Ah Koong Restaurant
Ah Koong Restaurant has become a Kuala Lumpur institution over the years, well known for its fish ball noodles. Opened in 1987, the restaurant’s interior is as down-to-earth as the food, with diners placing orders at the front counter before finding a table. Diners have the option of customizing their dishes, but most opt to have the fish balls in a noodle soup, alongside a plate of the restaurant’s equally popular fried fish cakes.
Bijan is known for its sophisticated interpretation of traditional Malay cuisine, the restaurant takes its name from the Malay word for sesame, and features a menu based on reinventions of family recipes that have been passed down over several generations. The décor reflects a similar blend of traditional and modern, with seating available inside or out on a terrace.
Bijan, No 3 Jalan Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 20313575
Café Café brings a touch of European charm to a little corner of Jalan Maharajalela. The interior is cozy and romantic, with French music, paneled walls, glittering chandeliers and candlelit tables. The menu is a mixture of French and Italian dishes, striking a comfortable balance between classic and modern. A sommelier is onsite to make recommendations from the restaurant’s excellent wine list.
Cilantro is among Kuala Lumpur’s most loved fine dining restaurants, offering a menu of French cuisine with a Japanese twist. Set in the Micasa All Suite Hotel, the restaurant’s chic interior is decorated in beige and cream tones. All meals start with complimentary fresh bread served with the restaurant’s now legendary truffle butter. The Degustation Menu is the best choice for first-timers, a nine-course sampling of some of the kitchen’s most interesting dishes.
Dining In The Dark KL
As the name suggests, Dining In The Dark KL is a unique restaurant where diners enjoy a surprise, multi-course menu completely in the dark. The idea is that dining in visual deprivation heightens the other senses, allowing diners to focus their full attention on the flavors of each dish. The classic menu consists of four courses, with a vegetarian option available as well. Although diners don’t know what they’re eating throughout the meal, there’s a chance to look over the menu at the end of the experience. The restaurant is staffed by a team of ‘Darkness Experts’, blind or visually impaired people who are accustomed to using their other senses for guidance.
El Cerdo Restaurant
El Cerdo Restaurant specializes in pork-based dishes, incorporating the meat into an eclectic menu inspired by European, Mexican, and Caribbean cuisine. The German crispy knuckle is the restaurant’s signature dish, seasoned with herbs and garlic, and served alongside potato dumplings and sauerkraut with mustard beer sauce and apple mousse. The restaurant’s handsome interior playfully continues the pork theme with a pig sculpture at the front entrance and other pig-related artworks throughout.
Enak offers an elegant approach to traditional Malaysian food in a setting that is upscale yet welcoming. The interior is decorated with bright red colors and warm woods, with seating offered at tables or on floor cushions. The restaurant brings a fresh, modern approach to classic dishes like Gado-Gado and Satay. The dessert tasting menu is the perfect finish to any meal, featuring traditional sweets like cendol and bubur pulut hitam.
May N Mikes Spicy Corner
May N Mikes Spicy Corner is a small, no-frills restaurant that serves up homemade Malay cuisine. With simple tables topped with checked tablecloths, the restaurant emphasizes quality food over sophisticated décor. Specialties include fish putthu, which consists of flaked fish cooked with coconut milk, cumin, turmeric, and other flavourful spices; and spicy chicken varuval, which is best enjoyed with one of the restaurant’s homemade chutneys.
Songket is charming and affordable place to try traditional Malay food. The casual interior is decorated with ornate, hand-woven fabric from which the restaurant takes its name. The menu is a standard Malay fare, with main courses focused on fish, beef, and poultry, along with a few vegetarian options. The restaurant promotes Malay culture by regularly featuring performances of traditional dancing and singing.
Songket, No. 29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 21613331
The 39 Restaurant
Featuring fantastic views of the Petronas Twin Towers, the 39 Restaurant offers an exclusive dining experience that should not be missed. Named for its location on the 39th floor of PNB Darby Park, the restaurant’s sophisticated interior offers seating indoors or out on the rooftop for the intrepid. Resolutely halal, there are no alcoholic drinks on the menu, but the restaurant does have a signature mocktail called ‘Drink Cinta 39’, which consists of Boh tea, lychee, lemon, lime, basil, and mint.
By Jessica Dawdy