You know you must be doing something right when your restaurant comes recommended by the former Malaysian PM. That honour was bestowed upon Malay Asian Cuisine, located on the second floor of a nondescript building on Aoyama-dori. The interior is quite sleek, with the walls providing a bit of contrast by virtue of being covered in posters of Malaysia tourism campaigns, information on different regions and their local cuisines, and foodie events held at the restaurant. We tried their nasi ayam (chicken rice), which came with cucumbers and three different sauces on the side and was bang on in the flavour department. The scrumptious nasi goreng kampong (‘village’ fried rice) was definitely spicy – piquant for a Japanese palate, slightly toned down from a fiery Malay streetside version – and the flavours of the seafood, vegetables and fried egg blended beautifully. Street food fans will be excited to see lesser-known staples like murtabak also featured on the menu.
|Venue name:||Malay Asian Cuisine||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 11am-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm; Sun 11am-9.30pm|
|Transport:||Shibuya Station; Omotesando Station (Ginza, Hanzomon, Chiyoda lines)|