Food and drink

Kuala Lumpur’s Boundary-Pushing Restaurants

Six restaurants that are using traditional ingredients to create thoroughly modern Malaysian fare

Nadodi

The food of nomadic communities from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Sri Lanka is elegantly presented here. Try the Keralan pradhaman payasam dessert in the form of pradhaman ice cream and coconut crumble.

Beta KL

Beta Garden, Kuala Lumpur

This colourful restobar’s sharing plates are modern interpretations of Malaysian regional cuisine. Wash them down with a Tropic Sling with jackfruit rum.

Entier

Entier, Kuala Lumpur

Japanese chef Masashi Horiuchi combines rustic nose-to-tail dining with French flair. Signatures include roasted and confit Bidor duck, and a chocolate and cardamom dessert. 

Dewakan

Dewakan, Kuala Lumpur

Set aside an entire evening for the nine- or 17-course menu at this restaurant, the pioneer of Malaysian fine dining in Kuala Lumpur. Prawns warmed in starfruit juice and local herbs are a highlight.

Botanica + Co

With foliage-filled interiors, this charming bistro offers Western and local dishes, including the satisfyingly rich signature laksa with tiger prawns, chicken and quail egg.

Dapur Mekwa Grub Club

Bond with other foodies over Kelantanese dishes at a four-course dinner held a few times a month in a private home. Each dish is preceded by the tale of a legendary princess who inspired it.

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