Kuala Lumpur’s multifaceted culinary scene has never been more exciting, with the Michelin Guide set to launch in the city in 2023. Modern Malaysian restaurant Dewakan, the sole Malaysian establishment on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 list, is a shoo-in to make the cut. Helmed by local chef Darren Teoh, the venue flawlessly executes gorgeous plates that showcase native produce, such as cured mackerel with ulam raja (King’s salad), pomelo and local flowers (above).
Other standout fine-dining restaurants that have put Kuala Lumpur on the global culinary map include Taka, where you can enjoy an Edomae-style omakase experience featuring fresh seafood flown in from Japan; Gooddam, where you can tuck into Italian classics with a creative twist; and Nadodi, which specialises in progressive South Asian fare. Think A5 Miyazaki beef with a vindaloo emulsion.
Of course, Kuala Lumpur has no shortage of more affordable eats that are equally delicious. Grab a meal at Village Park Restaurant, where you can sample arguably the city’s most famous nasi lemak (coconut rice served with various accompaniments) before exploring the trendy boutiques and cafés of Damansara Heights, located a short distance away. You can also amble along Petaling Street to feast on a wide array of street food – from tongue-tingling assam laksa (noodles in a tangy fish-based broth) and chicken rice to traditional desserts.