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18 Restaurants In KL & PJ To Check Out For Special Occasions

Whether it's a fancy night out or a cosy brunch with family and friends, we've got you covered.

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1. Natalina Italian Kitchen

Natalina Italian Kitchen is run by Italian chef Diego Reali who brings out flavourful dishes with recipes inspired by his mother. The menu includes pastas, pizzas, grilled meats, and an array of dessert and wine. But other than delicious food, the restaurant has a fancy ambience, so you have an excuse to dress in your best outfit.

Address:
Avenue K, Lot 06 - Level 03, 156,
Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
12pm – 10.30pm (Daily)

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2. Belly & The Chef Dining

Belly & The Chef's colourful dishes are a pop of colour against its grey, industrial aesthetic — we're loving the restaurant's whole vibe. The menu includes seafood or truffle mushroom pastas, rice bowls, as well as breakfast sets — perfect for anyone who wants to celebrate with brunch.

Address:

18, Jalan Selera 1, Taman Bukit Indah,
58200 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
12pm – 9pm (Mondays to Fridays)
9am – 9pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Closed on Thursdays.

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3. Bref by Darren Chin

Trained in Le Cordon Bleu and having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, Chef Darren Chin returned to open his restaurant as a place where he could share his memories of what good food is — food that makes him happy and a haven where guests can create their own memories.

Here, you'll find an intimate space that's perfect for date nights, birthdays, or a peaceful evening with your loved ones. A place where reviews commend the hearty, flavourful dishes served.

Address:
26A, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
6pm – 10pm (Mondays to Saturdays)
12pm – 3pm (Thursdays to Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays.

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4. JOLOKO

Tucked away along Jalan Kamunting is this colourful restaurant and bar that specialises in Afro-Caribbean cuisine. With an ambience that's said to feel as if you're on vacation, JOLOKO is a vibrant space that gives off a celebratory vibe even on its own.

Customers recommend booking a reservation in advance as it can get pretty crowded, especially on weekends.

Just a stone's throw away is Licky Chan, the boozy ice cream parlour if you're feeling like dessert after dinner.

Address:

43, Jalan Kamunting,
Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
12pm – 12am (Daily)
Closed on Mondays.

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5. Butty Boy Cooks

Butty Boy Cooks is a spacious restaurant in PJ serving Thai and Western fusion dishes. Head here if you're looking for a casual brunch or dinner. Some of their dishes include kam heong lala and pineapple fried rice with udang galah. It's said to get pretty packed at peak hours, so do make a reservation beforehand.

They also rent the restaurant for events, if you have a private celebration or function. 

Address:

Lot 9, B.Land, Lot 2, Jalan 51a/225,
46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours:
10.30am – 9pm (Daily)

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6. Fuego

Enjoy a stunning sunset or skyline view of KL's city lights at Fuego, which is located on one of the top floors at Troika. The menu includes cocktails, tapas, as well as juicy slabs of meat. There's an outdoor and indoor seating area, making it an ideal spot for a chilled evening or night out. 

Address:

23A Tower B, The Troika, 19, Persiaran KLCC,
Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
5pm – 12am (Daily)

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7. WOLO Dining In The Room

Image via WOLO Hotel
Image via WOLO Hotel

In collaboration with De.Wan 1958 and The Tokyo Restaurant, WOLO KL is offering a 'Dinner Date In Room' experience. It includes a private three-course dinner for two (worth RM218), a bottle of red wine or non-alcoholic Chardonnay, and a two days, one night romantic stay all for the price of RM398.  

Address:

Corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and,
Jln Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

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8. Entier French Dining

Located on the 41st floor of Alila Bangsar, Entier offers fine dining French cuisine with both lunch and dinner courses. Customers reviewed that they particularly love their mango shrimp and octopus in olive. If you're bringing a special someone here, try to reserve a table with a view!

Address:

Level 41 at Alila Bangsar No 58,
Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Daily)

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9. The Quack and Cluck

Standing out in the heart of Chinatown, KL is this colourful restaurant and bar that serves a unique combination of Chinese and Western dishes, such as Szechuan minced pork with pickled vegetables along with a Scottish Breakfast set all in one menu.

