9 All Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is one of the fastest-growing cities in Southeast Asia. It’s a bustling city full of different cultures. You’ll have no problem finding free, amazing things to do in Kuala Lumpur. And the best part, you’ll also be able to easily find vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.
Vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
I love going to all-vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. That way you support vegan businesses, there’s no chance you get something non-vegan by accident and you can choose whatever you feel like from the menu without double-checking that it’s really vegan. So, luckily there are some all-vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.
Hijau was the first of all vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur I visited. It’s inside a food court in Chinatown. Just seeing the decorations I knew I found my kinda place. I love the vegan pun memes they have over the counter and it looks like a very relaxed atmosphere.
The menu has a stylish picture next to every dish, so it’s easier to decide what to order. They have a menu for all year and a special seasonal menu.
I went to Hijau twice. The first time I went with the recommendation from the waiter, noodles with basil and garlic. The tempeh crisps were so good and crunchy, I never had anything like it before. The noodles were generally a bit too oily for my taste and could have been done with more vegetables. I guess the waiter and me have different preferences.
The second time I visited I chose something for myself and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember the name of the dish.
Kusa is an all-vegan Japanese restaurant. Of all the vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur this one is probably the most fancy one. A person at the front desk greets you and shows you to your table. It’s more expensive than other vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, but it’s still cheap for the high quality of food they serve and the great service.
Every time I go to a vegan Japanese restaurant I have to try sushi. And the best way to do this is with a mixed sushi plate so you can try different flavours. It’s great that they have the sushi plate in different sizes so you can even get the mixed plate just for yourself. You can even get a small plate with just one piece each which is great if you’re on your own and want to try something else as well.
Besides sushi, I really enjoyed the mushrooms in a batter and the passion fruit fermented juice. The mushrooms are a great starter, they were perfectly seasoned. The fermented juice tastes a bit like kombucha but not as strong.
Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery Food Centre
As the name suggests the Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery Food Centre is a restaurant inside a monastery. You can check out the temple before your lunch and then head around the house to the back and go for some food. So this vegan restaurant is definitely inside the most impressive building.
The food is in a buffet style but you tell the very friendly staff what to put on your plate. You pay at the cashier depending on how much you took. It’s super cheap. I paid about 2€ for one plate of food and one tea. Value for money the monastery is one of the best vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.
On the buffet, you can get everything from plain rice over different kinds of fried or steamed veggies to vegan chicken wings with a wooden “bone”.
Unfortunately, we got there only half an hour before closing so the buffet was already almost empty. We went there after our trip to the Batu Caves. It’s supposed to be a really big all-vegan buffet. They close at 2:30 pm. So, best to get there around noon.
Minf Houze Vegan Cafe
It was quite difficult to find Minf because it’s in a mall on the third floor in a back corner and from the first floor up the place looks quite abandoned. But once there it’s a very nice small place. It’s the only one of all the vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur which has a little shop with vegan snacks.
You write your order down on a small piece of paper and then hand it in at the counter. We only went there for a smoothie and a cake but the main dishes looked all very good in the pictures. The smoothies are made with vegan cream so they’re super creamy and sweet, almost a little bit like a milkshake. They also have different kinds of freshly pressed juices.
There are multiple locations of SALA in Kuala Lumpur. I went to the one in the time square shopping mall. In this shopping mall, you can also see an indoor roller coaster which is a fun thing to do in Kuala Lumpur.
The Happy Cow reviews of the SALA location I went to aren’t the best mainly because of the atmosphere. Yes the atmosphere isn’t the best but what do you expect of a restaurant inside a mall? It’s a place where you go for quick food and not to spend hours.
In all the SALA vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, you can choose from a wide selection of dishes or create your own bowl. If you create your own bowl you get a laminated piece of paper to tick your options and then they can wipe and reuse the paper which is very cool. There are a lot of categories that go in your bowl, you can choose one green, one protein, one fruit, 3 toppings, a sauce and so on.
Kelava ice cream
There are multiple locations of Kelava ice cream in Kuala Lumpur. I visited the one in Time Square Mall on the lower ground floor. All ice cream is vegan and made with coconut milk. For Malaysia it’s quite expensive, one scoop was about € 1.80 but it’s really good. I had a coffee latte flavour and it was super creamy.
Vegetarian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
There are even more vegetarian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur than vegan ones. Many of them are more traditional food places which means super cheap. There are a lot of vegetarian Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur but also some Malayan restaurants. And of course the very popular touristy vegetarian restaurant The Hungry Tapir.
The Hungry Tapir
Before visiting I read online that The Hungry Tapir is one of the best vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Well turns out it’s just vegetarian since they sell non-vegan cakes but it was still really good.
Everything on their food menu is vegan (the non-vegan cakes are on display and not on the menu). The atmosphere inside The Hungry Tapir is very relaxed, it got a bit of a backpacker / digital nomad flair. It’s a great place to relax with a delicious smoothie or a snack after exploring Chinatown.
Happy Sambodi Vege
Happy Sambodi Vege is a very small traditional vegetarian Malaysian restaurant with a pre-made breakfast you can take a look at before choosing. They have fried noodles, rice, and cabbage in sauce. You have to ask which dishes are vegan since it’s not labelled. Many locals come here for breakfast before work. It was very cheap, I paid for a plate of fried noodles less than €1.
Saravanaa Bhavan is a worldwide chain of vegetarian Indian restaurants with multiple locations in Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, I don’t like spicy food at all so I wasn’t that happy with my meal. I had some steamed buns with different chutneys and dips. It was supposed to be not spicy but it still was to me. For my dish and an orange juice, I paid about € 3.
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