Food For Thought specialises in fine dining, from the wide range of fine dining restaurant cuisines, specialising in French Cuisine to Japanese Cuisine. Here, we list a range of fine dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and beyond with some of the best dine dining offerings, from degustation menus to omakase. Do have a gander at our Malaysian Cuisine which includes some of the best Malaysian fine dining you will come across.
WHAT IS FINE DINING?
Fine Dining is defined as cuisine that has been meticulously prepared and is served course by course. Fine dining may include a series of amuse bouche, followed by appetisers, main courses and a dessert course. A typical fine dining menu would include at least 5 to 10 dishes, with many courses in between and would usually be served with wine pairings. A fine dining dinner would normally take roughly 3 hours and is best experienced by the Degustation menu offered by the chefs. Most good fine dining restaurants would have been awarded a Michelin Star or two by the Michelin Guide honouring them as Michelin Star Chefs.
FINE DINING CUISINE
As businesses in Kuala Lumpur are coping with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, restaurants are creating menus that are lighter, more agreeable and ensuring less wastage across the kitchen. DC Restaurant by Darren Chin has launched its new menu, which included a lighter 3 course menu, a middle 4 course and a premium 5 course menu. We were invited to taste the full range of courses, some of which were not in the final tasting menu, but were stunning nevertheless. Continue reading →
Located on the 41st floor of the Alila Hotel in Bangsar sits the modern French fine dining restaurant Entier French Dining. The eatery takes its name from old French which mean “entire”, giving you a hint of their nose to tail dining concept. The restaurant doesn’t only focus on ensuring that all parts of the animal is used, but is also knows for its very beautiful plates. From their signature Monaka to their beautiful Organic Garden, you can see why its time to give this place a visit. Continue reading →
Darren Chin of DC Restaurant need no further introduction when it comes to the fine dining scene in Malaysia, and his latest collaboration sees six hands working together with Chef Lee Choon Boon of Jeff’s Cellar and Chef Ann Lee of Être Patisserie at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. This collaboration features a black box of local ingredients showcasing what modern Malaysian cuisine really is. From the local caviar served on crab ice cream to the local rabbit consommé, the cerebral approach to the dishes really make you think. Continue reading →
Located within Menara Hap Seng sits contemporary French fine dining restaurant Enfin by James Won. The reputed Krug Ambassador, although French and Japanese trained, has further elevated his cuisine by going back to his Malaysian roots, taking some of the best local ingredients and interpreting them in a modern setting. The latest menu takes us on a gastronomic journey exploring the Malaysian terroir from East to West Malaysia. Continue reading →
Resorts World Genting has always been the perfect destination for a getaway due to its many entertainment outlets, and here sits The Olive, a multiple award-winning restaurant specialising in fine dining. This restaurant is one of Genting's best kept secrets with its intimate setting and makes the perfect valentine’s dinner. Continue reading →
Located within the luxury apartments of Clearwater in Damansara Heights sits an elegant restaurant serving one of Kuala Lumpur's most interesting cuisines, Babe – Japas Fun Dining. This restaurant is the creation of Michelin awarded Chef Jeff Ramsey, where an homage to his mixed heritage is cleverly displayed on his plates, taking heavily from Japanese cuisine, with a mix of molecular gastronomy and traditional techniques. Their ethos when it comes to food is to make fine dining into fun dining, serving tapas sized dishes in the most entertaining manner. Continue reading →
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. This is philosophy behind Samplings at the Fourteenth. This primarily Swiss and French fine dining restaurant is also tied to the Berjaya School of Culinary Arts, and is located on the 14th floor of the Berjaya Times Square Hotel, with a view to match. Continue reading →
Located within the recesses of the Damansara City Mall sits a refined contemporary European restaurant with an Asian twist. Beaming with art deco inspired gold fixtures throughout, this opulent eatery is aptly named Soleil. With contemporary cuisine in mind, Soleil serves a mixture modern French and Belgian, with an equally decked out cocktail bar that equally complements. Continue reading →
It comes as no surprise that DC Restaurant by Darren Chin is known as one of the best Malaysian fine dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. What makes them stand out is not only its usage of some of the highest quality ingredients from all over the world, but how DC Restaurant has sought to define their own dining experience, a journey of culinary growth by the restaurant and its restauranteur, introducing DC Restaurant cuisine. Continue reading →
When it comes to a fine dining, one would not expect that one of the better fine dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur would be located at a culinary academy. Dewakan serves modern Malaysian cuisine, which emphasises the use of local produce, using local flavours. The idea here is simple, to use the best of what can be found, and to use it to its best. Continue reading →
Located on the quiet street of Jalan Ceylon sits one of the most understated Malay restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Bijan Bar & Restaurant Fine Malay Cuisine. The restaurant served traditional Malay cuisine, but unlike many, with a touch of finesse. Bijan seeks to deliver an experience that is not very common, refined Malay dining. The dishes can be served in traditional sharing style, or if you opt for a journey of culture, the degustation menu. Their dishes range from the refined sup tulang sum sum, a modern take on the bone marrow soup to the use of the uncommon sambal hitam Pahang, a sambal made from belimbing buluh, a type of starfruit. Continue reading →
Located within the recesses of One Utama shopping complex is a restaurant that seeks to deliver a unique experience, Marco Creative Cuisine. What is unique about this place is that they aim to serve fine dining quality food at an affordable price. The 7-course dining menu starts with an amuse-bouche and ends with a nice cuppa joe, and can be experienced at the very reasonable price of RM78. Continue reading →