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Mar 16, 2000 07:20 AM

Kuala Lumpur

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I will be spending several days in KL and would greatly appreciate restaurant recommendations.

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  1. You might want to post a message to soc.culture.malaysia in addition to the one you posted here. You could also check dejanews for threads about the best mamak (those are Indian Muslims or products of marriages between Indian Muslims and Malays) food stalls in KL and such. Malaysians are justly proud of their DELICIOUS food, and many of them have strong opinions about where the best satay, nasi lemak, roti canai, laksa, nasi padang and so forth can be found.

    I haven't been to Malaysia for many years, so I can't give any recommendations of restaurants. All I can wish you is selamat jalan (a safe trip). Oh, and watch out for the smoke that's coming across the Straits of Malacca from forest fires in Sumatra.

    And just out of curiosity, if you happen to find the Imperial Room still in existence (either in its former location in the Hotel Malaysia or elsewhere), please let me know. It was an extraordinary restaurant - some 23 years ago!!!

    1. The food stalls in market places are great usually. If you desire a break from the Malaysian food, there used to be a steak place in avery colonial like setting but I can't remember the name of it. Something like "Sizzling Steak House" though now that seems hard to believe. It was very nice. Indian food is also plentiful, of course. Its a pretty interesting place.

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      1. re: Zephyr

        The restaurant with the sizzling steak is called The Coliseum. I just ate there and it was a lot of fun (they put a bib on your neck). The new hot area is a suburb called Bangsar Baru and I can recommend a restaurant called Madame Kwan's for nonya cuisine. Not super cheap but good. Their fish head curry sublime. Alexis Bistro is a nice modern joint with a mix of european and local foods.

        1. re: Ruth

          The Coliseum - that's it! I remember eating there fondly. It was about 15 years ago. They put a bib on my neck, too. Thanks for coming up with the correct name!

      2. At Twin Towers, there is a large shopping mall, KLCC Suria. On the top floor of the shopping mall is an Indian restaurant, the food is divine. Never tasted dhal like it, simply superb.

        There is an upmarket department store in the city named 'Sogo'. There is a food hall on the bottom floor where you can buy 'walnut rolls' which are outstanding.

        At the "Sheraton Imperial" hotel there is a lovely villa-style restaurant on the same level as the swimming pool. The atmosphere is good, the service very friendly, & the food delicious.

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        1. re: Ellie

          I hope I'm doing this right—
          is there anyone out there who has the scoop on Malaysian restaurants, both new and classic, in Kuala Lumpur or Penang? I'm hoping to find out which places people are talking about, whether for better or worse. Hidden gem type info equally welcome, of course.
          Many thanks.