Laughter is the brightest when food is the best. And much of the laughter seems to come from Kota Damansara, for the food there is among the best in Kuala Lumpur. Affectionately known as KD food haven, this dining destination boasts many good eateries that will surely titillate the senses.

From gourmet cuisine to coffee cafes to ‘mamak’ stalls, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a list of good eats in Kota Damansara that are definitely worth checking out.

Fifth Palate

Why fifth when we only have one palate? For culinary connoisseurs, the Fifth Palate refers to the ‘fifth taste’ of umami. And this restaurant strives to deliver just that with quality ingredients.

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Specializing in Asian fusion, breakfast and brunch food, this place has an impressive menu. Priding itself as a favourite neighbourhood eatery in Kota Damansara, customers keep coming back for their most drool-worthy dishes. These include their Turkish Baked Eggs that are perfectly baked and accompanied by chorizo slices, spiced aubergine, mozzarella and tomato sauce.

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Similarly, the Butcher’s Breakfast packs a hearty brekkie fit for meat lovers. What’s new on the menu? The Weekday Set Lunch which comprises five enticing entrees. Whet your appetite with their Zesty Tuna Pasta, Homestyle Marmite Chicken with Nasi Ulam, Stir Fry Spicy Ramen, Claypot Chicken Rice or Hainanese Chicken Chop.

Affordably priced and available on weekdays from 12 noon to 2.30 pm, hungry palates know where to go to get luscious lunch sets.

  • Address: D-G-1, Encorp Strand Garden Office, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
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Rolling Daruma x Olfactory Bulb

Why Daruma? These traditional Japanese dolls are a symbol of perseverance and good luck. When you’re ready to roll in good luck and good food, this cafe never fails to impress. Artisans in culinary creativity, expect to be blown away by unique food combinations that make you go experimental with new flavours.

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Most drool-worthy is their Braised Pork Belly Rice that comes with their best-selling Original Pork Gyoza. Salivating is guaranteed even before the dish arrives. Just as hearty and healthy is the Stir-Fried Charcoal Ramen with Shitake, Brown and White Shimeji Mushrooms. Every mouthful is tasty goodness.

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What looks like mini burgers but aren’t? Their Grilled Pork Belly with Peanut Sauce on Steamed Mantao Bun. Eat it delicately because the sauce is bound to ooze all over your lips with pleasure.

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  • Address: 15-2, Jalan PJU 5/13, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
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Shell Out Seafood Restaurant

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Crabs. Clams. Crayfish. Creatures of the sea in every variety is available on the menu at Shell Out Seafood Restaurant. Most drool-worthy is their humongous seafood platter with a wide variety of seafood faves. It’s great value for money for larger dining groups.

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Better yet, the impeccable service and friendly ambience at Shell Out make it a recognizable restaurant at Kota Damansara. Moreover, the freshly prepared food is delivered straight to the table for customers. Best of all, the seafood comes served with an array of fiery flavourful sauces or mild buttery ones that surprise the senses with every dip and dash.

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  • Address: 16-1 Jalan PJU 5/15, Dataran Sunway Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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Hakka Rang Restaurant

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Simple home cooked food is the specialty of Hakka Rang restaurant. Serving Hakka inspired cuisine is another plus. Why Rang? It’s derived from ‘orang’ which means people. Hence, this is a people-friendly restaurant that offers so many reasons to dine.

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Most drool-worthy dishes include their Claypot Prawn with Spicy Home-Made Sauce. Also popular is the Hakka Stewed Pork with Black Fungus Noodle. Indeed, the chef at Hakka Rang has a passion for Hakka cuisine at its finest. After all, cooking is an expression of what you love.

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  • Address: 47-1 Jalan PJU 5/11 Dataran Sunway Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
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Dreamz Bakery

This is where dessert dreams do come true! Dreamz Bakery in Kota Damansara are well known for their delectable menu of desserts, cakes, cookies and intricately decorated tower of toasts. Perfect for the sweet tooth in you, this bakery shines bright for their beautiful creations that are too pretty to eat.

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Most dreamz-worthy desserts include their Dark Chocolate Cake with Earl Grey Tea for a hint of choco-la-tea goodness. Next, the Lemon Layer Crepe Cake tastes as divine as it looks, with citrusy and sweet flavours that melt in the mouth. These are the perfect for de-stressing alone or with friends. After all, stressed spelled in reverse is desserts.

