Great restaurants in Kuala Lumpur offer a genuinely cosmopolitan dining experience. Whether you are looking to tuck into hearty comfort food or enjoy some local delicacies, the city's dining scene caters to all comers. 

    Many award-winning, culturally diverse restaurants offer spectacular views of the KL city skyline. Picking the right ones can be a little tricky so we've compiled a handy guide of Kuala Lumpur's most popular restaurants and cafes for your convenience. 

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    Thirty8 Restaurant & Lounge

    Thirty8 Restaurant & Lounge have pulled out all the stops in trying to impress its diners. Located on the 38th floor of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, it offers spectacular views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline (including up-close panoramas of the Petronas Twin Towers). The decor is ultra-modern with curving balustrades, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of steel and chrome fixtures.

    The kitchen puts out Chinese, Japanese and western fusion dishes that are both inventive and tasty. Standouts include barbecue Australian Black Angus beef ribs and roasted duck in 5 Chinese spices.

    Location: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 11 pm

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    Cedar on 15

    Cedar on 15 has a fantastic location on the 15th floor of the Impiana KLCC Hotel (just opposite Suria KLCC). Its food is sumptuous and not overpriced, the ambience refined and relaxed, with attentive staff providing excellent services.

    Cedar on 15's sleek and pared-back space hosts a kitchen that comes up with astoundingly creative food. Arrive early to get a table on the balcony – it's a great spot for photos of the city skyline.

    Location: Impiana KLCC Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Center Level 15, Club Tower, 13, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 12 am

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    Cantaloupe

    Cantaloupe is a great restaurant that offers flexible dining spaces suitable for post-work socialising or full-on fine dining meals. Naked bulbs, buffed wooden floors and high ceilings allow the views outside the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows to take centre stage.

    The kitchen puts out Haute French cuisine that is simply unsurpassable. Standout dishes include fine de Claire oysters marinated with briny anchovy cream and served with a side of light cucumber jelly. We also love the lobster bisque, a creamy and highly-seasoned soup containing sweet shellfish, tart tomatoes and notes of rosemary.

    Location: Level 23A Tower B, The Troika, 19, Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Phone: +603 2162 0886

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    Atmosphere 360

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    Atmosphere 360 offers some pretty spectacular views of the city, including close-up views of the Petronas Twin Towers during your meal. This revolving restaurant is part of the Menara Kuala Lumpur, one of the tallest towers in the city. 

    Food-wise, the restaurant is most popular for its buffet spread, which is set along the restaurant’s walls. It has 3 stations – the appetiser area, main course section and dessert bar. The selection changes from week to week, but there are always western, local and Chinese favourites.

    Location: TH02, Menara Kuala Lumpur, 2, Jalan Puncak, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from midday to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2020 2121

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    Marini's on 57

    Marini’s on 57 is an exclusive Italian dining venue on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3, adjacent to Suria KLCC. It consists of a restaurant, bar and lounge. Refined and elegant, paintings from Italian artist, Rosalba Mangione hang on the walls, while floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass roof provide great views of KL.

    Standouts at Marini’s on 57 include spaghetti with botargo (mullet roe) and pan-fried seabass stuffed with shrimp and lemon dressing. 

    Location: Petronas, Level 57, Menara 3, Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to midnight

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2386 6030

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    Strato at Troika Sky Dining

    Strato is an Italian restaurant on the 23rd floor of the famous Troika Sky Dining. This gourmet Italian trattoria’s interior design is charming, with an old-world library feel – but instead of books, the focus is on the open-concept kitchen and the views of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline outside the floor-to-ceiling windows.

    Italian staples such as pizza and pasta feature prominently on the menu. Cracking service from the knowledgeable staff makes for a truly enjoyable dining experience, too. A standout in the mains section of the menu includes juicy pan-roasted cod, sprinkled with salty, herbed breadcrumbs, creamy, soft polenta and toasted almonds with anchovy chilli oil.

    Location: Level 23A Tower B, The Troika, 19, Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 5 am to midnight

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2162 0886

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    Melur & Thyme

    Melur & Thyme is an Asian restaurant in Suria KLCC, offering an East-meets-West interior with kopitiam (traditional coffeeshop) marble-top tables, low-hanging bulbs, white brick walls and intricate wired art.

    Food-wise, tapas take centre stage with 2 varied categories: Melur, for eastern flavours such as duck satay, Peking duck and Nyonya chicken rending; and Thyme for its western counterparts, such as beef goulash, duck confit and salmon croquet. 

    Location: G03H-I, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2181 8001

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    Acme Bar & Coffee

    Acme Bar & Coffee is a trendy restaurant with clean steel lines, comfy sofas, plush cushions and floor-to-ceiling glass walls letting natural light in. The ambience is enhanced by soft jazz music playing in the background.

    The award-winning restaurant is on the ground floor of Troika Sky Dining. For some Asian flavour, try the popular salted egg yolk chicken strips served in a Staub pan, the sambal hebi aglio olio, or classic chicken nasi lemak. 

    Location: G1 The Troika, Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2162 9888

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    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveller

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