Popularly known for banana leaf rice and authentic Indian food, Brickfields is home to dozens of eateries, serving a variety of food. If you’re new to KL or just visiting, deciding on which restaurant to have your meal at can be quite a challenge.
To settle it once and for all, we’ve put together a list of the 8 best food to eat in Brickfields, according to locals.
1. Chat Masala
Welcomed by a teh-tarik pulling mascot, Chat Masala attracts customers with their 4-feet-tall statue, and keeps customers coming back with their delicious flavours.
Serving up both northern and southern Indian vegetarian food, Chat Masala even uses spices directly imported from India.
Well known for their banana leaf rice set during lunchtime (RM7.40), the restaurant is jam-packed almost every afternoon. Served with a variation of chutneys, curries, and vegetables, you can even choose between white rice and indian basmati rice as your staple.
For the complete experience, add on some of the popular dishes that Chat Masala is well known for such as the Paneer Butter Masala, Chilli Chicken, Collieflower Gopi 65, Gopi Manchurian, and the Mutton Varuval.
Other notable dishes include the fried roti canai and the well-renowned thosai, which is only served before and after lunchtime.
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 11pm
Address: 259, Jalan Tun Sambathan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Waze: Chat Masala
Possibly the most famous Indian restaurant in Brickfields, Annalakshmi serves up one of the best Indian vegetarian dishes on banana leaf rice around town.
They pride themselves as being a restaurant where vegetarian dining is a cultural experience. To depict this even further, their name was formed by pairing the words Anna (food) and Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity).
Well known for their lunch buffet (RM25, 11.30am – 3pm), Annalakshmi offers a variety of curries and chutneys along with dahl and also rasam. It’s amazing how much flavour you can experience within the confines of a single meal.
You can also choose to complete your experience with their chapati (highly recommended), which is freshly made upon request.
If you’re coming here, take note that Annalakshmi practices a dress code to adhere to. Shorts, sports attire, and also slippers are not allowed here, so be sure to come adequately dressed.
11.30am – 3pm
6.30pm – 10pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Address: 116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Dress Code: No shorts, slippers, or sports attire.
3. Peter’s Pork Noodle at Money’s Food Corner
Pork Noodles isn’t exactly the dish that comes to mind when talking about Brickfields, but being in a multi-racial boiling pot of cultures, it’s not surprising to find a community of chinese hawkers successfully thriving in Little India.
Located within Moneys Corner (Mayflower Food Court), an old food court inside a car park lot along Jalan Vivekananda, Peter’s Pork Noodles is one of the various hidden gems inside this hidden food court.
Other popular food stalls here include the homemade Yong Tau Foo, the homemade Pan Mee, and Moorthy’s Banana Leaf Rice.
To find this food court, be on the lookout for a payable parking lot across the road from the PosLaju office in Brickfields along Jalan Tun Sambathan, as that is the giveaway to the location of this hidden gem.
Head in to the carpark, and you’ll find Money’s Food Corner on your right.
To order, choose between the standard choices of yellow noodles, mee hoon, and kuey teow, or mix and match the noodles to your liking. At RM6.50 per bowl, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with the amount of pork in this bowl.
You can also add an egg into your noodles to give it that extra flavour and creaminess for an additional RM0.50.
Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm (Closed on Mondays)
Address: Money Food Court, 7, Jalan Vivekananda, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Waze: Peter’s Pork Noodle
4. GEM Restaurant
Leaning towards the premium end of eateries, GEM Restaurant features a fully air-conditioned Indian dining experience, with both vegetarian and meat dishes to satisfy your spice cravings.
GEM offers mostly southern Indian food and have a few signature dishes such as the tender Mutton Roganjosh, the crispy Prawn Pakoda, and the delicious Coconut Curry Chicken.
If those don’t tickle your fancy, their menu contains hints of other signature dishes you could try.
You might also want to check out the vegetarian thali set, served with 4 different types of curries, an extra small portion of briyani rice, raita, sweet onion dip, white rice and papadam. At only RM11.90 for the thali, it certainly gives you great value for your money.
