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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 in Dehiwala is hugely popular, and after trying our their stuff we can see why. Massive portions, excellent flavours and reasonable prices.

The Food

As the name suggests they offer a great selection of Malay dishes along with some Thai and Chinese options as well, but you shouldn't be going to a place named the Malay Restaurant to eat any other cuisine. Besides this, they've also got a very comprehensive selection of single portion dishes like rice and curry, biriyani and lamprais priced between Rs. 160 - Rs. 350. Prices are also quite reasonable considering the massive portions. The total for four came to Rs. 3500, and if that ain't value for money, I don't know what is.

 

The nasi minyak (Rs. 590) is ghee rice with prawns and at that rate we were expecting a relatively small portion, but what ended up getting was enough for 4. The rice was seasoned well, with a good amount of ghee and a nice addition of curry leaves. The best part though was the unbelievable number of prawns they put in the rice. 

 

The chicken in peanut sauce (Rs. 600) was a preparation that was quite new to us and for the most part it was good. The highlight of this dish was the peanut sauce which was creamy, rich and slightly spicy with the flavour of the peanuts coming through well. While the chicken was cooked and seasoned well, the only real gripe we had was that there were quite a bit of bones.

 

The fried baabath in hot garlic sauce (Rs. 550) was without a doubt one of the best beef dishes I've had in recent times. It's one of their Malay specials and it tasted stellar. What you get is tripe which includes some meat and intestines, which may put off a few people, but all of it just works brilliantly. What really brings this dish together is the thick garlic sauce which had a great balance of sweetness from the sugar, spice from the chilli and the slight acidity of the oyster sauce.

 

We also ordered the hot butter cuttlefish, but a mistaken order resulted in us getting the cuttlefish in peanut sauce (Rs. 625). While we weren't thrilled about the mishap the dish we got was still quite good. Apparently that peanut sauce just works well with both meats and seafood.

Ambience & Service

Malay Restaurant resides on Hill Street in Dehiwala, and from the outside it looks like quite a tiny eatery, but once you step inside and walk through their slightly dubious narrow corridor, you come to their main dinning area which is quite large. It's well lit with three TVs showing cricket matches, which is always a smart way to go about things. This place is hugely popular and from what we saw they had a steady inflow of customers right throughout the lunch service.

 

The service was a bit of a mixed bag. The obvious flaw was that they got one of the orders wrong, most likely because they had mixed it up with another cuttlefish order. The restaurant managers who took our orders were friendly and attentive, but the waiters were nonchalant with a somewhat rude attitude. What was impressive was that even during a busy service the food was ready in about 15 minutes.

Conclusion

Malay Restaurant has to be one of the best places to have a family meal, because of their affordable rates, tasty food and huge portions. It's also one of the only places that specializes in Malay cuisine.

 


TIP

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

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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3

2/5

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Shaq75

The lamprais is my fav but lately the rice portion is small and dry. Adding a gravy and some extras would be better for a taste bud.

S
1

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

1

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

S
3

2/5

0

Shaq75

The lamprais is my fav but lately the rice portion is small and dry. Adding a gravy and some extras would be better for a taste bud.

S
1

1/5

0

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

1

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

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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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2/5

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Darshana097

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

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