Searching for the best vegetarian restaurants is always interesting. Because the food can’t use flavourings sourced from meat and dairy, the chef has to be creative in adding the depth of flavours. You’ll likely find something new and unique that will leave you loving those meat-free foods even more! With an extensive variety of vegetarian restaurants available, which then is the best vegetarian restaurant in Malaysia? In our Best of Food series, we have curated the latest 10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Malaysia, providing quality recommendations to suit your budget and lifestyle. For the ultimate guides, also check out our best Japanese restaurant and Indian restaurant recommendations!
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10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Malaysia
One of the most popular vegetarian Indian restaurants in Malaysia, Annalakshmi introduces a unique dining concept: pay-as-you-wish. You’re encouraged to pay for what you believe is fair according to satisfaction with their foods and service. Run by a non-profit organisation the Temple of Fine Arts, the restaurant was created as a tribute to the Hindu goddess of abundance, Annalakshmi.
Culinary wise, a visit to Annalakshmi is once in a lifetime experience. With the grandiose royal Indian setting, dining here will feel as if you’re in a grand Indian wedding. Serving buffet at lunchtime and ala carte in the evening, Annalakshmi offers a large variety of North and South Indian dishes, all of which are made with authentic recipes that will send your senses back at home.
Instead of focusing on one specific type of cuisine, Barat offers a fusion of the East and West. The restaurant is founded by a vegetarian family who love travelling the globe and are highly experienced in curtains vegetarian meals. You’re guaranteed to find something new upon a visit to Barat.
Barat restaurant proves that meat-free foods don’t have to be flavourless. Some of our favourite menus are the Mediterranean Spiced Patatas Burger with Homemade Chips or the Pistachio Carbonara with Sun-dried tomatoes. That shows how good their chef’s culinary prowess is!
On top of that, their dishes also cater to those who prefer healthier lifestyles because they’re MSG- and preservatives-free, and there are a plethora of gluten-free options, too.
Locations: 17, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 10 288 2654
There are many newcomers serving Thai vegetarian cuisine, but nothing comes close to the Sukaphat. The Malaysia’s first Thai vegetarian restaurant, customers loved Sukpahat for its ability to create vegetarian Thai cuisine without compromising its authentic flavour. All the enduring favourites are on the menu: tom yum, pad thai and tom kha kai. But what surprised us the most is their Aromatic Tom Yum Goong, a vegetarian fish fillet made from 100% vegetarian sources that tastes a lot like real fish.
A good, high-quality vegetarian doesn’t have to be expensive. Located on the 3rd floor of Wisma Cosway Shopping Centre, Mind House Vegan Cafe offers affordable healthy meals at less than RM15 per set! The food varies from local to international dishes with extensive menu options to suit anyone’s palate. But the one you can’t miss is the Homestyle Curry Ramen with vegan curry and topped with some fresh bean sprouts, eggplants, broccoli, long bean and tofu. Or, the mouth-watering Italian dish Aglio Vegan Spaghetti is also worth trying.
Head here on the weekend to treat yourself with good healthy foods while easing your stress away with their refreshing cafe environment!
If you want something different, head to Sala in Desa Sri Hartamas to discover an exciting Latin-inspired, tex-mex, plant-based vegan cuisine. A plethora of Southwestern American cuisine is served here, that includes the favourites such as burritos, tacos, chimichanga and Texan-style Bagel Burger. All of their foods are made only using plant-based ingredients, which will leave you wondering “how is this food so good?” Struggling to find a table? You can also visit the Sala The Row Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur.
Locations: A-G-03A Galeria Hartamas, No 21, Jalan 26a/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6011 1150 3606
Experience authentic Asian delight that are vegetarian and vegan-friendly by the Pure Heart Vegetarian. You’ll be spoilt for choices with an array of choices from rice, ramen noodles, porridge, dim sum and desserts available. However, don’t forget to try their signature vegan chicken options that taste so authentic just like using real chicken. But whatever you prefer, you will surely come back for more of these guilt-free treats!
7. Simple Life
Serving both dine-in and online deliveries, Simple Life quickly grew to be one of the nation’s meat-free empires. They now have 10 locations throughout the country, each of which offers both sumptuous healthy foods and refreshing decor to create a cosy ambiance while you enjoy their delectable dishes. All of their foods are made without preservatives, colouring and MSG, and is halal and organic too.
Whether you want to take advantage of their free delivery or dine in at their refreshing restaurant, their must-try foods are the Vegetarian Rendang Tok Lion Mane Mushroom and ready-to-eat vegetarian Honey Kung Poh Lion’s Mane Mushroom.
When it comes to South Indian vegetarian cuisine, it’s hard to beat Sangeetha Veg Restaurant, whose meat-free offering never disappoints. Cooked by the most experienced chefs, they have all the South Indian delights including crispy dosas of more than a dozen varieties, spicy Indian curries, vegetarian biryani, and the people’s favourite special Thalis.
Upon arriving, you’ll also be greeted by a cosy environment with a modern decor, which also brings a sense of exclusivity to your dining experience.
The Hungry Tapir is the only vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Malaysia with a full service bar. So, aside from their dynamic selection of Eastern and Western dishes, you can also treat yourself with their refreshing holiday-like cocktails, wine and beer. It’s a perfect place to unwind and have some fun on the weekend!
10. The Ganga Café
Started from a humble beginning, The Ganga Cafe is now one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Serving buffet on Sunday and ala carte on every other day, they offer a variety of Malaysian, Gujarati, South and Indian Cuisine made from vegetarian and vegan ingredients. Their foods are 100% non-coloured, no egg and free of MSG. Plus, their clean kitchen and kind staff will make dining here even more enjoyable.
Among their extensive menu, one of the foods you have to try are Ganga Aloo Chat (a yoghurt-based dish), Banana Leaf Rice and Hara Bhara Kabab with crispy spinach and potato patties.
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