Your body, mind and soul will thank you for feeding yourself with nourishment, but your tastebuds? That’s a tough one to satisfy and don’t we know it. But we also know how impressive the contemporary food scene is in Kuala Lumpur. And with healthy eating at the tip of everyone’s tongue these days, eating healthy isn’t just easier, it’s enjoyable. Work your way through a map of some of the best wholesome meals around our city:
The name Sala means “living room” in Spanish but it’s also an acronym for slavar a los animales (save the animals). Owner Fauzi Hussein started the plant-based restaurant with a focus on local delicacies like nasi lemak made using cleaner, protein-heavy recipes.
Try this: Their burrito selection which comprises of the Mushroom Asada, Spicy Asian Tofu, BBQ Pulled Jack, and El Dominic.
(Image credit: @sala.kl / Instagram)
We can confidently say that The Ganga Cafe would still be our top pick for Indian cuisine, even if it wasn’t 100% vegetarian. The cafe’s owners bring sincere love for food and good vibes to the table, you’ll see them mingling with customers and in the kitchen, always with big smiles on their faces.
Try this: Their Sunday banana leaf buffet.
(Image credit: @thegangacafe / Instagram)
With a name inspired by the alternative rock band Blur, the new kid on the block Parklife is already off to a good a start. The restaurant wants to cultivate the feeling on being in London Hyde Park with sunlight, nature and picnics, and it does that in the city with vegan, vegetarian, Keto, paeleo and pescatarian food to share with everyone. Just like its slogan, it’s a ‘place for all’.
Try this: The Seafood Platter.
(Image credit: @parklifemalaysia / Instagram)
Best friends and mixed martial artists Jun and Khyn are behind the Acai bar, after competing in MMA required a lot of discipline and fuel from the right nutrients to support their training regimens. But with their love for food and the many “sinful” Malaysian desserts, the discovery of Acai and its many benefits birthed a great idea they wanted to share. The rest is history.
Try this: The Rio Classic; a traditional Brazilian Acai bowl topped with banana and granola.
(Image credit: @cabana.acai.my / Instagram)
The famous Kenny Hills Bakers has come up with a new cafe called Nourish and if KHB’s amazing pastries are anything to go by, you can bet Nourish delivers. The menu highlights the use of healthy ingredients that taste just as good as they do, even using organic eggs, grass-fed beef and keeping away from gluten and refined sugar for their desserts.
Try this: The pan mee.
(Image credit: @nourishbykhb / Instagram)
One of the most popular restaurants in the healthy scene, Fittie Sense serves both meat and non-meat eaters. Its kitchen is helmed by Victor Yap, who’s one of the minds behind Tray Cafe in Plaza Damas. The menu is completely free from highly processed ingredients, hydrogenated oils, and refined sugars. Some favourites over the years include the bone broth, keto-friendly desserts and bulletproof coffee.
Try this: Signature Chunky Chicken Satay with Spicy Harissa Sauce.
(Image credit: @my_fittiesense / Instagram)
Rawsome was founded by Elyn Pow Rawsome with now 7 branches and 5 ‘healthy bars’ around the Klang Valley. Apart from the famous Nasi Lemak, the restaurant serves popular nourish bowls designed for each blood type, and chia seed pudding desserts in jars. The restaurant is known for supporting charity work and community-building — one of its latest efforts is the ‘Pay it Forward’ purchase for any RM12 bowl.
Try this: The Basil Stir Fry
(Image credit: @rawsome.ttdi / Instagram)
Owner Lisettes Scheers is the same personality behind homegrown brand Nala, and you’ll find Nala prints all over the restaurant. As if something out of cosy cabin with fairy lights and trees outside, Lisettes is known for its twice-a-week vegetarian buffet spreads and in-house pastries, while you also want to try out their sangrias. Lisettes’ Subang outlet in Empire Shopping Gallery is now closed.
Try this: The Slow Braised Lamb Shank
(Image credit: @lisettes.my / Instagram)
Tucked in Chinatown, The Hungry Tapir is still very new in scene opening at the end of January 2020. Still, it has gotten very popular thanks to its affordably priced menu and Instagram-worthy decor. Alongside asian and western mains, all-day breakfasts and desserts, The Hungry Tapir is also a great place to come for cocktails and wine.
Try this: The Pink Bombshell Burger
(Image credit: @thehungrytapir / Facebook)
La Juiceria has been around since 2014 when juice cleanse kits were hugely popular and are still carried at its outlets and juice bars today. The menu consists of breakfast, DIY and gourmet salads, pastas, grain bowls, wraps, and now even popular cauliflower rice bowls for the keto crowd. There are plenty of smoothies and hot drinks too.
Try this: The Teriyaki Australian Beef Poké Bowl.
(Image credit: @lajuiceria / Instagram)