I felt I hit the vegan jackpot when I started researching and making a list of all the vegan restaurant KL options. Unfortunately, I was only there for a week, so I curated a list of the places that I thought sounded the best among the lot to make things easier. Those were in my mind the restaurants the most worthy of a visit, and the ones that blew my mind the most. Here they are, in no particular order. Kuala Lumpur has an amazing vegan community and scene, and I’m excited to return in the near future to add to the guide. For now, here are my favourite vegan Kuala Lumpur spots.
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Vegan Restaurant KL: My Favourite vegan Kuala Lumpur Spots
One of my favourite Kuala Lumpur vegan, the food at Simple Life is prepared with great care using no msg, no trans fat, no colouring and no preservatives, as well as being low in sugar, high in fibre, low in salt and low in oil. Everything is vegetarian and the dishes containing eggs are clearly identified as such on the menu. The dishes containing dairy are unfortunately not, but you can ask your friendly waiter for the fully vegan options, of which there are many. A lot of the non-vegan dishes can also be made vegan upon request. Everything I sampled at Simple Life tasted extremely fresh, honest and wholesome with large portions that represent great value for money, especially so that some dishes are large enough for sharing. The stars of the show for me were the mixed fruit tea and the fried bean curd. Read my full review of Simple Life here.
Sala (means “salvar a los animales” -save the animals) is an exciting Tex-Mex inspired vegan restaurant Kuala Lumpur has to offer. Some of their specialities include chimichanga, falafel wrap, bagel burger, burritos, and tacos. If you’re a purist like me and feel a little strange eating Tex-Mex in Malaysia, fear not, as they also have some lovely local vegan food Kuala Lumpur dishes such as Nasi Lemak, Curry Laksa (my favourite dish in the entire world) as well as Bakso (on Fridays only). Make your own bowl, grab yourself a smoothie or a cold press juice, and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.
A-G-03A Galeria Hartamas, No 21, Jalan 26a/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Open: Tues – Wed: 11am – 7pm
Thurs – Sat: 11am – 9pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm
Closed on Monday
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A bit of an unexpected find in the hubbub surrounding the Petronas Towers is this massive cafeteria-style food court inside a Buddhist temple with various counters selling over 50 varieties of vegan dishes, some mock meat, some soup, some noodles, some of everything and something for everyone. A piled-high plate of food will set you back about RM5-7. There is apparently free breakfast between 7:30am and 9:30am from Monday to Friday, but I have not checked this out for myself so I can’t confirm if it’s true or not. Free lunch on the 1st and 15th of lunar calendar.
A 100% plant-based Kuala Lumpur vegan bakery café serving wholesome food and beverages made from natural, healthy and delicious ingredients. If you’ve missed your bread, now is your chance to get your fill on delicious Sourdough. You’ll also find pizza, pasta and burgers, and a great selection of bowls, soups and noodles (miso noodle soup pictured). You can also get your Malaysia speciality fix here with Nasi Lemak and Curry Bihun. A yummy vegan Cafe KL option.
16, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Open: Mon – Sun: 10:00 am till 10:00 pm
A-03-08, Level 3, Block A, Sunway Geo Avenue, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Sunway South Quay, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Open: Mon – Sun: 10:30 am till 08:30 pm
Vegetarian Chinese restaurant that specializes in vegan and vegetarian dim sums (lunch only) and homemade noodles, and some damn fine vegan food Kuala Lumpur has in store. I ordered steamed veggie dumplings and fried lotus roots in marmite, not entirely sure if it referred to the receptacle in which it was fried or the weird black goop I got acquainted with during my years living in the UK and love to spread on my toasts in the morning. The aroma of the dish that was placed in front of me revealed that it was the latter and the dish, although strangely resembling chicken wings, was absolutely delicious.
Loving Cafe Sri Petalling
Another café that is 100% worth the detour if you’re chasing the best vegan restaurants Kuala Lumpur has to offer, Living Cafe is amazing! The dedicated owners’ vision is make veganism mainstream by providing quality, delicious and healthily vegan food KL choices for all. All of their food is individually cooked and no mass production or microwave oven is to used in their cafe. Check out their speciality burgers, all-vegan sushi and noodle bowls. Obviously, don’t leave without sampling their amazing vegan cake!
A delicious vegan food hidden on the third floor of a shopping centre, Minf Houze serves Malaysian foods such as nasi lemak, Hainanese chicken rice, and Assam laksa. There’s also a lovely selection of cakes, smoothies, and mocktails. Try the daily set menu with two side dishes and a dessert for under 15RM. Excellent curry ramen!
Another mall hidden gem of a vegan Kuala Lumpur restaurant, Namul is a peaceful organic vegan cafe in KL serving excellent bread as well as brown rice and noodle dishes and vegan ice cream that are all very yummy. Other gems not to miss on include Korean pancakes, fried tofu and nasi lemak. Stay and chill.
DE HEALTH PARADISE ORGANIC
Located inside a small health food store in peaceful Taman Desa, De Health Paradise is pretty much what it says on the label: wholesome organic ingredients, all locally sourced, sprouts and raw veggie galore and a dedication to providing healthy and delicious fares. The menu is almost fully vegan (no onion or garlic either), with a couple of organic fish and chicken options that are clearly labelled. No dairy anywhere (the yoghurt that’s mentioned on page 1 is soy). Vegan dishes include pumpkin tau foo with delicious mouth-puckering green mango and carrot pickles and a sesame/mushroom paste topping, a fresh and crunchy rojak, a solid contender for the best curry laksa I’ve ever had, five treasures rice (bukit red rice, red cabbage, capsicum, carrot, long beans and a special sauce), noodles, lei cha, set meals, and then some. Chef and shop owner Elaine is passionate about providing delicious yet healthy twists on local specialities and her dedication really shines through in the quality of the food. Great drink menu including mix vegs and ABC juice, apple cider vinegar drinks and detox teas.
14-0,Ground Floor, Jalan 1/109E, Taman Desa Business Park
Open: Mon – Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-3pm; Closed on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
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