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16 Best Restaurants In Malaysia [2023]

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Restaurants Malaysia

Best Restaurants Malaysia
Best Restaurants Malaysia

Looking for a restaurants for a dinner date, intimate gatherings, to catch up with your long-lost friends, or to celebrate a special occasion? We’ve gathered a list of the Best Restaurants in Malaysia that are ideal for a special night out – whether you’re searching for a sophisticated and romantic setting or a casual location for a laid-back date, this list has something for you!

Despite the current pandemic, these restaurants still manage to maintain and even elevate dining standards in Malaysia. Kudos to the teams for their hard work and constant devotion in making dining experiences way better and memorable!

1. Akâr Dining

Akâr Dining - Restaurants Malaysia
Akâr Dining – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Akâr Dining)
Key ServicesModern Fresh Cuisine with a local flair
Address109, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours6pm – 11pm daily
(Dinner Seatings: 6pm – 8pm / 8.30pm – 10.30pm)

Akâr dining was founded on the belief in returning to their roots and enrich the soil with their accumulated labors. The enlightenment is to create a comfortable dining environment, stripped of the stigma associated with fine-dining and focus on giving a memorable dining experience to their guests.

The food is ingredient-focused, simple & sometimes familiar to the Malaysian palates. The Modern French concept allows a canvas to explore outside of the norm and gives effort to be cooking wisely. They also emphasise on providing great services with interactions, friendliness and courtesy to their customers.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, their core product focuses on the Seasonal Carte Blanche.
  • Secondly, they provide a precise and unique selection of wines that goes along with the seasonal menu, with interesting styles (biodynamic, natural, orange).
  • Lastly, an exclusive Counter Seat for a close-up experience with the Chefs.

Client Testimonial

Highly recommend this place. Enjoyed every course that was served, it was quite a flavour adventure. Staff were pleasant and service was excellent. Loved the dessert so much I even asked to order extra to take away, which they happily obliged and packed everything nicely in vacuum pack and plastic container. Very well done. I brought home and kept it frozen for few weeks. Still tasted amazing when I ate it few weeks later. Can’t wait for my next visit!

Nicole Tan via Google Review

2. DC Restaurant

DC Restaurant - Restaurants Malaysia
DC Restaurant – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: DC Restaurant)
Key ServicesFrench Fine Dining
Addressno 44 Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Phone0122232991 / 60377310502
Operating Hours6pm – 12am daily

DC restaurant by Darren Chin is located along Persiaran Zaaba TTDI, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – an urban township, housed in a 3-storey building built in the 1970s.

Each floor houses a different dining experience, inspired by the same spirit of innovation.

Ground Floor “LE COMPTOIR” (The Counter): Le Comptoir operates as a pre-dinner cocktail area where guests can enjoy well crafted cocktails by their mixologist Sebastian Jeremy. He encompasses his take on light bodied cocktails to entice the palate preceding to the different dining rooms for a gastronomic dinner experience. 

“LA SALLE” (The Room features): DC restaurant’s first main dining area, still with a monthly changing prix fixe menu, but in a more formal environment. Here, their culinary experts push the boundaries, with a touch of luxury transporting diners into the sublime.

“SALON”: Adjacent to that, they have their salon privé rooms, which feature 3 private rooms – each fits perfectly large groups of 10 people. This is an intimate dining space for private dining parties, smaller exclusive events and special occasions. 

On the second floor – the epiphany of the DC dining experience. It showcases a collaboration with Grand Maison Louis xiii Cognac; complete with personalised lockers and two individual private rooms. This seamless design interior is paired with exquisite dishes crafted for this great cognac house. 

Along side is their breathtaking “Moon Bar” with key elements of a life size oil painted Moon and blinking fibre optics. An ideal place where guests can enjoy their drinks after dinner! This space could literally transcend diners to the stars and beyond. 

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, a rare dining encounter in the small suburbs of Taman Tun Dr Ismail which features a three-storeys shop house with an unassuming frontage.
  • Secondly, it is the only restaurant in Malaysia that collaborates with rare Cognac House – Louis xiii, which offers personalised Louis xiii lockers and private rooms with a cigar room attached.
  • Thirdly, it has an international standard of progressive cooking with the best ingredients (worldwide and local).

