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Nov 29, 2013 06:42 PM

Malay food in London

Frequent visitor to London and all its food wonders... one cuisine I have never been been able to find is a good Malay place.

Does anyone here know of any good ones?

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  1. I think you'll get some good answers for this one. Sedap is one name that often appears, but there are others.

    1. I'd second the Sedap rec, I Also like Bonda and Pak Awie, though had a few service issues with Pak Awie of late.
      The Malaysian Hall Canteen but you need to be Malaysian or with a Malaysian to eat there.
      Limster who's a regular poster also posted on Tukidin. I've not been but it looks good.

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      1. re: Paprikaboy

        Is that a new thing, i.e., requirement of being Malaysian? I ate at the Malaysia Hall Canteen a few years back and had no trouble?

        1. re: brokentelephone

          It's funded by the Malaysian government and I think the Malaysian requirement was always there but they didn't bother in the past. When I went a few months ago I had to point out my Malaysian friend before they would serve me.

            1. re: brokentelephone

              Would it matter if it were a private club of some sort?

              1. re: zuriga1

                Private clubs are under the Equality Act 2010, meaning they cannot discriminate on certain 'protected' grounds, including race so this would certainly not be deemed acceptable in that scenario.

                Having just read the EHRC guidance on the EA 2010 I'm 100% sure this Malay-only policy is illegal, though am wondering if b/c of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations that the embassy is de-facto off-limits to UK authorities? If so, does this place even get checked out by the Food Standards Agency?

                I never thought a legal conundrum would be instigated by my increasingly unignorable craving for Malaysian food.

      2. The go-to place for the Malaysian ambassador and the Malay folks from the Malaysian High Commission in London these days is Melur (the same location used to be called "Mawar" for the longest time).

        Melur Malaysian Restaurant
        175A Edgware Road
        London W2 1ET
        Tel: +44 20 7706 8083

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        1. re: klyeoh

          I went to Melur about 5 years ago and wasn't all that inpressesd. Decided to try for lunch today following this post.
          Had the Nasi Kampur which consisted of fish and chicken curry, rice and pickles.
          The fish curry came with aubergine and was really good (could have done with more as the portion of fish was tiny). The chicken was not what I expected. Perefectly cooked chicken thigh that had been cooked like fried chicken with a batter coating. There was a really pokey but well judged sambal on the side. Never had Malaysian pickles before, they were quite sweet and reminiscent of Japanese pickles.
          More expensive than Bonda for the Nasi Campur but a notch up quality wise.
          They have Char Kway Teow on the lunch specials so will go back and compare with the version at Sedap.