Kuala Lumpur rates as a southeast Asian hotspot for Muslim tourists. Forget the bars and partying, instead find a culture geared more towards sipping tea, smoking shisha and late night eating. Out of the hundreds of Muslim-friendly spots, here are our favourite halal restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.
In the heart of Little India, Hussain Café offers a wide selection of nasi kandar style food. Located a few minutes from KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur’s main transport hub, customers can choose between more than 20 sides, an extensive menu of fried rice and noodle dishes, roti and tandoori. With simple tables and chairs, Hussain is a favourite halal restaurant for locals in Kuala Lumpur. A filling meal shouldn’t cost more than RM20 ($5.10) per person.
For halal Chinese food in Kuala Lumpur, Amber Chinese Muslim Restaurant ranks with the best. Located in Bangsar South, customers can choose between a range of noodle, seafood and other Chinese inspired dishes. Highlights include Mee niang pi bersama udang (cold noodles with prawns), mee daging cendawan (mushroom lamb noodles) and mee istimewa ala Xin-Jiang (special Xin-Jiang style noodles) at RM12 ($3) a plate.
For Halal Indian food in Bukit Bintang, head to TG’s Nasi Kandar. Expect the typical self-service style of dining found in many of Kuala Lumpur’s restaurants, with an extensive choice of sides. Customers take a plate of rice and pay for what they eat. Or get something from the menu including chicken rice (ayam goreng), lamb curry, tandoori chicken and one of the many types of roti. A hearty meal including a drink shouldn’t cost more than RM20 ($5.10) per person in this halal restaurant in Kuala Lumpur.
Local Indian restaurant Yusoof dan Zakhir has a central location in Chinatown near Central Market. From morning to night, this halal restaurant in Kuala Lumpur bursts with Malaysians from all walks of life. Dishes include the typical selection of Indian favourites and plates of fried rice starting at around RM5 ($1.30). The biriyani dishes are a particular highlight. Tourists and budget-travellers will have a cultural experience dining among the locals and a chance to eat delicious and affordable halal-friendly food.
For a quick meal, check out Warisan Nasi Kukus on the lower floor of KL Sentral. The menu offers a selection of nasi Kukus dishes served with lamb, rendang, chicken and nasi lemak. Customers can choose between several types of rice and cooking styles. Large portions and fast service with reasonable prices keep the regulars returning. An average meal with a drink shouldn’t cost more than RM25 ($6.30) in this halal-certified restaurant in Brickfields.
Located high up on the 39th floor of Suria KLCC, this restaurant redefines the concept of Malay and traditional kampong-style food. Customers can anticipate an exceptional dining experience as chefs use the best ingredients with immaculate food presentation. An extensive menu includes a variety of starters, mains, meat and vegetarian-friendly dishes and desserts. Dine al fresco overlooking the city or eat in the air-conditioned area. And to make the experience exceptional, live background music generates an ambience at both lunch and dinner time. The 39 Restaurant makes an ideal spot for a romantic evening.
Located in Bangsar’s upmarket Jalan Telawi, Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju offers a simple banana leaf dining experience. Worlds apart from the high-end restaurants nearby, this spot has simple Kopitiam-style tables and chairs promising something more authentic. Banana leaf rice served on a banana leaf starts at just RM8 ($2) with vegetable and curry sides. Anyone in Bangsar looking for a delicious and filling meal without spending a fortune will appreciate what’s on offer here.
In the heart of Bangsar neighbourhood, halal-certified Rebung is a buffet-style restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and high tea. Dishes range from chicken and lamb-based curries to a selection of fried rice served in large silver trays. A typical meal including drinks shouldn’t cost more than RM150 ($38) for two people. Rebung makes an ideal choice for anyone in Bangsar looking to sample multiple types of Malay food.
Al Halabi Gourmet in Bukit Bintang is among the best halal restaurants for its food, culinary experience and ambience. Vintage lamps and chandeliers and a typical Middle Eastern interior design, makes it feel like customers have been transported from Kuala Lumpur. An extensive menu focuses on Lebanese and Syrian-style dishes, but diners will also find other Arabic favourites such as maklouba lamb rice, hummus and a selection of kebabs. Expect a meal for two to cost around RM150 ($38).
The award-winning restaurant in KLCC provides a somewhat different dining experience. Focusing on an eclectic fusion between east and west as well as the old and new, the interior design exudes an arty mood. Marble tables and tall wooden chairs fill the interior as sketches and hand-drawn installations decorate the walls among the low hanging lightbulbs. On the halal-friendly menu, customers can choose from a selection of Asian and Malaysian favourites, including Peking duck and chicken rendang as well as western and European favourites such as beef stew. But the highlight at Melur and Thyme is the tapas-style of dining that’s encouraged. Order a few dishes and share the treats with friends.