Finding halal food in a foreign country can be a daunting task for any travelling Muslim. Malaysia, being a Muslim majority, has a variety of halal restaurants, so it’s easy to find food here. But, as we enjoy eating food from different cultures and experimenting with our taste buds, we have plenty of restaurants here that serve dishes from countries like Korea, Japan, India and more!
While there are too many to choose from, here are the 12 best halal restaurants in Kuala Lumpur where you can sample the cuisines of different countries!
1. Sampling South Indian food in KL at the Sri Nirwana Maju Restaurant
Sri Nirwana Maju is the local go-to place to get consistent great tasting Indian food as well as the much beloved Banana Leaf Rice. Ordering a basic set, you will be served fluffy white rice/biryani rice on freshly cut banana leaf, with 3 sides of vegetables, rasam (spiced soup) and crispy poppadoms. If you like, you could choose to ‘flood’ your rice with three choices of gravy; fish curry, chicken curry or vegetable dhal (most would opt for a mix of all three for a fusion of flavour!). This dish is best had with a portion of freshly fried crispy chicken, mackerel fish or fried squid. Go local, opt to eat with your right hand as it’s the best way to enjoy the rich flavours of the dish! To balance out the richly spiced food, complement your meal with a refreshing glass mango flavoured lassi.
TIP: A local courtesy would be to fold your Banana Leaf towards yourself if you enjoyed your meal. Folding it against yourself usually would signify your dislike for the food.
Sri Nirwana Maju
Address : 43, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Price: 10 USD for 2 pax
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 2.00am (Sunday closed by 12.00am)
Contact: +60 3 2287 8445
2. Authentic Chinese dim sum at Dolly Dim Sum Restaurant
A popular Chinese cuisine that usually comes with pork varieties, Dolly Dim Sum offers a halal version of the delicacy. Dim Sum (meaning ‘to eat a little something’) is a variety of bite-sized dishes of dumplings, rolls, steamed buns of meats and Chinese pastries. Originating as a Cantonese tea snack in the 19th century, Dim Sum is now enjoyed as a main course (still served with tea) in many parts of Asia while it is also getting popular in western countries.
Having a variety of styles and flavours, you would pick your dishes from a roster; being served in stacks of bamboo steamers. Meant to be shared, savour the unique tastes of each of these little dishes with your friends and family!
Dolly Dim Sum
Address: Avenue K, G-9A Ground Floor, Avenue K Avenue K, 156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Price: From 15 USD for 2 pax
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm
Contact: +60 3 2181 38300
Website: Dolly Dim Sum
3. Great seafood at KL's Muhibbah Seafood Restaurant
Muhibbah Seafood Restaurant has been serving Muslim locals great authentic halal Chinese seafood since the 90s. The spacious and airy restaurant is situated on top of a hill, where you’ll be delighted with great views along with your meal. Offering both Chinese and Thai style dishes, you’ll enjoy sampling the distinct flavours of these two regions! Dishes here are freshly made upon ordering and come in great portions; meant to be shared around the table with a serving of white rice. A few recommendations would be to order their fried rice, steamed fish, fried calamari, fern shoots salad, black bean clams, Thai style steamed fish & ginger scallion beef.
Muhibbah Seafood Restaurant
Address: Jalan Seri Penchala, Kampung Sungai Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Price: From 8 USD per pax
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 3.00pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Contact: +60 3 7727 3153
Website: Muhabbah Seafood Restaurant Facebook
4. Korean food at Mr. Dakgalbi Restaurant
For all spicy food lovers, Dak Galbi is a popular Korean dish of Gochujang/Chili Pepper Paste based sauce marinated chicken, stir fried with vegetables, rice cakes, ramen, rice and topped off with cheese! Entertaining as it’s delicious, you’ll be treated to a spectacle as the red dish is cooked on your table’s flat-hotplate in your view! If you like cheese as much as you like spicy food, you could opt for a Cheese Ring, filled with full-bodied melted cheese to dunk your chicken in before devouring.
Address: 12, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 9, Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm
Contact: +60 3 7497 9786
Website: Mr. Dakgalbi Facebook
5. Middle Eastern food at Arabesque Kuala Lumpur Restaurant
A great place to taste the exotic taste of middle eastern dishes, Arabesque offers a variety mix of Turkish, Egyptian and Syrian Cuisines. Take a respite from exploring the ever-busy streets of KL, dining in an air-conditioned Arabic themed restaurant. Some favourites would be delicacies like falafel roll, grilled half chicken with saffron rice and their platter of succulent chicken shawarma cutlets served with fresh sliced tomatoes, cucumber pickles, garlic sauce, and a side of crispy fries.
