Four of us checked out the new Malaysian/Singaporian restaurant on Irving and Fifth last night. Its a small space, half underground, but easy to spot given the bright lime paint job outside. They've been open for about two months. The owner is really sweet with he and one other man doing all of the cooking and serving. We all enjoyed our experience and will return again. Most of all its the sort of sweet little place you'd really like to see succeed. Some dishes still need a little work (to my tastes, I know nothing about authentic Malaysian food) but I think they'll work out the kinks in the next few months. I think a lot of dishes are started from scratch when you order them so things took a little while to come out. The owner/chef/waiter was very interested to know what dishes I had liked best and which we hadn't. Its a very short menu and at 8pm they were out of the pork short ribs and beef rendang both of which sounded tasty, we'll have to go back.
Roti - Amazing! Buttery, flaky, hot, artistically draped on the plate and served with wonderful curry sauce (coconut, good heat, slightly sweet). Yum!
Mutabak - Also very good, same Roti exterior folded around a nice mixture of ground beef, egg, and green onion. Luckily more of the curry sauce came with it.
Chicken Satay - Tasty but nothing to write home about.
Chicken Curried Glass Noodles - Excellent sauce and good noodle texture, could have used some more vegetables and chicken.
Glass Noodles with Shrimp, Shitake Mushroom, and Basil - As with the other glass noodles the sauce was very good but I thought it needed some more vegetables.
Roast Chicken with Chili Sauce - The chicken was excellent, not overly seasoned with a nice caramel color to the skin. Moist, flavorful. The chili sauce needed some heat.
They don't have a beer and wine permit yet, so we brought our own beer.
Total = 35$ after tax and tip