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The 10 Best Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur's Little India

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Updated: 30 April 2018
Little India near KL Sentral bursts with the sounds, smells and tastes of India. But the subcontinent’s rich and spicy dishes aren’t the only meals on the menu. Here are our favourite restaurants in Little India KL, including northern and southern India food, vegetarian options as well as Chinese food courts.

Hyderabad Biryani House

Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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Nasi Biryani with boiled egg and vegetables
Nasi Biryani with boiled egg and vegetables | © Jimmy Tan

Located near the late 19th-century Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple on Jalan Berhala, this Halal restaurant in Little India KL is a popular spot for lunch. Generous portions of flavourful and aromatic chicken, mutton, egg and vegetable biryani provide delicious and filling meals. Hyderabad Biryani House also serves other fried rice dishes and offers breakfast sets. A typical meal for one with drinks should come to less than RM 20 (US$5.10).

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Gandhi’s Vegetarian Restaurant

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, $$$
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Head to Little India’s maze of backstreets and feel teleported to the subcontinent. Several local and vegetarian restaurants nestle in these streets; Gandhi’s is one such place located on Jalan Scott near Sri Kandaswamy Kovil. This vegetarian restaurant in Little India KL has a reputation for its diversity and flavours as well as the rock-bottom prices. Few tourists eat here, but those who do will get huge portions of food, including rice, noodles, and the must-try vegetarian satay.
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Mon - Sun:
6:30 am - 2:00 am

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy, Family Friendly

Vishal Food & Catering

Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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For Indian banana leaf, check out Vishal Food on Jalan Scott. A portion of rice or biryani comes on a banana leaf with vegetable sides, curry, and popadoms. Adventurous tourists looking for an authentic experience can follow the other diners and eat using their right hand rather than cutlery. Drinks and meals are very affordable, which makes this a favourite restaurant in Little India for locals.
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Saravanaa Bhavan

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, $$$
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South Indian Dosa | © espies/Shutterstock
Non-meat eaters will find plenty of suitable restaurants in Brickfields. Saravana Bhavan on Jalan Tun Sambathan provides vegetarian-friendly South Indian food inside a comfortable air-conditioned dining area. The menu has rice-based dishes, biryani, dosa, roti and combo meals prepared fresh by skilled cooks. Customers consistently rate this mid-range Indian vegetarian restaurant for quality and comfort.
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Mon - Sun:
7:30 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly

Restoran Happy

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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The name of this Chinese restaurant in Little India KL corresponds to the way customers consistently feel about their food. Expect hearty meals at rock-bottom prices, including self-service economy mixed rice, dry and wanton mee and noodle soups. Grab a plate of rice and choose from the vegetables, Chinese-style chicken and tofu and pay less than RM 10 (US$2.60) for the economy meal. Or order a plate or fried rice and noodles from the menu. A top tip: self-service food is freshly cooked around lunchtime.
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One Sentral Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Hainanese chicken rice | © norikko/Shutterstock
Craving noodle soup or chicken and rice in Little India? Check out One Sentral near KL Sentral for a Chinese food court-style budget meal. Order from the vendors at the entrance and take a seat. Pay when the food arrives. Old favourites such as pork noodle soup, wonton noodles as well as pork and chicken rice cost less than RM 10 (US$2.60). A selection of savoury and sweet pastries are available near the window too.
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Mon - Sun:
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual

Sithique Nasi Kandar Pulau Pinang

Restaurant, Indian, Malaysian, $$$
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