Ah, Brickfields. Kuala Lumpur’s Little India is a bustling area where old colonial buildings coexist with modern high risers. Local KLites might tell you that they have a love-hate relationship with it as the traffic is especially bad during lunch hour, but who can resist the rows and rows of Indian rotis (flatbreads), banana leaf rice, and sweets?
Restaurants around the colourful Brickfields Junction Fountain are fine (although a tad too touristy for our taste) but if you want to be where the locals are, let us share with you some of our favourite restaurants within the area, which are all easily accessible from KL Sentral Station!
1. For Banana Leaf Rice: Vishal
Vishal is tucked away in one of Brickfields’ quieter corners and is only busy during prayer time as it’s located near three Hindu temples. It positions itself as traditional Chettinad and North Indian cuisine restaurant, but we like to go there for their banana leaf rice: a typical South Indian dish which comprises of steamed white rice with assortments of vegetables. We love to have the rice with chicken varuval (spice dry-fried chicken), chicken peratal (dry chicken curry) or chicken 65 (spicy, deep-fried chicken).
Vishal Food & Catering
Address: 22, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am–10pm
2. For Home Cooked Meals: Lawanya
It would be a stretch to call Lawanya a restaurant as it is just a shack behind some back alley, but this humble stall that has everything from chapati to roti canai is truly a gem. We love that all the claypots are filled to the brim with a wide variety of vegetables and curries, as they all look very appetising. Don’t let the location put you off as we find that the staff always takes good care of the place’s cleanliness.
Lawanya Food Corner
Address: 1077/ 8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily, 6.30am–4pm
3. For Chapati and Other Rotis: Chapati Hut
Chapati Hut has evolved from a humble stall to a sit-down restaurant, a testament to their excellence. Go on and stuff your face with all the delicious chapati (unleavened flatbread made of whole wheat flour) and other rotis like thosai (thin pancake) and naan (leavened, oven-baked flatbread), we won’t judge. The restaurant is also vegetarian and vegan-friendly, and their dhal (lentils) and paneer (Indian fresh cheese) will make you forget about meat.
Authentic Chapati Hut
Address: 3, Lorong Padang Belia, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am–11pm
4. For Vegetarians: Gandhi’s
Talking about vegetarian restaurants, Brickfields is a haven for those who are on a plant-based diet. Gandhi’s is our go-to spot for vegetarian meals, thanks to its wide selection of cuisines to choose from, which is not limited to just Indian (ex: mushroom varuval) but also Chinese (ex: yin yong noodles), Western (ex: spaghetti carbonara) and Malay (ex: nasi lemak)… all meat-free!
Gandhi’s Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 28, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 6:30am–2am
5. For International Chain from India: MTR
Looking for authentic Indian flavours? Brickfields has no shortage of proper sit-down restaurants catering to Indian expats living around the area. Established in 1924, MTR (short for Mavalli Tiffin Rooms) is one of the oldest and most well-known restaurants in Bangalore (Bengaluru). Here you can find dishes like shavige bhath (vermicelli with vegetables and grated coconut), bisi bele bath (spicy lentil rice), and their signature chandrahara (fried dessert).
Address: 69, Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am–3.30pm and then 5pm–10.30pm, Sat-Sun: 8am–10.30pm
6. For Biryani: Hyderabad Biryani House
We know that there are many kinds of biryani (aromatic mixed rice dish), but we are biased when it comes to Hyderabadi biryani. So it shouldn’t come off as a surprise that Hyderabad Biryani House tops our list of favourite biryani restaurants in town. To accompany your fluffy, long-grained rice goodness, you can’t go wrong with the gongura mutton (spice and tart curry) or the eggplant kurma (eggplants braised with yogurt).
Hyderabad Biryani House Brickfields
Address: 1056/3, Lengkok Thamby Abdullah, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 6.45am–10.30pm
7. For Food Court: Money’s Corner
Food courts are especially great when you’re eating out with a group of friends who are picky eaters. Money’s Corner has something for everyone such as home-cooked style economy rice, banana leaf rice, Chinese pork noodles and more.
Address: 144A, Jalan Vivekananda, Kuala Lumpur, 50470, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am–4pm
8. For Fried Snacks: Ammars
If your local friends give you a blank expression when you ask them for directions to this stall, it might be because they know it as Auntie Saroja’s (the name of the matron) instead. No matter what name you call the stall, its strategic location by the roadside makes it easy to just drop by Ammar’s to pick up some curry puff, samosa, or vadai (spicy flour rings).
Address: 60-80, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Daily, 8.30am–7pm
9. For Sri Lankan Food: Yarl
If you’ve been wondering about the differences between Tamil food from Southern India and Sri Lanka/Ceylonese, then a meal at Yarl is a chance to find out. Tuck into their idiyappam (string hoppers) vendhaya kulambu (curry prepared with fenugreek seeds), and sweet appam (rice and coconut pancake), and get yourself educated while in the process. We got nervous when Yarl got an upgrade in appearance some time ago, but thankfully they are still affordable despite the new, chic look.
Yarl Restaurant & Catering – Authentic Jaffna Cuisine
Address: 50, Jalan Padang Belia, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 7am–10pm
10. For Best Non-Indian Food: Sin Kee
Whenever we want a break from Indian food, this is our favourite place for British Hainanese fares and as well as some Chinese. A bit of background of British Hainanese food for our non-Malaysian readers: back in the colonial times, the British employed the Hainanese to prepare their food and their good reputation as excellent cooks remained long after Malaysia’s independence. Expect Western offerings like chicken chop and pork chop, but also some Chinese dishes like mun fan (rice topped with gravy) and claypot tofu.
Address: 194, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue: Closed, Wed-Sun: 12–2:15pm and then 6–9:15pm
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