Best French Restaurants in KL

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Classic haute French food may still be considered as posh in a city such as Kuala Lumpur where French chefs dominate the local fine dining scene. But there are some of these restaurants unconventionally spearheaded by Asian food connoiseurs such as at Cilantro and then there are those traditional fine dining winery and classy bistros where the cuisine of la France lives on. Here are the best French restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, in no particular order.

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    Cilantro Restaurant & Wine BarPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Cilantro's return to the local fine dining was much celebrated in 2010 and so was the man who brought the restaurant to fame, Chef Takashi Kimura. When it was first opened, CIlantro was the gold standard for any restaurant aspiring for excellence and it still is. Although inspired by French cuisine, Chef Kimura has made beautiful music in the kitchen, allowing the marriage of two beautiful cultures in Cilantro, French and Japanese. Longtime crowd favoourites incude the cold angel hair pasta and the 8-course degustation menu for the ones with deep pits as stomachs. The quality of the ingredients is beyond compare and the portions here are so skilfully measured that one never walks out of the restaurant feeling too full nor too empty.
    Tips

    The restaurant's dress code is smart casual so hide your flip flops away.

    Things to expect

    Extremely intimate service by the waiters and a memorable dining experience.

    Best with

    You will never regret the day you stumbled upon this article and ordered the Chocolate Rum Baba with Banana as your dessert.

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM50.00

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    Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar View restaurant

    Micasa All Suite Hotel, 368B Jalan Tun Razak, Taman U Thant, 55000, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321798082

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    06:00PM—10:30PM
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    12:00PM—02:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:30PM
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    2OX @ The RowPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Managed by an adept French chef, the food here is prepared to entice you with refined flavours and enjoyable experiences. From a divine slab of steak, meticulous prepared pork chops, to exquisite salads, hams, and home-grown recipes, you will never leave this place with regrets. Also, their selection of wine is a must to immerse yourself in this wonderful world of fine cuisine. 

    Tips

    Their menu changes every now and then.

    Things to expect

    An authentic experience of French cuisine.

    Best with

    Pate, Wine

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM110.00

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    Two OX @ The Row View restaurant

    54, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
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    0326922233

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    11:30AM—03:00PM
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    12:00AM—12:00AM
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    Rendez-Vous

    Conveniently located at the heart of Bangsar, this commodious restaurant has been reaping up praises for their authentic French delicacies that are pretty gentle to the wallet. From starters like bruschettas with smoky ham and cheese to hearty mains like pork tenderloin, pan fried frog legs with soja sauce, chicken cordon blue and delectable dessert like chocolate mousse – everything deserves a tip of the hat to the head chef, Florian Nigen who devises his three decades experience in Brittany to every plate. Another behemoth here is their Brittany-style seafood platters where one can relish ocean goodness like prawns, langoustines, whelks, oysters, winkles, cockles and the gigantic French spider crab! Tipples-wise, wines and champagnes are available to further augment the flavours in a setting that stays true to the name of the restaurant. 

    Tips

    Check out their menu on the webpage and call for reservations

    Things to expect

    Canary-yellow facade and charming interior

    Best with

    Cold Cuts Platter and French Wine

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM60.00

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    Rendez-Vous View restaurant

    100, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar Park, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 59000, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    0322020206

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    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    Maison FrancaisePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Jaws are sure to drop once you have your sights on this three-storey mansion that is synonymous with class and comfort. Either you dine by the pool or perch close to the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to the lush green surrounds, one would certainly be perked with Valentine’s vibes just about any day. Nibble down some complimentary bread while sweeping through their inspiring menu that has mastered the balance between fresh and premium ingredients with finesse touches.  Brittany lobsters bisque, smoked salmon and avocado salad, roasted snails in red wine sauce and foie gras deserve special shout-outs. With an impressive wine cellar housing more than 150 labels, you can’t leave the dining space without a glass or two. 

    Tips

    Call for reservations

    Things to expect

    Sense of tranquility not far away from town

    Best with

    Chocolate Éclair

    Price

    RM50.00 to RM100.00

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    Maison Francaise View restaurant

    5, Changkat Kiapen, 50450 , City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321441474

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    11:30AM—11:30PM
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    CantaloupePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Headed by renowned chef Chris Bauer, Cantaloupe has been earning rave reviews and collecting awards since its launch in 2013, which makes it the perfect choice for this list. The French restaurant is housed within Troika Sky Dining, occupying the 23rd floor and offering an astounding view of the city skyline. We are, by no means, technically knowledgeable on the ins and outs of the French culinary arts but the dishes at Cantaloupe screams of elegance and a class of its own. Innovation and attention to detail are obvious in its roast wagyu rump, lobster risotto and beef cheek ravioli (just to name a few).

    *Check out their website for their monthly menu
    Tips

    Request for a table facing the Petronas Twin Towers, spectacular view whereby you can take in Kuala Lumpur's night skyline in one view.

    Things to expect

    Fine dining that is worth every single dollar.

