Time Out KL Food Awards winners

Every year, we ask you to put forward your nominations for the best cafes and restaurants that deserve the highest recognition in the Kuala Lumpur dining scene. You’ve voted, and here are the award results

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  • Best Ayam Goreng

    Village Park Restaurant

    You don’t need us to tell you Village Park is a household name for nasi lemak in the city; you’ll be hard-pressed to find a seat during peak hours. But you haven’t truly visited Village Park if you haven’t eaten the signature fried chicken ‘marylands’ (thigh and drumstick) that comes alongside the rice. The famed chicken emerges from the fryer bearing thin, crispy films of spiced skin and moist middles before being chopped into hefty chunks. There’s a reason the restaurant keys in an average of 3,000 pieces of chicken daily.

    Best Ayam Goreng
  • Best New Restaurant

    Fiercer by Fierce Curry House

    The ever-revolving KL food scene is bustling with new restaurants opening every week, but Fiercer has proven to be the hottest contender – literally. Those familiar with Fierce Curry House’s Hyderabadi dum biryani will find an equally stellar dish at this swanky outpost, which is outfitted like a modern restaurant-bar befitting Solaris Dutamas’s posh vibe. Every steel bowl that emerges from the kitchen contains the fragrant, fluffy basmati rice – either flavoured with mutton, chicken or fish – everyone has been clamouring about. The contemporary setting, great service and immaculately prepared meals immediately call to mind a North Indian cuisine stalwart. Watch out, things are about to get fiercer.

    Best New Restaurant
  • Best Malay/Malaysian

    Wondermama

    Wondermama is very likeable. The decor is playful, with charmingly retro hints of industrial cool – there’s something distinctively Malaysian about the overall look and feel of the place. The menu takes on the same concept as well; our all-time favourite dishes are given a twist and a modern upgrade. Think nasi lemak with sambal petai udang and soft-shell crab, spicy deep-fried chicken salad, miso clam soup and salted egg fried rice. This has proven to be an endearing concept – so much so that you voted it to be KL’s best Malay/Malaysian restaurant.

    Best Malay/Malaysian
  • Best Chinese

    Noble Mansion

    Noble Mansion defends its title in this category, cementing its spot as one of the city’s finest Chinese banquet restaurants. This go-to place for hosting wedding banquets sports a regal aesthetic without being too showy, as evidenced by the gilded wall decor and slightly muted floral carpeting. Food-wise, tradition is upheld but with the slightest of new-age touches – think traditional suckling pig adorned with wild mushrooms and shrimp roe, baked lobster roll with miso sauce, and crispy Hokkaido scallop with foie gras sauce.

    Best Chinese
  • Best Indian

    Fierce Curry House

    There’s really no slowing down the sheer pace and heat of Fierce Curry House’s rise to the top of the biryani chain. Boosted by a win in the same category last year, we can safely conclude that they’ve officially put Hyderabadi-style dum biryanis on the map. The mutton version – steaming hot bowls of fluffy rice with chunks of mutton – is an inelegant affair that first propelled Fierce’s success. The heart-stopping bir-nana, a combination of biryani and banana leaf, will have you huffing and puffing long after your lunch.

    Best Indian
  • Best Fine Dining

    Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar

    One of the pioneers of fine dining in KL, celebrated chef Takashi Kimura is widely known for his Japanese approach to French cooking and techniques. But that would be too simplistic a description of Cilantro’s might; on the menu are touches of exotic Asian ingredients and seasonal produce. Cold angel hair with sea urchin and sweet prawn is a dish that’s synonymous with the restaurant, but you should also try tourte of unagi and foie gras with mesclun, Pyrenees milk-fed lamb with wheat hay, Japanese sole with noisette butter, and étuvée of Maine lobster. The lunch menu is a particularly good deal; for RM150, you get a four-course meal with coffee or tea, plus a glass of Prosecco.

