When it comes to food, Malaysia is well-known throughout the globe for being a gastronomic heaven. In 2015, a global survey conducted by CNN placed our beloved country on the sixth spot of their World’s Best Food Destination list. Recognition such as this, however, is not uncommon as there have been countless other experts, critics, and food lovers who have expressed their love towards the Malaysian food experience.
But we don’t need foreigners to tell us how good our food is, do we? Searching for the best food spots seems to be a national pastime. Previously, we went to the neighbouring cities of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya to feature the best fun but also cheap activities to do there. Today, we are staying in the same area, but this time to give you tips on where to eat.
Here are our recommendations for 9 such must-try restaurants in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. So let’s dig in!
1. Serabei Café
If you are in Putrajaya and are in the mood for a dose of some traditional Malay cuisine, we’ve got you covered. Just head to Serabei Café, which is located in [email protected], Presint 8, Putrajaya. Here, the dishes are influenced by Malay food from the East Coast of the Malaysian Peninsular.
Get ready to satisfy your appetite with servings of nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, kuih lompat tikam, and many more. Not only are the cooks brought all the way from states such as Kelantan and Terengganu, but so are the ingredients. In the Klang Valley, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic taste of East Coast cuisine than at Serabei Cafe.
2. Restoran Selera Kita
Another spot which offers rustic Malay cuisine is Restoran Selera Kita in Presint 15. Here, expect to indulge your taste buds with dishes such as asam pedas, laksa, mee kari, nasi goreng ikan masin and many more.
During lunchtime, the outlet offers a buffet-style meal at very affordable prices. Open from 6.30am up until 8pm, Restoran Selera Kita receives around 300 customers on weekdays and about 500 on weekends.
3. Restoran Thai Tomyam Kung
[email protected] in Presint 8, Putrajaya in well-known as a business centre where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Putrajaya Lake. Restoran Thai Tomyam Kung, which is located here, has quickly carved a reputation for being one of the best spots in the city to enjoy Thai food.
The authenticity and taste of their food will make you feel like you were dining in Thailand. Their Tom Yam Kung dish, in particular, is a huge crowd pleaser.
4. Shell Out
It signature Cajun-style seafood which is served without plates has now been imitated by many. That alone is a sign of how good they are!
5. Saba Restaurant
During the mid-2000s, Arabic cuisine saw an exponential rise in popularity. Saba Restaurant in Cyberjaya played a major part in that rise.
Their Arabic rice meals such as Kabsah, Hanith, and Mandi attracted customers from all over the country. Still growing strong to this very day, they also serve a wide variety of Turkish dishes and mixed platters.
6. Kung Fu Restaurant
Kung Fu Restaurant is an outlet which offers a variety of non-Halal Chinese food and is located in Shaftsbury Square, Cyberjaya. It currently has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor and is worth checking out if you are in the area.
7. Ole-Ole Bali
Ole-Ole Bali is best described as “an immediately accessible respite from your hectic day”. It is where you are able to feel the gesture and flavours of Bali.
The outlet in Dpulze Shopping Centre, Cyberjaya, is one of its three branches. The cozy atmosphere allows you to fully enjoy all the fresh ingredients and aromatic spices that make up these Bali-inspired dishes.
8. Steam N Grill Burger
Steam N Grill Burger has outlets in both Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. It mainly serves western cuisines but some of them have been infused with a local twist. The Otak-Otak Burger and Serunding Beef Burger are inspired by traditional Malaysian dishes and cost only RM9.50 and RM10 each.
They also offer options for vegetarians and have a host of other dishes such as pasta and local varieties.
9. Star Banana
The Malaysian culinary experience will not be complete without mention of Mamak food. Star Banana Leaf Restaurant is probably the longest surviving Mamak restaurant in Cyberjaya. For those of you looking for a banana leaf meal that is not only delicious but also easy on the wallet, this is definitely the place to be!
Here’s how you can make your eating out experiences more enjoyable
Eating out can be an expensive affair, depending on where you’re eating and how frequently you succumb to those “let’s-try-that-new-restaurant” cravings. That said, a dining credit card makes your meals even tastier by offering deals and discounts on your food bill — and definitely deserves a slot in the wallet of those who take their food critic alter-ego too seriously!
Here are a few options:
- A Citi Cash Back Credit Card offers up to 10% cashback on dining (and petrol and Grab rides) when your monthly bill is over RM1,000. The total cashback is capped at RM10 per category per month. This card has a minimum income requirement of RM36,000 p.a., and annual fees (principal card) of RM127.20. Click here to check this and other Citi credit cards and apply for them right here on BBazaar, and also get free gifts worth RM300!
- A Hong Leong WISE Card Visa also gives 10% cashback (capped at RM100 in a month) on all categories — including dining — if you spend a minimum of RM2000 in a month on retail transactions. You can also switch categories (choose between petrol and dining) to suit your needs. The card’s GOLD variant comes with a minimum income requirement of RM24,000 p.a. and annual fees of RM265.
- The Maybank 2 Gold Card gives 50% discount for two diners at all SPG hotels and resorts in Malaysia, and 40% discount for three to 10 diners. It comes with a minimum income requirement of RM30,000 p.a., and the annual fee is waived for life.
And click here to check out some of the other top dining credit cards in Malaysia.Apply now for a Citi, Alliance Bank, or a Standard Chartered Bank credit card, right here on Bbazaar, and get a Tesco voucher worth RM120 or a Condotti 20" ABS Cabin Bag, absolutely FREE, upon card approval. T&Cs apply.
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