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May 13, 2013 09:16 PM

Aux Epices, New Malaysian in C'town: anyone try it yet?

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  1. I have to aadmit that I am suspicious, it seems very much like fusion place. But I welcome hearing other opinions!

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    1. re: swannee

      There's nothing wrong with "fusion" if it tastes good.

      I mean, what we know as "Malaysian Cuisine" is a fusion cuisine to begin with. One of the fusioniest, really.

        1. re: sgordon

          Good point. And I didn't say I don't like fusion, just that a menu like this one--with a bit of this and bit of that--makes me leery.

          1. re: sgordon

            Hahaah!!! l've totally been blind to that this whole time.

            1. re: sgordon

              Right. But it's full of flavor. Fusion of Malaysian food with what some Malaysians call (or used to call) "Makanan Orang Putih" ("White People's Food") usually ends up being tawar (=tasteless).

          2. I had Seafood Laksa for lunch about 2 weeks ago and I was under whelmed. The broth ( coconut curry ) lacked any real complexity and despite asking for Spicy it was on the mild side. the seafood part was skimpy , a couple of shrimp and a few pieces of Squid .I am not planning to return.

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            1. re: hoi lai

              Ah, well. Thanks for the report!

            2. I have eaten there twice for dinner and I actually really like the place! I like it better than New Malaysia in the Bowery/Elizabeth tunnel which is my other go-to Malaysian in Chinatown. I feel like the dishes at Aux Epices have a bit more personal touch to them, it feels like they are cooked with a bit more care.

              I had the seafood laksa both times and really liked it; I thought the broth had an almost buttery bouillabaise-like flavor.

              I've also tried the satay, grilled chicken, and beef rendang. I really liked the grilled chicken; it was very tender and tastes much more interesting than it sounds (it's on the menu with a Malaysian name).

              The owner is also an interesting character.
              It is definitely worth a try.

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              1. re: pravit

                The plot thickens! l'll definitely give it a try.

                1. re: howdini

                  menu - definitely fusion-y, but im glad they kept the menu small:

                  dave cook got to it already:

                  1. re: Lau

                    The Seafood Laksa that Dave talks about sounds like a very different dish than what I had. He had it for Dinner which might explain the difference in the Seafood included in the Laksa ( it cost more at dinner ) but the woman who is the Chef and is from Malaysia was cooking when I was there and the soup was BLAH.

                    1. re: hoi lai

                      yah ill give it a whirl. i have never really had good laksa in the US, so id be curious to see how it is. although i know dave cook has traveled over there quite a bit, so i want to check it out

                      1. re: Lau

                        I agree about the quality of the Laksa here especially Asam Laksa which is a travesty in comparison with what you get in Penang.

                        1. re: hoi lai

                          ahh you're talking penang, so you talking about asam laksa or curry laksa?

                          i dont really like asam laksa, i love curry laksa

                          1. re: Lau

                            I am talking about Curry Laksa as regards Aux Epices . I happen to also like Asam Laksa and was lamenting the poor quality that I have encountered here . Curry Laksa in NYC is a sad affair but better than what is passed off as Asam Laksa.

                            1. re: hoi lai

                              ahh ok...i actually need to make it to penang, ive never been there so its possible ive just never had the real deal asam laksa, but even when i had it in singapore / malaysia i was never in love with it

                  2. re: howdini

                    I walked by couple times and read the review on Yelp prior to my visit. I got the seafood laska and the mussels.I already knew it would not be very authentic, judging by the udon dishes on the menu.

                    It was good but not good enough to drag me to Chinatown again just for it. I never been to Malaysia but I been to Singapore so I can only compare to the curry laska I have tried there. For curry laska, I prefer another Malay restaurant - Sanur, which is slightly more authentic.

                    I may stop by another time when I am in the hood - at least, the decor and vibe was way better than many other Chinatown eateries.

                2. ohhh so this is what this place was, i saw the name and was confused by it when i saw it

                  1. This ;is a good place, I think from a single try. we had very good lamb rendang (homestyle flavor and generous serving) together with small plates, duck rolls and rojak. The rojak was quite good, not as sweet as it often is, smoky. Its a family place, friendly, gregarious french man, malaysian wife and kids, pleasant ambiance and music a few bucks more expensive than chinatown dives, and worth a visit, I think. Other patrons all looked Malaysian or similar when we were there.