SONGKET RESTAURANT, No 29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KL. (Tel: 03-2161 3331). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm (Mon-Fri), 5pm-11pm (Sat, Sun & public holidays). This restaurant brings Malay fine dining to a different level. Come and savour true Malay flavours with sumptuous servings of traditional dishes such as rusuk panggang, sup ekor, pucuk paku goreng and durian tiramisu. As you dine, be entertained by cultural dance performance on weeknights from 8.30pm to 9.15pm.
FORTUNA PALACE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 17-20 Jalan 1/2, Taman Kajang Prima, Kajang. (Tel: 03-8739 3388). Business hours: 11am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, daily. Non-halal. This Chinese restaurant features monthly special menus, modern food presentation and a cellar filled with hand-picked New World wines. Executive chef Oh Ah Poh is respected for his culinary mastery gained through 40 years of experience. Among his dishes are Farm Duck Salad, Padi Field Crab, Mirror Pairing Scallop Plate and Australian Wild Abalone and Fish Maw.
HEUN KEE CLAYPOT CHICKEN RICE, No 59, Ground Floor, Jalan Yew, Pudu, KL. (Tel: 03-9200 1603, 012-208 9123) Business hours: 11am-9pm, daily. Closed on the first and third Thursday of the month. Non-halal. Nearby the Pudu Wet Market lies this eatery that has made a name for itself over the past 25 years. The owner uses a two-way heating system by cooking the rice in a claypot and placing more hot coals on the lid to help lock in moisture and the chicken’s flavours. A secret marinade sauce is also used for the chicken pieces.
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SURISIT THAI KOPITIAM, 17, Ground Floor, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-7731 2029). Business hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm (Wed-Mon). Closed for lunch on Tuesdays. Non-halal. Described as Malaysia’s one-of-a-kind Thai kopitiam, the restaurant serves up home-style cooking from its kitchen. During lunch and dinner, staff are kept on their toes attending to a steady flow of hungry diners who seek affordably priced Thai food. Among the dishes served here are Tom Yam Ka Moo, Pucuk Paku Yam Pla, Tauhoo Yat Sai and Stir Fried Glass Noodles with Chicken.
BANGKOK HOUSE, 6-3-0, Sinaran TTDI, Jalan Mohamad Fuad 3, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-7733 4333 – Sinaran TTDI, 03-6211 9872 – 1 Mont Kiara, 03-7954 9872 – 3 Two Square). Business hours: 11am-10.30pm, daily. Halal. The family-run restaurant has managed to capture the essence of Thai cuisine, which is known for its extreme flavours – from tongue-scorching spiciness to simple yet decadently sweet desserts. Menu highlights include Miengkham, Seafood Tom Yam Soup, Panaeng Kung, Pla Neng Manao with either garoupa or siakap and Thab Thim Krob.
AROMA RESTAURANT, 19, Jalan Travers, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2272 1749, 017-401 4140). Business hours: 11.30am-10pm, daily. Pork-free. Offers both north and south Indian food. Signature dishes are its Maharajah Sheek Kebabs, Fish Briyani, Goa Fish and Mango Curry, Black Pepper Crab, Lamb Patiala, Palak Paneer and Tandoori Prawns.
MALGUDI CLASSIC INDIAN CUISINE. 17, Lorong Universiti C, Section 16, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-7931 2556). Business hours: Noon-3.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, daily. Pork-free. Dedicated to the imaginative and creative cuisine of south and north Indian cuisine, with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available.
U RESTAURANT, 69, Jalan Bangkung, off Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, KL (Tel: 03-2093 1268). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sundays. Pork-free. The restaurant uses the omakase kaiseki concept, whereby chefs decide on how to cook and present the ingredients.
DA ON FINE KOREAN CUISINE, Lot 6.40.00, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, KL (Tel: 03-2141 2100). Business hours: 11am-10pm, daily. Pork-free. The restaurant serves up authentic Korean favourites in a contemporary setting with emphasis on air-flown specialities. Its menu offers a bit of everything – barbecued items, comfort food like soups and rice, a la carte items such as pancakes, rice cakes, tempura and beancurd, as well as desserts.
SKILLET AT 163, Lot 163, Fraser Place, No 10, Jalan Perak, Kuala Lumpur, (Tel: 03-2181 2426). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm, daily. Pork-free. The chefs combine artistry and experience to create the restaurant’s unique contemporary cuisine, showcasing European dishes with Asian flavours. The lunch and dinner menus are regularly tweaked based on the best seasonal produce. Highlights include the restaurant’s Texture of Chocolate and Lemongrass, Cempedak and Coconut desserts.
TANZINI UPPERDECK, Level 28, GTower, 199, Jalan Tun Razak, KL (Tel: 03-2168 1899). Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sundays. Pork-free. This award-winning restaurant is known for its fine food, featuring fresh ingredients, creatively presented with a touch of flair. For a more private setting, head to Tanzini Upper Deck for a unique fine dining experience right “under-the-stars” with distinctive star-light fixtures and spectacular view of the city’s night cityscape.
PLOY, G-2 Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, KL. (Tel: 03-2095 0999). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight (Mon-Fri), 6pm-midnight (Sat & public holidays). Closed on Sundays. Pork-free. The restaurant breaks away from the conventional norm of dishing out Japanese and Thai cuisines to presenting contemporary and elegant ideas on a plate. Some of the dishes to look out for include Spicy Miso Soup, Crispy Fish Basket, Emperor Burger and Spaghetti Spicy Corn Beef.
HORNBILL RESTAURANT & CAFE, KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Taman Tasik Perdana, KL. (Tel: 03-2693 8086). Business hours: 9am-8pm, daily. Halal. Dine amid hornbills at this unique restaurant offering the Hornbill Restaurant Special Nasi Lemak, Madras-Style Fish Curry, Chicken Varuval, Vegetable Curry, Penang Char Kuey Teow, Spaghetti Napolitaine and Tenderloin Steak.
UNCLE JIM’S CAFE, Council of Churches Malaysia, 26, Jalan Universiti, PJ. (Tel: 012-3700 463). Business hours: 9.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sundays. Pork-free. Serves fusion food and local specialities. Recommendations include Penang char koay teow, laksa Johor, mee jawa and Kuala Lumpur hokkien mee.
SOUTH SEA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 229, Jalan Dua A, Kampung Baru Subang, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7846 1401/ 03-7846 5813). Business hours: 11.30am-10.30pm, daily. Pork-free. The restaurant has been serving quality seafood since 1980s, with exotic items such as geoduck, Australian lobster, Estuary tiger garoupa, Sri Lankan crab, Japanese escargot, fresh abalone, mantis prawn and Empurau fish.
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