I went to Aneka Rasa (Malaysian/Singaporean) last night with two friends. We arrived at 8 PM and only had to wait a few minutes to get a table in the full restaurant. The guy at the front counter was really nice and recommended a few things for us. One tip was that the bean curd they use at Aneka Rasa is homemade, and he suggested we try a dish made with it.
The three of us shared 4 appetizers and one main dish, along with a large bowl of coconut rice; plenty of food for the 3 of us.
Roti Canai: My favorite dish. The roti itself was warm and good, nothing out of the ordinary though. The curry chicken sauce was excellent; strong lemongrass flavor and generously spicy. We ate it all up.
Gado-Gado: "Authentic mix of cucumbers, jicama, sprouts, boiled egg and tofu topped with house peanut sauce." This was a generous serving, I thought the peanut sauce was excellent, not too spicy but a bit of heat was there. I really liked the jicama strips.
Otak-Otak: "Minced fish with curry powder, coconut milk, blue ginger, bay leaf, wrapped in banana leaf and grilled." This was disappointing. Sort of like fish cake inside a banana leaf. They were small (although the price was only $4.50 for 3 of them, and my friends didn't like them too much. I could taste each of the ingredients, though the strongest flavor was still the fish.
Roti Paratha with Anchovy Curry Sauce: This was one of the specials of the evening, the roti was differently shaped (supposedly puffed) with a softer texture, but didn't taste any different than the other roti. The curry sauce was similar to the chicken curry, but the anchovies provided a nice flavor. This had less lemongrass and was a bit less spicy as well. We saved some of it to eat with the rice.
Curry Mixed Vegetable Pot: "Cabbage, okra, eggplant, string beans and tomato in a curry broth casserole." We ate this with coconut rice. This curry was different than the others, sort of like Thai red curry but without the coconut milk base. I found it not too interesting and not spicy at all (although we probably could have asked to make it spicy). It was a bit oily too. Still, the vegetables were tasty, especially the okra and eggplant, and the bean curd was nice. The homemade bean curd sort of fell apart in the hot curry broth, but it was still nice. I am eager to try other bean curd dishes here.
The menu is great, plenty of inexpensive options for all types of eaters (veggie, fish, meat, etc.). Service was very nice. I liked the overall vibe a lot better than Penang, there were lots of families and large groups last night too ordering all sorts of great items. At one point I saw a huge whole fish go by. There was also a special Chinese New Year's menu this week, but we didn't order anything from it. It included a few appetizers, a few main dishes and a few desserts.
I'll definitely be back, curious to hear what else is good to order!
Aneka Rasa is located at 122 Harvard Av in Allston, between Comm Av and Brighton Av, where there's always a traffic jam :)
617 562 8989. They also have a website. Link Below