After having a Malaysian dinner in Manhatten with some
chowhounds this week, was anxious to try the only
Malaysian here in CT which shows up on the Hartford
courants web site. This was the third Malaysian I
have tried, love the food but I am still a novice.
With an adventurous friend in tow drove about 45
minutes on Saturday. The place is called Gunung Tahan
and is right off of exit 59 on the Merrit pkwy. It is
located in a shopping center at 1451 Whalley Ave.
Place was very nice inside, with some kind of wooden
musical instruments in the center. The menu was
extensive, and will take several trips to explore.
Started with Tom Yum soup, and it was excellent. Soup
had a perfectly flavored broth, scallops, baby corn,
mussels, straw mushrooms and shrimp. It was a nice
size bowl of soup for about $3 there was also a bigger
size available. Next course was a Roti Canai, sort of
an indian nan bread but much thinner with a curry
dipping sauce. It was also great. For my main course I
had Rendang Daging, which is a beef stew cooked with
lemon grass, coconut milk and shallots. The sauce and
beef were good, however the meat had not absorbed the
flaver (like it was cooked seperately). It was OK but
I have had better. Taipan in Westport makes a good
Rendang for example. For dessert we had the shaved
ice ABC, or traditional Malaysian Ar Batu Campur. It
was very good. My friends Salmon was also tasty.
Service was very good, but we went early so there were
more employees than customers. Overall it was a
positive experience, and I will go back. The waitress
also mentioned there is another Malyasian place in New
Haven, so we may have to take a trip there as well.
Prices were reasonable apps $3-6 entrees $10-15.