Baby Sumo Recommends

Recently, I have been getting emails from readers asking for advice as to where to eat in KL for specific cuisines or to celebrate a special occasion. Here are some of my personal favourites and this list will be updated from time to time. Click on the names to read the review of the restaurant and for full listing details (The list is not in order of preference. Also note that my preference may differ from others):

Best for Fine Dining 
1. Sage, The Gardens Residences
2. Cilantro, Micasa Hotel
3. Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental KL
4. Samplings on the Fourteenth, Berjaya Times Square Hotel
5. Lafite, Shangri-La Hotel KL
6.  Frangipani, Changkat Bukit Bintang
7. Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie, Menara Taipan
8. Hit & Mrs, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar
9. Bistro a Table, PJ
10. Soliel, PJ

Best for Italian food
1. Favola, Le Meridien KL
2. Nerovivo
3. Spasso Milano, Pavilion KL
4. Prego, The Westin KL
5. La Cucina, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

Best for Steak
1. Prime Steak Restaurant, Le Meridien KL
2. The Beato Steakhouse, Bangsar
3. Gobo Upstairs, Traders Hotel KL
4. Grill 582, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
5. Sage KL, The Gardens Mall

Best for Japanese food
1. Fukuya
2. TEN Japanese Fine Dining Restaurant - high-end
3. Sanuki Udon - cheap and cheerful
4. Hanare - high-end
5. Hokkaido Ichiba, The Gardens Mall -mid-range

Best for Chinese food (High-end)
1. Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental KL
2. Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial KL (for dim sum)

Best for Chinese food (Homestyle cooking)
1. My Cantonese Preference, Cheras
2. New Formosa Restaurant, PJ

Best for Afternoon Tea
1. Lobby Lounge, Ritz-Carlton KL
2. Lounge on the Park, Mandarin Oriental KL
3. OneSixFive, InterContinental Hotel KL
4. The Tea Lounge or The Orchid Conservatory, Majestic Hotel KL

Best for Macarons
1. Mandarin Cake Shop, Mandarin Oriental KL - hazelnut and calamansi (top recommended flavours)
2. Babycakes Sweet Shoppe, GTower
3. Nathalie's Gourmet Studio, Solaris Dutamas
4. Antoinette, Singapore
5. Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie, Singapore

Best for Char Siew (BBQ pork)
1. Toast & Roast, SS2, Petaling Jaya

Best Ambiance/Interior 
1. Acme Bar & Coffee, The Troika
2. Tate, The Intermark

Good for casual food
1. Plan B, Bangsar Village
2. The Deli, Micasa All Suite Hotel
3. Simply d

Best for Thai Cuisine
1. Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion, Kota Damansara
2. Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

Best for Ramen
1. Hokkaido Santouka Ramen, Pavilion KL
2. Gokuraku Ramen, Midvalley Megamall
3. Marutama Ramen
4. Menya Musashi

Best for Pizza
1. Ben's General Food Store, Bangsar Village

Best Holiday Destination/Hotel in Malaysia
1. Pangkor Laut Resort
2. Cameron Highlands Resort
3. Tanjong Jara Resort
4. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
5. Gaya Island Resort, Sabah

Best for Spa
1. Spa Village, Pangkor Laut Resort
2. Spa Village, Cameron Highlands Resort
3. Spa Village Kuala Lumpur
4. Spa Village, Gaya Island

The Best of Seremban, Negeri Sembilan:
1. A Guide to Good Food in Seremban - Top 10 Best Eats

Fun Things to do with Kids in KL/Malaysia:
1. Farm in the City, Seri Kembangan
2. Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm, Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands
3. Zoo Negara Malaysia
4. KidZania Kuala Lumpur

Fun things to do with kids in Scotland, United Kingdom:
1. Doonies Farm, Aberdeen

Favorite Eats in Singapore:
1. JAAN, Swissotel The Stamford
2. Gunther's Modern French Cuisine
3. Esquina Tapas Bar
4. dB Bistro Moderne, Marina Bay Sands

Should you require more assistance in narrowing down a restaurant for a special occasion, please drop me an email at .


  1. Dear Babysumo
    Thank you for your recommendation.

    1. You're welcome, if u need any more help let me know.

  2. Hi where can I get best birthday cake? hehe

    1. Hi Shook Han, it depends on what kind of cake you like. Just Heavenly, RT Pastry, Delectable by Su are just some of the places where u can get nice cakes.

  3. Do you know anywhere with vegetarian ramen?

    1. Hi there, sorry but I am not aware of any places in KL that serve vegetarian ramen.

  4. Hey there for your italian list .. have you tried sassorosso ?

    Also tate is no longer in intermark no ? Its now Beast.

    Shd also expand to spanish - id recommend pinchos in changkat bkt bintang

    And any authentic mexican you have tried ? La mexicana in hock chun square seems to be awesome ?

    1. Hi there, Tate is still at Intermark. It is Estate that has changed over to Beast.

  5. I always checkout your instagram but stumbled upon your blog while checking out Putrajaya Lakeside Pullman Hotel which I am staying next week! Small world! *waves*

  6. Hi Baby Sumo! Any suggestions for High end Indian food( other than Bombay palace and passage thru india...


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