There are few better reasons to visit Kuala Lumpur than its rainbow of diverse cuisines from fierce Indian curries to delicate Chinese dim sum, but for the apotheosis of the city’s multi-ethnic makeup, Malay food remains king.
Currently perched atop the local fine dining scene, and with no discernable challenges to its Malaysian crown is Bijan, a soft-lit, modern diner and conservatory. With a characteristic balance of sweet, sour and spicy, the kitchen spans the whole spectrum of flavours from lightly steamed minced meat dumplings (Daging Bungkus Kukus), to buttery wild fern stir-fried with chilli, caramelised coconut and juicy fat shrimp (Pucuk Paku Goreng Tahi Minyak), and crispy duck in a fiery rendang sauce (Rendang Itik Bijan).
Afterwards, soothe your taste buds with a dessert that promises to change your mind about the diner-dividing durian: a chocolate sponge layered with a fruity cream and smothered in chocolate ganache. Just be sure to pack your Spanx!
Bijan, 3 Jalan Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur, +60 3 2031 3575, bijanrestaurant.com