Overwhelmed and excited by the many food choices at Pavilion KL? Don't worry. This list of highly recommended Pavilion Food will get you started.
With over 14 million tourists in the past year, Kuala Lumpur has proved to be one of the most popular locations in Malaysia and the wider world. As a tourist center, it has many food and drinks vendors who can provide you with a great experience. Although, do you know which ones are the best in the region?
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is an award-winning & considerably high-end shopping center situated in the Bukit Bintang district in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If you were to visit, you would quickly find that pavilion food is one of the biggest draws. With whole sections dedicated to dining, it can be hard to know where to turn for refreshments or fine foods.
This article will list many of the restaurants and food or drinks vendors in the center. As you read on, you will be able to find the place that matches your mood, no matter the day you are having. So check out the below, and find something to make your day that little bit more perfect.
1. Pavilion Food - Jade Pavilion
You can feel the beautiful influence of Chinese art within this Cantonese restaurant. The location oozes the aesthetic of classical Chinese garden architecture and design. This gives the location a grandiose feeling while allowing you to gaze at the calmer and green surroundings outside of the location.
Jade Pavillion prides itself on its cooking staff. These include named Chinese Master Chefs Kenny Lee and Dino Lee. They produce anything from their expansive array of over one hundred dishes, a difficult menu to cook for but one that they take great pride in.
The food itself is unforgettable. The chefs know what they are doing, and you would be best placed to pay attention to their recommendations each day that you visit. One of their most popular dishes, a slow-braised South African abalone, almost melts in your mouth as you taste its delicious flavor.
If you are more of a dim sum fan, we would recommend the steamed honey-glazed barbeque chicken bun. It is a little bit rich but also decadent. It is very much not something you will forget soon after having tried it.
If you want to put your dining experience completely in the hands of your hosts, try one of their set menus. If you do, once again, the chefs’ expertise comes to the foreground.
Each option, from the Sapphire set menu to the Hennessy Cymbidium set menu, is a well-balanced selection of perfect dishes. You will find yourself dipping between each one, trying to work out which delicacy excites your taste buds the most.
We cannot rate this location high enough as far as restaurants go. Try it out and discover what the big deal is. Trust us, you will not regret it.
2. Pavilion Food - The Coffee Academics
This brand prides itself on “setting the standards” for coffee across the continent. They have locations in Singapore, Korea, China, and Thailand. The Coffee Academics believe this shows their popularity through their widespread acceptance. Although, of course, you would only care about the one close to you, and fortunately, it shows itself as a good contender for the crown.
Reviewers have already rated this specialty coffee store as serving very high-quality coffee and tea. These independent testers are still getting used to the amount of care and attention the baristas put into producing every cup. After all, coffee lovers can be such snobs, so they would know what is good or not.
They even boast a bright and expansive coffee shop itself, meaning that the location is the perfect place to relax after a busy day. Or, if you are the kind of person who works in coffee shops, enjoy the decor and ambiance to help you write your next great work of art.
As far as the coffee itself goes, experts have described it as full-bodied and well-balanced. Also, unlike some other famous high-street coffee brands, they do not burn their coffee beans. This gives every cup a rich flavor that caresses the tongue.
As far as specifics, we would recommend the Steam, a cold brew. It has a light and frothy feel to it and does not overwhelm the senses.
Although if you do want a taste explosion, try the Jawa. The coffee academics sweeten this macchiato with Indonesian palm sugar, giving the coffee a more balanced flavor. Perfect for when you want to indulge in something as a little treat.
3. Pavilion Food - Calia
As Calia is an Australian brand, you might expect it to offer shrimp, barbeque, and beer. Lucky for everyone, that stereotype of Australian cuisine could not be further from the “strewth” here. The style of the food is Japanese at its heart and indulges in a wide range of different specialty dishes from the region.
Calia prides itself on its high-class, high-quality foods, offering not only a good meal but a work of art in a dish. They consider the presentation of their food to be as serious as any other part of the meal preparation. So, be ready for Instagram-worthy pictures of perfection when you receive your food. Despite this quality, the hard work of the kitchen staff ensures that your food will arrive on time, ready for you to enjoy a pleasant lunch or dinner.
It does not matter whether you want sushi, wagyu, or some simple ramen. Calia is a high-rated venue, with customers describing the location as “a jewel of a find” and a great place for “Japanese foodies”.
If we were to make specific recommendations, it would be to check out the Uni Truffle Udon and the Matcha Lava Lava cake.
This thin udon meal makes use of truffle oil to create a flavor that is out of this world. You might find yourself indulging too hard the first time you eat it. So, I would recommend that you slow down, enjoy each noodle, and take your time with this dish.
