Whenever anyone says ‘breakfast’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, so many things come to mind. More often than not, people will want to stop by their local Mamak stall for nasi lemak and roti canai. Others can’t live without the Penang prawn noodles at the nearby hawker centre.
Others may want some artisanal coffee and poached eggs on toast or a full breakfast platter with baked beans and sausages. The variety of breakfast dishes makes choosing a breakfast spot something of a challenge.
If you’re out of ideas, here are some really awesome places around Kuala Lumpur to try:
1. Ra-Ft Café/Bistro
Just a stone’s throw away from KLCC is Binjai 8, a premium SOHO in the heart of town. On the ground floor, you’ll find Ra-Ft, a lovely and airy brunch place that serves hearty and healthy breakfast dishes all day long.
Among some of the favourites here are the Eggs Benedict Royale ( with home cured Salmon), French Toast with Bacon and Maple Syrup and the Ra-Ft All-in-one breakfast with homemade bread, baked beans, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, pork or chicken sausages and smashed potatoes.
Address: Unit G1, Ground Floor, Binjai 8 Premium Soho, 2 Lorong Binjai, 50450, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mondays-Fridays, 7.30am-10pm; Saturdays, Sundays & PH, 7.30am-6pm
2. Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea & Coffee
At Ah Weng, it’s all about the classic style Hainanese White Coffee, as well as Hainanese Milk Tea. Both of these smooth and bubbly beverages are prepared rather differently than your average western café.
Apart from these, you’ll also find toasted soft boiled eggs and kaya and butter toast, both of which are typical of a kopitiam breakfast.
Address: G85, ICC Pudu, Jalan 1/77C, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 5.30am-2pm. Closed on Mondays
3. The Ming Room @ BSC
At The Ming Room, you’ll get piping hot Dim Sum dishes with no compromise on quality. It gets pretty packed on weekends, so you’ll want to contact them to make a reservation, especially if you’re coming in a large group of more than 2 persons.
Dim Sum is served on a pushcart that’s wheeled to you, and you take your pick of what you what. Customers can also order from the Dim Sum menu at any time. Each basket is priced between RM7 to RM10 and includes things like Siew Mai, Prawn Har Gao, Fried Carrot Cake, egg tarts, minced pork pastry and so much more.
Address: 3rd floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bangsar
Opening hours: Dim Sum served Mondays to Fridays 11am-3pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-3pm
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4. Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock
Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock serve all the quintessential Malaysian breakfast dishes. Don’t miss the Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken, the Hainanese Chicken Rice and Nyonya Laksa here. It’s also a great bonus that the food here is all within the affordable range, averaging between RM 9.90 to RM15.
Address: No. 13, Jalan Balai Polis, 50 000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily, 8am-5pm
5. Restoran Chat Masala
Chat Masala is your typical Indian vegetarian restaurant in Brickfields. If you come here early, you’ll find all the breakfast favourites like roti canai, Puri, Thosai and Chappati. They also have the fluffy pancake-like Utappam and a ton of gravies and vegetable side dishes you can add.
Wash all these down with a comforting cup of Masala Tea and your morning is complete.
Address: 259, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily, 7.30am-11pm