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  • 4.0 star rating
    30/6/2014

    Authentic Malaysian and Singaporean food. Big portion, really filling.

  • 3.0 star rating
    26/5/2014

    Good food horrible service.

    Kangkung n nasi lemak was good. singapore laksa was bad.

  • 3.0 star rating
    15/5/2014
    2 check-ins

    C&R is my usual haunt to satisfy those Malaysian food cravings that go a bit cray-cray every now and then. What I love about C&R is that it doesn't try to be anything that it's not. It's got an extensive menu of authentic food and drink, whole portions (as supposed to half-sized) and the food is quite satisfying. It does the job.

    My usual orders are the curry laksa, roti, nasi lemak, chicken curry, hainanese chicken rice, wat dan ho (no idea what this is in English it's flat noodles in a thick sauce with fishball slices, meat and veg, it's got it all).

    The curry laksa - for me, this is always spot on, the flavours are wonderul and the bowl is filled to be brim. The curry laksa at C&R is the best curry laksa I've had anywhere, if it's a cold winter evening, this is the only place for laksa. Massive fan. I'm gonna show my cards and admit I've never had roti canai in Malaysia, but if I were to, I'd want it to taste like it does at C&R. Just on the laksa and roti I'd happily give it 5 stars, although the roti is slightly overpriced - I've also heard rumours that they're ridiculous over at Makan on Portobello road, more on this another time?

    The nasi lemak here is good too, the fish is toasted until it's flavourful and crunchy - just how I like it, there's never enough sauce, but that's probably cos I'm a sauce guy. The chicken curry experiences the reverse problem, too much curry to rice ratio, it also varies sometimes and I've had it a bit flat at times, the curry doesn't have enough kick and that's always sad.

    I probably get the hainanese chicken rice the most. I always end up getting it when I'm torn because of the massive menu. The rice could be more fragrant although both the soya sauce in the rice and the chili dipping sauce are exceptionally well made. The chicken also varies in quality, although I think they've switched to organic, which is the only way to have your hainanese chicken. I'm a massive fan of coriander, so no complaints on this front either. second qualm is the quantity of chicken - for £7.50, I like to think I deserve a whole chicken - is that wrong?

    Wat dan ho is spot on if you know what you're getting yourself into, it's like a slimey plate of noodles and everything else they could find in the fridge. It's a typical Malaysian / Hong Kong dish. It's massive here at C&R and capable of filling a young family - good thing too because I'm starting to think I've got one growing inside of me.

    Quick note on the drinks - they're authentic but probably not to everyone's palate, try them all! Summary of the things that docked stars: The nasi lemak is a tad too dry, not enough chicken in the Hainanese Chicken Rice, roti canai's a bit expensive, and MINIMUM CHARGE of £7.50 per head, why? just... why?

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/8/2014

    Food here is pretty decent for London standard. I always get the wat tan ho, something in between a dry and soup based noodle dish. So much food for a decent price. Only downside is that since it is usually busy that service speed suffers.

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/5/2014
    1 check-in

    Singapore Laksa was good. Roti Chanai was a pan fried paratha that was way too oily/greasy. So greasy, a guy at the table next to me even leaned over to ask me if it was too greasy. The rest of the food looked OK. Not sure how good the other Malaysian restaurants are. My Malaysian friend said C&R was one of the better ones :(

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/7/2013

    As with any other country-specific foods, I suppose, where there is a 'correct' taste to these dishes, it was the authenticity of the vibrant Malaysian flavours which I was eager to judge during my dining experience at C&R in Chinatown.

    C&R boasts an extensive menu of all the Malaysian/Singaporean favourites, from *real* Singapore Fried Noodles to nasi lemak, from chendol to ice kacang. And they just had to, had to, had to throw in the Asian-dining-in-Europe quintessential: Pad Thai.

    The portions are exceptionally huge for some reason, but it makes me feel alright about spending £6.50 on my mountain of mee siam which is SG$3.50 (£1.75) in Singapore for a more sensible portion.