You can finish this meal off with the famed Matcha Lava Lava cake. While this can extend your stay a little (the menu warns about a 25-minute wait), it will be a dessert worth waiting for. Its ganache is a gorgeous, warm accompaniment to its chocolate cake exterior, coating the tongue in matcha flavor.
4. Pavilion Food - PAUL Malaysia
In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, you would be forgiven if you did not expect to find a French family patisserie. Although, since 2017, that is exactly what Pavilion Kuala Lumpur has hosted in the form of PAUL Malaysia.
This bakery provides all sorts of artisanal goods, including Tiramisu cake, rich desserts, and their very own eggs benedict. You can eat in the patisserie, but they also offer the opportunity to take their delicious food away with you. This is perfect if you are on a fast journey through the area or taking a break from a professional visit nearby.
Should you have an interest in improving your skills, PAUL Malaysia is also a host of events to help you understand the secrets of their baking. They run workshops throughout the year to help with baking, pastry-making, and many other skills. Should you have recently started working from home or acting as a stay-at-home parent, this might be the time to start learning.
PAUL Malaysia’s quality extends from their most expensive and rich pastries all the way down to simple sandwiches. Do not expect to get a basic tuna and cheese toastie here. A chicken sandwich here involves soft, fresh bread and toasted chicken strips with slices of prepared avocado.
If you have an interest in your health, you can talk to the serving staff. They will be able to inform you of which recipes are perfect for your diet.
Many dishes here include lentils in exchange for meats or are low in calories. PAUL Malaysia will also be able to tell you which items are perfect if you are looking for high-protein foods and which are good sources of protein. We would recommend the lentil, salmon, and avocado salad, but there are many other options.
5. Pavilion Food - Dolly Dim Sum
Despite appearing like a traditional Chinese tea house, you should not expect to only get calming tea here. Dolly Dim Sum, as the name suggests, is a purveyor of traditional dim sum dishes.
The location prides itself on its “Har Gao” prawn dumplings and its egg custard buns. However, many other delicious options exist, such as their fried radish cake or their Pandan Gula Melaka egg tarts. These last ones were so popular that they had to bring them back after they were first a limited run.
As you enjoy the meal, partake of their extensive drinks menu. They have something to match all types of dim sum, so make sure to ask what their recommendations are.
6. Pavilion Food - Ippudo
Calia is not the only Japanese restaurant serving Pavilion KL food. Each of them has a specialty, though, and Ippudo’s is the simple ramen.
Instead of focusing on other dishes, Ippudo considers ramen as its “arete”. This shows in how they have been awarded, receiving many different accolades for their noodle dishes alone.
Their original dish, perfected over the years, is the Shiromaru Special. This classic Hakata-style ramen promises to give you a full belly and a smile on your lips.
7. Pavilion Food - La Boca Latino Bar
If you are more in the mood for a drink and a fast meal, you could always try La Boca Latino Bar and Grill.
The restaurant combines South American with Central American dining, but this mood is not limited to the food and drinks. The location also provides a friendly atmosphere and some of the most authentic Latin American food in the region.
Your meal is always accompanied by regional music, beautiful and handsome wait staff, as well as indulgent drinks. When you visit, you would be hard pressed to find somewhere that felt quite as lively.
8. Pavilion Food - Al Halabi Gourmet
Pavilion KL food reviews rate this location as one of the best Middle Eastern food providers not only in the Pavilion but for miles around. They state they “Do Middle Eastern food right”, and they are not wrong. Everything from their tabouleh to their kebab Irani proves that they have the stuff to create an authentic experience.
Online reviews reflect this, with people raving about the baklava and the chicken shawarma. However, the Kash Kash kebab is also a big hit, with juicy meat in a powerful tomato-based sauce. Worth a visit if you want the best the Middle East has to offer in the region.
9. Pavilion Food - Din Tai Fung
This location is so famous it has its own creation legends that it promotes on its website. The real question, though, is whether its food lives up to such high expectations or not, and in truth, it does.
The pork xiao long bao is a very popular dish from this location and, being a dumpling, is like a little packet of deliciousness. You cannot go wrong with either this or the braised beef soup. Both are good choices that will leave you satisfied.
Make sure you do not leave, though, without trying the mini lava custard bun. Be warned, the custard will run, but you will not mind when your taste buds are lit up with their rich flavor.
10. Pavilion Food - Da On Fine Korean Cuisine
As a Korean fine dining restaurant, you might imagine they get ingredients from Malaysia but recreate the best Korean food they can. You would be wrong.
Da On brings all their ingredients from their homeland of Korea to give you the most accurate taste of the region possible.
This restaurant boasts of having hosted royal dignitaries as well as celebrity talent, and it shows. Their small portions are each crafted with great care to present a delicate meal. Then, if you are still hungry, we would recommend that you order more, as each taste is worth the price.
