In Malaysia, there is no such thing as “no more room for food”. We are always game for a late night meal.
So, what do you usually crave for supper? Comfort food, of course!
This list of restaurants below is dedicated to those in need of a proper restaurant (not a roadside gerai) when in the mood for a late night snack.
1. Agak-Agak @ APW
Unique and satisfying eats await the ravenous Malaysian inside the no-nonsense exterior of Agak-Agak. Basira Eusuff and Ili Sulaiman have put their spin on some of Malaysia’s fine comfort food recipes such as Chilli Pate Mee, Kacang Pol and Wan Tan Mee, to name a few.
Even the drinks are memorable and don’t forget those luscious sweets like the Pulut Hitam Cheese Tart. All these and more make Agak-Agak, a great go-to spot for a smashing midnight feast.
Operating Hours: 10pm–2am
2. DipnDip @ Bangsar
For chocolate fans out there, look no further – DipnDip, Bangsar gives you pretty much every chocolate experience you’ve been craving for.
With a choice of dark, milk and white chocolate, for slathering, pouring and of course dipping, you can enjoy it with crepes, pancakes, waffles and more. What the heck – choose all three!
Operating Hours: Open until 1am (except on Sundays)
3. Thaba Family Restaurant @ Ampang
As Malaysians, sometimes eating rice for one meal is not enough. You need more. If you’ve had enough Malay lauk, but got to have rice then Thaba Family Restaurant is the place to be.
With their delicious selection of Briyani, there is nothing that you would want to eat after except their freshly made breads.
With the affordable price, big portions and wholesome flavours, this humble establishment serves magnificent Pakistani fare.
Operating Hours: 6pm-1am
4. Ali Baba’s Kebab @ Ampang
If you find Thaba Family Restaurant to your taste, Ali Baba’s Kebab is another spot that you should try. Just by the name, you know you have to go for their kebab – it’s up on the sign for a reason.
Juicy, tender, aromatic, perfect savoury bites of meat. Frequented by expats from the Middle East, you know the authenticity of the grilled goodies, dips and that fragrant fluffy rice is something you can count on.
Operating Hours: 12pm-3am
5. Huckleberry @ Bukit Damansara
There is no other kind of comfort food that people crave more than deep-fried anything! Huckleberry serves that and more.
This popular breakfast and coffee spot that bakes their own breads, pastries and sweets, also offers a good after-dark spread. From onion rings to fish and chips, there is nothing like a good, batter-coated dish to end the night.
The extensive Western menu (listing more than fried goodies) ensures you will not leave unsatisfied.
Operating Hours: 7.30am-12am
6. Don’s Warong @ Plaza Damas
While Warong is it’s name, anyone familiar with this institution will tell you it’s more than a bunch of stalls.
Don’s Warong offers a selection of all-time local favourites such as Nasi Lemak, Nasi Briyani and Sup Tulang for you to enjoy at the restaurant itself or at home (yes, they deliver too).
Consistent and comforting, there’s a reason why it has remained a makan destination for so long.
Operating Hours: 12pm-12am
7. Thursdvys @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Except on Thursdays, you can head to Thursdvys up to 11pm daily to get both good food and coffee.
Described as having “the perfect chill-out late night vibe”, their Mac and Cheese appears on every other post about this joint. Their sandwiches are a decent bet too. Brunch at night, anyone?
Operating Hours: 4pm-12am
8. Podium by Daun, Desa Sri Hartamas
Where #bikeporn meets #foodporn and a quick search will show how it’s already making its mark for late night snacks.
The substantive menu offers both local and western dishes so you can have both nasi and pasta. Fans will say don’t leave without having the Nasi Golok.
Operating Hours: 10am-12am
9. The Port Damansara @ Bandar Utama
When you’re looking for a lively spot for supper, known for its upbeat vibe as much as for its food, head over to The Port.
The makan options in this self described “restaurant” are as eclectic as they get – from Mexican to Bawal Power, and Papasta to Pisang Goreng Cheese, it’s as “lit” as a food joint can be.
There are fresh juices served in cool mason jars but fret not, unpretentious classics like Roti Bakar and Nasi Lemak are available too.
Operating Hours: 7am–2am
10. Restoran Muar @ Tengkat Tong Shin, KL
It’s the simplest things which are often the best things as is evident at Restoran Muar, an outlet known for its Nyonya-style food, from stir-fried greens to salted eggs.
For something sweet, this restaurant’s got a good Cendol for only RM1. Getting back to the simple – this place is particularly well known for its Telur Goreng. Eggs fried to perfection with crispy edges, and just the right amount of lashings of kicap. You want one right now don’t you?
Operating Hours: 6pm-11pm
This article first appeared in butterkicap.com
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