The term ‘Golden Triangle’ might elicit thoughts of the notorious drug-producing region in parts of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. But Malaysia’s Golden Triangle in Kuala Lumpur covering KLCC, Changkat and Bukit Bintang has a world-famous reputation of its own: mouth-watering food found on almost every street corner.
Fuego @ Troika Sky Dining
Restaurant, South American, $$$
Fuego in Spanish translates to ‘fire’, giving reference to the restaurants fire-grilled and smoke-flavoured dishes. Located on the Troika Sky Dining’s 24th floor overlooking KLCC, this restaurant in the Golden Triangle ranks among the city’s most exclusive. With a blend of Latin American dishes cooked by expert chefs and a selection of fine wines and exotic cocktails to choose from, the rooftop diner attracts a more refined crowd. Expect high prices but world-class food and service.
With a name representing a pun towards Asia’s infamous opium-producing region, this restaurant in Malaysia’s Golden Triangle has a reputation for very different reasons. Since its establishment in 2014, Opium rose up the ranks to become one of the Changkat’s best Asian restaurants. With a menu filled with Oriental classics such as Crispy Duck Noodles and Dim Sum along with Rendang and Stews, Opium’s concept aims to provide high-quality food in a less formal environment.
The Steakhouse KL in Changkat serves succulent cuts of imported Australian beef. With a total of 40 seats and a welcoming ambience, this Steakhouse tends to be popular among expats. Diners can choose between Grain-Fed and aged Black Angus beef cut into either T-bone, medallion, rib-eye, striploin and tenderloin steaks. The meat gets grilled over charcoal and served with potato wedges and vegetables. Despite being among the more expensive restaurants in the Golden Triangle, Steakhouse is a Western favourite.
Bijan Restaurant in the Golden Triangle boasts an impressive track record. The award-winning Malay restaurant serves authentic food inside a traditional-themed setting. Regional batik styles decorate the interior walls. The modern restaurant provides a more sophisticated and classy gastronomic experience. Despite having a halal-friendly status for food (no pork), both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available.
Food courts are undoubtedly a Malaysian favourite. Several hawker stalls, each specialising in their own dish, crowd into a small court to give diners a wide selection of food at low prices. Hutong Lot 10 in Bukit Bintang boasts a repertoire of noodles, both dry and soup-based, dumplings and other Chinese favourites. Located on the lower floor of the Lot 10 Shopping Centre, those looking for an authentic Malaysian culinary experience at rock-bottom prices will enjoy their meals at this food court.
Ever sat in a restaurant and watched the chefs perform their magic? Shook in Starhill Galley Shopping Mall provides this experience with an open-kitchen style dining area. Customers can watch the chefs prepare the dishes in this buffet-style restaurant in Bukit Bintang. Expect a selection of seafood including lobsters, clams and prawns, along with pizza, rice, grilled meat and salmon. While it comes with a high price tag, guests usually rate their experience at Shook as exceptional. A sophisticated experience is promised, as live jazz music generates a nice ambience together with the selection of wine with some aged bottles dating back as far as 1945.
Jogoya Japanese Buffet restaurant, Starhill Gallery
Restaurant, Japanese, Asian, Malaysian, Dim Sum, Chinese, American, $$$
After opening in 2016, this restaurant in the Golden Triangle holds the title as the most extensive buffet in Kuala Lumpur if not all of Malaysia. With more than 400 dishes from Asia, including Malaysia, Chinese and Japanese styles, to Western favourites, Jogoya gives diners the ultimate mix and match. Want to savour as many new flavours as possible or enjoy the wide selection of choices? Check out this restaurant located on Starhill Gallery’s Relish Floor in Bukit Bintang.
Sri Paandi is a traditional banana leaf restaurant. The Halal restaurant is open 24 hours and is a favourite among locals and tourists looking for late night or early morning food. But the highlight of this budget-friendly restaurant in the Golden Triangle relates more to the way the food is served. Forget plastic or ceramic cutlery, generous portions of rice and sides come on a banana leaf. Locals often eat with their hands rather than a spoon. Anyone looking for an authentic South Indian experience in Malaysia will appreciate Sri Paandi.
Another favourite banana leaf restaurant in the Golden Triangle, Southern Spice share similarities to Sri Paandi but in a more stylish environment. Expect large portions of biryani and a variety of other South Indian sides served on a banana leaf. The restaurants cater to individuals, families and large groups.
For a culinary experience combining the best of European and Asian cuisines, check out Skillet. Named after a type of frying pan and priding itself with the unique styles and blends of food, this restaurant in the Golden Triangle promises to satisfy even the most critical taste buds. Expect unique dishes found nowhere else in Malaysia cooked by an expert in-house chef and served by professional and diligent staff.