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