Client Testimonial

A marvellous fine dining experience with the various dishes packing a lot of flavour and beautiful presentation. The service by the DC Team was excellent too. A place to certainly go to, when you can splurge for a special occasion.

GohGohBarrow (TripAdvisor)


GOODDAM - Restaurants Malaysia
GOODDAM – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: GOODDAM)
Key ServicesType of Cuisine: Italian Cuisine with a local flair
Menu: Seasonal Curated Chef Menu, Weekend Lunch & Dinner, Wine & Cocktails
AddressB-G-07 The HUB SS2, Jalan Harapan, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya 46300, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone+6010 766 9708 (WhatsApp Only)
Operating HoursLunch Hour (Friday to Sunday Only): 12pm – 2.30pm 
Dinner Hour (Daily except Tuesday): 6pm – 10pm
*Above operation hour is for the usual dine-in (not applicable during MCO period).
*Reservation is encouraged via

GOODDAM, a restaurant in Selangor, Malaysia, is introducing a ‘new style’ of Italian food – one that disparates from the conventional and familiarity of the cuisine, and that is simplicity. At this restaurant, you will explore the endless possibilities of their flavour profiles as they use fresh local produce and ingredients of exceptional quality in their food dishes.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, it has a changing menu consists of seasonal produce.
  • Secondly, an open kitchen or plating station concept.
  • Lastly, a curated Italian wine list for food pairing.

Client Testimonial

One of the most affordable places for fine food in Malaysia, service was great and the whole setting is really comfortable and open unlike most formal fine-dines. Their food is amazing for its price. Definitely worth the visit once the menu gets updated.

Client via Google Review

4. Jeff’s Cellar

Jeff's Cellar - Restaurants Malaysia
Jeff’s Cellar – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Sunway Hotels)
Key ServicesFine Dining Cave Restaurant
WebsiteThe Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat:
Sunway Hotels & Resorts:
AddressNo 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan Malaysia
PhoneTel: +605 2107777
Fax: +605 210 7726
DID: +605 210 7745
Operating Hours6pm to 10.30pm daily

Jeff’s Cellar is a restaurant in Ipoh Malaysia that was named after the chairman and founder of Sunway – Tan Sri Jefferey Cheah. The Cellar is 10,000 square feet and it had to be air conditioned due to the humidity which tends to be high especially when functions are being conducted. The other reason is that it is located close to the hot springs.

The Cellar is divided into 3 areas: The Lounge, Dining Area and The Bar (which is located at the highest level in the cave). Also, the limestone cave is believed to be 260 million years old which is examined by a geologist based on the formation of the stalactites and stalacmites. At Jeff’s Cellar, you will definitely have a ‘wow’ dining experience!

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, it is an Ipoh restaurant in a limestone cave (260 million limestone).
  • Secondly, the moment you step inside its hall, you will be surrounded by stalactite formations that predate humankind’s history. It’s cavernously ethereal but somehow miraculously intimate.
  • Lastly, it has a romantic unique concept.

Client Testimonial

Went there for my ROM Anniversary with my husband. Honestly, the best fine dining I’ve had so far. The food was so good. I still can taste my lamb. It was so soft and yummy. The waiters were also super efficient and nice. Made us feel so comfortable. Hope to come back here again to try a different menu.

Reshvenir (TripAdvisor)

5. Wildflowers

Wildflowers - Restaurants Malaysia
Wildflowers – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Wildflowers)
Key ServicesModern Asian Cuisine, Cocktails, Wine & Coffee
Address153, Jalan Petaling, 50000, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone +60328563369
Operating HoursTuesday to Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm to 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm
*Operating hours may differ during MCO period

From the same team behind Merchants Lane brings you Wildflowers, serving Modern Asian cuisine with the focus of anchoring it on Malaysian flavours by marrying it with various elements from different part of Asia. They also use food and drinks pairing to deliver a full dining experience to their customers. This includes a long list of wine and craft cocktails.