    It's a little unfair, but my mum makes the best mee siam in the world, so I can't say that this dish was brilliant. Unlike the version served in a milky, spicy soup back home, this is the original 'dry' version which is truly Malaysian. These noodles were surprisingly spicy for my standards, let alone for the poor tongues of the British. I downed the iced Milo in the background quickly, but the spiciness lingered. Before the chilli became torturous, I did enjoy the noodles, which were tasty enough with a fragrance of bean-paste, and came with prawns, tried tofu, beansprouts, fried egg and some veggies. If I'm not wrong, the lemon wedge should have been a lime instead.

    Char kway teow is also another extremely popular dish of Malaysia and Singapore. It is described as 'broad rice noodles stir-fried with egg, prawn, fishcake and bean sprouts.' This dish was actually of the average Singaporean standard, but then again, with black sauce, everything usually comes out okay. I'm glad they added in the chives, which are necessary for a great taste and texture contrast, together with the crunchy bean sprouts, an added yay-factor.

    I definitely recommend sharing one dish between two diners, (unless you're a big guy/not having dessert/skipped breakfast/trying to gain weight) or taking away the leftovers. (Additional cost of 50p) Singaporeans and Malaysians will rejoice at this eatery which serves all our authentic local favourites at a good value.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/3/2013
    1 check-in
    Listed in Centurion 2013.

    Finally got a chance to try Yeegan's go to restaurant in Chinatown, after the Vitality show on Thursday (I won the tickets, YEAH!) and after a whole day of pampering, got my hair done (sadly all styled out and gone now *Sobs*) and letting china down with our terrible ping pong and badminton skills. (we made it up through the shopping and getting as much free stuff as poss.)

    We needed dinner, and this was gone 9pm. (We stopped off at the apple store to charge our phones- necessary!) and also to meet my mum after some meeting she had. Anyways, when we finally got there, it was STILL packed out and people were still queuing to get in. (We called ahead but they wouldn't sit us until we were all here) And I can see why, it's the closes thing you get to malaysia, this side of the world.

    Their Roti Canai sauce was so fragrant and heavenly, I loved it!. Ioved the laksa and wished I could eat more, if it wasn't for the amazing amount of chilli they put in. It was beyond spicy, (not quite at crying ma la stage, but nearly there) I could only manage a small amount but the flavour was great! The belachan veggies were really nice too, it wasn't overcooked! I highly recommend it as a side dish! The nasi lemak was nice but I would have like my iblis (anchovies) to be crispier but that might be because it's quite late at night. The crux of the dish- the sambal, I've had much better in my life, but it wasn't bad.

    We also got dessert because I wanted my friend to try cendol before she left for malaysia for holiday. It was super yummy! (Not too keen on the floury pandan bits) but condensed milk and ice with sugar is ALWAYS a win.

  • 2.0 star rating
    25/1/2013

    After 5 days in Geneva starving, my next stop is london.  At this point, after the culinary tundra of the Geneva region, even chopped liver would have been heavenly.  

    I was walking around Chinatown east of picadillly circus and saw this restaurant crowded with chinese students so,I thought its worth a visit.  

    Perhaps it was just bad luck, but the Sayor  Assam (vegetable soup with spicy tamarind) was sub par, the cabbage was undercooked and bitter when it really should have a natural sweetness.  The sambal taucho (shrimps in soy bean with chili and green beans) was palatable but was very different from the ones I tried in Singapore, perhaps the chef opened the wrong packet of premixed spices?.  

    To be fair, the other tables with laksa looked reasonable, so it could just be I ordered the chef's weakest items in his repertoire.