Located directly across the road from Nu Sentral, GEM Restaurant is one of the most easily accessible Indian restaurants that serve up authentic Indian dishes.
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11.30pm
Address: 124, Jalan Tun Sambathan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Waze: Gem Restaurant
5. Sin Kee Restaurant
Sin Kee has been operating for more than 30 years, and is well known for being one of the last few remaining traditional Hainanese restaurants in KL.
They have several signature dishes that has gained popularity among locals over the years, but the most popular would be the Mun Fan, a braised pork on steamed rice dish that just screams comfort food.
Served in an upside-down bowl on a plate, the Mun Fan comes with a generous serving of rice, vegetables, braised pork, an egg, chinese sausages, and even prawns.
At RM11 for a serving, this one pot dish was, and still is a staple meal for many individual diners.
Another must try dish would be the Hainanese Pork Chop (RM15). One of the last remaining places to serve this traditional dish, Sin Kee prides themselves with their signature pork chop, which is made with a twist.
Made from ground pork, the meat is made into a patty, coated, fried, and doused with gravy and vegetables.
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.15pm, 6pm – 9.15pm (Closed on Mondays)
Address: 194, Jalan Tun Sambathan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Waze: Sin Kee Restaurant
6. Vishal Food and Catering
Another well-known place for banana leaf rice, Vishal Food and Catering serves up a healthy serving of dishes. From chicken and mutton peratal to fried potatoes, curry chicken, and more, you’ll definitely be spoiled for choices while eating here.
Take a seat and watch as the banana leaf is laid in front of you, followed by a generous helping of rice and an assortment of vegetables and papadam. You could also opt to go for the chicken briyani rice, which comes with a boiled egg and a whole chicken leg.
A few other waiters will tend to your meat cravings, as they patrol the restaurant, carrying trays with various types of meat. Choose from the various choices of dishes such as fried chicken, fried fish, eggs, tofu, and more.
The ambience is a hectic one, with a seating situation that resembles that of a mess hall. Waiters rush around the restaurant, enthusiastically serving customers and swerving around the narrow spaces between tables.
Opening hours: 7am – 11pm
Address: 22, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Waze: Vishal Food and Catering
7. Brickfields Pisang Goreng / Mr Chiam’s Pisang Goreng
Located directly across the road from the YMCA in Brickfields, Mr Chiam’s Pisang Goreng has been operating for more than 30 years since he first began.
He only sells 4 items, pisang goreng (fried banana fritters), kuih bakul (sweet cake fried fritters), fried sesame balls, and fried curry puffs.
All items are freshly made and the batter gets restocked as soon as it’s about to run out.
Although all of the items he fries up are pretty damn tasty, the star of the show definitely goes to the pisang goreng, which bananas are peeled on the spot, dipped in batter, and immediately fried in hot oil. At RM1.50 per piece, it’s a decent price to pay for a whole piece of pisang raja.
Opening Hours: 12pm – 5pm
Address: 21, 19, Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, 50740 Kuala Lumpur
Waze: Brickfields Pisang Goreng
8. Ah Keong’s ABC & Cendol
On a hot and sunny day in KL, this roadside stall offers one of the best thirst-quenchers around town. Sweet, cold, and chewy with multiple layers of flavours, Ah Keong has definitely nailed the perfect ABC (Ais Batu Campur), also known as Ice Kacang.
With a loyal fan-base of locals visiting him on a daily basis, what sets Ah Keong’s ABC apart from the rest is the tedious preparations he takes with his homemade ingredients.
Armed with only a couple of tables and a pushcart stall, Ah Keong’s ABC & Cendol stands proudly in front of a 7-11 across the road from the YMCA in Brickfields. It’s only a 1-minute walk from the Brickfield’s Pisang Goreng stall. Talk about a delicious pairing.
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 4pm
Address: 21A, Jalan Padang Belia, Brickfields 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Waze: Ah Keong’s ABC & Ice Cendol Stall