They always believe that there is no right and wrong when it comes to flavours. So long as it tastes good when you put it in your mouth, it goes up the menu, be it food or drinks.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, they use challenging norms and conventional standards to serve a creative medley of flavours.
  • Secondly, they offer a carefully curated list of crafted cocktails that can be paired with food.
  • Lastly, a polished industrial-like interior filled with plants for a great Instagrammable photo.

Client Testimonial

Wildflowers is an asian fusion restaurant serving sharing plates, wines and hand-crafted cocktails. The team behind one of Chinatown’s famous cafes has created an impressive dining venue with sleek and black furnishings. Potted plants and leafy greens amid the modern interior add a touch of nature to the entire space. Besides that, their food is also a visual delight with bursts of colour that’ll tantalise your palate as well.

Che Chuntao via Google Review

6. Jing Ze Contemporary Asian Restaurant

Jing Ze Contemporary Asian Restaurant - Restaurants Malaysia
Jing Ze Contemporary Asian Restaurant – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Jing Ze Contemporary Asian Restaurant)
Key ServicesContemporary Asian Cuisine
AddressNo.22A Ground & Mezzanine Floors, Jalan 17/54, Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone +60 19-420 1177
Operating HoursMonday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm – 3pm (Lunch), 6pm – 10.30pm (Dinner)

Jing Ze Contemporary Asian, located in a residential area of Petaling Jaya, is one of the best restaurants in Malaysia that you must visit! Influenced by the intricacies of Asian cultures, Jing Ze revisits the simple and conventional, churning up contemporary new favourites along the way.

Singaporean chef Nicholas Scorpion’s passion for the kitchen has taken him from staging in the forested farmlands of northern Sweden to crafting menus for Bali’s sleek Seminyak scene. He brings that impressive experience to fine-tuned effect at Jing Ze, marrying Scandinavian savvy with Asian pizzas and a slew of border-leaping influences, brimming with vim and versatility.

Remember to start with the stuffed chicken wings marinated with basa genep before moving on to the roast duck. And you can end your dinner at Jing Ze with the nangka crumble served on a bed of coffee crumbles – many people’s favourite.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, Modern.
  • Secondly, Personable.
  • Thirdly, Premium.

Client Testimonial

Service was immaculate, food was delightful, love their experimentation of creating new flavors and combinations. The decor is also just the right ambience with a more chilled out lighting setup and temperature to make you feel comfortable. Price is definitely higher than your average chinese restaurant but well worth the money.

Dominic Toh via Google Review

7. Li Restaurant

Li Restaurant - Restaurants Malaysia
Li Restaurant – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Li Restaurant)
Key ServicesContemporary Malaysian eatery serving globally inspired food and drink
Address47, Jalan SS 22/23, Ss 22, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone+60 3-7733 7692
Operating HoursMonday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 11.30am to 9pm (last call 8.45pm)

The trendy eatery, located in Damansara Jaya next to Atria mall, combines an undeniable love for Malaysian food with modern cafe culture to refreshing results. Li Restaurant is the neighbourhood eatery you never realised you wanted to visit, and it is a must for anyone looking for fresh new recipes to satiate their taste buds.

This modern Malaysian restaurant stays faithful to its culinary traditions while also offering patrons new ways to try traditional foods. If unfamiliar, that’s even better, because would-be diners will be able to sample a variety of flavours cherished by many in the country. A giant Chinese character can also be seen on the back wall of the restaurant, denoting the business’s namesake and expressing the strong food culture shared by the restaurant’s crew.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, it is one of the best value for money restaurants in town.
  • Secondly, the restaurant is known for its inventive menu.
  • Thirdly, Li’s pork toast – a signature at the restaurant and best shared, is sinfully satisfying.

Client Testimonial

Today is Saturday, casually walk in for dinner but had a great surprise. Weekend dinner they serve different menu like kind of fine dining style. The service is excellent. The food is awesome too. Some says it is on the pricey side, but totally worth it. I would recommend 2 person dinner or not more than 4 person. Enjoy the food and have a good catch up time with your friend or with the love one. The espresso is one of the best in town that I tasted.

