Having lived in East Malaysia, Miri to be precise, I value highly the availability of even a single, simple dish that reminds me of home. Miri is a small oil-town, about 300000 to 500000 people living there at a time. I am quoting it on the higher side, the expats add to the numbers actually. We lived there from 2009 until 2012 and I was cooking at least 4 times everyday. We had very fewer options to eat out, since we were vegetarians. We could not find too many outlets serving vegetarian food, leave alone Indian food.
Zaika, Banana Leaf Rice at Centre Point and an Indian aunty who made delicious Punjabi food for takeaway were the 3 most frequented places for us. So, when we moved to Kuala Lumpur, we were so very happy to see our favourite Indian dishes – idlis and dosas available just across the road!
Here, I will try to list the restaurants that we like and eat out at often and what I recommend you to eat at each of these places:
- Ananda Bahwan, Jalan Bangsar Utama – try the kothu parotta, masala dosa, badam milk
- Vishal Food and Catering, Jalan Scott – all-time fav – masala dosa, cow-milk bru coffee, idli and vada
- Visalatchi Food and Catering, Jalan Scott – idli, idiyappam, chutneys
- Gandhi’s restaurant, Lorong Padang Belia – ghee masala dosa, vada
- Aunty’s Mess, Jalan Berhala – kara dosa, veg noodles, veg fried rice. Idlis are awesome, don’t forget to ask for the sambar, peanut chutney and allam pachadi
- Annalakshmi, Jalan Berhala, Temple of Fine Arts – try the buffet lunch/dinner – totally worth the money – amazing food, beautiful ambience! Or if you are a bit tight on your budget, you can try the “Pay As you Wish” meal, at Annalakshmi Riverside on the basement.
- Authentic Chapati Hut, Lorong Padang Belia – parathas, onion kulcha, dal makhni, veg manchurian
- Jassal, Jalan Tun Sambanthan – garlic chilli kulcha, kulfi
- Chat Masala, Jalan Tun Sambanthan – masala dosa
- Raj Banana Leaf, Bangsar – ghee dosa, banana leaf meals
- Devi’s Corner, Bangsar – banana leaf meals
- Aroma’s, Brickfields – mysore masala dosa, paneer pepper fry
- Moghul Mahal – Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad – all panneer dishes
- Mr Naan and Mrs Idly (formerly known as WTF Express) – chat items, rice set, chapati set, puri!
- Passage through India, Jalan Bukit Bintang – tandoori sizzler platter, dal makhni, panneer dishes
- Sangeetha’s Veg Restaurant, Masjid India – mini tiffen
- Betel Leaf, Lebuh Ampang – rice varieties
- Saravana Bhavan, Bangsar (our last option) – dosa, uthapam
- Sagar Restaurant, Bangsar – not very impressed but an option for those wanting to eat north indian food
- Anjappar, Bangsar – Many vegetarians might not prefer to go to this hard-core chettinad restaurant, but they have some amazing and tasty veg food. If you are ok, you can try the paniyarams, uthapam, rava kichadi, and some of tiffin items on their menu
There are some restaurants that we haven’t tried but wish to, some day… These include:
- Delhi Royale, KLCC area
- Ganga Cafe, Bangsar
- Naga’s Brickfields
- Restoran Nirwana Maju, Bangsar
The first 5 are our go-to restaurants, any day. The rest of the restaurants, we visit once in a while. All of these restaurants have good vegetarian options, some serve both veg and non-veg, some are purely vegetarian. So in those mix restaurants, you might want to specify what you exactly want and do not wish to see on your plate.
You might notice, most of these restaurants are pretty much the local mamak shop type of outlets. Hygiene is well-maintained and taste is awesome, which makes us want to go back over and over again.
Have some secret places that you frequent, to add to this list? Do let me know I will add it to the list here!