Being the cultural melting pot that it is, Kuala Lumpur contains a wide variety of dining options. Award-winning restaurants offer a wide selection of cuisines from French, Italian and Pan- Asian as well as traditional, mouthwatering Malay dishes, below Elite Traveler will guide you through the eight best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.
If you’re not familiar with Malaysian cuisine, it bears a lot of resemblance to Indonesian food, taking influence from Chinese, Indian and Thai food, as well as relying heavily on flavors seen in Arabic cuisine due to the country’s longstanding ties to the Malay sultanate era and the Ottoman Empire.
Rice, fresh herbs and spices and lots of meat and fish appear in Malaysian food, with traditional dishes including curries, stews and fried rice dishes. The Nasi dishes are perhaps the country’s most well-known plates, with Nasi dagang, Nasi goreng and Nasi ulam being the three dishes from Malaysia that will be most recognizable to tourists.
Situated in the beautiful Shangri-La Hotel, Lafite guarantees a luxurious atmosphere and offers an exquisite variety of European cuisine, perfectly prepared with simplicity, providing a highly pleasurable dining experience. Lafite is ideal for an intimate soirée or to celebrate special occasions with friends or business associates, with a beautifully crafted interior, designed by world renowned interior designer Adam Tihany.
Lafite sits under guidance from Executive Chef, Olivier Pistre. Originally graduating from the patisserie school in Mazamet, France, Pistre has worked across the world in a number of Michelin starred restaurants, most recently moving to Kuala Lumpur from the Shangri-La Hotel Bosphorus in Istanbul.
The restaurant’s own Chef de Cuisine is Rémy Lefebvre, another French chef who is most well-known for his ‘Farm to Table’ series in which Lefebvre and his team served seasonal and sustainable ingredients from across Malaysia, with a focus on using French cooking techniques paired with a more worldly view. Previously Legebvre became the first person in Spain to receive two Michelin stars for his work at Restaurant Reno in Barcelona.