Ng Ming Foo via Google Review

8. Skillet At 163

Skillet At 163- Restaurants Malaysia
Skillet At 163- Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Skillet At 163)
Key ServicesModern European Restaurant
AddressUnit 1, Lot 163, Retail, No. 10, Jalan Perak, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone+60 3-2181 2426
Operating HoursLunch: 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 5pm – 10pm

Open in 2015, Skillet restaurant serves Modern European cuisine in a two-storey contemporary urban environment. Skillet was designed to provide a casual, no-frills dining experience with reasonable costs and personalised service to their customers.

Skillet has evolved from a welcoming informal bistro into an innovative fine dining restaurant with no frills in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The ideology behind Skillet evolves the seasonal ingredients of the European continent. Infused with carefree ideas to mix, match, and experiment with unique flavour profiles, Skillet offers a chance for the palate to discover something new. Also, Skillet challenges conventional culinary perceptions while remaining true to what a dish is meant to taste and look like.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, Affordable.
  • Secondly, Excellent service.
  • Thirdly, their dessert is a must-try.

Client Testimonial

Had a wonderful time at the restaurant. Food was delicious, and service was top notch! Went for the discovery 5-course menu and every course was absolutely sumptuous. Made a reservation with a remark about this being my wife’s birthday and they sang her a birthday song with a personalised birthday cake. Would definitely return!

Chee How Lim via Google Review

9. Sushi Hara

Sushi Hara- Restaurants Malaysia
Sushi Hara- Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Sushi Hara)
Key ServicesJapanese Cuisine
AddressNo. 360, Level 2-12 & 13, The Linc, Jln Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone +60 17-821 5556
Operating HoursLunch: 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10pm (last order at 9pm)

Sushi Hara is home to a plethora of gastronomical wonders, led by executive chef Harada Junji, who appreciates clean and sophisticated omakase. Hailing from Japan, Harada heads a team of outstanding, steady-handed chefs who are masters in the art of sushi. Sushi Hara’s classic yet innovative and delicious omakase dishes enables ardent sushi enthusiasts to enjoy a taste of Japan without boarding a plane. They believe that the best ingredients make the finest meals, that quality creates the finest ambiance, and that their chefs provide you the best of the rest.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, it offers a smorgasbord of delicacies spanning original classics as well as new creations inspired by each season’s produce. 
  • Secondly, the main highlight is the seven pieces of sushi. It is unique in that each piece is brushed with different amounts of soy sauce or wasabi.
  • Lastly, they provide traditional blend of sakes.

Client Testimonial

Nicely done! Clean interior and awesome crowd control. Staff well trained to explain each of the Matcha drink with passion, the actual product though was just good (not great. – Ren Matcha ice.) Definitely would be back to give it another try.

Desmond W via Google Review

10. Gēn 根

Gēn 根 - Restaurants Malaysia
Gēn 根 – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Gēn 根)
Key ServicesFine Dining Service
Address 8 Gat Lebuh Gereja (The Prestige Hotel), 10300 Georgetown, Penang
Operating HoursLunch: 12pm – 3pm (last order 2pm)
Dinner: 6pm – 11pm (last order 9.30pm)

Gēn 根 is a restaurant located at Penang, Malaysia. The name is translated into ‘ground roots’, valuing the idea of keeping true to their roots using local ingredients. The birth of gēn 根 represents a fresh start to Chef Johnson, a place where Malaysia’s quality local produce is fused with passion and culture. Hence, with sharing Chef Johnson’s interpretation of Malaysian ingredients and flavours, “My Malaysian Stories” is truly well defined.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, it is a Modern Malaysian Cuisine Restaurant.
  • Secondly, Produce-driven.
  • Thirdly, the Malaysian ingredients and flavours are interpreted by Chef Johnson.

Client Testimonial

Kudos to the team at gen for elevating the dining scene in Penang. You all are truly passionate and innovative in all the food and cocktails served. Also thanks for promoting locally source ingredients and the inclusion of Malaysia home produce caviar to the menu. Absolutely fantastic!!!

