Malay Cafe

★★★★☆

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The food here is as authentic as calling Panda Express authentic Chinese food.

I am terribly disappointed with this place. Having been here several years ago with a so-so experience, I wanted to give the place a second chance. However, it didn't take me long to disappoint.

Apparently if you're not a regular, the service is rather cold and the Malaysian (presumably) server was in fact, rather terse with our group. Also, she seemed rather intent on getting the entire order at the same time - we wanted to have the appetizers placed first as one person in the group had not yet decided on what to eat. She refused to take the order unless it was "complete".

The "Tea(sic)-Tarik was like plain Indian Chai. (Tea (Teh) Tarik means pulled tea, so you would expect some frothing, etc). Mine was pretty flat and overly sweetened.

The Roti Canai was the one thing that was decent. The curry was well flavored and the Roti was crisp and springy.

The Satay was... is that really what you call satay? Breast meat, not even grilled, with a weak peanut sauce and cubed rice to accompany. (hey, you forgot the onions!)

The Ginger Tofu was akin to sweet sauce doused over a bed of fried tofu cubes. The menu said it would "make me a vegetarian!" Now that's a lofty claim for little substance..

The Beef Rendang.. now.. that tasted like packaged S&B Golden Curry (look it up!). If you've ever had the real stuff, you'd know that Beef Rendang is made of beef chunks, slow cooked in coconut milk and spices. This is a no-no. If i wanted to cook a college student's meal, I wouldn't have to go out to eat, would I?

I only came back here after reading some reviews about the original owner (which I presume was the better cook) returning and the food standards improving. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This place is good - if you want a mediocre, hit & miss affair.

The one place that had close-to-authentic Malaysian food was Salsa's in OPKS, which was ironically a Mexican affair but the owners also served Malaysian food... but that place has since closed as the owner had family affairs abroad to tend to. I'd say a trip to Penang in Chicago or Peninsula in Minneapolis is in order to truly sample Malaysian cuisine.

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The food here is as authentic as calling Panda Express authentic Chinese food.

I am terribly disappointed with this place. Having been here several years ago with a so-so experience, I wanted to give the place a second chance. However, it didn't take me long to disappoint.

Apparently if you're not a regular, the service is rather cold and the Malaysian (presumably) server was in fact, rather terse with our group. Also, she seemed rather intent on getting the entire order at the same time - we wanted to have the appetizers placed first as one person in the group had not yet decided on what to eat. She refused to take the order unless it was "complete".

The "Tea(sic)-Tarik was like plain Indian Chai. (Tea (Teh) Tarik means pulled tea, so you would expect some frothing, etc). Mine was pretty flat and overly sweetened.

The Roti Canai was the one thing that was decent. The curry was well flavored and the Roti was crisp and springy.

The Satay was... is that really what you call satay? Breast meat, not even grilled, with a weak peanut sauce and cubed rice to accompany. (hey, you forgot the onions!)

The Ginger Tofu was akin to sweet sauce doused over a bed of fried tofu cubes. The menu said it would "make me a vegetarian!" Now that's a lofty claim for little substance..

The Beef Rendang.. now.. that tasted like packaged S&B Golden Curry (look it up!). If you've ever had the real stuff, you'd know that Beef Rendang is made of beef chunks, slow cooked in coconut milk and spices. This is a no-no. If i wanted to cook a college student's meal, I wouldn't have to go out to eat, would I?

I only came back here after reading some reviews about the original owner (which I presume was the better cook) returning and the food standards improving. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This place is good - if you want a mediocre, hit & miss affair.

The one place that had close-to-authentic Malaysian food was Salsa's in OPKS, which was ironically a Mexican affair but the owners also served Malaysian food... but that place has since closed as the owner had family affairs abroad to tend to. I'd say a trip to Penang in Chicago or Peninsula in Minneapolis is in order to truly sample Malaysian cuisine.

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I'm so bummed this is so far from our home. I would eat here at least once a week. The restaurant itself is not that pretty. It's in a strip mall and it's small and lacks any ambience. Everyone here is pretty nice and the food is out of this world. If you want authentic Malaysian food, eat here!! It's similar to chinese but with a kick!

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I'm so bummed this is so far from our home. I would eat here at least once a week. The restaurant itself is not that pretty. It's in a strip mall and it's small and lacks any ambience. Everyone here is pretty nice and the food is out of this world. If you want authentic Malaysian food, eat here!! It's similar to chinese but with a kick!

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My husband and I have not eaten here in two years so I hope this review is still current!

When we lived in the Northland, this was one of our favorite restaurants. We both love Asian food, and this was a wonderful change from the typical Chinese restaurant. This restaurant specializes is Malaysian and Southeast Asian food, though a few meals (such as the fried rice) resemble more common Chinese dishes.

