Review: C & R Café Restaurant, Chinatown

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is traditionally served wrapped in banana leaves so this leaf-effect plate is a cute idea!

After my foray into Malaysian cuisine in London at Rasa Sayang, I thought it was time to explore yet another place in Chinatown and so I found myself scurrying to C & R Café Restaurant for a spot of lunch.

This review is a bit of a tricky one to write because one dish I sampled was delicious was beyond belief and the other was… pretty dire.

So the good news first – C & R’s Nasi Lemak (£7) blew anything I’d tried at Rasa Sayang out of the water. For those of you unfamiliar with this dish, it is considered the national dish  of Malaysia. C & R’s version is fairly standard – it consists of rice cooked in coconut milk with sambal chilli, anchovies, archar (pickles veg), peanuts, a hard-boiled egg and some chicken. Please don’t wrinkle your nose at this seemingly bizarre combination of foodstuffs – I guarantee that the flavours work. Actually they go beyond that; together they make seemingly ordinary food like rice, peanuts and egg come alive. Of course, the coconut milk and sambal are important – they’re mild but provide a very rich flavour. And that archar – I could have eaten platefuls of it.

YUM

YUM

This made it exceptionally tragic when our other dish turned out to be a bowl of tasteless slop. We decided to be a bit adventurous and ordered a prawn and squid noodle soup topped with peanut sauce. I can’t seem to spy the dish on the menu so I can’t tell you what it’s called. Just trust me when I say – avoid at all costs.

Blandness to the extreme

Blandness to the extreme

What you need to focus on is the following:

C & R Café Restaurant – Head here for one of the most delicious £7 lunches in town – their Nasi Lemak.

I’m sure there are other great things on the menu so I’ll continue exploring the options in the name of bringing you the tastiest food in London 😉

Website: http://www.cnrrestaurant.com/
Where: Chinatown, 4 – 5 Rupert Court, W1D 6DY
When: 7 day a week, 12pm – 11pm

They also have a more upmarket branch in Bayswater. See the website for details.

6 thoughts on “Review: C & R Café Restaurant, Chinatown

  1. Chinatown food in London looks as good as in New York! Though the photos are deceiving according to your reviews (; The soup looks like it should be tasty! Glad the coconut rice didn’t disappoint.

    -Jonathan

    • Ah New York! I want to go back there – definitely did not have enough time for eating 😀

      Actually we ordered the soup because we saw someone else having it and thought it looked great! But alas, we were deceived!

      • Don’t you hate when food doesn’t meet up to its exterior? Especially when you order desserts that look beautiful but end up disappointingly bland :/

      • Yes, happened so many times! Thank goodness for the online review culture – it’s significantly reducing the amount of disappointing meals I have, although some places get way too hyped.

  2. Have you tried their Penang Prawn Mee? It’s good too, although can be a hit and miss. Depends on the day I suppose. And if you get a chance, try Sedap at Old Street for more Malaysian food 🙂 The dessert is not to miss

    • Ooh no I haven’t! But sounds like an excellent excuse for a return visit 😉

      And thank you for the recommendation. It’s been added to my food list. I absolutely LOVE Malaysian food!

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