It’s 1pm on the dot and your stomach is growling. “What’s for lunch?,” asks your colleague. You smile knowingly because you have this guide to help you decide where to go ‘makan’. Bonus point: It could be near to your office area!

If your office is in Bukit Bintang, why not try these:

Kolo Mee at Food Republic (Pavilion KL)

“I’ve had the best Kolo Mee when I was in Tabuan Jaya, Kuching Sarawak a few years back. To me, that is the benchmark for the taste of Kolo Mee. Anyone who can make it as good or better, I will be their loyal patron. Looks like I found it. I got teary eyes when I put the noodle in my mouth. It brought my memories back to Tabuan Jaya and how I loved the taste.”

Read Ohsem.Me’s full review of Food Republic.

Rusuk Panggang at Bijan Bar & Restaurant 

“When the Rusuk Panggang was brought out, I must admit the looks did not do justice to it, as it looked really dark to begin with. One bite into the slice of chargrilled marinated short ribs meat, and everything changed. What started off as being a negative perception due to the dark texture, turned immediately to pleasure, as the meat literally melted in my mouth with a few soft bites.”

Read Isaac Tan’s full review of Bijan Bar & Restaurant.

Quattro Formaggi Pizza at Prego (The Westin KL)

“The highlight of our meal was the pizza. We ordered the quattro formaggio, four cheese pizza using taleggio, mozzarella, gorgonzola and fontina with sage. It was pretty similar to some of the best ones we had in Venice, Italy during our travels – thin crust with deliciously pungent cheese.”

Read Good Foodies’ full review of Prego.

If your office is near Masjid Jamek, try the signature dishes at these places:

Prawn Varuval at Restoran Kader

“One bite and I’m in cloud nine. Absolutely mouth watering, the batter was light, crispy and had the wonderful aroma of spices while the prawns were juicy and springy. It’s also rather spicy..but I didn’t care as it was delicious and I can’t stop eating it.”

Read Food4Thot’s full review of Restoran Kader.
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Nasi Ayam Kunyit at Mat Rock Special Ayam Goreng Kunyit

“Cheap, decent portion and tasty – Mat Rock ticks all the right boxes. That and the fact that Mat Rock scoops in their unique and fiery sambal belacan in every pack, and a touch of this potent concoction just turn everything in the pack into a dynamite. However, Mat Rock Nasi Ayam Kunyit isn’t quite the same without the sambal. So the sambal is a MUST.”

Read Rebecca Saw’s full review of Mat Rock Special Ayam Goreng Kunyit.

Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng Berempah at Cafe Old Market Square

“The café serves up a very satisfying Malaysian local breakfast of Hainanese coffee, soft-boiled eggs and kaya toast the exact same way it did years and years ago. There is also some yummy Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng Rempah with fluffy coconut rice and nicely fried spiced chicken, Yong Tau Foo, and delicious Mee Rebus and Rojak Pasembur with squid.”

Read Live Life Lah’s full review of Cafe Old Market Square 

If your office is near Sentul, these are your options:

Temasik Rice Special at Naili’s Place

I had the Temasik Rice Special and that came with spicy shrimp, beef rendang, and fried chicken alongside butter rice. This is similar to Madam Kwan’s Nasi Bojari but with better value, and equally as tasty. Make sure you’re really hungry before ordering this.

Read KYspeaks’ full review of Naili’s Place.

Fish Head Curry at Sentul Curry House

The curries were good especially the fish curry and mutton curry. The former was thick, spicy and subtly sour – very tasty with rice. Those who can’t take overly spicy food should go for the dhal, which was mildly spiced, creamy and good in its own way.”

Read Bangsar Babe’s full review of Sentul Curry House.

‘Drug’ Chicken Rice at Segambut Fried Chicken Rice

Ordering is straightforward here – just choose a favourite chicken part (whole leg, thigh, ribs or wings) to go with your oily rice. The fried chicken is served with a generous sprinkle of celery leaves and spring onions on top. The key to any great fried chicken is juicy, well seasoned meat encased in a light, crisp-tasty coating. We thought our order of fried chicken was cooked perfectly in every sense.”

Read KampungBoy CityGal’s review of Segambut Fried Chicken Rice

Have a delicious day!