With the opening of 2016 Rio Olympic Games in this week, let’s dive into the bold flavours of South American cuisine. Check out the 5 Best South American Restaurants in KL!
Frequently rated as top Mexican (or South American) restaurant in KL, Fresca offers Tex-Mex staples such as tortilla chips with guacamole, fish tacos,fajitas and burritos. Here at Fresca, Mexico’s rich cultural heritage and vibrancy are captured by the striking coloured talavera tiles as well as hand-crafted ceramics and paintings displayed around the restaurant. Highly recommend Fresca’s Tacos Ensenada (battered fish and coleslaw) and Pollo a la Parilla (coffee marinated grill chicken).
With two Mexican chefs in the house, it’s a true blessing for patrons who crave for authentic Mexican flavours in KL. At La Mexicana, the tortillas, sauces and cheeses utilised on every dish are made by hand. Apart from the usual tacos and guacamole, patrons could go adventurous with La Mexicana’s grilled cactus and beetroot soup – definitely a mind-blowing experience!
During dinner hours, Pisco Bar introduces a great range of unique Peruvian and Spanish Tapas. But it is definitely after dinner when, encouraged by the raw and industrial sexy look of the interior, Pisco Bar acquires its unique character that caters to the unique mix of residents in this area with live music performances. Oh, also, we are so in love with their Pisco Sour!
In the dining room, Pampas offers a daily tasting menu with a journey of seasonal ingredient, pure, clean and intense flavours. Pampas Reserve is proud to have a menu designed around the best steak that South America has to offer.
The Shepherdoo brings a wide range of culinary experiences in the form of dishes such as caramalised cebolias and pan de ajo to pizza and fajita or hamburger hybrids. The restaurant’s interior of lemon-painted walls coupled with wood and brick elements owes its rustic appeal to it’s two owners drawing from their experience in the hospitality and interior designing industry.
Sunny and mild chimate.. this is what people generally perceived Mediterranean. Characterised by the use of olive oil and wine, Mediterranean cuisine is a relatively recent cuisine. Check out these top Mediterranean restaurants in KL and start to get familiar with the cuisine!
Located at the busy restaurant strip area of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, O’ Galito Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar presents signature dishes from the likes of Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece. On the menu includes Portuguese Chicken Piri-Piri, Italian Linguini with freshly-sourced seafood, tender Braised Beef Cheeks, and Tiramisu. Headed by half Spanish, half Italian Chef Domenico Piras, the restaurant vows to delight patrons with true Mediterranean dishes, with the use of quality imported ingredients and pair with some of the finest brands of spirits in the market.
Decorated with heavy Moorish influence of Southern Spain, the inspiration behind La Cucina comes from the warm hospitality of small countryside homes along the beautiful Mediterranean coast, where guests are invited into the kitchen, the “heart” of the house, to become part of the family meal. Hence it is no wonder the highlight of La Cucina is the flamboyant cooking suite at the centre of the restaurant where the chef will enthral the guests with his craft, providing a source of enigmatic entertainment for the guests.
Conveniently located at the quieter part of Bangsar, Cava is the place for authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. Featuring an amazing variety of Mediterranean favourites that include tapas, paella, and steaks, Cava is the place to come by for lovers of exotic foods made with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, beans, corn, chocolate and vanilla. Spices that came to the Mediterranean from the New World in particular are specials here. Make sure you get yourself a glass of their famous Sangria during your next visit.
Eclectic and arty, the bare-brick-wall Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft is inspired by the spirit of the Renaissance that Leonardo Da Vinci epitomised. The central concept behind Leonardo's goes beyond simply good food. On the menu is a wide selection of global dishes including Spanish Iberico Black Pig Shoulder Loin Steak that gives a melt-in-mouth texture while Ranjit's Pasta is widely recommended by patrons too!
Quietly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of main road, Mezze Bar & Bistro presents fusion dishes with a combination of French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, and North African Mediterranean influences. On Friday and Saturday nights, the cozy venue will make space for a low-key jazz night from 9.30pm onwards. Jazz veterans Michael Veerapen, Rachel Guerzo and Dasha Logan have graced the stage here. Make sure you try their duck liver pate before good music comes alive.
