I went with a friend to Straits of Malaya to celebrate her birthday.  We were originally going to go to Inti, but they’re closed on Mondays.  Neither one of us had ever been so we figured why not?

  • Food:When we sat down, we ordered curry puffs and fried tofu for appetizers.  The curry puffs were a little greasy, but they were good.  Fried tofu was decent.  I ordered the Udang Goreng Beremp which was pretty good.  My friend ordered Nasi Goreng.  I thought both were a little greasy, but good.  There was a lot of food and we both had doggy bags.  But since it was my friend’s birthday, we had to get dessert and ordered fried bananas with homemade cinnamon ice cream and a light mint sauce. 
  • Service: Our server was really nice and while it was a slow night, she seemed to be busy (there were only about 3 tables).  She kept running next door with various dishes. 
  • Atmosphere:It’s a bit of a bare location, but the food’s good.  Immediately when you walk through their doors, you hit their small bar.  Then on the right, you’ll see their dining room.  They have a second floor outside deck which I bet would be a fun place to go, instead of Lauriol Plaza across the street.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: I thought it was good and my friend said it was pretty authentic (except they didn’t use prawns so the flavor wasn’t exact).  The menu can be found here Straits of Mayala Menu Page 1 and Straits of Mayala Menu Page 2.


  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:30 PM-10:30 PM; Friday & Saturday 5:30 PM-11 PM
  • Address: 1836 18th Street NW; Washington, DC 20009
  • Ph: 202-483-1483

I’ve walked by Malaysia Kopitiam a thousand times and have always meant to try it.  Finally, I went and grabbed lunch.

  • Food:Self-described as “fine Malaysian cuisine with the influence of Malay, Chinese, and Indian food,” it was pretty good.  I ordered the spicy tamarind squid with stir-fried squid, pineapple, okra, onion, red pepper, carrot, and tomatoes in spicy tamarind sauce.  It wasn’t very spicy, but it was good.  And yet again, enough for lunch and dinner!

Malaysia Kopitiam Spicy Tamarind Squid

  • Service: Who knows, I ordered for pick-up.
  • Atmosphere: It’s a basement restaurant, which means it’s a bit dark and has an 8-10 stool bar.  While the atmosphere isn’t the most impressive, it’s not horrible either. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall:They have a pretty good mixture of Asian beers and for only $4, it’s almost like a happy hour special.  Their food is way better than Penang and I would definitely go back.  Their menu has a lot of yummy sounding options such as their seafood tofu clay pot, noodle soup with stuffed mix vegetables, and seafood noodle soup.


  • Reservations are accepted.
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 AM-10 PM; Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM-11 PM; Sun 12 noon-10 PM
  • Address: 1827 M St NW; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-833-6232