Kuala Lumpur has a collection of terrific eateries (some are little too basic in amenities to be called a restaurant) which serve excellent food. There are many in Downtown Kuala Lumpur while there are quite a few in difficult to find locations in the suburbs. The focus here is on the best of the best in Downtown Kuala Lumpur.


Overseas Restaurant at 84-88 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. Tel 03 2144 9911

Their soups are fantastic but you have to order in advance. They are famous for their honey roast pork (char siew), their suckling pig sandwich, and absolutely brilliant 'har lok' which is large river prawns cooked with a thick soya sauce. Once eaten always remembered. Other great dishes are the asam style pomfret fish, the belly of pork (far lum) stewed with salt fish in clay pot.Outstanding also is their Stewed Beef Brisket which MUST be ordered a day earlier at least

Overseas is very reasonably priced but they can do an excellent job with more expensive soups, abalone, sharksfins etc which are all advance orders. Service is chaotic and it is always packed.  If you want a Chinese meal to remember, take the trouble to go in a day earlier and talk to one of the Captains and leave him a tip. You will never forget the meal.

Noble House on 19 Jalan Delima, Kuala Lumpur (Tel 03 2145 8822)

A five minute taxi ride from the Golden Triangle behind the Indonesian Embassy. Outside the 5 star hotels, Noble House has the best private rooms in Kuala Lumpur and is probably the premier Chinese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. It is a little more expensive than Overseas above but makes up for it with better ambience and service. Great dishes here include the Baked Spanish Pork Ribs, Steamed Patin fish with Black beans,Stewed Estuary Grouper(Lung Ton) in a Claypot, Thai style Sharksfin, Baked mantis Prawns(seasonal). Also delicious is the Prawns cooked on top of Glutinous Rice. Chef Justin and his team have gone from strength to strength since their opening. Service here is generally good but business is booming so do make a reservation or give Chris Chan a call on +6012 3476886.


Hakka Republic Bistro on 2nd Floor , Menara Hap Seng, 1-3 jalan P. Ramlee , Kuala Lumpur. Tel 03 2078 9908

A refreshing Chinese themed Bar with an elegant, understyled and very underrated restaurant overlooking the beautiful rooftop garden of the building. The Bar located across the street from the ShangriLa has a great wine list with 16 different styles of wines sold by the glass. It has great music to bring in many of KL's beautiful, but price conscious people in the early evenings, continuing later with dinner in the reasonably priced bistro. The menu incudes some delicious soups and probably, the best Burger in Kuala Lumpur. Other favourites on the menu include Steamed Wagyu Beef, Duck Confit, Braised beef Cheek, and a Cod in Miso and, during lunch some delicious local favourites. Their Beef Wellington and U.S. Prime and Angus Steaks are among the best in KL and comes served with an outstanding Yorkshire pudding. Hakka Republic has some wonderful desserts which includes a very, very good fruit cake. During the working week they do a 3 course Western lunch from RM28++ or some Malaysian favourites at RM15++. Sadly, the Sunday buffet is no more as it now closed on Sundays. Menu is Pork free. There is live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Fridays feature different artistes and the music style is R&B and 'cool' while Saturdays is more laid back with an emphasis on Shanghai Jazz and modern Chinese music. Outstanding local talent are booked to play here.

Lafite, ShangriLa Kuala Lumpur 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur   Tel +603 2032 2388

The doyen of Western food in Kuala Lumpur. It also has turned out to be the staging ground for some of the best chefs in the ShangriLa group. The highly acclaimed (worth all the acclaim) but sometimes moody Frederic Chabbert of the Island ShangriLa was here for a short time and he was followed by the energetic Kevin Cherkas whose molecular cuisine skills were honed at a stint with El Bulli and is now at BLU in the Singapore ShangriLa. Kevin's dishes drew renewed but not long lasting attention to Lafite and the present chief kahuna Damon Campbell is taking over where Kevin left off with his own 'lab' cooking.

Specialities include Caviar doughnut, Lobster parmesan and the Foie Gras Vol 2. Damon's dishes are provocative and many including his Beef dishes are downright delicious and in Kuala Lumpur it is the Lafite. Service here is very good. Lafite is expensive and used to be a must try,but now it may be a case of try once at least or try if you have someone to impress as the star quality is missing.


