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Laksamania

Restaurants, Malaysian Fitzrovia
3 out of 5 stars
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Laksamania

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A Malaysian restaurant just off Oxford Street, specialising in laksa.

Laksa is the soup du jour: we can’t get enough of the stuff. So the opening of a place specialising in this spiced noodle soup, a mere busker’s warble from Oxford Street, was bound to draw the masses. Sure enough, on our midweek visit, it was busy: by the time we left, there was a queue.

It's easy to see the appeal: the space is more attractive than the cheesy name implies, the staff are sweet-natured, the portions huge. As for the laksa itself, it's not any better than something you'd make at home, but perhaps that's part of its charm. We liked our ipoh curry laksa, its creamy-with-a-kick coconut soup base packed with two kinds of noodles, triangles of bouncy fish cake, mussels, barbecue pork and a boiled egg.

But the menu goes well beyond laksa, taking in more Malaysian street food, plus crowd-pleasers from other parts of Asia (Chinese bao, Japanese udon). Our char keuy teow saw wide, slippery noodles studded with fatty pork morsels and large (if slightly tough) prawns; a plate of kong kong (Chinese water spinach) was salty and fiery. It's a pity the nyonya curry chicken was bland and the roti canai dry and crumbly, rather than buttery and stretchy.

It's no destination, but a friendly pitstop? Laksa-lutely.

Details

Address: 92 Newman Street
Fitzrovia
London
W1T 3EZ
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Best asam laksa in London. The spiciness is just right. Could have a bit more sourness but it is pretty good. Comes also with the shrimp paste and lime. Its not easy to get limau kasturi but the lime served is a good substitute. The kam heong noodles were also so fragrant. Served hot and steamy just like what it should be from a hawker place!


You'd get the Malaysian friendliness here. Very attentive staff but when service was busy, food took a long time to be served.


Spread between ground and basement floor, customers who need the use of lift is also available. Forgot to check if there was baby changing area, so please let me know of there is. Tables were wide enough so if you order small plates to share, you can spread it out without worrying about knocking it over.


Main dishes are around £15 average. Average spent with a drink (non alcoholic) is just under £20.00. Highly recommended.

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