    Best Fine Dining
  • Best Cheap Eats

    Kedai Makanan O&S Restaurant

    This packed-to-the-brim kopitiam has been serving loyal PJ residents for years and it shows in the restaurant’s wear and tear. The weekends are busiest when families gather for typical kopitiam fare like prawn mee, chee cheong fun and claypot loh shu fun, all of which goes well with a chilled kopi peng. The self-service yong tau foo stall sees the longest lines; hungry customers can be seen armed with plastic baskets and tongs, waiting for their fish-paste dumplings to be deep fried on order or submerged in soup.

    Best Cheap Eats
  • Best Healthy Eats

    Pickle & Fig

    Sandwiches? Don’t turn your nose up just yet. Pickle & Fig joins KL’s new breed of healthy cafés, making food you actually want to eat, including hearty pastas, big breakfast, pancakes and hot-pressed paninis served with their housemade mayonnaise. The café’s industrial decor – decked out with ‘upcycled’ pallets as seats and a sprawling chalkboard menu – makes an unconventional backdrop for a healthy-eating restaurant, but the laidback ambience will make you want to lounge away the afternoon with their vitamin-packed smoothies (go for ‘Goji Me’) and a round of checkers.

    Best Healthy Eats
  • Best Italian

    Strato @ Troika Sky Dining

    Perhaps the more affordable option in Troika Sky Dining’s stable of cool restaurants, Strato’s semi-casual setting is inspired by its homey, wholesome menu. Pasta and pizzas make up the core of the dishes here, with crowd favourites such as fresh lobster linguini in a rich lobster tomato sauce, wagyu beef cheek and trotter ravioli with sage butter, and seared lamb loin pizza with tomato salsa, romaine lettuce and brie. Don’t worry; there’s a fine selection of meaty mains as well: grilled ribeye steak, pan seared wagyu beef cheek, oven-roasted chicken breast and a few others. And oh, you get a great view of KLCC too.

    Best Italian
  • Best European

    Soleil

    Soleil is a gem in the Seksyen 17 neighbourhood, and is one of the better openings of 2013. Helmed by Chef Evert Onderbeke, formerly of High Tide, the restaurant focuses on seafood cooked into modern European dishes, most of which are beautifully presented. Flavours are clean and subtle, but never fall short of excitement. Think marinated crabmeat with momotaro tomato, oven-baked Japanese sea bream with a cashew nut crust, and open ravioli with poached Canadian lobster. When in doubt about wines, approach the capable sommelier, Yuhei Teraoka.

    Best European
  • Best Japanese

    Kampachi

    Kampachi adds one more to its trophy cabinet. The five-time TOKL Food Awards winner has done so well in this category because of sheer consistency over the years (41 years, to be exact). Chef How Yoke Seng, the mastermind behind the brand, swears by the produce of Tsukiji Market, and it comes through in the raw items, simply served or flash grilled. While much of the menu hews closely to traditional Japanese fare, some signs of rebellion appear in the chefs’ specials, a quality welcomed by Kampachi’s many fans. It’s also one of the few restaurants in KL to make soba noodles from scratch and the results are some of the best in KL – undeniably fresh and springy.

    Best Japanese
  • Best Korean

    Palsaik Korean BBQ

    With the rise of kimchi sliders and bulgogi-style kebabs in the city, it was only a matter of time until a Korean restaurant reinvented the traditional samgyupsal (pork belly) barbecue. The globe-trotting Palsaik (with outlets also in Melbourne, LA, Osaka, Taiwan and Hangzhou) has developed a devout following in KL, as demonstrated by the queue-snaking outside their restaurants every day. Diners are here for their signature pork belly marinated in eight different flavours: curry, garlic, ginseng, herb, hot pepper, pine needles, soy bean paste and wine. The restaurant’s design integrates tokens of traditional Korean culture (metal spoons and tabletop grills) with modern furnishing (oil drum-like seats and suspended lights), boasting a relaxed ambience to enjoy the samgyupsal, which easily stands on its own.

