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November 6th, 2010

SEDAP (Barbican)

Category: Le Budget (£)yellow traffic5 150x150 SEDAP (Barbican)

I was meeting lovely LoveLeluu for dinner and as we were both rather broke we ended up at Sedap, a little Malaysian restaurant characterised by small prices and equally tiny portions. The restaurant is rather basic but nice enough for a quick bite to eat.

 SEDAP (Barbican)

We started with Pork Dumpling (3.80), which were entirely indistinct and I would not order again. The Kerabu Vegetable Salad (4.20) however was delicious. Slivers of cucumber in a fresh and zesty dressing were beutifully complemented by fresh mint and just a hint of chilli.

Sedap SEDAP (Barbican)

Of the three mains, one was very successful: The Beef Rendang (6.90), sweet and savoury at the same time with the lingering flavour of coconut and chilli, was among the best Beef Rendangs I have ever eaten. Unfortunately I was less convinced by the other two dishes. The Sambal Okra (5.20) consisted of nice and not so nice components as the okra itself and the spicy sambal sauce were quite tasty, but the prawn pieces had some weird consistency and flavour. The Malaysian Tofu (4.20) (see below) was boring. The tofu did not taste of much and neither did the peanut sauce or the vegetables.

 SEDAP (Barbican)

Even though I really liked some of the dishes we had ordered some were definitely not very successful. Having said this, Sedap is really cheap and I don’t mind so much actually that the portions are on the small side. So I might go there again if I was in the area but I clearly would not go out of my way to revisit.

  • Food: 5/10
  • Service: 7/10
  • Atmosphere: 5/10
  • Value for money: 6/10
  • Chances of returning: 5%
  • Verdict: nothing more than ok

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12 comments to SEDAP (Barbican)

  • Oh dear, those dumplings look like taken right out from the freezer. My favourite at Sedap remains its Hainanese chicken rice. Well, it’s laksa and char kuey tiao aren’t too shabby as well.

  • The meal was very enjoyable actually cos I got to eat it with you. I think for the price, I would go here again for the beef rendang. Great evening xxx

  • Ute

    @London Chow ok, next time will try your recommendations, I am clearly not an expert in Malaysian food.. :)

    @Leluu evening was great indeed! maybe we should go again and try London Chow’s suggestions, he seems to know what he is talking about!

  • Am surprised you had a ‘just ok’ meal here as am Malaysian myself and usually find the food pretty reliable even by local standards. Would recommend skipping on the generic starters and dive into their main Malay-based dishes (Sambal mackeral, Beef Rendang which you had and sambal brinjal are my usual staples that I order with coconut rice to accompany). Chicken Rice and Fried Kuey Teow as London Chow mentions are also very decent. Thanks for the post on the dishes that missed tho – will be sure to stay clear of them.

  • Ute

    Hi Guan, thanks for this, I will go back and try your recommendations, I don’t know very much about Malaysian food, so kind of order randomly. Any other good Malaysian restaurants you like going to? I went to this 54 (or 45?) place in Clerkenwell once and thought it was pretty good, would you agree?

  • Hey Ute – have walked past 54 a couple of times as I work pretty closeby, but have yet to give it a try. The menu sounds pretty authentic, but was a bit put off by the high-ish prices as I’m so used to paying peanuts for Street food back home! In in terms of other Malaysian places, I think Kopitiam does very decent street food as well if you want to check it out (

  • Wot no noodles? I don’t think you can assess Malaysian places without trying some noodles – either in soup or fried! That said I am hopelessly partisan.

    PS: I really enjoyed Bistro Delicat.

  • Ute

    @Mr Noodles: Damn, that was my mistake, I should have gone for the noodles big time! (especially as I love noodles :) .
    Did you have Wiener Schnitzel at Bistro Delicat? I really need to check it out, not a single Austrian review on my site…

  • I hate small portions! There is an Austrian Cafe in the City, Kipferl, that is fun for lunch.

    p.s. Love the new header!

  • Ute

    Yes I heard of Kipferl, should really try it, should be promoting Austrian cuisine in London really…!
    I’m glad you like the new header, I think it’s great, got ‘professional’ help from a friend who started to feel sorry for me and my unattractive headers…

  • [...] terms of negatives, as HungryInLondon points out in her recent post, please stay well clear of some of their more generic-sounding starters and sides such as their [...]

  • I still need to cross town to try Sedap! And now I know which dishes to avoid…

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