Food In Bukit Jalil

Don’t make a pass on Bukit Jalil food until you’ve seen these options! This suburban area has much to offer besides the National Sports Stadium and the recreational park.

There’s Chinese, Italian, Korean but mostly Japanese cuisine in this area. Many in this list are not halal. It also pays to be early or to take the trouble of making a reservation for some of these venues.

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11 Best Food In Bukit Jalil

1. Omega Pork Noodle Pavilion Bukit Jalil

This is a convenient place to eat in Bukit Jalil if you’re already in this mall (Pavilion Bukit Jalil ). It’s clean and the staff is good at their respective jobs.

As per the name though, this is not a halal place and the noodle broth is indeed very flavorful (and porky). Go for the clear soup version or white curry noodles if you want something spicy.

White Curry Noodles At Omega Pork Noodle, Pavilion Bukit Jalil
White Curry Noodles At Omega Pork Noodle, Pavilion Bukit Jalil – Photo credits to foodiary.xyn (Instagram)

On top of the tasty food in generous portions, good service, spacious and pleasant dining environment, there is the option of bottomless drinks.

Note: If you’re a small eater, you might want to split a bowl with a friend.

Hence, there is usually a queue at Omega Pork Noodle Pavilion Bukit Jalil during peak mealtimes.

Omega Pork Noodle, Pavilion Bukit Jalil
Omega Pork Noodle, Pavilion Bukit Jalil – Photo credits to jasminelys (Instagram)

2. Pentos & Basil

Not far from Pavilion:

Interior of Pentos And Basil
Interior of Pentos And Basil – Photo credits to ulric5 (Instagram)

You can make a stop at Pentos & Basil for Italian food in Bukit Jalil. They even have gnocchi on the menu!

Moreover, their squid ink pasta, lamb, mushroom, or seafood risotto, ciabatta bread with truffle butter and pesto pasta are some of our favorites!

Different Italian Mains At Pentos And Basil
Different Italian Mains At Pentos And Basil – Photo credits to zclovefood (Instagram)

Note: There may be free soup during lunch time although the mushroom soup they serve is quite thin

While erring on the cramped side, the restaurant interior is attractive. And therefore, it can be a popular dinner spot – reservations are advisable.

Do bring a large appetite if you’re going to dine here as portions are usually large at Pentos & Basil.

3. Shin Zushi Bukit Jalil

Along a row of shop lots, Shin Zushi Bukit Jalil is a quaint Japanese restaurant for high-quality sushi, especially sashimi. As well as Japanese BBQ (yakitori).

Dining Interior Of Shin Zushi Bukit Jalil
Dining Interior Of Shin Zushi Bukit Jalil – Photo credits to ulric5 (Instagram)

Prices are reasonable too which explains why there is often a long queue at this branch of Shin Zushi.

And in spite of how busy they get during peak times (hour-long waits do occur), the staff is efficient and friendly.

Japanese Food At Shin Zushi Bukit Jalil
Japanese Food At Shin Zushi Bukit Jalil – Photo credits to dubu.noms (Instagram)

As for the dining environment, it can feel really hectic and be a bit noisy due to the limited space inside the restaurant. So if you can, it’s best to visit on off peak days. That way, you can enjoy the comfortable environment more.

4. Rinjin Shokudo 隣人食堂

Queues are a common sight at Rinjin Shokudo 隣人食堂. Which is not unexpected since their prices are not too high.

They serve homecooked Japanese food in the form of different rice set meals (Soup of the day, 1 main and 2 sides, refillable rice, a drink and a cheesecake dessert) depending on which day of the week you go.

Japanese Set At Rinjin Shokudo
Japanese Set At Rinjin Shokudo – Photo credits to ssophie.diaryy (Instagram)

These sets are in fact, the highlight of dining at this cosy air-conditioned Japanese restaurant.

Beverages are costly but they do have an interesting variety including some strong-tasting floral teas, hot yuzu tea or yuzu soda, some decent cold brew coffee or salted caramel coffee!

Note that this is not a halal establishment.

5. Sumitaba Japanese Kitchen

Yet another non-halal Japanese restaurant in this list:

Sumitaba Japanese Kitchen is busiest during lunch time. And charcoal grilled eel (unagi) is the specialty here although it can take up to 20 minutes before you get to taste it.

Yakitori Skewers At Sumitaba Japanese Kitchen
Yakitori Skewers At Sumitaba Japanese Kitchen – Photo credits to eysoon (Instagram)

They do have 2 ways of cooking their fresh eels too – either with their in-house teriyaki sauce or with salt.

Unagi Set At Sumitaba Japanese Kitchen
Unagi Set At Sumitaba Japanese Kitchen – Photo credits to eysoon (Instagram)

This is also the place to order some thick slabs of sashimi. The dragon or soft-shell crab maki are other dishes that you should try when dining here.

As you might expect, this will be a pricey affair. But the ambiance is generally quiet and it’s convenient to get parking at the Calvary Convention Centre too.

6. Eat And Cook

Eat And Cook is only open for dinner. And we put them on this list of Bukit Jalil good food because this unusual fine dining (omakase) venue focuses on Malaysian flavors and ingredients. Rather than the usual European fare.

Interesting Food Presentation By Eat And Cook
Interesting Food Presentation By Eat And Cook – Photo credits to onafoodhunt (Instagram)

However, the 11 to 15 course meals can be tiring for some people to finish within 2 hours so make sure you come early!