    London really needs better south East Asian food, when I was done, there was a long queue of people, which means tis is likely one of the best places for this type of cooking.   If this is the case, food in London is not much better than Geneva.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/10/2012
    Listed in London

    I would have to say that my favorite Malaysian restaurant outside of any hawker stand in Kuala Lumpur would have to be C & R.  The laksa is so delicious and flavorful.  The bakuteh (pork cooked in herbal broth) is so warm and comforting on a cold fall day.  The wah tan ho (wet chow fun noodles) is creamy and hearty.  Best comfort food.  Wash it down with a nice teh tarik.  

    Quick and friendly service.  Highly recommend.

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/2/2013

    To echo what others have said this place is actually one restaurant split into two premises. They fill up the main restaurant where all the food is cooked, then put the remaining people in the shop opposite which is also owned by them. Requiring them to carry your food out into the street, into the alleyway onto you table. Quite funny to watch in practice.

    The portions here were gigantic but the quality was a mixed bag. We ordered a curry laksa, which was extremely authentic and had plenty of seafood, prawns, chicken etc... However the Char Kway Teow, which also tasted authentic had lots of fishcake but only a single, sad lonely prawn on it's own in the whole dish. Consistency seemed to be lacking.

    The Nasi Lemak didn't taste authentic, but all the ingredients were there and they made a fair go with their DIY Sambal chilli sauce which was pretty good (but not authentic). The Hokkien Mee was huge, but swimming in way too much sauce/broth, plus was a little salty.

    In essence, the food is quite good, but not uniform in quality. If you're Malaysian, you're probably initially be quick appreciative of the food, then afterward criticise things that were not up to scratch. Probably a place to try again, but it's fills up quickly and they don't take reservations, so get there early or be prepared to wait.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/2/2013
    3 check-ins

    Finally got to visit this cafe as recommended by super-foodie Yee Gan. The char keoy teow certainly did not disappoint, it was absolutely delicious and the nasi goreng hit the spot as well. Main dishes are about £7 and they are huge - great value for money. We even took out leftovers home in a plastic carton, it was like being in America! Knowing how big the portions are next time I'd probably skip the starter but then again the satay was so good...

    I also ordered some pearl bubble red bean ice tea - ridiculous to say and incredibly enjoyable to drink. That in itself was a delicious little meal.

    I will definitely return when I'm next in the area and I'd recommend it as a perfect midweek stop off.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/1/2009
    7 check-ins

    Being from Malaysia, I'm obviously biased towards Malaysian food but I feel that if Thai food can so successfully penetrate the British food scene, Malaysian food should also be able to do the same. Malaysia is a cosmopolitan melting pot of culture, ethnicity and religion and its diversity is reflected in its food with influences from its main 3 races - Chinese, Indian and Malay (Arabic) with nods also to our time as Portugese, Dutch and British colonies.

    I will always be eternally grateful to C&R for blazing the trail for Malaysian food in Chinatown. It was the first decent restaurant to which I could take friends for a proper Malaysian meal and not be embarrassed. I'm glad to report that business remains brisk and they've been successful enough to open a second branch in Bayswater, which I haven't eaten at yet.

    The menu consists mainly of Malaysian hawker food favourites. Hawker food is street food where street stalls compete fiercely for custom with their delicious smell and sights. If you ever visit Malaysia, ignore the guidebooks, take some simple precautions, stick to the cooked food and you'll be in foodie heaven when you explore the hawker food scene. You'll be really missing out if you don't try this aspect of Malaysian food.

    Well, in C&R cafe, you can try these dishes in safe hygienic surroundings! For Malaysian food virgins, perhaps have the satay (meat or seafood skewers served with peanut sauce) or ketoprak (mixture of vegetables with slightly spicy peanut sauce). The Hainanese chicken rice taste belies its simple poaching cooking technique. Char koay teow is my personal favourite - wok fried broad rice sticks with meat and seafood. I am very fussy about my char koay teow and there are better versions to be had in London these days but this delivers a good idea of the best of hawker food. Nasi lemak is a good combination on a plate option - coconut rice with curry chicken, crispy anchovies, boiled egg, spicy vegetable sambal and peanuts. Ice kacang or chendol will close out the meal with something cool and sweet.