Quietly tucked away in Ara Damansara, Sion Dining and Bar is the prefect place for those who are looking for a quiet dining. The restaurant was headed by the Japanese chef Masamichi Shiomi. Originally born in Kyoto and raised in Osaka, Masamichi has spent some time to work in Papua New Guinea, where he was the chef to the Japanese ambassador, as well as Australia and Indonesia. Masamichi’s last culinary venture was Akane in Desa Sri Hartamas.
At Sion Dining and Bar, Masamichi leads the KL dining scene with his yoshoku cuisine, a Japanese-infused European cooking style. The chef delights his diners by redefining Western cuisine with Japanese touches.
Masamichi is a certified Sommelier. Sommeliers are rare to find in Malaysia. Being a Sommelier is all about dining. Sommeliers must be able to recommend wine pairings with different entrees with ease. They would be able to tell where a wine is from and its basic characteristics by only blind tasting it. As a certified Sommelier, Masamichi will give you perfect answers to any wine-related questions.
You wouldn't find printed wine list at Sion Dining and Bar. Masamichi fills the shelves with his latest finds – sounds like finding a hidden gem – always a delightful surprise when you walk into the wine cellar.
Sion Dining is dimly lit, with gigantic paintings of Marilyn Monroe hung on the walls and soft jazz music playing at the background. Seductively elegant settings indeed. It was a weekday night, Sion Dining is filled with tables of Japanese diners looking for authentic Japanese cuisines and a relax environment to hang out after work.
The setting at Sion Dining is seductively elegant and the cooking is undeniably engaging. Sion Dining's menu is in both English and katakana (to cater the needs of Japanese patrons they serve). Flip through the menu and you will find interesting quotes like this "Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life".
We started with Iberico Pork Salami – finely chopped pork shoulder and belly – and things went interesting from here on. Iberico is prized on its unique taste created in part by the aroma of sweet acorns that the pigs feed on.The traditional methods of production of this most spectacular of hams, along with the rigorous standards of the Denomination of Origin imposed on those who choose to farm the Iberico pigs are so strict that the resulting ham deserves its place alongside caviar, truffles and champagne in the upper echelons of cuisine.
Both Tako Ajillo and Garlic Shrimp are on the specials menu. The Tako Ajillo fills your mouth with carefully prepared octopus, black olives, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic in olive oil. The Garlic Shrimp is a good try with a robust taste of of garlic, olive oil and lemon juice.
The Iberico Pork Hamburger is vastly welcome by the patrons. The 280g juicy pork patty comes with a tangy-sweet salsa sauce and tomatoes. We love the combination of the flavours. While for the Gorgon Penne with freshly crack black pepper, it is simple yet satisfying.
The Gyutan Stew is a must-try if you visit Sion Dining. The ox tongue is simmered for 3 nights at low tempeartures. Chef Masamichi has taken large effort in preparing the red wine sauce as well; he made the sauce from scratch. Needless to say, the dish comes out great – the genereous cuts of ox tongue are so tender after the simmering that they melt in the mouth with a burst of robust red wine flaour. Heavenly taste. For a person that does not particularly flavour of "exotic parts", it's rare for me to recommend such dish and I am actually tempting to revisit Sion DIning just for this dish.
Saké, shochu, Japanese-inspired cocktails, whisky and more, get the best drinking experience from the land of the rising sun at these Japanese bars in KL.
Drop by TREC for an after-work drink at IKKI which specialises in crafted cocktail and artisanal whiskey. With haute-rustic decor, classic grandeur and rich colours, IKKI is the largest speakeasy bar that has over 200 types of liquor on their menu with a bigger collection on whisky, focusing on the Japanese kind. Their drinks are executed with flair to produce extraordinary combinations of flavours and fragrances. Saké cocktails are superb here.
This is what happens when a Japanese chef who loves Spanish and Swiss cuisine opens a restaurant and bar. Experience the spirit of Sion Dining & Bar and enjoy the great ambiance and service offered. Since the opening of the restobar, it has been gaining strong support from Japanese patrons. Chef Masamichi Shiomi personally hand-picked wines for Sion Dining. Highly recommended to those who are looking for an intimate place for a drink and gathering.
