Special Feature

Top 25 Food Discoveries in KLIA & klia2

by Farah D. Photography FriedChillies on Mon, October 17, 2016

There is truly great food in our KLIA and klia2 terminals. We’ve spent some time eating incognito in KLIA & klia2 airports recently to unearth great food discoveries.

You can Eat Well in KLIA & klia2 Actually!

We bring to you the top food discoveries that we uncovered at KLIA and klia2. We are talking about the best eats, deals and meals you can get before boarding a flight or go-to eateries while waiting to pick up someone. Whether it’s a family send-off for a loved one or a need for quick fix between flights, save this list for your guide to good food in our airports.

Enjoy a Meal Before a Send Off or a Pick Up

1. Eden Restaurant

Do you know that dimsums here are all made fresh daily by their highly experienced chef? There are over 30 kinds of steamed, braised and fried dimsum on menu for you to savour. Eden also has a full chinese menu, like hearty wanton noodles or butter prawns for something more filling before sending your loved ones off.
L5 13, Departure Level (Level 5), Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Operating daily from 6:30a.m. to 11p.m. (including public holidays)

2. Bibik Heritage

Over at this kopitiam-style eatery, try Mee Siam or freshly-fried-on-the-spot Popiah Chee if you want something local and light. If you love Nyonya Nasi Lemak, this is the place to have it (to prevent cravings when you are abroad). Rice is fluffy, light and served with a delicious sambal petai. We also love the Cendol here – refreshing and rich!
Lot S2-3-L40, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

3. Puffy Buffy

Puffy Buffy offers a wide range of dishes, ranging from Malaysian favourites to western cuisine. However we think their forte is their local dishes like their popular Ikan Masak Asam Pedas or Masak Lemak Daging Salai sets. The restaurant itself is airy and relaxed with quite a lot of pastries and snacks for you to grab and go if you’re short on time.
Lot S2-3-L39, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

4. Ramen Ten (Good Value)

Need a Japanese fix? Set in a quiet secluded corner, Ramen Ten offers bento meals and ramen sets far from the maddening crowds. Ramen has a well-balanced flavour with slippery noodles and a strong miso broth. Order the set meals if you’re really hungry. It all comes with garlic rice, gyozas, edamame and salad. Definitely bang for your buck!
L2-22A, Level 2, gateway@klia2
Open 24 hours daily

Stay Awake for that Morning Flight

5.The Coffee Club

Morning flights can really throw you off your game. Grab a perky cup of coffee here as soon as you enter departures. For a quick breakfast, the club sandwich here is pretty spot on. If you prefer eggs for brekkie, order an omelette or the more popular eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce. Then saunter off to your gate flight-ready and bushy-tailed.
L5 40, Departure Level (Level 5), Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

6. Cafe Barbera (Good Value)

Budget wary travellers and coffee addicts! Enjoy a good cup of Café Au Lait for under RM10 in KLIA. Coffees here are ever consistent so you know what you’re getting with each cup. Pair it with the popular Roast Beef Croissant Sandwich. Some sandwiches here also go for about RM10 so it’s a good budget option for a quick airport bite.
L5 23, Departure Level (Level 5), Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

7.Mollydooker’s Coffee Bar

The coffee here can be full bodied, strong and bold. Suitable for caffeine addicts. But did you know they also have a really decent nasi lemak ‘bungkus’? Don’t be fooled by its simple appearance, rice is lightly-flavoured with a punchy sambal. This is an unexpected surprise in this little corner of the departure hall, if you need a quick nasi lemak fix flying. Not cheap though.
Lot S7-1A-A06, Level 1A (Gate Q), International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

Fill Your Tummy Before Checking In


If you need a good curry in a hurry, curries here are abundant with spices and aromatics. Eat it with their crispy fried chicken, mixed with some Ayam Madu gravy; for a treat to your taste buds. Their rojak is also tasty - fried tofu, onion fritters, egg and veg in a sweet and spicy sauce. Mamak is situated in a quieter area so you can enjoy your meal without any distractions.
Lot S2-3A-L02, Departure Level (Level 3A), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

