Review on Awana
Awana is currently moving to a central London location and will be re-opening later in the year.
Awana is the chic new face of Malaysian cooking in London, brought to life with generous backing from the Malaysian government via the minister of tourism. The site once occupied by Zen Chelsea has been extravagantly transformed with a riot of native materials including batik silk and teak wood, as well as monochrome marble and banquettes of rich red leather.
The kitchen takes the big-hit flavours of Malaysian street food and tempers them with European style and polished presentation. Most of the staples put in an appearance – although you won't find any pork on the menu (for religious reasons). Instead, feast on barbecued lamb ribs, slow-cooked beef rendang, kambing betis (curried lamb shank with lemon grass, sweet potato and mushrooms) and stir-fried salmon fillet with sweet chilli sambal. Traditional flat bread and authentic side orders (including achar and ikan bilis), plus composite one-plate classics such as nasi goring and nasi lemak complete the picture.
Awana also boasts probably the first dedicated satay bar in the world, with recipes drawn mainly from the island of Pulau Pinang. It's an all-day set up delivering skewered delicacies including Asian butterfish, corn-fed chicken, baby cuttlefish, rump of lamb and a couple of veggie options. The classy 75-bin wine list is an added bonus.
Awana is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Lee Chin Soon
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 11.30pm Mon-Sun
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express