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“Love this place” 5 of 5 stars
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Kayu Manis
201 Cuba Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
04-382-8627
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Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Malaysian
Description: Kayu Manis is offering traditional Malay cuisine and bringing new flavor to Wellington. Kayu Manis has come up with a unique style of halal Malay cooking using only fresh herbs and authentic Malay spices imported personally from Malaysia by the owner. The food at Kayu Manis is guaranteed to have that great traditional Malay flavor, be strong, simple and honest They have culinary only HALAL certification from FIANZ.
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Description: Kayu Manis is offering traditional Malay cuisine and bringing new flavor to Wellington. Kayu Manis has come up with a unique style of halal Malay cooking using only fresh herbs and authentic Malay spices imported personally from Malaysia by the owner. The food at Kayu Manis is guaranteed to have that great traditional Malay flavor, be strong, simple and honest They have culinary only HALAL certification from FIANZ.
Dunedin, New Zealand
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55 reviews 55 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

I've long been a fan of Malaysian food and have tried most places in Wellington. This would be my favourite. Sure, it costs a little more than most of the others, but it is a proper restaurant rather than cafe, and has the most delicious made fresh before your eyes roti. I'm a chicken curry fan, and really like their version.

Visited September 2011
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Wellington, NZ
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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“Best Roti in Wellington”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2011

Very authentic food, especially their roti chanai (roti pratha) which is made at the back of the dining area. The roti is light and a little bit crispy and you can tell it is freshly made. It makes a welcome change from all the places which use frozen roti dough and produce heavy soggy roti.

The curries, sayur lodeh etc are delicious. I have been there twice so far, but keep on ordering roti and curry so have not tried their drier dishes like mee or nasi, but I will have to one day.

Wellington is spoilt for choice for cheap ethnic restaurants. Kayu Manis is a bit more expensive, but would still be a cheap-medium priced restaurant. You can get cheaper food, but you will be hard pressed to find tastier food.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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france
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2008

My husband and I had our dinner at kayu manis and guess what?.... Just when we were to enter Kayu manis restautant at cuba street, a couple had just came out from the restaurant. They looked very happy and they told us "oh the food was excellent, very delicious. Dont mind the price but everything is worth it. give it a try". So in we go and ordered mee goreng, satay and a few dishes. Yeap! the couple was right! It is worth dining at Kayu Manis. I have heard alot of complaints abt Kayu manis food before over internet and such, i.e some claimed that the meat is too dry and ingredients are not fresh ect. Well [--] to that! The rendang was nice and as a french citizen where food taste and cusine is very important in our culture, i think Kayu manis has suceeded in every espect. I wish they chef could share the recipe for mee goreng seafood. It is tremendously delicious.

Cheers Kayu Manis


Review by Danielle Allesandria Perrione
allesandreab@gmail.com

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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Authentic Malaysian food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2008

Wellington is full of Malaysian restaurants and this is a new one we tried tonight. It was nice and warm inside on a cool night, Wooden tables with crisp white clothes and traditional silks on the menus... a nice feel. Not crowded either.

We ordered 2 roti breds and mains and the roti was lovely and came first, a bit before the mains so we started on it! The Chef works in the main dining room so you can almost see what's going on. He makes the Roti fresh (or cooks the dough). Then we had a vermercelli noodle dish with praws, chicken, bean sprouts, lime flavours too I think - very nice. I would like to try their Mee Goreng dish! Also saw a fantastic lookinf nasi goring or nasi lemak go past looked yum! Our seocnd main was a fish curry withy tamarind and tomato. It was delicious - very spicey and came with boiled rice... the roti was nice to dip into this.

Wine list had many choices.

It's expensive compared to the rash of cheap malaysian restaurants in town BUT the meals are VERY freshly made in taste, and large, so we felt it was good value and still less than other types of cusines. $52 for 2 mains (1 came with rice), 2 rotis, a water and a juice.

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