Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Kuala Lumpur dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Kuala Lumpur Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

7 Seri Melayu
Sometimes it's hard to find a chair in this 500-seat traditional Malay smorgasbord eatery. A buffet lunch is on offer but Seri Melayu is renowned for its extensive dinner buffet. Items include satay, rendang tek, roti canai and pengat durian. From 8:30pm every night, a spectacular cultural dance show is scheduled just for tourists. No alcohol served during Ramadan. (03-2145-1833)

6 Bon Ton
Since relocating to one of KL's shopping malls this eatery has taken on a casual, slightly commercial feel. Despite the location change, Bon Ton continues to serve up an eclectic mix of Western and Asian fare featuring herbed rack of lamb with Lyonnaise potatoes and local Peranakan dishes such as the chicken and prawn laksa. Follow your main meal with a piece of mud cake and kick back to listen to hits from the 50s and 60s on Mon, Wed and Fri nights. (03-2142-2287)

5 CoChine Bistro & Alfresco
The Kuala Lumpur branch of the famous Singapore-based restaurant group Indochine, CoChine serves the same exquisite Vietnamese and Lao food in stylish surroundings bedecked with Khmer carvings and water features. The menu runs to exotic spicy Lao salads and barbecued prawn paste, molded around sweet sticks of sugar cane. Adjoining the restaurant is Bar SaVanh Too, which is packed with sophisticated party people after dark till late. (03-6201-0002)

4 Nasi Kandar Pelita
Nasi Kandar Pelita is Malaysia's favorite chain of nasi kandar (rice meal) restaurants for the best reason there is - the food is magnificent. The restaurant is arranged like a food court, with separate counters serving Malay and South Indian favorites such as mee goreng (fried noodles) and roti canai - a Malay classic of fried flat bread with a rich spicy dipping sauce. It's partly open air but misters cool the air inside. There's also a branch on Jalan Telawi 5 in Bangsar. (03-2162-5532)

3 Sagar
Sagar steps up to the mark with top-notch North Indian food. The house butter chicken is a Kuala Lumpur legend and plenty of dishes feature excellent Malaysian-caught fish and prawns. Sagar has another excellent branch at the exclusive Palace of The Golden Horses Hotel at the Mines Rosort plus a sister restaurant in Bukit Bintang called Gateway of India. (03-2284-2532)

2 MyThai Jim Thompson
Owned by the famous Thai silk company founded by American Jim Thompson in 1947, MyThai oozes sophistication. Shimmering silk drapes, Thai antiques and subtle lighting create a romantic mood and the kitchen turns out excellent Thai dishes with muscular use of spices. (03-2148-6151)

1 Gonbei
Diners at this Japanese eatery in the glitzy Starhill Gallery enter through a raked Zen garden, beneath a bamboo canopy. The décor is a visual feast, and the food is equally sublime. Many feel that Gonbei offers the most authentic Japanese food in Malaysia - the Japanese grill, or robatayaki, gives diners a quintessential experience of ceremony and culture. A weekend buffet lunch and dinner attracts the crowds. (03-2782-3801)

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Seri Melayu 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Malaysian
Neighborhood: Golden Triangle
Bon Ton 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Eclectic, International, Malaysian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Live Music
Neighborhood: Golden Triangle
CoChine Bistro & Alfresco 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Nasi Kandar Pelita 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, Malaysian
Neighborhood: KLCC AREA
Sagar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Indian
Neighborhood: Bangsar Baru
COST: $$$$
MyThai Jim Thompson 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Neighborhood: Golden Triangle
COST: $$$$
Gonbei 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Neighborhood: Golden Triangle
COST: $$$$
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