Local Malay cuisine is often relegated to the discount end of the spectrum in KL, with more exotic fares monopolising the fine dining options.
The Bird Restaurant
One of the foremost purveyors of Nyonya cuisine – a mixture of Chinese and Malay traditions – The Bird Restaurant combines authentic cooking with eccentric charm.
Enak takes the best elements of Malaysian food and refines and clarifies them to produce original versions of classic dishes. This combination of nostalgic home cooking and a fine dining sensibility makes Enak another advocate for raising Malay cuisine to fine dining heights.
Combining the best of Malay cooking with an introduction to the traditions of Southeast Asia, Songket offers its diners a comprehensive cultural experience. Songket gets its name from a type of intricately patterned, hand-woven and traditional fabric.
The 39 Restaurant
Boasting panoramic views of the city, The 39 Restaurant is a taste of Malay luxury within Kuala Lumpur’s PNB Darby Park. It sits on the 39th floor of this hotel and offers views straight across to the looming Petronas Twin Towers. The food is similarly high class, with luxurious buffet style takes on classical Malay flavours, all prepared by renowned Chef Ismail.
Nasi Kandar Pelita
A family run restaurant chain that stays true to its humble origins, Nasi Kandar Pelita is one of the most popular restaurants in Kualu Lumpur and is an indispensable introduction to truly local cuisine.
Lot 10 Hutong Food Court
A modern update of the tradition of hawker market stalls, this food hall combines the best Chinese-Malay street food of Kuala Lumpur under one roof, retaining the simplicity and convenience of market food in a more comfortable setting.
Offering the best of Johorean cuisine, D'cengkih has become a firm favourite on the Kuala Lumpur restaurant scene for its celebration of this southern Malaysian cuisine.
Ah Koong Restaurant
Specialising in fish ball noodles, a traditional dish of Malaysia, Ah Koong is one of the most popular KL restaurants.
Precious Old China
Located above Kuala Lumpur’s historic Central Market, which was originally built in 1888. about 5 years ago