Ahh, Taman Tun Dr Ismail. When you think of go-to areas for eating out in KL, it’s hard not to think of this neighbourhood (affectionately known as Taman Tun or TTDI for short) located in Petaling Jaya. Besides being centrally located near the city and boasting a commercial and retail haven (with malls like One Utama just minutes away), it is also undeniable a halal food haven.

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TTDI has a unique and eclectic mix of eateries ranging from cheap local fare far all the way to Instagram-worthy cafes (perfect for brunch outings!), steakhouses, seafood restaurants, and fine dining establishments (reflecting the neighbourhood’s middle-to-upper class population). And best of all, they’re all halal 😍 We’ve rounded up some amazing eateries you have to try when you’re next in TTDI.

1. Homst

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Starting off our list is an eatery serving Chinese-Muslim cuisine. Homst opened its original outlet in TTDI and grew to be a neighbourhood favourite for family and group meals. The restaurant serving up an extensive menu of Chinese food – from beef, seafood, vegetable dishes made to share, to rice and noodle dishes, and even dim sum! Crowd favourites include salted egg yolk crabs or squid, butter prawns, and kung pao chicken, but really, the list of items available is so large that there will surely be something to please everyone 😉 You can chose the size of dishes (between  small, medium and large), and there are often set menus available as well.

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Homst’s popularity has grown so much such that it now also has seven other outlets throughout Klang Valley. The TTDI outlet has a washroom and prayer space, and is also wheel-chair accessible. Though it’s worth noting that parking can be a little difficult to find right near to the restaurant (as it’s limited to street-side parking).

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: 11 am – 10.30 pm daily
Contact no.: +60 3-7728 0760
Address:  No. 48, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

2. TTDI Meat Point Steakhouse

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Meat Point is the go-to place in TTDI for halal steak. When you get to the restaurant, you get to choose your choice cut of beef (with a selection ranging from grain or grass-fed tenderloin, ribeye, striploing and T-Bone. They even have wagyu beef!) from their chiller, which will be prepared according to your preferred doneness, along with two sides of your choice. Prices will depent on the type and weight of the meat you choose (typically ranging between Rm50-100 plus for the regular cuts, or between RM200 – 300 plus for the wagyu). There are also other mains available on the menu, including short ribs, lamb, and chicken, so you it doesn’t have to be an all-beef affair!

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The popular is very popular, so reservations are a good idea (especially on weekends!).

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Mon – Thu (12 pm – 10.30 pm); Fri (6 pm – 11 pm); Sat – Sun (12 pm – 11 pm)
Contact no.: +60 14-360 4040
Address: 62, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

3. Pickle and Fig

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If you’re craving for a nice hearty meal along with a smoothie or a coffee, Pickle and Fig’s the way to go. This sandwich shop has been around since 2012 and proven to be a staple for nice balanced lunch or dinner!

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Pickle and Fig are popular for their toasted panini sandwiches, including longtime favourites Rotkraut, Beef pastrami and Cheese panini (RM22) as well as the Hoisin Chicken, Egg, Grilled Zucchini and Cheese panini (RM19). Other popular dishes include their Big Breakfast (RM27) and their pretty smoothie bowls. The menu also includes protein bowls and pasta dishes, so there will be plenty for you to try! They have interesting beverages too, like the Honey Passion Assamboi (RM10) and a blue-coloured Butterfly Pea Latte (RM12).

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Halal status: Uses ingredients sourced from halal-certified suppliers
Opening hours:  Mon – Sat (9 am – 9 pm); Sun (9 am – 6 pm)
Contact no.: +60 3-2858 9960
Address: 26, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail Kuala Lumpur

4. Muhibbah Seafood Restaurant

Another well-known name in TTDI is Muhibbah. Known for serving Chinese and Thai-style seafood dishes, it’s a place perfect for family and group meals.

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Similar to Homst, this restaurant serves up dishes that are great for sharing, including fish, squid, prawns and shellfish, as well as other meat, poultry and vegetables accompaniments. Price of dishes depend on what dishes you choose and size (with most dishes coming in small, medium or large).