    It's down a little side street off Wardour St but it's a little gem.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/10/2011
    1 check-in

    I came.
    I saw.
    I crammed my belly full of delightful morsels which I don't expect to ever be able to pronounce.

    I'll be honest: I haven't the foggiest clue to the names of the dishes that I consumed (en masse) here. All I can say is that I walked in a Malaysian food n00b and walked out a convert.

    In particular, the heavily spiced beef rendang (thanks for the assist, Yee Gan) was a favourite at the table, along with the char kway teow. I found the latter to be very similar to your typical Chinese ho fun, but with oodles of extra bean sprouts (a common ingredient in Malaysian cuisine, apparently...).

    Having now sampled a wide variety of the offerings here, I feel comfortable making a return journey with or without a translator. It seems like one can't really go wrong by creatively pointing at menu options.

  • 2.0 star rating
    31/1/2011
    Listed in Bubble Tea

    Walking down the skinny passageway that is Rupert Court one bitterly cold January morning, I passed a café with an enormous bubble tea menu plastered along its façade. And I thought to myself, 'What better time for a cold, refreshing beverage than now?'

    So I went in.

    And it smelled. It smelled stagnant and bad. I saw one man behind the counter wearing washing-up gloves, dismembering chicken carcasses with a meat cleaver.

    He looked at me.
    I looked at him.

    Against my better judgment, the words, 'I'd like a regular bubble tea, please', came out of my mouth. I'd interrupted this man as he was hacking apart chickens with a rather sizeable knife. I'd come this far; there was no backing out now.

    He looked at me.
    I looked at him.

    He put down the cleaver and chicken leg. He removed his washing-up gloves. He paced around for a moment, bemused, and then asked me to wait.  

    He left the disused café that smelled of dead chickens. And entered the restaurant of the same name across the small alleyway.

    I stood. I didn't know what do to. I saw him speaking with a woman working behind a small bar in the restaurant who was not covered in salmonella.

    I was relieved.

    I left the café and entered the restaurant. Apologised for the mix-up (although, to be fair, the café did have an enorous bubble tea menu plastered across its window). Waited for the lovely, non-chicken-cutting woman to make me my bubble tea.

    I paid my money (a lot of it, from what I recall) and left with my wonderfully appropriate winter-time drink.

    The tea tasted all right, although it was a bit on the sickly sweet side. But the tapioca pearls were simply too big for the straw provided. They continually got stuck, which required great concentration on my part not to suck up one of these pearls in my great haste to consume it, which would ultimately end in the pearl's lodgment it in my oesophagus (and my subsequent death) due to the force of the suckage required to release the pearl causing great momentum.

    It was a minefield.

    In short: I probably wouldn't go back for the bubble tea.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/2/2010

    Two of my friends, both Malaysian, took me here on two seperate occasions, promising the best Malaysian food in London.... well they should know! So when we were looking for an alternative emergency laksa location (having been cruelly moved away from the beloved banana tree by work), I took two new visitors here.

    Things to love: the sweet condensed milk coffee and tea. I love the stuff, and I've yet to find it anywhere else nearly as good, frothy on top and hideously bad for you. Yum yum.

    Roti Canai. Dear god this bread is good. Again, hideously bad for you, but perfectly flaky and pastry-like with a sauce that has the perfect amount of kick.

    The satay is the best you'll have anywhere, in particular the prawn and noodle satay dish - can't remember its name - is superb.

    Sadly, I found the laksa too fishy for my taste - it's probably more authentic, but I prefer banana tree's pure coconutty version. However, it was good and tasty, with nice fat prawns, and could easily have fed two people.

    My advice is to stick with the malaysian dishes - the pad thai looked a very strange colour though got a good review from its eater - and watch out for those little chilis on the menu that mean 'hot'. They MEAN hot!

