Mediterranean Restaurant Kuala Lumpur

MAZI Greek Taverna KL – The Stories of Bukit Tunku

MAZI Greek Taverna KL – The Stories of Bukit Tunku

Words: Theresa Hogan Leahy
Photos: Monica Tindall

Greek restaurants in Kuala Lumpur are few and far between, so we were excited to hear of the opening of MAZI Greek Taverna KL in The Stories of Bukit Tunku. This is the newest launch by serial restaurateur Yin How Wong, and MAZI has successfully transported a taste of Greece to Malaysia’s capital.

MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
MAZI Greek Taverna KL – The Stories of Taman Tunku
MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Greek Restaurant Bukit Tunku
MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Lovely Green Outlook

Greek Restaurant Kuala Lumpur

The Greek restaurant is nestled against a lush green and serene backdrop, infusing a sense of tranquillity with indoor and covered patio seating. The large, warmly lit wicker lampshades and the simple arrangement of tables and chairs immediately transmit a Mediterranean mood. 

During our early lunch visit, Monica, Margarita, and I started with coffee. The group roasts its own beans, an original mix of Arabica with a touch of Liberica beans from Johor. Mon says it’s one of her favourite coffee blends in the city. By the time this piece is published, MAZI Greek Taverna KL should also have Greek mokka pots in vibrant blue and contrasting white – something to return for. Hildon sparkling water was equally pleasing, and I have now become a fan of its delicate effervescence.

MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Coffee

MAZI Greek Taverna KL Menu

In keeping with its name, “MAZI”, meaning “together” in Greek, our appetisers truly captured this essence. We shared a variety of dips accompanied by house-baked pita bread, Feta Saganaki (RM 32), and Spinokopita (RM 14). 

Even the simplest of dips shine when composed of top-tier ingredients like the chickpeas in the Hummus (RM 7), the cod roe in the Taramosalata (RM 19), the cucumber and fresh dill in the Tzatziki (RM 9), and the seemingly unassuming Fava Beans (RM 7), all combined with the finest extra virgin olive oil. The dips and bread are an excellent sharing platter – highly recommended to pair with one of MAZI Greek Taverna KL’s well-selected wines.

MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Dips & Pita – MAZI Greek Taverna KL

The Saganaki, a crispy and creamy pan-fried feta drizzled with honey and sesame seeds, showcased the best feta I’ve tasted in Kuala Lumpur. Despite my intense curiosity to uncover its source, MAZI kept the producer of the local feta under wraps due to limited supply. The Spinokapita, a savoury spinach pie enveloped in crispy filo pastry, is a quintessential Greek starter that is nutrient-packed and incredibly delicious; it, too, received unanimous praise.

MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Spinokapita
Greek Restaurant Kuala Lumpur
Saganaki

From the selection of salads, we chose the Salata Horatiki (RM 32), a classic combination of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, onions, oregano, feta cheese, and extra virgin olive oil. These simple ingredients shone brightly due to their superior quality. The tomatoes were sourced from the Cameron Highlands, and their sweetness and juiciness made the concept of tomatoes as a type of berry finally make sense. The olives in this dish burst with flavour, bringing me to the olive oil itself. Good olive oil is essential for all Mediterranean food. Every MAZI Greek Taverna KL dish exudes excellent virgin olive oil’s green, bright, peppery, and earthy taste.

MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Salata Horatiki – MAZI Greek Taverna KL

Seafood

We paired our seafood course with a bottle of Portuguese white wine, Soalheiro Allo Alvarinho 2021 (RM 124). “ALLO” is a portmanteau of the initials of the two noble grape varieties that make up this wine: Alvarinho and Loureiro. Loureiro imparts a floral tapestry to the wine while Alvarinho lends structure. It’s a fantastic wine to quaff on a warm afternoon and also played well with our Halibut (RM 20/100G), Yapioa -grilled river prawns (RM 103), Grilled Oktapodi (RM 92), and Briam (RM 17).

MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Soalheiro Allo Alvarinho 2021

Each of the seafood dishes possessed its own unique charm. The Bertha-oven-baked Halibut displayed even charring and was accompanied by a refreshing garden salad. The generously sized succulent river prawns were bathed in spiced butter with rocket. The Grilled Oktapodi, a single grilled octopus leg dish, was dusted with Sarawak pepper and served with perfectly roasted crunchy potatoes and a refreshing tomato and cucumber salad. The Briam, a popular Greek roasted vegetable casserole, was elevated here with anchovies, enhancing the simple ingredients of eggplant, zucchini, and peppers. I was particularly impressed by how the anchovy flavours permeated through the vegetables, and the seafood-friendly wine encouraged them to shine in this straightforward casserole.

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Yapioa
MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Halibut
MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Grilled Oktapodi
MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Briam – MAZI Greek Taverna KL

Meaty Mains

Moving on to the meat dishes, we continued with another exceptional wine from Spain, Enrique Mendoza Las Quebradas, Monastrell, 2019 (RM 230). Served slightly chilled, its fruity intensity, complex minerality and full body, enhanced and complemented the mixed grill and classic moussaka flavours. 

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Enrique Mendoza Las Quebradas, Monastrell, 2019

The Mixed Grill, designed for sharing between two to four people, provided exceptional value at (RM 225). Every element spoke of quality, from juicy lamb chops to tender beef cuts and flavourful chicken kebabs. Meatballs and sausages further contributed to the excellence of the platter, served with a fresh salad and a tzatziki dip infused with citrus notes. The meticulous selection and thoughtful choice of ingredients once again shone through in every bite. The Moussaka (RM 30), an iconic Greek favourite, featured layers of eggplant, tomatoes, minced beef, béchamel sauce, and mozzarella, all charcoal-baked in the Bertha oven—a genuinely delectable rendition.

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Mixed Grill
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Moussaka

MAZI Greek Taverna KL – Dessert Menu

We concluded with the Galaktoboureko (RM 18), a traditional Greek sweet. This treat consisted of layers of delicate filo, butter, creamy custard, and scented syrup, all accompanied by velvety vanilla ice cream. We finished dessert with the last drops of the red wine – it was too good not to polish off. However, we hear that a shipment of exclusive ouzo is on its way to MAZI Greek Taverna KL – yet another reason for us to return. 

MAZI Greek Taverna KL, The Stories of Bukit Tunku
Galaktoboureko

Reasons to visit MAZI Greek Taverna KL: one of only a few restaurants serving Greek food in Kuala Lumpur; dedication to authentic, quality ingredients; compact but very well-chosen wine list; lovely green outlook; looking forward to Greek mokka pot coffee and ouzo in upcoming menus.

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Food Menu
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Beverage & Wine List

MAZI Greek Taverna KL
Unit A1 Taman Tunku, Off Jln Langgak Tunku
Bukit Tunku, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 3 6211 1866

MAZI Greek Taverna KL Opening Hours
Daily: 11.30 am – 9.30 pm
Closed on Mondays

Find more Mediterranean restaurants in KL here and stay up to date with the happenings around Malaysia here and here.

One Comment

  1. Wowww!!! The giant prawns! Bet that costs an arm or a leg!

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