafe.
Address: 55 Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 8am to 10pm
Tel: +60 10-915 2432
Mingle Cafe is a halal-certified eatery.
5. Madam Kwan’s
When one thinks of nasi lemak in KL, Madam Kwan’s often springs to mind. The acclaimed restaurant franchise has a few outlets in the city, which means you’re likely to find one relatively close to the hotel you are staying at.
Each plate of nasi lemak at Madam Kwan’s comes with a pile of aromatic coconut rice, sambal ikan bilis, pork floss, and achar—a highly flavourful combination that indulges the senses. Get either the Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken (RM23.90/~S$7), which stars surprisingly spicy and piquant curry chicken, or the Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang (RM25.90/~S$7.70), featuring rich and tender beef chunks.
Madam Kwan’s is a halal-certified eatery.
6. Poseidon Reserve Caviar & Oyster Bar
For marvellously fresh and juicy oysters, visit Poseidon Reserve Caviar & Oyster Bar. The restaurant offers globally sourced oysters from RM85+/~S$25.20+—which gets you a set of three—in addition to other seafood delicacies, such as caviar. Other recommended items include St. Basil’s Scallops (RM52+/~S$15.40+) with creamy basil pesto and the pan-seared Baker’s Street Seabass (RM48+/~S$14.20+).
From now till 30 June 2023, Maybank cardholders can get two complimentary glasses of white wine worth RM70 with every purchase of one dozen oysters at Poseidon Reserve Caviar & Oyster Bar.
Address: Level B1, Shoppes at Four Seasons Place, 145, Jln Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: +60 17-252 6206
Poseidon Reserve Caviar & Oyster Bar is not a halal-certified eatery.
7. Tamarind Hill
Image credit: Tamarind Hill KL
Splendid Thai and Burmese food, and the tranquil beauty of its interiors—these are what make Tamarind Hill so special. The restaurant’s appreciation for both traditional and modern cooking techniques are evident in fare such as the Chicken Green Curry with Eggplant & Basil (RM48++/~S$14.20++) and Sautéed Squid with Salted Egg (RM50++/~S$14.80++), homely-tasting dishes with an air of elegance. For a luxurious dish that utilises the restaurant’s namesake, get the Deep-fried River Lobster with Tamarind Sauce (RM75++/~S$22.30++), where the tart and tangy flavour of tamarind enhances the already rich flavour of lobster.
From now till 31 December 2022, Maybank cardholders are entitled to a complimentary appetiser platter and house mocktails with a minimum spend of RM300 at Tamarind Hill.
Address: 19, Jln Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm, Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, Sat 6pm to 11pm
Tel: +60 3-2716 2737
Tamarind Hill is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. The Regent Chinese Cuisine
Cantonese food in KL doesn’t get much better than The Regent Chinese Cuisine. This award-winning restaurant creates its stunning dishes, such as Stir Fried Iberico Pork Slice with Black Pepper Sauce (RM58++/~S$17.20++) and Stir Fried Angus Beef with Ginger and Spring Onions (RM188++/~S$55.80++), with ingredients flown in from Hong Kong. Don’t miss out on the Braised HK Yee Mee with Black Truffle and Mushroom (from RM38++/~S$11.30++), which are these springy yee mee noodles bolstered by black truffle’s earthy notes.
From now till 31 December 2022, Maybank cardholders can get 10% off their total bill at The Regent Chinese Cuisine.
Address: Lot A-0G-01, Block A, No. 2, Jalan Kiara, Plaza, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: +60 3-6211 3331
The Regent Chinese Cuisine is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. Tony Roma’s, Pavilion KL
Tony Roma’s Singapore outlets closed their doors in 2019, but you can still have the American casual dining chain’s famous ribs in KL. The Australian Lamb Ribs (from RM59/~S$17.50), for instance, gets you succulent fall-off-the-bone ribs with the franchise’s signature smoky BBQ sauce. Standout dishes that aren’t ribs include the Flatbread (RM49/~S$14.50) and Seafood Pasta (from RM29/~S$8.60).
From now till 31 July 2023, Maybank cardholders can get 20% off selected main entrees at Tony Roma’s.
Tony Roma’s is a halal-certified eatery.
10. Crane KL
Another great cafe to visit in KL, Crane KL serves Asian-Western fusion food in an oriental-style shophouse. Dishes that lean towards the Asian side of things include the Stuffed Mantou Bun (RM25++/~S$7.40++), where smoky barbecued chicken and vegetables are encased in fluffy mantou. Those who like hearty Western fare, meanwhile, can go for the large and juicy Crane KL Burger (RM40++/~S$11.90++).
From now till 30 June 2023, Maybank cardholders can get a complimentary cake worth up to RM18 with a minimum spend of RM50 at Crane KL.
Address: 78, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 12am
Tel: +60 12-209 7057
Crane KL is not a halal-certified eatery.
Where to go for good restaurants in KL
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