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In this bustling city of Kuala Lumpur with an enormous diversity of cuisine, we had no choice but to categorize all food so that we would not miss listing the good food of the different cuisine! Here, we are going to talk about our top 8 local restaurants that are of authentic Malaysian taste with distinctive atmosphere setting. It ranges from the affordable roadside local food to the fancy setting of a fine dining restaurant, so buck up and note them down! We are sure you will enjoy them as we do!

1.      Restoran Wong Ah Wah

Address: 1-9 Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hour: 5.30pm to 4.00am daily
Website: www.facebook.com/WongAhWahRoastchickenwings
Contact No: +6 (03) 21442463, +6 (03) 21483413
Specialty: Roasted Chicken Wings, Salted Eggs Fried Sotong, Roasted Pork Noodle
Price rangeRM10-30/pax

Jalan Alor is known as the famous food street in Bukit Bintang, which comes alive only at night. With this stretch of restaurants and stalls, Restoran Wong Ah Wah(W.A.W) is situated at the end of the street. Started off as a small stall selling BBQ chicken wings for the post-clubbing crowd, Wong Ah Wah has grown and established to the size of a 5-unit restaurant! So if you are finding for a place for dinner or feeling hungry after midnight, this is definitely a good pick. Try their signature roasted chicken wings for RM3.20/piece with a mininum order of 2 pieces, salted eggs fried sotong for RM16 (small), and roasted pork noodle for RM13 (small)! These are the must trys and are our favorites!

2.   Passage Thru’ India, Kuala Lumpur

Address: 4, Jalan Delima (off Jalan Bukit Bintang), 55100, KL
Opening hour: 11.30am to 2.45pm and 6.30pm to 10.45pm daily

Website: www.passagethruindia.com 

Contact No+6 (03) 2145 0366
SpecialtyAtmosphere! Authentic Indian Food!
Price range: approx RM20-40/pax

‘Passage Thru’ India is all about Indian food, art and culture. It is a passage to good food. Namaste.’ This place would definitely overwhelm any first timer in a good way with the vibrance and authenticity of India! The owner is an avid traveller, and with the decoration and atmosphere of the restaurant itself, it is so mesmerizing and you would even think that you are already at India, without even having to taste their authentic Indian cuisine! What more when they have their live traditional music playing during the weekends! Tandoori, Briyani, Naan, and Masala- Northern Indian food or Southern Indian food, you name it, they have it there!  

3.      Songket Restaurant

AddressNo. 29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450 KL
Opening hour: 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm on weekdays
                        5pm to 11om on weekends and public holiday
Contact No+6 (03) 21613331
Specialty: Authentic Malay food and traditional/cultural dances!
Price range: RM20-50/pax

Songket Restaurant is an authentic Malay cuisine restaurant strategically located near the iconic Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Set in at traditional bungalow decorated with framed songket fabrics(just as its name!), this malay restaurant liven up the traditional feel with traditional live performances of many different ethnic cultural dances available on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 8.30pm. Their menu claims to offer traditional Malay flavors with a modern twist and their definite must-try would be Rendang Daging at RM28++! Here, you can choose your appetizer, main course, dessert and drinks fully in Malay style!


4.      Madam Chiam Curry Noodle House

Address22, Jalan Cerdik, Taman Connaught, 56000 KL
Opening hour: 7.30am to 4.30pm Tuesday-Sunday (closed on Monday)
Website: www.facebook.com/madamchiamcurrynoodlehouse
Contact No+6 (016) 210 7559
Specialty: Chilli Pan Mee, Curry Laksa, Homemade Dumplings
Price range: RM10-15/pax

Craving for a good bowl of pan mee? Madam Chiam Curry House serves their signature chilli pan mee(RM5.80- RM8 depending on size) and curry laksa noodles(RM6.50- RM8) with their silky tender homemade noodles! The famous pan mee is served with their fragrant dried chilli, a calamansi lime, and an optional of a soft-boiled egg. The combination and texture of this noodle has been made so refreshing and consistently yummy; that it has become a common eat-in or takeway place for the locals around the area. You will also be served with a bowl of spinach soup which gives a perfect balance to the noodles. Curry noodles and dumplings are also a must-try here with their own authentic taste of goodness and great fillings!

