Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur – Madam Kwan’s KLCC Malaysia

Madam Kwan KLCC Menu - Nasi Lemak


Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur – Madam Kwan’s at KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If there is ever a dining experience that fits the title as one of the Best Places to Eat in Kuala Lumpur, it would definitely be Madam Kwan’s at KLCC. Their slogan – Truly Malaysian Cuisine – is no mere boast. Its truth is supported by the fact that their Nasi Lemak dish is named as the best by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia.

What is Nasi Lemak? Is Madam Kwan’s really worth the higher prices they charge? I will share that, and more, in this article.


About Madam Kwan’s

Before I go into sharing my experience at Madam Kwan’s, let me tell you what I found out about this restaurant. It has been around since 1977. The owner, Madam Kwan, is in her 80s.

The menu she created is inspired by the cultural mix in Malaysia; Chinese, Malay, Indian, just to name a few. The focus is on hawker or wok style delights. As a customer, you get to enjoy the uniquely created Malaysian Cuisine, inspired from street food, in the comforts of a cafe setting.

The signature dish is the famous Nasi Lemak. It is even shown on their front signage. There are many other local food on the menu like Hokkien Mee, Char Kway Teow, Laksa as well as refreshing desserts like Ice Kachang, Sago Gula Melaka, and Chendol.


Madam Kwan’s at KLCC – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Madam Kwan’s
Cuisine: Malaysian, Chinese, Western, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
Meals Served: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Dining Choices: Dine In, Reservations, Takeout
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 4.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5.0
Prices: $$$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Madam Kwan KLCC - 4 Star Rating



Madam Kwan’s KLCC – The Long Queue

It was the last day of our vacation in Kuala Lumpur. We had a few hours before taking the Aeroline Luxury Bus back to Singapore. We did a bit of shopping at KLCC.

Before we knew it, it was lunch time! We were hungry, and at the same time, we wanted our last meal in Kuala Lumpur for this trip to be really good. I recalled there were cafes and restaurants on Level 4. So we took the lift up to the floor to explore.

We did not have to do much searching for the right place to eat. We spotted Madam Kwan’s, and I remembered having read some good things about this restaurant before.

Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Madam Kwan KLCC - Outside Restaurant, Front
Madam Kwan KLCC – Restaurant Front © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

There was a long queue. It was lunch time. So, that was expected. Surprisingly, they said the wait time would only be about 20 minutes. We figured that was not bad, not a really long wait. So we took a number, and just hung around.

* Tip: We highly recommend waiting near the entrance where they call out the queue number. Many times, we saw many who went off to stroll around or shop, and missed their number, and had to wait a little more longer.


Madam Kwan’s KLCC – The Dining Experience

While we waited, we entertained ourselves by taking photos and videos of the place. Time passed quickly, and soon our number was called.

We walked in to the restaurant, and I noted that the place was packed. As mentioned, it was lunch time. So that is expected. The crowd was mostly the office lunch crowd and families. Many tourists, too, I am sure. All very well behaved. And not very noisy. Just the usual chat volume.

Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Madam Kwan KLCC - Inside Restaurant
Madam Kwan KLCC – Inside Restaurant © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The setting was like one of those business hotel cafe style. The decor was not aesthetic at all. Just very functional. Just a few small items that they tried to make the restaurant more Malaysian, for example, the little rattan basket that holds the cutlery and napkins.

Just like the ambience, the service was also functional. Just friendly enough to get things moving. But not really warm and friendly.


Madam Kwan’s Menu of Delicious Cuisine!

Can you tell that I am excited? Well, I was! I had known of Madam Kwan’s for a while, and took note to try their food some day. And what better day than this, and where better than in their homeland?

We were shown the menu, and we took time to peruse. Sorry, everyone. I forgot to take photos of the menu. Will learn and take photos of menu in the future.

There were many choices. As mentioned earlier, there were Hokkien Mee, Char Kway Teow, Laksa, and Nasi Bojari for the main course. There were also lots of starters and side dishes. Plus, a wide range of desserts like Ice Kachang, Sago Gula Melaka, and Chendol.

