Valentine’s day is going to be here before you know it, but we know you’re busy and may not have time to plan a date with your sweetie. To make your life a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of great date night restaurants and activities in Kuala Lumpur. So all that you’ve to do is to call the babysitter. Here is our guide to the best date night restaurants in KL and fun date night activities in KL too!
So maybe the traditional candlelight dinner is just not your style. Or maybe you’re looking for a little more excitement for your date night meal. We’ve found three options that are far from average and are sure to create lasting memories:
Dining In The Dark - This restaurant takes eating to a whole new level. The first of its kind in Malaysia, guests will be treated to a multiple course gourmet meal in complete darkness. The intent is to heighten your sense of smell and taste so you can truly appreciate every subtle flavor and ingredient. The menu will be revealed only after you have finished your meal. Such a fun and unique concept!
Plane In The City - Eating in a plane has never been so luxurious. At Plane in the City, you can have a 5-star meal in an actual Boeing 737 that’s been gutted and transformed into a romantic restaurant. After your meal, you can tour the cockpit and even go for a walk on the wings of the plane. Reservations and payment must be made beforehand.
231, Bukit Bintang Street, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603-2282-6413, www.planeinthecity.com
Dinner In The Sky - Take date night to new heights (literally). At Dinner in the Sky, you will get to enjoy a 3-course meal while strapped to a table and chairs suspended 50 meters above the ground. While in the air, you’ll enjoy watching the chef plate your food and be entertained by a musician all while taking in the breathtaking views. Reservations required. (Featured in photo)
If getting a babysitter is a struggle or you want to stay close to home and away from the Corona Virus this Valentine’s Day, not to worry. Getting out of the house for a date is fun but you can still have a very enjoyable date night from home with a little creativity. So, tuck those kids in, put your face masks away and get ready for a memorable Valentine’s Day from the comfort of your own home.
Have A Theme Night – With this at-home date, you and your significant other get to be creative and enjoy a variety of activities together. Just decide on a theme and plan your night around it. Here are a couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing… Always wanted to go to Italy? Bring Italy to you with a homecooked Italian meal (or just order grab food J) and eat it under candlelight while Italian music (from YouTube) serenades you. Then finish off the night with gelato while you watch The Italian Job or The Godfather. Or maybe you love a good mystery. Play a game of clue then watch your favorite mystery movie or show. For dessert, you could feed each other sweets while blindfolded and try to guess what it is. The sky is the limit with this date. Be creative and have fun!
Create A Time Capsule - Sometimes it feels like time is flying by too fast, but with this date night you can freeze time for a night by creating a time capsule! All you need to do is find a container (shoeboxes or old food containers work well) and then you and your sweetie get to choose what to fill it with. Here are some ideas to get you started; a list of your current favorites/current happenings, a bucket list of things or places you want to do/go together, a recent photo, a cd with your favorite songs, or love letters you write to each other. When you’re finished adding items to your capsule just seal it up and tuck it away someplace safe. Then set a day to open it up with your honey in one or two or five years for another fun date.
Spa Night - Pamper yourself and your valentine with this easy at-home spa date. First, create a spa-like ambience with low lights, soft music, and lightly scented candles. Slip into some comfy robes and slippers and then take turns giving each other spa treatments such as massages or facials. You could also make your own body scrubs using essential oils and either sugar or Epsom salt. Finish off the night with a hot bath or shower and feel all the distractions and stresses of life melt away.
The bold flavors of Asian cuisine can be found in abundance in and around Kuala Lumpur. While many are casual hangouts, some have strived to provide a romantic and dreamy atmosphere that is perfect for date night. Here are our top 3:
Tamarind Springs - This one of a kind restaurant is uniquely located within Ampang’s forest reserve, giving you the feeling of being out of the city without the long drive. Between the candlelit paths and tables and the breathtaking views of the tropical gardens, this the perfect date spot. Here you will enjoy a plethora of southeast Asian cuisine from Vietnamese lettuce wraps and Laotian beef soup to Cambodian style shrimp cakes. Reservations are available. (Featured in photo)
JP Teres - Opened on the ground floor of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, JP Teres is a modern and neatly decorated restaurant solely devoted to Malaysian cuisine. At the center of the restaurant are multiple show kitchens containing wok stations, sate grills, and tandoor ovens so guests can watch their food being prepared. If a lunch date is what you’re looking for, check out their Malaysian buffet every Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 3pm. (Not offered on public holidays.) Reservations are available.
12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia, +60 3 2182 1234, email@example.com, www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/malaysia/grand-hyatt-kuala-lumpur/kuagh/dining
Way Modern Chinois - With its dimly lit interior and elegant décor, this contemporary Chinese restaurant is what dream date nights are made of. They serve classic tasting Chinese cuisine but with romantic and innovative twists. Their menu consists of prawn wantons fashioned to look like a bouquet of roses, waterless chicken soup, and wagyu beef buns that look like adorable little porcupines. It may sound like a meal here would break the bank, but the prices are surprisingly reasonable.