    Best Korean
  • Best Place For Seafood

    Restoran Fatty Crab

    Fatty Crab is showing no sign of slowing down as the restaurant reprises its victory in the ‘Best Place for Seafood’ category this year. Fatty Crab’s reputation and popularity among seafood lovers have remained unscathed due to the restaurant’s consistency in plating up stellar seafood. If you can handle a little burn, some of the signature dishes here will bring a sweat to your brow, such as the piquant, spicy-sour crabs (served with toast to mop up the gravy) and the perfectly grilled satay. The fresh crustaceans are a real challenge to eat, but if cooked right – just like Fatty Crab’s – you’ll have a cracking time digging into the best finger food in PJ.

    Best Place For Seafood
  • Best Middle Eastern

    Tarbush

    Tarbush started in 1998; back then it was just a small sandwich bar in Ampang Point offering shawarma and quick meals. It wasn’t until 2001 that it opened a restaurant in Bukit Bintang, followed by another in Starhill Gallery’s Feast Village and Sunway Pyramid. The menu is predominantly Arabic and Lebanese dishes, and it’s fairly extensive. Some of the highlights include maklouba (rice cooked with eggplant and served with lamb or chicken), shish tawook (chicken breast filled and served with Tarbush garlic sauce) and labneh (a creamy cottage cheese topped with dry mint and olives).

    Best Middle Eastern
  • Best Thai

    Tamarind Hill

    This established restaurant under the Samadhi Retreats group is a household name among the city’s options for elegant Thai dining. Perched upon a hilltop, the restaurant is an oasis of tranquility to escape the madness of city traffic; the trickling water feature and welcome lemongrass drink don’t hurt either. The kitchen is led by Chef Wanthana Nikonsaen, whose signatures include steamed lobster with lime juice and deep-fried garoupa with Thai basil sauce. Don’t skip the Thai-inspired cocktails, which are as exciting as they are potent.

    Best Thai
  • Best Pub Grub

    Tom, Dick & Harry’s

    This neighbourhood pub has won the hearts of both footies as well as foodies in TTDI before establishing another outlet in Old Klang Road and a live band-oriented outpost in Pavilion KL. A solid source of international beers and inventive cocktails, Tom, Dick and Harry’s is pretty much everything you expected from the people who brought you porky fries (deep-fried sticks of luncheon meat) and pigs in the blanket. The watering hole stays true to pub classics, but they can equally surprise diners with a hearty pork knuckle and weekend big breakfast.

    Best Pub Grub
  • Best Place For Meat

    PRIME

    Everything about PRIME is superlative – the oversized tables and chairs, the open show kitchen, the floor-to-ceiling wine walls, and of course the extensive selection of prime beef imported from Australia and America. Whether it’s Kobe, wagyu or Black Angus, tenderloin, sirloin, ribeye or prime ribs, you can be sure the chef will cook the meat perfectly to showcase its natural flavour. If you don’t know where to start, you can’t go wrong with the restaurant’s signature Blackmore wagyu, which is highly praised for its high marbling score of 9+. This is strictly a restaurant for meat lovers, and for those who have dined here, they tend to swear by it.

    Best Place For Meat
  • Best Place For Coffee

    Artisan Roast

    The folks at Artisan Roast got it right when they put precedence on the coffee over the decor of their café. But this is not to say the outlet’s shabby; on the contrary, it has an endearing DIY charm to it. Artisan Roast uses the Loring Smartroast coffee roaster, one of the world’s best and the only one of its kind in Malaysia. But that’s hardly the point: The recipe for Artisan Roast’s success lies in their total involvement in the entire production chain, from the sourcing of the beans to the roasting and the training of the baristas. While they experiment with different blends and roasts, a signature Artisan Roast coffee is one that’s slightly acidic, bold in flavour, and leaves a fragrant bitterness on your palate.

