My CBD lunch friend Sebastian really wanted to try this Malaysian restaurant. He sent me a link to a positive review. I, of course, went to Urbanspoon and discovered the percentage of likes was 45. Hmmm… I still decided to give it a shot, and also eat somewhere that was not picked by me, for a change.
Once there we were handed lunch menus and Sebastian discovered everything he wanted to try was in the dinner menu. Laziness was stronger than common sense and we stayed.
He ordered the Nasi Lemak with Sambal Kangkong and Beef Rendang with Roti. The rendang was okay, and Sebastian approved the roti. The problem was the nasi lemak, described as “a fragrant coconut rice dish served with hard-boiled egg, salted peanuts, anchovies, sambal sauce, cucumber slices”. The sambal was quite sweet and not spicy at all, and the coconut rice tasted like rice cooked in the water used for rinsing a glass that once had coconut water. There, I said it. Sorry, Sedap.
Nasi Lemak with Sambal Kangkong ($12)
Beef rendang with roti ($13)
I ordered the Asam Laksa, which I had never tried (I always have the more common curry-based laksa), consisting in a “clear rice noodle in tamarind flavour fish-based soup served with fish, pineapple, cucumber, red onion, mint, red chilli and prawn paste”. The menu goes on to say that it is ranked “No. 7 world most delicious food by CNN 2011”. Oh, the marketing! Anyway, the “fish” turned out to be a few anchovies and the whole thing was sweeter than dessert. This was one of the few occasions I left more than half of my meal, and one of the few occasions when I resorted to eating peanuts to fill me up.
Asam laksa ($10)
Sebastian apologised for bringing me there but I was happy we were even after the day he hated me for feeding him bland meatballs.
Sedap Malaysian Kopitiam
10/501 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9262 7979