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Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan Alley

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HALAL STATUS Fully Halal

When it comes to new restaurants, there are two things (other than the food itself, of course) that always brings joy to the heart: One that’s family-run, or that’s been opened by close friends.

In the case of Malay Fellas, it’s the latter, with childhood buddies Harith and Shubli, who boast almost 30 years of combined cooking experience, having launched their very first joint food venture last year.

While they were initially running a Malaysian kitchen at Tai Pan Alley in Camden earlier in the year, they have now relocated to Putera Puteri in west London’s Queensway.

Childhood friends Harith & Shubli are all smiles

Their fully Halal menu is well defined, with focus, we were told, on serving authentic dishes and flavours untainted by the influence of the Western palate, with a few such generationally passed down.

To this end, Harith told us that Malay Fellas has the distinction of being the first Malaysian eatery in London to serve a quintessentially traditional breakfast sandwich called a Roti John.

The two friends, who first met in Malaysia when Harith was 15 and Shubli just 12, come from a long line of restaurateurs, with their parents running successful businesses both at home and following their move to the UK.

Harith’s mother used to run the popular Malaysian restaurant Puji Puji in Colindale’s Oriental City, before its demolishment in 2014 forced her to relocate to Balls Pond Road in Dalston.

Meanwhile, Shubli’s father ran Malaysia Hall Canteen in Bayswater, followed later by a restaurant in Paddington called Pak Awie. He is now operating Indo-Malay Melur by Pak Awie on Edgware Road.

ROTI

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan Alley

Roti Canai – Griddled flatbread served with either chicken curry or dhal curry & sambal, £7.95

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan AlleyThere’s a reason why the Roti Canai is a classic Malaysian street food staple.

The swanky roti manages to walk the thin line between multi-layered chewiness and crumbly-soft goodness.

As for the bowl of deceptively innocuous-looking dhal curry topped with sambal sauce, then the former was textured and delicately tempered, while the latter lent a tangy edge to things. All in all, this dish turned out to be a perfect appetiser of sorts.

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan Alley

Roti Sarang Burung – A Roti Canai with sunny-side-up egg served with dhal curry & sambal, £5.95

While ‘Sarang Burung’, which literally means a ‘birds nest’, was a simple yet clever take on the well-known South Asian breakfast of anda (eggs) paratha, the difference was that the sunny-side-up egg was contained within a donut-shaped buttered roti.

Sprinkled with chives, the addition of the egg just made the accompanying bowl of dhal curry with sambal sauce that much more scrumptious.

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan Alley

Roti John (Sloppy Joe) – Hawker style bread roll griddled and filled with spiced minced lamb or chicken omelette, £6.95

RECOMMENDED

As mentioned above, Malay Fellas say they are the first restaurant to introduce the Roti John (Sloppy Joe) to London.

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan AlleyIn fact, its popularity in Malaysia can be measured by the fact that during Ramadan, which is only a week away, families invariably tend to enjoy this decadent bun immediately after opening their fast with a date.

And we can understand why, because this was an absolute delight. Encased in a pillowy-soft steamed bun was a lightly spiced and ultra tender chicken omellete, all smothered in a tangy orange sauce that brought the entire thing together. We could have easily downed two of these.

KARI

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan Alley

Kambing Kari – Mamak-style lamb curry with potato, £13.95

The skill with which the chefs were able to balance the gentle spices in this Kari Kambing Mamak curry, thereby allowing the meaty flavour of the wonderfully rendered lamb to come through smoothly, was quite something.

Not only was the superbly infused curry rich and flavourous, but the baby potatoes managed to retain a good bite, with the peppers therein offering that little bit extra.

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan Alley

Char Kuey Teow (Chicken) – Street hawker-style flat rice noodles, £10.95

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And the ability with which the chefs were able to imbue this Penang Char Kuey Teow with the smoky depth of the wok ‘hei’ was astounding.

Here was arguably one of the best flat rice noodle dishes we’ve had, with the chicken almost shredded in texture, and entirely enveloped in a deeply flavoured, umami sauce, with the heat permeating through beautifully.