    Best with

    The wide variety of wine choices along with desserts such as apple strudel and vanilla sauce.

    Price

    RM40.00 to RM120.00

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    Cantaloupe View restaurant

    Level 23A, Tower B, The Troika, 19 Persiaran KLCC,, 50450, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321620886

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    06:30PM—10:30PM
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    Yeast Bistronomy Boulangerie - Bistro & Bar à Vin.Pork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Carbs has never looked so good until Yeast opened up shop in the bustling streets of Telawi, Bangsar. Three concepts rolled into one: Bakery, Bistro and Bar, Yeast combines the 2 most important aspects in French dining: Bread and Wine. The interior design is also very French and by French, we mean the unintimidating black and white tiled floor and fuss-free ambiance, which belies its European nature.Despite that, the restaurant however, maintains exclusivity by prioritising reservations instead of entertaining walk-in customers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are completely different affairs at Yeast and the menu is filled with classic French fare such as foie gras, escargot, macaroons and creme brulee. Prices range from moderate to fine dining range but what is most important is that the food makes you feel good and Yeast nails that hard.
    Tips

    There's Happy Bread Hour whereby you can enjoy 30% off on all baked goods Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm onwards.

    Things to expect

    Comforting French food in a laidback atmosphere.

    Best with

    Words cannot even describe the full glory of the Valrhona Chocolate Souffle.

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM50.00

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    Yeast Bistronomy View restaurant

    No. 24G, Jalan Telawi 2, 59100, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
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    0322820118

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    08:00AM—10:00PM
    Friday, Saturday
    08:00AM—10:30PM
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    LafitePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Lafite boasts classic French dishes and an extensive collection of wines (though Cantaloupe still takes the cake for biggest collection). As of late, Chef Jean-Philippe Guiard has transformed Lafite's menu with haute cuisine which is the signature for every great French fine dining. The crayfish spaghetti timbale was certainly a unique looking dish but hey, anything with caviar sounds good to us. The wagyu beef, is spectacular as well, but a warning for non-liver fans, duck liver is part of the dish. Lafite's staff are a very attentive bunch of people, so attentive that they will even provide you magazines should you request for them. We also witnessed how rose petals adorn a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary (how sweet of them). All these makes up for a very exquisite and romantic French restaurant.
    Tips

    "Smart Casual: closed toe shoes and long pants for gentlemen. Smoking is not permitted in Lafite."

    Things to expect

    The most attentive and professional staff and finally, somewhere you can dine in private & not hear the patrons of the table next to you.

    Best with

    We are still on cloud nine just by thinking about the black & white chocolate surprise.

    Price

    RM40.00 to RM100.00

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    Lafite View restaurant

    Lobby Level,11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0320743900

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    07:00PM—10:30PM
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    12:00PM—02:30PM
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    Cafe CafePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Remember when we referenced Café Café in our other article for being one of the best fine dining spots in KL? Yeah, here it is again. Café Café and its exquisite interior design is unmatched by any other restaurant. Art decor: check. Draping chandelier: check. Outstanding French food: double check. The dimly lit atmosphere just adds more to the Parisian date kind of feeling. Aside from the wagyu beef which melts on your tongue like melted butter and foie gras mentioned in the previous article, the Stir Fried Fettucine with Truffle Oil is highly commendable. Good news, we do not need to book a flight to France now!
    Tips

    Keep away your mobile phones in your bags or pockets. It is too dark for photos & hey, at least, you can enjoy your food without snapping away every 5 seconds.

    Things to expect

    An environment highly recommended for lovebirds and romantic souls alike.

    Best with

    The Chocolate Molten Cake with Ice Cream.

    Price

    RM40.00 to RM100.00

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    Cafe Cafe View restaurant

    175, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321458141

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    Every day
    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    Chez LeonielPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Chez Leoniel is a small café within the French Alliance building that serves authentic French cuisine. One of the signature dishes here is their duck dish. Confit de Canard is a dish that is all about patience for that deeper flavour. The duck is oven-roasted for 14 hours, then dunked into duck fats and let dry and finally oven-grilled at a high temperature for 10 minutes until the outside is nice and crispy. The meat remains tender and moist, and the contrast with the outer skin made all the difference. Served with roasted potato slices, also dunk in duck fat, and salad lightly dressed, it is a simple meal with big flavours that is definitely worth trying. And while you’re at it, why not go for the Bread Platter? Nothing says more French than the finest of French bread, served with butter. Go all the French way by dipping the bread in the Pesto Soup concoction of risotto, tomato, French beans, onions and other vegetables.

    Tips

    Use your hands to eat the bread, adding to the whole French experience.

    Things to expect

    Tender duck meat that goes on and on, and awesome bread.

    Best with

    Coffee or the various teas available.

