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Oct 8, 2010 02:04 PM

Malaysian uptown?

I posted awhile back about South Asia Malaysian Cuisine (Midland/McNicoll), but the title was mixed with a pho place nearby, so I thought I'd start a new thread.

Recommendations for Malaysian food uptown requested.

I read in other threads that Restoran Malaysia was going downhill ...

We would like a very clean restaurant where the food is not too greasy (not easy when fried foods and noodles are involved I know). We haven't tried any of these?

Restoran Malaysia
South Asia Malaysian Cuisine (Midland/McNicoll)
Gourmet Garden Malaysian and Singaporean Cuisine

Any others? (Scarborough, Markham, or Richmond Hill only).

Thanks in advance!

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

South Asia Malaysian Cuisine
3380 Midland Av, Toronto, ON M1V5B5, CA

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  1. owners of restoran malaysia opened another location at hwy 7 and leslie/woodbine. called villa malaysia. u'll find some posts on CH as it was discussed i think...

    1. South Asia Malaysian Cuisine isn't bad for their Hainanese chicken rice. I also enjoy the appetizer bak kut teh soup they provide for each guest. I've been dying for find another great place for chicken rice.

      Restauran Malaysia is great, though I agree that it's come a little down hill. But the chicken curry, chow kuay teow, teh tarik, and mee goreng are still pretty solid.

      I've never been to Gourmet Garden yet, so I would love to know people's review on it.

      If you're not too picky on fanciness, I discovered a Malay/Singapore stall in the First Markham Place food court that serves SUPERB curry laksa so authentic, it makes me cry with the accompanied sambal chili. It's the stall closer to the Japanese sushi stall.

      I'm planning an eating trip to Malaysia in January, you've got me all fired up!

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

      South Asia Malaysian Cuisine
      3380 Midland Av, Toronto, ON M1V5B5, CA

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      1. re: jingloh

        You'll find some great reviews here on Garden Gourmet. They're probably the best for authentic Singapore-Malaysian food but unfortunately, no decor to speak of.

      2. I am aware that Restauran Malaysia opened up a new restaurant by the Destiny Bubble Tea on East Beaver Creek by Highway 7. I passed by it but haven't had a chance to eat there yet, I forget the name of the new restaurant.

        Destiny Bubble Tea
        633 Silver Star Blvd, Toronto, ON M1V5N1, CA

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        1. re: jingloh

          Just passed by this new Malaysian restaurant, it's called Villa Malaysia. Looked pretty empty on inspection, so I decided to go to Destiny instead.

          1. re: jingloh

            Hi jingloh - we'll look for this place in the food court the next time around.

            We decided to try South Asia Malaysian Cuisine for lunch today. They have lunch specials that you can order during the weekend, even though the menu says Mon-Fri only.

            We had the curry beef brisket with roti - beef was tender, but there was a lot of fat, grisle and inedible tendons. Roti was very good

            The Kuay Teow was quite good as well, very flavorful, and suprisingly, for a fried noodle dish, it was not greasy. It was quite salty though, not sure if it was an excess of salt or other ingredient such as fish sauce or other.

            The price was very reasonable (5.99 and 6.99).

            Service was not the friendliest, especially for such a relatively new place.

            We'll try it for dinner next time.

            1. re: red dragon

              Sounds like a great meal. I hope the roti was nice and fluffy, not the kind you buy from the freezer at your Chinese grocery.

              Agreed with the service, it wasn't very friendly on the other times I've been as well.

              1. re: jingloh

                The waiter said their roti is home made. It was flaky that's for sure, made a mess at our table

                I have not had the kind from the frreezer though.

                We might go back for lunch today.

                Service in my opinion only, at most asian places can be quite abrasive, I should be used to it by now!

                1. re: red dragon

                  You should be able buy something similar to roti in the freezer section at T&T Supermarkets.

        2. the king of malaysia was in town a couple weeks ago and he was eating at villa malaysia so it can't be all bad. we were eating at the keg and noticed the entourage out front.

          1. We ate for the first time at the Gourmet Garden yesterday. From a taste and authenticity perspective, it was not worth the drive from Mississauga, despite their generous portions and ingredients (benefit of operating in a lower-rent food court, though they have raised prices on several popular dishes). The Char Kway Teow was bland (it tasted like typical fried rice noodles from a typical Chinese restaurant). Singapore Laksa was, well, not very “Singapore laksa” (though it was a decent bowl of chicken curry with rice vermicelli in its own right). The Hokkien Mee was tolerable. The Seafood Hor Fun was almost good (it could have been more flavourful and the flat rice noodles should have been fried). Ice Kachang was ok, except the green thingies were stale (they were crunchy, yuck). Rojak had potential but was too sweet and lacked dried soy bean. The box of kueh was decent. Bottom line: it was just so-so.No wow factor. Their stall was part of a small food court, but their set up was messy (the inconsistent signage and colour made it appear their stall was two separate stalls; as well, they took orders, dispensed food and replenished trays all in one crowded area). On the bright side, the order takers were cheerful.

            I’ve eaten at Restoran Malaysia (nope). Not tried South Asia Malaysian Cuisine or Villa Malaysia.

            Lion City Restaurant in Mississauga still seems to offer the most authentic and tastiest Singapore-Malaysian cuisine in the GTA (and even compared to any Singapore-Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver City). certainly her Laksa, Chicken Rice, Hor Fun, Kway Teow are supetrior to Gournmet Garden's versions. And Lion City is a comfortable restaurant, flanked by two other good restaurants (Chinese and Korean). However it’s in Mississauga, prices are slightly higher and portions slightly smaller (reflecting it’s location in a higher-rent plaza), and the food can be inconsistent depending on the cook (the owner-chef Lillian Ow still does it best). We’ve been so spoiled eating at this restaurant since the late 1990s that we have not felt like we missed the food when we’ve visited Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

            Lion City Restaurant
            1177 Central Pky W, Unit 70, Mississauga, ON L5C4P3, CA