30-34, Queensborough Terrace
Bayswater W2 3ST
You wouldn’t have a hope of finding this place unless you were armed with insider knowledge or a Malaysian (so club one on the head and fling them over the shoulder). The only give-away is the Malaysian flag flying outside. Our intel came courtesy of Grand Master Wee – thank ya very muchly.
It’s down in the basement, so look very hard. You’ll notice an ‘open’ sign, the second give-away. And that’s pretty much all you get. No sign…nada. Go down the steps and open up the closed door. You’ll feel as if you’re entering the wrong place and are about to be attack by the residents’ irate pet. Be brave. Once inside, it’s pretty small. We went about 2:30pm on a Saturday arvo, and it was still bustling and hopping with activity. Customers consist mostly of Malaysian university students, but all are welcome. Now and then a few oldies appeared. You might have to share a table or hover…but it’s all good.
Proceed to the counter at the front. It’s kinda school canteen style. The most popular is the Nasi Campur 1,2 or 3. 1 is veges plus one meat dish (£3.10), 2 is veges with two meat dishes (£3.70) and 3 is veges plus three meat dishes (£4.10). Of course, boiled white rice is included. Rose water comes free. They also have a limited selection of ala carte dishes eg. Roti canai, mee goring, nasi lemak. Their teh tarik kicks ass too.
We choose the Nasi Campur, while the Grand Master Wee had the nasi lemak. My dishes included fried mackerel and chicken curry. The chicken curry wasn’t anything too fancy. I’ve definitely had better. The mackerel though was particularly yummy. It was so deep fried I ate the bones and all.
Prince consort had the beef curry, chicken curry and egg curry. All were reasonably good. Nothing to yell about. Grand Master’s nasi lemak was good I hear and comprised of all the necessary components – the peanuts, anchovies, egg, sambal etc.
Try Malaysian Hall if you’re in the area and looking for some ultra cheap, tasty grub. The selection isn’t vast and the food is very much like home-cooking – but hey, it’s a students’ joint, whaddya expect?
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