Guess what we ordered?

Yes! Nasi Lemak! It is the Signature Dish. So must try!

Nasi Lemak has rice made fragrant with coconut milk. It was served with Chicken Curry, Sambal Ikan Bilis (like spicy anchovies), Dried Shrimp Floss, Hard Boiled Egg, Achar (pickled vegetables done in local flavors), and Cucumber.

Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Madam Kwan KLCC Menu - The Signature Nasi Lemak
Madam Kwan KLCC – The Signature Nasi Lemak © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

After a bite of the Chicken Curry, we agreed that it was really good. Not too spicy, and a very full and yet not too heavy curry flavor. The chicken was tender and tasty.

The coconut rice was very well done. The aroma of the coconut flavor was just right. I have eaten my fair share of Nasi Lemak. And always frowned upon those that made their rice with little or no coconut flavor. What is Nasi Lemak without the lemak??

Overall, it was a very satisfying dish.

Best Places to Eat In Kuala Lumpur - Madam Kwan KLCC Menu - Satay or Sate
Madam Kwan KLCC – Satay © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

We also ordered the Satay. It is skewered meat that has been marinated with herbs and spices, and cooked by grilling over fire. Slices of cucumber, pineapple and onions are served with this dish. There is also the Ketupat, which is a type of rice dumpling that was cooked in woven palm leaf pouches.

One more item to this meal is the Peanut Sauce. This is for dipping the meat into, and adds to the flavor and taste. Many people like this part of the dish. The Peanut Sauce is very yummy. When I was a child, I remember scooping lots of the sauce to go with a small stick of satay.

Unfortunately, the Satay at Madam Kwan’s falls a bit below my standards. The meat was very cold. Satay should be at least a little warm. The flavor was not enough, like as if they saved on the herbs and spices. And the peanut sauce was too mild.

* Tip: Don’t order the Satay. You will be disappointed.


Madam Kwan’s at KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Overall, Madam Kwan’s was a satisfying dining experience. But I do find that the quality of the food varies. Of course, it is not easy to have good quality for all their dishes. But it is a standard they can aspire to.

Madam Kwan KLCC - Rating
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Again, Asia Travel Gems gives Madam Kwan 4.0 out of 5.0. One of the factors for the loss of an entire 10 decimal points was the lack of quality standards. The other is the robotic service levels.

It may sound harsh, but think about the prices they charge. It is at least 3 – 4 times more than what we would pay at a hawker stall. Maybe even 5 times now, as the prices keep going up. For example, the Nasi Lemak is $21.90 (not including taxes). So, I do have high expectations for the prices paid.

Still, if you are going mainly for the Nasi Lemak, then it is worth a visit. The large crowds that fill the restaurant daily proves that the food is still good enough to enjoy.

And in case you wonder where this is located or are in Kuala Lumpur and would like to try their food, here is the address:

Suria KLCC
Lot 420 / 421 , Level 4,
Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Phone Number: +60 3-2026 2297



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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Best Places To Eat in Kuala Lumpur – DC Comics Superheroes Cafe and Store

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and Store

Best Places To Eat in Kuala Lumpur – DC Comics Superheroes Cafe and Store

After visiting Batu Caves, we headed for Bukit Bintang, one of the main shopping belts of the city. We shopped around for a short while. Around 4pm, we decided to have a break and give our tired bodies a rest. We hunted for a good cafe at the shopping malls, one that we can name as one of the Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur. Took a bit of time, and we finally found it – the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and Store!

Take a look at the video below for a tour of this amazing joint. After the video, we share our awesome experience below it.


Best Places To Eat in Kuala Lumpur – DC Comics Superheroes Cafe and Store, Video Walkthrough

When we arrived at Pavilion Shopping Mall, we were quite impressed, and had good feelings that we would be able to find a nice cafe to hang out, chat, and have good coffee and cakes. What we found was way beyond our expectations.

