The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Vegan curry
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Sam Bedford

Most Hindus follow a strict vegetarian diet. They believe abstaining from meat helps to protect and reduce harm to other life forms. For this reason, there are a few vegetarian restaurants in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur’s Little India. Here’s our round-up of the best.

1. MTR

Restaurant, Vegetarian

Idli sambar vada
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A small restaurant run by two brothers opened its door in Bangalore in 1924. Almost a century later, MTR has become a household name not only in India but in Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Muscat and Singapore. The vegetarian restaurant in Brickfields has an air-conditioned dining area with a selection of authentic South Indian treats. Prices tend to be slightly higher, compared to other nearby restaurants in Brickfields. But old favourites such as shavige bath and idli, made using special recipes, make the extra couple of ringgits worthwhile.

2. Mr Naan and Mrs Idli

Restaurant, Vegetarian

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Located in Kuala Lumpur’s Little India, Mr Naan and Mrs Idli offers some of the best vegetarian and vegan food in the city. Expect to find a selection of northern and southern Indian dishes, Buddhist-friendly meals and mouth-watering desserts. Highlights include Paneer Butter Masala, idli and dosas. The owners proudly proclaim all their ingredients are fresh and meals are packed full of goodness without preservatives or MSG. A lunchtime buffet is also available on weekdays for just RM 15 ($3.90). Anyone looking for vegetarian or vegan food in Brickfields can dine here feeling safe knowing that he or she is eating food from careful owners and diligent cooks.

3. Saravanaa Bhavan

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan

This vegetarian restaurant in Brickfields on Jalan Sambanthan is a treat in Kuala Lumpur. Saravanaa Bhavan has a total of 33 branches in India and 47 others around the globe since opening in 1981. Customers can enjoy the comfort of dining inside an air-conditioned room with a variety of choices, including special rice dosa, biryani dishes and roti. A local favourite includes the combo menu. Expect a meal and drink to cost less than RM 25 ($6.50).

4. Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian

vegetarian biryani
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For a variety of biryani and rice-based options, check out Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan. Having the title as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Brickfields, this Indian diner from Chennai provides an exceptional level of service with some of Kuala Lumpur’s tastiest food. Expect a menu filled with soups, tandoori starters, idli, vadai and biryani dishes. A delivery service is available too.

5. New Aariya Bhavan

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan

Sitting next to the elegant Vivekananda Ashram building on Jalan Sambanthan, New Aariya Bhavan offers an upscale vegetarian dining experience in Brickfields. Customers have the choice between a selection of soups, vegetarian curries and tandoori platters inside a comfortable and air-conditioned restaurant. Expect a meal to cost no more than RM 20 to RM 30 ($5.20 to $7.80).

6. Gandhi's Vegetarian Restaurant

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian

Gandhi’s is one of the cheapest vegetarian restaurants in Brickfields. Customers can enjoy a menu filled with a variety of fried rice and noodle dishes, along with a vegetarian version of Indian favourite, chicken and mutton-based meals. But don’t be fooled by the dishes’ names. All dishes at Gandhi’s are 100% meat-free. Satisfied customers often recommend the vegetarian satay.

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