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“Not Genuine Malaysian Hawker Food.”

Rasa Sayang Restaurant
Ranked #282 of 1,362 Restaurants in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Melbourne, Australia
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131 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Not Genuine Malaysian Hawker Food.”
Reviewed April 21, 2012

When we looked at the menu we were happy to find Malaysian Hawker Food, in particular the stir fried noodles. We ordered Char Kway Teow, Beef Hor Fun, etc for lunch and regretted doing so. Every dish was fried with the dark sweet soya sauce like Kechap Manis making it extremely sweet, made worse by the heavy use of that sauce. It is not what you will get in Penang or Kuala Lumpur or for that matter from any decent Malaysian restaurant in Sydney or Melbourne.

We were disappointed but was prepared to put it down to experience. However, the waiter came to us and solicited our opinion on the food. Of course we told him the dishes were fried with the wrong sauce and way too sweet. Just not authentic. He then went into a tirade lecturing us what Malaysian food is, when he has never been there himself. That is until he discovered our guests were from that country when he changed his tune to the dishes being their own interpretation/style of a standard Malaysian Hawker staple.

We cannot comment on the other dishes as we have not tried them out. As for the variety of Hawker Fried Noodles they were not good Malaysian style.

  • Visited March 2012
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English first
Tuross Head, Australia
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Canberra favourite”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

When staying in Canberra my husband & I always dine at the Rasa Sayang and it always lives up to our expectations. The food is varied and wonderful (our favourite is Chilli Beef!!) and the staff are efficient and friendly. Also the prices are very reasonable for such quality meals so why go anywhere else?!

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank Tricia1401
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Canberra, Australia
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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“Workmanlike Malaysian food”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

The food lacks the ebullience of the best Malaysian food. It is a regular for takeaways though.

Visited March 2012
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“Great family food”
Reviewed March 11, 2012

Our family loves nothing better than take away or an early dinner at the Rasa. Food is never less than fantastic and staff always remember you with a smaile.

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Canberra, Australia
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98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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“GREAT FOOD AND FRIENDLY STAFF”
Reviewed February 18, 2012

NIce Malaysian/Chinese restaurant located in Dickson's Chinatown. Friendly staff who were attentive and the food that we chose was lovely - mixed satay, kung po chicken and mee goreng.

Quick service and great for a casual night out.

  • Visited February 2012
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