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by Ian Marshall (subscribe)
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Published April 17th 2013
Malaysian delights in Chinatown
London's Chinatown isn't a real town. It's full of restaurants, not homes and they are of extremely varying quality.

You can get 5 buffets if you are willing to eat generic slop that may contain meat far worse than horse.

This little cafe, though, tucked away down a side street serves something a bit different, and does it very well. They serve Malaysian tinged dishes, and for me this is just incredible, my favourite cuisine in the world I think!

C & R Cafe, China Town, Malaysian, Restaurant, soho
C & R Cafe frontage

We had trouble choosing from their extensive menu but I was pretty sure I'd be satisfied with all of it, and the expansive servings made 3 dishes an absolute feast for us eaten family style.

We chose Wat Tan Ho for a noodle soup with a Cantonese style.
Wat Tan Ho, soup, C & R Cafe, Restaurant, soho, china town
Wat Tan Ho soup

The Penang Laksa for a traditional spicy and coconutty Malaysian noodle soup.

Penang Laksa, C & R Cafe, Chinatown, Restaurant
Penang Laksa

We finished the trio with some coconut rice, served with a pork belly curry cooked with star anise and beautiful flavours.

Pork Belly, C & R Cafe, Chinatown, restaurant
Pork Belly and rice

All washed down with cans of Tiger beer from Singapore, although we could have had fresh fruit juices.

The feast was filling, delicious and not at all expensive and service was quick and efficient. I'll certainly be seeking it out again next time I'm nearby.
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Why? Great food in a central location
When: 7 Days a week 12 noon to 11pm
Phone: 020 7434 1128
Where: Rupert St. China Town
Cost: Mains around 6-8
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The Penang Laksa looks good.
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