Fine dining in Ipoh may not be the reason you visit but it’s as good of a reason as any. You’d be surprised how many establishments here offer food by chefs that are a master of their craft!
Many of these restaurants combine Ipoh’s unique environment with class, creating an unforgettable experience. You’d never want to leave Ipoh after trying some of these spots!
The ex-tin mining town is definitely a foodie spot through and through, with fine dining cuisine from all over the world. So, take a break from the local stalls and hit up some of these fine dining ones!
9 Best Fine Dining Restaurants In Ipoh
- Jeff’s Cellar
- Indulgence Restaurant & Living
- The Limestone’s Restaurant
- Maiale Japanese Style Italian Restaurant
- Tandoor Grill
- The Pomelo
1. Jeff’s Cellar
This unusual restaurant sits inside a 260-million-year-old ‘living’ limestone cave – one of the many limestone caves you can visit in Ipoh actually.
The cave is splendidly lit with warm lighting to make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a whole other world.
Aside from its highly romantic ambiance, Jeff’s cellar does its name justice with its in-house cellar you can take tours of. From organic to rarer finds, they have a wine ready to suit everyone’s tastes.
And other than their spellbinding wines, Jeff’s Cellar regularly rotates their menu (Degustation), courtesy of the esteemed Chef Boon.
Meals are farm fresh and curated with excellence.
Note: They abide by Banjaran’s child policy and only accommodate adults and guests 12 years of age and above.
If you stop by, you have to try their phenomenal Chairman’s Favourite five-course Degustation menu. Inspired by Sunway’s very own chairman the menu features:
- Almost Raw – Pan Seared Scallops
- Fois Gras
- The Banfi Experience – A Bread Course
- Lobster Bisque
- Cod Fish
- Black Angus Beef Tenderloin
Service here is amazing too by the way.
With its chic interior and romantic atmosphere, Opëam is the ideal location for a date night in Ipoh. And no date night is complete without a lovely bottle of wine which Opëam has heaps of.
If wine doesn’t tickle your fancy, they concoct all sorts of lovely cocktails with artistry. Their impressive drink menu is one of the best things about Opëam.
The other highlight is their “Skinny Pizza’s”. The pizzas here are thin, crunchy, crispy, and topped with quality ingredients.
You can opt for a half and half pizza too – we got the smoked duck and beef pepperoni and both had their own flavors (and were equally yummy).
Other than the astounding food, the servers here are friendly and accommodating so you can enjoy your night worry-free.
However, finding this establishment and parking your car may be a little tricky as it doesn’t have parking for guests, and is tucked in a residential area behind some shop lots.
Despite this, the dishes of Opëam (like the Truffle And Cheese Pizza) and these select few are worth that struggle:
- Penne With Scallops and Prawns
- Wagyu Steak Marble 6
- Pineapple Daiquiri
- Iberico Pork Chop
Beware that dining here will not be cheap. Although we think the quality of the ingredients justify the pricing. Portions are small if you are a big eater.
You can end your meal with style by ordering their delightful baked Alaska!
3. Indulgence Restaurant & Living
Since 1996, Indulgence Restaurant & Living has had a long history of serving up delicious treats. Before moving to their current location, they were a humble shop lot serving cakes and coffee.
Converted from an old bungalow, Indulgence Restaurant & Living promises a more casual fine dining experience.
Western dishes like pasta, pizza, fried chicken are all available on the menu. As are steaks. The food here can be a hit and miss since the new management took over. But service remains good.
Additionally, you don’t have to worry about spending half your mealtime finding a parking space as this restaurant has ample car park slots.
Another interesting aspect of this restaurant is that it also doubles as a luxurious inn. It has 7 rooms all decorated differently according to their designated themes.
Furthermore, you can book the whole place out for a private dine-in!
Note: Daily Value Set Meals from 11:30am to 7:30pm
If you visit this historic landmark, you should try their:
- Lamb Loin
- Seafood Pasta
- Chocolate Lava Cake
4. The Limestone’s Restaurant
The Limestone’s Restaurant is unfortunately not in a cave, as its name implies. But instead, sits in the impeccable Regalodge Hotel.
This fine dining establishment is perfect for celebrations as you can ask them to switch up their modern interior to anything your heart desires.
Although the overall space can’t host a group larger than 50pax.
You’ll like the clean and quiet environment with friendly servers that are quick to respond to any of your concerns.
An added bonus is this restaurant is Halal certified. With smooth jazz playing in the background, this restaurant will have you feeling so comfortable you might have to check into the hotel!
Note: If you are staying at the Regalodge Hotel when visiting this restaurant, don’t forget to claim your complementary titbits!
Don’t forget to try these scrumptious meals while you visit:
- Hawaiian Chicken Chop
- Lamb Panini
- Seafood Paella
Portions tend to run large here and that helps justify the pricing.
Note: They have many Malaysian favorites like nasi lemak and mee goreng during breakfast hours although there will be many hotel guests during this period.
5. Maiale Japanese Style Italian Restaurant
Sitting in an old colonial-style shop lot, this establishment is simple but cozy on the inside and more traditional on the outside.
