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A melting pot of cultures and cuisines, eating out in the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur is a gastronomic exploration and a treat for the senses. With so many different cuisines on offer, served in some exotic, trendy and stylish settings, visitors will have their hands (and mouths) full sampling the delicious fare on offer in Kuala Lumpur.
But not all locals or travellers have the time or money to sit down to a three-course meal and many opt to dine, quite simply, on the side of the road, making eating out quite literally 'eating out'. There are thousands of roadside stalls and food bazaars catering to all kinds of tastes and budgets and popular bites include (marinated and barbecued meat, normally chicken, beef or mutton), (savoury rice steamed in coconut milk) and chicken rice and fried noodles.
Indigenous Malaysian cuisine is influenced by Thai, Indian and Chinese cooking and the mixture produces new and exciting flavours and dishes such as , fried rice flavoured with pounded fried fish, rice cooked with coconut milk and served with anchovies, roasted nuts, cucumbers, a slice of egg, sambal (chilli paste) and curries.
Indian Muslim (Mamak) cuisine is especially fragrant, with lots of spices, coconut milk, and curry leaves, and is some of Kuala Lumpur's most popular cuisine due to the wide range of dishes and speed at which they are prepared. Malaysian Chinese cuisine still remains distinctly Chinese: dishes such as (dried pork) are sold everywhere, while (stir fried noodles with prawns, eggs, pork and sprouts) are popular with locals.
With so many types of cuisines and types of eateries to explore, eating out in Kuala Lumpur is just another one of the city's fabulous attractions and adds to the authenticity of the experience.
Asian / Central Market, China Town
With Chinese Malay Kampung architecture and a stylish and clean interior dotted with antique furniture, Bon Ton is one of Kuala Lumpur's most popular eateries and has a stylish yet laid-back atmosphere. Bon Ton used to be located in the Lot 10 shopping mall, but in early 2013 it moved to Central Market in China Town. Once you've tried the sesame crusted salmon fillet with roasted mashed potato and cream of chilli cilantro, there's no turning back. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Indian / 215 Jalan Tun Razak
Specialising in North Indian cuisine, Bombay Palace is one of Kuala Lumpur's most popular restaurants and sees hundreds of locals and tourists dining here each week. With majestic décor fit for a king, Bombay Palace delivers. Try the Lamb Vindaloo if you can handle the heat or for dessert try the Dil Bahar or Pista Barfi. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
British / 31 Jalan Berangan, Changkat Bukit Bintang
This award-winning restaurant is the perfect sanctuary for British or European tourists and expats yearning for a taste of good food from home. The menu is wonderful, with classic meat and seafood dishes, like steak and Guinness pie and slow-roasted pork belly. Albion serves breakfast, lunch and supper and even yummy things in between. Reservations recommended.
Italian / 1 Jalan Nagasari
Delucca serves authentic Italian cuisine in a cosy yet sophisticated bistro atmosphere. The pizza and crostinis made in the wood fired oven are delectable and keep everybody coming back for more. There is also a long bar which makes it a great place to meet for drinks. Delucca is very popular and reservations are recommended.
Local / 1 Jalan Conlay
With a gable roof and opulent yet tasteful décor, Seri Melayu invokes an old world charm and sophistication and diners might feel as though they are attending a royal ball in the enormous dining room. Malay Cultural shows are performed each night while patrons sample delicious authentic Malay fare - a must for foreign visitors. Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Bookings recommended.