Tucked away from the busy Oxford street, Laksamania is an unassuming little gem at the very heart of the Westend. If you can’t already tell from the name, Laksamania is a Malaysian restaurant specialising in laksas.
As we walked inside the restaurant, we immediately liked the place. For some reason, I was kind of expecting a typical loud Asian canteen-style restaurant. However, it was quite the opposite. The interior of the place is very chic – featuring dark wood tables, sofa seats, and a heart neon sign at the back of the restaurant with “laksa” written in it. And better yet, there is soft chillhop beats and music playing in the background, i.e. totally our style! If you go downstairs, there’s a large dining space too with a more dimly-lit setting.
Laksamania: the Laksa specialist
Laksamania’s menu offers a wide variety of options to choose from – not just laksa, but also an extensive offering on Lo Mein, Soup Noodles, Stir-fry etc. Anyhow, we’re here for the laksa and they’ve got pretty much every style for you to choose from. Whether you’re more into Singaporean-style or Ipoh/Melaka/Penang Assam-style, Laksamania has it all for you to pick. All chicken is halal at Laksamania. Pork and alcohol are served at the restaurant.
The Food: What We Ordered
Chilli Garlic Fried Wings (£7.95)
For starters, we decided to go for some wings. The seasoning of the wings follows a Chinese salt & pepper style, and it’s then elevated with the addition of red chillies and fried garlic. It was a very fragrant dish highlighting an addictive savoury flavour. We only wished the wings were meatier!
Laksamania Laksa (£17.95)
This is one of Laksamania’s signature dishes. The laksa features a rich Melaka style chicken broth with coconut milk and infused with an umami seafood flavour. Both yellow egg noodles & rice noodles are used in this dish and it consists of generous toppings, including one big tiger prawn as the centrepiece.
Its portion definitely makes your money worth and the quality of ingredients was great too. Especially, it was to my absolute delight that the tiger prawn was of fresh quality and cooked to a perfect al dente texture. If you love prawns like me and don’t mind spending a little extra, I’d definitely recommend ordering this one. The only criticism from us is that they could add a bit more chilli into the dish for an extra punch of flavours.
Chicken Curry Laksa (£12.95)
We also had the Chicken Curry Laksa, which features a Nyonya chicken curry incorporated into a rich Ipoh laksa broth. Similar to the Laksamania Laksa above, it is served with a mix of both yellow egg noodles and rice vermicelli noodles.
This one got a more tart and tangy touch to it against the rich curry flavour. The chicken was cooked really succulent and come in a reasonably large portion.
Coconut Snow Ice (£6.50)
In a nutshell, this is a coconut shaved ice, which we ordered as dessert. The dish is first lined with a base of sweet red beans, then topped with coconut shaved ice. It is then topped off with coconut jelly and drizzled with syrup. The dessert was okay – slightly underwhelming I’d say. There could be a richer coconut flavour and I personally would prefer a sweeter touch on the red beans.
Restaurant Review Summary
All in all, we really enjoyed our meal at Laksamania. It was an absolutely delightful spot and very satisfactory to both the taste buds and the belly! The prices are reasonable and definitely makes a great option if you’re around the area/central London.
Chicken is halal.
Alcohol is served at the restaurant.
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road