About Satay House
Satay House, London's most established Malaysian restaurant effortlessly combines traditional recipes and family-run affability with modern culinary techniques and sleek contemporary design.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
£25 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
020 7723 6763
Please contact us and see if we can cater for you
Meter parking, single yellow after 6:30pm
Private Party Facilities:
Separate seating on two floors. Basement (Whole floor private)
Private Party Contact:
Fatizah Shawal: 02035897458
Beer, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, WLAN available
Satay House Ratings and Reviews
Another great meal
I regularly go to Satay House for an early dinner, and it is great every time. Would definitely recommend it!
Great choice of Malay food
Try to sit upstairs. All the staff were warm and friendly and knew the menu well. My fellow diners loved the feel of the place, small cosy and very clean. A bit spartan but thats a personal view. I cant eat food with too much chilli and was really happy that at least 2 dishes from each section of the menu can be done with a very mild chilli level. The chicken in coconut sauce was delicious, the meat was succulent and sauce delicious. The chicken satay is good but portions are tiny. Dont bother with veg satay, its tasteless. My friend informed me that the wine choice was excellent for an asian restaurant. The laksa looked too oily. Overall a lovely dinner choice.
My own opinion based on what I ordered
The nasi goreng was great, the beef satay was good, the chicken satay was okay, the "ayam percik" was okay, albeit it was sweet and not how I used to eat it, the mee hoon soup is great, the sirap limau is great, and the bandung was okay. My disappointment, however, lies with the rest of the menu that I ordered. The satay sauce was awful, tasted like crushed peanut mix with water, the dendeng is not even dendeng, it looks like rendang, but not even taste like it, the kway teow hailam taste like kway teow kicap. I respect them on their effort to introduce Malaysian cuisine to the local, but please, please, please at least get the taste right. The dendeng is my favourite food, and I was so disappointed I ended up going back and cook my own. My friend was so disappointed that he end up buying Subway on the way back from the restaurant. Other than that the atmosphere was great, it kinda feel like having a romantic dinner.
Great food, great location
I am not an expert on Malaysian food so I cannot comment on authenticity, but I thoroughly enjoyed the food as well as the overall experience of the Satay. Our party shared one of the set menu's which provided a great range of dishes from the main menu at very good value and allowed us to try a variety of the different types of food on offer. The location is also great, being close to both the Edgware road and Paddington stations.
Fourth visit - strange service
This is a local for me and a favourite too. All is still great with the food and in general, but the last visit was strange - we had a 9pm table booked and arrived about 12 minutes early (it was Sunday night, so not the busiest). The restaurant was probably about 60% occupied and there were obviously vacant tables around, but we were made to sit and wait on the 2 stools by the front door until our allotted time. Another couple (I think walk-ins) were subjected to the same experience. I understand that the kitchen has to be paced and I don't expect to be seated instantly, but, why couldn't we be seated at one of the open tables, where we would have been quite happy to buy and enjoy some wine? This didn't quite spoil our evening, but it was just weird 'hospitality'. Constant referrals to the manager about small matters (i.e. could we have 1 scoop of each of vanilla and chocolate ice cream instead of 2 scoops of just one flavour please? The correct answer is 'yes', instantly). Let's hope next time the 'hospitality warmth' setting is turned up a notch or two.
Really good restaurant. Very authentic ...
Really good restaurant. Very authentic and good price
Best Malaysian food in London?
The small upstairs room is cosy lively and modern with a view into the very clean kitchen (this restaurant is immaculately kept). Downstairs is fine too and the service, from a young enthusiastic and eclectic team is equally good in both sections. Tender and aromatic Beef Rendang, fresh and lively Kway Teow Goreng (rice noodles with prawn) and carefully made Telur Dadar (omelette with chili and spring onion) with stir fried Choi Sum were all very clean tasting and nicely served. Desserts aren't just an afterthought here with a decent selection - we shared freshly made banana fritters with chocolate ice cream and maple syrup. An added bonus, not always seen in Asian restaurants, an espresso machine which means you can get a decent caffeine shot after dinner. Wines are a thoughtful selection at reasonable prices. It's easy to become a regular here, the whole package is very well done.
Authentic Malaysian food
It was my first time in a Malaysian restaurant and it was reassuring to see that the staff and most of the clients were Malayasian. Even at 10 o'clock at night it was full and is a good place for a late night meal. The food is excellently tasty and the service very attentive but not fussy. The ground floor room is quite functional, the basement feels a bit more cosy. An enjoyable evening.
Good place to meet for dinner before catching a late train out of london from PAdddingtonn
Fantastic Malaysian Food
There are many things that are great about this place. 1) Location (close to Edgware Road tube) 2) Very good service 3) Excellent food at a good price 4) Great decor 5) Large portions (we were very very full)
I came with my family for a birthday dinner & also because i missed food from back home & was excited to see that you served roast nasi ayam instead of just the hainese one. But i left feeling very disappointed after having such high expectations!!!! My daughter was upset because she doesn't like going to restaurants but when i told her they served Roti Canai she was happy. When ordering the food there was no roti canai. The nasi ayam was not like how it was from back home and the soup was very salty. My husband had to wait ages to get his rice and when he did his mutton mysore was cold so had to get it reheated which took another 20 minutes to come back. All in all we waited a long time for our food and when it came it didn't all come together and some of it was warm/cold. I think that you need to have more than 2 waitresses during your busy times as this will cut down on waiting times and serving cold food. In future if you are serving food on the menu then yo should at least make sure you have it. Also coming to a Malay restaurant i expected to see malay waitresses/waiters.
Great food and great service in a little hideaway
This restaurant was recommended by a Malaysian co-worker as the best Malaysian food in London. Having visited Malaysia and lived in SE Asia, my wife and I had high expectations. We met some friends there on Saturday afternoon. The restaurant is small and a bit cramped so you don't go there for the atmosphere, although everything was very clean and in good condition. However the food was GREAT and the prices were reasonable; we were not disappointed. We all agreed that we would definitely be going back. Be sure to make reservations because it fills up fast.
Great Malaysian food!
I can highly recommend the rendang and the teh tarik! The flavours were spot-on! We tried several of the tofu dishes - interesting, but not very flavoursome. Come here if you're craving some good, reliable Malaysian food at reasonable prices!
A little thrifty on the size of the dish...
A little thrifty on the size of the dishes. Overall, delicious food. Recommended.
Excellent Malaysian food.
Booked a table at Satay house for myself, a fellow Malaysian friend and our respective other halves. Never been before nor was it recommended by someone who had; purely based on Internet reviews which were all very positive. And it did not disappoint. They satay starter was pretty decent but the Sayur Campur (mixed vegetable) was amazing as was the Petai cooked w Ikan Bilis and sambal belacan, Beef Rendang, Ayam Percik, coconut rice and Roti Canai. YUM!Even the dessert was delicious. My only gripe is that the portions were a tad on the small side. Prices were pretty standard for London. Staff and service were impressive though.
I love the Satay House - or rather, certain dishes from it. The ayam goreng berlada and mee hoon goreng is my favourite across the world and yes, that includes Malaysia! The service has improved, kudos on that. And the food has stayed consistent over the years and for that I am forever grateful for my yearly visits to London.
Malaysian dining in london
Excited to have Malaysian food in London, I invited two friends to join me at Satay House. Though the service was very good, the nasi campur I ordered was sub standard - I felt there just wasn't enough food. The vegetables were bland, there was one, yes one, dried anchovy and two pieces of small fish to have with the rice. When I asked for sambal I was told this would cost an extra £4 since it was made in house. What a joke! My experience of nasi campur in malaysia was far superior to this experience and I will certainly not go to satay house again. Being asked to pay for sambal which is integral to Malaysian cuisine and being given one anchovy and two small pieces of cooked fish and some tasteless vegetables only made me wish for real tasty Malaysian food. In fact, I had to have some more food when I got back home I was left wanting! Oh, and must I forget - we were handed our bill without asking for it and then 5 minutes later the kitchen staff sat down to eat. I then asked if the restaurant was closed to which the reply was a yes! Haha. We felt we had to leave - not nice since my friends and I were enjoying our catch up after not seeing one another for a year!
Great food, service very poor
Food is good and authentic. Waiter does not understand the dishes and his English is poor. He sounds like he is Eastern European.
great authentic cuisine, friendly staff,...
great authentic cuisine, friendly staff, would recommend! The only downside was the wobbly tables downstairs which couldnt be fixed, would suggest to look into it.
Went to This restaurant with my BF. Is a...
Went to This restaurant with my BF. Is a bit hidden but with GPS it's easy to find. The food is amazing, personally I felt it taste exactly like the one I usually had in Malaysia! I would definitely recommend this restaurant! Must eat - Satay 🍡🍡🍡🍡🍡
Good place for catching up with old friends
We lived close by and were there for Sunday dinner. The atmosphere was nice and food was good. Love the place and will visit again :)
One of my favs
One of the best Malay restaurants in London. The food is sensational! Try any dish, it will be tasty.
Great food and service.
Took three friends for an evening meal. Small busy restaurant not far from my hotel near Edgeware Road. Picked different starters and put them all in the middle, they didn't last long - delicious. Excellent mains and decent choice of wines. Lovely atmosphere and we were the last to leave but no rushing us out. I will be back.
I've dined here quite a few times, and sometimes ordered and came to collect, but as always it never disappoints. For being around for more than 40 years, it certainly is amazing.
Satay house again
I went there with missus to attend special occasion. The last time I was there few months ago with group of people attending business dinner! It's very convenient place, very close to my work and my house, quiet and nice. Staff are kind and courteous The only downside is the practise tag We paid £72 for two courses dinner for myself and wife
Authentic Malay cuisine
Although the food was good, we were very disappointed with the downstairs seating which was dark and pokey. We had yo go and rustle up service, not even offered a drink when we arrived on a hot day . Disappointing
Good, relaxed atmosphere, attentive staf...
Good, relaxed atmosphere, attentive staff. Dishes were amazing...Intense flavours
My visit to Satay House was as enjoyable on a quiet afternoon lunch with some friends. Malaysian food was reasonably authentic, comes with a variety of Malaysia's famous dishes. Generally please with the friendly service even though the restaurant got a bit busy later on. Would visit again.
Love Satay House. Best Malaysian food in...
Love Satay House. Best Malaysian food in London!
Good but still short of outstanding
With only two of us it was difficult to try many dishes. All were perfectly decent and the flavours were good, but the food was still short of outstanding. The beef rendang had a very good flavour and tasted as though the chef had taken some trouble with this complex dish. But while the complexity that comes of a diversity of spices and herbs was there it was not a true rendang, which should have very little gravy, since it is essentially a dry curry. It was also a long way from being as tender as it should be: rendang should require no more than a fork to cut, and this could have done with another 90 minutes of slow cooking. The satay was very ordinary and I would advise against ordering: dry and difficult to get off the sticks, and flavour not authentically Malaysian -- really, they were just kebabs with some very uninteresting peanut sauce. The rojak was poor -- missing the crunch needed as the vegetables were a bit limp and if there were any crushed peanuts they were not noticeable. Generally too soggy as a salad. The chicken rubbed with chili and shrimp paste was excellent. The roti canai was also just not authentic. The tofu stuffed with crispy salad vegetables was fair -- a decent sauce would have made all the difference. The sago gula melaka was very good for dessert. Wine list is very limited. The atmosphere downstairs is very stark -- not for the claustrophobic -- but upstairs looked pleasant. The service was very good. I would try again to see if the other dishes are any better. This review sounds more negative than it really is. It would be a very good restaurant if it could just up its game on a few things. (Maybe the dishes we did not try are better.) Prices moderate.
The best, authentic Malaysian food in London.