    Service was friendly and fast, though let us linger over some Tigers even in the canteen quick-turnaround atmosphere. Perfect place for a quick and tasty dinner - I was full for under a tenner if you don't count the beers! It's tucked away down an alley but don't overlook it in favour of some hit n' miss Chinese places in this part of town.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/11/2009

    Iced Kacang. I went here with my friend who had been before with another Asian friend of hers to sample the delights of this dessert. At first, I was a little put off, all those artificial colours, and red bean jelly at the bottom just sounded a bit weird, especially the sweetcorn bit. That sounded really weird despite my acquired taste for other things.

    I nearly chickened out and said I would order my own dessert, but once the spoon hit that shaved ice and syrup, I was a convert. This stuff is amazing. Forget how it looks, it tastes wonderful despite it being a cold November evening, we ate the whole thing. Sweetcorn and all. Well, my French friend did, rather than me! She's a massive fan.

    Desserts aside, the mains were huge and tasted really authentic and the service was friendly and efficient. I had the Nasi goreng and she had chicken with a sauce of some sort. I would come here again for sure, good value for money, good service, excellent food.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/10/2011

    Simple, basic no nonsense place..... as it should be for this kind of food....Eat the 'bone in' chicken curry.....absolutely great.
    I always go for it after a late night out. I crave it.
    With essential freshly squeezed watermelon juice.
    Lovely.
    Nice staff too.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/1/2009

    They do the best nonya laksa (like a curry noodle soup) outside of Singapore, artery-clogging coconut milk and all. I find it's hard to find the Singaporean version; more places have the Malaysian version. A friend found this place when she was studying in London, and it completely made London home for me. When I came with more people (I brought family here!), we ordered dishes and shared, and laksa's not so good for that. The ngor hiong (5 spice roll) and kangkung belacan (spicy stir-fried vegetables) particularly stand out. I didn't think the nasi lemak was that great.

    If you're in the area for a show, there's no place that would top C&R.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/1/2011
    Listed in Singaporean Nosh

    Portions are huge here. I can't believe that such sizes are meant for one person. No wonder there's a minimum spend of £6 per person here, because, otherwise, two females could share one dish and still have some left over!

    The chicken rice, wat tan ho and sambal taucho are definitely recommended.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/7/2009

    If you're into Malaysian food, definitely drop by here.

    Hole in the wall kind of place, but very good food. Friendly staff also helps :)

    Try the wa tan ho, aka cantonese style kway teow - Can't go wrong!

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/5/2011

    When you usually ask a Malaysian where to go for some Malaysian food in London Chinatown, the name C&R does pop up a few times.

    With that, I find myself heading there with friends. As it was a small group, we only tried a few dishes( Wan Tan Hor, Carrot cake, Hokkien Noodles)

    The food was tasty and while not able to replicate all the flavours and balance of its original sisters and brothers in Malaysia, is still acceptable.

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/11/2008
    First to Review

    Hidden in a back alley of off from the main hustle of China Town you'll find the very ordinary looking C & R Cafe. You suddenly feel like you are in some South -East Asian quick diner eatery with ugly, plain furniture crammed into the small space so you find yourself sitting very close to fellow customers.

    The menu serves an extensive mish mash choice of Malay, Singaporean and Thai dishes. With such so many dishes to choose from the food can be quite hit and miss.
    The curries are generally a good choice. We had their lamb curry with chunky potatoes and a rich creamy sauce in which we dunked pieces of roti in to soak it up. Their Hainan chicken rice, a favourite dish of mine, was done pretty well too.

    Whether it is my cup of tea or not, it is a popular haunt, and don't be surprised if you find yourself having to cue up and wait for your turn to be seated.

    • Qype User Timina…
    • Sydney, Australia
    • 634 friends
    • 758 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    Tucked down tiny Rupert Court, off Wardour St at the western end of Chinatown, C&R Café is a small, crowded Chinese/Malaysian restaurant. Laksa, curried coconut chicken, beef rendang, all sorts of noodles and stir-fried veg and hundreds of dishes more can be found on the menu.