As we took the escalators up the floors, we cannot help but notice the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and Store. The store front was filled with so much vibrant color that it stood out against all the other stores. Naturally, we gravitated to the shop. We were determined to check this multi color sight out, and enjoy good coffee and cakes.

Also, we are fanboys of everything in the world of comics. And a place like DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and Store is a dream come true. Great anticipation and excitement was building as we got closer to the store.

Ready for some fun?

Let’s go!



DC Comics Super Heroes Store

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - DC Comics Super Heroes Store window displays the 3 titans - Superman, Wonder Woman & Batman
Window Display – Superman, Wonder Woman & Batman, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

When we arrived at the shop, we were greeted with a flood of bright and vivid colors. It was exhilarating!

At the window display, there were life size mannequins of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman (see photo above). At the entrance, there were merchandise on sale with a huge Superman logo on the wall.

We could not stop smiling.

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - DC Comics Super Heroes Store has an awesome BatMobile!
Batmobile! © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Also at the entrance was the Batmobile! See the above video to see more of this cool machine.

From the ceiling to the floor, there were merchandise and decor from the DC Universe. There were comic books, toys, T-shirts, gadgets, and more! There were even some super heroes apparel. Need to dress up as Superman or Wonder Woman?

You name it.

They got it.

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - DC Comics Super Heroes Store - Batman bust looks just as fierce
Batmobile bust, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Deeper into the shop, there were more busts, mannequins and full costumes of more Super Heroes. The above was one of the Dark Knight. Imagine how cool and menacing this will look in your home?

In the video, there is a moment with the Superman costume that Brandon Routh wore. I read online somewhere that he visited the store. How awesome is that?!


DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe storefront with life size Superman and Batman guarding the entrance
Cafe Storefront, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Beware villains! Superman and Batman stands guard at the entrance of the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe.

The food and beverage wing of the establishment is a real treat for senses. Just like the store, characters from the DC Universe adorn the walls, tables, chairs, menus, dining accessories, and even the food and drinks.

Delicious food and drinks are designed with your favorite super hero in mind. Fancy a Batman Burger? A Superman Cappuccino?

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe, all the yummilicious cakes with super heroes logo on top
Dessert Counter, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

At entrance, popular cakes like the velvet cakes were given a twist. Not only named with Super Heroes moniker, each cake comes with a Super Hero logo on top.

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe, main courses with Super Heroes names
Main courses with Super Heroes names, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Main courses were ingeniously dubbed after villains and super heroes. There was The Breakfast League, obviously from The Justice League. Then there was the Riddler’s Egg Twister. And so on.

It was unfortunate that we arrived during tea time, around 4pm. If we had discovered this dining delight earlier, you can be sure we will definitely have a taste of some of their DC dishes.

 Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe, Dawn of Justice Cappuccino with cool Super Heroes logo on top
Dawn of Justice Cappuccino, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Instead, we were there for coffee and cakes. And that was what we had. The above photo is the Dawn of Justice Cappuccino that I sipped and relished. It was a pity to eventually destroy the beautiful Dawn of Justice image on the frothing.

 Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur - DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe, Yummy and Delicious Velvet Cake with yellow Superman logo on top
Yummy and Delicious Velvet Cake with yellow Superman logo on top, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

What is a visit to the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe without a taste of Superman? Oops … I mean the Superman Velvet Cake. haha

The cake was nothing sensational. But it was not bad, too. Like everything at the store, it was more about the experience. The fun of having something meal, drink or dessert that has a slice of the Super Heroes. (no pun intended)


Superheroes Heaven

Any fan who visits will think he or she has died and gone to super heaven. We definitely did. But it is truly not just a place for fans. Friends of fans will enjoy it too. Especially to see their friends go into geek mode. And even if you are neither fan or friend of fan, it will be a unique experience while you shop and dine.

Thinking of dropping by? This officially licensed establishment is located at:

DC Comics Super Heroes Café
Lot 5.11 Level 5,
Pavilion KL
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

They do have a few more branches. Do Google and find out from their official website.

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Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus