“So, where do you want to eat?” It’s a question that’s simply hard to answer at any occasion where a restaurant meal is involved. It can be a little annoying, but it happens a lot. There are just those times when you — nor a single person in the group — craves for anything at all.

It’s times like this when a restaurant’s ambience and environment plays a crucial role. When foodies struggle to figure out what they want for dinner, the eyes start to chip in solving this little food dilemma. And that’s when we commence judging a dining venue by its facade and most of the time, the interior design.

After all, in an age of social media where the camera eats first, what good is delicious food if there isn’t a beautiful backdrop to take it against?

Malaysians are lucky to be living in a city that’s replete with gorgeous eateries and restaurants. They may not have exceptional music playlists to keep diners glued to their seats for performances, but these relatively new dining places have been making a splash on Instagram for their stylish interiors through impressive colour combinations, arts and crafts in their design.

From fine dining restaurants in Jalan Tun Razak to cozy gin bars in Petaling Jaya, here are five of the most delectable spaces that can be the venue for a night to remember with your date or celebration with friends.

1
Roofino Skydining & Bar

Kuala Lumpur only has a handful of rooftop bars and restaurants. And Roofino Skydining & Bar is one of the best in KL. You have a fantastic city view on one side and mountain ranges stretching out on the other. Navigating from carpark to Roofino’s vast dining spaces can be tricky. But the ambience of the restaurant will totally make the hunt worth it. It has lounge that’s arranged in deep, soft, high-backed couch settings in neutrals, limes, purples and splashes of warm tones. Your eyes will also feast on artworks that hang on the wall if tall glass windows framing the city skyline bore you.

Roofino Skydining & Bar, 34th Floor, Trillion KL, No. 338, Jalan Tun Razak, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6016 283 2713

(Image by The Yum List)

2
Mr Chew's Chino Latino Bar & Restaurant

More than a bar that serves a fusion of Asian with Latino twist, Mr Chew is also a fashion destination. Step into Wolo Hotel’s chic loft that has been overtaken by Chinese silk and beveled glass in a palette of hot pinks and bold blues. Minimal mood lights against red brick walls create a cozy vibe that’s made more dramatic by rich woods on the floor, walls, and ceiling. A portrait of a Chinese woman and her flamingo hangs on a wall as if on the lookout to make sure you’re enjoying good conversations and cocktails.

Mr. Chew’s Chino Latino Bar & RestaurantThe Penthouse, Wolo Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang corner Jalan Sultan Ismail, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603-4065 0168

3
Minu

This unique Japanese restaurant along Jalan Ampang gives foodies in search of a different dining experience another good option. Aside from its dishes prepared with Mexican twists, its interiors are defined by clean, white lines and Nordic aesthetics. The space also floods with natural light. It helps to highlight its unique features, such as the ceiling that’s adorned with overhanging chopsticks and white benches with tall stiles.

Minu, Greenhouse by Miur, No. 1, Jalan Nipah, Off Jalan Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603-2630 6728

4
Maze

Maze operates in one of the most creative concepts the food landscape in KL has seen recently. A coffee salon by day, this impressionable lounge eventually transforms into a gin parlour each night. Drop by in the day for a laid back brunch or the evening to relive the old-world glamour of gin with the bar’s rich shades of red, brown, green, and blue to gold plated bird cages, trays, and frames.

Maze1st Floor, Menara Lien Hoe, No 8, Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +6010 311 1888

5
Enfin by James Won
No question about it: Enfin by James Won sits at the top, if the most beautiful dining venues in Malaysia are ranked. A short tunnel lined with gold columns leads to a fine dining venue divided into several sections. The main area features glass chairs in neutral tones, with golden yellow lamps lighting each table. If you fancy private dining, you’ll be ushered to the opulent Hennessy Salon and Krug Chef’s Table (in photo) that’s befitting of the brands Chef James Won has been working with — Moët Hennessy Diageo and Krug Champagne. There’s also marbled bar near the exit if you fancy a glass of cocktail or two.

Enfin by James Won, Level 2, Menara Hap Seng, Lot 2-05, Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,  +6010 288 7920