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Newer developments have turned this residential neighbourhood into a foodie haven

Formerly a rubber estate, Mont Kiara is one of the most sought-after postcodes today. Its popularity has led to the growth of a healthy diet of restaurants and cafes, transforming this enclave into a destination for foodies. 

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Here are six of our favourite venues:

The Regent Chinese Cuisine

One of the Tatler Dining Guide's Top 20 Restaurants in 2022, The Regent Chinese Cuisine is one of the best places in the city for an authentic Hong Kong cuisine. Our reviewer wrote: "The menu contains a healthy variety of dishes across various proteins and seafood that warrants multiple visits." Indeed, its assortment of Hong Kong-style Cantonese recipes, this is classic Chinese at its finest. 

Must-Haves: Regent Sang Har Noodles, Salt and Pepper Boston Lobster, Stir-Fried Angus Beef with Black Pepper

The Regent Chinese Cuisine | Lot A-0G-01, Block A, 2, Jalan Kiara, Plaza Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur | +603 6211 3331 | theregent.my | Monday-Sunday 12:00pm-2:30pm & 6pm-10:30pm

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VCR Bakehouse

VCR has been a household name in coffee and pastries for years now, so it's little wonder that one of its latest outlets, VCR Bakehouse, in Mont Kiara is popular for breakfast, brunch, and post-bike ride caffeine boosts. Unlike many other cafés in the area, VCR Bakehouse serves right into dinnertime, perfect for those peckish evenings.  

Must-Haves: Sourdough pizzas, Bakehouse French Toast, House Gravlax Bagel, Sausage Roll, Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookie, Country Sourdough 

VCR Bakehouse | Unit 2B, 2C Shoplex, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur | +603 2011 8226 | Monday-Sunday, 8am-9:30pm

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Kanbe Ramen

Kanbe Ramen is a favourite for its signature ramen, which comes in a choice of thin (ramen) and thick noodles (Tsukemen). What's great about it is that it allows you to customise your ramen to your liking. There are seven types of soup base, which may take some time to familiarise with, as well as a range of condiments to accompany the satisfying bowls of noodles.

Must-Haves: Besides the ramen, we'd suggest a side order of the Brussel Sprouts Cheese Katsu 

Kanbe Ramen | GF-08, 163 Retail Park, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur | Monday-Sunday, 11am-10pm

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Jama

Apart from its vegan takes on local favourites, its pet-friendly alfresco area makes this a popular spot for pet owners to hang out after work and on weekends. 

Must-Haves: Vegan Nasi Lemak, Buttermilk Pancakes, White Bean Hummus, Pulled Burrata & Tomatoes, Roasted Pepper Pesto, Smoked Duck Carbonara

Jama | Lot J-0G-13, No.2, Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480, Kuala Lumpur | +6014 947 4843 | jama.my | Monday-Sunday, 10am-2am

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Nanda Chicken

There are many Korean food outlets here competing for your attention but Nanda Chicken is a frontrunner for its beautifully fried chicken, which is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, that comes in a variety of flavours. The Snow Cheese Chicken, like its name suggests, has the fried chicken sitting on a bed of mozzarella cheese. Then there are the mouth-watering Korean staples, from the hearty bibimbap and the delightfully chewy tteokbokki. 

Must-Haves: Snow Cheese Crispy Chicken, Fried Gizzard, Rosé Tteokbokki, rice balls 

Nanda Chicken | 11, Jalan Solaris 2, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur | +6016 580 7925 | Monday-Sunday, 11am-9:30pm 

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Sae Ma Eul BBQ

For fail-proof Korean barbecue, head to Sae Ma Eul, a hugely popular Korean barbecue chain that really understands its meats and grill. Try your hand at the rice balls too, which you get to roll yourself. Do yourself a favour and wash down this hearty meal with a cold glass of soju. 

Must-Haves: Dwaeji Yangyeon Galbi (pork ribs marinated in special soy sauce), Mok Sal (pork shoulder), LA-Galbi (beef ribs marinated in special soy sauce), Bibim Naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles mixed with red pepper sauce), Choirutan Jumeokbab (spicy rice balls), Sundubu (Spicy soft tofu stew)

Sae Ma Eul BBQ | 1, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur | +6014 368 6050 | Monday-Sunday, 3pm-12am

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