Bear in mind there is limited sitting on the premises, but the ambiance is quiet and peaceful. And even though their premises are small, they have a space for private dinners.
The private space accommodates up to 8 attendees and is perfect for a quiet celebration.
As for the menu, this Ipoh fine dining restaurant features Italian cooking with a Japanese twist as it’s cooked by its Japanese chef, Chef Sato.
Although their plating is minimal and unassuming, their food is as good as other high-end fine dining establishments, possibly even better.
This is a spot that may be a little difficult to find as it is on a quiet street adjacent to Jalan Lau Ek Ching. However, once you do find it you won’t be disappointed by what’s inside!
Note: They only offer a 3-course meal, with limited options for appetizers
If you do happen here, you should try their:
- Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder
- Pan-Fried Sakura Pork Loin
- Yuzu Sorbet
Note: This is not a halal restaurant and they do serve pork here
6. Tandoor Grill
Tandoor Grill stands out as one of the best Indian fine dining venues in Ipoh.
The food they cook up tastes as authentic as visiting India itself:
And includes a large assortment of naans, curries, ample vegetarian options so there’s going to be something for everyone on this menu!
Furthermore, the whole ambiance makes you feel as if you’re in India and not just simply enjoying one of the best fine dining Ipoh has to offer.
The clean sleek interior has nods to Indian architecture and is as exquisite as the food.
Parking here is no problem at all either as they have ample space available on the grounds of the premises. The restaurant has wheelchair ramps as well.
And despite being incredibly busy, the staff here are friendly and provide excellent service.
Note: Their food is rich with creams and can be very spicy
Some things to try for the full Southeast Asian Experience:
- Sizzling Tandoori Chicken
- Mutton Shahi Korma
- Cheese Naan
- Masala Chicken
- Butter Chicken
- Almond Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream)
In an old colonial building with a lush lawn, this venue unites the old and the new:
From nitro-infused curds to spit-roasted meats, this fine dining experience is more of an adventure than a meal. And does not disappoint with the large portions and exemplary service.
And for those of us who like to let our cameras eat before we do, their plating is well-executed and beautiful. This fine-dining spot is a marvel for meat lovers too.
Their specialty meat dishes are a work of art especially because they pair it perfectly with one of their numerous bottles of wine.
Moreover, if you’re one for enjoying some light entertainment with your meal, this establishment offers private rooms with personal karaoke systems!
Note: You may want to check in with them on what they have available as they sometimes have specialty menus
You have to try these delicious meals if you stop by:
- Spit roasted lamb
- Nitro infused deserts
This small but mighty restaurant is one of the best French fine dining venues in Ipoh. It is run by a husband-and-wife power duo.
The husband and head chef, Romain Havard ensures that Having’s meals are nothing short of amazing while his wife manages the restaurant and provides incredible service.
With decently sized portions (for fine dining standards) and a sultry ambiance, this eatery may become your favorite date night spot.
Meals use fresh ingredients and are decently priced for authentic French cuisine.
Their menu may be limited but these meals and others are of the utmost quality:
- Duck Liver Parfait, Red Onion Chutney, Brioche
- Lamb Cutlets, Onion Puree, Buttery Mash, Rosemary Jus
- Roasted Duck Breast, Orange Sauce, Sauteed Potatoes
You can see what is going on in the kitchen while you are waiting for your food too.
Having’s has plenty of parking slots and is close to other wine bars, so you have some options on where to head to after your meal.
This is convenient since Having’s doesn’t have its own wine selection. That said, you are free to bring your own bottles for a corkage.
9. The Pomelo
Overlooking Banjaran’s geothermal hot springs, this eatery is a magical garden escape. The staff here is as pleasant as the food, making the whole experience all the more enchanting and unforgettable.
Much like its counterpart Jeff’s Cellar, The Pomelo is overseen by the incredible Chef Boon.
And despite The Pomelo having an entirely different concept to Jeff’s Cellar, meals that come out if are of the highest quality.
The Pomelo makes use of their forest surroundings by having an onsite vegetable plot where some ingredients are obtained.
Moreover, the menu is not restricted to just one cuisine so you can travel all over the world from dish to dish. There are western and local dishes, all created with the utmost attention.
Dining at The Pomelo is an amazing experience and makes for a delightful lunch after a night at Jeff’s Cellar.
So if you happen on this 5 star hotel in Sunway City area of Ipoh, you have to try their:
- Malaysian Oxtail Soup
- Wild Mushroom soup
- Black Angus Beef Burger
- Seabass Acqua Pacca
Note: They abide by Banjaran’s child policy and only accommodate adults and guests 12 years of age and above
Fine dining in Ipoh is made unique by the scenery but also by the variety of different cuisine.
Each cuisine is crafted by a team of amazing people that go above and beyond to get it right.
From hawker stalls to candle-lit dinners we’re sure you won’t be disappointed by your choices in this foodie town. So, if you want to celebrate a special occasion or your last night in Ipoh in style, you can’t leave without trying at least one of these spots out!