WOK & SPECIALITY

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan Alley

Nasi Goreng (Chicken) – Putera Puteri style fried rice with veg and egg, £9.95

There’s a reason why the name Malay Fellas has been juxtaposed to the Nasi Goreng here, given how deliciously fragrant this moist mound of fried rice turned out to be.

With smokiness lingering in the background, the glistening rice was finely spiced, the chunks of chicken moist and succulent, and the finely diced green chillis assuring pleasant heat. An uncomplicated dish; but one which was done with complete precision.

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan Alley

Nasi Lemak (Fried Chicken) – Coconut rice, spicy sambal, hard boiled egg, fried anchovies cucumber and peanuts, £9.95

And this authentic Nasi Lemak was another brilliantly executed plate of food, with tender chicken fried to a tee, and a spicy sambal sauce offering a zesty edge.

Malaysia’s unofficial national dish is identified as such because of how the simple sum of its parts culminate into something so delicious. In this instance, it really did.

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan Alley

Kari Laksa Nyonya (Prawn) – Coconut curry broth wtth vermicelli noodles, beansprouts, hard boiled egg and tofu, £10.95

RECOMMENDED

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan AlleyIf there’s one dish that epitomises the homeliness that Malay Fellas are trying to bring, then this Kari Laksa is it.

A tremendous bowl of buttery sweet soup, which was soothingly warm, had the lingering hint of the lemongrass in the background, and plenty of noodles that had absorbed all that rich broth.

On this occasion, we opted for prawns, which had the tender chewiness of precisely made crustaceans, as well as crunchy beansprouts, a hard boiled egg, and saturated cubes of soft tofu.

DESSERTS

Malay Fellas Halal Malaysian restaurant Camden, London Tai Pan Alley

Pandan Creme Brulee – Infused with fragrant pandan leaves, £4.95

RECOMMENDED

Despite all the praise heaped upon the aforementioned, it is this inhouse-made Pandan Creme Brulee, which Malay Fellas have designated their signature, that perhaps stole the show.

Teh Terik, £3.55

This was exceptionally good dessert was fragrance personified, with just enough sweetness to allow for the subtle vanilla aroma of those pandan leaves to come through with every bite.

Exquisitely balanced, and a flavour profile for a creme brulee we’d never encountered before, but one we’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for in the future.

And, of course, we would be remiss not to enjoy this with the classic Malaysian beverage, Teh Terik, which in this case was soothingly milky and satisfying.

THE ROAR
Putera Puteri by Malay Fellas
5 FTL's Roar
4.5 Pride's Roar (1 Roar)
Alcohol/ Pork?
  • NO/ NO
FSA HYGIENE RATING
Last Checked: 18/07/2022
Facilities
  • CHILD SEATING
  • DISABLED FACILITIES
  • UBER EATS
  • DELIVEROO
Summary
We've visited enough Malaysian eateries to know that, while they can be a mixture of homely food and spruced up restaurant dishes, often they tend to lack in consistency. Well, Malay Fellas have raised the game in a way we simply weren't anticipating.

Of course, it helps immeasurably when you've been brought up, as Harith and Shubli have, in a household full of restaurateurs. Such invaluable experience has brought them to the point where, for us, they have collectively set down a benchmark for Malaysian cuisine in the capital that will take some beating. There was a level of quiet confidence these two chefs cooked with that spokes volumes even before we got to enjoy their dishes.

We've teamed up with them to offer you a massive 50% off the entire menu until the end of August. You have no excuse not to visit Putera Puteri by Malay Fellas, and arguably one of the best Malay restaurants in London.

Menu Recommendation

Drink - Teh Terik

Starter - Roti John

Main - Penang Char Kuey Teow

Dessert - Pandan Creme Brulee

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Putera Puteri by Malay Fellas
179 Queensway, London W2 5HL.

T: +44 (0)7395 575 377 | W: @malayfellas www.puteraputeri.co.uk | E: [email protected] [email protected]

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 08:30-21:30

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