"A deep dive into the underground rice and curry merchants of KL."
Few things in life are more exhilarating than sitting down in a sweltering hot restaurant, ordering ice water and a banana leaf with all the trimmings. Being a yearly devotee of KL's religiously good restaurants, I happen to eat this a few times a week. It's terrible for anyone on a diet, but the majority of skinny people are miserable.
Delving deep into the labyrinth of suburbs and streets of Kuala Lumpur, I tried quite a few famous and random places in the quest for redemption. Sadly, salvation was not at hand, but holy belly incantations were.
Here they are in all the splendor, there are no losers here, but a parade of winners: The ultimate banana leaf restaurants in KL. Let the feasting commence!
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ACHA CURRY HOUSE
Quite a diversion from downtown KL curry houses, Acha is definitely worth the ride. Expect to wait in long lines at peak times, but the food is more than worth the sacrifice.
Snuck just around the corner from the mecca of indian madness that is Leboh Ampang, Mollagaa's is located up a flight of stairs away from the incessance. The speciality here is Keralan banana leaf, and you better bring your chili-tolerance because they don't mess around.
Vishal Food & Catering
Vishal Food & Catering (not to be confused with Vishalatchi's next door) serve up lip-smackingly authentic Banana Leaf to a loyal, and hungry, midday crowd. Expect to wait in line if you arrive at peak times.
A Pakistani restaurant in Bukit Bintang, usually groaning under the weight of hordes attacking them regularly for a piece of their Seekh Kebab or Malai Tikka.
Packed with local men shoveling kilos of plump rice and sambar into the gnashing mouths of a well oiled machine. A standout meals place if you like your food cheap, simple and spicy.
All these recommendations are just personal opinions based on my palate, things change, chefs get fired or replaced, places open-close, relocate, so take it all with a pinch of MSG and discover your own gems too. But please do try a few of these, they have been researched exhaustively
"Tastes are subjective, so take everything with a pinch of salty tears"
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