Gone are the days where halal food options were limited to Malay restaurants and plain ol’ fast food! With new creative ideas to draw in the crowd, cafe owners have stepped up their game to provide varieties with the tag ‘Halal’ on the front door.
10 Pork-Free And Halal Cafe in Kuala Lumpur (KL)
So hop in, bring a friend or two be it any race cuz from Korean rice meals in Ampang to barbecued beef ribs in the quiet Tropicana Avenue and woodfired pizzas in Shah Alam, we’ve got you covered with the best options from the neighborhood on our Top 10 Halal Cafes in KL. Let the ride begin!
#1 Asian Comfort food @ Merchant Lane
You know how we rather snooze away while the sun rises here when we’d willingly travel 15,25000 miles away to another country just to witness the sunrise there. It’ll probably look the same but probably not cuz we are abroad and it’s supposedly “Nicer”. Well, Merchant Lane used-to-be brothel space, transformed into a lovely modern version of vintage Malaysian atmosphere restaurant slash cafe is here to prove it to you that what we have here (in Malaysia) is comforting, spicy and just the sunrise we need to wake up to 🙂
While you’re at it: Pandan roti jala, stuffed with stringy melted cheese served with Gula Melaka drizzled Kaya toast flavored ice cream. It’s an unlikely combination of the traditional and current trends. The explosion of cheese with the fragrant pandan is so complementing, Gula Melaka add it just the perfect end to each bite!
#2 Grill Sheniagians @ Bear Brothers BBQ
Real barbecue is a skill that pitmasters have learned and honed over the course of their entire life. It takes countless hours of experimentation and trial and error to get things just right – from the rub to the temperature, to the mixture of wood and smoke, but this is somehting you ain’t worrying about cuz Beard Brother’s BBQ has it all under their sleeve.
At this rustic kitchen, you can get a meal of Beef Brisket with four sides (potato bun, baked beans, mash and coleslaw) and a bottle of locally produced Pop Soda for just RM26. Making beef brisket is a tall order in itself, so we are suitably impressed by how these guys have perfected the fall-off-the-bone tenderness and punchy flavours all the way through the pulled meat. The Beef Short Ribs (from RM24 per 100g for grass-fed; RM30 for grain-fed) is a handsome hunk of meat sporting a dark-to-pink gradient that tells of its excellent cook — go for the grain-fed for a juicier bite.
#3 Authentic Pizza @ Wood-fired Oven Pizza
why settle for your regular oven-baked pizza when more restaurants in KL are harnessing the power of wood fire to plate up such deliciousness. It’s an ancient technique used by Europeans in the past to bake bread but now used to serve pizzas worldwide and in WOP adorned for their humbling effort and packed flavors on a 10-inch size the Smoked Beef & Rocket (RM29) as well as the Spicy Shrimp Garlic (RM29). The former melds flavourful, fatty smoked beef with crunchy, bittersweet arugula leaves, and is best enjoyed with a drizzle of Tobasco sauce. Meanwhile, the shrimp pizza is juicier, starring garlic-fragrant shrimps covered in melted mozzarella. Melted cheese falling off and melting, it’s truly a pizza from hell!
#4 Salted Egg Cronuts @ Dotty’s Pastries and Coffee
When it’s hyped, the consent is there. At dotty’s, there’s a reason why there’s a hype, and they don’t let it get in their head when preparing their egg yolk goodness! For RM11, you not only get a decent size cronut topped with salted egg yolk custard, but you also get more, yes MORE, custard in between the deep fried buttery layers of puff pastry!! It’s salted egg yolk custard, what could go wrong?? Take not that they have served their cronuts according to their scheduled batch due to the constant high demand, so either be mentally prepared to wait for a long time or time your visit there beforehand!
While their claim to fame is an elusive Salted Egg Yolk Cronut (RM11) that sells out incredibly early, Dotty’s has a lot more to offer. Try the Strawberry Cheesetart (RM10) in which strawberries lend their refreshing tanginess to the cream cheese filling. This upscale bakery and cafe imports all their tableware so anytime you need an inspiring backdrop (or an Instagram-worthy table shot), drop in with a friend or the spouse for morning treats on fancy plates!
