4 Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur & Penang Awarded One MICHELIN Star

The MICHELIN Guide Kuala Lumpur and Penang revealed 4 MICHELIN Star restaurants, 32 Bib Gourmands, 61 MICHELIN Selected and 3 Special Awards.
MICHELIN Star Malaysia

L-R: Darren Chin from D.C | Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery (Penang) | Dewakan (Kuala Lumpur) | Au Jardin (Penang)

Dine and Shine! The MICHELIN Guide is delighted to present its first selection of the MICHELIN Guide Kuala Lumpur and Penang covering a total of 97 restaurants in Malaysia. Amongst the 97 restaurants listed, 4 restaurants included DC. by Darren Chin and Dewakan in Kuala Lumpur; Au Jardin and Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery in Penang are recognised with one MICHELIN Star for their high-quality cooking. In addition, a total of 32 establishments have received a Bib Gourmand for offering good foods at reasonable prices.

The coveted MICHELIN Guide recognizes the best culinary talent and the latest culinary experiences these destinations have to offer, based on the company’s independent inspection and selection criteria. Hence, 3 worthy recipients were awarded the MICHELIN Special Awards for their excellent service, extensive wine knowledge, and talented chef.

During the Star Revelation ceremony held on 13th December at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, the International Director of the MICHELIN Guide, Gwendal Poullennec, mentioned that this is just the beginning of Malaysia’s gastronomic journey and the inspection team is looking forward to discovering a lot more local and national cuisine. It is worth mentioning that the result was drawn by a group of anonymous gourmet critics which involved both men and women with credible gourmet backgrounds.

The list covered over 20 types of diverse cuisine such as Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Indian, Vietnamese, Thai and more. “Our first selection in Malaysia highlights the diversity of cuisine on offer in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, reflecting the uniqueness of the country’s multi-ethnic culture in gastronomy,” said Gwendal.

MICHELIN Star Malaysia 2023 At A Glance


  • DC. by Darren Chin (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Dewakan (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Au Jardin (Penang)
  • Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery (Penang)

Bib Gourmand (Kuala Lumpur)

MICHELIN Star Malaysia

  • Ah Hei Bak Kut Teh
  • Aliyaa
  • Anak Baba
  • Congkak (Bukit Bintang)
  • Dancing Fish
  • De. Wan 1958
  • Hai Kah Lang Seafood
  • Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice (Pudu)
  • Hing Kee Bakuteh (Jalan Kepong)
  • Lai Fong Lala Noodles
  • Nam Heong Chicken Rice
  • Nasi Ayam Hainan Chee Meng (Jalan Kelang Lama)
  • Restoran Pik Wah
  • Sao Nam
  • Wong Mei Kee

Bib Gourmand (Penang)

MICHELIN Star Malaysia

  • Bridge Street Prawn Noodle
  • Communal Table by Gēn
  • Duck Blood Curry Mee
  • Green House Prawn Mee & Loh Mee
  • Ivy’s Nyonya Cuisine
  • Ming Qing Charcoal Duck Egg Char Koay Teow
  • Moh Teng Pheow Nyonya Koay
  • Neighbourwood
  • Penang Road Famous Laksa
  • Rasa Rasa
  • Sardaarji
  • Taman Bukit Curry Mee
  • Teksen
  • Thara
  • Theeni Pandarams
  • Tho Yuen
  • Wan Dao Tou Assam Laksa

MICHELIN Selected (Kuala Lumpur & Penang)

Special Awards

  • Leanne Lim, Dewakan (MICHELIN Service Award)
  • Mahamad Hafiz Bin Abdullah, DC. by Darren Chin (MICHELIN Sommelier Award)
  • Lim Yan You, Au Jardin (MICHELIN Young Chef Award)

The full selection of the MICHELIN Guide Kuala Lumpur and Penang 2023 is available on the MICHELIN Guide website and app. The restaurants will join the MICHELIN Guide selection of hotels, which features the most unique and exciting places to stay in Malaysia and throughout the world.

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