Best restaurants and cafés in KL

The Time Out KL Food 40: Our monthly guide to the best places to eat in town, reviewed anonymously by critics

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  • Nobu

    Nobu
    The food at Nobu is just like its genre – shocking. Only a man like Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (aka Nobu-san) can so gracefully pair precise Japanese techniques with the colours and zest of Peruvian cuisine.

  • Ohla Tapas & Cocktails

    This casual bar takes tapas to avant-garde standards under the helm of the very bright Toni Valero. Our first five-star review in years.

  • Photo: Stacy Liu

    Torii

    The city’s newest yakitori addition is as sleek and shiny as the back of a metal spoon, enhanced by a private room finished with leather armchairs and a chocolate overtone.

  • Photo: Hizwan Hamid

    Sitka

    Sitka champions local produce to churn out exciting things from the test kitchen like duck with miso pumpkin, pear and almonds.

  • Photo: Hizwan Hamid

    Limapulo: Baba Can Cook

    The interior may not look inviting, but this place serves the best Nyonya food in the city. Go for the crispy fried fish with sambal come dinner, or opt for their famous Nyonya laksa over lunch.

  • Cantaloupe

    On the 23rd floor of Troika Sky Dining sits one of KL’s most stunning restaurants. Technicality is practised by Chef Chris Bauer in dishes like foie gras satay and butter poached lobster with fried beef tendon.

  • Erawan

    Owned by two Thai brothers, Erawan serves authentic Thai cuisine and may well be the best Thai restaurant in town.

  • Mezze

    This charming restaurant and wine bar pulls off upgraded bistro fare that ranges from gourmet pizza to Angus ribeye. The pulled pork burger with whisky barbecue sauce is a must-try.

  • Way Modern Chinois

    This Chinese fine dining outlet pulls out all the stops in idea and execution. Try the cold flower crab with colada ice or the supremely delicious truffle roast duck.

  • Photo: Stacy Liu

    Acme Bar & Coffee

    Our 2012 winner for Best New Restaurant, Acme is one stylish place. The food is very much like your classic food gone haute. Try the duck rendang and finish off with the cempedak cake and one of their inventive cocktails.

  • Bakti Woodlands

    South Indian vegetarian food rules at this unassuming restaurant. The Madras thali comes with platters of curries, vegetables and spiced yoghurt alongside chapatti.

Nobu

Nobu
The food at Nobu is just like its genre – shocking. Only a man like Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (aka Nobu-san) can so gracefully pair precise Japanese techniques with the colours and zest of Peruvian cuisine.


Local: Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines

Bakti Woodlands

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 55 Lebuh Ampang
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Chef Low

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 2 Lorong Ara Kiri 3
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Delhi Royale

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 33 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50350
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  1. LG2, Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery, 188 Jalan Bukit Bintang
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  1. 5 Jalan Haji Yahya Sheikh Ahmad
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Limapulo: Baba Can Cook

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 26 Jalan Doraisamy, 50300
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  1. 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya
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Naughty Babe Dirty Duck

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  1. Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480
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Restoran Sambal Hijau

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 2990 Jalan Sungai Penchala, Kampung Sungai Penchala, 60000
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Restoran Santa

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 11 Jalan Tun HS Lee, 50100
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  1. 19 Lorong Kurau, Off Jalan Riong, 59100
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  1. G-1, Work@Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights
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French, Italian and European cuisines

  1. Troika Sky Dining 23A Tower B, The Troika, Persiaran KLCC
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Madisons

  • Price band: 4/4
  1. 65 Jalan Bangkung, 59100
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  1. 132 Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara
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Neroteca

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. Neroteca, Ground Floor, Somerset Serviced Apartments, 8 Lorong Ceylon
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  1. The Intermark, 182 Jalan Tun Razak
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  1. Level 5, Le Meridien 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral
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Sitka Restaurant

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 8-5 Jalan Batai, 50490
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Asian cuisines

  1. 22-1 Jalan U 5/16, Dataran Sunway
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  1. Lot G-3, Ground Floor, The Troika, 19 Persiaran CC
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Kedai Makanan Frame Thai

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Block A, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, 46400
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My Elephant Happy Mansion

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, 46400
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  1. Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, 50088
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Torii

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 18 Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, 60000
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Cafés and coffee bars

  1. Ground floor, The Troika, Jalan Binjai
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Ashley's by Living Food

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 11 Jalan Telawi 3, 59100
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  1. Solaris Mont Kiara, 6 Jalan Solaris 4, 50480
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Inside Scoop

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 9 Jalan Telawi 3, 59100
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  1. Level UG1, Publika, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480
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  1. BRDB Tower, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya
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  1. D7, junction of Jalan and Jalan Enam, East
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Cheap eats

Hau Kee

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 12 Jalan Kaskas 2, Taman Cheras, 56100
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  1. Gerai No 3, Lorong Bellamy, Bukit Petaling
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  1. 39 Jalan 20/14, Taman Paramount, 46300
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  1. Jalan Brunei Utara, 55100
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Seafood

  1. 702 Jalan Udang Galah, 42000
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  1. 21 Jalan SS2/64, 47300
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Modern Australian

Drift Dining and Bar

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 38 Bidara, Jalan Bedara, Off Jalan Nagasari, 50200
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