Whether it’s steak, pasta or tacos, Western cuisine has something to offer that is well-loved by all. Kuala Lumpur provides a plethora of Western restaurants that are as delicious as they are romantic. Check out our top 3 date night options:
Fuego - This is a friendly and vibrant restaurant that focuses on Latin American flavors with a high-end twist. Fuego takes their guacamole very seriously by offering variations on the classic, such as pickled prawn or olive and caper guacamole. They even have a team of chefs that focus only on guacamole to ensure it’s the very best every time. All of the seating at Fuego is located on the terrace of the 23rd floor of a building overlooking downtown Kuala Lumpur, so whether you’re staring into your date’s eyes or out upon the city, you’ll always have a good view. Reservations highly recommended. (Featured in photo)
Beato Steakhouse - This is a great date spot for couples that want to keep it low key, casual, and inexpensive while still looking for a spectacular meal. Beato Steakhouse is best known for its aged steaks that, after being cooked to perfection, nearly melt in your mouth. And, as with any good steakhouse, they have an extensive list of sides including grilled veggies, baked or mashed potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms. Call for reservations.
D2-G3-9 Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603-6206 2405, www.beato.com.my
Marini’s On 57 - As you might have guessed from the name, Marini’s on 57 is located on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3, which just so happens to be the rooftop. With a location directly next to the iconic twin towers, floor to ceiling windows and a glass roof, guests will enjoy a view unlike anywhere else in the city. Here, you will find award-winning luxury Italian cuisine at its best and when you’ve finished your meal you can move over to the bar and lounge to relax and have a cocktail. The atmosphere is romantic and fancy so grab your suits and little black dresses and get ready for a night you won’t soon forget. Reservations required.
If you and your valentine like to stay active and make date night more than just a meal, this list is for you. And as an added bonus, you might just work off some of those dinner calories and have fun doing it!
Rock Climbing Batu Caves - Batu Caves is well known for being the home of Malaysia’s most recognized Hindu temple and shrine, but it’s also a popular destination for rock climbers. There are 8 climbing walls and crags at Batu Caves, each offering multiple routes and varying levels of difficulty. But the one thing each of the climbs has in common is a great view from the top! Go to miradventures.com for information on all day or half-day guided climbs.
Lindy KL - Want to add a little liveliness to your date night? Every Friday night from 9pm to 12am, the folks from Lindy KL put on an open floor swing dance night for a small cover charge. To help get you into the ‘swing’ of the things, they offer a beginners class from 9 - 9:30 which is included in the cover charge. Then you can spend the rest of the night practicing your newfound skills and having a blast doing it. (Featured in photo)
New Star Studio, 65, Jalan 1/109e, Taman Desa Business Park, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, www.lindykl.com
Blastacars Go Carts - For couples that love some competition and a little adrenaline rush, this date is for you. The karts at Blastacars have been uniquely designed to safely slide and drift around corners at high speeds creating a more action-packed experience than run of the mill go-carts. Plus, the track is fully indoors so even if there’s bad weather, your date won’t get ruined.
Life is stressful and busy so sometimes couples need a date that allows for a little relaxation. If you and your sweetheart are just wanting to unwind this Valentine’s Day, here is a list for you:
Spa Day At Lavish Spa - Spend the day relaxing and getting pampered with your sweetheart at Lavish Spa for a truly unforgettable date. They offer 6-hour admittance to all their facilities for a one-time fee and, wow, they have a lot to offer. You can spend your time watching a movie in their cinema, warming up in the sauna or steam room, cooling off in the rooftop pool, playing in the video gaming room and of course getting a spa treatment such as a couple’s massage. (spa treatments not included in admittance fee) They also have a restaurant that is all you can eat at no extra charge. (Featured in photo)
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra - Do you and your honey enjoy the classical arts? Swaying to the sounds of percussion and stringed instruments of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra could be the date for you. They perform a variety of genres from the traditional classics all the way to beatbox symphonies. They even have a youth orchestra that performs from time to time. You can visit their website for dates and types of performances.
Vivae Boardgame Café - Grab a seat and get comfy for a night of competitive or cooperative boardgame-ing that is sure to exercise your brain as well as communication skills with your partner. Vivae boardgame café boasts a diverse selection of games and the staff will take the time to teach you how to play any game you are interested in. They also have a wide array of food and drink so when those pesky hunger pangs strike you can continue to play while you eat.
18A, Jalan Ss21/62, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603-7493 4116, www.vivaeboardgamecafe.business.site