    Best Place For Coffee
  • Best Café

    Garage 51

    You know Garage 51 – the new venture by last year’s TOKL Food Awards winner CoffeeSociété – for their intense dedication to artisanal coffee. But this Instagram-worthy café, situated on the quieter side of Bandar Sunway, is also a boon to diners seeking a leisurely weekend brunch. Fight off your hunger pangs with Turkish baked eggs, chicken brochette on panini and their all-time favourite free-range scrambled eggs with breakfast beef bacon. The decor of this industrial-esque café is something you’ll wish to re-create at home – funky steel-oil drum as furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows. If you’re recovering from late-night shenanigans, ordering a cuppa here is mandatory.

    Best Café

Best Ayam Goreng

Village Park Restaurant

You don’t need us to tell you Village Park is a household name for nasi lemak in the city; you’ll be hard-pressed to find a seat during peak hours. But you haven’t truly visited Village Park if you haven’t eaten the signature fried chicken ‘marylands’ (thigh and drumstick) that comes alongside the rice. The famed chicken emerges from the fryer bearing thin, crispy films of spiced skin and moist middles before being chopped into hefty chunks. There’s a reason the restaurant keys in an average of 3,000 pieces of chicken daily.


Shortlisted restaurants

Best Ayam Goreng

  1. Lower Ground Floor (New Wing), 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800
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  1. 47 Jalan SS15/4, 47500
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  1. 76 Jalan Kampung Attap, 50460
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  1. Jalan 21/11B, 46300
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  1. 5 Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47401
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  1. Medan Selera MBPJ, Lorong Sultan, Seksyen 52, 46200
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Best New Restaurant

  1. D1-G3-5 Publika, Jalan Solaris Dutamas, 50480
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  1. The Intermark, 348 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400
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  1. Sky Level, 1 First Avenue, 1 First Avenue, 47800
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  1. 22A Jalan 17/54, 46400
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  1. 37 Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, 46300
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Best Malay/Malaysian

  1. B-G-01, Oasis Ara Damansara, Jalan PJU 1A/7, 47301
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  1. 3 Jalan Ceylon, 50200
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  1. Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery, LG2, 188 Jalan Bukit Bintang
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  1. DoubleTree by Hilton KL, The Intermark, 348 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400
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  1. Serai, LIFE CENTRE, 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail
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  1. Bangsar Village, G6 Ground Floor 1 Jalan Telawi 1, 59100
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Best Chinese

  1. Seventh Floor, Intan Square, 3 Lorong Utara C, 46200
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  1. A-G-33A, IOI Boulevard, Jalan Kenari 5, 47100
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  1. Level 1, The Plaza @ Jaya33, 1 Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13, 46200
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  1. 84-88 Jalan Imbi, 55100
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  1. Oasis Square @ Ara Damansara, RO1 Central Piazza, 2 Jalan PJU 1A/7A, 47301
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Best Indian

  1. 77A-79A Leboh Ampang, 50100
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  1. 14 Jalan Telawi 4, 59100
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  1. 43 Jalan Telawi 3, 59100
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  1. Ground floor, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P Ramlee, 50540
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Best Fine Dining

  1. Troika Sky Dining, 23A Tower B, The Troika, Jalan Binjai, 50450
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  1. MiCasa All Suite Hotel, 368-B Jalan Tun Razak, 50400
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  1. Lafite, Shangri-La Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail
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  1. Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas
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PRIME

  • Critics choice
  1. Level 5, Le Meridien, 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral
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  1. 22A Jalan 17/54, 46400
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Best cheap eats

  1. 39 Jalan 20/14, Taman Paramount, 46300
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  1. Jalan Kamunting, Off Jalan Dang Wangi, 50100
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  1. Jalan 51A/223, 46100
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  1. Jalan 21/11B, 46300
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  1. 11 Jalan Tun HS Lee, 50100
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  1. Jalan 17/41A, 46400
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Best healthy eats

  1. 11 Jalan Telawi 3, 59100
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  1. Mid Valley Megamall, Ground Floor, West Entrance Boulevard, 59200
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  1. Dataran Kota Damansara, 3-1 Jalan PJU 5/9, 47810
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  1. First Floor, Bangsar Village II, 2 Jalan Telawi 1, 59100
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  1. 26 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2
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Simple Life

