As true foodies, it's no secret that we love international dishes just as much as we do our local ones. But with the world still holding its breath from the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the chances of flying and experiencing a gastronomic adventure in a different country are pretty low at the moment. The thought may be disappointing but we're here to turn that around! KL is filled with plenty of halal restaurants that can take your taste buds around the world - so if you're all set and ready to embark on an exciting foodie adventure, this list will definitely come in handy ?
1. Carnaval Churrascaria
Treat yourself to a unique dining experience with Brazilian BBQ, also known as Churrasco at Carnaval Churrascaria! With their all-you-can-eat buffet meal, you'll be able to satisfy your meat cravings to your heart's content at this wonderful joint. Enjoy juicy grilled meats that are sliced fresh off skewers by the waiters who will serve you all throughout your meal, making sure your plates are never empty ?
Halal status: All ingredients sourced from halal-certified suppliers
Opening hours: Open daily; 6PM-11PM
Address: 77, Jalan SS 22/19, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +603-7725 2252
P.S. Satisfy all your meat cravings at these 12 amazing halal steak spots in KL.
2. Beard Brothers' BBQ
Serving one of the best barbecued meats in town, Beard Brothers’ BBQ is the place to be if you want to savour Texas-style barbecue. Their moist, juicy fall-off-the-bone brisket is achieved through a slow-smoke method that takes up to a whopping 20 hours of prepping and cooking ? Besides that, they’ve also got pulled lamb, lamb rib slab and beef rib bone - all of which you can enjoy through their meal sharing platters and so that every family member can enjoy a taste of all heir different meats.
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Tue-Thu; 12PM-2PM, 6pM-10PM, Fri; 6PM-10PM, Sat-Sun; 11AM-10PM (closed on Monday)
Address: P-G-01, Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana Avenue Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 47410
Contact: +6012-319 0962
P.S. You don't have to burn a hole in your wallet to enjoy steak - these 9 halal steaks in KL that'll suit every budget are proof of that.
3. Positano Risto
Ranked as the number one halal Italian restaurant in KL, x. A must-try has to be their signature Positano Super Supreme Calzone of mozzarella, pepperoni, and turkey ham topped with burrata and parmesan cheese with 8 handcrafted pockets filled with mushroom and beef pastrami - just the perfect dish for sharing. If you're here for some classic pasta, then dive into dishes like fettuccine carbonara, squid ink seafood spaghetti, seafood aglio olio linguini with sundried tomatoes, and their signature decadent Boston lobster fettuccine.
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Mon-Thu; 7.30AM-10PM, Fri; 7.30AM-10.30PM, Sat; 9AM-10.30PM, Sun; 9AM-10PM
Address: Block C1, Lot 2, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603-6411 3799 / +6010-400 6944 (WhatsApp)
P.S. Can't get enough of pastas and pizzas? Check out this list of 5 Muslim-friendly Italian restaurants in KL.
4. Maruki Ramen
Transport yourself to the heart of Japan when you dine at Maruki Ramen where you can expect to get an authentic taste of Japanese ramen thanks to its noodles that are handmade daily using imported halal wheat flour from Japan (which also means no preservatives, yay!). And when you couple that with the eatery’s iconic rich and flavourful chicken broth, the bar is set high for a wholly satisfying Japanese meal. Plus, the kitchen is led by a Sapporo-born chef who was skillfully trained in Tokyo which really just seals the deal ? Read more about Maruki Ramen and some of their must-try dishes in this article.
Halal status: Uses ingredients from halal-certified suppliers. No alcohol is served or used in the food preparation.
Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-9PM
Address: Lot 2-23, Level 2, The Linc KL, No 360, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Taman U Thant, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6016-626 3389 / +603-2332 6916
5. EID Authentic Korean Cuisine
While EID is not located exactly in KL, it had to be included in our list. If you've been to Seoul, you would have definitely been to the original Eid in Itaewon for some of the best halal Korean food in town. Thankfully, those of us who have yet to step foot in Korea or would like to relive our days there can get authentic Korean food here at Eid in its various locations! Managed by the Korean-Muslim husband-and-wife team of Mr Yu Hyunwoo (Saad) and Ms Han Narae (Nadia Han) one of the best things about Eid is that they produce their own gochujang (some gochujang brands have added alcohol), which is an essential ingredient in Korean cooking! Don't forget to try their bulgogi, japchae, dakganjeong and tteokbokki!
Opening hours: Open daily; 12PM - 10PM
- Bangi: 8-19-01, Jalan Medan Pb 7A, Seksyen 9, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
- Damansara Perdana: 17, Jalan PJU 8/5d, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
- Seremban: No 3-L1 Seremban Gateway Off, Seremban - Bukit Nenas Highway, 70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
- Shah Alam: Village Grocer, I-City, 41300 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact: +603-8912 4079 (Bangi), +603-7491 3158 (Damansara Perdana), +606-7606 498 (Seremban), +6017-310 3227 (Shah Alam),
P.S. Want more Korean food? Make sure to check these out:
- Go K-Crazy At These 18 Muslim-Friendly Korean Restaurants In KL
- 11 Halal Korean Fried Chicken Places In KL That Will Have You Drooling
6. China Treasures
Located in Sime Darby Convention Centre, China Treasures is a regular favourite, especially for families. The best part is, this is one of the few dim sum restaurants in KL that has halal certification! So you definitely don’t need to worry when chowing down on plates and plates of dim sum here. Try their specialty mini egg tarts and steamed butter & salted egg yolk bamboo charcoal bun! They also have a dim sum buffet worth checking out if you’re big eaters (like us!) ?
Halal status: Halal-certified
Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-2PM, 6PM-10PM
Address: China Treasures, Sime Darby Convention Centre, 1A, Jalan Bukit Kiara 1, 60000 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Contact: +603-2089 3788
P.S. Explore the Chinese food scene with these lists:
- Satisfy Your Dim Sum Cravings At These 6 Muslim-Friendly Restaurants In KL
- 5 Places To Get Delicious Halal Roast Duck In KL & Selangor
7. Mukha Cafe
If you're looking for a place where you can just sit back, relax and kick it with your loved ones while indulging in a spread of delicious Middle Eastern fusion food, then Mukha Cafe is definitely the place to be. Step through the arched wooden door and into the cosy space of Mukha where its rustic decor perfectly captures the personality of the cafe. While you can't go wrong with any of their dishes, the lamb shawarma should definitely be one of your top picks. Other best-selling dishes that are perfect for a weekend brunch is the spaghetti olio, Gulf Rice and Shakshuka. You can read more about Mukha Cafe in this article!
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Mon-Thu; 3PM-12AM, Fri; 3PM-1AM, Sat-Sun; 11AM-1AM
Address: 15, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603-7732 2248
8. Super Saigon
Craving for a hearty bowl of pho? Well, Super Saigon has got you covered. This chain of eateries has been a hit ever since it made its debut and it's easy to see why. As 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, who wouldn't flock to this place for a unique and hearty meal? 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.
Halal status: Uses ingredients sourced from halal-certified suppliers
Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 11.30AM-10.30PM, Sat-Sun; 10.30AM-10.30PM
Address: 28, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603-7498 1875
Finding delicious local eats in Malaysia is easy enough and having all these different cuisines available to us makes it all the more awesome! With this list in your arsenal, there's no stopping you from savouring a variety of wonderful dishes from around the world, and without having to hop on a single flight ?