#5 Street style Cafe Gourmet Burger @ Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw
It’s a cafe if the food is good, good company to tag along and a place to sit. Yeap Burger Kaw Kaw it is! It’s not about 2 patties or 10, it’s about how much you love a good’ol Ramli styled burger with a bit of style and how far you can go when the motto is ‘the skies the limit’.If you’ve smelt the tantalizing waft of liquid cheese and patty grilling over hot coals at Wangsa Maju, chances are it was Kaw Kaw Burger Bar. They’re messy: nose-saucing and forearm-dripping, yet guaranteed to tickle your palates with their excellently constructed concoctions. Its pared-back menu is might leave your options limited- but, like few things in life, less is more at Kaw Kaw.
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#6 Indonesian Treat @ Bali & Spice Cafe
This one is on the pricier edge (Rm35 average per pax) but oh-so-worthy. Looking for a halal eatery to take your colleague out for their farewell lunch? Located in the low-key Da Men Mall, Bali & Spice sports enough greenery and quiet to offer a relaxing respite to impress and offer a bitter-sweet experience for the latter!
With Balinese cuisine, meat lovers on a joyride with their meat options with their Balinese Trio (RM49) made up of grilled chicken wings, meat skewers, and deep-fried squid. Look out for the spot-on side sauces of sambal matah (shallots and lemongrass relish) and sambal terasi (spicy sambal). Tastemaker Alyssia also vouches for the Iga Mepanggang (RM45), beef ribs charbroiled with coconut and palm sugar, which she loves for the charred edges.
Address: LG-17, Lower Ground Floor, Da Men Mall USJ 1,, Persiaran Kewajipan, USJ 1, 47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor., USJ, 47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM. Opens daily
Phone: 03-8011 8752
#7 Middle Eastern shakshouka @ Rimba & Rusa
Looking for a place to tone down the busy day with the girls? Head to this pretty pastel-colored walls with floral decor perfect to unwind over their menu that runs with a Middle Eastern twist for brunch and Western favorites. We’d opt for their Shakshouka Baby (RM18) for the early starters that compose poached eggs, chickpeas and greens baked in an appetizing tomato-based sauce.
For a hearty yet comforting lunch, try their Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese (RM22) — it’s likely to be a winner in both mum’s books and the kids’. The same goes for their Chicken & Mushroom Pizza (RM35) that’s good to share between parent and child. Since the cafe’s run by cupcake empire Wondermilk, it wouldn’t hurt to have a second look at that cake counter. Wouldn’t hurt at all.
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#8 College kid hideaway @ Garage 51
Where my college students at??? Missing the Melbournian baked eggs and smoked salmon bagels? Located in a sea of car workshops just opposite Sunway University, this halal cafe of CoffeeSociete from Solaris Dutamas is an ideal spot for those looking to satisfy your Melbourne food cravings after that energy-draining morning class.
Start it off by dunking some warm bread into gooey cheese with their Baked Sausage with Mozzarella & Sourdough (RM16). While the extravagant Messed Up Family milkshakes may tempt the sugarholic in you, resist this certain path to a food coma.
Instead, have the lighter Michaella (RM16) — a drink of coffee cubes with milk and Nutella that is just as satisfying, if not more. Feel free to linger here a little longer with the friends. After all, the campus is just steps away plus they’re known to offer some of the best set lunch. Hang in tight!
#9 Healthy Treats @ Pickle & Fig
Offering healthy fresh gourmet panini, sandwiches and smoothies, they don’t just boast a balanced hearty palate but also prides itself as a nice cozy neighborhood laid-back joint. While the cafe is known for their signature panini is Rotkraut Pastrami the crowd pleaser of this halal cafe would be the Coronation Chicken (RM18) that pairs sliced chicken breast with alfalfa sprouts between ciabatta bread.
It may sound a little too healthy for your taste, but the yummy “coronation sauce” and a side of potato wedges will change your mind. From Hearty Big Breakfast to a bowl of Goji Me (RM14) smoothie that will let the winning combination of strawberries, goji berries, apple, pineapple, and yogurt fill you up, Fig and Pickle resemble just the ring of its name!
#10 Coffee enthusiast @ Grind 22
Tucked away beside Twenty2 fashion boutique in Lorong Maarof (right beside the bustling center of Bangsar) lies a cozy, quiet cafe with a naturalistic vibe. There’s both an indoor and outdoor seating with ample of sunlight shining through. Coffee addicts, you’ll surely be getting a good fix of caffeine here with their vast range of freshly brewed coffee beverages. If you’re up for something healthier, their delightful fruit juices await you!