    Prices are reasonable (£5-£6, mostly), the place is always packed upstairs and down (often with queues). Don't expect cosy quarters, soft mood lighting, or service with a smile. It's functional and filling, but not what I'd call a pleasant dining experience.

  • 2.0 star rating
    19/10/2010

    Maybe it was a bad night. It was Malaysian Pasar Malam night at Trafalgar Square. There were crazy queues there was no way we could get our Malaysian food fix quickly and we were starving.

    The Malaysian friends we have took us here, promising the best Malaysian food around Chinatown. But I was very disappointed. Perhaps all the usual chefs went to the Pasar Malam?

    Ordered nasi goreng mamak (bland) and ipoh hor-fun (ok, nothing special). Tried friend's nasi lemak (sambal was good, rest was a bit cold and rice needed more coconut milk). Only good dish of the night was wa tan ho (flat rice noodles in gravy).

    • Qype User Alor…
    • London
    • 11 friends
    • 47 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    20/7/2008

    Leicht zu finden ist das Restaurant sicher nicht - in einer kleinen Seitenstraße zur Wardour Street (an der Ecke wo Pizza Express ist geht's rein und dann noch 20m rechts). Das Restaurant selbst hat 2 Etagen, Erdgeschoss und Untergeschoss, oben ists definitv gemütlicher. Naja, gemütlich ist so eine Sache, denn die spärliche Einrichtung und recht unbequemen Stühle lassen keine wirkliche Gemütlichkeit aufkommen.

    Es ist ziemlich busy, starker Andrang.

    Die Speisekarte ist lang und bietet viel Auswahl. Wir haben uns für Singapur Laksa und Indian Mee Goreng entschieden. Dazu ein Bier und einen Tee. Das Bier kam warm und statt des bestellten Jasmintees wurde ein anderer gebracht. Die Bedienung nahm es gleichgültig, keine Rede von sorry. Die Gerichte kamen ca. 10min hintereinander - auch nicht so schön. Und für Bezahlung mit Trinkgeld (über das ich mich jetzt noch ärgere) gab's auch kein Dankeschön. Für den miesen Service (Service???) gibts klaren Punktabzug.

    Bei besserem Service hätte ich 4 Sterne vergeben.

    Zum Essen selbst: Das Laksa enthielt ziemlich viel leckeres Seafood und chicken, da wurde nicht gespart. Auch Nudeln waren viele drin, zu viele um sie alle aufzuessen (und ich war hungrig!). Geschmacklich wars gut, für mich etwas zuviel Kokosnussmilch-lastig, dadurch auch sehr nahrhaft, ich hätte es gern etwas schärfer/würziger gehabt.
    Das Mee Goreng war ebenfalls sehr reichhaltig, das Tofu jedoch etwas auf der trockenen Seite. Und wieder hätte es geschmacklich etwas intensiver sein können, war aber vom Grundgeschmack her lecker. Daher fürs Essen 4/5, denn es war gut, aber nicht hervorragend; die Portionen waren reichlich und vom Preis her war's auf jeden Fall ok: 6,50 Pfund - da kann man sich wirklich nicht beschweren.

  • 2.0 star rating
    16/1/2011
    1 check-in

    It was just ok - nyeh

    I've definitely had better Malaysian food elswhere in London

    For £7, I got a massive portion of Hokkien Noodles. And the best bit was I got 3 huge king prawns and squid in my dish. Size does matter :)

    I would not recommend any Malaysians to this place. But, I would only go back if I'm gaging for some Malaysian grub.

    I felt better after I got my fix. I don't like to waste food so I cleaned my plate eventhough it was not thaat good. And with that portion, I had to cut my day out short cuz I felt so sleepy after. Had a good kip in the tube :)

    Was very thirsty after the meal. They use MSG perhaps? Had to wash it down with the lovely M&S orange juice :)

    4 hours  later, I'm still stuffed!