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall
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  1. Concourse Level, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, 50450
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Best Italian

  1. Level 5, Le Meridien, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470
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  1. 16 Persiaran Ampang, 55000
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  1. 9 Lorong Yap Kwan Seng
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  1. The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Saujana Resort, Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS, 40150
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  1. Strato @ Troika Sky Dining, Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC
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  1. A-09, St Mary's Place, 1 Jalan Tengah, 50450
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Best European

  1. 31, Jalan Berangan, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200
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  1. Fraser’s Place, Jalan Perak, 50450
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  1. 132 Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, 43200
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  1. The Intermark, 348 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400
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  1. 22A Jalan 17/54, 46400
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  1. 24G Jalan Telawi 2, 59100
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Best Japanese

  1. Central Piazza, Oasis Square Ara Damansara, 2 Jalan PJU 1A/7A, 47301
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  1. 9 Jalan Delima, 55100
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  1. Holiday Inn Glenmarie, 1 Jalan Usahawan U1/8, 40250
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  1. Level 6, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100
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  1. Ground Floor, Hartamas Shopping Centre @ Plaza Damas, 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas1, 50480
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  1. A-0-1 Ground floor, St Mary Residences, 1 Jalan Tengah, 50450
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  1. 18 Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, 60000
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Best Korean

  1. Lot T-013B, Third Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, MidValley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra
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  1. 27-29 Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480
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  1. Second floor, Intermark Mall, The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak
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  1. J-01-09, SohoKL, 2 Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480
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  1. 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480
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Best Place for Seafood

  1. Central Piazza, Oasis Square Ara Damansara, 2 Jalan PJU 1A/7A, 47301
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  1. 31 Jalan PJU 1A/5A Taman Perindustrian Jaya, Ara Damansara, 47301
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  1. 2 Jalan SS24/13, Taman Megah, 47301
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  1. 40 Jalan BM 1/2, Taman Bukit Mayang Emas, 47301
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Best Middle Eastern

  1. Level 6, Pavilion, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 50450
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  1. Central Piazza, Oasis Square Ara Damansara, 2 Jalan PJU 1A/7A, 47301
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  1. Lot 314 Jalan Ampang, 50450
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  1. 18, Jalan Solaris 5, Off Jalan Duta Kiara
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Tarbush

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 138, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100
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Best Thai

  1. 22-1 Jalan U 5/16, Dataran Sunway, 47810
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  1. Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, 46400
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  1. 5 Jalan U-Thant, 55100
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  1. 17 Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, 60000
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  1. 19 Jalan Sultan Ismail
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  1. 37 Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, 46300
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Best Pub Grub

  1. 24, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000
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  1. 34 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail
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  1. Scott Garden, 1-46, 289 Jalan Klang Lama
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  1. Level 1, 50A Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, 60000
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  1. 18 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, 60000
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Best Place for Coffee

  1. 4 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, 60000
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  1. 8 Jalan Telawi 2, 59100
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  1. Level G3, Publika, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480
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  1. 10 Jalan SS 21/39, Damansara Utama, 47400
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  1. 26 Jalan SS2/103
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  1. Level 1, Publika, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480
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  1. D7, Junction of Jalan Sentul and Jalan Enam, 55100
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Best Café

  1. Ground Floor, The Troika, Jalan Binjai, 50450
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  1. 20 Jalan Telawi 2, 59100
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  1. 10 Jalan SS 21/39, Damansara Utama, 47400
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  1. 51, Jalan PJS 11/9, 46150
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  1. 47 Jalan 17/45, 46400
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  1. Level 1, Publika, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480
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  1. Concourse Level, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, 50450
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Best Place for Meat

  1. A2-G1-09, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1
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El Cerdo

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 43 & 45 Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200
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  1. 163 Jalan Binjai, Persiaran KLCC, 50450
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  1. Level 5, Le Meridien, 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral
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  1. 30 Jalan Telawi 5, 59100
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