With a place like Malaya in town serving up not one, not two, but three different Asian cuisines, there's no reason to deprive oneself of bold flavor, fresh ingredients—and maybe even a few dishes you've never tried before.That menu from the nearby Asian takeout joint everyone has stashed in a junk drawer at home? We can all go ahead and toss those out. Because with a place like Malaya in town serving up not one, not two, but three different Asian cuisines, there's no reason to deprive oneself of bold flavor, fresh ingredients—and maybe even a few dishes you've never tried before (at least that's our opinion). Once we sampled their Malaysian sautéed mango, Thai spicy basil, and Mongolian beef, we never looked back.
Tucked inside a strip mall, as all the most treasured of culinary gems seem to be, Malaya's been dishing out its specialty Malaysian, Chinese and Thai goodness since '95. Two decades—or, in Atlanta restaurant time, approximately a century—of serving authentic Asian cuisine has cultivated quite the loyal following of Malaya regulars, who come for the roti and stay to hang out with owner/chef Michael. (His daughter, Melanie, tells us he and his wisecracking sense of humor have something of a cult following among the regular crowd). But back to the menu. Or, rather, menus. There's three of 'em, and depending on whether you're in the mood for Mongolian beef, Panang shrimp or Malaysian seafood curry, there's bound to be a dish that'll make your mouth water. Our only advice, no matter which you choose: start with the roti. The warm, buttery flatbread is flaky on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and it's served with a bowl of spicy sauce that we almost licked clean. From there, it's choose your own adventure, from Malaysian pot roast (rendang, a spicy version of the comfort food classic) to sambal wings; Thai curries to Hunan beef; or perhaps a little bit of everything. Us? We'd go with that last one—all of the above. (With a side of roti, please.)
Chicken Curry Roll, $4.95
Salt & Pepper Calamari, $7.25
Goreng Mango (Sautéed Mango), $12.95
Singapore Rice Noodle, $9.95
Pad See U Noodles, $9.25
Spicy Basil, $9.25
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.