Are you planning a visit to the IOI City Mall and want to know your options for meals? Here are the 20 best rated IOI City Mall Food we've tested in Malaysia.
With around 1.5 million square feet of space, the IOI City Mall offers a wide range of different forms of entertainment. From ice rinks to cinemas to food courts and cinemas, there are over 350 different brands now on show in the prestigious location. So, if you wanted to start eating lunch with friends there, would you know what the options for restaurants are?
The following is a list of twenty of the best IOI City Mall Food establishments that you could visit. As you read on, you should get a good idea of the types of food you can get, and which of these popular Malaysian food establishments is the best. So, get started and pick out your favorite of these IOI City Mall restaurants.
1. IOI City Mall Food - Ole-Ole Bali
Ole-Ole Bali describes itself as an “immediate accessible respite from a hectic day,” and this is true… most of the time. The only time you will not find this to be accurate is when the location is particularly popular. The trouble is, the food is so good that it can get quite busy, so be ready for your respite to come from the meal instead.
This restaurant is a delightful remix of Balinese-inspired dishes, each with a different and delectable aroma or taste. The menu is even separated out simply, to prevent the many unique dishes from overwhelming your decision-making skills. If you want pasta or bread as a base, or want to tuck into a hearty BBQ instead, you only need to look for these areas in the list of food they provide.
If you are with a large group, we would recommend their food platters. These are plenty for a whole party to enjoy and offer a wide range of different foods. It will prevent people from hoarding one type of food, and allow you to try a little bit of everything all at once.
The decor for the restaurant is also very calming, with wicker and wood being the main visual style for a lot of the area. The photos of Balinese people also help you get in the mood for the food that you are about to eat. At the same time, you can watch your chefs prepare your meal from your chair.
In all, it is a fantastic location for you, your family, and your friends. Depending on what mood you are in on any day of the week, you will be able to find a dish that suits you and those you are with. We would recommend the Bali Trio to newcomers.
Bon appetit, or as they say in this restaurant, “Om Swastyastu.”
2. IOI City Mall Food - Pak John Steamboat & BBQ
You cannot get much better than a well-made and casual Halal buffet restaurant. If you are looking to do little more than stuff yourself with the best simple dining experience the City Mall has to offer, this is the way to do it.
As a buffet restaurant, their menu offers little more than images of the food, but each one entices you to try it out.
You can do a lot worse than the location’s famous curry soup. The restaurant produces the base with traditional Thai spices as well as Pak John’s secret recipe ingredients. When I visited, I had a mighty need to fill myself on the curry and prawn soups alone; they were that good.
Still, there is plenty of variety in the food here. Besides Thai imports, they offer ingredients from across the world. Among their buffet, you can find:
- New Zealand lamb
- Australian beef
- Italian smoked duck
- So much more
The location is often busy because of the cheap and cheerful food, so if you are with a large group, you should prepare to wait for a table to open up. Although when it does, the food in the buffet will still be recently-cooked and good for you to dip into.
If you are the type of person who enjoys a steamboat or hotpot, you are in luck. As the name suggests, this place specializes in this kind of food. You can have a delicious steamboat on your table, ready for you to dig into when you feel it best suits your meal.
At the same time, watch as the cooks prepare the barbeque. With fire and flashes of cooking prowess, you can treat the preparation as a show in its own right. It’s hard to fault them when the food is so good.
3. IOI City Mall Food - Delay No More Under the Sea Restaurant
I first heard of this restaurant from a TikTok review that shows how good the food is and the extravagant presentation of every meal. As such, I had already set my expectations, but when it came to my table, I was once again blown away.
The first thing you see when you enter this restaurant is the on-brand decor. The entire restaurant suffuses with blue lighting, exemplifying the seafood aesthetic. This puts you in the mood to enjoy their fine cooking, which is fresh enough that you will feel like you are right on the seaside.
One of their main specialties is their Australian lobster. Cooked to perfection and covered in cheese, the whole dish is decadent. One of my friends even admitted they struggled with the rich flavor by the end because the cheese was so moreish and they kept snacking on it.
If you are unsure of which specific food to try, we would recommend one of their seafood sets. These combine crab, scallops, and many other flavors to allow you to pick and choose how you want to approach the meal. I was a fan of their tiger grouper fish, which they steamed to perfection.
Should you choose specific dishes, they have a whole range of different shellfish. They boast many different crabs, lobsters, and other shellfish. To give you a small example, their crab varieties include:
- Indonesia mud crab
- Australian mud crab
- Flower crab
- Brown crab
- King crab
- Yellow oil crab
You can always ask the waiting staff if you have not been here before. Not only will they be able to give advice, but they will be able to help you be able to eat the food, too. One of my colleagues had ordered crab but couldn’t shuck it, so the waitress did it for him.
