This small, low-key cafe/restaurant is where South East Asian visitors go to get an authentic taste of home. There seems to be a continuous stream of ... More
C&R Cafe Restaurant
This small, low-key cafe/restaurant is where South East Asian visitors go to get an authentic taste of home. There seems to be a continuous stream of steaming plates piled high with noodles flowing from the kitchen as customers feast around low formica tables. The food looks delicious, but it's worth quizzing the waiter to make sure you know what you're getting. There's no wine list - its bring your own with a corkage fee, making C&R's a good place to go for cheap South East Asian food. Cash only.
I have never come across such affordable tasty malaysian food since i've moved into the UK. The laksa is phenomenal, giving you that warm feeling of pure bliss. Despite having average service, the huge variety of foods on offer is not to be missed. I have no doubt at all that anyone looking for something special in London should give this restaurant a try !!
agreed as the other review, dirty , greasy, smelly, bad rush service. went there last week with my girl friend, as she is from KL,
thought it would be OK, as they had a 5 STAR food rating from the council , biggest mistake i made in a long time to go in there, never again!, my girl friend said it not like the food back home, we did not eat all our food, as it was not good , so paid and left. BE WARN!. Steve
This is one of the most dirty restaurant i been to in London, not very clean and bad smell from the basement. It is the first time i have been in this one, wont go again. I will stick with there other branch in Bayswater.
The worst restaurant i have been to in Chinatown, it was busy, so told to eat across the road at a shop counter , other wise i had to wait longer to eat in the restaurant.
We got a seat in the restaurant , for the four of us, it took a long time to take our order, we told the waitress we waited a long time for our table and then to get some service, she did not like this & spoke to a fat lady behine the till, ( i think we should hav left at this point!!)
When we got our beer, it was too warm, ask them to change it , the said they would not, but gave us a glass of ice each, and said this is how they drink beer in malaysa (i think i am been scam).
Food took over 45 minute (now you know why there a q), and was only warm and well below avarage for look or taste. we only pick at the food, it was that bad!!( should have left)ps, have a look at the bottom off your soup bowl when you finish!!
we quickly paid our bill and left,
it came to a total of 55.00 for 4 warm beer , 2 warm noodle dishes, 1 warm soup noodle, 1 curry with rice & 1 greasy satay prawn
(we decided not to say anything, it not worth the bother to upset our night out)
we want for a beer & pick another restaurant, the night was saved
Service is not very good, especially at peak times. Customer service then goes out the window. Staff don't take responsibility for things which go wrong - so they take longer to fix (like getting served the wrong food three times!) I've come here a lot over the past 8/9 years and it's so sad to see service standards decline. Not sure that the staff can cope with the pressure. Caveat emptor.
I'm from San Francisco where we love our cheap and delicious food from Asia. But cheap and delicious are a tough combination to find in London. C&R is one of the few places I was able to find there that met my standards for both.
Friends who've been to the country say that C&R is the closest you can get to authentic Malaysian street-hawker food.
This restaurant is a great find tucked away in a little alley between Wardour St and Rupert St. The food is great, the most authentic Malaysian cusine you will find in Central London. I can particularly reccomend the Wat Tan Ho, Hainanese Chicken Rice and the Curry Chicken. Disappointingly though, the Kangkung Belacan is not that great. For desert try Ice Kacang and for a (very) sweet drink, don't look further than an Iced Milo.
The restaurant gets VERY crowded, so try to go early if you're going for dinner. Alternatively, head to the new branch on Westbourne Grove in Bayswater which, conversely, is almost always empty.
While the prices are much steeper than you'd pay at a hawker stall in Kuala Lumpur, at GBP6-7 for a main dish, they are very reasonable by London standards.
I was so happy to find this place. Seems like Singapore-Malaysian food is coming into fashion in London, and I suffered a number of pretenders pandering to the white person's palate, before stumbling onto this place. (Hint to everyone else: too much sugar! not enough chilli! lose the winelist!)
Great place for near-autherntic Malaysian/S'pore food
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 4/20/05
A great place for near-authentic Malaysian food. I can recommend the wat dan hor and the Hainnese chicken rice. And the ice cendol is absolutely delicious. For a more in-depth review please visit culinaryhags.blogspot.com/
The food was lovely! I had the wa tan ho twice there and the roti canai was fantastic! The food here is the best Malaysian food I have had since coming over to UK 5 yrs ago and I recommend anyone who is homesick to give it a try. The meals cost about ^6 pounds each but they are big.
They tend to get very crowded so it's best to go a little earlier and perhaps queue for a while. But it's worth it.
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