5.      Nasi Lemak Saleha @ Kampung Pandan

Address: 11, Jalan Pandan Kemajuan A, Kg Pandan Dalam, 55100, KL
Opening hour: 6am to 1am
Website:  www.facebook.com/pg/NasiLemakSaleha
Contact No: +6 (03) 41444880
Specialty: Nasi Lemak!
Price range: RM5-20/pax
What makes a good nasi lemak would be the sambal accompanying it! Nasi Lemak Saleha offers a wide selection of side dishes (meat, vegetables, traditional cakes) for its famous nasi lemak. Apparently, their sambal is veryyy good and spicy! Being one of the best authentic Malay nasi lemak restaurants, their specialty is their authenticity in taste for the traditional fried chicken and the herb-ish and tender ayam rendang. Also, if you are dining in, always go for the wrapped up nasi lemak as the flavor will be much enhanced by the banana leaf, and it costs only RM1.20/small pack. Don’t forget your teh Tarik for a complete Malaysian cuisine!

6.      Shelley Yu’s, Bangsar

Address: 49, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 KL
Opening hour: 12.00pm to 3.30pm, 5pm to 2am (daily)
Website: http://shelleyyus.com
Contact No: +6 (03) 22014139
Specialty: Atmosphere! Nyonya food and Nyonya-inspired cocktails
Price range: approx RM50/pax (with alcohol)
With a modern twist in the Nyonya/Peranakan flavor, Shelley Yu’s offers plenty of things on the menu, including their distinctive Nyonya-inspiried cocktails! Ranging from RM28-RM48, the cocktails are made with the combination of West Winds yet furnished by Peranakan flavor of turmeric brine, asam boi, cinnamon, jackfruit, or salted pineapple! Apart from the drinkings, Shelley Yu’s daytime food are the classic Malaccan Nyonya cuisine where you do not need to travel all the way to Melaka for it! Lunch deals are available for about RM20 too, where you get an appetizer (pai tee), main course, and a drink. With its vibrant and eclectic atmosphere, Shelley Yu’s also maintain its energy during the weekends with an in-house DJ to make you dance! Nyonya food with cocktails? This would be it.

7.      Bawah Pokok Indian Rice, Jalan Kampung Attap

Address: (behind Chinese Assembly Hall)
Opening hour: 7am to 6pm
Website: -
Contact No: -
Specialty: Homecooked Indian Food
Price range: RM7-15/pax (so worth it for a generous amount of food!)
Bawah Pokok? SSSC Food Stall? Sivam Corner? Suresh Corner? Surviving with no real identity for more than 20 years underneath a tree at Jalan Kapung Attap, Bawah Pokok Indian Rice has managed to start from a humble stall and now operating regularly with returning customers for their tasty food! Homecooked by a mother, K. Alagamma; the family runs the business by assuring the freshness of the food and ingredients to be at top-notch quality! People queue up as early as 7am for their fluffy puri, mutton peratal, tosai, noodles, nasi lemak, and more! During lunch time, there are more than 20 dishes to savor in, with selections of vegetable and meat dishes! Some of the best dishes at there are mutton dalcha and mutton rendang.

8.      大树头连记蒸鱼头 Big Tree Lin Kee Steamed Fish Head       

Address: Main Branch- (Behind) 91, Jalan Waras 3, Taman Connaught, Cheras, KL
               Branch- 18-20, Jalan15A/142, Taman Orkid Desa, Cheras, KL
Opening hour: Main Branch- 10.30am to 3.30pm (closed on Mon)
                        Branch- 11am to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 11.30pm (closed on Wed)
Website: www.facebook.com/Bigtreelinkee
Contact No: Main Branch +6 (017) 6161823
                    Branch +6 (016) 6656331
Specialty: Steamed Fish Head, Crispy Chicken    
Price range: RM15-30/pax
Located below a few big trees in Taman Connaught, the main branch of Big Tree Lin Kee has definitely explained how it got its unique name! Branching out to another nearby area just about 5 minutes away, the restaurant still maintain its food quality with affordable price. Big Tree Lin Kee only uses their own self made sauce for their legendary steamed fish. However, they also do have other options of sauces- Hong Kong-style soy sauce, sweet and savoury taucheo sauce, minced ginger, and tomyum sauce. And guess what? Most of their ingredients and vegetables are planted by themselves, next to their main branch restaurant! That is their secret of having fresh food for all the customers. Try their other signature dishes: Homemade Tofu with Pork, Pig’s Trotter in Vinegar, Manila Clams (lala) in Master Stock, Special Deep Fried Seafood Tofu, and Herbal Chicken Coconut Soup(available only during weekends!).

Written by: Alice Ang Ying Ying
This article is brought to you by RentMarket
3rd October 2017