Brickfields is Kuala Lumpur’s colourful district that looks like a world of its own. Aptly called Little India, the narrow walkways are adorned with intricate arches and little stalls selling flower garlands. The shops boast a dazzling spectacle of sights and scents, from traditional attire to textiles, spices, jewellery Bollywood music and food.
Brickfields is one of the city’s classic tourist hotspot, but it does draw a fair share of locals with its variety of delicious cuisine, including Northern and Southern Indian food. Here are 15 eateries you must try in Brickfields to have your fill of Malaysia’s local culture.
1. MTR 1924
Best For: Masala Dosai, Rava Idly
MTR 1924 has a long history that goes back to 1924, when 3 brothers in the south Indian city of Bangalore decided to open up this restaurant. How apt that it should end up in a historical place like Brickfields! Their bestsellers are their thick, crispy Masala Dosai with potato fillings (RM10), as well as Rava Idly (RM9).
Address: 69, Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: Weekends: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM –10:30 PM Weekdays: 8:00 AM –3:30 PM, 5:00 – 10:30 PM
Website: MTR 1924 Brickfields
2. Brickfields Goreng Pisang
Best For: Banana Fritters
Anyone who has been to Brickfields would definitely have come across this popular stall selling an assortment of deep-fried snacks. At RM1.40 per piece, their banana fritters (pisang goreng), sesame balls (bola bijan) and kuih bakul are a hit among locals whenever that craving hits. Every snack is fried till crispy on the outside, yet remains soft and sweet on the inside.
Brickfields Goreng Pisang
Address: 21, 19, Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM daily
Website: Brickfields Goreng Pisang
3. Saravanaa Bhavan Restaurant
Best For: South Indian vegetarian food
With a number of franchises in the world, Saravanaa Bhavan Restaurant dishes up South Indian vegetarian food. They serve around 50 types of dosa, freshly made on a large tabletop pan upon order.
Saravanaa Bhavan Restaurant
Address: 196, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM daily
Website: Saravanaa Bhavan Restaurant
4. Vishal Food & Catering
Best For: Banana Leaf Rice
Looking for good banana leaf rice in Brickfields? Vishal Food & Catering Restaurant just might be your best bet. The Banana Leaf Rice (RM6.80) consists of steamed rice and 3 side dishes. You have the liberty to orchestra your own blend and balance of the flavours, with your choice of sides, which changes every day. Drench as much curries and dahl as you please over the rice. Mind you, it can get crowded during lunch hours.
Vishal Food & Catering
Address: 22, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM, daily
Website: Vishal Food & Catering
5. Ah Keong’s ABC & Cendol
Best For: ABC
If you’re looking for something to cool you down, look out for Ah Keong’s ABC and cendol stall. Run by a husband-wife duo, their ABC (RM4.50) is the bestseller here and they also have a variation of cendols and iced desserts. Don’t be surprised if they are sold out before 3pm!
Ah Keong’s ABC & Cendol
Address: 21A, Jalan Padang Belia, Brickfields 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 8.30 AM – 4:00 PM
Established in 1984, Annalakshmi offers a number of North and South Indian delicacies. That said, a lot of people also go for the vegetarian Indian buffet, where you get a wider selection for RM25.
Address: 116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 11.30 AM – 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM (Closed on Monday)
7. Lawanya Food Corner
Best For: Nasi kandar
Hidden in Brickfields is Lawanya Food Corner, an understated roadside stall easily recognisable from its green sign. Run by the same family for over 30 years, the home-cooked meat, vegetables and curries are displayed in clay pots. They even serve three kinds of rice: white, brown and biryani. Rich and decadent, the Mutton Curry and Chicken Varuval are well-received by their customers.
Lawanya Food Corner
Address: 1077/ 50470,, 8, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 5:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Closed on Sunday)
Website: Lawanya Food Corner
8. Mr. Naan & Mrs. Idly
Best For: Indian buffet
Mr Naan & Mr Idly is a fantastic choice in Brickfields for its affordable Indian buffets. At only RM15, you can enjoy both Northern and Sourthern and Southern vegetarian Indian cuisines, some with a mouthwatering twist on tradition. There are a variety of rice dishes, rotis, dosas, vegetables and finger foods, such as samosas and pau bhajis. Their Panni Puri (RM6) also tastes lovely, stuffed with potato fillings and best eaten by dipping them in mint water.
Mr Naan & Mr Idly
Address: 190, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM, daily
Website: Mr. Naan & Mrs. Idly
9. Yarl Restaurant
For a taste of Sri Lankan food, head over to Yarl Restaurant. Their recipes originate from the city of Jaffna, with dishes comprising rice, vegetables and curries. Try their sweet appom, which is light, fluffy and not overly sweet.
Address: 50, Jalan Padang Belia, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 7:00 PM -10:00 PM daily
Website: Yarl Restaurant
10. Seni Sattissorru Claypot Curry Rice
Best For: Claypot Curry Rice
Seni Sattissorru Claypot Curry Rice packs their signature Indian Curry Claypot with 15 different ingredients including fragrant spices – all in one pot. Not sure which to pick? We suggest the Chicken and Mutton Curry Claypot Rice mixed with an aromatic and fiery gravy.
Seni Sattissorru Claypot Curry Rice
Address: Tun Sambanthan Complex, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Closed on Tuesday)
11. Restoran Chat Masala
Best For: Northern and Southern Indian Food
Restoran Chat Masala serves a variety of Indian cuisine including rotis, banana leaf rice and curries. For something sweet, try their Faluda (RM8), a dessert with a mixture of 3 ice cream flavours and plenty of jelly toppings.
Restoran Chat Masala
Address: 259, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM daily
Website: Restoran Chat Masala
12. Money’s Corner
Best For: Chinese hawker food
Money’s Corner is a food court in Brickfields that penny pinchers would love. You can find hawker stalls selling dishes like Char Kuey Teow, Pork Noodles, Curry Mee, Chee Cheong Fun and more, all for a decent price.
Address: 144A, Jalan Vivekananda, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 7:00 AM – 2:15 PM
Website: Money’s Corner
13. Sami’s Corner
Best For: Biryani, curry
If you love a good ol’ biryani, you can bet to find one of the most affordable biryanis in town at Sami’s Corner. Their biryani is only available on Sundays though! On other days you can order an assortment of rotis. They are also famous for their mutton curry and chicken curry.
Address: 194, Jalan Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: Open 24 hours
Website: Sami’s Corner
14. Om Pot Biryani
Best For: Mud Pot Biryani
Om Pot Biryani is a stall tucked in a food court in Brickfields, known for their mud pot biryani. Cooked upon order, the chicken meat is marinate din 25 different spices and cooked with basmati rice and seasonings. You’ll love the burst of flavours!
Om Pot Biryani
Address: Lot 19, Medan Selera Kompleks TLK, Brickfields, 50470, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Closed on Mon)
Website: Om Pot Biryani
15. Legend’s Claypot Briyani House
Best For: Claypot Biryani
The biryani at Legend’s Claypot Biryani House cooks their biryani in claypots, which makes the rice soft and moist, as well as packed with aromatic herbs and spices. Their Chicken Varuval is a tasty accompaniment to the dish,
Legend’s Claypot Briyani House
Address: Ground, 50, Jalan Vivekananda, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Times: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Closed on Tues)
Website: Legend’s Claypot Briyani House
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