Let’s face it; the Malaysian food scene is nothing short of amazing. Being this incredible cultural mosaic, whatever cuisine you seek, our food and beverage landscape will have it. With the year coming to a close, plenty of us are using up our free time (and annual leave) to either travel, do nothing at home, or look for new food haunts, and these spots on our list are definite must-tries.
S+I, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
English food is not easy to come by in Kuala Lumpur, believe it or not. For quality fish and chips, and I mean like the ones you’d find in the UK, I usually travel all the way to Singapore for some. But with S+I now on the KL food scene, I no longer have to wander too far for some good ol’ English Sunday roast and quality pies with mash.
Head Chef Simon Stevens has over 30 years of experience garnered from all over Europe, so you can be sure a plate of whatever you choose will not disappoint here.
Address: 17-G, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 371 7161
Olivia Deli, Bangsar
Calling all sangria and paella lovers to this colourful deli serving up some delicious eats and even more refreshing beverages. This quaint eatery specialising in European fare is the perfect spot for catching up with friends or a weekend brunch. Be sure to pair their cold cuts and cheeses with whatever drink you choose to satisfy your thirst.
Address: 29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar Lot B03, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 911 2537
Ceylon Crab House, Bangsar
Bangsar Shopping Centre has seen plenty of new restaurants mushrooming, and one worth raving about is Ceylon Crab House. The ambience here is relaxed, making it the perfect place to enjoy crab items like the Singapore Style Chili Crab, Signature Crab Sothi, and Negombo Style Crab Meat. For the ones that don’t favour this crustacean goodness, there are plenty of other options available, like chicken, squid, beef, etc.
Address: Lot G1 Ground floor Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2011 6882
Moodmood, Downtown KL
Located smack bang in the city centre, Moodmood is an eatery that calls out to all pasta lovers. Serving some soulful plates of carby goodness, this eatery is the new kid on the block on Jalan Tun HS Lee, and boy, what sophisticated decor it has too!
While you’re here, be sure to try their handmade pasta, especially their Sicilian-style fregula topped with succulent prawns. Come here in a group if you want to try more than just one or two dishes from the menu.
Address: 196 Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6019 332 0988
Kooky Plate, Chow Kit
From the same team that brought you Kooky Cream, where delicious baked goods can be found, comes Kooky Plate in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Serving breakfast and brunch in a space that’s well-lit and very trendy looking, this is the perfect haunt to start your weekend at.
Their kimchi chicken quiche is intriguing and flavourful, and the beef ramen is a must-try. There are also signature desserts like the Tau Fu Fah Cheesecake that is worth sacrificing your calorie intake for.
Address: No 16, Seksyen 41, Jalan Yap Ah Shak, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
UpperDeck, Petaling Street
No, this restaurant is not on a ship, but it is located in the hip part of Downtown KL — specifically, Petaling Street — and pretty easy to miss if you don’t know what to look for. A contemporary take on Malaysian dishes, UpperDeck impresses patrons with offerings like Asam Pedas Seafood Bisque (I mean, come on!), Sticky Lamb Ribs, and Asam Pedas Oxtail Pasta! For dessert, treat yourself to the Coconut Parfait, a medley of ice cream (made from buah kulim), and our local mulberry fruit.
Address: 158-1, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6017 600 1581