Friday, 2 January 2009

Malaysia Kopi Tiam review - the new darling at London Leicester Square


There seemed to be an emergence of Malaysian eateries in London's Chinatown of late. No longer are revelers confined to the Cantonese cuisine that has dominated Gerrad Street. Malaysia-Kopi-Tiam-London-Leicester-Square-Hor-funIn fact, the traditional roast duck and dim sum are making way for char kuey tiao (fried noodles), nasi lemak (fragrant rice) and hor fun (flat rice noodles).

The Malaysia Kopi Tiam, along Charing Cross Road, is certainly an eatery that is gaining popularity among Malaysians and Singaporeans alike. Like all Malaysian eateries, the Malaysian flag is being displayed throughout the premises not to mention the plus size flag prominently hung at the front, which can easily rival the Union Jack at Whitehall.

The tacky interior reminds me of the café eateries that can be found all over Kuala Lumpur and that coupled with an all Malaysian staff, who are pleasant and obliging, adds to the authenticity of the Malaysian dining experience.
Rasa Sayang - Malaysian Singaporean cuisine in London's Chinatown
Melati Restaurant - a mix mesh of sorts
Malaysia-Kopi-Tiam-London-Leicester-Square-char-kuey-tiaoNo decent Malaysian meal will be complete without a teh tarik (£2). Sadly, the standard for the drink has dropped every since my first visit. Perhaps they should go easy on the milk and add more condensed milk instead. Two of my favorites are hua dan chao hor (flat rice noodles in seafood gravy) and char kuey tiao - both priced at a reasonable £5.50. If anything, the ingredients that come with both dishes were surprisingly fresh.

Though Malaysia Kopi Tiam claims to serve Thai cuisine as well, it wasn't obvious from its limited menu. Although it is unlikely to attract non-Malaysians (or non-Singaporeans for that matter), it can hardly cope with those who are desperately looking for something to remind them of home. When I was there on a Thursday evening, there was a long queue left shivering in the cold at the door.

Did I mention that there's a 40-inch plasma tv that plays Cantonese and Mandarin karaoke tracks? That itself is worth the 10% service charge.

Address: 67, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0NE
Tel: 020 7287 1113
Nearest Tube station: Leicester Square

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £10 pp
Service charge: 10%
Taste: ***
Service: ***
Ambience: *
Suitable for: Malaysians and Singaporeans looking for an affordable meal in Leicester Square vicinity

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Dutchie said...

CK, I was amazed to find that food in M'sia n Sg has evolved so rapidly. Here r 3 links that has taken me on a yummy yummy journey :

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... the HorFan catches my eye - if we should go to London again - i will look this place up - thanks for the review.

kyh said...

OMG the hor fun looks yummy! One of my all time faves. :D

And where's that plus-size flag? I wanna see it!

Anonymous said...

Please note that the full and correct address of Malaysia Kopi Tiam is no.67, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0NE (Tel: 020 7287 1113)

C K said...

Thanks! Have made the corrections.