You could be up at wee hours for that final World Cup match, working the late shift, revising for exam or out clubbing and dancing. It’s late at night and you get hungry. You could probably sleep on it but your stomach is calling out to you. The good news is we have food from various local and international cuisines that are available around the clock to help you satiate those midnight hunger pangs. The bad news is that not everybody knows where to find one. Here’s some choices in Klang Valley to go midnight hunting for food:
1. In House Cafe
In House Cafe is a chain of diners serving local fusion cuisine. With a menu of over a hundred dishes ranging from breakfast to supper, there is great food waiting to be savoured. Apart from dim sum, there's local fare with a smattering of Western, Taiwanese and Hong Kong influenced dishes. The main attractions here is the dumpling soup (xiao long bao), ginger scallion fish, Cantonese fried kuey teow and cheese baked rice. On a hot night, you can look forward to gulp down the tiramisu ice blended, which is most probably the best way to end your meal and your night before you retire to bed. The taste of coffee, topped with a generous helping of whipped cream, is simply blissful.
No. 1, Jalan Temenggung 19/9, Sek. 9,
Bandar Mahkota Cheras,
Cheras, 43200 Kuala Lumpur. (View other outlets)
Open: 24 hours
If you are looking for a rather light meal to feed your midnight hunger, Donutes is the place to be. Donutes will satisfy your coffee and cake needs late into the night. Their selection of bread echoes Japanese influences – e.g. teriyaki mochi buns. They also house a variety of donuts, the ones you will look forward to tasting is the original and curry donuts. The original is simply traditional with a simple sprinkling of sugar. Fluffy and not too sweet, made for a perfect snack. The curry donut is a puffy deep fried dough with chicken curry filling. Coated in crispy bread crumbs, you'd get a mouthful of soft bread and savoury curry with every bite. Their multi layered croissant crumbles at the touch of a fork, and is a perfect balance with tuna and cheese stuffing. With cute little pastries, it's the perfect stop for a late night chat although the seating can be rather limited.
1 Jln PJU 5/13 Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Segambut, 47810 Kuala Lumpur.
Open: 24 hours
3. Restoran Peng Hwa
Well, if you’re a fan of Teo Chew style rice porridge, you’re in luck, as Restoran Peng Hwa at Old Klang Road offers night crawlers a bowl of warm porridge with dozens of different dishes to go along with. Situated between Pearl Point and Scott’s Garden, Peng Hwa offers classic dishes such as pork intestines, soya sauce chicken, Chinese sausage, mushroom, fried vegetable, and salted duck egg. A Definitely a healthier option to what any mamak restaurants can offer.
No 19A, Jalan Klang Lama,
Batu 4 1/3, 58100 Kuala Lumpur
Open: 11am to 5am
4. Geo’s Street Café
Tucked away in an alley, this chill joint is just the place to kick back and catch up over a satisfying Western meal past the midnight hour. Geo’s Street Café is famous for their beef burger as their patty offers a toothsome hunk of juicy meat dipped in rich black pepper sauce. Another fun alternative is their Chicken Mandy, which is available only on the weekends. It is smoked chicken resting on a bed of rice and soaked in a spiced sauce. It is definitely an interesting pick if you’d like to go from Western to Middle-Eastern without leaving your seat.
Jalan 23/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Open: Late night
5. Spicy Kitchen Restaurant
Have a thing for spicy delights? Then you have found the right choice. They are well known for their Pattaya fried rice and now they have late-night Pakistani delights. Chicken Karachi is great for anyone looking to beat the night heat with more heat. Succulent and juicy chicken marinated in a sauce that combines coriander and ginger with a heady spice blend. Soak up the Chicken Karachi sauce with some naan for a gut-rolling time.
Jalan 24/70A Desa Sri Hartamas,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Open: 24 Hours
6. Wong Ah Wah Restaurant
Wong Ah Wah or widely known as “WAW”, is the best place to be late night for some yummylicious BBQ chicken wings. This restaurant also sells a variety of other Chinese dishes – primarily stir fried dishes. As this place is situated near Zouk Club, it should come as no surprise if you see the same faces that you saw at the club flocking the restaurant after hours.
1, Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur
Open: Late night
7. Bumbung Nasi Lemak
Also known as Maybank Nasi Lemak, Bumbung Nasi Lemak is arguably one of the most popular nasi lemak hotspots in Petaling Jaya. It’s always packed with hungry people, right from the very second they open for business tea right up to supper. This place serves fluffy and aromatic coconut rice with just the right amount of spicy sambal coupled with peanuts, anchovies, fried chicken (optional), and a bull’s eye.
Jalan 21/11b, Sea Park, Petaling Jaya.
Open: Late night
8. Chemistry Cafe + Lab
Chemistry Cafe + Lab is a quaint cafe with a science laboratory concept, complete with chemistry sets decorations, a massive periodic table across a bare-bricked wall, and staffs dressed in lab coats. You will get your coffee, juices, and smoothies served in glass beakers while espresso shots comes in test tubes. Though their menu is limited to homemade cakes, pies, pastas, and sandwiches, their must-try is the uranium cheesecake and chocolate banana waffles. The cafe’s eccentric concept makes it a popular spot for brunches and casual meetings.
26, Jalan Kristal J7/J, Seksyen 7,
Shah Alam, Selangor.
Open: Monday – Friday 3:00pm - 01:00am, Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 02:00am
9. Frontera Sol of Mexico
With a menu that specialises in Mexico’s gastronomic dishes, Frontera Sol of Mexico is certainly a colourful restaurant to be at. The restaurant’s interior design is without doubt fun – a cheerful colour of orange and yellow for its walls, turquoise blue screen doors and ornate gothic-inspired chandeliers. Standouts on the menu include the signature chilli con carne, prepared daily using fresh, air-flown ingredients to create a dish that is memorable in flavour. Another is the variety of stew which is naturally spicy, and house a full-bodied taste of tomatoes and kidney beans in each bite. Others are the delicate and fluffy Tex-Mex with tamales, corn tortillas with a generous amount of filling and crispy enchiladas that are perfectly seasoned. If you are in for some salsa and samba music while enjoying some great food, this is the place to be.
Lights at Palm Square, Jaya One,
46200, Petaling Jaya.
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:00am – 01:00am, Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 02:00am
10. Goodsaltz Restaurant
Goodsaltz stands out from most eateries for its cheerful vibe, quaint interior and delectable comfort foods with unique flavours. Furnished with wooden tables and bright red-cushioned chairs, Goodsaltz’s spacious outdoor dining area is surrounded by a leafy courtyard making it the perfect setting for casual and intimate dinners. Goodsaltz's indoor section is beautifully decorated with old family pieces, garage sale collectibles and recycled knick-knacks, resulting in a rustic yet cosy dining ambience.
Serving a variety of pastas, burgers, sandwiches, and fusion mains, Goodsaltz prides itself in preparing every dish with the best ingredients which emulate the flavours of a home-cooked meal. The restaurant also offers an extensive array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as sinfully sweet desserts such as brownies, panna cotta, crepes and cakes.
Their best sellers include masala fried spaghetti, an east-meets-west dish with generous amounts of masala spices, ground chicken and fresh tomatoes. If spicy is not your choice, you can opt for the kapitan baked salmon served with cabbage kerabu and pineapple rice. Others options include the garlic rosemary lamb chops with creamy garlic mash potatoes, French beans and grilled pineapple slices or tender lamb chops grilled to perfection and served with mash potatoes and vegetables. If you are in for some dessert, you should indulge in their banana Nutella crepes and double chocolate caramel brownies, both served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Drizzled with salted caramel syrup, the chocolate brownies are deliciously rich and moist with a tangy hint of orange flavouring.
Goodsaltz is a must-visit restaurant for its convenient and breezy location, team of friendly staff, and uniquely tantalising food.
G41, Ground Floor, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara,
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 12.00am, Friday – Sunday 10:00am - 01:00am