Foreign tourist boards aren’t the most innovative organisations on earth. Take one gorgeous sunset, throw in a good looking couple on a beach front and you’ve pretty much got the poster to everywhere from Bognor to Bangkok! However, with some truly delicious food Awana is as good an advert for Malaysia as any advertising campaign!
Malaysia provides something of a melting pot of Asian cuisine, having been heavily influenced by its neighbouring states. As a result, the menu at Awana is incredibly long, complicated and varied with around 3 pages dedicated to main courses alone. However, work your way through with guidance from the knowledgeable and friendly staff and you won’t be disappointed.
Our starters included an interesting Salmon & cheese stuffed roti and some well cooked Soft shell crab. The restaurant also features one of London’s few satay bars serving incredibly fresh and tasty skewers of meat and seafood with satay sauce that really sets your taste buds alight. However, it’s the main courses where awana really shines. In particular, Kambing Betis (lamb with pumpkin curry) is one of the best lamb curries of any cuisine in London, featuring a lamb shank that literally melts off the bone and flavour that has your tongue tingling long after the meal has ended; make sure you accompany it with some of the rotis to mop up all of the sauce! The Sambal Ayam is another expertly spiced dish of chicken, onion, coriander, sweet pepper in sambal chilli. Sayur Bakar features a melange of chilli baked vegetables that will have the most hardened carnivore picking their way through. Desserts continue to keep things interesting with a range of Malay specials. We tried the moorish and very messy Roti Tisu – a massive rice pancake served with chocolate sauce and cinnamon ice cream.
The interior feels like you’re in a luxury Asian beach house, with extensive use of teak, silk and wood. They also have a comfortable bar area specialising in cocktails that concentrate on whisky blends and exotic aromatic mixes. If you’re not tempted to visit your nearest travel agent for a one way ticket to Malaysia after a meal at awana, I would recommend getting your taste buds checked out!
Cuisine type: Malaysian
Dinner for 2 (excluding drinks): £65
85 Sloane Avenue,
Telephone: 020 7584 8880