I had to pick up my passport from the Chinese Visa Office on W. Broadway. I took the opportunity to have lunch at Kaya Malay Bistro just a few doors a way.
I invited Lorna to join me as she loves Malaysian food too. Kaya is a Malay word which means rich. It is also the Malay name for coconut jam.
The restaurant was spacious. Hibiscus which is the national flower of Malaysia decorated the wall. We were there just before noon and the restaurant was not busy yet.
The server brought a sampler of guava soda for us to try.
We ordered an Appetizer Sampler plate to try. The appetizer for one is $8. It came with 3 sauces, sweet chili, peanut and curry. The curry sauce was very rich in coconut flavour.
The appetizer sampler for one came with calamari rings, one skewer of chicken satay, roti canai, a vegetarian samosa and salad.
The roti canai was flaky and not too oily.
The vegetarian samosa (on the left) was filled with potatoes. I would prefer the Curry Puff with flaky shell like the one on the right.
For the main dish, we shared a Mee Goreng for $9. It’s a Malaysian spicy fried egg noodle with beef, egg, shrimp, tomato, bean sprout, green pepper and tofu. Lorna likes this and she ordered take-out for her daughters to try.
We also ordered a Rendang Beef to try. It came with rice and salad. This was $8. The beef was stewed in medium spiced coconut milk gravy. It is not as tender as I expected it to be. So, it’s a bit chewy and tough.
Kaya Malay Bistro accepts credit card.
On the way out, the server told us that if we follow them on facebook or twitter, there will be daily special with 50% off; only broadcasted via facebook and twitter.