5 places to dine out this Merdeka 2022

From classic Malaysian flavours to creative iterations of our national dishes.

The Resort Café will celebrate our iconic national dish with a special menu that will complement its signature lunch and dinner buffets (Photo: The Resort Café)

This Independence Day, feast at these establishments, which have specially curated menus or promotions to celebrate the occasion.

Nobu Kuala Lumpur x Gēn

Indulge in the four hands collaboration between the well-known Nobu KL and Penang-based Gēn, which will be an artful eight-course omakase dinner. Book a table from Aug 29 to 31, from 6pm to 9.30pm, to explore the sumptuous flavours this first-ever collaboration has to offer. Bringing Japanese-Peruvian flavours to the meal is Nobu KL’s executive chef Philip Leong, who focuses on local ingredients. From Malaysian fine-dining restaurant Gēn is founder chef Johnson Wong, who takes inspiration from nostalgic childhood memories and food experiences from around the world. This unique dining experience that promises to be an explosion of flavours is available at RM750++ per guest,

Nobu Kuala Lumpur, L4A-05, Level 4A, Shoppes at Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur, 145 Jalan Ampang,  KL. (019) 389 5085. Book here.


Elevete Patisserie

Treat the sweet tooth in your life to one of the tasty treats from Elevete Patisserie’s The Merdeka and Malaysia Day Collection. The Milo Dinosaur Cake (RM80) is a moist sponge sprinkled with a lot of Milo Bertabur and premium milk chocolate dinosaurs. The flavour evokes the nostalgic taste of our childhood, and it is like having a Milo Dinosaur or Milo Kaw in cake form. The Macaron Gemilang (RM265) is the ideal gift box with 48 pieces of macarons styled in the colours of the Malaysian flag. The most unusual is the Anak Malaysia Fatcarons (RM125), generously filled macarons that have been infused with Malaysian flavours, from nasi lemak and ondeh ondeh to bandung and milo. These desserts are available for preorder until Sept 17.

Elevete Patisserie, 12 Jalan SS 26/13, Taman Mayang Jaya, PJ. (018) 370 3770. See more here.

The Resort Café

Until Sept 16, The Resort Café will celebrate our iconic national dish with a special menu that will complement its signature lunch and dinner buffets. Steeped in both history and flavour, nasi lemak is a must-have meal for many Malaysians. To mark Merdeka and Malaysia Day, chef de cuisine Afiq Matkhir and sous chef Nora Yusof have delved into the history of this sumptuous meal to create a special menu that includes Nasi Lemak Pandan, inspired by Peranakan cuisine; Nasi Lemak Kuning Royal, originating from Kedah; the Nasi Lemak Bunga Telang, which is from Kelantan; and the original Nasi Lemak Putih. This buffet also features a spread of traditionally slow-cooked sambals — such as Sambal Bawang and Sambal Ikan Masin — as well as all the usual fixings. This buffet is available for lunch from Monday to Friday for RM138, and Sunday for RM168, as well as for dinner on Friday and Saturday for RM198.

The Resort Café, Sunway Resort, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway. More info here.


Table & Apron

Before it closes for renovations, Table & Apron presents an all-Malaysian menu for Merdeka available on Aug 30 and 31. Open from 11.30am to 3pm and 5.30pm to 10.30pm, this exclusive selection of dishes will include traditional rice sets of nasi lemak and nasi kerabu, as well as rich flavours like its signature pork rendang. Starters and salads such as ulam and tempeh with sambal tempoyak, smoked mackerel popiah with kicap manis and brioche bakar with kaya and butter, are not to be missed. There is also a sweet ending of coconut panna cotta with passion fruit or pandan chiffon cake with whipped cream.

Table & Apron, 23 Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, PJ. (03) 7733 4000. Book here.



Merdeka at Li in Damansara Jaya is a sumptuous affair, with a refined four-course menu that is chef Andrew and team’s interpretation of freedom. Exploring local culture and flavours, this meal is RM150++ per pax, available only on Aug 31, with 6pm and 8pm seating. There is an optional drinks pairing for an additional RM75++. Starting off with flatbread and a kachumber raita, the menu includes an ox tongue hazelnut rendang, seafood dish with oolong dashi, Ice Cream Roti and a trio of traditional kuih — angku with lotus, sweet potato seri muka and oat milk rava laddu.

Li, 47 Jalan SS 22/23, PJ. (03) 7733 7692.  More info here.

This article first appeared on Aug 29, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.


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