5 Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in KL

5 Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in KL

Enough flavors to satisfy any palate, here are 5 restaurants to get you started!

Southeast Asia is home to an incredibly rich food history. From French colonial-inspired bánh mì to Singapore's iconic chicken rice to creamy Thai tom yam kung soup, this is one cuisine that embraces enough flavors to satisfy any palate. Full of bright, bold flavours, some of the finest Southeast Asian cuisines can be found in these restaurants.

Tamarind Springs

Tamarind Springs is a treat for the senses. Only 15-minutes drive from downtown Kuala Lumpur, disembark upon nature's gateway into a visual and sensory feast. Its pavilions that take full advantage of its location on the edge of a lush forest appeal to those who love being close to nature, with an unrivalled view that is stunningly romantic; while its titillating traditional Indochinese cuisine of sweet, salty, sour and spicy have won many industry accolades and topped several gastronome scoreboards. Make sure you taste Khmer Krom stir-fried crab and stir-fried beef if you visit Tamarind Springs.

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 RoyaleVietnam

This Vietnamese-owned restaurant celebrates both the warm, welcoming culture and the colourful, palate-brightening cuisine of the country. Decked with many-hued silk lamps and done up in dark wood, the Royale Vietnam sets the mood and that's even before you meet the charming Vietnamese wait staff in traditional Vietnamese dress. In the kitchen, the chefs are also all from Vietnam, bringing a touch of authenticity to the menu. On the menu, you'll find royal dishes from the Hue Kingdom, once the capital of Vietnam, as well as the usual Vietnamese favourites on offer – from fragrant, steaming bowls of the ubiquitous beef pho, silky noodles in soup with sliced beef, to broken rice served with grilled lemongrass chicken chop.

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 NeoTamarind

Best described as ‘the new Zen', dining within this stylish luxe-lounge style restaurant feels sexy, satiating and quite a state of mind. NEO's kitchen is a special place from where eclectic Chef Sombat Kokasemkul weaves his magic, conjuring an innovative menu of what can only be described as 'global cuisine'; drawing inspiration from Asian flavours and using European techniques to transform the best ingredients into something delightful and fantastic. The most sought-after dishes include Angus beef seared tataki style with lemongrass, bird’s eye chilli and passion fruit juice, and their salmon sashimi served in a cilantro and Thai chilli vinaigrette.

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Mandi-Mandi

Mandi-Mandi is placed within the same jungle enclave where Tamarind Springs currently sit. To conceptualize a pool lounge restaurant within the same grounds, is to utilize synergies; a presentation of the sum of one great culinary experience that is unmatched. This poolside restaurant offers worthwhile Malay and Thai food in a jungle setting that's only a 15-minute drive from the city centre. How does BBQ tomyam-infused chicken sound to you? Exotic much? Make your trip to Mandi-Mandi today to enjoy both tranquility and quality food!

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 TamarindHill

Tamarind Hill is one of the earliest restaurants to serve Thai-Burmese cuisines. Trademark for its rustic-luxe dining experience since 1999, Tamarind Hill's new environment on a private hilltop makes the restaurant an escape within the city. Against the backdrop of skyscrapers, Tamarind Hill's organic and tranquil ambiance exudes the illusion of being 'out-of-town'. As the name suggests, 'walk up an appetite' and relinquish to a culinary affair you'll never forget. Recommended dishes include tuna in hot and spicy mango sauce,  stir-fried wagyu beef with hot Thai basil pesto and sauteed scallop in turmeric sauce.

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5 Best Restaurants in KL for Malaysian Cuisines

5 Best Restaurants in KL for Malaysian Cuisines

Jom, makan!

 

 

Malaysians are so proud of their food that they will defend the pride to death (kidding!). Malaysians are the kind of people who go on foodie road trips, driving up and down the country in search of that chicken rice plate in Ipoh or that cendol store in Penang. We are so proud of our awesome food that nobody else’s cuisine will ever be able to measure up. In this blog we are going to reveal 5 BEST restaurants in KL that offer truly unique Malaysia taste. Check ‘em out!

 

 

Bijan Bar & Restaurant

 

Located a mere stone throw’s away from KLCC and Bukit Bintang, Bijan Bar & Restaurant is the ultimate destination for the city’s top high-end restaurants for Malay cuisine, with a warm, romantic ambience to set the mood for an unforgettable dining experience. While the typical Malay dishes such as rendang and ulam raja are well known here, the desserts – most notably the Gula Melaka Cake, Pandan Pudding and Bandung flavoured home-made ice cream and Durian Cheesecake – steal the limelight.

 

 

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Songket Restaurant

 

Songket Restaurant serves authentic fine Malay cuisine inspired by age old family recipes infused with a modern twist. It prides itself in its ability to retain the authenticity of Malay cuisine yet constantly finding ways to creatively blend this authenticity with the contemporary palate. The restaurant is housed in a bungalow that is converted to resemble a “kampong” house and has alludes a calming, relaxing ambience – an experience hard to find in the city. This complemented with a truly entertaining multi-cultural dance performance, makes one’s dining experience even more complete.

 

 

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Enak KL

 

With an elegant fine-dining twist, Enak KL offers Malay dishes in relative comfort. It is almost like a trip down memory lane to the good old days when you visit your great grandmother for a family dinner get-together. In addition to the nostalgic atmosphere, each of the familiar all-time local classics such as Satay, Gado-Gado and Rendang Padang are prepared using age-old recipes that have been passed down for generations to stay true to delivering their renowned traditional Malay Fine Cuisine that warms your heart! Plus, no sweet tooth could resist their tropical desserts such as pisang caramel!

 

 

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Mandi-Mandi

 

Housed in a rustic and inviting village-style shack about 15 minutes outside the city centre, Mandi-Mandi is surrounded by lush greenery and fetching water features. A popular choice for intimate wedding dinners thanks to its romantic ambience, patrons frequent this picturesque eatery for its satisfying Malay-Thai cuisine and private perfect-for-two pondoks. Mandi-Mandi is definitely a presentation of one great culinary experience that is unmatched.

 

 

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Madam Kwan's

 

Experience truly Malaysian cuisine at Madam Kwan’s. As a young enthusiastic foodie, Kwan Swee Lian was inspired by the rich cultural mix of cuisine in Malaya. Today, Madam Kwan combines elements of these diverse cultures to share her uniquely created Malaysian Cuisine for all food lovers to enjoy. From the signature Nasi Lemak to “wok” style Hokkien mee, there’s something for everyone to savour those special dishes that is uniquely Malaysian. She has made the menu not only unique to her but uniquely Malaysian to satisfy your palate.

 

 

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