Nobu Club Lounge tailors one of the most scenic view, offering a stunning view of KL’s skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Nobu Club Lounge stands out among the rest with their use of local ingredients and flavours. Some of the cocktails were made especially for KL such as the Mangosteen Calpico Martini (with pandan syrup). You can also have a sip of fruit saké infusions and cocktails but if you are up for the true Japanese way, the saké selection is not to be missed!
Vino Vino Bistro is quietly tucked away at one of the alleys nearby Eastin Hotel PJ. Not many have noticed but it is a true hidden gem. Vino Vino Bistro carries around 1000 different brands of liquor, wine, shōchū and sake. Backed by Lim Chui the bottle shop, it is also the sole distributor in Malaysia for a number of exclusive Japanese shochus. If you pay a visit, you definitely have to try their Asian Flitini or Toyko Cosmo. Very intimate dining and drinking atmosphere here.
If you are passing by Sunway Pyramid, you should stop and have a drink at Hana Dining + Sake Bar. They have pretty good range of Japanese Sake and Whisky. Other brands and beer on tap can be hunted in this area too. Recently Hana Dining + Sake Bar rolled out their first food pairing with sake event, one of the first to do so in KL. You will completely love their cozy feeling in this modern infuse Japanese concept.
Succulent sushi, light-as-air tempura, super-fresh sashimi, handmade soba… it's hard to describe Japanese food without using elegant terms.If you want to immerse yourself in the Japanese food culture, check out this selection of 5 best Japanese restaurants in KL! An opportunity to know more about Japan for the Bon Odori festival!
World-famous contemporary Japanese cuisine in a legendary restaurant that has been delighting diners since the opening of its first restaurant in New York in 1994 – it could be no other than Nobu. The reason that has allowed the restaurant to gain notoriety is the way the dishes are done and thought. The concept is to bring a creative modern touch to the traditional Japanese dishes while keeping the authentic flavours. Nobu’s menu includes plenty of sushi, sashimi and tempura options, hot and cold appetisers like Tuna Sashimi Salad with Matsuhisa Dressing, and Local Jidori Chicken Toban Yaki. For a refreshing dessert try Nobu’s interpretation of a classic Japanese dish – Green Tea Shaved Ice, made with organic soy milk ice, green tea syrup, red bean paste, green tea mochi and green tea tuile.
Ishin Japanese Dining is the place to discover the genuine Japanese fares and Kaiseki style cuisines that are cooked to order. Ishin uses fresh and the finest ingredients imported directly from the famous Tsukiji Market located in the city center of Tokyo. Ishin's interior design and lighting will set the mood right to get you started on an exquisite Japanese culinary journey. Ishin’s oval sushi counter will give you first-hand experience to witness the chef’ meal preparations and it also encourages face-to-face interaction with the chefs. So fasten your seat belts and get ready to be taken to the city center of Japan!
Find elegance on a plate as Hanare dishes up contemporary and traditional Japanese fares with a bomb. Food is meticulously prepared by their Japanese chef, who has transformed the best and freshest seafood air flown from Japan into delectable dishes. We recommend you to taste the signature dishes such as the divine fresh blue fin tuna (Hon Maguro), the rare cut of Tai that is made with fresh red snapper, and the fresh abalone-based Nama Awabi. It’s time to pamper yourself with serves great Japanese food at Hanare!
If you can’t get enough of Japanese food, pay a visit to Kaihomaru at Federal Hotel. You will discover authentic Japanese food in a quiet, elegant and chic atmosphere. Specialising in seafood, the menu offers a wide variety of sushi and sashimi options. The food is so well designed that it melts in the mouth and leaves a lasting flavour and impression. It’s maybe the reason why the restaurant is claimed to be No.1 Sashimi and Sushi in Malaysia. We suggest you dwell on the brilliant tuna varieties directly imported from a Japanese fish market. You should definitely give it a try!
Located at the 5-starred Palace of the Golden Horses, offering only the freshest and most premium of ingredients, Kin No Uma Japanese Restaurant seeks perfection in every roll of sushi. Famed for its Sashimi and Bento boxes, you will be impressed by the ingredients and taste of those delicious sets. The dining area offers two possibilities – you can either choose the Japanese floor-sitting for a more traditional and authentic atmosphere or the modern chair dining concept for a more contemporary ambiance. Kin No Uma Japanese Restaurant is undeniably a favourite spot for Japanese food lovers!
