18 French restaurants to try in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor
From boeuf bourguignon to confit de canard, here’s the complete guide for your French fix in the Klang Valley.
1. Rendez-Vous at Bangsar
Chef Benjamin Reilhes infuses imagination and intelligence into Rendez-Vous’ menu, the result of having refined his prowess at venues like Paris’ Michelin three-star Le Pré Catelan and Toulouse’s Brasserie des Beaux Arts.
2. French Feast at Tengkat Tong Shin
Founder Jean-Michel Fraisse and chef Mickael Cornutrait do justice to classics like boeuf bourguignon, gloriously tender red wine-braised beef cheeks with glazed vegetables that successfully convey both depth of flavour and dimensions of texture.
3. Bistro a Table at Petaling Jaya
One of the Klang Valley’s most thrilling chefs, Isadora Chai calls her cooking “adaptive French cuisine,” but that barely hints at the breadth of the menu’s imagination in this stylishly comfy suburban restaurant.
4. Maison Francaise at Changkat Kia Peng
A ravishing residence transformed into an elegant eatery, this three-level bungalow, spilling over with porches and terraces surrounded by a lush garden and swimming pool, is a brilliant hideaway, still well within the city (scarcely a five-minute drive from KLCC) but with a miles-away feel.
Address: 5 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, 50450 WP Kuala Lumpur
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5. Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio at Solaris Dutamas
Snail vol au vent, croques and crepes form some of the highlights at this playground for contemporary French temptations by chef Nathalie Arbefeuille.
Address: Unit A4-1-05, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
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6. Restaurant DC at Taman Tun Dr Ismail
A combination of classical French and modernist techniques underpins the craftsmanship of Malaysian chef Darren Chin, who applies his training in French kitchens to food to a perceptive use of ingredients both local and foreign in often unexpected forms.
7. 2OX at The Row
Brittany-born chef Thierry Le Baut populates this restaurant’s repertoire with time-honoured Gallic cooking to bring the tastes and textures of a Parisian bistro to KL.
8. Topshelf at Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Topshelf stands out amid TTDI’s sea of pubs and cafes for its easy, welcoming charm and its more-than-respectable range of French fare (with some Italian flourishes) at suburb-suitable prices.
9. Enfin by James Won at Menara Hap Seng
This modern French restaurant ranks among the city centre’s most beautiful new venues, occupying the sort of space that bolsters expectations of a exceptional experience.
10. The Red Herring at Plaza Damas
This cosy French restaurant helmed by Malaysian chef Xer-Li Woo features the likes of pork terrine, chicken liver pate and pork chops cooked with garlic and wine.
11. Le Bistro 33 at Subang
This French-helmed venue seeks to bring a bit of Europe to Subang, combining boulangerie fare with basic bistro-style cuisine – it’s a pleasant eatery with affable service and a competently executed menu that seems to be winning over this neighbourhood.
12. Chez Lioniel at Alliance Francaise
Chef Leoniel Dg’s eponymous cafe at the Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur language and cultural centre offers a deep dive into a sea of French fare – expect everything from steak tartare to salade lyonnaise, moules marinieres to boeuf bourguignon, hachis parmentier to gratin dauphinois to quiche lorraine.
13. Pinch at Bangsar
A pinch of Paris, a dash of suburban sophistication: This European-inspired bistro champions mainly French and Italian influences, with a broad repertoire that bounds from steak tartare to pork ragu pappardelle. Founded by chef David and his compatriots Chye and Matthieu, this is a neighbourhood hangout with a smooth, easy-going charm and soothing, chilled-out vibe.
14. Café de Paris at Pavilion
Bringing a slice of its namesake city to KL’s Pavilion mall (buttressed by a bit of the Eiffel Tower), this French-inspired bistro bids ‘bon appetit’ with a sweeping menu that spans bouillabaisse to boeuf bourguignon.
15. Bistro Richard at Sentul
Lakeside dining with a French flavour at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.
Address: Sentul Park, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51100 Kuala Lumpur
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16. Yeast Bistronomy at Bangsar
A triple threat of a bistro, boulangerie and wine bar, courtesy of Frenchman Christophe Chatron-Michaud and his Malaysian-born wife, Lissan Teh.
Address: 24G Jalan Telawi 2, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
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17. Café Café at Jalan Maharajalela
Café Café is a long-time survivor that has attracted customers for well over a decade to its romantically lit, Parisian-inspired setting.
Address: 175, Jalan Maharajalela,, 50150 Kuala Lumpur
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18. Lafite at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
One of KL’s best-known bastions of French gastronomy, Lafite has evolved in the hands of a succession of chefs over the years; current creations include crayfish timbale with Cognac juice and crepe suzette flambéed with Grand Marnier.
Address: Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumper, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
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