Malaysia has many fantastic restaurants serving delicious Nasi Lemak, Satay, Chinese, Indian, Nyonya, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Western, Fusion, and of course Mamak Stalls that serve really good Maggi Mee Goreng.
To my Muslim readers, this post contains non-halal food and therefore you might want to take a miss.
if you are not into gambling, drugs, china dolls or toy boys, watches, cars, shopping on fashion (clothes, handbags, shoes and etc), PC/Online games and other stuff that give you temporary happiness, then most probably you find happiness in food!
And best of all, we get to share good food with our loved ones and all of us get to enjoy temporary happy moments together. The magic word here is share. It’s no fun eating alone. The best is we have a party of six to ten people so that we can order more dishes; as such, we get to enjoy a variety of taste.
So today, I am going to show you places that you can use your children’s future inheritance to gain happy moments together with your loved ones. Below you will find restaurants recommended by yours truly where you must try their food.
Of course there are thousands of restaurants/cafes throughout Klang Valley not mentioned here which serve really good food… and that’s because maybe I have yet to try them, haha. And if you need the location and contact number of the restaurants/cafes mentioned, just google it.
Below are some of my favorite restaurants:
ALEXIS – Bangsar Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Shopping Centre, The Gardens and Jalan Ampang
Alexis serves various local and western food which are not too bad but nothing great. What you must really try at Alexis is their Tiramisu and Palova.
Usually when I am in Mid Valley or The Gardens, I would have my lunch or dinner somewhere else (Amarin Heavenly Thai, Canton-i, DOME, Fong Lye, Ippudo, Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Mee, Pasta Zanmai and Sushi Zanmai) and then drop by Alexis for their cakes and coffee and best of all, I can smoke there, hehe. Yes, Alexis in the only place in The Gardens where we can smoke in the comfort of air-condition while we chit chat.
IPPUDO – Bangsar Shopping Centre, The Gardens and Pavilion
Ippudo is an International Japanese Ramen Restaurant chain where they have 130 outlets worldwide including New York, London, Singapore, Jakarta, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. The very first time I tried Ippudo was in Singapore.
I tell you, after I tasted Ippudo’s Akamaru Ramen (Tonkotsu broth with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil), no other Ramen restaurant can satisfy my taste buds. To me, Ippudo’s Akamaru is the best ramen in the world. And I am so lucky that there is an Ippudo outlet at The Gardens.
Here’s a story – I have a friend who flies to Japan just to eat Ramen. So I took him and his wife to Ippudo at The Gardens Mall and ordered the Akamaru Ramen for them to try. Guess what? The wife said it’s even better than the Ramen they had in Japan, hahaha.
Anyway, I do patronize Ippudo at The Gardens very frequently, so much so, I managed to get a free T-shirt from them.
ERAWAN – Dataran Sunway Kota Damansara
This is a multiple award winning restaurant and the best Thai restaurant in Malaysia as far as I am concerned. The food they serve is nothing like the Thai restaurants at the malls (e.g. Amarin and Absolute Thai). Everything they serve is really delicious and you must try their papaya salad (photo below). Reservation is required.
NOBLE MANSION – Plaza 33 Section 13 Petaling Jaya
Noble Mansion is currently one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Malaysia. The ambience is nice, service is fantastic and the food is freaking good. The dishes you must try at this restaurant are their Salmon on Orange, Macau Style Suckling Pig, Spanish Ribs and Hokkien Mee (ask and they will give you a separate bowl of pork lard!).
GRAND IMPERIAL – Sunway Pinnacle
This is another of my current favorite Chinese restaurants in Malaysia where the service is fantastic and the food is really good. The VIP rooms are “nicer” than the ones at Noble Mansion as they are bigger and even come with sofas! I have patronized this restaurant more than a dozen times and each time I am satisfied with the food recommended by the Manager. If you want really good superior shark fins, it is best you order them a couple of days in advance with the Manager. And one of their specialty is their Fish Soup, but it is not to everyone’s liking and my advise is that you order the “better” fish which would result in the soup tasting less “fishy”.
I also highly recommend their Dim Sum which is served daily for lunch.
RESTAURANT SRI NYONYA – Section 22 Petaling Jaya
This is one of the best authentic Nyonya restaurants which I have tried. Everything that is served in this restaurant is freaking good including their coffee and cendol. You must try their lamb shank (best you order before going there). Reservation is highly recommended. Sorry no pics, too busy enjoying the food, hahaha.
VILLAGE ROAST DUCK – The Gardens
If you love London Chinatown Roast Duck, then you must try Village Roast Duck at The Gardens. Order the BONELESS Chinese Roast Duck and you will thank me. But of course it cannot beat the real London Chinatown Roast Duck. And if you have never tried London Crispy Aromatic Duck, they have it there too but I don’t really enjoy it.
Another dish you must order is their Roast Pork Belly, the skin is crispy and the meat part melts in your mouth. The BBQ Pork, Char Siew, is pretty good but not fantastic.
That’s all for now. And since now I have a dedicated post on recommended restauratns in Malaysia, I will make it a point to add more restaurants that I think are worth trying out.
For recommended restaurants and cafe in Melbourne, London, Paris and Macau, please refer to my FOOD PAGE under Spending Money Category in the Menu.