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Old China Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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11 Jalan Balai Polis, Kuala Lumpur 50000, Malaysia
+60 3-2072 5915
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had read a number of 'reviews' in various of the Guide Books ,all suggesting that the Old China Cafe was an authentic cafe/restaurant from the turn of the century(19th)....and so it proved in appearance...unique ,unusual, authentic. What was not expected was the standard of cuisine, or indeed the service. The former was 'poor' although admittedly cheap; and the latter... More 

Thank DavidR180647
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and nice atmosphere, like the fact it retains its traditional decor. Would definitely recommend the Kapitan chicken curry.

Thank caitlinmccabe2016
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding nonya food at excellent prices in a quaint old shop house by Chinatown. They have stainless steel in the kitchen. Simple. Old fashioned decor with historic pictures. Popular with back packers but it should appeal to anyone.

Thank Richard E
Suffolk, UK
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120 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a good dinner in this relaxed and atmospheric restaurant. It is popular but not all the customers by any means were tourists when we visited. We had spring rolls, Assam prawns and coconut rice, followed by a dish of fried noodles. Just right.

Thank KitSuffolk_UK
Kota Kinabalu District, Malaysia
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30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe was a great find. The old building is very interesting and the food was delicious. We had the beef rendang, sweet and sour pork and nyonya fried rice to share. The location is great as it's just off Jalan Petaling. Another point is that they have a western toilet and toilet paper....always a bonus in Asia! I would... More 

Thank Natasha H
Bristol, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit, we had a fantastic noodle and rice lunch. Really interesting building and lovely staff. Very busy and full of locals and tourists alike, well deserving of its great reputation.

Thank minikitten
Sydney, Australia
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283 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

It's a very old school charming Chinese restaurant with Malaysian touches (eg the drinks they serve). The Nyonya fried rice was very good with some spicyness but the chicken it was served with was dry and cold. Maybe a touch too much oil in the rice but certainly had "breath of the wok". The laksa is mediocre. What really stood... More 

Thank wanderlust_rambler
Salt Lake City, Utah
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We ate here twice during our time in Kuala Lumpur. We tried multiple dishes but the sweet and sour pork was my favorite! If you're brave- you can try the durian dessert (but I don't recommend it). This is a smaller venue but it transports you back in time.

Thank brittanycluff
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Nothing special out of 6 starters only spring rolls available! Lol! Tourist trap not friendly staff either. Go to the mall and have proper food!

Thank Aricklondon
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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591 reviews
384 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Decorated with plenty of collectibles and antiques. Very nice to give the old feeling of the old days. However, the food, Nyonya style, is really disappointing. Ordered Me Siam, Nasi Lemak with fired chicken, skin fried taufu, Pork Pongteh, and nasi Goreng. One word for the food - very very salty. Price wise - Paid MYR95 for the total bill.... More 

Thank Long M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Jalan Balai Polis, Kuala Lumpur 50000, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Wilayah Persekutuan  >  Kuala Lumpur
  • Phone Number: +60 3-2072 5915

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?