Kuala Lumpur is known for having one of the most culturally diverse culinary scenes in the world, and you already know that. What you may not know though, is where to find the cream of the crop when it comes to Indian food. Snacky street food, fiery curries and sweet, cooling desserts – Indian cuisine offer some of the most interactive, joyful dining experiences around. After doing the rounds, we’ve come up with the ultimate list of the best Indian restaurants Kuala Lumpur has to offer.
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Representing the intersection of old and new, traditional and modern, Eastern and Western, Frangipaani is a beautiful new restaurant in Republik features the best of Indian street food in a luxurious and sophisticated setting. Leading the menu is the Crab Rasam, a shining star of Southern Indian cuisine. The Lamb Chops and Malai Kofta (paneer and potato dumplings in smooth cashew gravy) aren’t to be missed! The Badaami Kesar Gulab Jamun is no exception, filling a ball of dough with pistachio and almond before frying like a doughnut. Be sure to treat yourself to a chai martini, either before or after dinner!
Frangipaani, The Republik, Lot No.M.03, Mezzanine Floor, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2011 0030, Facebook Page
Strategically located in prime locations of Kuala Lumpur, this restaurant has been serving good Indian cuisine since 1993 - making it one of the most successful Indian cuisine restaurant brands in Malaysia. Start off with their complimentary crunchy pappadams with mint dip and tomato chutney and move to their mains - Kashmiri Nan, Chicken Dum Biryani (a crowd favorite!), Lamb Rogan Josh, Andhra Fish Curry, Bhindi Masala and more!
Passage Thru India, Various Locations, +603 2145 0366, www.passagethruindia.com
Voted as Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2021 and 2022, Nadodi is a homage to the journey made by Kerala’s nomadic tribes over the land bridge that once existed to Sri Lanka and a study in general about how food, like people, defies borders. Chef Sricharan Venkatesh – formerly of Bangkok’s lauded Gaggan – draws on often overlooked ingredients and reimagines them to create colorful set menus, including the likes of local red snapper with tamarind barley or lamb and mutton curry with Agata potatoes. This modern Indian fine diner is a must-visit for its extensive and creative menu.
Nadodi, Lot 183, 1st Floor Jalan Mayang, Off, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, www.nadodikl.com
Kayra is a restaurant that's three generations in the making, started in Kerala on India's Malabar Coast, and reached Malaysia in 1949. Offering modern Indian Kerala cusine where nostalgia meets creativity, the culinary experience here will take you on a journey of love, passion, heritage, and familial bonds. Start your meal with Kayra's latest creations, like the Kerala Dahi Puri before moving to the thali-style rice platter mains. If you prefer more a wholesome, less-guilty indulgence, the Goodness Bowl is a great option!
Kayra Authentic Kerala Cuisine, F-8, 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2714 2932, www.kayra.com.my
The team at Khan’s assure quality meals and first-class service with our well-trained staff and seasoned chefs from 5-star establishments. With an emphasis on authenticity, Khan's offers discerning Malaysian diners a rare opportunity to experience the true flavours and spices of India. All their food is halal, and prepared with the utmost care and devotion. Their Lamb Sukkah Varuvel (pan-roasted lamb fry made by cooking tender lamb meat in shallots, ginger, tomato, garlic and other spices, a specialty from the south) and Madras Fish Curry are a must-try!
Khan’s Indian Cuisine, No.8, Level 1, The Sphere No.1, Avenue 1, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, +603 9779 4998, www.khans.com.my
For pure authentic Indian cuisine, Jaipur Mahal provides the truest Indian cuisine experience to locals and international patrons. Immerse yourself in the lovely aroma of Indian spices and fine dine in their humble yet luxurious restaurant setting. Some of their signature dishes are the Chicken Tandoori, Mutton Rogan Josh as well as Paneer Tikka Lababdar. Finish off the meal with a hearty lassi and Paan Ki Kulfi. They also provide catering and buffet services for gatherings and events.
Jaipur Mahal, G 33 & G 33A, Maxim citylights, off, Jln Sentul Pasar, Taman Pelangi, 51000 Kuala Lumpur, +603 4032 0489, Facebook Page
“Gajaa” translates into elephant which personifies abundance, richness, boldness and strength amongst many other positive attributes that Gajaa aims to showcase. Bringing the finest cuisine from Kerala, this fancy Indian restaurant serves authentic tiffin tapas, exotically spiced briyani, grilled selections, desserts, and more. The crowd favorites are Sweet Appam, Fish Moilee, Mahabali Lamb Shank, and Kanthari Broccoli. Gajaa is also a popular venue for events and parties. Let the team handle all your celebration needs without you having to break a sweat!
Gajaa At 8, No. 8, Lrg Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2201 7369, www.gajaas.com
This popular spot has acquired quite a loyal following not just the idlis and dosas, but the freshly brewed filter coffee too. The Masala Dosa is a firm favorite for remarkable reasons - the triangle-shaped, golden-hued surface looks like pure perfection, and it tastes so too. Mango Lassi is just as it should be - sour, sweet, silky, and tangy! The MTR magic extends to the rest of its menu, spanning Bajji to Uttapam to the Uddin Vada!
MTR 1924 Malaysia, 69, Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2276 4924, www.mtr1924malaysia.com
Ring in good times at Sagar Restaurant in Bangsar. Being in the industry for more than a decade, they have long been associated with authentic Northern Indian cuisine in Kuala Lumpur. From appetizers to mains and vegetarian dishes, Sagar does not disappoint. Try the Pudina Gobi Chatpati which is a unique dish with the flavors of mint and ginger. If you love your veggies, Habra Mail arrives on a sizzling plate and is a clear winner!
Sagar Restaurant, 4, Lrg Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2284 2532, www.sagarrestaurant.com
This privately owned Indian restaurant chain was founded in 1964 in India and now operates in over 30 locations around the world. It is the pioneer in bringing the foods of the famed Chettiars to the people’s world around, which is among India’s spiciest. Their Chettinad Chicken Masala is known for its tenderness and a fragrant sauce that brings out the heat. They also gain great reviews for the Masala Chai where you can customize the sugar levels.
Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant, Various Locations, Facebook Page
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