GRAND IMPERIAL RESTAURANT, Lot T5, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bukit Bandaraya, KL. (Tel: 03-2283 1118 - Bangsar, 03-6201 3777 - Hartamas, 03-5888 7222 - Bandar Sunway, 03-7729 7223 - 1 Utama Shopping Centre). Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm (Mon-Sat), 10am-2.30pm (Sun), 6pm-10.30pm. Non-halal. Timeless dishes such as Chilled Avocado Cream with Sago, Beef Fillet with Spring Onions, Crispy Roasted Pork and Deep Fried Yam Roll are popular here. There is also a variety of dim sum to savour.
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CHINA TREASURES, Sime Darby Convention Centre, 1A Jalan Bukit Kiara 1, KL. (Tel: 03-2089 3788). Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm, daily. Halal. The restaurant has a seating capacity of 106 persons with three private rooms, which can accommodate eight to 12 persons per room. The set lunches here are worth your while.
HARBORCITY, 68, Jalan SS21/62, Damansara Utama (behind OCBC Bank), PJ. (Tel: 03-7724 2188). Business hours: 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm, daily. Non-halal. Serves homemade Hong Kong steamboat accompanied by a variety of fishballs, vegetables and meat, as well as Hong Kong-style noodles and rice.
HYOTAN JAPANESE RESTAURANT, No 63, Jalan SS15/5A, Subang Jaya. (Tel: 03-5636 0326). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, daily. Pork-free. The restaurant is one of the few in Subang Jaya that can truly claim to provide diners with an authentic Japanese experience. It is run by the Watanabe family and family head Shuzo himself leads the kitchen.
KUMAR’S, R-03, Central Piazza, No 2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A, Oasis Ara Damansara, PJ. (Tel: 03-7734 7742) Business hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm, daily. The restaurant serves South Indian meals with a Malaysian twist combining Malaysian Indian, Chinese and Malay cooking styles. Daily specials such as Bone Marrow Pepper Masala, Crab Masala, Spicy Shark Curry and Shark Puttu are among its signature dishes.
LE MIDI RESTAURANT, Lot T3, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, KL. (Tel: 03-2094 1318). Business hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm, daily. Pork-free. Offers a taste of French, Italian, Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Diners are invited to revel in the authentic flavours of the regions in a setting that is inspirational yet comfortable, and fabulous yet familiar.
RONNIE Q PUB AND RESTAURANT, 32, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, KL. (Tel: 03-2282 0722). Business hours: 4pm-1.30am (Mon-Fri), 11.30am-1am (Sat, Sun & public holiday). Non-halal. A popular hangout for expatriates and local pub-goers who are also cricket, football and rugby fans. Has a good selection of British pub specialities.
LITTLE WONTON CAFE, 20-1, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-7732 8613). Business hours: Noon-10pm (Tue-Fri), 11am-10pm (Sat & Sun). Closed on Monday. Pork-free. This quaint shop offers a modern take on the traditional dumpling. Mushroom Onion Cheese, Chicken Pineapple Cheese and Banana Chocolate wontons are some interesting parcels of goodness to savour.
PANTAI SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, Lot 13575, Jalan Cempaka, Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, PJ (Tel: 03-7725 5099/ 03-7725 1099). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm, daily. Non-halal. A place where diners may savour seafood like geoduck, Japanese snails, Alaskan king crabs, Scotland clams and Boston lobster in a rustic setting.
THE WOK RESTAURANT, G-3, Jalan Puteri 4/6, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Puchong. (Tel: 012-391 6183/ 012-275 0396). Business hours: 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm (Tuesday to Sunday). Closed on Monday. Non-halal. The Yeoh family takes great pride in their Nyonya delights. On the menu are authentic Peranakan culinary treats like Gulai Tumis Snapper, Asam Big Prawns, Tau U Bak and Inche Kabin.
DIMA RESTAURANT, G-G-06, Block G, Jalan PJU 1A/3, Taipan 2 Ara Damansara, PJ. (Tel: 03-7859 0222). Business hours: 10.30am-10.30pm, daily. Halal. The restaurant’s D’zurbiyan Lamb is made using New Zealand lamb cooked with spices and herbs and rice. For desserts, savour the difference in servings of areeka and kunafa. Dishes here are tasty and reasonably priced.
SAMIRA BY ASIAN TERRACE, Lot 268, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, Off Jalan Ipoh, KL. (Tel: 012-921 3880/ 03-4042 3880). Business hours: Noon-3.30pm (lunch), 6pm-10.30pm (dinner); noon-10.30pm (Sat & Sun). The restaurant’s maze-like entrance leads diners to a calm spa-like place overlooking a koi pond on one side and a lake on the other. Its specialities include Mieng Kam, River Prawn Tom Yam, Deep Fried Vietnamese Soft Shell Crab, Steamed Seabass with Chilli and Lime Juice, and Deep Fried Grouper with Thai Chilli Sauce.
SURISIT THAI KOPITIAM, 17, Ground Floor, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-7710 0173). Business hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm (Sun-Mon), 6.30pm-10pm (Tues). Non-halal. Described as a one-of-a-kind Thai kopitiam, the restaurant serves up home-style cooking from its kitchen. During lunch and dinner, staff are kept on their toes attending to a steady flow of hungry diners who seek affordably priced Thai food. Among the dishes served here are Tom Yam Ka Moo, Pucuk Paku Yam Pla, Tauhu Yat Sai and Stir Fried Glass Noodles with Chicken, among others.
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SATAY SATAY, 1st Floor, Old Wing, 1Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama City Centre, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, PJ. (Tel: 03-7728 4828). Business hours: 10am to 10pm, daily. Halal. The signature dish is grilled marinated beef or chicken on skewers, served with cucumber, onions, ketupat (rice cubes) and kuah kacang (spicy peanut sauce). Also available are nasi bojari, Penang nyonya curry chicken and asam laksa.
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