What are the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur?

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Emma Johnston

Bistro A Table
Run by the controversial (and sometimes cantankerous) chef Isadora Chai, Bistro A Table is a restaurant that specialises in experimental French cuisine. It’s out in a quiet suburb, and in her kitchen Chai rolls out a different degustation menu every Monday, and clever, delicious dishes the rest of the week. Some of her triumphs have included a mangosteen pavlova and a dessert involving warm ginger ale, cinnamon ice cream and a ginger soufflé.

Yut Kee
Yut Kee is an institution in KL – on weekday mornings you’ll find old men chatting over cups of black coffee and toast, and on the weekends you’ll have to share tables with strangers or risk being turned away. The coffee shop is unpretentious and serves a quintessentially Malaysian mix of food and drink – the aforementioned black coffee (with a slurry of brown sugar lurking at the bottom of the cup), crisp toast slathered with margarine and coconut jam (kaya in the local tongue), chicken and pork chops, soup noodles, marble cake, even an excellent roast pork on the weekends, if you’re lucky.

Hutong at Lot 10 Shopping Centre
Not a restaurant per se, Hutong is a literal collection of the best things to eat in KL. It’s an upscale food court designed to look like a down scale market, and features some of the most famous hawker stalls in KL’s food scene. You’ll find renditions of favourites like char kuey teow (wok-fried wide rice noodles), wantan mee (noodles with dumplings), chicken rice (self-explanatory) and even, bizarrely, German pork knuckles. Prices are slightly inflated of course, due to city-centre rental rates, but the food is almost as authentic as at the original stalls, and arranged for the utmost convenience. Try as many stalls as you can.

PRIME at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
If you have a lot of money to drop on a steak dinner, you won’t find a better, or more expensive, steak in the country. PRIME’s menu is a compendium of steak, with Kobe, Black Angus and a lot of wagyu featuring very heavily. Choose your meat, select your cooking preference, choose from a bewildering range of sauces and sides and then loosen your belt in anticipation. And prepare your wallet.

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