Joekwchen (TripAdvisor)

11. Aliyaa

Aliyaa - Restaurants Malaysia
Aliyaa – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Aliyaa)
Key ServicesSri Lanka Restaurant and bar
Address48, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone+6017 883 3738
Operating HoursMonday–Sunday
LUNCH 12.00 noon–3.00pm
(2.30pm last order)
DINNER 6.00pm–11.00pm
(10.30pm last order)

Aliyaa continues to amaze and offer outstanding cuisine. This well-known Bukit Damansara restaurant provides you with a wide selection of Sri Lankan meals, from an assortment of light bite starters to a full complement of tasting sets.

The crab dishes are excellent, but the fish cutlets and Flaming Appam are highly recommended. The menu also features many other items that will tantalize your taste buds such as the Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry, Lamb Shank Kari, and more.

Aliyaa is the perfect place to enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan meal with friends or family. The restaurant has a warm and inviting atmosphere, and the staff are always happy to help you choose the right dishes to suit your taste. So why not come and experience the best of Sri Lanka cuisine restaurants at Aliyaa today?

Key Differentiators

  • Sri Lanka Cuisine
  • Outstanding Menu
  • Wide variety of Sri Lankan Food

Client Testimonial

Great food and good services.

Charlotte Janice

12. Atelier Binchotan

Atelier Binchotan - Restaurants Malaysia
Atelier Binchotan – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Atelier Binchotan’s Facebook)
Key ServicesFine Dining
AddressNo 28, Jalan 2/109E, Desa Business Centre Taman Desa, Off Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone +60 17-788 9096
Operating HoursWednesday (6:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Thursday (6:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
LUNCH (11:30 AM – 3:00 PM)
DINNER (6:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
LUNCH (11:30 AM – 3:00 PM)
DINNER (6:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
LUNCH (11:30 AM – 3:00 PM)
DINNER (6:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

Atelier Binchotan is a Barbecue Bistronomy restaurant run by the husband-and-wife team of Lau Ka Hong and Celine.

The character and philosophy of their culinary style, which is based on the original technique of cooking with binchotan charcoal and the aromatic scent of the smoke, naturally restricts the number of people that they can serve without losing its flavor.

Because of this, Atelier Binchotan’s seating capacity is limited to 12 people per dining session, which surrounds the open-concept grill. Before moving on to A3 Japanese wagyu, sample the rich taste of their Spanish Iberico pork ribs or pork collar.

Atelier Binchotan’s tiny burgers of barbequed pork patty sandwiched with gribiche egg sauce are not to be missed.

It is one of the most delicious restaurants for you to enjoy! Don’t miss out now, come and join them now!

Key Differentiators

  • Smoke Grill Restaurant
  • Special Charcoal Smell
  • Barbecue culinary style

Client Testimonial

A fully charcoal grill experience which brings out the full flavour in full they served. the mini burger, slipper Lobster, Shima aji, wagyu, lamb rack is a must for me! not forgetting affordable prices and friendly staffs. on top of the main menu, the yuzu tart + pistachio tart + strawberry granita is a must try.

SiewBoon Lim

13. Binchotan JB

Binchotan JB - Restaurants Malaysia
Binchotan JB – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Binchotan JB)
Key ServicesModern Omakase
Address15, Jalan Kuning 2, Taman Pelangi, 80400, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Operating Hours 6 Days A Week (Tuesday Closed)
Dinner sessions :
6.00pm to 8.00pm (First session)
8.30pm to 10.30pm (Second session)

Binchotan JB is a restaurant from the same group that brought you Sushi Shin in Johor Bharu, and it is well worth your time.

Despite being the “baby” of the group, it would compete with restaurants of comparable quality in any culinary center (Binchotan JB opened in February 2021). While Chef John Chang’s goal is omakase with premium ingredients, he takes them to the next level with interesting combinations, careful preparation, and beautiful plating.

Although the cuisine changes with the seasons and availability, every visit to Binchotan is guaranteed to be unforgettable. You’re in for a one-of-a-kind omakase experience from a staff that works like a well-oiled machine with ingredient after delicious combination.

Binchotan JB is the perfect place for an intimate dinner or a night out with friends. The restaurant has a modern and sleek design, with dark wood furnishings and exposed brick walls.