I particularly liked this restaurant because it had many more options for mild (not spicy) dishes! However, none of the mild dishes were bland, they all had very unique flavors such as fresh fruit with the Lychee Chicken, crunchy almonds and sweet coconut milk on the Royal Almond Chicken (I think that's what it was called?), fresh basil and vegetables in the Basil Beef, or flavorful curries in the various curry dishes (which you can order mild, medium, or hot).

The prices were very reasonable for the quality of food you get. The portions are also reasonable -- some of the noodle dishes were huge, but most of the specialties could be eaten in one sitting. Dinners include an appetizer of crunchy fried wonton wrappers and sweet and sour dipping sauce; lunch includes a spicy vegetable soup and a sweet potato wonton. Most specialities came with a delicious tumeric rice side which was much more flavorful than plain white rice. The lunch and dinner entree choices do vary slightly, there are a few items that are only available on the lunch menu (such as the Chicken in Black Bean Sauce which I loved).

The service was great every time we went there. Towards the end of our time in the Northland, the restaurant started getting much busier as more people found out about it and the service naturally slowed. One night they forgot to bring out my husband's meal, so in compensation they gave him a free meal and gave us a free dessert!

The restaurant is hidden in a little strip mall, and there is no waiting area inside the restaurant. So when it's busy and the weather is bad, there will be people waiting by the door and standing in between the tables. So it can get a bit crowded, but the food is worth it! Try avoiding the rush hour if you don't want to wait.

This restaurant is also closed on Sundays, which is disappointing because we would have loved to have eaten here for lunch after church.

Overall I highly recommend this restaurant, and the next time that we are in the Northland near lunch or dinner time, we will definitely stop at Malay Cafe!

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★★★★★

My husband and I have not eaten here in two years so I hope this review is still current!

When we lived in the Northland, this was one of our favorite restaurants. We both love Asian food, and this was a wonderful change from the typical Chinese restaurant. This restaurant specializes is Malaysian and Southeast Asian food, though a few meals (such as the fried rice) resemble more common Chinese dishes.

I particularly liked this restaurant because it had many more options for mild (not spicy) dishes! However, none of the mild dishes were bland, they all had very unique flavors such as fresh fruit with the Lychee Chicken, crunchy almonds and sweet coconut milk on the Royal Almond Chicken (I think that's what it was called?), fresh basil and vegetables in the Basil Beef, or flavorful curries in the various curry dishes (which you can order mild, medium, or hot).

The prices were very reasonable for the quality of food you get. The portions are also reasonable -- some of the noodle dishes were huge, but most of the specialties could be eaten in one sitting. Dinners include an appetizer of crunchy fried wonton wrappers and sweet and sour dipping sauce; lunch includes a spicy vegetable soup and a sweet potato wonton. Most specialities came with a delicious tumeric rice side which was much more flavorful than plain white rice. The lunch and dinner entree choices do vary slightly, there are a few items that are only available on the lunch menu (such as the Chicken in Black Bean Sauce which I loved).

The service was great every time we went there. Towards the end of our time in the Northland, the restaurant started getting much busier as more people found out about it and the service naturally slowed. One night they forgot to bring out my husband's meal, so in compensation they gave him a free meal and gave us a free dessert!

The restaurant is hidden in a little strip mall, and there is no waiting area inside the restaurant. So when it's busy and the weather is bad, there will be people waiting by the door and standing in between the tables. So it can get a bit crowded, but the food is worth it! Try avoiding the rush hour if you don't want to wait.

This restaurant is also closed on Sundays, which is disappointing because we would have loved to have eaten here for lunch after church.

Overall I highly recommend this restaurant, and the next time that we are in the Northland near lunch or dinner time, we will definitely stop at Malay Cafe!

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This is a wonderful little secret of the Northland! This is an amazing eating experience. The food is excellent and the presentation is wonderful as well. The owner is very very personable and we are hooked!

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This is a wonderful little secret of the Northland! This is an amazing eating experience. The food is excellent and the presentation is wonderful as well. The owner is very very personable and we are hooked!

Pros: Family feel, Outgoing owner, Artistic presentation

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This is the best asian restaurant in North KC. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The food is authentic and very tasty. All the vegatables are very fresh. This is also the first asian restaurant that ive seen to have a weekly return customers. Packed everyday for lunch.

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This is the best asian restaurant in North KC. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The food is authentic and very tasty. All the vegatables are very fresh. This is also the first asian restaurant that ive seen to have a weekly return customers. Packed everyday for lunch.

 

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