Must-see restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

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    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…

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    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…

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    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)…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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 …

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    Wall murals by local tattoo artist Apoh Apoh adorn the walls, DJs and live reggae bands entertain the crowds on weekends, and barman Rick concocts kick…

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    Sambal Hijau

    One of the best places in the greater KL area to sample authentic Malay cuisine, served in the traditional buffet style. At lunchtime more than 50 dishes…

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    Masjid India Pasar Malam

    Stalls pack out the length of Lg Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the alley between Jln Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Masjid India. Amid the headscarf and T-shirt sellers…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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 –…