Mildly hungover and in need of a shot of chilli and crunch I journeyed to the Rupert Court Malaysian restaurant. I’d been a few times before, but I thought I’d give it another whirl but barring a few standouts I’m not sure if it’s going to be added to the regular lunch repertoire.
First the good bits. Just about the best chicken satay I’ve had out of SE Asia. The meat was tender on the inside, but had all those wonderful gnarly bits of charged crisp that work so well with a decent peanut sauce. The Loh Bak was also good if slightly too densely packed, but had a wonderful crisp beancurd skin. There was also a special which if I remember correctly was called ‘Malaysian pasta with sauce’ and only available some days of the week which was divided the table, but I thought was great. It consisted of rough cut pieces of large flat noodle in a dark gravy with fresh cucumber and crisp anchovies on top - reminiscent of a kind of Zhang Mien remix.
On the downside the roti was overly greasy, the rendang and laksas were nothing to write home about and the mackerel in tamarind sauce was overly sweet and boney.
For Soho Malaysians I’d put it below the reliable Rasa Sayang, but still not bad.