Locals do most of their dining at hawker stalls, which can be found across the city. These feature everything from nasi goring (fried rice) to laksa (coconut curry). Other specialties in the mix include Indian roti and samosa as well as Chinese duck and dim sum.
But there are just as many upscale restaurants offering excellent value for money considering the talented chefs and quality ingredients that go into their gourmet fare. The best of these are found inside five-star hotels throughout the central districts and especially in the Colonial core.
One of Kuala Lumpur's central districts, Chinatown has the best noodle shops and Peranakan cuisine. Petaling Market operates a dense collection of hawker stalls, while Jalan Tar Nonya has a few mid-range Chinese and Malay options. This entire neighborhood is a favorite haunt for budget travelers.
Also known as Brickfields, this compact district follows Jalan Tun Sambanthan. It holds countless banana-leaf shops, named for the biodegradable plates used by the local hawker stalls. South Indian fare dominates at the street level, though there a few international restaurants of note in the local five-star hotel district.
Home of the Petronas Twin Towers, the Golden Triangle is Kuala Lumpur's hippest, most commercialized district. Though it primarily attracts shoppers, this is also a great place to stop for a bite to eat. Hawker stalls line Jalan Alor, while upscale international restaurants are found at the intersection of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. The many food courts in local shopping malls are perfect for indecisive diners.