Where to Find Our Favorite International Food in Kuala Lumpur
Updated: Jan 25
Malaysian food is great. No questions about that. Once in a while, however, we feel like 'traveling' to another country for dinner. There are plenty of good restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that offer cuisines from around the world.
Here are our favorites...
Tamarind Springs & Tamarind Hill
Looking for a romantic restaurant for your partner's birthday or your anniversary? Then Tamarind Springs is the place to go. Beautifully nestled into the forest in Ampang, the restaurant's interior is inspired by Bali and is decorated with intricate stone carvings and traditional Asian paintings.
There is also Tamarind Hill. Located in the middle of the city, you will feel like you are stepping into a little oasis of tranquility when you enter their restaurant. Both menus are similar and invite you on a culinary journey through the complex yet fine flavors of Indochina.
The dishes served are inspired by the flavors of Indochina and combines Lao, Vietnamese, and Khmer dishes including stir-fried crab, stir-fried beef, deep-fried sea perch with spicy tamarind sauce, sweet and sour Asian salad, and asparagus and crabmeat soup. Other popular dishes here are the mangosteen salad, barbecued beef, amok curry, mango sticky rice, and Vietnamese pan-fried pesto.
Tamarind Springs, Jalan 1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Tamarind Hill, 19, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Fuego at Troika Sky Dining
We like going to Fuego for three reasons:
great food and drinks
Fuego is a fine dining restaurant specialised in Latin American inspired cuisine that quickly became one of the most sought-after restaurants in the city.
Going by the motto "Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.", it is hard to highlight some dishes over others because everything is good here. On their menu, they have big and small plates which makes it perfect for sharing with a bigger group.
The food is fresh and has an excellent combination of flavors. We usually like to start our meals with their Pickled Prawn Guacamole made from avocado, pickled prawn, coriander, green chili as well as lime and served with homemade chips. We also order their signature Fuego Ceviche with barramundi, coconut tiger’s milk, shiso gremolata, vinegared puy lentils, and toasted coconut.
Moving on to the main course, Navvin loves his steaks so that is one and I usually like to add one of their vegetarian side dishes such as Spinach Hashbrown with sour cream.
and then the Churros!
Crisp on the outside, soft in the middle, and dusted with cinnamon sugar, churros are the perfect ending to a perfect meal. We order them every time we go there and that happens quite often.
It’s is always cocktail o’clock at Fuego.
When you are there try one of their cocktails. Based on Latin American favorites they have been given a bit of an Asian touch through regional ingredients and spices.
Our Tip: Reserve a table in advance. The restaurant is very popular and you risk not being able to get a table or wait a long time if you simply walk in. We have tried it a few times and we sometimes ended up having to leave and go someplace else because it was fully booked for the evening.
Fuego at Troika Sky Dining, Level 23A Tower B, The Troika, 19, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Fancy some seafood? Southern Rock is the restaurant for seafood lovers in Kuala Lumpur. Nestled into an up and coming neighborhood in Bangsar, the restaurant lures guests in with its ocean-themed interior design and its amazing seafood dishes.
With seats both indoors and outdoors, there is plenty of space to enjoy their dishes of the day paired with a glass of good wine. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the restaurant's oyster bar and open kitchen. In fact, before ordering the main dish, consider ordering some oysters with lemon and tabasco sauce for starters. Simply delicious!
By the way, in case you like live-music, Southern Rock frequently hosts live music events. It's a great way to spend a Saturday evening.
To finish this perfect seafood meal, consider having a look at their deserts. While most of them are made in-house, they also offer some deserts in collaboration with Dignity & Service Bakery, which is a social enterprise that provides sheltered employment for adults with learning disabilities.
Southern Rock Seafood, 32-36, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Paying homage to Sri Lanka’s northern cuisine is the restaurant Aliyaa. The menu is kept simple with carefully selected crab, beef, chicken, mutton, fish, prawn, and vegetable dishes. Each dish is cooked differently with a mix of Sri Lankan and Western spices and ingredients. All dishes are created around a careful balance of spicy, islandy, and salty.
Seafood lovers must try the world-famous Jaffna Style Sri Lankan Mud Crab Curry. Combined with some hoppers, which are either bowl-shaped pancakes made from rice to dip the sauce, its ‘truely’ delicious. The level of spiciness can be adapted. Just let the waiters know.
Aliyaa, No 48 G&M, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Naughty Nuri’s is a Balinese Bbq restaurant that first opened in Ubud, Bali in 1995. Loved and praised by celebrities from around the world including Julia Roberts, Tan Sri Dato’ Michelle Yeoh as well as Anthony Bourdain, it is no surprise that the restaurant with its Balinese flavors later set out to become an international restaurant chain.
