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Old China Cafe

Chinese 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This humble cafe, located in a semi-decrepit shophouse on the edge of Chinatown, has surprisingly good food. — Frommer's

Eating here is a little like dining in a museum as the walls are lined with photos and memorabilia of the local Chinese laundryman’s association. — Insight Guides

Highlights include the fish head curry, devil curry chicken and an outstanding (we don’t use this word lightly) beef rendang. — Time Out

Housed in an old guild hall of a laundry association, this restaurant captures some of the charm of old KL with its high walls covered with bric-a-brac, and round marbletop tables. — Lonely Planet

Must-trys include classic dishes such as pie tee, fried shredded vegetables served in crispy pastry cups; itek tim, duck soup; babi pong teh, soy pork cooked with preserved soybeans. — Rough Guide

Lot 10 Hutong

88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The food vendors here have been handpicked from the streets of KL and Penang to serve the most authentic hawker fare in the comfort of air-con. — Time Out

Lot 10 Hutong was the first mall to encourage top hawkers to open branches in a basement food court. — Lonely Planet

This air-conditioned mall food court serves delicious hawker fare, so you can tuck into beef noodles, grilled chicken skewers or Hainanese chicken rice without breaking a sweat. — Afar Magazine

Typically, a mall food court would not make it to a must-try dining list; however, Lot 10 Hutong has something special going for it. — Fodor's

Despite very few local faces and elevated prices, the food isn’t bad, from Hainan chicken and bbq duck to beef noodle soups, dim sum dumplings and desserts like ABC or cendol. — Rough Guide

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Sao Nam fine Vietnamese cuisine

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While many Vietnamese food outlets claim authenticity, few have achieved the success of Sao Nam, now with two outlets – KL and suburban Plaza Damas. — Insight Guides

This reliable place is decorated with colourful Communist propaganda posters and has a courtyard for dining outside. — Lonely Planet

Unpretentious but stylish and consistently excellent Vietnamese restaurant, with top-notch service and food. — Rough Guide

Authentically Vietnamese, dishes here are delicately prepared and finely crafted. — Time Out

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Bijan

83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of KL’s best Malaysian restaurants, Bijan offers skilfully cooked traditional dishes in a sophisticated dining room. — Lonely Planet

Using the name of the Malay word for sesame, Bijan is a top pick for many KLites when choosing where to take out-of-towners to sample authentic local cuisine. — Fodor's

There’s a reason why KL needs places like Bijan – it’s a chic restaurant that caters to the more upmarket crowd and tourists. — Time Out

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twenty-one kitchen+bar

Asian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This trendy restaurant specializes in clever fusion cuisine – almond- crusted rack of lamb, for example – with more straightforward risottos, salads and plenty of cakes for dessert. — Rough Guide

Consistently excellent, twentyone’s kitchen, to my mind, produces some of the best food in the whole of the Bukit Bintang area, which is some compliment. — Time Out

Lots of interesting choices on the menu here, several of which you can sample together on tasting plates. — Lonely Planet

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Annalakshmi

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The fancy main restaurant inside the Temple of Fine Arts has set prices for its tasty vegetarian cuisine with a daily lunch buffet. — Lonely Planet

Community-run South Indian vegetarian restaurant with a stupendous eat-all-you-want buffet, featuring terrific home cooking. — Rough Guide

The delicious variety of this smorgasbord makes it one of the best vegetarian outlets in KL. — Time Out

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Top Hat

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This new place is warm and cosy, much like a humble home of a modern Nyonya. — Time Out

Top Hat is set in a spacious bungalow surrounded by peaceful gardens and serves both traditional British and local dishes. — Lonely Planet

Top Hat has a unique atmosphere. The menu is fabulous. — Frommer's

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Yut Kee

82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Try the chicken chop, roti babi (French toast stuffed with pork), toast with homemade kaya (coconut-cream jam), or Hokkien mee. — Lonely Planet

We can safely report that Yut Kee’s food has not gone anywhere – the signature chicken chop is slapped out with loads of brown sauce and fried potatoes while prices remain the same. — Time Out

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KGB Bangsar

Burgers 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

January 2014 Since myBurgerLab revolutionised the local gourmet burger scene with their curious-at-the-time charcoal bun burgers almost two years ago, new burger joints seemed to have... — Time Out

This weekly market, though mostly for fresh produce, is also a fine hawker food-grazing zone. — Lonely Planet

Owned by Malaysian celebrity chef, Chef Riz, Flavours Restaurant offers both Western and Asian delicacies. Great food, and good ambience coupled with some fine tunes by in-house... — Afar Magazine