Key Differentiators

  • Omakase In Malaysia
  • Modern environment for Omakase
  • Special Cuisine

Client Testimonial

The ambience is nice, very attentive waiter and waitress, friendly chef, exquisite food made from fresh ingredients!

Corrine Tan

14. Elegant Inn

Elegant Inn - Restaurants Malaysia
Elegant Inn – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Elegant Inn’s Facebook)
Key Services Hong Kong Cuisine Restaurant
Address2.01, 2nd Floor, Podium Block, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone +60 3-2070 9399
Operating HoursDaily ( 12:00pm – 2.30pm )
( 6:00pm – 10.30pm )

Elegant Inn has the remarkable ability to maintain a high level of excellence despite being in operation for many years. The service employees are attentive and knowledgeable, and ready at all times to provide their guests with a wide range of options.

Start your Cantonese journey with the exquisite and flavorful Pig Stomach soup, followed by a selection of traditional Cantonese foods including the well-known Hong Kong Waxmeat Claypot Rice and Steamed Tiger Garoupa with HK Sweetened Vegetables.

End your dinner on a high note with a selection of dim sum bites, such as radish cake and xiao long bao (soup dumplings).

15. Entier French Dining

Entier French Dining- Restaurants Malaysia
Entier French Dining- Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Entier French Dining)
Key ServicesFrench Dining Restaurant
AddressLevel 41, Alila Bangsar. 58 Jalan Ang Seng 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone+60 3-2268 3819
Operating HoursMonday: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Tuesday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Wednesday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Thursday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Friday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Saturday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 AM
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Sunday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 AM
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

It might be difficult to locate Entier French Dining in the Alila Hotel at Bangsar, but it’s well worth the effort. The restaurant owes its popularity to the hardworking team behind Platform Hospitality and a Japanese chef who is both creative and thorough.

It’s not unusual to see Masashi Horiuchi, who studied with chefs such as Joël Robuchon, peeking into the dining area from the kitchen. Every night in this little yet cozy environment, magical culinary magic happens as diverse ingredients combine to create unforgettable meals.

In one of their inspired dishes, Iwagaki oysters mingle with Tanjung Malim caviar, and corn dines in a delicious menage-a-trois with parmesan cheese and black truffle in the regular corn dish. The A5 Wagyu and Rice–swish this delicate loin cut in beef stock around lightly for a completely satisfying experience.

16. Hoshi

Hoshi - Restaurants Malaysia
Hoshi – Restaurants Malaysia (Credit: Hoshi)
Key ServicesJapanese Fine Dining Restaurant
AddressDarul Ta’zim, Persiaran Damai, Desaru Coast Bandar Penawar, 90, 81930, Johor, Malaysia
Phone+60 7 878 3400
Operating HoursTuesday – Thursday:
7pm – 10pm

Friday & Saturday:
7.30pm – 10pm

Hoshi is the Japanese word for “star,” and it certainly lives up to its name. The restaurant’s atmosphere is dark, cozy, and sexy, with bar-style seats surrounding a polished stainless steel avant-garde kitchen that has been likened to an industrial truck stop. On the far wall’s upper part, a vibrant, colorful painting depicts the flora and wildlife of the Desaru coast.

I choose the Kengyuu set with four signature dishes, one tempura, and nine premium nigiri sushi from the menu. The ikura and peas chawan mushi are exquisite appetizers. The tuna tartare is yet another delicious dish; the blended tuna contrasts wonderfully with the piping hot fried paus.

Following that, there are nine sushi meals, all excellent. The dishes were prepared in a beautiful glass bowl filled with sea shells and local leaves to give it an intriguing ambiance.

Restaurants Malaysia

With this list of the best restaurants in Malaysia, we hope that you will be able to find your preferred choice in terms of service, dining experience and quality of food.

It is tough to find great restaurants to dine in especially during this pandemic as many of them have closed down. Do check them out the next time when you’re craving for good food and dishes to satisfy your hunger! And also, continue to support these restaurants if you’ve already tried them. Explore more to find other hidden gem in Malaysia!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The delicious cuisine may be one of the most attractive and enjoyable aspects of life in Malaysia. Because of its geographical position, the food is mostly a mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian; yet there are lots of ingredients to choose from and the flavor has become predictably fantastic.