11. Pavilion Food - FIVE GUYS
It might seem strange to include an American fast food chain in the list of Pavilion KL food. After all, we are a website that presents a wide range of high-class or specialty local restaurants. But there is always something fun about indulging in a greasy, messy burger and a whole heap of potato fries.
FIVE GUYS promote themselves as making custom burgers exactly how you want them. This is what they do, and you cannot fault them for it. Their burgers are delicious in the perfect way you want them.
Plus, with their fries cooked in peanut oil, they are so very moreish. It is always a pleasure to return here.
12. Pavilion Food - Grand Imperial Restaurant
If you do not want Japanese, French, or American, get a high-quality taste of Malaysia here.
Grand Imperial Group focuses on what feels more like a tasting menu, with well-presented small portions. Online you can find many photos of their deep-fried spoon beancurd skin, which are a fun way to eat. The high-class visuals do not hide anything bad either, as the food leaves a positive impression on the tongue.
You will go home feeling as though you have tasted a little bit of paradise.
13. Pavilion Food - Haidilao Hot Pot
The Haidilao Hot Pot is infamous in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. People have complained about the long waiting times of many hours and need to take a number for when you might be able to eat. Although it is easy to learn why this occurs as soon as the food touches your lips.
The food is all ordered through digital devices, although help is always at hand. The attentiveness of the servers can become a bit much to the average person. But if you pretend you are a famous foreign dignitary for a moment and let them pamper you, you might just enjoy it.
14. Pavilion Food - The Chicken Rice Shop
This franchise is proud of its roots in both Hainanese and Malaysian cooking. By providing a fusion of these styles, they can innovate to produce some of the more delicious and cheap foods you can get in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
They state they make “Chicken Rice… and More”, and they are certainly not lying. Their core offering is in the realm of chicken and rice dishes, although they do branch out to a few other foods. Everything is also Halal, which helps a great many people choose them as the place to get the best meal.
15. Pavilion Food - Sushi Zanmai
If you want a sushi restaurant with a nice conveyor belt and quiet wait staff, this is where you want to go. Do not worry about an interruption as you enjoy your sushi in peace, only speaking up should you need something special made for you. Even then, you can wait for it to appear on the belt after they make it, allowing you to relax with your meal.
Perfect for a quiet date.
16. Pavilion Food - Two Sons Bistro
Speaking of blended food, how about a mix of Western and Asian dining in one rustic restaurant? At this sophisticated restaurant, enjoy a tender steak or dip into some rendang daging. However you enjoy the ingredients, know that it is well-produced and will leave you wanting more.
We recommend the big pot of clams. It’s perfect for only you, but if your friends want to join in, there is plenty of bread for everyone to dip in too.
17. Pavilion Food - Serai
Once again, the rarity that is local cuisine appears. This Asian/Malaysian restaurant has good service, good food, and nothing to complain about.
The steamed fish is popular, as is the ice honey lemon tea. Both complement one another well. Although, if you are unsure, you could always ask some of the polite wait staff what the chef recommends that day.
18. Pavilion Food - llaollao
If you are not looking to fill up and want a fast snack, llaollao is a great option. Their yogurts, frappes, fondues, and smoothies have got people queuing around the corner in many locations, and it is easy to see why.
The customization of toppings means that you can always try something new every time you go. This is true even if underneath is the same refreshing yogurt. Visit on a hot day, and cool yourself off with the coldest food on this list, except…
19. Pavilion Food - Baskin-Robbins
What could be better on a warm summer day with your friends than a cold tub of sweet dessert? That is the Baskin-Robbins way.
Personally, I am a fan of their mint choc chip flavor ice cream, although they swap flavors now and then. So don’t take my word for it; head on down and see what they have to offer now. I hear pink lemonade, and the love potion ice cream also have a large following.
20. Pavilion Food - D Empire Pavilion
Of all the places to eat in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, if all you want is a well-made steak surrounded by a few extras, you want to go to D Empire. They pride themselves on a well-made piece of beef that is cooked to perfection every time. Also, if you want the Wagyu, this is where to have it in its purest form.
The location is great for business meetings when you want to impress your new boss.
21. Pavilion Food - Suki-Ya
Most Japanese food locations specialize in noodles or sushi. Instead, Suki-Ya advertizes hotpots and similar food. The meals are low in fat, and the variety is wonderful.
You can find yourself with a wide variety of different foods, all well-cooked and ready for you and your entourage to dive in. Make a party of it with the warm atmosphere here.
Yet More Pavilion Food
After reading that, you should have a much better idea of the kind of pavilion food you might want to try out when you visit. You can find them all in restaurants and cafes in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Although, this is only a small selection of the food in the wider world that we would recommend.
Our blog focuses on the idea of good food and enjoyable experiences. If you want to find more information on gastronomy, our articles should be able to pair you with locations where you can enjoy more meals. So, check out our writing today.
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