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Nathalie's Gourmet Studio

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Swoon over self-taught chef Nathalie's colourful collection of melting macarons and then discover how she can really cook with dishes such as crab millefeuille, snail vol-au-vent and slow-cooked hake. — Lonely Planet

Jellies give starters an added dimension, her foams add airy yet paradoxically voluminous lightness to main course dishes, and her irresistible Parmesan cones and wafers lend weight to ephemeral soups — Time Out

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Chynna

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Chynna is pure dinner theater: From the Madam Wong-style red lanterns to the Old China antique replica furnishings, you'll think you're in a highly stylized Shanghai of yesteryear. — Frommer's

The dim sum is excellent and Cantonese delicacies such as wok-fried black pepper beef tenderloin and butter prawns are highly recommended. — Time Out

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Acme Bar & Coffee at The Troika

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Breathtakingly stunning interiors (picture a converted loft in a fin de siecle building in the heart of New York) are complemented by a mood that is irreverent but stylish, playful but chic. — Time Out

The menu changes seasonally so there's always something new to try, from tasty nibbles such as battered salted egg yolk–battered chicken strips to bigger dishes like chargrilled cod steak. — Lonely Planet

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Feast Village, Starhill Gallery

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

May 2010 Greedy people like me aren’t terribly fussy when it comes to food. The essence of eating just doesn't permit it, not when you are the kind of person who, when you think no one... — Time Out

As you stroll along stone and timber pathways, you'll pass cafes that serve seafood, steaks, Malay, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Indian, and more. Within each cafe, the menu is unique and so is the decor. — Frommer's

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The Ganga Cafe

Indian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This bright little cafe on Lg Kurau is a great spot for a wholesome vegetarian Ayurvedic chapatis, wholewheat naans, parathas, dosas, curries, lassis and special masala tea. — Lonely Planet

Proof positive that simplicity should triumph over complicated style, Ganga Café, in the tiny enclave of eateries on Jalan Kurau, is indubitably one of KL’s better-kept secrets. Those in... — Time Out

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Chawan

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Popular open-sided coffee house in chic concrete and steel, which doesn’t detract from the cheerfully noisy ambience. — Rough Guide

A chic contemporary take on a kopitiam (coffee shop), offering megastrength coffees from all of the country’s states. — Lonely Planet

The food is not unlike your household Malaysian meal; the nasi kunyit served with thick curry chicken is delicious. — Time Out

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Overseas Restaurant

Chinese 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The main branch of this unpretentious banquet restaurant has been pleasing locals for more than 30 years. — Lonely Planet

Much-loved, if rather “old-style” Cantonese restaurant, well known for excellent roast meats such as char siew, plus dim sum at lunchtime and great seafood. — Rough Guide

The unprepossessing façade of the original Restoran Oversea on Jalan Imbi belies its top notch authentic Cantonese fare. — Time Out

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Nerovivo

80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This long-standing Italian joint is still in top form. Enjoy a range of solid appetisers, pastas, risottos and of course pizzas at this chic, partly open-air restaurant. — Lonely Planet

The restaurant prides itself on being a humble trattoria at heart, and they have the requisite woodfired oven that produces excellent pizzas. — Time Out

Among the best Italian places in KL, with upmarket, chic modern decor and an extensive menu including plenty of excellent meat and seafood options. — Rough Guide

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Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery Canteen

80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A sea of plastic chairs and communal tables, packed to bursting at lunchtime with office workers making the most of the inexpensive self-serve selection of Chinese vegetarian dishes. — Rough Guide

The temple is very serious about their food philosophy: No white sugar, preservatives or MSG. — Time Out

Join office workers for a tasty vegetarian lunch in this airy canteen behind the monastery. — Lonely Planet

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Sri Nirwana Maju Restaurant

80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bright, heavingly popular banana-leaf curry house with canteen decor – proving that not every Bangsar establishment is upmarket. — Rough Guide

There are far flashier Indian restaurants in Bangsar, but who cares about the decor when you can tuck into food this good and cheap? — Lonely Planet

Sir Nirwana Maju’s livelier Bangsar outlet stands out as Jalan Telawi’s go-to banana leaf rice haunt. — Time Out

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Alexis

79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Alexis is an uber-cool kind of place. Wood-fire oven, a contemporary menu of Asian and Western food and an extensive wine list. — Time Out

Consistently good food is delivered at this Bangsar stalwart where Asian favourites mix it up with European fare. — Lonely Planet

The de facto clubhouse of Kuala Lumpur’s movers and shakers – you’ll see newspaper editors, academics, film-makers and politicos chewing the fat and putting Malaysia to rights here. — Rough Guide

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