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kiasu (malaysian in london)

howler Jun 16, 2007 03:45 AM

kiasu is in queensway; a singaporean neighbour raved about it to me yesterday.

anyone been?

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  1. zuriga1 RE: howler Jun 16, 2007 05:27 AM

    For what it's worth (and probably not much), the reviews at london-eating.co.uk are very mixed. It does seem to get alot of Malaysian customers which is usually a good sign. Then again... that site had poor reviews for both Bombay Brasserie and Quilon so it's maybe not the best of websites for judging food.

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      howler RE: zuriga1 Jun 16, 2007 06:43 AM

      yeah, i don't think much of things like zagats or london-eating etc. chowhounds the best at filtering signal from noise!

      if a mumbai-ite tells you that the lunch buffet at bombay brasserie is like the lunch buffet at the taj in bombay, then you can rest assured thats what it is. thats not to say the food is outstanding - very little indian restaurant food is, by the way - but at least its exactly what you'd get at a good, competent lunch buffet in mumbai.

      with the exception of gaylord, moti mahal and quilon, there are NO restaurants in central london that have the quality of being on par with a mumbai restaurant - not
      tamarind, masala zone (yikes) etc. and i dont consider zaika, rasoi vineet bhatia, cinnamon club etc representative of indian cuisine at all.

      kiasu sounds promising - i'll tell you when i try it.

    2. howler RE: howler Jun 16, 2007 01:47 PM

      i guess i deserved it after all my righteous nonsense.

      kiasu is awful. i mean really, really awful. i haven't eaten this badly since baltimore '98.

      avoid with extreme prejudice.

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        Ian RE: howler Jun 16, 2007 03:57 PM

        Could you qualify your opinion please?

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          foodie guide RE: howler Dec 9, 2007 12:09 PM

          Yes, what do you mean? You can't just say it's awful and not tell us why?! I went a few weeks ago with a Singaporean Chinese friend who goes there regularly. Admittedly, a couple of the dishes I didn't like so much, but that was down to personal taste. But I also had a couple that I would happily return for tomorrow, including the Beef Rendang. Yes, it's a bright cafe-style interior, but you're going there for the food, not for the decor. So please reveal!

          Helen Yuet Ling Pang

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            Ian RE: foodie guide Dec 11, 2007 02:27 AM

            Since I asked for clarification, I've been to Kiasu - and I can't say I was very impressed. Essentially where there's a culinary short-cut, the kitchen appear to have taken it - muted, unauthentic flavours that are a shadow of the real thing. I also tried the rendang - undercooked (still quite tough) and very, very, very oily. Disappointing.

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              howler RE: Ian Dec 11, 2007 03:58 AM

              you didn't trust me?! (grin)

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                Ian RE: howler Dec 11, 2007 09:40 AM

                Wasn't a question of trust. Just would've been helpful if you had substantiated your comments (as I did mine). :-)

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