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39 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L1
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Rates:

  • $11 to $25,
Malaysian cuisine is rich in its variety, the result of multiracial influences, both past and cosmopolitan present. The blend is exotic: Malay, Chinese, Peranakan (Nyonya), Indian, and Eurasian. A new face is being unveil thru contemporary simplify design that embodies exotic hardwood floor, bright green ultra-suede banquets and predominantly black, white and stainless steel accent by award winning designer Sasha Josipovizc. more...

Opening Hours

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Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Cuisine type

  • Chinese,
  • Indian,
  • Indonesian,
  • Malaysian,

Dishes

  • