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Posted by Malaysian food lover on the prowl on 07/29/2008
I was there a few years ago and recently I dropped by as I was just curious whether it is still as good. My verdict is that the food is less authentic and more Americanized unfortunately! I missed the pungent smell of strong herbs and spices which real Malaysian food are famous for. The redeeming part is the desert is still very good and the service is very attentive but wish the good looking Asean waiting staff smile more. I long for the old chef culinary skill and wonder what's in the boss mind now that this place no longer serve real Malaysian food but still call it Cafe Asean.
Posted by Great Little Place on 01/09/2008
This is a cute little place with a romantic atmosphere that serves pretty good pan-asian food. They have a combination of thai, malaysian, and other dishes. I had a very good chicken, though I wish that it had come with more sizable sides (more veggies!). My friend got two appetizers and they were both flavorful and sizable. The best part by far was the dessert - there are only two - flan and black rice pudding, and we had the pudding. It was simply amazing. Warm, soft, creamy black rice in with warm coconut milk and banana slices. it was beyond delicious. I would go back just for that. Overall, worth a try!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/13/2007
Basically a Malaysian restaurant - simple, homestyle curries and stir-fries. The food is not fantastic - but it is good. It's cheapish. The atmosphere is cute. But it's no better than your typical corner Thai or Chinese place. Sounds much more exotic and fancy than it turns out to be.
Posted by LovedIt on 10/03/2007
I really loved this place. We sat in front where it's a smaller, intimate setting (I heard that there's an area in the back which is bigger). My date and I ordered the chicken satay and puffs which contained crispy shrimp, crabmeat and peas. Both were delicious - the puffs came with a spicy yellow sauce which really complemented both dishes. For dinner, we both had Malaysian Coconut Curry Chicken, which was so delicious (I'm a big curry fan). I'm coming back here!
Posted by Loretta on 09/09/2007
What a shame. I was a regular years ago and it was ultra-spicy Asian food...some of the best in town..Went on a Sat night and it is now generic tourist Asian food . The Mee Goreng use to be awesome.. Its now is greasy minced noddles (like leftover's overcooked) lacking in flavor...What happened to the delicious food?? The squid w/ lemongrass was equally boring.. What can I say. The newer winterized outdoor space is nothing special. Miss the funky asian authentic backyard and the powerful food that actually cut it close to real asian.. What a shame.
Posted by ash on 06/28/2007
This is my go-to restaurant in manhattan. Great panasian food for a very reasonable price, with an atmosphere that is eclectic, a little exotic, and charming though very casual and unpresumptuous. They'll make almost any of their fabulous dishes vegetarian if you ask, and there is something for everyone. Don't miss the vietnamese coffee for dessert. This is the only restaurant I've bothered to write a review for - its that inspiringly good.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/21/2007
The food is so good. I have been there so many times with all my friends and my boyfriend. Even as take out the snapper is so fresh and perfectly cooked. My only complaint would be that sometimes I felt rushed when they brought the bill right after the dinner plates left, but still totally worth the amazing food and nice atmosphere.