Sou Omakase Dining is a classy luxury Japanese fine dining restaurant specialises exclusively in the art of omakase – a style of dining where the chef will serve you based on what he feels best. There’s no a la carte menu, so patrons will leave it to Yokohama-born executive chef Fukuchi and his team to present a gastronomical journey of Japanese cuisine.
This new Japanese addition is located near to the entrance of The Gardens Hotel, facing Bangsar area. I arrived at the restaurant via the mall so it was a little tricky and confusing to navigate at first. The best way to access to Sou Omakase Dining is via The Gardens Hotel side.
Lunch starts from RM98++ for a 5-course meal while dinner pricing could be up to RM320++ for a 10-course meal.
“Bara-Chirashi” lunch course (RM98) – inclusive of salad, chawan-mushi, mix appetiser, Bara-Chirashi sushi with miso soup, and dessert with Japanese tea
“Ten-Zaru” lunch course (RM98) – inclusive of salad, chawan-mushi, mix appetiser, tempura, soba or udon or inaniwa-udon, and dessert with Japanese tea
“Bento” lunch course (RM118) – inclusive of salad, starter, chawan-mushi, Sou Omakase bento box, rice course, and dessert with Japanese tea
Sou lunch course (RM148) – inclusive of starter, soup, sashimi, mix grilled and deep fried appetiser, main course, rice course with miso soup, and dessert with Japanese tea
Sou dinner course (RM220) – inclusive of starter, soup, Japanese appetiser, fish course, mouth wash, main course (beef or lamb), rice course with miso soup, and home made dessert with Japanese tea
Special dinner course (RM320) – inclusive 2 kinds of starter, special fresh oyster, special soup, special fish course, mouth wash, main course (beef or lamb or fish), grilled rice ball with scallops ankake sauce, and home made dessert with Japanese tea
For the purpose of our review, we went for the Sou dinner course and special dinner course.
As with any omakase, the menu will change according to what’s fresh and in season. The dinner started with beautiful appetisers. Take a look at the ingredients used and the generous scoop of caviar, they mean business.
The sashimi served was satisfying. Every dish presents an undeniably unique dining experience – fine specimen with subtle flavours, delicate texture, fully enhanced with umami-riched soy sauce and freshly grinded wasabi. The salmon stole the limelight above all sashimi that night. A word of warning, more sashimi photos coming soon because it was almost a crime not to post these up.
Then it was finally the time for some hot dishes. Main course came in the form of sliced wagyu beef or lamb cutlets, or if you opt for Special dinner course, you could have another choice – tuna collar. I am usually a fan of beef but the beef was a slight let down. To be fair, I should have lift my lid earlier so my beef would’t be overcooked.
And we proceed to the next course: rice course with miso soup. The rice course was must preferred if compared to the miso soup. The miso soup was decent but it could be better.
The dessert platter is inclusive of jelly, pistachio ice cream, orange sorbet and yoghurt-filled raindrop cake.
The desserts were beautifully presented of course, but other dishes stood out better. Nevertheless, it was still an adequate ending for a dinner course. Service is warm and friendly with a slightly fast-paced serving. Overall it’s a worth considering omakase dining venue.
Sure, France is the romantic, fine-dining capital of the world but KL has its fair share of good Parisian-style bistros and French fine dining restaurants. Check out the 5 best French fine dining restaurants in KL!
Set in a three-storey mansion along Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, Maison Francaise is a French fine-dining restaurant with a romantic, vintage feel. Here you will get to experience the very best of French haute cuisine through a repertoire of inventive French classics and an extensive wine list of over 150 premium wines from France. The restaurant and its environment, exudes a cozy yet luxurious atmosphere. Moreover, the colors, the artistic accents and the architecture of the house will make you fall in love with this place and feel transported to Paris.
