Anyone looking to enjoy authentic Indian food will find endless choices in Kuala Lumpur’s Little India. From Nasi Kandar self-service, to upscale diners and vegetarian/vegan spots, here is our roundup of the best Indian restaurants in Brickfields.
Restoran Husen Café
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
This 24/7 Nasi Kandar-style Indian restaurant in Brickfields has a wide selection of self-service food. Expect old favourites, such as biryani rice, curried eggs, fish, prawns, squid and a host of sauces and veggie sides at rock bottom prices. For those looking to eat something different, a variety of fried rice and noodle dishes, roti, naan, tandoori and nasi lemak fill the table-side menu too. A hearty meal with a drink often comes to less than RM 20 ($5.20).
Sithique Nasi Kandar Pulau Pinang
This Nasi Kandar is among the best Indian restaurants in Brickfields, if not all of Kuala Lumpur. Walk along Jalan Tun Sambanthan at lunchtime and find a line of hungry locals waiting patiently to get their food. Offering a variety of self-service favourites, such as chicken or goat curry, prawns, squid and other dishes, like fried rice and noodles, this Halal-restaurant shouldn’t be missed. Grab a plate, order roti canai and enjoy the local experience with some of the city’s best Indian food.
The Nasi Kandar-style restaurant on Jalan Thambipillay is a stone’s throw from the Tamil Methodist Church. Offering a similar experience to other Indian restaurants in Brickfields, customers often eat from the low-cost self-service section. Restoran Jaya also provides a set lunch menu with rice, a side and a drink for a few ringgits as a popular alternative to self-service.
ABC One Bistro
Restaurant, Malaysian, Indian
ABC, or Always Best Choice One Bistro, is a mid-range (by Malaysian standards) Indian restaurant. The red and white painted exterior with red and white tables and chairs make it easy to find. Expect a variety of Indian dishes, including fried rice, roti and traditional banana leaf styles. Set breakfasts are available here too.
Mr Naan + Mrs Idli
Restaurant, Indian, Buffet, Vegetarian, $$$
The quirkily named diner is one of the best Indian restaurants in Brickfields for vegetarian food. With a menu filled with north and south Indian favourites, along with Buddhist-friendly meals, there’s little wonder why this restaurant is a favourite spot for local Indians. But the highlight for hungry customers is the lunchtime vegetarian buffet, taking place from 11:30am to 3:00pm between Monday and Friday for just RM 15 ($3.90). Expect all the food to be fresh and without preservatives.
Indian Spices Village
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
This upscale restaurant provides diners with authentic Indian dishes inside a comfortable indoor dining area with air-conditioning. While the prices might be higher than other Indian restaurants in Brickfields, the costs are still low by non-Malaysian standards. Daily specials such as kulfi and biryani dishes entice hungry customers.
Chennai Spice offers customers a slightly more upscale dining experience, compared to the Nasi Kandar. This Indian restaurant in Brickfields has an indoor seating area with air-conditioning. Serving up a variety of authentic recipes, including southern and northern dishes, along with banana leaf specials, diners are always satisfied with the taste and portions. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are available as well as daily lunch specials.
Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan
Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian
Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan began as a small vegetarian restaurant in Chennai. Kuala Lumpur’s chain on Jalan Sambanthan provides a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes in a comfortable air-conditioned space. Popular meals include a range of biryani options and tandooris, starting at just RM 10 ($2.60). Anyone craving a change from the meaty meals elsewhere will appreciate this mid-range but affordable restaurant in Brickfields.
Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, $$$
The banner outside this Indian restaurant in Brickfields proudly proclaims they have served food since 1924. The air-conditioned spot provides south Indian vegetarian food on Jalan Thambipillay. MTR, once a family-owned restaurant and now a successful international chain with a branch in Kuala Lumpur, has a selection of dishes, such as vangibath, vegetarian aloo bonda and shavige bhath.
Legend’s Claypot Briyani House
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Nobody serves biryani in Brickfields better than Legend’s Claypot. Located at the corner of Jalan Berhala and Jalan Vivekananda, the mid-range restaurant offers a selection of biryani dishes. Favourite choices range from seafood, crab and vegetarian types, along with various sides starting at RM 16 ($4.10) per meal.