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7 Restaurants in KL to visit for exquisite Thai cuisine

7 Restaurants in KL to visit for exquisite Thai cuisine

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Text: Ronn Tan


Wondering where to go for the best Thai culinary experience in the city? We've compiled a roundup of some of the best just for you

Thai cuisine is one of the most popular in the world and it's easy to understand why. Dishes from the Land of Smiles are the epitome of flavour explosions. There's more to Thai gastronomy than Pad Thai, fried omelette, and chicken wrapped in pandan leaves.

Here in Kuala Lumpur, you will find a plethora of Thai restaurants offering culinary treats from the north of Thailand to the south. Many of them apply their own incredible twists to classic fare. If you're craving for Thai food, here are seven brilliant establishments to check out.

1. Rama V

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Established about 20 years ago, the restaurant is described as the first fine dining Thai restaurant in KL. Set within a stand-alone bungalow, many patrons go to Rama V for its tranquil and cosy ambience. Specialties to try include Steamed Seabass in Manow Sauce, Sautéed Beef with Young Peppercorn, and Yellow Prawn Curry with Betel Leaf. Up for a tipple or two? Check out unique cocktail concoctions such as The Royal Dome and Khing of Siam.

Address: 5, Jalan U-Thant, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03 2181 2488

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2. La Moon

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Helmed by Chef Trakool Yodsuk, La Moon is the spot to check out for creative Thai fare. Along with a modern and alluring interior, the establishment has a menu filled with special creations—including the popular cockle curry and coconut top stir-fried with prawns.

Address: 2, Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 012 289 5575

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3. Krung Thep

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The Chef Gug-helmed restaurant aims to showcase the Thailand's regional favourites through a specially-curated menu. Dishes are designed for sharing and include options such as Souther Thai Yellow Prawn Curry, Grilled Ipoh Kampung Chicken with Lemongrass, as well as Pulau Ketam Flower Crab and Prawns with Coconut Milk.

Address: Lot G05, Republik Damansara Heights, 1 Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03 7622 8760

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4. Erawan

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If you're searching for a dining experience that's both rich in flavour and opulent, check out Erawan. Signature dishes at the contemporary Thai restaurant include Oxtail Green Curry and Foie Gras Fried Rice as well as the best-selling River Prawns with Erawan Sauce. Erawan is also great for special occasions. 

Address: Lot L1-17-18, First Floor, DC Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 012 278 8438

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5. Tamarind Hill

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Described as an epicurean getaway in the heart of KL, Tamarind Hill is an amalgamation of serenity and taste. Helmed by Chef Phiyun Thongyun, the restaurant has been a mainstay in the city's culinary scene since 1999. The menu here is a mix of Thai and Burmese delights—featuring concoctions such as Cod with Dry Red Curry and River Lobster in Tamarind Hill Spicy Sauce.

Address: 19, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03 2148 3200

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6. Ekkamai

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Here at Ekkamai, you will discover an authentic Thai menu with a contemporary twist—without stripping away flavours and characteristics that are intrinsically Thai. Try the Play Tham Platter that consists of chicken wings, sesame prawn toasts, crab spring rolls, pandan chicken, Thai fish cakes, and caramelised noodles. Other options include Duck and Lychee Curry; Sambal Prawn and Petail; as well as Pad Thai with Crab Meat and Tamarind Sauce.

Address: 8, Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03 2095 2772

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7. Isabel

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Established by Alexis Group, Isabel Restaurant and Bar isn't a spot for Thai cuisine per se but has a menu comprising of regional dishes. Combine that with a sophisticated setting and you're bound for a great meal. Southeast Asian flavours take centrestage here with ingredients sourced from the finest regional suppliers, such as Hom Mali rice from Thailand. Note: Isabel has not reopened for dine-in.

Address: 21, Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03 2110 6366

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