Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Wannabe A Malaysian Restaurant In London?

By Philippa Morton.

“I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I really really really wanna ziggazig ahhh!”

Well said Spice Girls. Although, even I know that what they meant to say was “Awana” in honour of their favourite Malaysian restaurant in London. Possibly.

[Corny! Ed].

So what do Sporty, Ginger, Baby, Posh and Scary have in common with Malaysian restaurants? One concept: spice. And where do you find spice on a (very) late summer’s eve in London? In Trafalgar Square, of course. At this annual Malaysian Festival in the centre of town, there were a multitude of Malaysian restaurants to choose from: Tukdin, Bintang, Malay House, Delima, Puji Puji, Melur, and Satay House, which just last week was awarded the Best Malaysian Eatery in the UK at the Asian Curry Awards.

I was surrounded by a wall of food stalls and a stage in the centre, but was sadly too late to witness Masterchef Winner Tim Anderson’s performance. Luckily, I was not too tardy to sample the food from the variety of restaurants around London; although much of my time was spent jostling the crowd, trying to buy some spicy goods. I eventually succeeded at the last moment, and, whilst everyone else was watching the stunning Malaysian sword fighters, singers, dancers and drummers on stage, I was guzzling down delicious chicken dumplings, and fish, rice and spice wrapped in a banana leaf from Tukdin.

The night seemed to close off a tad early for my liking - it must have been only 8.30pm when the bargaining for the last sales began - with the last performance completed just after 9. The spice for nightlife had started to kick in, but, unfortunately, it didn’t last much longer. That’s all folks.

To book a table at Awana, use the booking form below.

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