Noodles, bread, and rice are staples in Malaysia. Their popularity can be challenging for those with dietary restrictions and it might seem like a daunting experience to eat out. But worry not, Kuala Lumpur has a heap of allergy-friendly restaurants.
Some of the best Malaysian food is the greasiest, and it can easily add a few pounds to our waistlines. However, the Good Co. Cafe only serves plant-based products, using fresh and organic meatless ingredients with no preservatives, artificial coloring, or refined sugars in the food. Have a go at the salad pots, featuring greens, as well as quality ingredients and balanced flavours that will keep you wanting more.
Restaurant, Central American, Fusion, Malaysian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
Having made their way into a more trendy residential area at Jalan Damai, RGB continues to serve quality coffee and tasty food. Chill in their cosy bungalow setting and enjoy their 100% vegetarian dishes, made without MSG or artificial seasoning. If you have food restrictions, worry not, since the dishes are clearly marked as Vegan, Buddhist Vegan, and Gluten-free.
Warm and relaxing, Ashley’s offers an exceptional vegetarian menu in the heart of Bangsar. Settle in the welcoming surroundings, offering a sliding glass door, wooden furniture, an open-plan kitchen, and made-to-order homemade food. You can choose from their extensive list of gluten-free, dairy-free, raw, vegan, and vegetarian dishes. The servers are helpful if you have any questions about cross-contamination or cooking methods.
It is easy to miss Fittie Sense if you’re not paying close attention. With a blackboard sign pointing to a set of stairs, they sit above one of the many shops in the area. Take in the idyllic atmosphere and enjoy the natural light that fills up the place from the sunroof. The menu is clearly labelled with gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, keto, and diabetic-friendly options. They also have a fresh juice bar where you can grab a cup of freshly-squeezed yumminess for an extra dose of nutrients.
Nestled in a residential enclave in Bangsar is The Ganga Cafe. Here, you will find organic local vegetarian dishes with ingredients freshly sourced from the garden just behind the restaurant. They serve Indian food with a focus on balancing flavours and ingredients so that the two complement each other perfectly. If you can’t handle the usual chapatis, this place is also perfect for those with dietary restrictions, as they have gluten and dairy-free options.
With Kind Kones, you can definitely have dessert for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner. They have vegan-friendly ice cream and sorbet that are also free from preservatives and processed sugars. They hand-churn their ice cream and have tried and tested an arsenal of more than 30 flavours. Drop by for their classic favourites, like French Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, and Mint Chocolate Chunk, or give their locally-inspired creations, like the Dragonfruit Banana or Passionfruit Sorbet, a try.
Simple and clean with no frills — that’s what you’ll get at Lushbowl. They focus on creating food that tastes good and that is healthy for you. Vegetables are picked fresh daily at the market and their juices are cold-pressed every two hours for freshness. The salad and pasta bowls are marked vegetarian and gluten-free, with meat options available.
Be prepared to be spoiled for choice at Goodness Greens Cafe with their extensive menu, which also includes vegan soups, salads, and their famous smoothies. If you have dietary restrictions, a quick check on their website will give you information about their menu, and you can search for their vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. If you have any questions, don’t be shy and talk to the servers. To end the meal, head over to the juice bar for ready-to-go cold-pressed juice.
Made for people who are always on the go, Kurin serves up a wholesome meal in a blink. Head to the counter where you can customise your poké bowl, don, or pokéritto to your liking, which is perfect for people with dietary restrictions. The food is assembled in front of your eyes with ingredients that are freshly prepared everyday. Their toppings include tuna, salmon, chicken, tofu, carrots, seaweed, edamame, avocado, quinoa, and more.
Urbean, located at Avenue K, provides the perfect brew and healthy bites. Start your day with a cup of their house blend, sourced from Common Man Coffee Roasters, which is an equal part three-bean blend from India, Brazil, and Peru. For food, their menu boasts a variety of wholesome vegetarian and gluten-free option, from breakfast items and salads to pasta.