Dining options are aplenty in Kuala Lumpur, but themed-restaurants, now that’s a different ball game altogether. The novelty of dining in a unique, quirky and at times wacky space never gets old for both adults and kids of all ages. Here, we’ve rounded up a list of unique dining venues in Kuala Lumpur and beyond that you may want to explore in the name of fun. Mealtimes just got a whole lot more interesting!
How does dining in the rainforest with the river at your feet sound to you? This unique, nature-themed café is located at Beruk River in Gerik, Perak, approximately 450km from Kuala Lumpur. Serving Malay-Pattani dishes, here’s a place you can sample delicious local village cuisine including grilled freshwater fish, chicken and rice accompanied with popular condiments such as belacan, chilly soy sauce and kerisik. Tables and benches are partially submerged in the river and while you wait for your meal to be served, you can take a dip in the river or float on the make-shift raft. Reservations are required at least a week in advance, and dining hours are from 12pm to 3pm and 3pm to 6pm. Just remember to bring a spare change of clothes!
Castella Café, Sungai Beruk, Kampung Padang Stang, Mukim Kerunai, Gerik, Perak, Malaysia, +6011 2050 3454 (Tok Janggut), www.facebook.com/castellacafe
Ardent fans of DC Comics Super Heroes will love shopping and dining here! Everything about the place screams action heroes from the merchandise to the wall murals, right down to the pizzas, burgers and the superhero insignia on your latte. Located within the retail store, only selected outlets offer the in-house café.
DC Comics Super Heroes Café, selected locations including Pavilion KL and Sunway Putra Mall, www.facebook.com/dcshmys
If you don’t mind feeling your way through your dinner, Dining in the Dark literally means that. You get to feel your food, and hopefully, it’ll land in your mouth! The first of its kind in Malaysia, patrons will be guided into a dark room by ‘Darkness Experts’ – service staff who are visually impaired. Your senses will be ‘activated’ via touch, scent, and smell in order to enjoy your dinner. The menu itself remains a surprise and will be revealed after dinner. The four-course dinner is priced at RM139, and diners can advise the restaurant if they have any dietary restrictions, food allergies or preference for the vegetarian menu.
Dining In The Dark Kuala Lumpur, 50A Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2110 0431, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/dininginthedarkkl
Should you happen to find yourself up north on the island of Penang, pop by the Ice Café at Lebuh Victoria for a dose of icy-cold fun! The café is maintained at a temperature of eight to 10 Celsius, so you can enjoy a chilly experience especially useful on a blistering, hot day. The café serves up their signature snowflake ice bowls and desserts, and there’s even an ice bed and igloo for plenty of selfies.
Ice Café, 193, Lebuh Victoria, Penang, Malaysia, +604 262 1193, www.facebook.com/IceCafe17
If airplane food doesn’t turn you off, you’ll enjoy this novel experience of dining on a grounded Boeing 737 aircraft smack in the KL city center. Not only will you get an outstanding five-star menu by the chefs from Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, but you’ll also get to visit the cockpit visit, walk on the wings of the aircraft and more. Choose from the ‘Economy’, ‘Business’ or ‘First Class’ package, priced at RM199 per person, RM399 per person and RM999 per person respectively. There are two sessions daily on weekdays at 6pm and 8pm, and up to 4 sessions daily on weekends. The session is open to adults and children from 6 years onwards, with a minimum of two seats per booking.
Plane In The City, Skyland, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6016 299 1396, www.planeinthecity.com
Located in a quiet, older commercial area behind Paradigm Mall in Kelana Jaya, The Teddy Café & Restaurant is a small, intimate eatery bursting with teddy bears of different sizes and shapes that make great dining companions, especially if you prefer to dine peacefully. The menu offers a number of Western delights such as spaghetti, burgers, salads, grilled chops, toast, waffles and more, with some keeping to the adorable teddy bear theme. A bonus party room means that this café is a hit with parents looking to host their child’s birthday parties.
The Teddy Café & Restaurant, Blk B, 22G, Zenith Corporate Park, SS7/26, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 7886 8619, www.facebook.com/THETEDDYRESTAURANT
Sporting an all-pastel pink interior, this unicorn-loving café in Bandar Sunway is every Instagrammer’s dream. There’s a pink bathtub filled with balls in various shades of pink and stuffed unicorn plush toys everywhere. Pop by to sample their waffles that you can customize with your favorite toppings including fruit, ice cream, sauces, or try your hand at latte art.
La Fleur x Uniqorn, E1-01-02, Sunway GEO Avenue, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +6011 1179 6750, www.facebook.com/lafleur.coffee
Certainly not for the faint-hearted, The Deceased Bar is a speakeasy bar located in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur which is inspired by the darker side of life. Dining in the otherworld is almost possible here with spooky fare such as The Curse of Ghost Chilli, The Last Meal and I Spit On Your Grave, and sip on cocktails like Janin (featuring a ghastly-looking baby offering a vodka concoction) and Ilmu Hitam (served with a heart and a brain). Expect nothing less than creepy masks, incense sticks, Barbies with broken bodies, wooden ancient slippers, skulls and more all making their way to the overall look and feel of the cocktails. Interestingly, The Deceased used to be an old Chinese drugstore. The bar itself is backed with a wall of vintage Chinese herbal medicine doctors’ apothecary cabinets, which showcase the collection of spirit while resembling its historic past. Definitely more suitable for older teens and adults, this creepy bar and restaurant above a backpackers hostel requires reservations via Facebook as walk-ins are not possible. And you'll need a password to get in.
The Deceased, 55 Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, www.facebook.com/thedeceasedkl
The durian fruit found across South East Asia is a firm favorite among many Malaysians, despite its overpowering scent best described as pungent which tends to alarm many non-eaters. Fans of the king of fruits, the durian can make a beeline for Durianity, a casual eatery in Puchong, Selangor which features durian in a number of its dishes and desserts. At Durianity, popular dishes have been given the durian treatment using, resulting in fusion dishes like Cheese Baked Rice with Durian, Durian Nasi Lemak, Durian Pizza and more. If you prefer the actual fruit, that's available here too. Remember the breath mints if you're planning a trip here!
Durianity, G21, IOI Boulevard, Jalan Kenari 6, Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia, +6012 522 8611, https://www.facebook.com/durianity/