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Toast will never taste boring again after you’ve had the Tower of Toast at Dreamz. Each tower comes decorated with a selection of fruits, cookies plus ice cream on top. It’s literally the toast of the town.

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Still have space after enjoying their desserts? Then, try their main course from the Big Breakfast to pastas to salads. The delightful fruit teas and coffees create the perfect endings to every dreamy meal.

  • Address: No 32-1, The Strand, Jalan PJU 5/20D, Pusat Perdagangan Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
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The Uma Bali

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Why travel to Bali when you can dine on authentic Balinese cuisine in Kota Damansara. Better yet, the food is reasonably priced for locals. Moreover, customers get to dine on a wide array of traditional Balinese dishes served with warm hospitality. Most drool-worthy dishes include their local Pork Ribs marinated with Balinese Herbs and Spices. Return customers gush about its grilled to perfection goodness and fall-off-the-bone ribs tenderness.

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Just as appetizing is their Whole Prawns marinated with Balinese Herbs and Spices, served on banana leaf. Next is their Balinese Lamb Curry Set served with side vegetables and condiments.

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  • Address: 7-G & 7-1, Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya
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Delicious Choices for the Budget-Conscious

When money is the ‘meal’ of the matter, there are affordable choices aplenty to choose from in Kota Damansara.

Julio’s Restaurant

Homies love it. So goes the motto of Julio’s Restaurant where homies gather to enjoy delicious Arabian and Western inspired cuisine. Moreover, the peaceful ambience and comfortable settings make Julio’s a popular place for good food at reasonable prices. The delicious menu features Chicken Briyani, Tajin Beef, Indian Kebab and Rice, Bechamel Pasta, Jordanian Mansif and many more.

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For the health-conscious pasta lover, try the Pasta Salad served with specialty salad dressings. Desserts take a signature Julio’s twist. Popular on the menu is Julio’s Special Pancakes and Fruit Eclair.

Dessert pancakes with choc and strawberries on side
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  • Address: Unit G-25 Cova Square Jalan Teknologi, Kota Damansara PJU 5, 47810 Petaling Jaya,
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Restaurant Mum’s Place

Should you miss mum’s cooking, then, head over to Mum’s Place which serves traditional cuisine at budget-friendly prices. What’s on the menu? A host of Halal Malay, Portuguese, Chinese, Nyonya and Indian dishes. From the regular crowds who dine at Mum’s Place, this a place that all mums would love to try.

Udang galah in claypot with veges
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For spice lovers, the most drool-worthy dishes are Cencaru Fish and Chilli Padi Paste, Lemak Kuning Jenahak Fish and Assam Pedas Parit Jawa. If your tongues and lips still have any sensation, the next dishes to try are Tom Yam Udang Galah, Bawal Hitam with Sambal and Lemak Kuning Fish Head.

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For spice cowards who prefer less fiery options, there is Ginger and Honey Chicken, Fried Soft Shell Crabs and Butter Garlic Tiger Prawns. Every meal deserves a Malaysian home-style dessert. And Mum’s Place serves delish Cendol, Air Batu Campur, Sago Melaka and Pulut Tekan served with Kaya.

  • Address: No. 31-1, 33-1 & 37-1, Jalan PJU 8/5A, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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Hameediyah Kota Damansara

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When the ‘mamak’ cravings start, there’s no better place to get your fix than at Hameediyah Kota Damansara. The inviting facade and impressive menu make this restaurant one of the best places for Nasi Kandar. Most drool-worthy dishes are the Charcoal Fish Head Curry and Ayam Kapitan. For the quintessential ‘mamak’ flavours, try the Kambing Shank served in generous portions.

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Another all-time favourite is Penang-style Pasembur, a Malaysian style Rojak with an assortment of veggies, served with a sweet-spicy peanut sauce. Not to be missed is the Chicken Garlic Tikka served with Naan. So, go where the aroma leads you and join those who frequent this restaurant for its authentic dishes.

Chicken garlic tikka served with naan bread on white plates
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  • Address: Unit A-GF-01 Sunway Nexis, No 1 Jalan PJU 5/1, Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
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Foodies in Kota Damansara unite. Tell us about your fave places in KD. There’s a lot of eat and discover in Malaysia: including street food in Kuala Lumpur that’s not to be missed.

*Note: The information presented in this article is correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to change without prior notice.