Gluten-free in Kuala Lumpur? We’ve got you covered
IN the world of dietary requirements, intolerances and diet preferences, restaurants have almost become disillusioned with customers who “claim” to be allergic to an ingredient.
Often, if a diner names anything but shellfish, nuts or dairy, a server may give a blank stare or a “Let me just go and check with the chef”.
This can be a daunting prospect for those who are genuinely allergic to food groups outside of the widely recognized allergies.
The prospect of being accidentally fed it in a foreign country, after failing to communicate in a language you don’t understand, can be enough to put some off from eating out at all while on their vacation.
But if you’ve got a gluten-free diet or even been diagnosed with celiac disease and you’re traveling to Kuala Lumpur, you needn’t worry about where to dine as there is a selection of fantastic restaurants offering divine gluten-free food, including a parlor that sells luscious ice cream and cake.
Here are five of Kuala Lumpur’s best gluten-free eateries.
Found in the trendy area of Bangsar Baru, Ashley’s offers an extensive menu with plenty of gluten-free, dairy-free, raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes – all of which happen to be exceptional.
The restaurant can be accessed through one giant sliding glass door which floods the tables with sunlight.
Driftwood, glistening lights, shelves lined with colorful Buddhas and an open plan kitchen create a chilled atmosphere.
The super helpful servers will take you through the menu and answer any difficult questions you may have about cross-contamination, cooking methods and ingredients; nothing is too much trouble.
Gluten-free dishes are marked on the menu and each server has an extensive knowledge of which dishes are suitable and which ones can be made gluten-free.
We highly recommend the bun-less lamb burger made with a grass-fed lamb patty, provolone cheese, crunchy almonds and a balsamic reduction.
Then finish it off with the Living Cream Pocket – a thin crepe skin with almonds, bananas, sweet nut cream and fresh fruit.
Open seven days a week: Monday to Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday 11am-12pm, Saturday 9am-12am, and Sunday 9am-11pm.
Address: No. 11, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100.
Not one, not two, but four Antipodeans grace the Malaysian city with its extensive menu, fresh juices, chilled vibe and delicious coffee.
Antipodean doesn’t explicitly have gluten-free written on the menus which adorn the cafe walls, but just a simple “Can you tell me what’s gluten-free please?” will do the trick.
You may even have trouble remembering all the options.
There are plenty of exciting fresh salads on offer as well as traditional satay dishes and gluten-free bread to add to your smooth scrambled eggs and creamy avocado (our top pick).
If you’re grabbing brunch then try one of their fresh juices. If it’s evening, opt for the Bloody Mary (if alcohol is your poison).
With Antipodean cafes dotted around Klang Valley in Bangsar, Ampang Park, and Atria and Mid Valley shopping mall, you’re unlikely to go hungry no matter what part of the city you’re in.
The cafes are bustling but not crowded, and while you may have to wait a short while for a table, it’s so worth it.
Order a coffee that could rival London’s or Sydney’s best and read the extensive menu while you wait.
Find out more about Antipodean and the locations here.
- Antipodean Atria – 8:30am-10pm daily.
- Antipodean Bangsar – Sunday to Thursday 8am – 10pm, Friday to Saturday 8am – 11pm.
- Antipodean Mid Valley – Sunday to Thursday 7:30am – 11pm, Friday to Saturday 7:30am – midnight.
- Antipodean Tan & Tan – Sunday to Wednesday 7:30am – 5 pm, Thursday to Friday 7:30am – 7pm.
That’s right, just like the noughties rap sensation, 50 Cent – only cooler, chicer and probably way more delicious.
You could easily miss this hidden gem in Bangsar at it sits above the shop fronts that line the cool district.
But if you look up you’ll see the glowing green lights of Fittie Sense which is accessible by a side stairwell.
The restaurant has wood floors, white walls and a fabulous cake table that teases you as you choose your food.
The super friendly staff are more than happy to make recommendations and direct you towards a colorful plate of tastiness.
Almost everything on this menu is gluten-free except for the spiced beef kofte in wholemeal pita bread.
The portions here are huge and delicious. If you’re carnivorous, opt for the Cajun pan-seared chicken chop served on a bed of fresh green leaves, quinoa, and crushed avocado.
Feeling ravenous? Order a side of the moreish sweet potato fries too.
Try a naturally carbonated, low sugar soda or opt for the chai latte to warm your soul.
With breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and divine desserts, you can expect flavor to be packed into every mouthful here.
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11am – 10pm; Saturday to Sunday 8:30am – 10pm.
Address: No. 23A, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For a long time, Goodness Greens in TTDI was known as a great place for celiac sufferers.
However, they have recently changed the menu and taken the little GF logo off.
But this doesn’t mean they don’t cater to gluten-free dietary requirements. You just have to ask.
It’s all about the customized salads and yummy juices at Goodness Greens.
Have a “Vital Shot” of juice to give you energy or boost your immune system or choose from a rainbow selection of little bottles packed full of nutrients.
Enjoy Thai-inspired salads, a traditional Caesar, mixed seafood, towering tofu and so many other combinations of deliciousness in a bowl.
Open daily from 8am – 10pm.
Address: No. 32, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
If you want to skip breakfast, lunch, and dinner and head straight for dessert at Kind Kones, we don’t blame you.
Kind Kones is a completely vegan and mostly gluten-free ice cream and cake parlor.
The unsuspecting vendor offers incredibly mixed ice cream and sorbet flavors that are chemical-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and unprocessed.
All the ice cream is hand-churned and boy oh boy can you feel the love that’s gone into it.
Almost all the scrumptious cakes are gluten-free, and we’re not talking about a semi-stale brownie.
We mean melt-in-your-mouth pecan pie and crunchy peanut butter cake, to name a few.
At Kind Kones you can taste the pleasure without tasting the guilt of these usually chemical- and sugar-packed treats.
Open daily from 10am-10pm.
Discover all the Kind Kones outlets in Kuala Lumpur here.