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Top 5 Eats KLIA 2017

by Farah D. Photography FriedChillies on Mon, November 13, 2017

Catching a flight or coming home after a long trip can be a rather a cumbersome experience. The whole process can leave you weary and tired, so we want to ease that burden providing you with the best food choices so at least you can keep your tummy happy.

Dine at these great places at KLIA

These are the tasty delights that we discovered as we devoured our way through KLIA. From sushi to a shower-meal combo, we've listed our recommended picks so there's one less thing to worry about when you find yourself in the airport, hungry and looking for a meal to soothe all that travel stress.

LAND-SIDE (That means before the immigration counters)

The Coffee Club


The Coffee Club's strategic location on the Departure level of KLIA makes this a convenient pit stop for a quick cup of coffee or a fuss-free meal. Grab a cuppa and enjoy one of their popular breakfast items before dropping off your luggage or checking in. Their Eggs Benedict is a stellar choice, served with a creamy hollandaise sauce, it's a delicious way to start your day.


If you prefer something more substantial, try their Beef Burger. This is our pick for a good burger at the airport. A moist and juicy beef patty is topped with lettuce, tomato, cheese and streaky beef bacon then nestled between two soft buns to create a mouth-watering dish that will keep you full until it's time for your in-flight meal.


Coffees are their specialty so if you're looking for a caffeine fix, you won't go wrong with the many signature blends on offer. Our picks include the Cappuccino, robust and rich with the perfect ratio of milk to coffee and the Mellocino, a double shot latte with fluffy marshmallows on top. For travellers fancying a stronger brew, we recommend the Long Black, the espresso shot within will help you perk up for that pre-dawn flight. Not a coffee fan? Try the chai latte or green tea frappe.

We like: Mellocino, Cappuccino, Eggs Benedict & Beef Burger
L5 40, Departure Level (Level 5), Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

AIR-SIDE (After the Immigration counters)

Flight Club

Looking for a place to chillax before boarding? Flight Club is the ideal location for business travelers in search of a place to unwind before they continue the next leg of their journey. The lounge is decked with comfy armchairs, plenty of plug points and high-speed WIFI so you can catch up on work or e-mails easily in-between flights.


Flight Club prides themselves on offering healthy dishes made from the freshest ingredients. One of their signature dishes is the Rotisserie Chicken, marinated in a blend of fresh herbs and local spices, roasted for hours till moist and juicy, it's an appetizing meal that will leave you satiated.


1824 Beef Cheek is another awesome dish on the menu. Braised in beef jus, the cheeks are fork-tender and lush. Have it with the miso gravy for a dish brimming with umami. Salads are also excellent here. For a light meal, try the Hydroponic Baby Cos "Caesar's Style", a delicious combo of Parmagiano Reggiano, beef bacon, blackened chicken breast, anchovies and baby cos leaves in a smoked garlic dressing.


The dessert of our choice at Flight Club is the Beetroot Ice Cream with Cheese Cake. It's an uncommon flavour but we simply adore it. The earthiness of beetroot balances well with the rich creaminess of the Harujuku cheesecake and the tart strawberry drizzle. Everything is in perfect harmony with each other. They do change their dessert menu from time to time so it’s worth checking back here whenever you are catching a flight.

We like: Rotisserie Chicken, 1824 Beef Cheek, Hydroponic Baby Cos Salad & Beetroot Ice Cream
SN M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 24 hours daily

Grandmama's


With a dining section overlooking the tarmac, you'll get a chance to see planes taxing off as you tuck into your meal at Grandmama's. Their extensive menu offers a selection of local dishes that will satisfy both local and foreign travellers.


There are so many noodle options to choose from here, but the Dried Fried Sang Har Egg Noodles is a favoured choice among their patrons. The prawn roe and egg broth has a subtle briny taste that pairs well with the crispy egg noodles. The star of the dish is of course, the freshwater prawns, succulent morsels that add an intense seafood flavour to the dish.


Another popular item is the Nasi Ayam Istimewa. Big eaters will absolutely love this dish as portions are generous and this will keep those hunger pangs away for quite a while. It's like a tasting platter featuring the best of Malaysian cuisine. Tri-coloured rice topped with fried egg is served with tangy assam prawns, golden fried chicken and pulled beef rendang. If you’re not sure what to have here, this is a definite must-try.


For an icy cool ending, order the Ais Batu Campur, chockful of goodies like red beans, sweet corn, jellies, peanuts and attap chee (palm seed), this is a refreshing dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

We like: Dried Fried Sang Har Egg Noodles, Nasi Ayam Istimewa & Ais Batu Campur
SS M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 10am -10pm daily

Sama-Sama Express


A calm oasis in the hustle and bustle of the International Departure in KLIA, Sama-Sama Express is the place to go to when you need somewhere to relax during a long transit. Book a comfortable room without having to clear through immigration and take that quick nap to fight off that jetlag. If you only have a couple of hours to spare, try the shower and meal combo for RM45.


A winning dish here is the Lamb Rack. Served alongside fries and black pepper gravy, the lamb rack is cooked on the bone till tender. Even more enticing when you find out that you can get if for just RM30.


Not really a meat and potatoes type of person? Try the Creamy Pasta instead. You'll get a plate of penne cooked in a carbonara sauce and topped with assorted vegetables. It's surprisingly light and won't weigh you down but it will sustain you until you reach your next destination.

We like: Lamb Rack & Creamy Pasta
Mezzanine Level, Satellite A Building, KLIA (near Gate C5)
Open 24 hours daily

Fukuya


Sushi aficionados will enjoy the selection offered at Fukuya. All the fish used are flown in from Japan twice weekly so you know you're getting your money's worth at this establishment. For a full-on sashimi binge, order the Sashimi Moriawase, 15 pieces of sashimi that includes hokkigai, shime saba, salmon, tuna, white tuna, prawns and scallops. Expertly sliced and prepared by Chef Ronnie who has 30 years of experience under his belt, this is a dream-worthy platter that will fulfil all your sashimi cravings.


Raw fish not really your thing? Opt for the Fukuya Special Maki, a roll filled with fried ebi, soft shell crab and cucumber. This is like a tiny meal in your hands and its explosion of seafood goodness will garner approval from your fellow diners.


The Bento Set is a great choice if you want a complete meal. It changes every week, as the chef will select a variation of Japanese delicacies to be featured in the box. Each set comes with a salad, fruits, rice and miso soup.

Keep the meat lover in your travel group happy with the Gyuniku Teppanyaki. This set consists of tasty tender slices of beef cooked in a teriyaki sauce served alongside mix vegetables, rice, pickles and miso soup.

We like: Sashimi Moriawase, Fukuya Special Maki, Bento Set & Gyuniku Teppanyaki
Sat MZ24, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 10am -10pm daily

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