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The Kuala Lumpur Café

Located just off Otley Road on Bennett Road...

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We went to try out the new Kuala Lumpur Café in Headingley for lunch last Friday! The food was incredible and for those of us who have been to Malaysia before it was a great reminder of the amazing cuisine. We thought we should give everyone an insight into what they’re offering and what they’re about!

Kuala Lumpur Café is a small, relaxed bistro offering authentic Malaysian food. The café is made up of Hirman and Bart, the owners, and Fendi, the chef. Hirman has been living in Leeds for nearly a decade now, and his passion and interest in cooking combined with his many friends asking him to open a restaurant lead to the creation of Kuala Lumpur Café. Bart has travelled to Malaysia on numerous occasions, and Fendi joined the café after running his own restaurant in Malaysia for 13 years. The team want everyone to feel welcome, enjoy great food, have a good time and be themselves!

The story behind the food

Hirman was born and raised in a small town called Tapah in Malaysia. His mum makes a fantastic rendang curry which is famous with the locals when she serves it during Eid in Malaysia. While his siblings attended boarding school he stayed at home and learnt some of his mums cooking skills! By accompanying her to the market to select ingredients, and picking home-grown spices & herbs from their back garden, he learnt how to blend ingredients together to form the basis of each of the incredible Malaysian dishes, which he now cooks for his own family!

Hirman moved to Leeds nearly 10 years ago, and had managed various restaurants around Leeds & York, until he opened his own Kuala Lumpur Café this year! The decision to open a restaurant in Headingley was well-thought out. There’s a potential to reach numerous different groups of customers, including those who want to experience different cultures & cuisines, those who have travelled to South-East Asia before and have tried this cuisine before and need it back in their lives again, and the vibrant Malaysian / Indonesian / Singaporean community in Hyde Park too!

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The food itself…

The beauty of Malaysian food is that it combines different Asian flavours; spice and curry from the Indian community, herbal influences from the Chinese and the sweet & sour flavour from Malaysia. The Kuala Lumpur Café menu includes some Malaysian favourites: one of the signature dishes is Nasi Lemak; coconut rice served with chili sambal, cucumber, fried anchovies, egg and peanut accompanied by traditional Malaysian curries.

The team have worked hard at ensuring almost every dish contains no animal products in the curry paste & sauces, so that vegans and vegetarians can also enjoy the delicious cuisine they have to offer.

Open for lunchtime & evenings it’s well worth a visit!
A Tuesday to Friday express lunch menu is offered at two courses for £6.99!!

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