Top 20 Food Discoveries in KLIA and klia2

by Farah D. Photography FriedChillies on Thu, November 15, 2018

Procuring a worthy meal while in transit can be quite a daunting task, especially when you are trying to navigate your way through the maze that is KLIA and klia2. Even the savviest of travelers need a helping hand in this department once in a while.

Your search For Good Eats At The Airport Is Over!

Long weekends, affordable flights and attractive holiday deals have now made it easier for Malaysians to jet off to a different country when they want a break from their daily grind. As air travel becomes more accessible, more and more hungry stomachs pass through KLIA and klia2 each day. Procuring a worthy meal while in transit can be quite a daunting task, especially when you are trying to navigate your way through the maze that is KLIA and klia2. Even the savviest of travelers need a helping hand in this department once in a while, which is why we have compiled a list mouthwatering dishes that you can try the next time you’re in one of our capital’s airports.

This list covers both the departure and arrival sections so whether you’re flying in or out, waiting or sending someone off, you will surely find a dish that will satisfy both your appetite and budget.

Stay Connected in Transit

1. Flight Club, KLIA



Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, Flight Club is a suitable pit stop if you have a couple of hours to kill before you board your plane. The lounge has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere; sink into one of the plush armchairs and enjoy a spectacular view of planes taxiing and taking off as you indulge in a meal.

Need to send an email to the office, pronto? Flight Club’s high-speed Wi-Fi will allow you to stay connected while you’re filling up your tummy. The Rotisserie Chicken here is an absolute winner. Slow-roasted to perfection with a special mix of herbs, it’s a complete meal with a side of grilled vegetables and gravy, substantial enough to tide you over till you reach your destination.

SN M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily


2. The Airport Lounge @ Sama-Sama Lounge, KLIA



Snuggled right beside gate C5 in KLIA Satellite Building, Sama-Sama Express KLIA is a transit hotel designed specifically for travellers with long layovers. Choose from 80 rooms and suites equipped with every modern facility. Or take a shower and dine-in at The Airport Lounge with a hearty meal while charging your phones or laptop at the available plug points, there are even massage chairs to help soothe achy muscles as you wait for your order.

A must-order item on the menu is the Lamb Rack. Succulent and tender, beautifully seasoned with aromatic rosemary, served with black pepper infused gravy and thick cut fries.

Next to Gate C5, International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily


3. The Airport Lounge @ Sama-Sama Express, klia2



If you’re flying through klia2, you can also check out Sama-Sama Express at the International Departure Level. Providing the same services as their sister outlet in KLIA, recuperate by taking a nap in one of the 70 well-appointed rooms or simply relax in the lounge while checking out your email or Instagram with their speedy internet connection.

In need of sustenance? Order the Meat Lovers Pizza and the Satay Pizza. Freshly baked and topped with a generous amount of toppings and an abundant layer of cheese, both pizzas are appetizing choices that will keep you satiated till your next meal.

Level 3, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily


For A Family or Group Send Off

4. Bibik Heritage, klia2



Serving a selection of Peranakan cuisine, Bibik Heritage is an ideal choice for big groups or family sending off their loved ones because it has ample seating space and an extensive menu. Hankering for rice? Order the Bibik Nasi Goreng, it’s a Nyonya fried rice served with delicious chicken satay, keropok and soup. If you prefer noodles, try the tangy and spicy Mee Siam.

Lot S2-3-L40, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily


5. Bumbu Desa, klia2



Bumbu Desa is an eatery ideal for family dining. Their menu features a long list of popular Indonesian dishes, ranging from appetizers, mains and even iced desserts. The portions here are generous, most set meals come with multiple side dishes and can feed two people easily, which would benefit budget travelers trying to keep their spending in check. We love the Nasi Rabeg Kambing set, so good you’ll think about it even days after sampling it. Tender pieces of lamb are cooked to perfection in sweet spicy sambal, bursting with flavor and super tasty when eaten with plain rice, but if lamb is just not your thing, another item worth ordering is Bakso, a hot and hearty bowl of meatball soup served with rice noodles.

Departure Hall (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Opens 24 hours

Fill Up on Local Food Before Leaving

6. Pantai Timur Nasi Campur, Food Garden, KLIA



You’re back from a long overseas trip and if the first thing that your tummy demands is nasi campur, make your way here to satisfy that craving. Despite its name, the eatery is actually more known for their different types of lauks. Get plain rice with a serving each of Sambal Paru and Sayur Masak Lemak, a medley of heat, richness and meaty flavours. Thinly sliced paru in mildly spiced sambal goes so well with creamy coconut gravy that you’ll be emptying up your plate in no time at all.

Food Garden, Level 2, Main Terminal Building, KLIA
7am to 5pm daily

7. Grandmama’s, KLIA



Start your day right with a warm & comforting plate of Beef Kuey Teow at Grandmama’s. Flat rice noodles are smooth and slippery, cooked in a thick egg-based sauce and served with tender beef slices and a distinctive ginger flavour. It hits the spot especially when you have to brave the cold and stay alert to catch a flight in the wee hours of the morning.

