MTR 1924: Authentic South Indian Food in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Written by Katherine

November 15, 2023
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

During our Kuala Lumpur city tour on our last trip, our guide shared with us about Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur’s Little India. So, for this trip, hubs and I decided to check it out ourselves. While there, we also visited a South India restaurant called MTR 1924 to try its food. If you want to know what is good at this restaurant, continue reading as I share more~! (´• ω •`)ノ


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Why We Choose MTR 1924

Since hubs and I were exploring Little India, we wanted to at least visit an Indian restaurant as well. And that was when we read about MTR 1924 and its history. The brand has been around since 1924 and is known for its South Indian food. As Singaporeans, we are no strangers to Indian food. That being said, there are only a few dishes that we have tried in Singapore. So when this restaurant came up on Google with its over 2,000 reviews, we decided we had to check it out for ourselves to see what it has to offer.

A Restaurant Popular with Locals

We got to MTR 1924 around 1.45 PM. Considering that it was after lunch hour, there was still quite a reasonable number of people dining in there. It is also obvious that most of them are locals, while we stood out like a sore thumb in there. Haha! (*/ω\)

A view of Brickfields and the exterior of MTR 1924 Malaysia

Anyway, we were able to get a table easily, and we were really glad that there was air-conditioning in the restaurant! Hubs and I were exploring around the area, and we were NOT looking forward to more walking under the heat. Coming into MTR 1924 was a relief as we got to cool ourselves down before enjoying our lunch. (´• ω •`)

What We Ordered at MTR 1924

It was our first time dining in a South Indian Vegetarian restaurant, so we were unfamiliar with the menu items. We did read about what people say is good here, so we decided to order those instead. We ordered two of the restaurant’s specialities: Masala Dosa and Filter Coffee. Besides that, we also got the Uddi Vada and Mango Lassi. Both are also marked with a chef’s hat on the side of the menu, so we assume those are must-order as well. ( ´ ꒳ ` )

Mango Lassi and Filtered Coffee

The Mango Lassi is so good, as expected of an Indian restaurant. In case you don’t know what it tastes like, it is like a mango yoghurt drink. I love the sourness of the yoghurt and the tinge of sweetness coming from the mango. I can’t stop drinking it, and I think it also helps to make my appetite better. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The filter coffee and mango lassi we had at MTR 1924 Malaysia

The Filter Coffee is made by mixing frothed milk and coffee in a traditional Indian filter. Its taste is quite similar to our kopi-c in Singapore, where evaporated milk is used in the coffee. The coffee is quite fragrant and is slightly bitter. I prefer kopi, so I don’t have much love for this coffee. I immediately went back to my mango lassi after taking a sip of the coffee. Haha! (*/ω\)

Trying the Signature Masala Dosa

The Masala Dossa consists of a crepe stuffed with spiced potatoes. It is not mentioned in the menu description, but I think we tasted onions in the fillings. I would say the filling is slightly similar to what you would find in a curry puff. But instead of a baked pastry shell, it is made of a crispy layer of crepe instead.

The masala dosa, a signature dish at MTR 1924 Malaysia

The dish is served with green chutney and lentil sambar. Hubs and I are totally not familiar with these sauces, but the lentil sambar did taste like curry to us. There is also a small container of ghee, which I assumed we had to pour onto the dosa because that is exactly what we did. Haha! I don’t think it makes much difference, but the masala dosa was absolutely tasty. (*´▽`*)

Simple and Delicious Uddi Vada

Hubs and I only ever have vada from pasar malam, and we usually go for the one with prawns on it. So, we were curious how it would taste like as a plain vada. And I was mindblown! It was absolutely AMAZING!

The uddi vada at MTR 1924 Malaysia

The vada here is much more fluffier and softer, unlike the ones we have tried in Singapore. Once I took a bite of it, I couldn’t stop eating it. Haha! Maybe because the vada was freshly made, it was exceptionally delicious. If I had access to this, I would definitely come back for it EVERY DAY. You MUST order this when you come to MTR 1924!

Overall Experience at MTR 1924

I was not expecting much when we decided to visit MTR 1924. So, I didn’t expect to leave the restaurant with something that I would love. Sometimes, you really have to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. You might end up finding something that you can’t help wanting more, like me!

The interior and some of the utensils on our table at MTR 1924 Malaysia

I highly recommend the Uddi Vada and Mango Lassi when you visit MTR 1924. The vada might not be filling enough for you, so if you add on the Masala Dosa, I am sure you will be so full you can’t walk. Haha! At least, that was how we felt. (>ω^)

Information about MTR 1924


⏰ Opening Hours: 8 AM – 10.30 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +60 3-2276 4924
📒 Menu

You can find out more about MTR 1924 here: 
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Bonus: Other Food Stalls for Consideration in Brickfields

Besides MTR 1924, hubs and I wanted to check out two more food stalls in Brickfields. But we were just so full that we couldn’t eat anymore. (´-ω-`) If you are exploring Brickfields, you might also want to consider these two stalls for some light snacks or dessert: Brickfields Pisang Goreng and Ah Keong’s ABC & Ice Cendol Stall.

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