In Malaysia, Malay dishes
can be easily found at hawker stalls or warung (family-run shops) in the form of nasi campur (mixed rice). Customers get to choose from a variety of Malay dishes to eat with rice. For those who prefer to enjoy the same delicious food in a more comfortable setting, a more exquisite version of Malay Cuisine is also available at many hotels and restaurants. During this holy month of Ramadhan, almost all Malay restaurants are offering special Ramadhan promotions to attract customers.
Here are some great Malay restaurants in Klang Valley you must try. Selamat berbuka puasa! (The restaurants are listed in no particular order.)
1. Bijan @ Changkat Bukit Bintang
Located not far from Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bijan
, meaning “sesame” in Malay, is one of the most well-known restaurants in KL specializing in fine Malay cuisine. Opened its door to the public in 2003, the restaurant’s interior is designed in Balinese style with a choice of indoor and al fresco dining. The menu features a wide variety of traditional Malay dishes, such as Daging Bungkus Kukus, Opor Rusuk, and Rendang Udang Nogori. The restaurant is running full house almost every night; hence, it is advisable to call for reservation before visiting the restaurant.
2. Songket @ Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
Tucked away at a secluded area at Jalan Yap Kwan Seng in KL, Songket
is a beautiful and spacious Malay restaurant decorated in traditional style. Customers will be spoiled for choice, as the menu offer a wide range of traditional Malay Cuisine. Some of the specialty dishes here include Songket Platter, Masak Lemak Udang Nanas, and Rusuk Salai Berkicap. What’s more, the restaurant also offers live entertainment at night from Mon to Sat. Customers can not only enjoy the delicious dishes, but also experience the beauty of Malaysia's ethnic and cultural dances.
3. Rebung @ Bangsar
Co-founded by celebrity chef, Ismail Ahmad, and Malaysia’s first astronaut, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar, Rebung
is a renowned Malay restaurant in KL that offers daily buffets, including lunch, hi-tea, and dinner buffet. By paying one price, you get to tantalize your taste-buds with a sumptuous spread of Malay delicacies, ranging from appetizers, rice, and porridge to all kinds of side dishes, main dishes, and desserts. Some highlights include Rendang Daging, Asam Pedas Ikan Pari, and Patin Masak Tempoyak.
4. Enak KL @ Bukit Bintang
Nestled in Starhill Gallery, Enak KL
is one of few fine dining restaurants in KL that specialize in authentic Malay Cuisine. The restaurant’s interior is decorated in an elegant style with red color as the primary color, exuding a warm and cozy ambiance. The dishes here are prepared using a traditional recipe that has been passed down for generations. Some must-try specialty dishes include Satay, Botok-Botok, and Rendang Padang.
5. Khadijah @ Petaling Jaya
Founded by Khadijah Ibrahim, one of the leading singers in Malaysia, Khadijah’s
is an established Malay restaurant in PJ featuring an extensive menu of traditional Malay Cuisine. The restaurant is nicely decorated in traditional style with wooden and classic furniture. Many black & white photos of Khadijah are displayed on the walls. Indulge yourself in a wide variety of authentic Malay delicacies, such as Ayam Daun Kari, Sotong Masak Hitam, and Sambal Udang Tempoyak.
6. @ Bukit Petaling
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Tupai Tupai
is a unique Malay restaurant surrounded by a lush green environment. The restaurant in KL is a huge wooden building that resembles an attap house. Many patrons like to visit here for their popular nasi campur during lunch time. They serve up to 50 different dishes, such as ikan asam pedas, ikan bakar, sambal sotong, begedil, etc. At night, customers can visit here for delicious steamboat with 3 choices of soup bases, including chicken soup, tomyam and tomyam with coconut water.
7. Serai @ Various Shopping MallsSerai
is one of the most successful casual dining restaurants in shopping malls, offering not only Malay Cuisine, but also Thai and Western Cuisine. All Serai outlets are designed in chic and contemporary style, so that customers can enjoy freshly prepared dishes in a comfy setting. One of the best-selling dishes here is the Serai Platter, which is a rice dish served with oxtail asam pedas, honey squid, acar and ayam goreng berempah. End your meal on a sweet note with Serai’s soft and creamy Pavlova.
8. Hayaki @ SetapakHayaki
is a convenient restaurant in KL where you can enjoy authentic Kelantanese Malay dishes all day long, as it is open for 24 hours a day! All the Malay staffs here are from Kelantan too. No wonder they speak Malay with a Kelantanese accent. Hayaki’s signature dish is the Nasi Kerabu Ayam Percik, which is served with a grilled whole chicken drumstick, salted egg, keropok and a variety of raw vegetables. Remember to mix the rice with all the raw vegetables to enhance the taste.