SS M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 10am -10pm daily



8. Nooodles, KLIA



There are few NÖÖÖDLES outlets across KLIA and klia2, but one of biggest is located at the Main Terminal Building in KLIA. Huge windows along one side of the wall provides a lovely vantage point to the outdoor garden and greenery. Place an order for the Chicken Herbal Noodle Soup, a dish of egg noodles in a nourishing herbal broth, garnished with steamed chicken and assorted vegetables, then find a seat by the window and soak in the view while you wait for your flight announcement.

L5 42, Departure Level (Level 5), Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily


9. Dim Sum, klia2



If you think a heavy meal can be too much on your early flight, look no further than Dim Sum which is located at Urban Food Court International Departure.
Explore a mouth-watering selection of bite-sized sweet and savoury dim sum delicacies at any time of the day.
The menu includes the popular Siew Mai, steamed dumpling filled with ground chicken and shrimp. A light and heart-warming meal to start your fuss-free trip.

Food Court, Level 3, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

10. OldTown White Coffee



Flying off to a country where Nasi Lemak would be hard to find? Before you head to the boarding gate, have a nasi lemak at Old Town White Coffee so you won’t miss it too much when you’re away. The dish features rice steamed in coconut and pandan, served alongside fried chicken, sambal ikan bilis, hard boiled egg, pickled achar and sliced fresh cucumber, there’s a lot on the plate so if it’s a solid meal that will keep you full for hours.

International Departure / Arrival Level, Level 4, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

Pre-Boarding Meals

11. TheBar, klia2



Sometimes, you just need a quick bite before you board your plane, and TheBAR provides a selection of snacks that you can eat in a jiffy if you’re crunched for time. One of their top sellers is the Oat Chicken Wings; fried and coated in a crispy oat batter, yet tender on the inside, they’re simply irresistible! Dip them in the home-made Honey Mustard sauce and you’ll have an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Give it a go the next time you’re departing from klia2.

Level 3, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily


12. Coffee Sandwich Revival, KLIA



Don’t have time for a sit-down meal? Grab a coffee and a baked pastry or muffin from Coffee Sandwich Revival. The chunky beef pie is a tasty snack on-the-go, pair it with the Americano, for a simple yet satisfying tummy-filler before you head to the boarding hall.

Domestic Departure / Arrival Level, Level 3, KLIA
Open 6am to 11pm daily

13. Popeyes, klia2



Before a much deserved vacation, take advantage of flying from KLIA2 to enjoy the most sought-after Popeye’s signature fried chicken, golden crispy goodness best enjoyed with their hot buttery honey biscuits. Delight yourself in an utterly delicious combination, this match made in heaven is surely something not to be missed.

Level 3, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
5am to 12am daily


14. The Living Room



Turn your layover into a mini adventure, discover the world through food at The Living Room. There is something for everyone from the classic crispy Fish and Chips to the moreish Sweet Potato Fries.

Get yourself refreshed with a long list of enjoyable drinks in a relaxed atmosphere.

Level 2, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily


Let Your Taste Buds Travel

15. The Green Market, klia2



The Green Market is an eatery where you can sample a selection of popular Korean and Japanese dishes without even leaving the country. One of the star dishes on the menu is the Garlic Fried Rice - freshly fried with tons of garlic, it’s a perennial favourite that can be eaten for lunch, dinner, supper or anytime you fancy.

Lot S2-3-L38, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 5.00am to midnight daily


16. Wincaa, klia2



Feeling parched? Quench that thirst and take a culinary trip to Taiwan with bubble tea from Wincaa. Fancy a meal to go with the drink? Have the Spicy Dumpling Noodle, a tantalizingly spicy dish that will warm you up so you can withstand the blasting chill of those air-conditioned halls of klia2.

Lot S2-3-L06, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

17. Fukuya @KLIA, KLIA



Hungry for Japanese food? The Unagi Donburi at Fukuya is a definite crowd-pleaser. Unagi fillets sweetened with caramel soy sauce on top of steamed white rice has the makings of a dish that you’ll order time and time again. Flavoursome and rich with umami, it will leave you smiling ear to ear as you board your plane after the meal.

Sat MZ24, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 10am -10pm daily

18. Tampopo, klia2



Tampopo is a family dining restaurant serving contemporary Japanese cuisine. Your destination might not say Japan, but you can still allow your tongue to experience much-loved flavours of the Far East by ordering the popular Chicken Katsu set. Deep-fried, crispy battered chicken cutlets comes alongside rice, salad and a side of sauce, a delicious meal that will keep you going as you begin your journey.

Lot S2-3-L03a, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

Wallet-Friendly Meals

19. Little Café, klia2



Trying to keep all expenses on budget before your trip but you’re famished? Little Café offers simple meals for under RM15. Budget travelers can try the Korean Shin Ramen, a tasty and filling bowl of noodles that is cheaper than most meals found in the other eateries at the airport.

Domestic Departure/Arrival Level (Level 1A), Pier K, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

20. Mamak Kandaq Rice, KLIA



Searching for a meal that won’t break the bank? Mamak Nasi Kandaq serves a bevy of dishes at affordable prices. An extensive line-up of wide array of authentic and delicious lauks are available but we really dig the Ayam Masak Lemak, chicken in a turmeric and coconut based sauce that pairs perfectly with plain white rice. For a complete mamak meal, wash it down with Teh Tarik, a frothy tea mixed with fresh cow’s milk and you’ll be set for the day.

Food Garden, Level 2, Main Terminal Building, KLIA
7am to 5pm daily

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