4/5

Malay Restaurant

115 Hill Street, Dehiwela


Malay Restaurant in Dehiwala is hugely popular, and after trying our their stuff we can see why. The portions: massive, the flavours: excellent and the prices: reasonable.



Malay Restaurant, which has been feeding hungry souls with large portions for reasonable prices since 1994, was ordered to close down over non-compliance of health standards. But they are up and running now, so we decided to check it out!

The Food

We placed an order for a portion of Hot Butter Cuttlefish (Rs 850), Devilled Chicken (Rs 620), Babath in Hot Garlic Sauce (Rs 550) and Noodles with Prawns (Rs 560).

The Hot Butter Cuttlefish had a Sri Lankan twist. With curry leaves and peanuts replacing the capsicum, and a deeper shade of yellow than the signature HBC bright yellow hue, their Hot Butter Cuttlefish tasted good, although a little more spice would have really made this super Sri Lankan.

For Rs 560, their regular portion, meant for two people, was enough for four or more. Loaded with shrimp and spring onions, this was mild in terms of spice and made for a satisfyingly massive portion of noodles.

Their Devilled Chicken was authentic Sri Lankan style devilled chicken. Doused in tomato sauce, this was spicy with a generous amount of chicken (about 8 pieces) and would make for a curry worth sharing among four people.

Babath in Hot Garlic Sauce, a Malay specialty, was satisfying, but a little too sweet for my liking. It was spicy, but mostly sweet.

Service and Ambience

To oblivious creatures like myself, don't let the bustling counter at the entrance fool you. Malay Restaurant is more than just a food joint that does takeaways and deliveries. There is a well lit, spacious dining area suitable for families and large crowds.

Although the management did check up on us, the service was mediocre and slow.

Conclusion

With regard to health concerns, if we were to shut down food joints based on hygiene, Pettah, Aluthkade and the likes would have only a couple of restaurants to cater to gastronomical needs. 

Based on our recent experience, Malay Restaurant is just as good as it was with tasty dishes and large portions, but there is a lot of potential for their waitstaff to get better in terms of friendliness and speed of service.


TIP

The prices on the menu actually include taxes so you're only going to be charged service charge.

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Address

115 Hill Street, Dehiwela

Directions

From the Dehiwala junction (under the flyover), head up Hill Street. It's on your left about 200 meters up.

Contacts

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Open 11 AM till 3 PM, 6 to 11 PM

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Cuisine

Malay

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
3
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Shabiya

Malay Restaurant used to be our favourite quick dine in spot until recently.
Their food is still great but their service has dropped so low. 2nd time in a row experiencing it. There is a new server who unfortunately was assigned to my table twise. This is is more about giving u all the signals to leave…and yesterday even bluntly to our face to leave, even after placing a real straight forward order. saying the kitchen is busy…he said the same the last time round. We went in about 9 pm…gave an order of a large portion mixed seafood fried rice and a portion of Masala chicken.
he takes the order and tells us he cannot give us our food anytime till 9. 40pm. that the kitchen is very busy with catering order. so we either wait or leave. Basically nothing from the kitchen would come before that to us so even an appetiser is out.
The restaurant was not fully packed…his reasoning was a catering order.
Any who we said well might as well leave cus that's too late. he just said ok…and was real quick to take back the menu and set the table again…signalling us to get up asap and leave!
While was making a complaint to a senior and older staff, there were a few other customers expressing concerns about the same thing.
real lame. May be hire better people who are not rude and know how your restaurant functions.
being going to Malay Restaurant for more than 12 years…even when they were dingy…will certainly not be doing so anymore.
It just take one rotten apple to spoil the lot!

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2/5

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rohanrushan

Today i had lunch with my friend in malay restaurant to highest recommend of yamu 😝😝😝😝 but dum biriyani is the worst thing is ever had review it again never ever go there friends beware this kind of horrible places

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2/5

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Ahamath Musafer

Just got a ghee rice with spoiled chicken…. thoroughly dissapointed… these guys got there licence revoked once but dont seem to have learned a lesson… ruined my entire lunch and saturday afternoon… they serve good food but they dont have any standards…. very dissapointed with the place… YAMU should not even bother reviewing terrible places like this……

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1/5

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Shabiya

Malay Restaurant used to be our favourite quick dine in spot until recently.
Their food is still great but their service has dropped so low. 2nd time in a row experiencing it. There is a new server who unfortunately was assigned to my table twise. This is is more about giving u all the signals to leave…and yesterday even bluntly to our face to leave, even after placing a real straight forward order. saying the kitchen is busy…he said the same the last time round. We went in about 9 pm…gave an order of a large portion mixed seafood fried rice and a portion of Masala chicken.
he takes the order and tells us he cannot give us our food anytime till 9. 40pm. that the kitchen is very busy with catering order. so we either wait or leave. Basically nothing from the kitchen would come before that to us so even an appetiser is out.
The restaurant was not fully packed…his reasoning was a catering order.
Any who we said well might as well leave cus that's too late. he just said ok…and was real quick to take back the menu and set the table again…signalling us to get up asap and leave!
While was making a complaint to a senior and older staff, there were a few other customers expressing concerns about the same thing.
real lame. May be hire better people who are not rude and know how your restaurant functions.
being going to Malay Restaurant for more than 12 years…even when they were dingy…will certainly not be doing so anymore.
It just take one rotten apple to spoil the lot!

R
1

2/5

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rohanrushan

Today i had lunch with my friend in malay restaurant to highest recommend of yamu 😝😝😝😝 but dum biriyani is the worst thing is ever had review it again never ever go there friends beware this kind of horrible places

A
1

2/5

0

Ahamath Musafer

Just got a ghee rice with spoiled chicken…. thoroughly dissapointed… these guys got there licence revoked once but dont seem to have learned a lesson… ruined my entire lunch and saturday afternoon… they serve good food but they dont have any standards…. very dissapointed with the place… YAMU should not even bother reviewing terrible places like this……

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2/5

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Darshana097

Disgusting place. Gave us spoiled String hopper biriyani. Smelled rotten. Waste of money. 😡😡

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