Vegetarians and vegans understand the challenge of finding high–quality food in Kuala Lumpur’s backpacker area. But don’t despair, there are several vegetarian restaurants in Bukit Bintang offering a variety of local dishes and flavours. Here are our favourites.
Simple Life prides itself on serving some of the best vegetarian and vegan food in Kuala Lumpur. Its minimalistic décor and pinewood tables simulate an outdoor setting. All dishes use fresh and organic ingredients without the use of preservatives, colouring or MSG. But the food alone isn’t the only reason this is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Bukit Bintang. Knowledgeable staff can explain why the food is healthy and offer information leaflets aimed towards promoting a more mindful lifestyle. Menu highlights include vegetarian nasi lemak, Nyonya curry laksa and set menus for RM27 ($6.70). A meal for two including a drink shouldn’t come to more than RM50 ($12.70).
Located on the lower ground floor of Low Yat Plaza shopping mall, Kimosasa Vegetarian is a simple restaurant specialising in healthy, meat-free food. Expect fast service, polite staff and a menu with Japanese dishes, Indian curries and fried rice-based meals. The RM9.90 ($2.50) meal and drink special is a local favourite. Kimosasa is one of the top vegetarian restaurants in Bukit Bintang for its convenient location and cheap food.
As one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Bukit Bintang, Blue Boy has been serving delicious Chinese food for over four decades. A family-owned hawker-style café offers favourites such as char kway teow, fried rice, tom yam, several noodle dishes as well as vegan-friendly meals for around RM10 ($2.50). Consider dining here for a healthy lunch or early dinner in Bukit Bintang.
This food court-style vegetarian restaurant in Bukit Bintang sits on the fourth floor of Sungei Wang Plaza. Le Tian Vegetarian is popular with locals at lunchtime for their Chinese vegetarian economy rice. Grab a plate with either brown or white rice and choose from the sides which includes a variety of curries, stir-fries and mock meats. The price depends on the sides and rarely exceeds RM18 ($4.60) for one, including a drink.
Pinchos might not seem like a good choice for a vegetarian-friendly night out in Bukit Bintang. Offering a variety of dishes including vegetarian-friendly tapas, excellent wine and a Spanish-themed décor, Pinchos promises a treat for those who aren’t completely against meat. Check out the vegetarian options on their online menu before making any decisions.
Banana leaf restaurants offer an authentic Indian dining experience. Customers sit down and order their food which includes a base of rice, sides and curries served on a large banana leaf. While the menu does have meat-based dishes, this restaurant also caters to vegetarian and vegan Indians. Speak to the cook and ask for recommendations on what to order if the menu is unclear. Expect a typical meal for two to cost approximately RM35 ($8.90).
Dining in the Dark offers an unusual dining experience for adventurous palates. The concept restaurant claims to take guests on a gastronomical journey as they eat in complete darkness. The lack of visual input tunes the body to the aromas and subtle tastes that would otherwise be neglected. Visit their website for reservations and to choose a set meal at RM139 ($35.30). Vegetarian options are available.
While this isn’t strictly a vegetarian restaurant in Bukit Bintang, it does have a selection of meat-free options. The high-end Indian restaurant on Bukit Bintang Street provides a classy setting for a romantic evening. Attentive staff and an extensive menu including vegetarian kebab platters, as well as a selection of naans and curries, are some of the reasons why Vansh is becoming one of the hottest spots in Kuala Lumpur. Expect a typical meal for two to cost at least RM100 ($25.40). Smart casual dress codes apply – so leave the shorts and flip-flops in the hotel.
Water Lily Vegetarian Restaurant might not be in Bukit Bintang, but it does deserve a special mention on this list. Located a short distance away in nearby Chinatown on Jalan Tun H S Lee, Water Lily offers some of the most comprehensive vegetarian options in Kuala Lumpur. Expect a variety of sweet and sour dishes along with satay, set meals and fried rice. A hearty and filling meal for two will cost approximately RM65 ($16.50).
The Chinese Five Sen5es restaurant in Bukit Bintang boasts an extensive list of delicacies while focusing on providing the full sensory experience. Five Sen5es uses creative decorations to generate a warm ambience with lanterns and smiling Buddha images, as well as Chinese murals covering the walls. On first glance, the menu might appear to be unsuitable for the vegetarian. But look closer and find several options including the highly recommended Stewed Eight Treasures and Fungus in Casserole.