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8 Restaurants to check out for fine Indian cuisine in KL


By Natalie Khoo

8 Restaurants to check out for fine Indian cuisine in KL

No festive season in Malaysia is complete without a feast with friends and/or family. Deepavali is no exception, uniting Malaysians regardless of race and religion over a hearty meal with universally loved dishes. Whether you’re a fan of Northern or Southern Indian cuisine—or somewhere in between—check out these fine Indian restaurants in the Klang Valley to celebrate the Festival of Lights with your loved ones.

1. Nadodi


Calling its food “nomadic cuisine”, Nadodi is where you go to savour Indian cuisine from Tamil Nadu to Kerala to Sri Lanka. Expect a modern twist on traditional dishes with exclusively sourced ingredients and specialty farmed produce. Menus here come in the form of the Nine-Mile Journey, 11-Mile Journey, and 11-Mile Vegetarian Journey, offering a gastronomic trip across the Southern lands of India.

Address: Lot 183, 1st Floor, Jalan Mayang, Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng

Contact: 03 2181 4334

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2. Qureshi


The legacy of Qureshi can be traced back to one chef who has a history of serving the top rulers of India—Imtiaz Qureshi. Coming here means rewarding yourself to top notch Northern Indian cuisine, where kebab is made in a myriad of ways, from the use of stone slabs to open fires to griddles. Aside from the signature Burrah Kabab (Tandoori lamb chops with spiced vinegar, potlee and peshawari mas ala), there’s also the ever popular Samundari Biryani (Basmati rice cooked in caste iron pot with prawns, herbs, and rose essence) and Murgh Bombay Bohri Biryani (Basmati rice cooked with oriental spices, morsels of chicken and potatoes).

Address: Ground Floor, East Wing, TPC Kuala Lumpur, 10, Jalan 1/70D, Off Jalan Bukit Kiara

Contact: 03 2011 1007

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3. Jhann


Walk into an elegant and sophisticated interior with Roman columns, a copper chandelier, checkered monochrome marble tiles, and an arched glass metal-frame entrance. Indulge in Jhann’s interpretations of nostalgic Nothern Indian cuisine with dishes such as chicken garlic tikka, truffle roti, and a selection of papadums. Continue your meal with The Kohinoor Tandoor Grilled Chicken, Rogan Josh, and vindaloo. Customers can even customise the level of spiciness from mild to hot.

Address: 6, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights

Contact: 017 3244 323

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4. Frangipaani


Taking pride in serving carefully prepared Anglo-Indian dishes native of Goa, Frangipaani is poised to take its customers on a unique dining experience highlighting one of the most colourful sub-continents int the world. Whether you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, there is something for you from over 60 choices to select. Among the popular picks include the Lamb Special and Butter Chicken as well as the Aloo & Moong Sprouts Chaat.

Address: Mezzanine Floor, The Republik, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara

Contact: 03 2011 0330


5. Royal Darbar


If you’re looking to dine like the Maharajas of yesteryears, check out Royal Darbar in Chow Kit. The Muslim-friendly fine Indian restaurant specialises in Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, with a menu featuring dishes like Bhel Puri (a combination of papadis, puffed rice, sev, onions, potatoes, raw mango, and chutneys) and Murgh Samosa (pastry stuffed with spiced minced chicken and fried crisp). Other favourites include Achari Aloo (small potato pieces cooked in spices and spiked with Indian pickle) and Tandoori Prawn Curry (with coconut and mild spices), to name a few.

Address: 339, Wisma Motor, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit

Contact: 017 354 4335

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6. Gin Rik Sha

Gin Rik Sha

Literally transalted to mean ‘a person who pulls a rickshaw’ in the Japanese language, Gin Rik Sha may appear deceiving to customers judging solely by its name. In lieu of Japanese dishes, expect modern Indian cuisine with a focus on Southern Indian and Keralan food. The menu consists of tapas and larger mains such as Banana Leaf Baked Seabass, Chicken Biriyani, Butter Chicken Poutine, Yoghurt Chaat Bomb, and Glazed Rabri Mousse Ball.

Address: 37, Ground Floor, Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara

Contact: 03 2011 1266

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7. Flour

Flour Restaurant

Helmed by Chef Yogi, Flour has established itself among the top spots for fine Indian cuisine since debuting in 2017. After moving to its new location in Jalan Kamuning (from its original home in Bukit Damansara), the restaurant has further refined its menu to feature carefully curated course meals on top of a la carte options. Now specialising in French-Indian cuisine, you’ll find a seasonal degustation menu with avant garde vegetarian-friendly dishes here.

Address: 12, Jalan Kamuning, Off Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Contact: 012 960 0053

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8. Kayra


Serving modern Indian cuisine inspired by flavours of the owner’s Kerala travels, Kayra celebrates recipes handed down through the generations. Signature dishes to try include Fish Moilee Biryani, Kerala Dahi Puri, Baby Brinjal, and Kayra Roast Chicken.

Address: F08, 1st Floor, Bangsar Village 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru

Contact: 03 2714 2932

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