As we mentioned a few months ago, we are always sharing our favorite restaurants from every city we know with the hundreds of customers we meet in Cuca every week in search of the tastiest food around the world. People seem to trust chefs’ favorites when choosing food and since everyone asks our humble opinion, we decided some time ago to start a proper “Our Picks” section where we give you our recommendations on where and what to eat.
We have covered Bali, Madrid, Singapore and Vancouver already and today’s blog entry is about Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur has some of the best street food on the planet, period. The food is so good that we go at least once a year just to eat. No one is very friendly or cares about your feelings, but they do care about the dishes they put in your mouth and that is fine by me. So, go hungry and get ready to eat some of the best food you have ever tasted.
We go back to KL every year for this iconic institution. Open forever and packing in the tourist crowd this place serves brilliant Chinese style street food that is seafood-heavy. The menu is all with pictures and dishes are as shown. Dishes are available in 3 sizes, order everything small and try more. A must in KL!
What to order: BBQ chicken wings
This place serves the best dim sum we have ever had, seriously! Go for lunch and get ready to be impressed. Stick to the dim sum menu as everything else gets very pricey and unusual.
What to order: Xiao long bao
This place has been around forever serving classic hearty dishes. The menu is a mix of Chinese and western comfort food and the taste is like eating at Grandma’s house. Portions are big so go easy. Go for lunch.
What to order: Crispy roast pork
This place serves traditional wood-fired classic Italian pizza and it is very good. Great ingredients, perfect cooking and astonishing quality for Pizza in Asia. A simple menu does the trick with great German draft beer on tap.
What to order: Mortadella e pomodoracio pizza.
This place serves perfect classic Spanish comfort food in Tapas form. Wine selection is solid and drinks come quick so you won’t get thirsty. A busy bustling restaurant so do book ahead.
What to order: Coca (a classic Catalan style pizza)
This place is famous for its fish head noodle soup. It does sound a little daunting but believe you me, it is not. The soup is a light fragrant broth full of clean flavors and a deep delicious roasted smoky taste. Think Chinese style fish Ramen. We think this place is a must eat!
What to order: Get help from a neighboring table by asking what is best. The menu can be a bit challenging. Rest assured it works out very well.
This place serves well-crafted cheeky Japanese influenced upmarket tasting menus. The chef Jeff Ramsey gained a Michelin star in Tokyo with his previous restaurant and the view of KL from the dining room of Babe is the best in town.
What to order: Tasting menu
A Bizarre location within an apartment complex leaves you both confused and uncertain but we can assure you this is some of the absolute best traditional Japanese food you will find anywhere. Husband and wife run restaurant with experience in Japan and fish flown directly from Japanese markets are masterfully prepared. Absolute Culinary Jem.
What to order: Sashimi, hand roll sushi
Located on a road side you would not look twice if you happened to wander by. Truth be told the overly relaxed staff and uncertainty in delicious may keep you from the decision to order but……do not be deterred an amazing lamb shawarma awaits. Go with the flow and eat it hot as you wander through town this is a beauty packed with yoghurt, spice, herbs and charred meat goodness.
What to order: Lamb kebab
With many branches we love the JW Marriot location with its traditional Turkish dining room and cozy sofa seating. Perfectly prepared classic Turkish dishes made to order and packed with flavor and character.
What to order: Batersh, Mixed Grill, Lamb Bil Ajin