SOMETHING NEW: Berjaya Eden Park Hotel launches Rasa Malaysia Restaurant with impressive menu of dishes
LONDON: THE Berjaya Eden Park Hotel here has finally joined the list of Malaysian eateries with its Rasa Malaysia Restaurant in Bayswater fast becoming a hub for Malaysian food.
The hotel launched its Rasa Malaysia restaurant last Thursday with an impressive menu of mouth-watering dishes from the northern states of Malaysia, which include asam laksa, rojak buah, noodle curry, mee goreng mamak and roti canai.
"The theme for the menu was adapted from the Rasa Utara concept," said Berjaya Eden Park Hotel's general manager Kristina Fredberg-Woods.
"We want to start small but with very good quality food."
Judging from the compliments flowing from the guests at the launch, which included Malaysian High Commissioner Datuk Seri Zakaria Sulong and his wife, Datin Seri Hazizah Ahmad, Datin Rebecca Choo, Matrade Trade commissioner Raja Badrulnizam Raja Kamalzaman and Tourism Malaysia director Abdul Rauf Abu Hassan, Rasa Malaysia is on to a good start giving stiff competition to other established Malaysian eateries in the area, which include the Malaysia Hall canteen nearby, Tuk Din Flavours of Malaysia, Satay House and Bonda Café.
The asam laksa had guests ditching fine eating etiquette by discarding the small bowl for the laksa and opting for the small wooden dish meant for the tray to serve the laksa instead.
Asam laksa is indeed a rare commodity in Malaysian restaurants here and its inclusion in the Rasa Malaysia menu is indeed welcome to many Malaysians as well as locals who have had a taste of the delicacy while travelling in Malaysia.
The menu was prepared on the recommendation of Berjaya Eden chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan and executed by Chef Mohamed Nasir Abdul Rahim, 42, from Penang.
Having had culinary experience in Sunway Hotel in Penang and Holiday Villa, London, Nasir who had been with Berjaya Eden Park Hotel for nearly nine years, had gone back to Malaysia to prepare the menu.
The chef, who is also trained in making sushi after a year in Japan, had been preparing European meals with some Malaysian dishes on demand before the opening of Rasa Malaysia. His nasi lemak has been a hit with guests at the hotel.
The restaurant will maintain its current international menu. The restaurant is open from lunch right up to dinner and also caters for functions and private parties.