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Malaysia is a culinary tour de force, renowned for its variety and quality. The cuisine is a unique mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian foods.

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All persons, regardless of vaccination status, are permitted to dine-in during Phase 3 of the national recovery plan in PETALING JAYA; however, physical distance is still a must.

Is eating sandwiches at jln bukit bintang cheap?

Yes, there are many great places to get cheap sandwiches in Bukit Bintang. Some of our favourites include The Daily Grind, The Copper House, and Dolcetto by Crustz.

Where are the breathtaking views in Malaysia for a bistro?

There are breathtaking views to be enjoyed all throughout Malaysia, but some of the most notable include the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, and the Sipadan Island Resort in Tawau.

What inventive cocktails are there in Klang Valley?

There are all sorts of inventive cocktails to be found in the Klang Valley, but some of our favorites include the lychee martini at Tao’s Restaurant u0026amp; Bar, the chocolate martini at The Lounge, and the mango mojito at Latino’s.

What are Bukit Bintang local favourites?

Some of the most popular locales in Bukit Bintang include Jalan Alor (for food), Changkat Bukit Bintang (for nightlife), and Berjaya Times Square (for shopping).

Is there high tea in KL tower?

Yes, there is! You can find high tea at the Sky Deck on the 86th floor of the KL Tower. Enjoy stunning views of Kuala Lumpur while indulging in a luxurious afternoon tea experience.

Where is the perfect spot for a date?

There are many perfect spots for a date in Malaysia, depending on what you and your partner are interested in. If you’re looking for a romantic spot with stunning views, we recommend the Sky Deck at KL Tower. For something a bit more low-key, try exploring one of the many charming cafés in Bukit Bintang. Lastly, if you’re hoping to impress your date with your knowledge of local history and culture, consider taking them on a tour of some of Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic landmarks.

What is the difference between buffer and cafés?

Cafés are typically smaller and more intimate than buffers, though both serve food and drinks. Buffers usually offer a more extensive menu with a variety of dishes, while cafés tend to focus on coffee and pastries.

Where can I find fresh seafood in bukit bintang?

Some of the best places for fresh seafood in Bukit Bintang include The Daily Catch, Fish u0026amp; Co., and Sushi Zanmai.

Where is the best buffet establishments for a dinner date?

There are many great buffet establishments in Malaysia, but some of our favourites include The Line at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, The Spread at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, and Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower.

Can I have afternoon tea at Changkat Bukit Bintang?

Yes, you can! There are many great cafés in Changkat Bukit Bintang that offer afternoon tea. Some of our favourites include The Daily Grind, The Copper House, and Dolcetto by Crustz.

Is there set meal at bars?

Yes, there are many bars that offer set meals. Some of our favourites include The Beer Factory, Hops beers u0026amp; bites, and Pintu Gerbang Setiawangsa.

What is the speciality dish of Malaysia?

There are many speciality dishes in Malaysia, but some of the most popular include nasi lemak (rice dish), rendang (beef stew), and satay (barbecued meat skewers).

Is there buffet for pastries?

Yes, there are many great places to get buffet for pastries in Bukit Bintang. Some of our favourites include The Daily Grind, The Copper House, and Dolcetto by Crustz.

Where can I find local eats like noodles and rice?

There are many great places to find local eats like noodles and rice in Bukit Bintang. Some of our favourites include The Daily Grind, The Copper House, and Dolcetto by Crustz.

Where can I find good salad?

You can find salad at most restaurants and cafés in Bukit Bintang. Some of our favourites include The Daily Grind, The Copper House, and Dolcetto by Crustz.

Is eating in Malaysia cheaper than Singapore?

Yes, eating in Malaysia is generally cheaper than Singapore. However, there are still many great places to eat in Singapore if you’re willing to spend a bit more money.

Where is the best place to eat Japanese cuisine in Malaysia?

There are many great places to eat Japanese cuisine in Malaysia, but some of our favourites include Sushi Zanmai, Santoku, and Yutaka.


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