Best meal deals to stretch your ringgit as local restaurants reopen

Dining out for every budget.

Bistro à Table just introduced a two-course duck lunch special, which includes this caramelised duck breast with cassoulet puree (Photo: Bistro à Table)

In these uncertain times, it’s always handy to know how best to stretch your bottom dollar. Here are some great deals in varying price ranges for those who have decided to brave the scary new world in search of gustatory pleasure.


In celebration of a decade in business, tucked-away Bistro à Table is offering an unheard of RM50+ two-course lunch menu. Start with a light but luscious entree of fig and parmesan salad followed by a choice of mains that included caramelised magret de canard with cassoulet puree and shredded duck confit and leek pappardelle. Items may vary according to what’s fresh and in season but ever in the feisty spirit of its chef-proprietress Isadora Chai, the pocket-friendly menu is available “until I change my mind”.

6, Jalan 17/54, Seksyen 17, PJ. Call  03-7931 2831 to make reservations. 


Chic Ember Modern Bistro in Taman Tun knows how to keep its legion of loyal patrons happy. A debut RM120+ tasting menu has just been unveiled, to the delight of its fans, and Chef Gary Anwar knows how to keep things fresh and flavourful over five lively courses. Expect familiar flavours but interjected by surprising new twists.

20, Jalan Wan Kadir 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. Call 018 323 2786 to make reservations.


Three courses for under RM300. For those who have had their palates pleasured by chef-founder Darren Chin of DC Restaurant would know that this is a gourmet bargain not to be missed. For RM288++ per person, you can be assured of signature crowdpleasers like the cold capellini with bafun uni and wagyu with a marbling score of seven. There are also four- and five-course degustations to choose from if you’re extra famished or just feeling swish.  

44, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. Call 03 7731 0502 to make reservations. 


The award-winning Franco-Japanese fine dining room that is Cilantro is now offering a value-for-money proposition with an augmented version of its hugely-popular Friday set lunch but for Wednesday dinner. Comprising five courses, the special midweek menu is priced at just RM300 nett, a more truncated but no less tasty version of its regular (and pricier) degustation menus.


368B, Jalan Tun Razak, Taman U Thant, KL. Call 03 2179 8082 to make reservations. 

Malaysians are beginning to frequent their favourite restaurants once again as the MCO is relaxed. Find out how local restauranteurs and chefs are preparing for dining services again in our Fare Trade column in The Edge (June 1 issue). 

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