As Malaysia is a brilliantly diverse country, a melting pot of diverse cultures, religions, and traditions, it is not unusual to be overwhelmed by the foods the country has to offer. From hamburgers, to sushi, kebabs, the seemingly endless variety of food offered in the mamak stalls, you could never eat the same meal twice. There are a variety of foods offered in Malaysia – particularly in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Franco, a restaurant chain that boasts venues all over the Klang Valley, prides itself in offering quality food for a low price, fusing halal French and Japanese cuisine together. As I entered Franco, I was comforted by its warm decor. The menu offers a small variety of dishes, focusing more on pasta, soufflés, and rice. Most of the dishes were French, with a Japanese twist to it. For example, I ordered a light, airy soufflé with a Japanese dish called “omu rice”, which is essentially an omelette with tomato rice. The soufflé was perfectly made – there was a shell on top, but as you dig your spoon into it, steam would escape, revealing the delicate egg underneath. I was a bit underwhelmed by the portions of the dishes, considering each cost around RM35. The “Pasta Yumeina” (or Famous Pasta) was a bit rich, but the Japanese salad was crunchy and fresh, an interesting twist on normal salads. There was tofu, radish, seaweed, and dried fish shavings (I know, weird, but it was goooood). I decided to take a leap and order the squid ink egg and seafood rice. I was definitely off-put by the ink, but the egg balanced the robust flavor of the rice. However, the highlight of my dinner was the vanilla soufflé. Although it was far too small for my liking, it was very light and sweet. All in all, Franco is an interesting family-friendly place to go if you’re looking for something other than your typical spaghetti bolognese or dal-drenched rice. Don’t forget to order their prized soufflés, which was “très bon” and
The next restaurant I decided to visit was Naab –– a restaurant across Fahrenheit 88º that offers Iranian cuisine. I’ve been here a few times due to its large portions and reasonable prices, and its welcoming staff. Although I am no expert on Middle Eastern delicacies, the food is pleasing to my taste buds. After a few months of not going to Naab, I went back to see if anything had changed, and alas, it had not. I ordered lamb kebabs, eggplant stew, hummus, and fattoush. The kebab and stew came with two heaping plates of buttered rice, and the hummus came with flatbread. Although the flatbread was not as large as the ones served in Hadramawt, the Middle Eastern restaurant on the way to Great Eastern Mall from school, it was thick, and the perfect portion. The lamb kebab was tender and juicy, complemented with a drizzle of lemon and onion. The total price amounted to RM146 – definitely worth every penny. Naab is a great place to go with friends and family because of its warm atmosphere and delicious food.
Kuala Lumpur is home to a multitude of food, and caters to the needs of all. No two dishes are the same, so whether it is roti, or pasta, or even chicken rice, every restaurant has their own spin on it. On top of that, a lot of the delicious foods in the city come at a low cost, so you can eat as much as your heart desires (like I often do). So the next time you look for a place to eat, you needn’t look for long – Kuala Lumpur probably has exactly what you want.