KL's best restaurants 2016

Best Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Kuala Lumpur 2016

This is no easy task, but here we attempt to round up some of our most memorable gourmet experiences for 2016 in Kuala Lumpur.

A Little Farm On The Hill – a memorable and beautiful day trip from Kuala Lumpur – incredibly tasty food all made from their very own organic garden

KL's best restaurants 2016
A Little Farm On The Hill

Common Man Coffee Roasters – this might be our favourite cafe in the city for 2016. Excellent coffee and a fab contemporary Australian food menu.

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Common Man Coffee Roasters

The Picha Project – this catering service is not only delicious, but also supports refugees in making an income.

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The Picha Project

Ashley’s by Living Food – still one of our favourite healthy dining spots in the city

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Ashley’s by Living Food

Rendez-Vous, French Bistro – a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon is with one of their sharing platters, a bottle of wine and game of boules

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Rendez-Vous French Bistro

Zenzero – exquisite Italian cuisine in a friendly setting

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Zenzero Italian Restaurant

Olfactory Bulb – coffee + alcohol + dessert all rolled into one – what’s not to love?

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Olfactory Bulb

DC Restaurant – an outstanding fine dining experience

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DC Restaurant

Villa Danieli – one of the best value and highest quality bubbly brunches in the city

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Villa Danieli

PS150 – my favourite spot to take out of town visitors for a cocktail

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Pinchos – it’s impossible to visit this tapas bar without having a good time

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Wicked Pancake Parlour – THE place for pancakes

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Wicked Pancake Parlour

Ginza Tenkuni – this was not only memorable for the Michelin starred chef who prepared our superb meal, but it is possibly the most expensive dinner we’ve had in Kuala Lumpur in the 14 years we’ve been here!

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Ginza Tenkuni

Marini’s on 57 – not only does this restaurant proffer stunning views and kick-ass cocktails, we’re also impressed by the management’s attitude that no challenge is too big or small. When asked to prepare a vegetarian degustation menu they came up with a nine-course masterpiece.

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Marini’s on 57

Barat – a wonderfully creative vegetarian dining experience

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Barat, Vegetarian Restaurant

The Good Co. – delicious smoothie bowls and to-die-for energy jars

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The Good Co.

KomPassion II – gorgeous modern Thai cuisine

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KomPassion II

Portofino – good value, simple Italian with a focus on local seafood – hubby’s fave spot for pizza

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Flint Restaurant and Bar – THE place for beautiful meats and wines at value for money prices

KL's best restaurants 2016
Flint Restaurant and Bar

Sassorosso – okay, so our fondness for Italian cuisine is evident in this list, but with the number of authentic Italian restaurants in the city, it’s hard not to list multiple. We love everything about this spot – the quiet bungalow setting, rustic dishes and a fantastic wine list.

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Hoppers – a simple menu and welcome mover and shaker of the revival of Jalan Pudu and the Chinatown area

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Hoppers KL

Chocha Foodstore – another hip new cafe in Chinatown – don’t miss the duck rice.

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Chocha Foodstore

Ishin – a delightful Japanese meal in a surprising location

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Ishin Japanese Restaurant

28 Fireplace – so great to have a hip cafe on the Ampang side of town – always friendly, always abuzz with people

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28 Fireplace Ampang

Goodness Greens Cafe – affordable, healthy and delicious cafe in TTDI

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Goodness Greens Cafe

The Blue Cow Butcher – we love the rise of delivery services in Kuala Lumpur and this one is perfect for carnivores

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The Blue Cow Butcher

Roofino Sky Dining and Bar – KL’s latest rooftop bar with some of the best views in the city and most reasonably priced drinks (and an ongoing 10% discount on food with the use of the code YUMLIST10)

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Roofino Sky Dining and Bar

Hilton Kuala Lumpur – the best scones in the city

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Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Sitka Studio – contemporary degustation menus unlike anything we’ve ever come across in KL

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Sitka Studio

Nobu Kuala Lumpur – not only for afternoon tea with a sky high view, but for some excellent beverages too

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Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Bottega Mediterranea – delivery service featuring cold cuts, cheeses and the best products from Europe

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Bottega Mediterranea

Wine Talk – wine, picked personally for your tastes by a professional sommelier, delivered to your door

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Wine Talk

Em by Tedboy – value for money European dining with an Asian twist

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Em by Tedboy

La Bodega – one of KL’s oldest European restaurants in the city is looking great with a refreshed menu

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La Bodega

Skillet @ 163 – beautiful European style cuisine with Malaysian ingredients

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Little Collins – this online cakery providing custom-made designs as well as ready-to-go desserts assures I will never bother baking again

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Little Collins

Shook! Sunday Seafood Brunch – with a focus on high quality seafood and a free flow of wine, beer and prosecco, this brunch is packed every weekend. The buzz is contagious!

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Shook! Sunday Seafood Brunch

What have been your favourites restaurants this year? Where do you recommend we explore in 2017?



  1. All the yummy looking food photos gave me a roaring appetite! I couldn’t wait for breakfast!
    Happy New Year to you and love ones and your team!

  2. Lovely ambiance and presentations! Happy New Year to you, Monica! 🙂

  3. Your photos have tempted me to visit them all for myself.

    If ever I am in the country I will surely visit at least one of these delightful restaurants 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing a round-up of your best experiences in 2016. I’ve only been to a few but I’m glad that some of those I’ve earmarked have appeared in this list further cementing the fact that I should definitely pay a visit 🙂 Cheers….and I look forward to reading more of your spoils in 2017! ^_*

  5. All the wonderful and delicious items! *slurps*

    Btw, the picture of the sake against the backdrop of KL’s sunset is gorgeous! It’s like the daily hustle and bustle is ending, signalling the time to relax to a glass/bottle of exquisite alcohol or drink. I personally don’t drink sake, so I’m not sure whether sake is classified as exquisite or not.

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