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The restaurant can accommodate large groups easily, with ample parking and many tables within its premises.

Halal status: Halal-certified
Opening hours: Daily 12.00 pm – 2.30 pm;  6.30 pm – 10 pm
Contact no.: +60 3-7727 3153
Address: Lot 2851, Jalan Seri Penchala, Kg Sg Penchala, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 60000

5. Rasta

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Anyone who lives in an around TTDI has probably had a lepak session or two at Rasta. This large food court has several food stalls where you can choose to eat what your heart desires – stalls include Waroeng Isabella (selling Bali and Lombok-style cuisine), Bawal Power (specialising in rice set dishes such as Set Ikan Bawal, Set Sotong, etc.) and Stall Nabilah for mee sup and sotong kangkung.

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Mon – Fri (12 pm – 12 am); Sat – Sun (12 pm – 1 am).
Address: Lot 3052 Jalan Datuk Sulaiman. Kg Sg. Penchala, Kuala Lumpur 60000

6. Dotty’s

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Dotty’s burst on to the TTDI cafe scene a few years back and soon became the talk of the town, thanks to its pretty interior, a hearty western-style menu, and a bevvy of baked pastries, including the popular salted-egg cronut. These days, it remains a popular place for breakfast, brunch, or any meal, really. They’ve since opened three other outlets in KL too.

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: 8 am – 1o pm daily
Contact no.: +603.7733.4233
Address: 20-G, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 60000

7. Super Saigon

Craving for a hearty bowl of pho? Well, Super Saigon has got you covered.

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This chain of eateries (with five outlets to date) is relatively new to the scene and has been a hit thus far. It’s easy to see why – it’s one of the only halal eateries that specialise in pho, with over 12 types of pho comprising different meat parts as well as chicken and vegetarian!

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There are also other dishes available, including spring rolls, delicious banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches famous for being made using a baguette) and stir fry noodles. There’s also Vietnamese coffee on the menu 🙂

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Halal status: Uses ingredients sourced from halal-certified suppliers
Opening hours: Mon – Fri (11.30 am – 10.30 pm); Sat, Sun & Public Holidays (10.30 am – 10.30 pm)
Contact no.: +60 3-7498 1875
Address: 28, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

8. Bedouin

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Looking for your Arab food fix? Craving for some chicken many, or lamb kabsa? Well Bedouin Arabian Cuisine will do trick! This restaurant, located along Jalan Wan Kadir serves all the usual favourites and a whole lot more!

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Dishes such as chicken mandy cost RM21 (for a quarter chicken), while lamb kabsa costs RM30. Savour the delicious rice meals alongside side dishes such as hummus and babaghanoush (grilled eggplant dip). There are also family meals meant for sharing, such as the Bedouin Family (RM170) which serves 5 pax.

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Sun – Thu (12 pm – 10.30 pm); Fri – Say (12 pm – 11 pm)
Contact no.: +60 3-7731 4712
Address: 6 Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 60000

9. Thursdvys

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The folks at Thursdvys take their coffee seriously. Inspired by the coffee and cafe culture in Melbourne, Thursdvys was opened with a simple cause: to serve good food and coffee. The cafe’s menu includes all day brunch items, such as Baba’s Big Breakfast (RM28) and French Toast (RM15), as well other popular items such as the Thursdvys Doughnut Burger (RM28) and the Rain Warmer Pie (a chicken mushroom pie, RM26).

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Fri – Wed (10 am – 11 pm), closed on Thu
Contact no.: +60 3-7733 6722
Address: 22, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

10. Mukha Cafe

Mukha Cafe is a TTDI institution. The cosy cafe opened in 2011 and has grown to become a well-known spot for events and gatherings within the Muslim community. Serving a fusion menu with Arabic influences, such as Lamb Sandwich & Chips (RM25),  Chicken Gulf Rice (RM18) and Shakshuka (RM16), it’s become a great place to have a quiet meal with friends. Souka Bakeshop is also conveniently located adjacent to the cafe for all your cake and sweet treat needs 😊

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The cafe doubles as an event space and often plays host to talks and workshops, including Muslim scholars through events hosted by organisations such as Peacemeal.