4. IOI City Mall Food - Ah Cheng Laksa
The Ah Cheng Laksa has a complete mythology to it, and if you ask any of the staff at the restaurant, they will tell you all about it. It turns out that in a small 60s town known as Simpang Empat, a couple began selling a very simple Asam Laksa.
Despite doing this to survive on the small amount of money it afforded them, over time, their popularity grew. The legend states that this was because of a unique family recipe that many enjoyed, leading to a restaurant soon opening up in the cities.
The original owners might not be in the restaurant, but their unique blend of ingredients survives to this day. I would rate it as being worth the tale, for the Asam Laksa I tried there was to die for. It was moreish and filled my belly in that delicious way that a wholesome and cheap dish does.
In short, Ah Cheng Laksa lives up to their myth and was ready to become a staple of my lunches from that day onwards.
If you are there with children, or not too hungry, many options do have the option to order a “Junior” option for many of the foods. This means that you will not buy too much, and helps the location be perfect for families on a day out.
My children loved the Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang, though, which sadly did not come with this option so I had to finish their meals for them, which I was happy to do.
5. IOI City Mall Food - Inside Scoop
If you are not in the mood for savory food, then Inside Scoop has you covered with many delicious and sweet treats. They have many great options, but they are well-known for the King Ice Cream Cake. This is a perfect accompaniment to any birthday celebrations, and they even sell sparklers to really sell the occasion.
Their ice cream is fresh and delicious, and the mouthfeel is smooth like any creamy treat should be. Also, if you are a durian fan, this is the place to go. They have a full menu dedicated to this delicacy, so try it out while you are around.
6. IOI City Mall Food - Kyochon 1991
With a worldwide franchise, Kyochon shines as the peak of South Korean fried chicken. As they use a signature soy and garlic sauce in their recipe, they have a unique flavor that many Westerners find surprisingly enjoyable.
If you are more of a spice fan, the red pepper options at Kyochon can appeal to your tongue. The heat is not overwhelming, and Kyochon’s red pepper sauce adds to the moreish taste of fried chicken. So it is worth a try as you delve through a selection of eight pieces.
If you instead want something to take home or devour in a bout of hunger, Kyochon also offers whole or half chickens. This is a lot of meat for one person, but we saw at least one person enjoying the whole thing along with plenty of paper tissues.
7. IOI City Mall Food - Bhai Jim Jum
Hidden among the other restaurants in IOI, you can locate the Bhai Jim Jum restaurant by its delicious smell alone. As a creator of Thai street food, you can forgive it for wanting to recreate the feeling of walking past a street stall. Especially as you walk past and stop as you catch a whiff of your next lunch.
Bhai Jim Jum does not only focus on street food, though, and offers many hot pot options for those who prefer to take their time. We would recommend the Red Tom Yum soup, as its intense smell took our breath away and the pot ended up filling us to satisfaction.
Much of it reminded me of some of the cheaper options in the Pavilion. All of it was good, but nothing tasted like I was saving money.
8. IOI City Mall Food - Black Canyon
On first walking past the Black Canyon restaurant, I mistakenly believed that I was passing by a Tex-Mex fusion restaurant. I could not have been further from the truth.
Black Canyon specializes in a unique combination of Thai and Western food. To do this, they offer such dishes as Savory Green Curry alongside pasta and steak. They also promote their coffee, which I must admit was much better than other restaurant coffees I have had in recent days.
For dessert, they have a whole range of options. But instead of that, we would recommend you give their chocolate drinks a go. Either their chocpuccino or a chocolate glacier frappe will more than meet your post-meal sweet cravings.
9. IOI City Mall Food - BMS Organics
BMS aims to promote a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle in all those who shop or relax within their four walls. For the most part, they succeed in helping people relax, but having a healthy lifestyle is a little harder when their cafe’s food options are so good.
Still, everything they make is both vegetarian and mostly organic. This at least allows you to feel morally more comfortable with snacking down on a rice dish or two as you sit in their cafe area.
If you are at all curious about BMS’s aims when it comes to health and the environment, their website explains what they are trying to do. It is laudable and worth a quick look at least.
10. IOI City Mall Food - Morganfield's
Ribs, ribs, and more ribs are the signature dish from Morganfield’s. This American diner’s focus exemplifies the idea that American food is all about pure comfort. The meat is falling off of the bone, and you will lick the sauce they use to cook them off of your fingers in an undignified manner because it is that good.
Of course, they offer other American-style dishes, including onion rings, chips, and a variety of sausages. Try out a platter, and you might find something you have never realized could be so good.
11. IOI City Mall Food - Cheong Dam Jaya
Cheong Dam Jaya is a Korean restaurant that presents Halal BBQs and hotpots. They know who their target market is, offering full beef platters that satisfy even the most stubborn meat cravings.
Their Premium Halal Beef Platter is perfect for you and your friends to enjoy a post-sunset meal. Break your fast with Australian premium ribeye steaks, or marble short ribs.