9.Hometown Hainan Coffee

The Hainan Chicken Rice at Hometown is surprisingly good. The rice has a subtle ginger flavour and the steam chicken is generous, juicy and flavourful. Also good here is the nasi lemak and local coffees. There’s always a lot of people here so you can expect your food to be consistently fresh. A good pit stop before going up to check in.
L2-113, Level 2, gateway@klia2
Open 24 hours daily

10.Canai 15 (Good Value)

Looking for a good roti canai breakfast? True to its name, Canai 15 delivers when it comes to roti canai. These roti canais are expertly pan-fried with fluffy inner layers that marries well with their dhal. What we really like here is the kari kambing, thick with tender meat within so order that on the side when you’re enjoying your roti. Best!
L3-56 & 57, Level 3, gateway@klia2
Open 24 hours daily

11.Nooodles (Good Value)

Whilst they have other outlets in KLIA/KLIA2, this is their best tasting one. Situated near Passport Check, this is a good place to grab a quick bowl of noodles before hitting immigration. Order up the Penang Curry Noodles with springy yellow egg noodles served in a rich coconut curry-infused broth. Also good are the Beef Soup Noodles and Prawn Mee. Portions are generous and prices are also reasonable.
L5 42, Departure Level (Level 5), Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

Awesome Options for the Health-Conscious Traveller

12. The Green Market

We love the The Green Market’s combo of Japanese and Korean cuisines (JAKO for short). Their bentos are highly popular, especially the Salmon Teriyaki, cooked well in a soy teriyaki glaze. If you love Korean food, opt for the bibimbap, which is also excellent here. The Green Market also does made to order fresh juices for a pick-me-up after a long flight. One of the better-looking establishments in klia2.
Lot S2-3-L38, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 5.00am to 12.00midnight daily

13.BMS Organics

This is a good choice of for health-conscious and vegetarian travellers. What’s good here is the Nyonya Laksa in a flavourful soy milk broth and their quinoa salads- light and refreshing. They also offer brown rice nasi lemak, an organic and healthier take on our local cuisine. It is a little pricey but you do get quality for it. It’s also at a quieter part of the terminal where you can yourself organised before heading off.
L2M-19, Level 2M, gateway@klia2
Open 24 hours daily

Grab a Good Meal Before You Board


Craving for something local before your trip overseas? This is your last stop. Grandmama’s have an impressive menu featuring Malaysian favourites like Nasi Lemak and Char Kway Teow. The Nasi Lemak with Chicken Curry has coconut hints, served with a side of tangy sambal and acar. Chicken Curry is light yet wonderfully spiced with aromatics. The satay is also decent here.
SS M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 10am -10pm daily

15. Warung

Warung has a wide selection of local and western dishes in their menu. The Beef Noodle Soup is a definite must-try. Egg noodles in a meaty wholesome broth topped with tender slices of beef. It is part of the Warung Express Meal option, where you select from the dishes available and they promise to serve it to you within 10 minutes. An ideal option especially when you have limited time. Classy hipster’ish outlet décor. We like.
Lot S6-2-A15, Level 2, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 5am - midnight daily

16. Taste of India

Need to catch a morning flight? Grab a quick breakfast here. Their thosai is a mix of savoury and sour notes, served with mildly spiced red chilli coconut chutney. Thick and chunky dhal compliments the thosai well. If especially hungry try their tasty chicken curry briyani, it’s fragrant and filling. Note: Thosai only available in the mornings.
Lot S6-3-A21(c), Food Court, Level 3, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily but Thosai and Roti Canai are only available between 7am-10am

17.Hot Wok

The Char Kway Teow here has lovely ‘wok hei’ flavour. Stir-fried on-site, perfectly charred for an authentic hawker style Char Kway Teow. Noodles are seasoned well, made even heftier with prawns, fish cakes and egg. Other stir-fries here like Nasi Goreng are also good. Fast and convenient for a good meal before heading to your gate.
S6-3-A21(e), Food Court, Level 3, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

Transit Hang Outs

18. Sama-Sama Express, KLIA & klia2

Sama-Sama Express, KLIA

One of the best kept secrets of KLIA is this relaxing lounge that offers a hot meal and bracing shower for only RM45. We love their lamb rack, cooked on the bone till tender. Seasoned perfectly with hints of rosemary, it comes with soft and creamy mash potato and plenty of gravy. Other than shower facilities Sama Sama also has comfortable rooms, plenty of plug points and massage chairs, an ideal place for travellers looking to freshen up and enjoy a warm meal during a long transit.
Next to Gate C5, International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

