Malaysian food is easily one of my favourite cuisines in the world. With huge influences from Chinese and Indian cuisines, Malaysian food is no short of fire-cracking flavours and is some of the world’s best cuisines. Luckily, there are quite a few places where you can find a good taste of Malaysia. Living in West London, we are especially spoilt with some of the best Malaysian restaurants in town! As Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country, it comes as no surprise that most Malaysian restaurants in London are halal or at least partially halal. In this article, we’ve put together a list of the best halal Malaysian restaurants in London, including our top favourites
Where to Find the Best Halal Malaysian Restaurants in London
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’d know that we are regulars at Normah’s, which is the definition of a hidden gem. Our go-to dishes include the Roti Beef Rendang, Curry Laksa, Sambal Sea Bream, and Fried Chicken Bites. The Roti, in particular, is unrivalled and is consistently the best you can ever get your hands on in London.
Med Salleh Kopitiam
Our second go-to halal Malaysian restaurant is Med Salleh Kopitiam, which is located just a few steps away from Normah’s. The Hainanese Chicken Rice can be a bit hit or miss at times, but the Chicken Satay, Curry Laksa, Char Kway Teow, and Char Hokkien Mee are always spot on for us.
P.S. the famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo is a frequent customer at Med Salleh Kopitiam!
Looking for the best Char Kway Teow in London? Then you must hit up Hawker’s Kitchen. The “wok-hei” is unrivalled amongst any other East Asian restaurant in London and the flavours are tantalisingly good. As such, the likes of Nasi Goreng etc. are also pretty good there. Additionally, Hawker’s Kitchen also serves a range of South Indian dishes such as dosas & curries.
As one of the longstanding Malaysian restaurants in London, Tukdin has been attracting a loyal crowd over the years. Despite an underwhelming starter of chicken satay, we really enjoyed their loaded bowl of laksa kari, which comes with both chicken & seafood.
If you ask me about halal food in London Chinatown, I’ll always say Rasa Sayang. The longstanding Malaysian restaurant serves some of the best Chicken Satay and Malaysian Chicken Curry in town. It’s always busy there, which is a testament to how consistently good their food are over the years. Don’t forget to wash it down with a Teh Peng/Teh Tarik or their lovely selection of mocktails, and finish with a Gulak Melaka!
It all started with its award-winning chicken satay burger at street food pop-ups that put Sambal Shiok onto Londoner’s map. From there, the laksa bar is born as Sambal Shiok finds its permanent home in Holloway Road. Other than laksa, their beef rendang, Malaysian fried chicken, and gado-gado salad are excellent dishes to try as well.
Adding to the line-up of Malaysian restaurants in Queensway is Putera Puteri. They are well-loved by the local community and their char kway teow is an especially popular pick. In addition, Putera Puteri regularly donates meals to local charities.
Located within a service apartment hotel, Halia Restaurant is another halal Malaysian restaurant gem in Queensway. They are actually run by the same team behind Putera Puteri, so you can expect the same standards of homely Malaysian food there.
Phat Phuc Noodle Bar
They are not a Malaysian restaurant but they do make a decently good curry laksa that’s worth a mention here. You may have a little giggle at the “rude” name of Phat Phuc, but it actually translates as “happy Buddha” in Vietnamese! It’s a great noodle gem in London and a great option for a good halal Malaysian laksa fix.
Old Chang Kee
I know, I know, Old Chang Kee is a Singaporean name rather than Malaysian. But the two cuisines share remarkable similarities and it’s still a good option to get your cravings fixed. The chicken curry puffs are a must-try and guaranteed to swoon your taste buds. Additionally, you can also find the likes of curry laksa, beef rendang, and nasi lemak on the menu.
It may be a little hard to catch Dapur as they are only open from 11:30 am to 3 pm on weekdays. But if you happen to work in an office nearby, you’d know it’s a very popular lunch spot for some great homely halal Malaysian food. Its menu changes daily, so you’re always in for a surprise.
No matter the day of the week, no matter the weather, there is always a queue for Roti King in Euston. The legendary spot specialises in Malaysian roti canai and is known to be one of the best in town. Other than roti canai, you can also find other classic Malaysian dishes such as nasi lemak, curry laksa, etc.
If you’re looking for halal pan-Asian food in Camden, then check out Malay Fellas. Other than its own restaurant, Malay Fellas also collaborates with Putera Puteri to run a warung in Queensway.
Raya Asian Street Food
Run by Malaysians & Indonesians
Halal status: All meats served are halal
(click to open location on Google Maps)
Whilst they’re from the famous Roti King, the food at Gopal’s Corner was unfortunately nowhere near as good. Despite many positive claims, our multiple experiences there speak otherwise. Our friends have also said that Roti King was much better than the quality that Gopal’s Corner serves. We’ll leave it up for you to judge.
Halal status: All meats served are halal
Location: Victoria / Oxford Street / Canary Wharf