Review on Raffles, Grand Hotel Kenilworth
Billed as 'Britain's first colonial Malaysian restaurant', Raffles is part of the Georgetown group (which has branches in London, Leeds, Nottingham and Stratford upon Avon). Like its siblings, it is decked out to resemble a grand ballroom with wicker chairs, elegant chandeliers, sepia prints and luxuriant plants.
The menu reflects Malaysia's cultural and culinary heritage, and diners are offered a fascinating hotch-potch of indigenous specialities, fleshed out with a few Mandarin Chinese and Tamil Indian ideas for good measure. Ikan goreng (fried fish with aromatic herb salad and sweet chilli pickle), griddled murtabak bread, Penang lobster with sambal sauce, and hokkien kway teow (stir-fried noodles) and other dishes form the backbone of the repertoire.
Elsewhere, look for Mandarin steamed dumplings and claypots packed with chicken and Chinese greens, plus Indian classics in the shape of lamb biryani and Chettinad chicken koli with sautéed aubergines and okra. Desserts are equally broad-minded, from tropical fruit salad spiked with Amaretto to ais kacang (a mound of shaved ice piled onto an extravagant mixture of red beans, crushed nuts, agar jellies, sweetcorn, black jelly and vanilla ice cream).
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 11.00pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express