Jalan Malaysia

101 Woodville Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF4 4DY
029 2023 5616
Opening Times
Monday – Saturday Lunch12pm – 3pm
Monday – Saturday Dinner6pm – 10pm


Why we love it

Mouthwatering ingredients, vibrant flavours, regional authenticity and contemporary street-food-style combine so convincingly at Jalan Malaysia that lovers of proper pan-Asian cuisine will be forgiven for thinking they've died and gone to Langkawi (Welsh accents, a prime Woodville Rd spot or an idiosyncratic Cathays crowd aside, of course).

The restaurant's frontage - clad in corrugated iron, shimmering under neon lighting and pieced together with an industrial wooden sleeper - definitely looks the part (especially as night draws in), and a subtle interior mix of crisp white walls, minimalist metal & wood ceiling, low-hanging filament lightbulbs and pen-and-ink wall murals emphasise this popular hideaway's "street" ambience.

Trays lined with banana leaves, "little cravings" (tasty titbits served in brown card) and some knockout sauces and sides help set the scene, but, happily for foodies, it's the Nasi Lemak – Malaysia's most popular dish, a street food staple and the indulgent focal point of Jalan Malaysia's entire menu – that does the talking. Those partial to a proper Rendang or traditional Sambal flavouring definitely won't be disappointed after an evening here.

Wriggle Highlights

  • Musings, murals and quotes - the interior wall art is a reason to visit in itself
  • Sweet Tooth? Try a Bubur Pulut Hitam after your Nasi Lemak
  • Arrive early and people watch over a Kopi O Malay coffee

“For those who haven't tried Nasi Lemak before, it is known in Southeast Asia as one of the best street food dishes in the world. Imagine a range of unique and amazing curry flavours, creamy coconut rice, fiery sweet sambal and garnishings of egg, cucumber, roasted peanuts and anchovies. It's a tantalizing taste trip from hot to cold, savoury to sweet, rich to refreshing - all in one dish!”

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