Sage The Gardens Residences Level 6,The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Tel: +603 2268 1328

Since coming under Chef Daniel, Sage has gone from strength to strength with its sublime flavours and the best quality produce in Kuala Lumpur. It is now preferred by the dicscerning over its more established(and significantly more expensive) 'parent' restaurant, Cilantros. Daniel has surpassed 'sifu' Takashi Kimura and seems to have found the right balance in the use of Japanese flavours in Western food and some of his dishes are divine. The abalone pasta and the herb crusted beef are outstanding. Prices are reasonable for this qulaity of food and seem much more palatable than Cilantros. Service is understated but good. It along with Hakka Republic would be highly recommended in Kuala Lumpur.


Tykoh Inagiku, 2nd Floor Podium Block Menara Keck Seng No. 203 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 55100, Malaysia. TEL 03 2148 2133

Their connections in Tsukiji market, Tokyo enable them to have high quality seafood and the best sashimi in Kuala Lumpur. Prices are lower than the restaurants in hotels and there are many great dishes. The Omakase menu which is a collection of chef's specials of the day is always excellent. Sudoh san who took over the kitchen a couple of years ago has brought a much more delicate flavour to their already renowned kitchen. Their beef is among the best in town and service is always good. Testimony to their authenticity is the horde of well dressed Japanese businessmen (who are BOTH price and quality concious) that flock there every evening. Tykoh Inagiku has finally been renovated and is looking really sharp now. Some good sake available but wine list is poor so BYO.

Sadly, Kuala Lumpur said farewell to what has been the best Japanese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur for over twenty years. 

Kamimura 2nd Floor, Menara Weld, 76, Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur TEL 03-21668928

Just a short walk from the ShangriLa and the KL Tower is this gem of a bistro located in the podium of the shopping complex. Kamimura specializes in Japanese cutlets. They do an excellent Tonkatsu and another favorite is the mixed Katsu which is a combination of beef and pork. They have a an array of specials which vary daily. They have a reasonable  selection of Sake  and prices for food and drink is reasonable. The restaurant is small so call or come in a little later after 830pm.


Sky Bar Traders Hotel, KLCC

This is an incredible Bar with unbelievable views over Kuala Lumpur. It was better before they installed the roof but then if it rained which it does in Kuala Lumpur, the bar was unuseable. Come to this bar at around 630pm and watch the sun set over one of the nicest cities in Asia. Expect to pay hotel prices and bar food is only OK. Crowd is all sorts ranging from businessmen, tourists and local early twenties crowd that seem to nurse one drink all night long. On weekends there is a queue to get in after 9pm.

Hakka Republic Wine Bar level 2 Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P Ramlee. Tel 03 2078 8908

It has a Chinese revolution-type theme has great music and a great drinks list including one of KL's best wine and single malt whisky lists. Their Enomatic machine allows 16 wines and 3 champagnes by the glass. Bar snacks have now improved and are almost as good as the food in their restaurant.Their Beef with Guiness pies are tasty and so are their Stuffed Olives. Prices are very reasonable.  Clientele is mainly a professional crowd and while it can get busy it is a large bar and there seems to be always space. Great  live music on Tuesdays, Friday and Saturdays. Saturdays featuremodern Chinese music including Jazz.

ShangriLa Lobby Lounge, ShangriLa Hotel, 11 JLn Sultan Ismail. Tel 03 2032 2388

Great place for people-watching in a beautiful setting. Still remains KL's best lobby inspite of the unwarranted renovation which ruined a great classic. Great drinks list and service from very attractive and attentive staff. Music which was raucous with a couple of underdressed Filipinas singing covers and was for a while toned down to an appropriate level is now raucous and almost unbearable. Is it too much to ask of the Shang to have a quiet corner with a Pianist? Expect to pay top dollar like other hotels. 



Mood Swings - Classic Retro Bar. Sub Lot B8 Fahrenheit 88 Plaza, 179 Jalan Bukit Bintang Tel. 0123469501

Love this place, It's my local in KL!

If you like good old fashioned music the way it's suppose to sound; Rock, Reggae, Disco, you name it - then this is the place for you. They have good drink prices, relaxed atmosphere, you can wear what you want and the staff are very friendly. A little hard to find down the side street but well worth a look in. Never found a bar like this one in KL, everything is Retro, from the music, the antique gramophone and the Saturday Night Fever silhouette on the wall. Nothing too frilly or fancy about Mood Swings, makes you feel at home straight away. They don't have a website but I found their Face Book Grouphttp://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid... - Maphttp://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi...