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.
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.
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 😉
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.