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Mon – Thu (3 pm – 12 am); Fri (3 pm – 1 am); Sat – Sun (11 am – 1 am)
Contact no.: +60 3-7732 2248
Address: 15, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 60000

11. Dua by SKöHNS

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Dua by SKöHNS is a restaurant specialising in local fare (especially Nasi Kerabu!) at affordable prices. This cosy establishment located on the upper floor of one of the shophouses along Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad has quickly become a favourite in the neighbourhood. Besides Nasi Kerabu (which is sold with various accompanying dishes such as Ayam Percik or salted egg prawns), it also has other local dishes such as Nasi Briyani and Nasi Lemak. Prices range between RM6.50 to RM16.50, depending on what you order.

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The also serve western fare, and also have a selection of desserts daily, including desserts and waffles.

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Mon – Fri (12 pm – 3 pm); Sat (12 pm – 11 pm); Sun closed
Contact no.: +60 3-7731 6954
Address: 12A, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

12. Durian King

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Durian King is THE place in TTDI to get your durian and durian cendol fix. Have a merry durian party as you sit in the open-air makeshift seating area and feast to your heart’s content. Just point to which durians on display you want (there are usually a few types available, depending on the season. The stall staff will helpfully recommend which durians you should try!), and they’ll open it right there and then for you.

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Besides durian and cendol, there’s usually also other stalls selling local food, if you want to make a full meal of it.

Halal status: Uses halal ingredients
Opening hours: Mon – Fri (5 pm – 12 am); Sat – Sun (12 pm – 12 am)
Contact no.: +60 16-274 6474
Address: 179, Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

13. Chequers

Did you know you can eat Americans style chicken and waffles in TTDI? Cue Chequers, a restaurant serving a variety of hearty American favourites, many of which feature their handmade fluffy, crispy waffles. Besides their famous Chicken & Waffles (RM27) there’s also the Pulled BBQ Beef Ribs waffle (RM29), various pasta dishes, and even a Chipotle Mac n Cheese Burger (RM32) 😯 There’s also plenty of sweet waffles for all your dessert cravings, and you can even choose to build your own waffle, with various sweet and savoury toppings.

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Halal status: Uses ingredients sourced from halal-certified suppliers
Opening hours: Thu – Tue (8 am – 11 pm); closed on Sun
Contact no.: +60 3-7733 3068
Address: 153, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

14. Sambal Hijau

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Sambal Hijau is an eatery serving Malay cuisine. Open from 7.30 am, the restaurant serves breakfast items like Nasi Lemak and lontong, but lunch time is when it really shines, with a vast buffet of dishes for diners to choose from nasi campur style. There are usually more than 50 dishes prepared every day, so you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice – good luck with deciding which lauk you want to go for 😂

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The dishes are laid out buffet style, so you can choose what you want – from freshly grilled fish to various gulai dishes and of course, their namesake green sambal paste to have alongside. If you’re coming for lunch, it’s best to come early (as early as 11.30 am), because it soon gets super crowded!

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: 7.30 am – 12 am daily
Contact no.: +60 3-7731 2045
Address: 2990, Jalan Sungai Penchala, Kampung Sungai Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

15. Quar/Tet

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If you’re looking for a quiet place to catch-up or just have some alone time to chill or do work, Quar/Tet is perfect. This cosy neighbourhood establishment is sure to charm you with its eclectic interior, good coffee, and crowd-pleasing menu.

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: 8 am – 7 pm daily
Contact no.: +60 3-7731 5033
Address: 21, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 60000

And that wraps up our list! It’s not exhaustive by any means, but it’s a great summary of some of the awesome halal eateries you have to try when you’re in the neighbourhood. Go forth and explore this enclave and savour all the great food it has to offer!

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