It’s hard to eat well in Stockport’s town centre. It’s not that there’s just a dearth of good places. It’s more that there‘s a dearth of any sort of place.
But tucked away on one of the streets near the market is this small Malaysian place. She cooks. He’s front-of-house. We went in with some trepidation – the place was empty (it filled later with a large party of young Malays – students at a guess). Where were all the people who tip this place on local review sites?
Can’t recall the name of the prawn soup starter but did enjoy it. A good stock – punchy with chilli and tamarind – with bits of prawn.
My main was beef rendang. I was unsure quite what to expect so was a bit surprised that there was so little sauce (subsequent research tells me this is how it should be – rather than, say, a wetter curry). Well cooked and spicy beef. I liked.
Herself had a veggie stirfry which was clearly Chinese in origin. Anywhere east of the Med, herself turns into a veggie. Sometimes this works and she gets fab food. Other occasions it turns out to be just a safe boring choice. This was one of the latter occasions.
I can’t find the bill but it was good value – say £3.50 for the soup, £6.50 for the main, plus rice.
So, summary, then. Bunga Raya must be the jewel in Stockport’s crown. Not your genuine diamond of course, but perhaps a bit of diamante. I see why it gets the local reccs. And it’s certainly better than the dismal Chinese buffet that would have to be your second choice place (although that's where I’m having lunch today).