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Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur's endless dining possibilities suit every budget, from the sizzling satay sold by street vendors to top-notch Pan-European à la carte fare. Seafood and rice dishes dominate local menus in a city where restaurants serve food from dawn until late. One of the oldest in the city, the Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant in Bangsar is a celebrated gourmet eatery while contemporary diners Shook! and Kampachi are much acclaimed city-wide.

Restaurant Kin Kin, Kuala Lumpur. Courtesy of Li Peng Cheok

Top-end

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  1. 1. Top Hat - Top-end: (More than RM180 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Top Hat, Kuala Lumpur. Courtesy of Li Peng Cheok

    Housed in a 1930s bungalow along Kuala Lumpur's Jalan Stonor, Top Hat gives diners a taste of elegant colonialism with teak antiques and silk drapery. Order delicately-crafted local cuisine from a revolving menu and nibble on their signature 'top hat' appetisers - thin crispy flour shells topped with shredded vegetables and chilli sauce.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-12am

    Address

    3, Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur 50450

    Telephone

    +60 (0) 3 2142 8611

    Transport

    Raja Chulan monorail station

    Website

    Top Hat Website

  2. 2. Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant - Top-end: (More than RM180 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    One of the oldest establishments in Bangsar, this restaurant is famous for its extensive fresh seafood menu. Choose from the simple dining room, the alfresco tables or the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. Specialities at Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant include Chinese, clay-pot and seafood recipes. Baked crab in butter sauce is the delicious signature dish.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-2.30pm; 6pm-10.30pm

    Address

    One Bangsar, 63 Jalan Ara, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur 59100

    Telephone

    +60 (0) 3 2282 2555

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant

Mid-range

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  1. 3. Shook! - Mid-range: (RM60-RM180 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Shook!, Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Marcus Ooi, courtesy of www.mooiness.com

    Shook! is an ultra-chic fusion restaurant is located in the basement of the Starhill Gallery Shopping Centre and is renowned for its hybrid Italian, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Exposed stone walls house a glass-fronted walk-in wine cellar containing over 3,000 bottles. Expect a mellow, unpretentious ambience completed by flawless service and a pleasing bill.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12.30pm-12.45am

    Address

    Starhill Gallery Shopping Centre, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 55100

    Telephone

    +60 (0) 3 2719 8535

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 4. Chynna - Mid-range

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    Chynna is pure dinner theatre: From the Madam Wong-style red lanterns to the Old China antique replica furnishings, you'll think you're in a highly stylized Shanghai of yesteryear. Delectable dim sum morsels get prepared in a show kitchen, or sit at your table and watch the tea master refill your cup with long-stem tea pourers and acrobatic moves. 

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    Cost

    Small dishes RM28-RM56

    Opening hours

    Daily noon-2:30pm and 6:30-10:30pm

    Address

    3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Telephone

    03/2264-2264

  3. 5. Bon Ton Restaurant - Mid-range: (RM60-RM180 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Bon Ton Restaurant in the central Lot 10 mall boasts a menu that fuses international classics with Malacca Straits Chinese and Nyonya flavours - and an excellent choice of wines.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-1am

    Address

    Lot 10 shopping centre, R1 and R2 Lower Ground Floor, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 50250

    Telephone

    +60 (0) 3 2142 2287

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bon Ton Restaurant Website

  4. 6. Eden Village - Mid-range: (RM60-RM180 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Set within a recreated traditional Malay house, Eden Village is a Malay seafood restaurant in the Golden Triangle which has become more affordable over the years. Dishes include clay-pot braised shark's fin with crabmeat and lobster baked with prawns and cuttlefish noodles. Expect to be served by waiters clad in traditional kebaya dress.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm; daily 7pm-12am

    Address

    260, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur 50200

    Telephone

    +60 (0) 3 2141 4027

    Transport

    Taxi

  5. 7. Kampachi - Mid-range: (RM60-RM180 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Reservations are a must at this award-winning Japanese restaurant. The Kampachi, one of Hotel Equatorial's signature restaurants, has been serving up staple Japanese dishes from Ginza for more than 25 years. This city-centre restaurant also has a wide selection of set dinners and an impressive Sunday buffet brunch.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-2.30pm & 6.30pm-11pm

    Address

    Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 50250

    Telephone

    +60 (0) 3 2161 7777

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Kampachi Website

Budget

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  1. 8. Restaurant Kin Kin - Budget: (Less than RM60 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Restaurant Kin Kin, Kuala Lumpur. Courtesy of Li Peng Cheok

    High demand from hordes of local diners means shared tables are the norm in this eatery in Chow Kit. Restaurant Kin Kin serves delicious bowls of super-soft noodles, chili pan mee topped with chillies, minced pork and deep-fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies). A wait for a table is customary, so don't arrive in a hurry.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 7.30am-9pm; Sat & Sun 7.30am-4.30pm (closed last Sunday of the month)

    Address

    Ground Floor, 40, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman 1, Kuala Lumpur

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 9. Precious Old China - Budget: (Less than RM60 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Fitted out with the most glorious Chinese antiques and works of art, this Central Market branch of Old China is one of the most attractive restaurants in KL. Flavours and tastes from Penang and the Malay Peninsula include curried fish head, sea bass in black pepper and duck or ginseng soup.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-10pm

    Address

    Mezzanine Floor, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur 50000

    Telephone

    +60 3 2072 5915

    Transport

    LRT Rail to Pesar Seri

    Website

    Precious Old China Website

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