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“A restaurant is ONLY as good as the Chef”
Review of Hakalok

Hakalok
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Description: Authentic Malaysian, Thai Restaurant and Take-Away. Discover the traditional hospitality and cuisine of Malaysia.
Reviewed October 6, 2012

My wife and I only became aware of the Hakalok a few months ago and were very impressed with the quality of the Malaysian food and menu choice. So much so we gave the restaurant 4 stars.

Very regrettably the chef who produced such delicious food has recently left. With the unfortunate result the quality of food on offer has declined substantially.

Our personal favoured dishes of choice have now become bland and could not be distinguished from a run of the mill Chinese restaurant, let alone Malay or Thai cooking which is supposedly the restaurant specialty.

I would not go so far as to say we would not ever return to this restaurant. I would prefer that the owners of the Hakalok persuaded their principal chef to return or, train another chef to the same standard. Whilst also recognising that no two chefs are equal.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

The quality of food and service is excellent. Serves authentic Malaysian food. I get take always nearly every week!

Thank Sharmila N
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Oh dear, what was once a great restaurant has in a few weeks, gone down hill at a very fast rate. The reason is that the old chef has left and been replaced by a far inferior chef. The food we had on Friday was tasteless and just plain dreadful. The waiting time for the food was far to long as the chef could not keep up with the orders. I ordered the beef rendang curry which was vile and the beef very, very tough. When I asked the waitress why the food was so terrible she simply said "old chef gone, now we have new chef". All in all a waste of £40.00 and we will never return.

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1  Thank George C
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Thought we'd try this place having found it online. Surprised by its location seemingly in the middle of houses and right next to a convinience store...but just lovely.

Most main dishes ave. £6-7. Service was great and all the food was delicious.

Went for lunch and enjoyed the lunch menu which was even cheaper and included rice etc.

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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We heard about this place from a friend and thought we'd try it out. Whilst its location is not central it is well worth visiting. Pleasant decor and attentive staff (admittedly we were the only folk eating in) you understood he food on offer.
We had one of the sharing starter selections - mango salad delisss, prawn toast best ever -sweet tooth honey ribs lovely, rolls different - well presented and tasty
Soft shell crabs next and wow! Better than any I have had in London highly recommend
Randan, assimo, rice, flat bread
Decent portions and very tasty
We plan to return and have a Thai night - definitely recommend

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1  Thank hatfest
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