Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Best Places for eating out in Kuala Lumpur -family friendly

I have blogged about best places for eating out options in Kuala Lumpur in my previous post. You can find details here. This is another part of that growing list of eating joints. Kuala Lumpur is a foodie’s paradise with so many options to choose and the list is endless.

This makes it difficult to pick and sort. Like previous post the only criteria for this post is also family-oriented, so I have skipped bars and pubs. Although Kuala Lumpur has its fair share of these places as well. Bukit Bintang, Bangsar and central Kuala Lumpur, especially near KLCC point, there are many bars and pubs. We haven’t been to those places, so can’t elaborate much and also we don't go out for eating on weekdays. But those are very touristy places and food price wise is little hyped.
There are some relaxing places in other adjoining areas, where food is delicious and well worth it. The satellite city Petaling Jaya is one such nice and lovely place with many good options of bars and pubs. Just to name a few- 1.The Roof which offers impressive 360 deg View from its rooftop arena just like the name suggests. 2. Dukes and Duchess-a neighbourhood pub with warm and friendly locals. In Bangsar – 1.Mercat Barcelona gastro bar serving Spanish.2 The Social and 3.Alexis bistro just to name a few.
Talking about local places – I should mention Masjid India and Brickfield, where one can explore various Indian restaurants as well.
Below mentioned eating joints are all family friendly. We have been frequenting couple of these places and are very much in love with them.
  1.  Bala’s Banana leaf – Bangsar .This is another great place for local food served over banana leaf. They have pick, eat and pay options as well. I really liked their Madras filter coffee in small steel glasses. Price-$$
  2.  Three little pigs and a wolf- Bangsar -Non-Halal – so what’s in a name? Everything. As the name suggests, it’s a non-halal restaurant. I haven’t tried the lunch menu as such. But really liked their cafĂ© latte, cappuccino and varieties of cakes and desserts.
    They have a nice kids playing area with various toys and books for hyper active kids, while parents can enjoy their meal and also watch their kids play nearby all under one roof. Price-$$$
  3.   Delicious- Bangsar village – This is one posh dining option in Bangsar village 2.We have tried their pasta dishes and they turned out nice and flavourful. Last weekend we even did a take-away of some desserts. Their chocolate brownie with walnuts and red velvet cake are really worth trying, especially the brownie. Price-$$$
  4.  Manhattan Fish market– Mid valley shopping mall and Nu central shopping mall - Fish and I don’t need to add much. All the recipes are based on one main ingredient –fish. So, we have baked, poached and fried as well. We have tried their Greek inspired Mediterranean fish recipe and spicy baked fish which we found delicious. Their pepper mayo poached salmon burgers is one thing you should try if you visit this restaurant. Price-$$$
  5. Kenny roger’s Roasters- Outlets at various places in KL – Berjaya times square and 1 utama shopping mall -Roasted chicken with varieties of sides. Coleslaw, mashed potatoes triple bean salad, crisp garden salad etc. Their Nasi lemak ayam is worth trying. Price-$$$
  6. Bar B Q Nights– Jalan Perak- If you crave for kebabs then this is the place you should be visiting and plus point is it is very near to the main touristy attractions. In fact you can take a walk from KLCC Suria shopping mall to the this place but avoid doing during day hours .Nice and leisure stroll is recommended in evenings only. Their chicken reshmi kababs, malai kababs and various combo meal platters are worth trying. Price-$$$
  7.  Ted Boy bakery- Bangsar – Coffee and bakery goodies are best here. Egg baked Shakshouka and their hearty breakfast options are well worth mentioning here. Price-$$$
  8.  Absolute Thai – For a delectable Thai cuisine, you should visit here. Their spicy Thai Papaya salad and Pineapple fried rice, Pandan leaves chicken, stir-fried chicken with cashews, green curry, red curry and tom yam soup are worth trying. Price-$$$
  9. O’Brien’s Irish sandwich – If you are craving for some delicious sandwiches, then this is one of the best places to have perfect hand-crafted sandwiches. Their triple club sandwiches and smoked salmon sandwiches are worth trying. Price-$$$
  10.  Du Viet Vietnamese – Sunway pyramid – We came across this restaurant by chance when we were in Sunway pyramid shopping mall for ice-skating session.
    Traditional chicken and prawn noodles (Pho Ga Tom noodles), their ala-carte menu- lemongrass chicken
    stir-fried chicken with basil, Vietnamese sandwiches - Lamb Banh mi ,
    chicken banh mi are really delicious options over there.
    They have outlets in KLCC as well. Price-$$$
  11. Sarvana Bhavan- Bangsar – I don’t need to write their menu, everyone is fully aware of the menu. I personally like small idlis soaked in ghee sambhar.Price-$$
  12.   Delhi Royals – Fine Indian dinning option. This restaurant just like its many Indian counterparts in Malaysia has all the various orangey or dark or creamy and silky gravies that we can possibly imagine about Indian cuisine.Vegetarain recipes includes dal makhani and other paneer dishes. I was there with a group of ladies to attend a cookery show by their in-house chef on a particular day, as part of our Indian expat club outings. I personally liked the vegetarian kababs they served that day. Their chat varieties – papri chat and gulgappas are also worth trying. Price-$$$$
  13. Yellow apron – sec 13 Petaling Jaya, PJ- Actually this is mentioned here as my daughter had a lovely get-together for her friend’s birthday celebration there. They all loved the high-tea party, serving bites of various snacks and cakes and tarts with drinks. A lovely and clean place to hang out and spend time with friends and family. Price-$$$
  14.    Tokyo Secret- The choices for cakes and bakery makes my heart go gaga about the place.
    What not to like about it.
    Their Cheese Tarts are absolutely delicious. Price-$$
  15.  Lavender- One of the most busy bakery joint in Kuala Lumpur.Their PJ outlet in 1 Utama shopping mall is a very bustling place.
    Allow at least half an hour even if you want to do take-away on weekends.
    Their breads, cakes, scones,puffs, tarts and various baked goodies are absolutely delicious and fresh straight from the oven. They have outlets in mid-valley shopping mall, 1 Utama shopping mall and in Pavilion shopping mall also. Price-$$
  16.    The library Coffee bar – 1 utama shopping mall Petaling Jaya-  Grab a cup of coffee and a book and relax .Nice place to have a coffee break. Price-$$
  17.  Sushi in mid-valley- There is a small outlet for fresh Sushi in Mid valley mall right in front of Tokyo Secret coming out from Garden’s mall entrance which connects Mid valley shopping mall.
    The options for Sushi and Inari are many and are very tempting. I have liked their Californian rolls- smoky salmon, avocado , sweet corn and cucumber rolls are worth trying. Price-$$
  18.  ChaTime- If I don’t mention my favourite Chai outlet in Kuala Lumpur then the list is incomplete – Chatime in midvalley shopping valley. Personally I like their vanilla lite milk tea and basic chatime milk tea. They also serve various coffee drinks. Price-$$ 

Over these past years we have explored these various foodie places in Kuala Lumpur and liked it. This list is just an attempt to recall all the wonderful memories of Kuala Lumpur in one go and also if it help others to find good eating places, while living and working here as expats or coming here as a tourist, then the purpose of posting this blogpost is fulfilled.

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