Imagine having your meal while beautiful birds fly around you? And you don't even have to go out of KL to the nearest rainforest to enjoy this. Hornbill Restaurant in the heart of KL's Bird Park offers you a filling meal and casual birdwatching...
Birdwatching while grabbing some grub...
920, Jalan Cenderawasih,
Taman Tasik Perdana 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2693 8086
9:00am to 10:00pm (daily)
Great outdoor dining with wildlife experience.
Don't come just for the food.
We have a world class bird park slap bang in the middle of KL. If you don't already know this, The KL Bird Park boasts the biggest Free Flight Walk In Aviary in the World. Wow. Yes! I looked it up. 800 birds of 60 local and foreign species flying around in 20.9 acres. And the best part is that they built a restaurant inside the walk in aviary so that you can eat and enjoy the scenery as well. Situated on a higher ground and with a verandah big enough to hold a couple of tables outside, it is a unique experience indeed. But how's the food then?
The menu is quite extensive with sections that include pasta, egg, international favourites and Asian Delights. The Asian selections are quite interesting with Nasi Lemak, Char Koay Teow, Cantonese Noodles and Chicken Curry on offer. Cantonese Koay Teow is not one of the best I've had but is a good representation for people trying this for the first time. Portions are generous with ample toppings of prawns, squid, slices of chicken and fresh vegetables.
The Malaysian Chicken Curry with Yogurt is very nice but judging from the thin layer of oil on top of the bowl, quite oily. It has a nice Nyonya-like taste instead of the spicy heavy Indian version so it's a bit more sourish with a hint of lemongrass (if I am not mistaken). Comes with white rice. But this curry is also the kind that goes well with roti canai (pity they don't serve this).
For international dishes, the usual suspects are steaks, fish & chips and lamb chops. Tried the fish & chips which are deep fried in bread crumbs. It's more like the Kopitiam-style rather than the British ones. The best thing on the dish is the coleslaw. Soups are all right. For drinks, I'd recommend the longan and also the sour plum. To be fair, we stayed away from the signature dishes such as CKT, Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng and Mee Mamak. Also on their signature list is the BBQ Chicken.
Here's the low down. Skeptical about how good food in a tourist location can be? The fact that Hornbill is perfectly situated in a free flight aviary makes this place a good stop for a meal. Birds are flying above whilst at the bottom of the hill within site is a pond full of koi fishes. Really good bird watching. It is a good break from the concrete jungle. Good for kids. Prices range from RM13 onwards for main dishes. If you have tickets for the Park, lucky you. Have a try at feeding a flock of colorful lories in the World of Parrots. You'll have a blast!
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 8.00pm daily