A rich melting pot of flavours, Malaysian cuisine ranks amongst the most delicious and tastiest in Asia.
With a palate underpinned by a wide diversity of influences including Chinese, Indian and Portuguese, not to mention the many spices characteristic of South East Asian food, the country is rightly emerging as a food-lovers’ paradise.
And one of the best places to experience Malaysian food in all its glory is Kuala Lumpur. But what about fine dining experiences? Well, we thought we’d take some of the guesswork and provide a shortlist of the best fine dining establishments in the country’s biggest city. So, whether you’re after modern cuisine or a more traditional Malay dinner, this list has you covered!
At the top of the list…
- Marini’s on 57
This exclusive Italian restaurant is located on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3 (adjacent to Suria KLCC), and while the food is undeniably good, the real draw card is the view – and a chance to mingle with some of KL’s most stylish crowds. Incorporating restaurant, bar and lounge, the floor-to-ceiling windows and glass roof deliver some of the best views of KL’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Sip a signature cocktail and indulge in the signature dish of spaghetti with botarga and almonds for a truly memorable night out.
Marini’s on 57 is a definite must do if you are spending any time in KL.
Another rising star on the KL dining scene, the award-winning Cantaloupe is located within the Troika Sky Dining complex in Tower B of The Troika along Persiaran KLCC. Superstar chef Chris Bauer (formerly responsible for the brilliance of Kuala Lumpur’s Frangipani restaurant but more of that later) heads up this fabulous French restaurant, a stunning 23rd floor space that sports a fantastic view of the city. Some of the amazing dishes on offer include foie gras satay, roast Wagyu sirloin, butter poached lobster with delicately fried beef and a spectacular deconstructed apple crumble. For some of the best examples of French Asian fusion cuisine this is definitely worth a visit.
Just in case you thought we’d overlooked the local cuisine, no list of KL’s best eateries would be complete without including Enak. Located in Starhill Gallery Mall, this restaurant is one of the city’s most renowned – and popular, fine-dining establishments. Specializing in spicy Malaysian cuisine, this restaurant features traditional family recipes that keep tourists and locals coming back for more. The good news? The restaurant is very accommodating and more than happy to tone down the chilli factor for those that don’t like it …too hot.
- Celestial Court
Paying homage to classic Chinese heritage, Celestial Court in Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, is in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur is renowned for its authentic Cantonese fare. The restaurant is regarded as an institution by native KL dwellers, and has won a seemingly endless list of prestigious awards, making it another ‘must try’ during a stay in KL. Key dishes to feast on include honey-spiced, roasted rack of lamb with sweet bean in Mongolian sauce, and sautéed sea tiger prawns with minced garlic and shallots in homemade chilli sauce. But be sure to save room for the restaurant’s impressive dessert menu as well!.
One of Kuala Lumpur’s most elegant restaurants, this stylish oasis is the perfect place to take in one of KL’s most lively streets – Changkat Bukit Bintang. The focal point of this distinct restaurant is the black swimming pool located in the middle of the main dining area. Tourists keep coming back to Frangipani for its clean, modern European and Mediterranean flavours. If you want to keep the night going Frangipani offers after dinner entertainment featuring an alfresco bar and club.
So, there you have it! There’s a restaurant to suit every taste and style in KL. Book your trip to KL today and start exploring the wonderful fare on offer.