Personally, we are in love with their signature Balinese pork ribs. Grilled until the meat almost falls off the bones and served with their delicious homemade sauce, it is best enjoyed with some mashed potatoes or sweet potato fries and a salad at the side.
Naughty Nuri's, Bangunan Life Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Joloko is a Caribbean restaurant offering a blend of West Indies island cuisine with influences from Africa and Arabia. It is located in an old colonial building and invites guests to dine in a tropical atmosphere with eclectic interior design.
The dishes they serve are rich and flavorsome. Aside from a delicious delicious selection of spicy Caribbean style BBQ from the grill, they also offer some great vegetarian options.
Their drinks menu is equally good. Aside from home fermented fruit wines, they also serve delicious shakes and cocktails that will make you feel the ocean breeze. If you like their drinks, you can later even get one to take-away.
The same goes for some of their homemade sauces by the way. Of course, the foodies that we are, we could not resist.
For lunch, they are currently offering Caribbean Street Food dishes. It is really good! Our advice, choose one of their rice dishes, the yucca fries, and a sandwich to share. You will love it. For drinks, we highly recommend their coconut and mango shakes.
Joloko, 43, Jalan Kamunting, Off, Jalan Dang Wangi, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
Jae Dae Ji
There is a big Korean community living in Malaysia. Knowing that it is no surprise that you can find so many great restaurants offering Korean Bbq. Choose some perfectly marinated meats and let them sizzle in front of you on the grill for a while before wrapping them into a salad leaf along with some of the many side dishes that come with it.
We recommend you going to Jae Dae Ji. Extremely popular among the locals, this restaurant is definitely a hidden gem offering delicious food with friendly service.
Jae Dae Ji, B4-1,One Business Avenue,, Jalan Ampang Utama 2/2, Taman Ampang Utama, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor
Sao Nam is a Vietnamese restaurant housed in a yellow colonial building in Bukit Bintang. The restaurant convinces with its cozy ambiance and carefully crafted menu. The food is authentic and of high quality with only fresh produce being used.
Start by choosing some of their delicious starters. We recommend their steamed and fried spring rolls with fish dipping or peanut sauce as well as their amazing mangosteen salad. Moving on to the main course, our go-to dish is Sao Nam's Vietnamese Pho and fried eggplant.
Sao Nam, 25, Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Housed in an old colonial building in Chinatown with a rustic yet charming interior filled with plants is the restaurant, Cho Cha. It offers Asian-influenced flavors with a modern twist. All ingredients are locally sourced or hand-picked from their in-house garden. Order some dishes to share and enjoy a nice evening together in this comfortable space.
Cho Cha, NO 156, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Two Sons Bistro
Do you like to eat clams and mussels? Two Sons Bistro has the best recipes - hands down. Try their clams together with some garlic bread and mini mantao buns. Super delicious. One starter set per person should be enough. For drinks, go with their homemade strawberry and passionfruit lemonade.
Now, aside from that they also offer an interesting mix of Western & Eastern dishes that all look incredibly delicious.
Two Sons Bistro has a restaurant in Suria KLCC and Publica Mall.
Old China Cafe
Located in the up and coming part of China Town in Kuala Lumpur, is the restaurant Old China Cafe. On their menu is Southeast Asian and Chinese cuisine including dishes from the Baba Nonya community that lives in and around Malaka and George Town.
Baba Nonya cuisine features Chinese ingredients cooked with Malay spices and cooking techniques and is a key element of the community that was formed by Chinese Traders who married locals back in the 15th century. Other unique spices that found their way into the dishes served at the restaurants are clove, star anise, cinnamon, turmeric, galangal, candlenut, lemongrass, ginger, and kaffir lime leaves.
The spice level of the dishes is controlled, making it the perfect place to introduce friends and family to an amazing cuisine that they are not familiar with yet.
Old China Cafe, 11, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
We have tried many Ramen restaurants in the city but we keep on going back to Ippudo. Known for its Hakata-style ramens, Ippudo attracts us time and time again with their rich Tonkotsu (pork) broth, which has to simmer for a few hours for it to release its addictive savory flavors.
Completed with thin noodles, spring onions, a hard boil egg, sesame kikurage mushrooms, some bean sprouts, seaweed, fresh garlic, and silky slices of beef, the bowl can almost not big enough.
Ippudo, 11, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
La Bottega offers a Mediterranean atmosphere with a true sense of community. With only a handful of tables in the restaurant, you can really feel the neighborhood vibe. Everyone seems to know or get to know each other. As you order, one dish that really stood out for us was the delicious Picante Pizza. It was the best pizza we have ever had in Kuala Lumpur.
Bottega Mediterranea, 1A, Jalan Ceylon, Bukit Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur