Malaysian cuisines are hard to come by in London. Roti King, Rasa Sayang and C+R café are my go-to places that specialise in Malaysian. Other places I’ve tried do pan Asian or Fusion food. Laksamania is a newcomer to the Fitzrovia area, raved by my foodie favourites. Located in the quiet side street between Oxford Street and Tottenham court road.
The weekend I visited Laksamania had a handful of people already seated, there are plenty of seats downstairs if they can’t squeeze you in. Dark oak wood is used for the shop front and interior inside with contrasting white square and circle dining tables.
The staff seated us quickly, a paper has worn out menu handed over with a drink’s menu already on the table. Laksamania specialises in Laksa a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan Found in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and South Thailand.
Chef Danny Tan is the man behind Laksamania originally from Malaysia, coming to the UK he began working in various restaurants.
On the menu, you find small sharing plates, steamed bao’s, laksa noodles, soup noodles, stir-fried noodles, lo mein, fried rice, meat and fish, plenty of vegan mains and vegetable and tofu dishes.
It’s that time of year, where summer is gone, and the weather is cooler. A bowl of warm soup noodles is my first choice. Melaka curry laksa £12.95 appealed the most. The soup is simmered in chicken bones for over 8 hours to get that rich flavoursome broth.
Arriving in a deep large bowl, a warm yellow colour fills the bowl, dashes of chilli oil is visible, the centrepiece piled with thinly chopped cucumbers, shredded Eggs, mint and a dash of sambal paste. The rest of the ingredients came in pairs, two shrimps, two fish balls, two fried tofu, and fish cakes. The noodles have two different noodles, super thin rice vermicelli and yellow egg noodles. The curry soup is mildly spice and not too hot in heat, the coconut milk adds a level of creaminess. Fish cakes are nicely made, it was sweet rather than savoury. Although the dish is advertised as hot and sour. It was neither.
Laksamania, 92 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3EZ