If you are not in the mood for need, they also serve duck, kimchi, and seafood. They cook it all with the same care and attention, so do not think that they only focus on their signature dishes.
12. IOI City Mall Food - Coliseum
The Coliseum cafe and grill room have quite the history behind them. Ask any server and they will regale you with the story of its founding back in the 1920s. Since then, it has established itself as a cornerstone of good food.
While it may not have the old-timey Western movie style of other Coliseum locations, this one is much more up-market. Get some filling and tasty comfort food, steak fries, and a variety of other foods from their wide menu. It is perfect for a no-nonsense meal.
13. IOI City Mall Food - Dave's Deli
Dave’s Deli boasts that it serves the “first roast chicken that took Kuala Lumpur by storm,” and it is obvious why when you visit. The location is perfect for pure, simple food that does not mess around. If you want something wholesome and good for you, grab something from here, such as their:
- Open-cut sandwiches
- Gourmet pies
- Home-cooked deli meals
- Quarter roast chicken
Nothing here is going to shock you as you would get at a five-star restaurant. Instead, you will get something that appeals to a hungry belly and a quick lunch.
14. IOI City Mall Food - Dubuyo
Some people look for their enjoyment in soul food. Dubuyo, instead, gives you what you need in the form of bowl food.
Their signature dish is a Soondubu Jigae that is guaranteed to fill you up, with a choice of different broths and a variety of side dishes. It is perfect for a quick hot lunch or if you want to have a chat over a meal with a group of friends.
15. IOI City Mall Food - Empire Sushi
Not everything on this list demands that you sit down. Instead, Empire Sushi offers a fast kiosk filled with sushi that is perfect for sitting on a bench and enjoying it by yourself. Or, if you want to share a few portions instead, with friends and colleagues.
If all you need is a quick snack or an already-prepared belly-filler, Empire Sushi will satisfy you.
16. IOI City Mall Food - Dolly Dim Sum
You cannot complete a list of food places without offering some delicious dim sum options. Many of the people I met on my visit raved about Dolly Dim Sum, and when I went it was obvious why.
Dolly Dim Sum presents itself as a traditional Chinese tea house, and while it sells different teas, people go more often for food. It creates many traditional dim sum recipes, such as Har Gao prawn dumplings as well as their signature egg custard bun.
It might seem simple, but one of our favorite things was the simple steamed rice rolls. The belecan paste that came with it was perfect, and as they served it with the rice rolls, I filled up fast.
17. IOI City Mall Food - I Love Yoo!
I Love Yoo! prides itself on its Cakoi, or Yoo Tiao, as a staple of the location. This pastry, among many others served at the location, is a sweet treat to please even the blackest heart.
Alongside these sweet treats, they also offer set savory meals that help get you through the day. Nothing here is going to reach the levels of gourmet cuisine, but every offering will fill you up while tasting great. I cannot fault it.
18. IOI City Mall Food - K-Fry Urban Korean
Korean Fried Chicken, or “K-Fry”, is a specific type of fried chicken that has spread out of South Korea in the past few decades. While it is obvious why they might not want to use the acronym KFC, the style of this fried chicken is far outside of what the “colonel” offers.
The most popular dish out of this restaurant is a spicy, cheesy, fried chicken meal that will have you wanting to go back for more. The spicy yangyeom sauce they use on their chicken also confirms that it is far superior to Western options. Although, if you are a Western visitor, be warned that these dishes tend towards the hotter side.
19. IOI City Mall Food - Absolute Thai
This location sells authentic Thai cuisine that hits all the right notes. Good food, fast service, and friendly staff mean that you cannot go wrong on a visit here.
As for recommendations, I would suggest the Massaman curry chicken. Although, my compatriots swore by the Mieng Pla. They did have to explain to me how to eat it, and once I did I was hooked.
20. IOI City Mall Food - Nando's
So many stories online abound of the “cheeky” Nandos being a British staple that you would think it started there. That could not be further from the truth. This Portuguese-style PERI-PERI chicken started in South Africa before spreading across the globe.
The take-out style menu has a wide set of offerings for the different kinds of food that you can get. Although if you expect anything but chicken, the options are not too expansive. Where they do specialize, instead, is their wide range of flavored sauces.
I would recommend the medium sauce for the perfect combination of spice and flavor, but you may think otherwise. If you want a satisfying meal, then try the Nandoca’s Choice Burger. The toasted garlic bread the burger arrives on moves the taste close to perfection.
More About IOI City Mall Food
With all that, you should have a much better idea of the quality of IOI City Mall Food. There are many options, and it might be best to go to a different one every time. But there are still more that were not listed here, so which should you choose?
To help you out, we have written dozens of articles on the food you should eat in Malaysia. If you want to know more about how to choose where to go, we can help you out. Check out our blog and start your journey into a new region of taste.
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