18 September, 2010
let me start by saying that as i am not being the overly crazed fan of spicy foods, I must confess that going to a place like this can be rather difficult for me (unless i were to go for drinks & desserts). As the cuisine there is Malaysian, it can be quite fiery for people who don't fare well with heat.
while there are some dishes that pack on the heat, there are also ones with a relatively tame heat level--the mee goreng (Egg noodles stir fry with blend of spices, prawns, tofu, potato, bean sprouts, and egg topped with crushed peanuts) is a favourite of mine, as is the Casbah Cashew Prawn - Prawns stir fry with mushrooms, sundried chili peppers, red onions and cashews ($18.00). i MUST admit that one of my favourite side dishes to eat when i'm cooling down my completely spice-shot palate is a steaming bowl of either coconut flavoured rice or jasmine rice. looking for an alternative side dish instead of rice? get the roti. i also really adore some of their cocktails--the lychee martini being one of them despite being a bit stronger in taste than anticipated and the mangotini being the other.
dessert is one of my favourite components of a meal. upon my return to matahari grill on Sept.18, my family and i savoured little crepes filled with toasted shredded coconut, fried plantains in a rum-caramel sauce with ice cream and one of my favourite desserts: Sago-Sago--a light, satisfying dessert of little tapioca pearls and slightly sweetened coconut milk, served cold.
personally, next time i'm back here it'll hopefully be just for dessert and drinks.
if you're adventurous, i highly recommend the rendeng beef (a bit pricey at $20, but worth it!), along with the dishes i suggested.
i can't be bothered to mention how much money can be spent here, even just on a date, as i have absolutely no idea.
location: 39 baldwin st
closest TTC station: St. Patrick
also in proximity: University of Toronto, St. George Campus