Best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Rebung

    Occupying the top level of a multistorey car park overlooking the Perdana Botanical Garden, flamboyant celebrity chef Ismail's restaurant is one of KL's best. The seemingly endless buffet spread is splendid, with all kinds of dishes that you'd typically only be served in a Malay home. Go hungry and book ahead at weekends, when it's super busy.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Isabel

    Isabel is pure charm and a great addition to KL's dining scene. Both in terms of its menu and contemporary tropical decor, the restaurant provides a sophisticated twist on local classics, with dishes from across the region including a delicious Laotian chicken larb (salad), a mango kerabu salad and luscious oxtail stew as well as various curries.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Nadodi

    The recipes and ingredients of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Sri Lanka are the foundation for the sensational tasting menus served at Nadodi (which means nomad). We highly recommend the vegetarian option – 12 courses may sound like a lot, but the sizes of each beautifully presented plate are just right, allowing the chef's artistry to shine.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Jalan Alor

    KL's biggest collection of roadside restaurants and street food vendors sprawls along Jln Alor, just north of Jln Bukit Bintang. While a few restaurants and stalls are open during the day, most open for business in the evening when the street transforms into a continuous open-air restaurant, with hundreds of plastic tables and chairs and rival caterers shouting out to passers-by to drum up business.

  • Restaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Restoran Sin Kee

    This restaurant with a retro vibe is a vestige of 1970s KL, promising a trip to yesteryear with its signature mun fan (braised rice). The dish is served on a plate covered with an upturned bowl, which upon removing, reveals a heap of rice smothered in gravy, meat, vegetables, Chinese sausages and shrimp.

  • Restaurants in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Imbi Market at ICC Pudu

    The vendors from old Imbi Market – demolished to make way for Tun Razak Exchange – can be found at this modern food court and market serving the same mouthwatering food. Top eats include rice-flour noodles at Ah Fook Chee Cheong Fun and rice with rich, spicy sambal and myriad accompaniments at Ann Nasi Lemak.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

    Eat X Dignity

    Barack Obama visited this worthy project run by Dignity, a Malaysian foundation providing education for the poor and refugees. Students gain work experience at this attractive cafe, which serves excellent renditions of local favourites, including nasi lemak and laksa, alongside salads, burgers and pasta.

  • Restaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Breakfast Thieves

    The only crime these thieves are guilty of is stacking their all-day brunch menu with so many delicious options that one visit here is simply not enough. Popular choices include breakfast burritos, Asian bowls and southern fried chicken or soft-shell crab burgers. Enjoy with a juice, kombucha, beer, tea or coffee.

  • Restaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Bangsar Sunday Market

    This weekly market, though mostly for fresh produce, is also a fine hawker food grazing zone. Stalls sell satay and a variety of noodles including asam laksa (laksa with a prawn paste and tamarind-flavoured gravy), chee cheong fun (rice noodles) and char kway teow.

  • Restaurants in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Acme Bar & Coffee

    Blink and you might be in a chic bistro in New York, Paris or Melbourne. The menu changes seasonally so there's always something new to try, from tasty nibbles such as salted, egg yolk–battered chicken strips to bigger dishes like chargrilled cod steak with ABC kicap (a type of soy sauce), chickpea ratatouille and papaya-pineapple salsa.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Chō Chǎ Foodstore

    Behind the raw concrete and timber facade of the old Mah Lian Hotel is this restaurant and teashop with a plant-filled courtyard and the original hotel tiles. Chō Chǎ's 'tea sommelier' serves an extensive selection of speciality brews between 11am and 7pm, but it's the delicious modern Asian cooking using fresh farm-to-table ingredients that's the standout. Good wine list, too.

  • Restaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Kaiju

    Meaning strange beast in Japanese, Kaiju riffs on Godzilla and 1960s retro Japan – but with added Thai spiciness. Dishes such as tom yam ramen and ultraman spaghetti with seafood sum up the menu concept which works rather well. We love the dancing dragon hanging from the ceiling, too. Note, it's cash only.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Tommy Le Baker

    You're not going to meet anyone in KL as passionate about sourdough and baking as Tommy Lee, aka Tommy Le Baker. Trained in Paris, he bakes amazing sourdough loafs and sweet pastries. The bread is used in the delectable sandwiches and as an accompaniment to homemade soups, and there are also tempting homemade cakes, cookies and ice cream.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Annalakshmi Vegetarian Restaurant

    The quality of the lunchtime buffet at this upmarket vegetarian restaurant is exceptional, with an extensive and constantly replenished array of freshly made salads, curries, biryanis, fried morsels, chutneys, raitas, pickles and breads. The buffet action continues for Friday and Saturday dinner; on other nights choose between the set meal or order à la carte (curries RM13–17). No alcohol.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Madras Lane Hawkers

    This hidden-away alley of hawker stalls is best visited for breakfast or lunch. Among its standout operators is one offering 10 types of yong tau fu (vegetables stuffed with tofu and a fish and pork paste; RM1.50 per piece); you'll need to queue for these treats, which are available from 12.30pm. The two curry laksa stalls are also very good.

  • Restaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Southern Rock Seafood

    The fishmonger to some of KL's top restaurants has its own operation and it's a corker. The fish and seafood – in particular the wide range of oysters – is top quality, simply prepared to allow the flavours to sing. The blue-and-white decor suggests nights spent on the sparkling Med rather than the muddy Sungai Klang.

  • Restaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Lisette's Cafe & Bakery

    All eyes are drawn to Lisette's counter, which is laden with a veritable cornucopia of baked goods – croissants, danishes, savoury pies, curry puffs and more. The excitement doesn't stop there, because equally lavish, decidedly Ottolenghi-ish vegetarian buffet brunches (RM35 Tuesday and Friday, RM55 Sunday) are offered on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. At other times, choose from sandwiches, salads, pastas and burgers.

  • Restaurants in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Nasi Kandar Pelita

    There's round-the-clock eating at the open-sided pavilion housing the KLCC branch of this hugely popular chain of excellent mamak (Indian Muslim) eateries. It's cheap, clean and offers plenty of choice: browse roti canai (flaky flatbread; served 4pm to 11am), dosas (paper-thin rice-and-lentil crêpes), chicken cooked in the tandoor and biryani (spiced rice dishes) before you decide.

  • Restaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Ganga Cafe

    Meeta and Prabodh's frills-free but charming cafe is a great spot for wholesome vegetarian Ayurvedic chapatis, wholewheat naans, parathas (bread made with ghee and cooked on a hotplate), dosas (crispy pancakes), curries, lassis and special masala tea. Regulars flock here for the well-priced Sunday self-service brunch buffet. Beer is available, as is a range of fresh juices and iced tea.

  • Restaurants in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Restoran Yarl

    Discover the spicy and delicious cuisine of northern Sri Lanka at Yarl. Help yourself from claypots filled with spicy mutton, chicken, prawn, vegetable and fish curries – offerings change daily (mutton on Friday, prawn on Saturday and Sunday etc). Side orders include string hoppers and fruit lassis. At breakfast, enjoy an idli (savoury rice cake) with a piping-hot chai masala.