Rendez-Vous is a traditional French restaurant and bar located in the heart of Bangsar, only a few steps from Telawi streets. The concept is not only to make authentic French cuisine affordable but to offer a laid-back ambience in which to truly relax and enjoy great food and drinks with family and friends. From the starter to the desserts there are a wide range of authentic and typical French dishes: cordon bleu, salmon terrine, éclairs… and so many others! Definitely one of the best places to truly discover high quality French food and ambience. In a word: Magic.
Enfin by James Won is probably one of the most lavish places for French fine dining experience. Once you step into the restaurant you will be subjugate by the modern and luxurious environment – natural wood, warm tones, bespoke Luzerne tableware and hand-cut mirrors. But that’s not all! Here, the most famous and rarest dishes like caviar are served. Other noteworthy dishes include a brioche toast with scallops, cream cheese and strawberries; a triple caviar combo on a bed of black garlic purée and almond tofu… All those delicious savor accompanied by a wide range of high quality wine. The delight never ends!
2OX is a Bistro and Bar, bringing French chic with classic bistro favourites and exciting wines at reasonable prices. Feel transported to a Parisian cafe, where the atmosphere is relaxed and informal and the service is warm and friendly. Here, you can savor delicious typical dishes like pork rillettes, coq-a-vin…etc. The ingredients are carefully selected with the majority imported fresh from Europe, including a selection charcuterie and artisanal cheeses. You will also be impressed by the comfortable interior and design. A few white marbled tables with wooden chair dominate the spacious room. Not to forget those huge mural painting depicting a typical wine and dine scene in France.
Located in Publika, Zender's Restaurant and Bar is a place where fine dine meets a classic bar. Tantalize your taste buds with French fusion cuisine and ignite your sense with a wide range of cocktails and drinks. Foie gras, duck confit, greek salad, creme brulee … it is just the beginning of a tongue tasting process of French’s best reputed dishes. The restaurant also features an alfresco balcony where you can sit and enjoy a distant view of KL's best-known towers. TABLEAPP Exclusive at Zender’s Restaurant & Bar: 15% off on total bills.
Bo-jio? Jio your friends but have no idea where to eat? Check out the best restaurants for group dining in KL!
If you want to go dine-out in groups this place is probably the best one. La Risata Ampang is a restaurant that serves good variety of authentic Italian dishes ranging from traditional wood-fired oven thin and crispy pizzas to pastas, meat and seafood dishes that exude the essence of Italian dining. It has a nice and friendly ambiance, as it is suited to almost any occasion, falling somewhere between “fine” and “family”. For more private event, there is a private dining room with a full wine cellar, a friendly neighborhood bar, and plenty of space for lounging.
If you haven’t been to Bali before but you always wanted to try out the Naughty Nuri’s Balinese pork ribs that many talk about… throw confetti, you can now enjoy the ribs here in KL! Terrace, garden and indoor seating for eating those delicious wicked pork ribs, get a "shake, shake, shake" dance when you order a killer martini! Patrons will see funky and fun decor with naughty piggies everywhere at each Naughty Nuri’s outlet. Be it the Desa Sri Hartamas, Subang The Courtyard or Life Centre outlet, it’s a great place to enjoy a group meal at the communal tables with friendly and warm ambiance. TABLEAPP Exclusive at Naughty Nuri’s: Enjoy RM5 Off for every online booking. Offer valid till 15th July 2016.
El Cerdo can be credited as one of the restaurants that kicked off the Pork Renaissance in KL. The highly popular El Cerdo in Changkat Bukit Bintang is the result of perfected pork cooking that took 11 years in the making. Come with a group of friends or family to share the big portions of pork dishes that you will feast on gleefully at El Cerdo. The spacious setting and long tables at El Cerdo allow a great bonding with over a pork-centric menu. Two standouts on the menu are the oven roasted Iberico spare ribs and pork knuckle. While the rib meat is scant, its buttery flavour is delicious. The knuckle, meanwhile, comes encased in crispy moreish pork skin. Words of warning – reservation is highly recommended as El Cerdo is always full house.