    Burrrrrrrrrrpppppp!!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/9/2012

    Don't expect ambiance or anything fancy, but a good spot in Chinatown to have some fantastic Malaysian food.

    I would say it is more of a lunch spot, but you could probably have dinner here as well.

    Good portions, expansive menu and on the less inexpensive side. Good food, good prices - what is not to like!

    p.s. Service was a bit on the slow side for lunch, but I'm assured by the regulars that this was not the norm.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/6/2009

    What can I say this is my favourite Singapore/Malaysian restaurant in London. No doubt I can get better food back home (Singapore), but this is as good as it gets in London, and standards aren't bad at all.

    When I'm craving for a bite of street food from Singapore, I zip down to C&R for a cheap and cheerful meal.

    They do a very good Laksa (for me, this is even better than the ones I find back in Singapore..), the coconut gravy is just right - not too thick, but fragrant enough, and bits of beansprouts, fish cakes and fishballs, prawns and chicken add a nice interesting texture into each mouthful of vermicelli noodles.

    I love their Wat Tan Ho - they've done a fabulous job of frying the horfun (flat rice noodles) first, so that it is more tasty. The thick gooey gravy with prawns, fishcakes, squid and vegetables goes perfectly over the rice noodles, creating a perfect bland of harmony. Another one of my favourite orders.

    The Hokkien Noodles (with black sauce) is as authentic as it gets in some parts of Malaysia. C&R does this perfectly, and again.. it's one of my favourites.

    In fact, I'm spoilt for choice every time I go to C&R. They do a very decent Hainanese Chicken Rice, the Roti Chennai is excellent too (although portions are a tad small) and from time to time, I've tried their Prawn Noodles, which is decent, although not truly comparable with the ones I get from back home.

    I'd avoid dishes like the Phad Thai, as this is not a Thai Restaurant The Ipoh Horfun tends to be bland, so I haven't ordered it since I tried it some time back.

    C&R is a place to go for street eats from Singapore/Malaysia - if you've ever been to the region, you'll appreciate the wide variety of food offered from this small cafeteria. Don't expect great service - like most Chinese restaurants in the area, service can be a little brusque, however.. if you know anything about street food dining, then you'll know this is very typical behavior from hawkers in Singapore/Malaysia. People don't go to C&R for service, they go there for the excellent food, whenever they miss home style food. Prices range between £5-8 for a main course, and you can even get drinks like home made barley, lemonade, and teh tarik (milk tea) from this neat little joint.

    • Qype User chopst…
    • London
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    • 105 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    6/5/2011

    For photos, please go to chopstix2steaknives.blog…

    When you usually ask a Malaysian where to go for some Malaysian food in London Chinatown, the name C&R does pop up a few times.

    With that, I find myself heading there with friends. As it was a small group, we only tried a few dishes( Wan Tan Hor, Carrot cake, Hokkien Noodles)

    The food was tasty and while not able to replicate all the flavours and balance of its original sisters and brothers in Malaysia, is still acceptable.

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/1/2012

    Large quantity not so much of the quality. I waited for 30 minutes for my 'malaysian nasi koreng'  to be served. Also the atmosphere isn't so great and it doesn't smell nice. It might be better idea to get a take away from there, if you really want to try their food.

    Also, the price is very reasonable for the amount of food. Mine dish cost 6.50 pounds.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/7/2009

    I am half Malaysian Chinese, I live in London so went to C&R after spending my honeymoon in KL and Redang and came here because I felt so sad that was not there anymore. Big mistake! The food and atmosphere was so like being in Malaysia that I started crying! But obviously a good sign for this cafe. The Malaysian chicken curry is spot on, satay is good as well as Kuey Teow. The only let down is the coffee which wasn't like Malaysian Kopi, but everything else is great, even down to the Chinese pop tunes being played in there.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/3/2013
    1 check-in

