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7 French restaurants in KL to check out for exquisitely-crafted indulgence


By Ronn Tan

7 French restaurants in KL to check out for exquisitely-crafted indulgence

Kuala Lumpur is a culinary hotspot with a plethora of cuisines to savour—from Spanish to Korean to Mexican. Malaysians are spoiled for choice when it comes to food and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s the opposite. Whether to relive our memories of vacations in France or just to indulge in ethereal delicacies, there are many French restaurants in Kuala Lumpur for you to explore. This list includes French restaurants that have a reputation for being really good (it’s an understatement, by the way) at what they do.

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1. Enfin by James Won

Enfin by James Won

This French restaurant, helmed by Chef James Won, impresses right from the start—from the opulent décor to bold Luzerne tableware. In addition to innovative French cuisine, Enfin by James Won carries a massive lineup of Krug Champagnes and Hennessy Cognacs; including Krug Grande Cuvée, Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, and the unique Hennessy 250. French dishes here are created with an Eastern heritage—balancing raw and transformed ingredients.

Address: Level 2, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 010 288 7920

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2. Entier French Dining

Entier Alila

No, Entier isn’t on this list just because it has “French” in its name. The establishment in KL has garnered quite a reputation as a go-to place for brilliant French fare. Known for their nose-to-tail culinary approach, creative French concoctions with seasonal produce are presented by Chef Masashi Horiuchi with the aim of presenting the best of the Malaysian terroir. Try the Josper-grilled herb crusted whole lamb rack, Josper-grilled baby quail with honey-garlic glaze, and Cote De Boeuf (dry-aged beef prime rib with café de Paris).

Address: Level 41, Alila Bangsar, Jalan Ang Seng, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03 2268 3819

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3. Brasserie Léon

Brasserie Léon

Up for some classic French steak and fries? This French restaurant in KL might just fit the bill. The setting of Brasserie Léon is casual yet elegant—perfect for a relaxing meal. Other dishes to try include the Five Spices Roasted Half Chicken, Baked Shell-less Escargots, Melted Raclette Cheese, and Flamed Cured Mackerel.

Address: 1-1 Greens Terrace, Jalan Wan Kadir 3, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Contact: 03 2712 4481

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4. Bistro à Table

Bistro à Table

Headed by Chef Isadora Chai, this is a modern French restaurant in KL. Bistro à Table opened its doors in 2001 and is inspired by the best global produce. Dishes to check out include Choux puffs stuffed with langoustines, fennel cream, and caviar; Seafood bouillabaisse with rouille and frites; Deboned quail with roasted figs and pomegranate jus; as well as Red wine Boeuf bourguignon.

Address: 6, Jalan 17/54, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya

Contact: 03 7931 2831

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5. Nathalie Gourmet Studio

Nathalie Gourmet Studio

This popular spot is another French restaurant in KL worth checking out. Nathalie Gourmet Studio specialises in giving creative twists to French classics as well as sweet delicacies and macarons. Dishes here are curated by none other than Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille.

Address: Unit A4-01-5, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03 6207 9572

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6. 2OX


Located at the revitalised The Row, Two-Ox is where you go for top notch French Mediterranean cuisine in Kuala Lumpur. You will get classic Parisian bistro favourites here along with a relaxing atmosphere. Try the Vegetable ratatouille with grated parmesan cheese; Oxtail bourguignon with truffle mash and red wine sauce; as well as Lamb a la navarin with chickpea and glazed root vegetables.

Address: 54G and 56G, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit

Contact: 03 2692 2233

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7. Cilantro

Cilantro KL

Cilantro utilises Asian elements in the creation of its French dishes. This French restaurant has been at the forefront of the dining scene in Kuala Lumpur for awhile and has garnered quite a reputation. Try the Confit of Foie Gras with Brioche; Côtelette of Saltbush Lamb with Harissa; Roasted Challandais Duck with Foie Gras; Maine Lobster Pot au Feu; as well as Truffle Honey Ice Cream with Roquefort and Walnut. This French restaurant in KL is headed by Executive Chef Takashi Kimura.

Address: 368B, MiCasa All Suite Hotel, Jalan Tun Razak, Taman U Thant, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 03 2179 8082

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