Some of their drinks come with a unique twist as well, like Mapo Tofu and Bacon and Egg Martini. Try them out if you're feeling adventurous!

Address:

21, Jalan Sultan, City Centre,
50000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
11am – 10pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays)
10am – 5pm (Sundays)
Closed on Mondays.

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10. ALIYAA KL

ALIYAA KL serves Sri Lankan cuisine, with their signatures — crab curry and their must-try apam. They serve both lunch and dinner. One customer shares that their mutton bone peratal doesn't disappoint either.

If you're new to Sri Lankan food, you could order the 'Aliyaa Experience' set for two, which allows you to test a variety of dishes at one go.

Address:

48, Jalan Medan Setia 2,
Bukit Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Daily)

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11. Iron Tongue

Who says celebrations need to be dinners? Take someone special out for breakfast or brunch at this spacious cafe located just five minutes from Desa ParkCity. Set up with gradients of black, white, and grey, Iron Tongue offers coffee, pastas, croissants, and pancakes, among others. 

Address:

Unit 1-1, First Floor, Suria @ North Kiara,
10, Jalan Seri Bintang, Segambut, 52100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
9am – 6.30pm (Daily)
Closed on Mondays.

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12. Hani Eatery

We're loving the raw and unfinished style of Hani Eatery's new space in Bangsar. They serve hearty bowls of udon and don, cakes, pastries, and more. Treat yourself to a cuppa here 'cause any self-care day is a special occasion too, no? :P

Address:

20A, Lorong Ara Kiri 2, Bangsar,
59100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
8am – 6pm (Daily)
Closed on Wednesdays.

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13. Yakiniku Great

Originally from Japan, Yakiniku Great opened its first franchise in Malaysia, serving A5-graded Japanese Black Wagyu beef. A must-try spot for Wagyu beef lovers. We'll let its mouthwatering photos speak for themselves.

Address:

G-02-01, Republik, Jalan Medan Setia 1,
Bukit Damansara, 50490

Opening hours:
5pm – 9.30pm (Daily)
Closed on Mondays.

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14. Bestow

Bestow is a quaint cafe that recently opened along Jalan Imbi, with a rustic interior and exterior that'll surely bring out nostalgic memories.

If you're not one to celebrate by painting the town red, come here for a peaceful afternoon and enjoy a cup of coffee or try their shakshouka with beef bacon, home-cured salmon toast, or beef stroganoff with toast. They also serve refreshing smoothies that look amazing!

Address:

82 Lorong 1/77a,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
10am – 6pm (Daily)
Closed on Mondays.

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15. Namaste India

Namaste India has long been known to offer tasty North Indian cuisine. Some even say that it's one of the best places in KL to get North Indian food, without needing to make a trip to India. They have two outlets, one in Bangsar and another in Hartamas.

Address:
Namaste India Hartamas
6-G, Jalan 31/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50480

Namaste India Bangsar
54, Ground Floor, Jalan Maarof,
Bangsar, Malaysia 59000

Opening hours:
8am – 8pm (Daily)

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16. Blu Apron

Blu Apron is a newly-opened restaurant in KL serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There's also a bar area. Some of the dishes include tuna ceviche mini tacos, pan-fried red snapper, seafood linguine, and dessert like toffee crème brûlée. drools

Address:

G Floor, Ramada Suites By Wyndham KLCC, 1,
Lorong Ceylon, Bukit Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
7am – 12am (Daily)

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17. UOVO ASADOR

If you have a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary, or even a small wedding dinner, you can book a stylish private dining room at UOVO ASADOR.

They help you craft and serve a customised menu, according to you and your guests' preferences. It's an intimate space that's perfect for any celebration. 

Address:

10, Jalan SS 20/10 Damansara Kim,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours:
5.30pm – 8pm (Daily)

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18. FLOUR

Known as a North Indian fine dining restaurant, FLOUR has made a name for itself, serving flavourful dishes worth raving about. It's located in a colonial-era bungalow along Jalan Imbi that was revamped into a sleek space last year.

Address:

12, Jalan Kamuning, Off, Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:
6pm – 10pm (Daily)
Closed on Tuesdays.

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Aside from tasty food, a good ambience makes it an even more special memory. Check out other restaurant and cafe options below:

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