Kuala Lumpur's dining scene offers something for everyone, ranging from Western fast food chains like McDonald's, KFC and Starbucks (and, yes, Hard Rock Cafe, too) to ethnic specialties. The majority, naturally, feature the cuisines of Asia. While Malaysia is a Muslim nation, alcohol is available in most of the restaurants.
Shopping centers, such as Suria KLCC underneath the Petronas Towers, feature food courts for a quick bite.
Hawker food is speedy and affordable. The best areas for hawker food are places like Jalan Imbi and Jalan Barat, as well as Chinatown. Everyone probably knows what satay means (marinated and grilled meat), but other popular options include hokkien mee (noodle soup with prawns, ribs, bean sprouts and chili paste) or ikan bakar (grilled fish), just to name a few.
Hotels typically offer good restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Look for authentic Japanese at Iketeru at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton, or try Lafite Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel for French dining.
Starhill Gallery in Bukit Bintang (close to the Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott Hotels) features an extensive selection of good restaurants. We like Fisherman's Cove (seafood) and Koryo-won (Korean).
Where to Stay in Malaysia
Getting Around Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur City Guide
Living Like a Local in Southeast Asia