Local Traditional Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

Malay cuisine reflects the rich historical heritage of the Malays - Malaysia's dominant ethnic group. Their cuisine has been influenced by neighboring countries such as the Thai and Indonesian cultures as well as the country's other ethnic groups such as the Chinese and Indians. It's this diversity that has given the Malay cuisine its exotic appeal.
There are countless Malay restaurants in the city; each bringing to the table a repertoire of dishes that combine the multiple ethnic influences, resulting in unique and delicious tastes and flavors. The Malay cuisine is noted for its use of fresh aromatic herbs and roots such as lemongrass, ginger, garlic, shallots, kaffir limes and fresh chilies. Dried chilies, santan (coconut milk), tamarind and spices like fennel, cumin and coriander further intensify and enrich its flavors.
Some of the signature dishes you'll want to order and sample include nasi lemak - rice cooked in coconut milk served with sambal ikan bilis or fried anchovies in spicy sauce, and garnished with cucumber slices, egg and roasted peanut; satay - chargrilled chunks of chicken or beef on sticks served with a cucumber and onion salad and to be eaten dunked in sweet, spicy peanut sauce; beef - a dry, spiced dish of tender chunks of beef in coconut; and rendangsambal udang - prawns cooked in spicy sauce.
Bijan tops our list as the most favorite place to go to for authentic, traditional Malay dishes - the restaurant's consistency, well-executed dishes and top notch service keep diners coming back for more. Ibunda makes it to the second spot for they've cleverly interpreted traditional flavors into modern dishes by incorporating ingredients such as foie gras. Chef Ismail welcomes us to his restaurant Rebung at third place - extending his warmth, hospitality and kampong (village) styled dishes. Makan Kitchen ends the list as the newest entry serving Malay food in the city.

Bijan Bar & Restaurant

3, Jalan Ceylon

Malay classics, contemporary setting & friendly service... read more

Ibunda Malay Fine Dining

251 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

Malay fine dining at its best... read more

Restoran Rebung

4-2 Lorong Maarof

Classic home style cooking by KL's celebrity Chef...
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Enak Kl

LG2, Feast Floor,Starhill Gallery 181. Jalan

Enak KL serves up true Malay cuisine... read more

Songket

Jalan Yap Kwan Seng

Sample Malay Culture & Cuisine Under One Roof...
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The Veranda

Persiaran Mahameru

Sample a modern interpretation of Malay Cuisine...
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expert pick

Madam Kwan's

65 Jalan Telawi 3
Bangsar Baru

Hawker style food in chic surroundings... read more

expert pick

Bon Ton Restaurant

Lot 10 Shopping Centre
R1 & R2 Lower Ground Floor

Local and Western classics served up in a kampong like setting... read more

expert pick

Coliseum Cafe

user rating

98 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Coliseum Cafe & Hotel

One of KL's Oldest Cafes; A True Heritage... read more

Makan Kitchen

Jalan Tun Razak

Only the best Malay dishes... read more
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