The Ultimate Guide To Vegetarian Fine Dining In Malaysia
At first glance, most fine dining restaurants in Malaysia don't seem to cater to vegetarians and vegans. However, many are actually happy to accommodate specific requests with advance notice. We've put together a list of seven fine dining restaurants that either offer vegetarian tasting menus or are able to provide plant-based dishes upon request. See what each restaurant is presently serving this season.
1/7 Nadodi KL
Priding themselves on serving 'nomadic cuisine', Nadodi offers a nine-course vegetarian version of The Nadodi Exprience tasting menu, which includes plant-based spins on popular items from their non-vegetarian menu; take, for instance the Nadodi Trio consisting of a payasam cookie, a beetroot burger and a green pea cutlet, and the Nadodi Globe, whereby konasu and baby corn ghee roast replace country chicken biryani. Some new plant-based dishes that are unique to the vegetarian menu include the Poriyal, which is made with torched cabbage and various parts of the banana plant, as well as the Kootu, which consists of flame-cooked carrots served alongside snow peas and spinach puy lentils.
2/7 Cantaloupe, Troika Sky Dining
Headed by Chef Christian Bauer, Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining is located 24 floors above ground level and offers a panoramic view of the city skyline. Upon request, they are able to offer a four- or six-course vegetarian menu—both feature dishes such as the Spring Salad with sautéed mushrooms and sherry vinegar-cured egg yolk, and Tomato Risotto with roasted and sun-dried tomatoes. This season's dessert is made with Chitose strawberries and white chocolate namelaka.
PRICES: RM150++ (four courses); RM200++ (six courses)
TATLER TIP: Cantaloupe will be hosting a five-course Vegetarian Sunday lunch on May 23, 2021 (RM160 per guest). Reservations can be made online or by calling +603-2162-0886.
3/7 Restaurant Au Jardin
Penang-based Restaurant Au Jardin offers The Green Dégustation, a seven-course menu that celebrates seasonal greens. According to Chef Kim Hock Su, around 10 per cent of their diners opt for their plant-based menu, which changes on a monthly basis. This season's menu features distinctive dishes ranging from Roasted Leeks with smoked konjac and truffles to KimChi Espuma with monkey head mushroom duxelles. The restaurant also offers a lighter five-course vegetarian menu for lunch.
PRICES: RM288+ (Vegetarian Menu Dégustation); RM208+ (Menu Les 5 Plats Vegetarian)
4/7 A Li Yaa
Based in Bukit Damansara, A Li Yaa serves some of the most authentic Sri Lankan food in town. Their vast menu boasts an array of vegetarian-friendly dishes, with appam and hoppers as a staple. From eggplant and cashew-based curries to plant-forward sambals and lentil-fritters, meat-free dishes abound, and vegetarians will not feel restricted when ordering.
PRICES: Per à la carte dishes
5/7 Marini's On 57
Rooftop restaurant Marini's On 57 serves a six-course seasonal vegetarian dinner menu featuring starters such as an Autumn Vegetable Salad and Bufala Panna Cotta. Diners will be spoilt for choice when choosing between House-made Ravioli with Black Truffles or Carnaroli Risotto with saffron for their main course. As for dessert, there is Truffle Tiramisu or Chocolate Fondant.
PRICE: RM288++ per person
6/7 Bistro à Table
Plant-based diners will be excited to know that modern French restaurant Bistro à Table, which celebrates its 10th year anniversary this year, offers both vegetarian and vegan fine dining menus. The vegetarian menu may see the likes of Grilled Figs & Halloumi in pomegranate reduction for your entrée and Cognac & Walnut Tart with goat cheese salad as your main. Meanwhile, fully plant-based diners can enjoy the Truffled Mushroom & Pistachio Risotto as well as the Handmade Egg-Free Stozzapreti with Rouile.
PRICES: RM188++ (Vegetarian); RM145++ (Vegan)
7/7 DC Restaurant
DC Restaurant's seasonal vegetarian menu is composed of five courses and starts with light snacks, such as Compressed Watermelon & Sweet Basil, a Mini Tartlet with Truffled Cheese and Arancini with Mushrooms. This is followed by Chickpea Panisse with Smoked Cauliflower Cream and Roasted Celeriac & Truffle Rosette. Diners can choose between three desserts, however The Malaysian Kuih Reviste, which comes with pistachio pandan, dark cherry ice cream and meringue, is what catches our eye.