I am very particular about my Malay food. I count my calories, so I try not to waste them on mediocre food when I eat out. Satay House has always come up trumps for authentic Malay food. They have kept up their quality of food, authenticity and great service since their inception some 30 years ago. I recommend the coconut rice (nasi kelapa) with all your dishes. I recommend going to Satay House in a group and sharing the different dishes.The beef rendang is to die for. It takes hours to prepare this dish and it must contain some of the most unique ingredients and spices you'll ever find in Malay cooking. The satay is of course, top of the bill as a starter as is the gado-gado, which is salad served with a peanut sauce. The murtabak, a Malaysian flat pancake with a meat filling, served with dhal/lentil curry, is also as good as the ones I get it in Malaysia. For dessert, I highly recommend the sagu gula Melaka, a sago pudding drenched in coconut milk and palm sugar. For noodle fans, the bihun goreng,( made with rice vermicelli), mee goreng (made with regular egg noodles) and Koayteow (made with flat rice noodles) are all my favourites. Another dish I love is the nasi lemak, a coconut rice dish common in Malaysia, served with sambal tumis udang (a spicy dish of prawns cooked in a chilli and onion paste). Another dish which my English friends also enjoy is the terong berlada (fried aubergine). Whatever your taste, there is plenty to choose from and the best thing is, the Satay House website has the menu for you to peruse before you visit the restaurant. I love the ambience of Satay House, particularly the alcove downstairs which is ideal for my birthday celebrations with close friends. The multi-national staff are also very friendly and are fully familiar with the different dishes. I recommend booking ahead because, being a very popular restaurant, it gets filled up quickly especially in the evenings.
Good food but poor service
They gave us the smallest table in the restaurant right next to the entrance even though there are loads of tables available on the night? Food was alright but i had better malaysian food around the area. Would not recommend this place for a date.
Average Malaysia food
Compared to other Malaysian restaurants in London, the best competing dish here was Nasi Lemak. The rest is average and the satay was thin with small side garnishes. However food in general is well presented and service is good too.
Authentic and fresh flavours!
We had a lovely meal at Satay House. The food was authentic with frangrant and fresh ingredients. It was well presented and good value for money. There were six of us, so it was great to order a variety of dishes to share. Our favourites were the lamb curry, calamari (sotong), and tapioca dessert, but all the dishes were good.
Excellent Satay and Kari Laksa. A real gem of a place. Soft Drinks could be better - but I didn't go there for the drinks!.
Have been a regular visitor to this rest...
Have been a regular visitor to this restaurant over many years and always been very fond of it. Above all, excellent Malaysian food. Last visit was over a year ago. For the first time ever we were disappointed. The food has deteriorated, somehow become too Anglicised, lost its Malaysian taste. Of our five dishes, only one was up to the normal standard of the past. Very disappointing. The restaurant is getting lazy.
A favourite Malaysian restaurant near Paddington
This is a small, hidden gem between Edgware Road and Paddington station. Always try and get a table in the downstairs restaurant which has a more relaxed atmosphere than the upstairs dining room, which has more of a café feel. Wherever you sit, the tables are close together but this has never dampened my enjoyment. I'm not a connoisseur of Malaysian food but this place is very popular with those in the know and I found my recent meal excellent. The chicken satay never disappoints and the aromatic fish curry with aubergine was full of 'meaty' morsels and flavour. I'm not sure how typical banana fritters are for dessert but they were scrummy! The service was smooth and courteous and the waitress didn't rush us even though we lingered longer than most diners. The best part is the bill - £25 per person for a starter, main and side and a shared dessert. And a beer.
I have eaten at Satay House before but I...
I have eaten at Satay House before but I was far less impressed on this visit. It was early on a weekday evening and the restaurant was quite busy. The couple who were seated after us were asked for their order before we were and they also got their food quickly. Our starters were very slow to come out as a mistake had been made although they were followed soon after by the mains. The food was tasty but it didn't make up for the delay. We had to wait a long time for our bill and then the card machine didn't seem to be working! Finally I would add that when I booked the table I added a message saying it was my husband's birthday and could they do something special for it as part of the meal. This was completely ignored so I doubt I will be returning.
Venue was good, ambiance all right, and staff was very friendly, but I'm sorry to say the food served just wasn't up to the standards I'd expect from a London restaurant.
Excellent food, great service
Easily the best Malaysian restaurant in London. Food is amazing, really authentic. And great value too!