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Sep 27, 2010 09:02 AM

Where can I find nasi lemak? (Southwestern ON, inc. GTA)

Ever since I got back from Malaysia - and it's been a year - I've been craving nasi lemak ( like mad. I still haven't found anywhere to get it, though. Of all things to leave off menus!

I travel within Southwestern Ontario often enough that I'm not picky about where the restaurant might be in the region. Anyone know of a place?

Any roti canai recs would also be appreciated, but at that point I think I'm asking for the moon.

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  1. They have nasi lemak at Gourmet Garden (4465 Sheppard Ave East, Scarborough) - but I've never ordered it so can't speak to the quality.

    They also have Roti Prata - this isn't my heritage, but I vaguely recall that may be an alternative name for Roti Canai (or at least a version of same).

    Gourmet Garden Restaurant
    4465 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S, CA

    2 Replies
    1. re: estufarian

      Another vote for Gourmet Garden. ellecue, for reference, this place is in a food court-style setup (stalls with common seating area). Here's their website:

      Gourmet Garden Restaurant
      4465 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S, CA

      1. re: CKN

        There's two types of nasi lemak there. One banana leaf wrapped one and one "normal" one (though I would argue the banana leaf wrapped one is the normal one). However, the banana leaf wrapped one doesn't have all the fixins included in the more expensive one (like curry chicken if I remember correctly).

        I prefer the banana leaf one as I'm not a fan of their curry chicken. And the leaf imparts an authentic aroma.

    2. Okay, here's my secret roti canai joint. Hope it doesn't get too busy that it starts compromising on quality as GG did.

      Malaysian Garam Masala @ 1001 Sandhurst Circle.

      Roti canai made fresh (yes, you read that right: no frozen junk), Indian-style curry (which is different from the traditional style), and if you can't take spicy food I'd advice against trying it but the hotness is appropriate to those familiar with South East Asian food. He also makes murtabak but try the roti canai first.

      It's a hole in the wall joint similar to a "mamak coffee shop". I think that alone keeps people away from it but sooo goooooood! I also prefer his murtabak over the other Malaysian guy you see in local food festivals (who we used to order from) because it's less greasy.

      Does NOT open for lunch.