Rasa Sayang, Malaysian Cuisine
I’m very dubious of eating in places around Leicester Square or in China Town, but when I was saw Rasa Sayang on Time Out’s list of cheap eats in Central London, I wanted to give it a try. I spent four days in Kuala Lumpur last summer and that was enough for me to know that Malaysian cuisine and I will be in a life-long relationship.
I must confess that I went to Rasa Sayang three months ago (my review backlog is worse than previously feared) so this review is not the most detailed. What I can tell you is that they a do a great Char Kway Teow (£6.90) – flat rice noodles fried up with soy, egg, fish cake (don’t ask – it’s weird processed stuff), beansprouts and with what I assumed to be pork fat – as it was deliciously meaty.
I also tucked into Nasi Goreng Istimewa (£7.50) – Malaysian-style fried rice topped with a fried egg, served with chicken satay sticks.
Now, this is important: neither of the two dishes listed above were the oily, greasy swamps that they promised to be. Both were much lighter than I expected. And they were so tasty. They gave my dining partner and I the perfect Malaysian fix in the late afternoon.
We got some Roti Canai (£3.90) – similar to pastry – to accompany our dishes. And we finished off with Kueh Dadar (£3.20) – pandan-flavour pancakes filled with palm sugar and coconut – which I adore, because they’re not too sweet. Perfect ending to the meal.
Yes, we were crammed into caféteria-style seats and yes, we were tucking into the finest quality food in the world. But the food is so wonderfully comforting. Our bill came £23.70 for two with service, we were stuffed, and very happy.
Rasa Sayang 4/5 – Malaysian comfort food at great prices.
Where: 5 Macclesfield Street London, W1D 6AY (just off Shafterbury Avenue)
When: Mon – Thurs 12pm – 11pm; Fri – Sat 12pm – 12am; Sunday 11.30am – 9.30pm