January 8th, 2021
5 Great Fine Dining Restaurants in KL
Kuala Lumpur is a city with an eclectic and rich dining scene. Our ‘go-to’ eateries are generally the banana leaf stall at the end of our street, or the busy mamak stall near work. However, over the years, KL has seen a rise in fine dining. There are many outstanding places to visit, but here are a few of the best fine dining restaurants in KL.
1. Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining
Experience the genius of award-winning chef Christian Bauer in a room with a view at this French restaurant on the 23rd floor of The Troika building, overlooking KLCC Park and the Twin Towers. Soaring ceilings and elegant chandeliers create a sophisticated ambiance while the soft lighting gives warmth and softens the modern decor. Cantaloupe’s beautifully curated meals feature quality Wagyu beef, creamy fois gras, delicate butter-poached lobster and a selection of innovative desserts that double as an oeuvre d’art. This year’s Merdeka Day is set to be an exciting day for the restaurant; diners can go to enjoy an incredible spread of foods, along with a specially concocted ‘spicy tabasco granite and tomato foam vodka shooter’ at the ‘Big Sunday lunch’, all for only 120++ per person.
2. Bistro à Table
Australian- and French-trained Malaysian chef, Isadora Chai, proves that Kuala Lumpur’s homegrown talents are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to fine dining and foreign cuisine. Her restaurant, Bistro à Table, is tucked away in an unlikely location; deep in the residential area of Section 17. Orchids suspended in stylish glass globes and striking French prints hint at romance. ‘A table!’; a common French expression to call family and friends to the table, perfectly represents the restaurant’s concept of communal dining and French comfort food. The single-page menu changes weekly and features a line-up of French classics with an inspired twist. Isadora’s signature starter of ‘maple syrup coddled egg with fleur de sel and crouton dust’ holds pride position on the menu and its sweet-and-salty flavours are much talked of amongst KL’s foodies. Be sure to save room for dessert; will you be brave enough to take on the ‘terribly alcoholic deconstructed tiramisu’?
See also: Bistro a table: Restaurant Review
Restaurant and wine bar Cilantro serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine with a focus on quality ingredients cooked with the appropriate method and seasoned correctly. Chef Takashi Kimura is a strong believer in this philosophy and creates memorable dishes that combine French elegance with Asian flavours. Comfortable cushioned seats and hues of beige and cream create a cosy and relaxed ambiance. Currently on the menu are a melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu beef tartare, a delicate Japanese sole with noisette butter and a light green tea bavarois with sweet kuromame. Freshly baked bread is always on offer, as is the French cheese platter; divinely pungent.
4. The Restaurant at The Club Saujana Resort
Plainly named The Restaurant, its food is far from that. The menu offers diners delicious, world-class modern European cuisine amidst 160 hectares of lush tropical gardens. The restaurant’s exotic décor reflects the surroundings, bringing nature indoors for a chic ambiance. For a truly ‘alfresco’ experience, diners can sit amongst the greenery on the intimate and romantic terrace. The restaurant is currently offering 4-course wine dinner menus with which you can sample some of Australia’s best wines from Frankland Estate’s vinyards. The last two dinners will be held on August 23rd and October 18th.
Prime, located in Le Meridien hotel has been acknowledged as Kuala Lumpur’s first international steak restaurant, and serves quality cuts of Halal certified beef, imported from the US and Australia. The refined décor with impressive floor-to-ceiling wine walls oozes chic, while the open kitchen allows mouth-watering aromas to flood the air. Attention to detail is paid to every element of the meal at Prime, from the offering of warm house-baked bread with three types of butter, right through to the main event. Their menu offers every cut of beef imaginable and each order is completely personalized according to the cut, weight and number of day’s aged you prefer. The chef is highly skilled in how each should be prepared and cooked. Meats are served with a variety of sauces, vegetables and a gorgeous truffle mash, although some would argue that they need no accompaniment.
- Prime: Restaurant Review
- Prime at Le Meridien Hotel, Kuala Lumpur: Restaurant Review
- Prime at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur: Restaurant Review
We all deserve to treat ourselves once in a while, so set a date for an evening of luxe!