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Malaysia Grill in UWS

escargot3 Dec 29, 2012 09:03 PM

passed by this place today and wondered if anyone has tried it

  1. jen kalb Jan 2, 2013 10:04 AM

    I hope we will see a report back on this!!

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      Pan Jan 2, 2013 05:51 AM

      Yes. I used to go there when I was living on the Upper West Side from 2010-2011. Unless things have changed since then, the owner, who is on site when the restaurant operates, is from Singapore, and they will make the Malaysian items on the menu right for you if you ask. We told him we used to live in Malaysia and wanted everything spicy, the belacan dishes with lots of belacan, and everything to taste really Malaysian, so he ducked his head into the kitchen and told them what to do, and they did it. At every subsequent visit, we got a friendly reception from the owner and consistently real Malaysian food (not as spicy as you'd be likely to get in Malaysia, but certainly with real Malaysian taste). Their list of actual Malaysian items is not very long, but we thought it was one of the better Malaysian restaurants in Manhattan (for example, my brother thought it was better than Skyway).

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        swannee Jan 2, 2013 09:05 AM

        I had avoided it because of disappointments at places like the UWS Penang. But on your recommendation, I will try it and beg them to use belacan and spices authentically.

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          Pan Jan 2, 2013 09:28 AM

          I avoided it for quite a while, thinking it couldn't be good, but it was. I hope it still is.

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          escargot3 Jan 2, 2013 10:10 AM

          ah too bad we missed this opportunity. I happened to walk past it one day, and tho the location had a nice feel of a family run resto, and was filled with people, I saw no Asians among 'em, and also saw the menu was very long and mostly not Malaysian, so I decided to skip it. Lesson learned...

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            Pan Jan 2, 2013 10:27 AM

            I doubt there's a lesson there. This place is simply an exception, and probably not except for people who say they want the real stuff. I should say there's no way I could guarantee anyone who asks for the real stuff will get it. After all, we did use to live in Malaysia, so we might have been considered more credible.

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          Lacrosse_Gastronomic Dec 30, 2012 01:40 AM

          I haven't tried it but here's a blurb from New York Magazine.
          http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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            AubWah Dec 29, 2012 11:06 PM

            Have not tried but I must warn you, "UWS" and "Malaysia" do not go together.

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