UPDATE – Mahsuri is now permanently closed.
I have been to Mahsuri before and it has always been reasonably good. It seems to be a friendly restaurant, always full of Malaysian families, and always fairly busy. The food is halal.
The speciality is the satay – at the back of the restaurant is a large indoor barbecue which is constantly on the go, processing satay sticks with production line efficiency.
We chose chicken and beef satay to start – the sauce is delicious and really authentic, the chicken sticks were really good and the beef were good but a little chewy for my liking. As always they were accompanied by compressed rice cubes, cucumber and onion.
Next we had murtabak, which is a thin bread style pancake filled with minced lamb and served with a curry sauce. This was authentic and very tasty.
For the main course we chose Eggplant Sambal, Prawn (udang) Curry and coconut rice.
The Eggplant sambal (Terong sambal) was very tasty – it is always a rich deep red curry and looks like it is going to be exceedingly hot with chilli, but it is not really that hot, just a nice rich flavour, and the eggplant is not overcooked, it still holds its shape.
The rice was lovely, but the prawn curry (kari udang) was disappointing considering that it was a house speciality. The curry sauce was thin and it tasted as if the spices were still raw in the sauce and had not been cooked long enough. I know that I can make better curries than this at home, and I really didn’t have more than a few spoonfuls so found this a waste of money.
I also had a soda gembira, which was a drink with rose syrup, condensed milk and lemonade – very nice and refreshing.
So will I go back to Mahsuri ? I’ll definitely go back for the satay and murtabak, maybe it is better as a lunch venue.