Kaya house is at 37 Deptford Broadway. That’s the junction between New Cross Road, Blackheath Road and Deptford Church Street. It’s about 50 yards from Deptford Bridge DLR station on the Lewisham side of the road. A narrow frontage with a green façade, next to the convenience store.
Why the obsession with the directions?
Well, let’s just say this isn’t an area to be lingering on the street-corner with an A-Z and an uncertain expression…
So, think of the directions as a public service to get you from the comparative safety of the DLR to the comparative safety of the Kaya House in the shortest and most direct fashion. Trust me, I have some experience in these matters having recently taken four Canary Wharf banking-types to Deptford High Street in search of decent Vietmanese. So I got to see four men in sharp suits hurry down that road, line abreast and plainly terrified. It was a bit like watching Reservoir Dogs in reverse. (actually, I was kinda hoping it would give me an outside chance of watching the Great British Public mug some bankers for a change, rather than vice-versa, but no such luck).
Anyway, my second public service is the recommendation of Kaya House itself.
Or, rather, preliminary recommendation. I should caveat all this by saying I’ve only been once and then only had a couple of dishes. By those I did have – Aubergine Sambal and a Claypot Chicken in rice wine and ginger – were great. The chicken was poached almost to translucence, and was simplicity and flavour itself combining precious more than the bird, the wine and healthy mounds of ginger. The sambal was also excellent – real heat and depth in the sambal combining with the wok-char from a confident fierceness in the cooking of the aubergine.
Needless to say, it required a beer and two glasses of house red to push this north of £15 for two…
So, I’ll be back – and soon as I can – to try a few more of the Malaysian specialities: the rendang; the gorengs; the curries…
In the meantime, other reports/comments/additions welcome!