Address: 92, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Price : From 20 USD per 2 pax
Opening Hours: 12.00pm - 11.00pm (Friday opens at 2.30pm)
Contact: +60 3 2022 1795
6. Eastern Malaysian food at Dua by Skohns
The Malaysian states of Kelantan & Terengganu, not considered as Malaysia’s top destinations, actually have some amazing local dishes overlooked by even locals. Hard to prepare, harder to find - fans of these dishes would try their luck looking for these foods at rare roadside stalls or night markets. But you can get a taste of these rare dishes at Dua by Skohns; serving authentic rural cuisines like Nasi Tomato Masak Merah (Tomato Rice with Chicken in Red Spicy Gravy), Soto (Soup based dish of meats, vegetables and compressed rice cakes) and the famous Kelantan Nasi Kerabu; blue coloured rice served with grilled chicken marinated in spices and herb infused coconut gravy with a sides of local salads.
Dua by Skohns
Address: 12A, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.30pm
Contact: +60 3 7731 6954
Website: Dua By Skohns Facebook
7. Malaysian Penang food at Little Penang Cafe
Thanks to Little Penang Cafe, you no longer need to go to Pulau Penang (Malaysia’s prized food haven) to taste its exquisite food landscape. Conveniently located in Suria KLCC, you’ll dine in an air-conditioned Penang-Kopitiam themed cafe, and can get all the Penang favourites here, which includes Char Kuey Teow, Assam Laksa, Hokkien Prawn Mee, among other tantalizing dishes!
Little Penang Cafe
Address: Suria Klcc, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm
Contact: +60 3 2163 0215
8. Trendy Thai boat noodles at Boat Noodle
Served in tiny bowls, Boat noodles are an homage to Thai vendors as they used to serve their noodles in small portions to avoid spillage while having meals in their water-rocked-boats. Here, you will have the option to choose rice or egg noodles, served with a choice of two types of meat: chicken or beef, and completed with a choice of pathumtani (dark and sweet sauce) or Ayutthaya (creamy and aromatic). Served in bite size quantities, you can have a few bowls to experiment and find your perfect preference of flavour combinations!
Address: 02-49-10 & 02-49-11, 2nd Floor, Berjaya Times Square 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm
Contact: +60 11 2438 9655
Website: Boat Noodle Facebook
9. Vegetarian food at Simple Life
Simple Life serves amazing organic vegetarian dishes that would surely change a meat lover’s mind on the stereotypical perception of vegetarian food. Healthy and delicious, you can get pastas and pizzas made with vegetarian recipes, while they’re more popular for your decadent noodle bowls and rice sets!
Address: S12 & S31, 2nd Floor, Lot10 Shopping Center,, 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 9.00pm
Contact: +60 3 2110 5201
Website: Simple Life
10. Japanese steamboat buffet at Sukiya Steamboat
A popular Japanese Steamboat restaurant among locals, Sukiya serves only the best quality variety of ingredients that will give you a bang for your buck! They offer 4 choices of popular soup bases, a limited but great selection of vegetables, mushrooms, fish cakes and more while the prime attraction is their free flow freshly sliced lamb, chicken and beef. Besides their steamboat, guests also have the option to eat from the ala carte menu, ranging from tofu to the ever popular salmon sashimi. Then you could finish off your meal with a simple dessert of green tea or chocolate soft ice cream with some topping choices like chocopops and nata de coco.
Address: 6.24.04, 6th Floor, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 ,Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm
Contact: +60 3 2141 4272
Website: Sukiya Steamboat
11. Cantonese delights over at Lai Po Heen
At Lai Po Heen, the halal is easily among the most satisfying options you’ll find in the immediate vicinity. this location makes it a habit to establish classic ingredients as the star of each dish, leaving you satisfied and craving a larger plate. Despite its modern successes, the restaurant remains rooted in 19th-century Chinese culture, succeeding in present itself as a sophisticated, cultured classic. The friendly service onsite alone makes this establishment well worth the investment, and that’s before you’ve sampled a menu selection that includes dim sum and Peking duck! For a respectable meal in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, get yourself to Lai Po Heen.
Lai Po Heen
Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: Lai Po Heen
12. Luxurious diversity at Contango
For a diversified menu selection that allows you to sample some of the finest foods available anywhere in the region, check out Contango, a Kuala Lumpur staple. Of course, there’s the staple halal, along with cultural items like sashimi, fresh oysters, and even prawns! Vegetarian options are also available on the premises. and with an upscale ambiance, together with a host of modern furnishings and expedient service, Contango easily qualifies as a must-see eatery, anytime you’re anywhere near its friendly front doors. From the buffet to the decor, it’s a well-rounded culinary experience everyone is sure to enjoy.
Address: Brickfields The Majestic Hotel, 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur, 50000, Malaysia
The world through your palette
With so much authentic international food here, Malaysia is a food haven for any traveling Muslim. Whether you’re craving some Indian food, Japanese steamboat, Arabic Kebabs or Korean stir-Frys, the halal certifications here permits you to travel the world through your palette!