Bukit Bintang attracts tourists for its cheap accommodation, backpacker-friendly areas and location. The district also features an extensive choice of food, including hawker stands, seafood, Western and Middle Eastern styles as well as food courts. Here’s our round-up of the best tourist-friendly restaurants in Bukit Bintang.
For a selection of Middle Eastern dishes including old favourites like chicken shawarma, chicken mandi and a decent portion of biriyani rice, head to the Castle. Open for both lunch and dinner, this restaurant in Bukit Bintang is gaining popularity among locals. Customers can choose to sit inside the air-conditioned interior or on the outdoor terrace. Shisha is available here too.
A small hawker stall along Tengkat Tong Shin has attracted hungry locals for more than 20 years. The traditional Hokkien Mee, cooked over a flame to infuse a hint of smoky flavours, follows a recipe passed down for generations. For just a few ringgits, customers can have a tasty plate of stir-fried noodles with pork, squid and prawns. The small hawker-style restaurant in Bukit Bintang opens in the early evening and always has long lines of hungry customers.
Located near Stadium Merdeka, Restaurant China Town provides a selection of Chinese dishes at rock-bottom prices. Choose from the set menu inside this traditional Chinese restaurant in Bukit Bintang or get a plate and grab a selection of food from the self-service section.
Located in Changkat Bukit Bintang, this Western-style restaurant provides the most extensive selection of pork-based dishes in Kuala Lumpur. Geared towards the more expensive palate, El Cerdo delivers a variety of delicious food found nowhere else in the capital. The signature dishes include the German crispy knuckle and cochinillo al estilo segoviano.
The Indian restaurant opposite CIMB Bank on Jalan Bukit Bintang offers a wide selection of meals from tandoori and naan to fried rice and curry. The self-service section provides more choices compared to similar restaurants with both Indian and Pakistani dishes. Within a few minutes on foot from the Monorail station, Paradise delivers an excellent dining experience at meagre prices.
Sungei Wang Plaza Food Court’s location might be tricky to find as it’s hidden on the fourth floor of the shopping complex. But persevere and find a selection of mostly Chinese along with Indian and Malay dishes, from beef soups to fried rice. Popular with locals at lunch time and offering a range of food at low prices, this food court promises to be a culinary treat.
The Chinese-style Ying Ker Lou inside Pavillion features an extensive menu of soups, pork-based dishes and fish. Tourists can enjoy a selection of Hakka food in a comfortable, air-conditioned environment. Most diners swing by here after shopping in Pavillion.
A growing gastronomic trend involves eating a meal in complete darkness. Chefs and advocates explain the lack of visual cues enhances the sense of taste. Dine In The Dark provides such a service. Customers first choose a four-course meal from a set menu before putting their phones and electronics inside a locker. Waiters guide diners to their table where they proceed to eat in the dark. Adventurous tourists, foodies or anyone looking for something different will enjoy this restaurant in Bukit Bintang.
Decorated in the style of an early 20th-century Shanghai lounge, this high-class restaurant provides the ultimate luxurious dining experience. Popular with Chinese tourists and business travellers, JW Marriot’s Shanghai serves up some of the best Chinese food in Kuala Lumpur. Expect the very best dim sum, dumplings and Shanghainese cuisine.
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