Valentine’s Day may be over but that’s no reason to put romance on hold. Food seems to be everyone’s go-to when it comes to celebrating such occasions and fine dining restaurants fit these joyous occasions perfectly.

Yet picking the right restaurant can be tricky as there’s a host of factors to consider. While the view definitely matters, not all romantic fine dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur are high up in a skyscraper or comes with a white table top setting. For example, Tamarind Springs is located in Ampang’s natural forest reserve, so you and your partner will be dining in the trees as you listen to the sound of nature.

Another misconception about fine dining restaurants that they are all located in the city area — completely false. Dewakan and DC Restaurant are all located in residential areas. There is no need to go through the city’s traffic just for a quiet date with your partner.

Not all romantic fine dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur also serve the normal Western or European cuisine that everyone expects. Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar for instance serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine, while Nobu will deliver an experience that melds Japanese cuisine with South American flavours.

Whether its impressive interiors, unique flavours or attentive staff — pick any of these fine dining restaurants and your night will be a great one.

1
Dewakan

Dewakan prides itself on bringing out the best flavours from Malaysia’s endemic ingredients from the seas, farms, mountains, and jungles. These are interpreted into fine dishes with contemporary techniques and plated beautifully. The name “Dewakan” is an amalgamation of the word “Dewa” which means God in Malay and “Makan” — to eat.

Dewakan, Lower Ground Floor, KDU University College, Utropolis Glenmarie, Jalan Kontraktor U1/14, Seksyen U1, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor, +603-55650767

2
Maison Française

Behind the fancy buildings and skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur is this quaint bungalow. Maison Française’s modern French fine dining menu holds unique flavours, that is described as simple yet exquisite, harnessing the freshest ingredients to create some of the best known French dishes. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list of over 250 premium French wines.

Maison Française, 5, Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur,+603-2144 1474

3
Nobu

Experience contemporary Japanese cuisine infused with South American flavours at Nobu. This eatery is already known worldwide. It was started by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and backed by business partners like Robert Deniro. If your date enjoys fresh sashimi, this is your place.

Nobu, Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran Kuala Lumpur City Center, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2164 5084

4
Tamarind Springs

If it’s one of those days where you’re tired of the city and just want a quiet date (perhaps in the middle of the rainforest), Tamarind Springs is your ideal restaurant. This Balinese fine dining restaurant is located within Ampang’s natural forest reserve. You and your partner will get to enjoy the serene scenery and sound of nature, whilst enjoying classic Indochinese dishes.

Tamarind Springs, Jalan 1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, +603-4256 9300

5
DC Restaurant

Darren Chin is a familiar name in the food industry and DC Restaurant is the fruit of his labour. He has been cooking professionally for 14 years, including a stint in France which lasted over two years. The restaurant stays true to his philosophy, by respecting what the land has to offer and using a combination of classical French and modern techniques to showcase the ingredients’ best flavours.

DC Restaurant, No.44 Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, +603-7731 0502

6
Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar

Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar is one of the very few fine dining restaurants that serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine. Expect dishes like seared foie gras with fig prune chutney and red wine reduction for one course and anago with king crab, okahijiki and ohba broth for another. Don’t leave without ordering the wine of which over 300 labels are available.

Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar, The Gardens Residences Level 6, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2268 1328

Photo: @winson_626

7
Cantaloupe

Among the many eateries at Troika Sky Dining, Cantaloupe offers 24 elegant and innovative dishes for diners to choose for their 4-, 6-, or 8-course meal. Enjoy one of the best views of Kuala Lumpur’s city skyline as you dine.

Cantaloupe, Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2162 0886

8
Enfin by James Won

Chef James Won’s French menu emphasises the importance of texture, layer, depth of flavour, and harmony in colour. Dine in their opulent yet relaxing interiors as you dig in to his fine French dishes and listen to live music.

Enfin by James Won, Lot 2.05, Level 2, Menara Hap Seng 1, Jalan P.Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, +6010-288 7920

Jolin Lee
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