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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
While visiting London during a roasting hot week in June (it was in the 90s Fahrenheit and train tracks between London and Brighton were buckling) we got a tip from a local about a great little Malaysian restaurant. We were told it was just a tiny little place in an unassuming neighborhood but that the food was dynamite.
We were staying at the Marriott Marble Arch and the restaurant was just a short walk away. It's on a side street off of Edgeware Road near the Edgeware Road underground stop. You could also use the Paddington Station tube stop.
The Satay House was a great find! As we were seated we immediately started to buzz through the crispy shrimp chips that were placed in a basket on the table. They were kind of like potato chips. Excellent.
The menu arrived and there was a lot to consider. For starters, I had--what else at a place called the Satay House--satay! Others at the table tried the spring rolls and a spicy soup. We all looked at each other with smiles after savoring the first course in eager anticipation of the rest of the meal!
This place was perfect for our group of four since our son-in-law is a vegetarian and he was tickled pink with all the options. We all got "set" meals so that we could sample a wide variety of Indonesian delights. I got a spread that featured soup, more satay, egg fried rice, fried prawns (shrimp) in curry, beef in coconut milk, fried fish in a sweet and sour sauce, some veggies and of course some rice.
My wife had the same thing I did. Our daughter had the set meal that fetched soup, satay, rice, a curry dish of some sort, chicken in an interesting sauce, spicy prawns and other things that I'm forgetting. Our son-in-law went the vegetarian route ordering the veggie set meal. I can't begin to tell you all that came with his dinner but he loved every morsel.
The dinner ended with a sweet Malaysian fruit dessert. We all agreed that this was a sensational find. Our server couldn't have been any nicer. And while we're not Malaysian food experts, we have been to that fascinating country and sampled the cuisine "up close and personal" in Kuala Lumpur. And the food at the Satay House seemed to be the real McCoy!
The Satay House is located between the Edgeware Road and Marble Arch tube stops at 13 Sale Place off Sussex Gardens. If nothing else, head to the nearby Marriott Marble Arch Hotel and ask the concierge. He or she will point you in the right direction. Or check out their web site here. They've got a map that should help if the site is up.
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