Malaysia is known for its endless amounts of delicious food, and now it’s being recognised by the Michelin Guide 2023, highlighting two key cities in the country — Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Penang. But, we have noticed some confusion (and even anger/frustration) around the guide. We were at the Star Reveal last night, so we are here to clear it up for you.

A total of 97 restaurants in Malaysia made their debut in the guide as recommendations to check out, however, only four restaurants were presented with one Michelin Star for their superior cooking while 32 establishments received a Bib Gourmand for serving excellent food at reasonable prices.

Hopefully, this will clear things up.

Awarded with One Michelin Star

DC. by Darren Chin, KL

According to the Michelin Guide, we all need to hit up DC. By Darren Chin. The restaurant serves up French dishes with Japanese twists in four- to seven-course menus, even including one for vegetarians.

Address: no 44 Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +60 3 7731 0502

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Similarly, Dewakan located in the lofty Platinum Park tower and overlooking a clear view of our Petronas Twin Towers, received one Michelin star for their modern take on Malaysian cuisine taking advantage of local and indigenous produce, including seasonal fruits and herbs. A meal here is truly a journey!

Address: Platinum Park, Level 48, Skyviews, Naza Tower @, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 012-789 6720

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Au Jardin

Located in Penang, Au Jardin won their star for their monthly-changing menu showcasing the best of European cuisine with subtle local touches. The restaurant has a thoughtfully developed menu that will pleasantly surprise the tastebuds!

Address: 125, Jalan Timah, 10150 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Phone: 012-428 9594

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Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery

An institution in itself, Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery is the place to try while in Penang for offering Peranakan cuisine made from secret recipes that utilise high-quality produce. Who’s ready to gather your gals and head to Penang on a foodie adventure?

Address: 1, Bishop St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang
Phone: 017-434 4398

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Awarded a Bib Gourmand

Amongst the 97 restaurants mentioned in the Michelin Guide, 32 establishments got awarded with a Bib Gourmand that acknowledges quality dining at moderate prices. Our top picks from the list in Kuala Lumpur include Aliyaa, Congkak (Bukit Bintang), Dancing Fish, and definitely Lai Fong Lala Noodles that is a favourite amongst the Zafigo team.

Planning that road trip to Penang? Our team recommends checking out Communal Table by Gen, Penang Road Famous Laksa, and Sardaarji which were also specially recognised with a Bib Gourmand.

Michelin Special Awards

Part of the Michelin Guide includes awarding establishments with Special Awards as inspectors do keep an eye on service professionals who deserve to be recognised.

Leanne Lim at Dewakan was presented with the Service Award for her passion and attentiveness while serving at the restaurant. Similarly, Mahamad Hafiz Bin Abdullah from DC. By Darren Chin received the Sommelier Award for his outstanding knowledge of wine and pairings. And, at Au Jardin, Lim Yan You was awarded the Young Chef Award.

Don’t know about you, but we are starving. Click here to for the full list of Malaysian entries to the Michelin Guide to plan your next foodie adventure.