    Price

    RM38.00

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    Chez Leoniel View restaurant

    15, Lorong Gurney, 54100, Kuala Lumpur
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    0326947880/0197232112

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    09:00AM—05:00PM
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    Sage Restaurant & Wine BarPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Located at The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Sage has drawn lots of attention for its hybrid of French and Japanese cuisine. The charming atmosphere certainly sets a pace of its own, particularly for romantic dates. Among the forte fares here are Winter Black Truffle Soup with Hokkaido Scallop and Chives, Cherry Wood Smoked Duck Breast with Foie Gras and Kokabu Salad, and Fedelini Pasta Tossed with Mascarpone Cheese with Yellow Foot Mushroom and Wagyu Bacon. Reading through the menu certainly has your stomach rumbling straightway. While waiting for your orders to hit the table, keep your eyes peeled looking at the open kitchen and wine cellar with over 300 label selections. Wine and dine to your heart’s content with dishes that win points in both presentation and taste. 

    Tips

    If you're unsure of which wine to be paired with your dish, do seek the sommelier

    Things to expect

    Sense of classiness and pleasant service

    Best with

    Crème brulee

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM100.00

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    Sage Restaurants & Wine Bar View restaurant

    The Gardens Residences, Level 6 , The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur
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    0322681328

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    12:00PM—10:30PM
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    Meals at Cafe de Paris isn’t only about mains with robust flavour combinations as one can expect succulent sandwiches, bites of tartines and couple of Mediterranean platters too. Due to its popularity and all-around delicious dishes, it’s habitually teeming with patrons. If you’re keen for something light yet but authentically French, opt for their Vintage Brittany sardines which are aged in a can with olive oil for a couple of years and best consumed with toasted French bread. And if you’re in the mood to eat till you drop, assorted pastas and moreish meats are up for grabs. For a happy ending, the French way, kaleidoscopic spread of macaroons, pavlovas, chocolate palet, raspberry soufflé and other confectionaries lure to be released from the glass shelves. Beverage-wise, a myriad of boozes and freshly brewed coffees from one of the best baristas in town surely do not disappoint. 

    Tips

    Check out their lunch promotions

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd, especially during weekends

    Best with

    Wines and International beers

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM100.00

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    Cafe de Paris View restaurant

    168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 55100, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321444822

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    09:00AM—01:00AM
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    Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie

    Nathalie's Gourmet Studio is a many-splendored thing, especially if you have your heart set for French cuisine. Be carried away by the sensual setting of the restaurant with wooden flooring holding classy furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking verdant greens with amorous melodies scoring on the background – a big uptick for a lovey-dovey date. If you think the interior has wowed you enough, wait till the mind-boggling dishes are served. Each platter is a work of art, brimming with colours and the flavours are spot on. Need an example?Brittany Blue Lobster with celeriac heart in crispy kadaif, green apple chutney curry tomato jelly and herring caviar – this is one dish. Attentive hospitality, wicked wines and lip-smacking desserts line up to make the pleasure better. 

    Tips

    Check out their webpage

    Things to expect

    Cosy and casual ambience to unwind

    Best with

    Delectable desserts

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM60.00

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    Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie View restaurant

    Jalan Puncak, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50250, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    0320724452

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—11:00PM
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    DC Restaurant

    DC Restaurant has been making waves both online and offline for their sumptuous spread of French fare. The kitchen is spearheaded by Darren Chin, a fabled French chef who emphasise on dishes that nurture bold flavours and adept skills. Think dishes like lobster scallop ravioli with coconut cream emulsion, Wagyu beef cheek with ice vegetables and Miso glazed Chilean Sea Bass with slipper lobster and buratta, to name a few. Another showstopper here is the cheese trolley which is chockfull with arsenal of fresh cheese that would offer a field day for cheese lovers. Darren is constantly working on the menu is ensure it hits the sweet spot in terms of taste and presentation, therefore expect a changing menu here and then. What better way to wrap up your meal with few glasses of curated wines amidst a sleek and sexy atmosphere. 

    Tips

    Call for reservations

    Things to expect

    Minimalist decor and artistically assembled dishes

    Best with

    Wines

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM100.00

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    DC Restaurant View restaurant

    44, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 60000, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    0377310502

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    07:00PM—12:00AM
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    French FEAST

    From the same folks behind La Vie En Rose which ceased its operation not long ago are back doing what they do best in a revamped house along Tengkat Tong Shin. Be it the simple alfresco to the cosy and sparsely-lid interior, all you’ve got to do is kick back and delve down delicious French goodness with complementing wines. Big in portions and bigger on flavours, nothing of the menu is not worth the money. Among the crowd favourites are homemade bread, air-dried duck breast, hand-cut beef tenderloin tartare and signature slow-cooked specialities of beef cheeks, salmon and duck confit. And be sure of leaving with armloads of their freshly baked viennoiseries and other oven goodness to satiate you on your couch. 

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Casual and laid-back ambience

    Best with

    Wines

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM50.00

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    French FEAST View restaurant

    20, Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50200, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321106283

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    12:00AM—12:00AM
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    10:00AM—10:30PM
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    10:00AM—02:00PM
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