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. Dewakan
5. Skillet at 163, KL
6. Beta KL

Best for Spanish food / Tapas Bar
1. El Toro Loco, KL
2. Tapas Club, Pavilion KL

Best for Italian food
1. Favola, Le Meridien KL
2. Nerovivo
3. Prego, The Westin KL

Best for Steak
1. Prime Steak Restaurant, Le Meridien KL
2. Gobo Upstairs, Traders Hotel KL
3. The Beato Steakhouse, Bangsar
4. Sage KL, The Gardens Hotel & Residences

Best for Japanese food
1. Sanuki Udon - cheap and cheerful
2. Hanare - sushi kaiseki, omakase, teppanyaki
3. Hanaya, Grand Millennium Hotel KL
4. Sushi Hibiki - omakase, fine Japanese cuisine
5. Shin Nihon - yakiniku
6. Yakiniku Toraji 
7. Sushi Shoya
8. Suki-Ya - Japanese shabu-shabu

Best for Chinese food (High-end)
1. Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental KL
2. Royal Canton

Best for Chinese food (Homestyle cooking)
1. Xian Cantonese Cuisine, Cheras
2. Restoran TC Keong, Seremban
3. Restoran Fu Wah, Cheras

Best for Afternoon Tea
1. Best Afternoon Tea in KL List

Best for Korean BBQ
1. Shinmapo Korean BBQ, The Gardens Mall
2. YG Republique, TREC / SkyAvenue, Genting
3. SeoulNami Korean BBQ - Halal

Best Hotel Buffets
1. Serena Brasserie, InterContinental Hotel KL
2. The Resort Cafe, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
3. Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental KL
4. Gobo Chit Chat, Traders Hotel KL

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

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

Best Place for Dim Sum
1. Best Pork-Free Dim Sum in KL list

Best for Ramen
1. Hokkaido Santouka Ramen, Pavilion KL
2. Marutama Ramen
4. Menya Musashi

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
6. The Andaman, Langkawi

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
5. V Intergrated Wellness, The Andaman Langkawi

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...

  7. hello dear, can u list out the best hotel buffet also?

    1. Hi there, I have updated the list with Best Hotel Buffets as well :)

  8. bookmarking this list forevaaaaahhhh!!!! thanks, yen ♥

  9. You should give Restaurant Sweet Inn, at Damansara Kim a try for Chinese Food

  10. Hi,

    I love how you writes and recommends everything. However, i tried to search if you ever write anything about jogoya (you did mentioned) but i couldn't find any particular post on it. In your opinion, is there any worth visit buffet type restaurant that is quite in similar level with jogoya (as in their options of booth)?


    is there any unlimited buffet on sushi and sashimi like jogoya did? apparently i've been waiting for update for the jogoya to re-open just to enjoy their sushi and sashimi booth. lol.

    1. Hi Fauzan,

      I believe Jogoya will be reopening in Q1 2021. The new outlet will be located in Feast Village in Starhill.

      You can try Hanare or Kampachi for their Japanese buffet in the meantime.


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