Aside from the delicious gourmet creations, dining here is a great experience with the wonderful crew and chef who will explain all the dishes in depth too.

Note: It costs ~RM800/person to dine here including wine

7. SHIN WORKSHOP 신공방

In contrast to the name, this is actually a small Korean restaurant (non halal) run by a few amiable staff. Even though it is small, the atmosphere is still quiet. There is seating outside too if you find the interior too cramped.

BBQ Set At SHIN WORKSHOP 신공방
BBQ Set At SHIN WORKSHOP 신공방 – Photo credits to shinworkshop (Instagram)

If you want to try Korean street food but don’t have a huge group to share it with, it might interest you to know that SHIN WORKSHOP 신공방 has single portions of Korean street food.

Apart from street food, there are Korean staples like ramyeon, tteokbokki or kimchi stew, Korean pancakes, as well Korean barbecue and hotpot.

Pork Bulgogi By SHIN WORKSHOP 신공방
Pork Bulgogi By SHIN WORKSHOP 신공방 – Photo credits to shinworkshop (Instagram)

Both Korean barbecue and hotpot are only available at dinner sessions hence this is when the restaurant sees the most customers. So you might want to come early to avoid the dinner crowd.

The beverage menu consists of alcoholic (soju mixes and beer) and non-alcoholic drinks too. Like cold brew coffee or tea.

PS: Sometimes, the owner’s dog is in the eatery too.

8. Restaurant Tasty Wok House 家乡回味馆

For Chinese food that is near Bukit Jalil stadium, you can walk over to Restaurant Tasty Wok House 家乡回味馆 – a typical Chinese restaurant (not halal) in Malaysia.

The seating extends to the road in the evening so it’s not the most hygienic or classy environment to dine in. This does not mean that the prices are low. Prices fare from average to expensive if you take the ambiance into consideration.

Different Dishes At Restaurant Tasty Wok House 家乡回味馆
Different Dishes At Restaurant Tasty Wok House 家乡回味馆 – Photo credits to ulric5 (Instagram)

They serve Chinese dishes like steamed clams, claypot kangkung, steamed grouper, mantis prawns or pig intestines with kam heong sauce, claypot tofu, stir fried kailan, etc.

But you don’t have to order a lot if you’re going on your own either as they have set meals with rice. For instance, mixed vegetables and tofu with rice.

9. Lamei Hotpot At Pavilion Bukit Jalil

Those itching to try hotpot at a Lamei Hotpot branch can do so at this Lamei Hotpot branch at Pavilion Bukit Jalil.

Not only is this a great place for comfort food in Bukit Jalil, but the staff and dining atmosphere are excellent too.

Steamboat Meal At Lamei Hotpot (Pavilion Bukit Jalil Branch)
Steamboat Meal At Lamei Hotpot (Pavilion Bukit Jalil Branch) – Photo credits to Lamei Hotpot ( Facebook)

However, if you see a long queue in front of this hotpot restaurant, we would move on to another place as serving times can be slow during peak times.

On the plus side, you can try a different soup base each time you go as they have many! Tomato soup is a clear favorite. There also many dipping sauces to try here.

Generous portions help justify the high pricing (it can cost ~RM120 to 200+ per pax to dine here) somewhat although it is still an expensive hotpot venue.

With all this in mind and with more affordable options around, it can feel overrated to dine here.

10. Friendship Café

Friendship Café is not a café as the name suggests but is instead, a bustling local Chinese kopitiam on a corner lot of Arked Esplanad in Bukit Jalil. You can’t miss the hot pink exterior or the sizeable breakfast crowd!

Curry chee cheong fun (large servings) is one of the popular stalls at this establishment.

However, the other stalls have something to offer too – fried kuay teow, pan mee, yong tau fu, Ipoh-style chicken rice (stingy portions but tasty), pork soup noodles, and wantan mee too.

Har Mee And Chicken Rice At Friendship Cafe
Har Mee And Chicken Rice At Friendship Cafe – Photo credits to Friendship Signature Kitchen (Facebook)

In the evenings, most of these stalls at this open-air non halal eatery are closed but you can still opt for the delicious steamed fish stall.

And depending on when you time your visit, some of the stall owners can come across as unfriendly but this is understandable when the place is fully packed.

Lastly, food may be great but drinks are nothing to rave about.

11. Murni Discovery Bukit Jalil

By now, news of the renovations at Murni Discovery Bukit Jalil are nothing new. And there have been price increases since the renovation and after the lockdown too.

But this halal place for Bukit Jalil food continues to draw big crowds with their nasi lemak ayam pandan, and Western mains with Malaysian mamak influence. Items like mee raja, or the Indomee double chicken chop get a lot of attention.

Local And Western Cuisine At Murni Discovery Bukit Jalil
Local And Western Cuisine At Murni Discovery Bukit Jalil – Photo credits to susankiey (Instagram)

Portions may not be as generous as they used to be, but you still get a lot of food for the price you pay. Something that small eaters should be wary of.

Tip: To save on waiting times (and the time it takes you to find parking), you can order online before you go

The drinks menu is impressive with mocktails, smoothies, boba tea, and all variations of tea that Malaysians like to drink. If you order a drink with your meal, expect to spend around RM30 to RM35.

Conclusion

Bukit Jalil food is far from disappointing if you know where to look for it. This is a particular great area to go hunting for Japanese restaurants.

A number of restaurants in this list are typically open for both lunch and dinner too.

Got some time to chill in Bukit Jalil? Here are some Bukit Jalil cafes you can look up.

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