Easily one of the top favourite spots for families as well as groups or corporates, Brolly is a fun, quirky restaurant that brims with colour, character and charm – showcasing nine kitchens in one venue. This modern eclectic restaurant provides a range of delicacies from local to international cuisines, offering great seafood choices which come in both a la carte and also group sharing portion. The large tables at Brolly are specially catered for gathering and groups dining. Check out their ridiculously fancy bucket of goodness – Big Bang Theory, ideal for a group of 8-12 seafood lovers. Do not miss the vintage car mounted upside down on the ceiling above a pool table, a foosball table and a wall of vinyl records when you are here! TABLEAPP Exclusive at Brolly: RM1 Crab Promotion. Limited time offer.
Signature serves as an ideal and classy joint for social gatherings with its spacious space and a unique menu which patrons who love the finer things in life can indulge in a gastronomic dining experience. It is a contemporary dining room section for the avant-garde who wish to be tantalized by a plethora of Asian and international fusion cuisine. With the view of KL skyline, this is the perfect place to spend quality time with your closed ones, be it an intimate dining experience or group dining.
Do you know that barbecue ribs is one of the top 50 American food? In conjunction of the Independence Day of the United States on July 4th, check out these 5 places for pork ribs and prepare to sink your teeth into those sticky, and delightful ribs of perfection!
Home of infamous wicked ribs and brutal martinis, Balinese Naughty Nuri’s is here to impress everyone. The restaurant is well known for The Almighty Nuri’s 1955 Signature BBQ Spare Ribs. This signature char-grilled ribs is marinated with Balinese spice, marvelously tender coated in a flavourful, sticky-savoury-sweet BBQ sauce, and coupled with a spicy chili dressing. The infamous ribs is cut into easy-to-share pieces – definitely a friendly dish to be shared among friends! Naughty Nuri’s currently has 3 outlets in KL – Desa Sri Hartamas, Subang The Courtyard, and Life Centre. Each has funky and fun decor with naughty piggies everywhere. Have fun and get their famous "shake, shake, shake" dance with any martini order!
Nestled in Changkat Bukit Bintang, El Cerdo’s Oven Roasted Iberico Spare Ribs is every pork lover’s dream. This highly popular restaurant attracts crowds that are willing to travel to the extremely busy area, just to have a taste of their perfect porky dishes that have been standing strong for the past 11 years. If you like ribs, you won’t go wrong with the Oven Roasted Iberico Spare Ribs. Slowly cooked to a juicy perfection, the rub of spices caramelized into a light golden-brown crust that is irresistible. El Cerdo is always packed with crowds, advance table reservation is highly recommended to avoid any disappointment.
ANTE – Kuala Lumpur’s Premier Pork Steak Restaurant is renown for its signature porcine dining experience. It serves an array of porkilicious dishes, from pork ribs to pork burgers and pork steak. Winner of The “Best Place for Meat” category for the Time Out KL Food Awards and shortlisted for two years running, the main attraction at ANTE is the signature Chargrilled BBQ Ribs – the tender slab, the glossy sheen and the enticing BBQ sauce make a lavish and delightful dish. Come discover this dish while enjoying the lovely environment of the restaurant, comfortably seating.
Come to Drift Dining & Bar and discover their very famous Slow Braised Baby Pork Ribs. This imported baby back pork ribs from Spain is a signature dish and you will certainly ask for more! After marinated in herbs for 24 hours then slow braised, the tender meat is a delight with unbelievable smoky spicy tastes. Inspired by Japanese influence, the ribs is coated with Yakiniku sauce which also caramelized the meat – not just sticky but richly thick too. For the last touch, red radish apple garnish with coriander hints tops off this generous plate. The flavours of the seasoning too struck the balance to not overwhelm the natural hints of the pork.
Vintry Jaya 33 in Section 13, Petaling Jaya is the quintessential wine bar with its commendable range of wines cellaring in the spacious outlet, as well as its two state-of-the-art Enomatic Wine-Serving Systems. Comfort food at its best – Vintry Jaya 33 offers delectable BBQ Pork Ribs. Served with mashed potatoes and coleslaw, their fresh and tender pork ribs are an all-time favourite. Vintry Jaya 33 has also made its mark as a sanctuary for happy hour seekers with its fine range of whisky flights, beer on tap and of course, wines by the glass. The restaurant has a very friendly atmosphere and great ambiance, perfect if you are coming with a large group of friends!