Sama Sama Express, klia2

More brightly lit than their KLIA counterpart, this is also a comfortable lounge to work in and recharge during a long transit. If you’re peckish we recommend the satay pizza, made fresh with chunks of satay meat on top over a peanut sauce base. Satay? Yes… we had the same thought as well until we tried it. It made the list, didn’t it?
Level 3, International Departure, Satellite Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

19.Flight Club & Flight Club Grab 'n' Go

Flight Club

This is another great lounge to relax in between flights with comfortable chairs to work from and plenty of plug points. They have a buffet on offer and an ala carte menu that includes rotisserie chicken- slow roasted to allow the meat to stay moist and succulent. It comes with gravy and a salad. For dessert, the fragrant Cempedak ice cream will be the perfect end to your meal.
SN M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

Flight Club Grab ‘n’ Go

Situated on the same level as the lounge, this is a good pit stop for grab and go meals. Our favourite here is the Kam Heong Cumi Cumi and Rice. Breaded squid in Kam Heong sauce - sharp peppery flavours combined with sweet soy make this a winning dish. So delicious we came back a second time to eat it again. Served in a cute Chinese take-away box.
CH M03, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

Last stop for Foodie Gifts

20.TWG Tea Boutique

Fancy something sweet? Try the tea infused macarons at TWG Tea. Available in an assortment of flavours, our picks include Napoleon Tea & Caramel, Camelot Tea & Praline and Vanilla Bourbon Tea & Kaya for a more local twist. The shells are crisp and crumbly with generous fillings sandwiched in between. Grab a box for a last minute gift. The teas here are packed gift-worthy too.
CPD 12, Contact Pier Domestic, KLIA
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday, 6am - 12am

21.The Dough

The egg sandwich at The Dough has a homemade quality. Mashed boiled eggs are well seasoned in a rich creamy mayo and served in two pieces of soft white bread. Assorted buns and local tidbits are also available if you want a quick snack before boarding your flight. There is a large selection of Malaysian snacks for ‘buah tangan’ purposes too.
Lot S1-1A-A17, Level 1A (Gate J), Domestic Departure/Arrival, klia2
Open 24 hours daily

Meals before leaving the airport

22.Uncle ‘K’

Situated just outside KLIA2 pick up point ,this is a good place to grab something to eat while waiting for your ride. Mee goreng mamak here has an authentic feel and the nasi goreng kambing is generous with pieces of mutton. We seriously love this nasi goreng. Portions are big enough to share. Uncle K also serves up fancy local coffee with a specialty in Kemaman coffee (hence the ‘K’).
L2-54 & 55, Level 2, gateway@klia2
Open 24 hours daily

23.Korean Stall at Quizinn by RASA Food Court (Good Value)

The beef bibimbap here has an authentic feel. It’s topped with a fried egg, the yolk kept soft and wobbly. Break it, let the yolk mingle with the vegetables and meat to create an explosion of flavours. The taste is spot on, sweet, spicy and well balanced. For a tangy hint, eat it with the Kimchi Jigge. This is the perfect place for fans of Korean cuisine. Value for money as well.
Korean – 6,7 & 8, Quizinn, Level 2M, gateway@klia2
Open 24 hours daily

24.Hui Lau Shan

Need something refreshing before going out into the afternoon heat? Unleash your sweet tooth! Stay refreshed with the Mango Feast, or as well like call it mango 3-ways- creamy cheesecake blocks with mango bits, a scoop of mango ice cream and a cooling mango slushie topped with mango chunks and glutinous balls. Try too their refreshing juices like a tall glass of pandan jelly in a watermelon cooler.
Lot S2-3-L03, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Opening Hours: 5.30am to 11pm daily

25.Deli 'N' Meals (Good Value)

Deli 'N' Meals offer affordable meals for the budget conscious passenger & airport visitors. They have several mamak lauk options on offer but we love their ayam madu. Eat it with their delicious curry and a side of vegetables. This is a budget-friendly lunch option that is cheap yet yummy. You can get a meal with a drink for about RM10.
L1 03, Level 1, Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily


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