The reason that kebabs and shawarma are such favourites among locals is most likely due to their distinguished flavouring. Plus, they’re quick to prepare and affordable, making them the best grab-and-go food option at any given time. According to history, kebabs originated from Middle Eastern soldiers who used their swords to cook meat over open flames, and boy, are we thankful they did that!
Over the years, we’ve seen how Malaysians have increasingly gravitated toward Middle Eastern cuisine, and variations of grilled meat are now seen all across Kuala Lumpur (KL). But which spots truly whet the appetite and heart of KL-ites? Check out the selection of our kebab and shawarma places in the Klang Valley that are sure to satiate any craving.
1. Kebab Jalan TAR, Kuala Lumpur
A notable kebab spot on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, kebabs and shawarmas are served in handfuls. Experience juicy meat chunks mixed with fresh-cut tomatoes, onions, and spices before being placed on a toasted yet tender hot dog buns. They’re then topped with a unique sauce and ready for you to eat. Having been in operation for almost 30 years, we understand why the crowds keep coming back for more.
Address: 75, Jalan Palestin, City Centre, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6010 367 1763
2. Reto Sandwich, Bukit Bintang
Those familiar with the local kebab and shawarma scene will know this place, as you can get the best of both worlds here. Situated along the McDonald’s row in Bukit Bintang, many flock here to have a taste of their juicy offerings. After spending the day shopping around Pavilion and Lot 10, why not make a pit stop here to refuel? Take your pick from lamb, chicken, or beef!
Address: 116, Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6011 2100 0325
3. Halab Restaurant, Bukit Bintang
Different from other Middle Eastern restaurants, Halab KL has adopted a unique touch to its decor and food, making it one of KL’s most exquisite kebab spots in the heart of Bukit Bintang. If you’re the type to sit down and enjoy your kebabs in peace, we suggest you visit this restaurant instead of the roadside joints.
The restaurant features a bistro-like ambience with Instagrammable features, thanks to its contemporary décor. And yes, the kebabs and shawarmas here are much to shout about!
Address: 35, Jalan Berangan, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2110 4146
4. Naab, Bukit Bintang
Naab means ‘pure’ in Farsi, and the name of this eatery represents the pureness and elegance in Persian food. Traditional kebabs, shawarmas, lamb stews, hearty hummus, and tabbouleh are all available here.
Apart from the delicious food offered, you can enjoy the restaurant’s decor too, which is influenced by the old Persian city of Yazd. There are even designated rooms for parties and special occasions here.
Address: 130, Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2143 3949
5. Royal Hadramawt, Ampang
Another local favourite! Royal Hadramawt has been delivering consistently superb Middle Eastern meals to the area. Here at Royal Hadramawt, their kebabs—from beef to chicken and lamb, are presented with pita bread, roasted veggies, and an option of soup or salad. So not only will you experience a first-hand Middle Eastern food experience, but the plate presentations are bougier than other restaurants. After all, the name has the word ‘royal’ in it.
Address: Lot GB, Plaza Flamingo, No.2, Tasik Ampang Jalan, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +603 4265 6464