    Tucked away on a side street in Chinatown, this was my little secret place for ages, a tip given to me by a friend years back. The secrets obviously out of the bag now as there are now queues out of the door! This place has never failed me in all the years that I have been coming here. My absolute favourite is Nasi Lemak. Crispy fried anchovies, curry, and super hot sambal. Super tasty food, Gigantic portions, reasonable prices - what's not to love? Usually it's pretty efficient service but recently I've been and they've been a bit slow. Although not as cheap as it was, I'd still class it as a cheap eat. Definitely worth the wait.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/9/2011
    4 check-ins

    I have now visited this little cafe in a small, dingy alley off Shaftesbury avenue twice in the last one week ... i have been really floored by the Malaysian food here.
    Unfortunately i am unable to recall the names of most of the dishes (this restaurant doesn't have a website yet), so i will go with the descriptions. On my first visit here, we were a group of 8 ... and Yee Gan ordered a variety of dishes (probably more than 10 in total) for all of us. I really liked the noodles. There was an "Indian noodles". The taste was nothing remotely Indian ... it was just spicy ... and very good. I also enjoyed the broad rice noodles with a variety of meat (this one is called Char koay teow, is it not ? ... Yee Gan, please confirm). The nasi-lemak, with its tasty and spicy chicken curry (with bones though) was fabulous. There was another dish which comprised of a boiled (and somewhat bland) chicken dish with fragrant rice and chilly sauce. I like this too ... but what i would have enjoyed the most is this rice with the curry of nasi-lemak.
    We also had beef rendang (a curry) and chicken skewers with peanut sauce. None of the dishes were disappointing.
    On my second visit i seemed to think that a number of the same preparations seemed to contain a lot more bones in the meat. I am not sure whether we could have ordered boneless versions or not.
    The quantity is good. One main course should be enough for a person under most circumstances ... but if you are really hungry then you might be able to manage 1.5. The prices are exceedingly cheap ... a stomach-full of food and drink costs no more than £11-£12 per person.
    I surely want to be back here ... but since it has a somewhat limited vegetarian selection, it might be a challenge getting my veggie friends ... but i shall try.

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/6/2010

    They have a great menu of Singaporean & Malaysian All-Stars: Laksa, Chicken Rice, Kway Teow, Nasi Goreng, etc and lots of decent drinks (they also own a juice bar across the street). Quality falls a little short of expectation, however. But that said, it's decent enough and portions are generous. Not a bad addition to the neighbourhood, which is blighted by plenty of Chinese all-you-can-eat poxy buffets. That said, it's a cut above the rest. Ambiance is canteen style with metal chairs and Formica tables. Service is swift and reasonably friendly.

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/8/2012

    Pretty good Malaysian food.  Really enjoyed the laksa and nasi lemak, but the beef rundang was seriously lacking

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/10/2012
    1 check-in

    Standard Chinese restaurant space, not fancy at all by the nasi gooreng was RIDICULOUSLY yummy much like the real thing :) coming back for sure!

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/6/2012

    Good value for its price point. The serving is generous and the flavor balance not so bad for the price.

  • 3.0 star rating
    19/9/2012

    Had lunch at C & R Cafe & Restaurant with my mate and his wife. Ordered my dish extra spicy and doused it in more spice. It was quite good and filling. As others have stated, not the foggiest clue the name of the dish I ate, but it was very good. Prices were also affordable, after all it is Chinatown!

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/1/2009

    Wandering around dark alleyways looking for this place reminded me of the late night crawls I've had in the Chinatown back home.  First thing is:  If there's a line be prepared to wait!  Once you get in though, you'll see why: it's a small place but has some pretty decent Malaysian (and other) food.  The service is kind of sluggish however.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/12/2010
    7 check-ins

    I go here quite a bit as it reminds me of growing up in Malaysia and Brunei. Really love the food so am def a fan. Have been there once though where they were uber busy and couldn't really cope - but i guess that is understandable!!!

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