Sunday, 14 June 2009

Sedap review - London Malaysian food (Old Street)

Nasi+Lemak+Sedap+review+London+Old+StreetFor those of us who cannot get enough of Straits food in Singapore Day 2009, we're thrown a lifeline at Sedap, which has set up shop at Old Street. A colleague of mine chanced upon Sedap on Timeout London and I was on my way to try it out that very evening.

Siting a mere hundred meters wast of Old Street Tube station along Old Street, Sedap (which means 'delicious' in the Malay language) brings Malaysian food right to the heart of Clerkenwell. While we were there, Sedap's owner Julie who hailed from Penang, told us that after taking over Nonya, a Straits food establishment over at Notting Hill, she moved the business over to Old Street. The shop is now frequented by the many Malaysian students after badminton games at a nearby sports hall.

The very fact that Sedap has a lunch special affordably priced at £5.65 - £6.50 and provide free delivery (and a 5% discount for orders above £10) to EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, WC1, WC2 and N1 would give lunchtime favorite Asap over at Liverpool Street Station a run for its money. Instead to having to contend with just rice/noodle with a main course (over at Asap), the lunch special comes with a starter, a main course and a staple (steamed rice, fried rice or noodles).

Char+Kuey+Teow+Sedap+London+Old+StreetThe restaurant itself is surprisingly small. I would venture that the place would not take more than 20 at a time but unlike Asap, Sedap, with its furnishings and pictures of Nonya food adorning its walls, doesn't give you the feeling of eating in a cheap canteen.

We ordered a Nasi Lemak (£7.40), Penang Char Kuey Teow (£6.95) and teh tarik (£1.85). I must say that the deep fried mackerel doused with sambal belachan that comes with the Nasi Lemak is fabulous. It more than make up for the curry chicken, which was disappointingly watered down to suit the local palate. The Char Kuey Teow could perhaps come in a larger portion but the four jumbo prawns that accompanied it tasted really fresh. However, do be forewarn that there is quite a bit of MSG in the Kuey Teow. The teh tarik, which is prepared with a 3-in-1 instant pack is nothing to shout about either.

Nonya+Kuey+Sedap+London+Old+StreetAnother table beside us ordered roti prata (from £4.80) and it looked suspiciously like those come from frozen packs obtainable from supermarkets specializing in Straits food. We asked for some extra sambal belachan and were given a sizable portion of it. It was only later that we realized that that cost us a further £1.85. No complaints though as it tasted heavenly, just know that it doesn't come free.

However, the main highlight of Sedap has to be its dessert. Its Nonya kueh is totally out of this world, well at least in Central London. Julie helpfully informed us that Sedap prepares only one type per day and only a small portion at that as any leftovers would have to be discarded. We ordered the tapioca kueh (the Nonya kueh for the day). Its consistency is done just right and at £2 per portion, it is worth every penny.

Sedap would probably not be another Kiasu. However, I suspect it'll do a brisk lunch delivery business and would be a hit with the lunch time crowd in time to come. If you're heading towards Sedap for dinner, I would recommend that you drop by after 8pm to have the staff's undivided attention.

Address: 102 Old Street, London EC1V 9AY
Tel: 0207 4900 200
Nearest Tube station: Old Street

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £15 pp
Service charge: N/A
Taste: ****
Service: ***
Ambience: **
Suitable for: casual dining for Malaysian food lovers based near the City

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C K said...

Hi Anonymous,

I've just called to check. Only the chicken is halal. Hope this helps.