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Malaya Kitchen - Charlotte

southernitalian Jun 14, 2011 11:38 AM

I was really excited when I heard about this place opening in the Arboretum. Not another chain! It's the sister restaurant to Cuisine Malaya in Elizabeth.

We finally had a chance to go for a quick lunch on Sunday. We enjoyed everything we got but thought some of the prices were odd ($4.75 for cucumber salad bought us a very small bowl of sliced cucumber in a delicious dressing but c'mon, $4.75?). On the other hand, the Tom Yum soup for around $2.50 was a decent sized bowl and great soup.

It's been a long time since I've been to Cuisine Malaya so I don't know how the two compare but both seem to have a huge variety of dishes from other countries (pad thai, pho, sushi at Cuisine Malaya) which I understand is typical of Malasian restaurants since the country has always been at a cross road. But in my experience, restaurants trying to be all things to all, especially in a part of the shopping center that has two other Asian restaurants, is a risk.

I noticed two of the servers were from Sushi 101 (Providence Commons). Not sure if they were the owners or managers. Very nice people, great service.

What's the story fellow Chowhounders? Who has been and what did you order?

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Cuisine Malaya
1411 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204

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    bbqme Jun 15, 2011 07:35 AM

    I would try the laksa. If it's as good as it is at Cuisine Malaya then you can't go wrong.

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    Cuisine Malaya
    1411 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204

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      billyjack Jun 17, 2011 04:42 PM

      Is it related to Cuisine Malaya? I saw the ad in Creative Loafing a while back and I just thought it was a completely different restaurant. I go to Cuisine Malaya on a near-weekly basis, mostly for the Malaysian dishes. I do occasionally get sushi, which go figure is better than 90% of the sushi places in town IMO.

      Anyway I concur with bbqme, laksa is my favorite so I'll try to check out the new place and see how it compares.

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      Cuisine Malaya
      1411 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204

      1. lynnlato Jun 20, 2011 02:39 PM

        Wow, thanks for posting this. This is a welcomed addition to this neck of the woods where the pickin's are slim.

        I love the beef rendang, red curry and sushi at Cuisine Malaya. Hopefully, they will be just as good at Malaya Kitchen.

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        Cuisine Malaya
        1411 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204

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          Jibe Jun 27, 2011 09:37 AM

          On my last visit to Cuisine Malaya, the waitress recommended the Tasty Spicy Beef. It was great - Lightly breaded & fried beef strips in a chili sauce. Great flavor. I'll definitely have it again. Mee Goreng is good. I've enjoyed the Beef Rendang, also the Roti Canai appetizer, though they need to give more pancake to go with teh sauce.

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          Cuisine Malaya
          1411 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204

          1. southernitalian Jun 29, 2011 12:16 PM

            We went back for lunch yesterday and loved it. We split and order of summer rolls which were fresh and delicious. I also ordered tom yum soup but it wasn't the regular appetizer size and I can't recall the entire name. It had lots of cellophane noodles and vegetables. Really an excellent bowl of soup. I could barely eat half of it and took the rest home.

            The service continues to be great. Helen Schwab gave the restaurant 3 stars last week and mentioned that sushi was coming soon. The sushi place next door must be bummed.

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