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!
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.
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.
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.
Serving good meals since 1994.
Malay Restaurant in Dehiwala is hugely popular, and after trying our their stuff we can see why. Massive portions, excellent flavours and reasonable prices.
This is Dehiwala at street level. Malay Restaurant is a small eatery that's somewhere between a restaurant and a hole in the wall food stop. True to its name it serves up a comprehensive selection of Malay food - which in Sri Lanka means lots of meat, particularly beef, offal, and sea food.
සිංහල කොටින්ම කියතොත් අවසානයෙ, එක මට්න් කෑල්ලක්, බිරියානි චුට්ටක් මේසෙ හතර මායිමේ පේන්නත් නෑ. අර නූඩ්ල්ස් එකේ සයිස් එක ලොකු නිසා ටිකක් ඉතුරු වෙලා තිබ්බ මිසක්!
සිංහල ගත්ත කටටම යාළුවා කිව්වේ ‘‘නියමයි, මමත් යන්නෙ කන්න තමයි හදන්නෙ මචං. කරගම්පිටිය පොඩ්ඩක් මෙහායින් තියෙනව මැලේ රෙස්ටුරන්ට් කියලා ප්ලේස් එකක්. යමං දෙන්නත් එක්කම එතනට’’.
தமிழ் 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.
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