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Out in the forests of Ampang, Tamarind Springs is an Indochinese restaurant with some serious atmosphere. Although tromping up a gravel pathway from the carpark may not be your idea of a romantic evening, things get decidedly better when you reach the lantern-lit walkway leading into the restaurant. It feels like an incredibly sophisticated treehouse, and you'll be able to dine looking out into the forest. Plus, the food is simple, authentic and delicious, and the cocktail list is, if not the best, very inventive.
il Lido occupies prime city space but is still just off the beaten path. A small, luxurious restaurant, it specializes in fine Italian cuisine, with an excellent wine list to match. The restaurant is an intimate one, with dramatic lighting and simple decor, and after dinner you can proceed to the rooftop bar for cocktails with a view.
Despite its name, this beautifully furnished French restaurant is certainly not a cafe. When you step in from the KL traffic outside, it feels like you've been transported into 1920s Paris, with lowslung chandeliers, a checkered floor, candles everywhere and the smell of wonderful food. The menu is resolutely French; the duck confit is a must try.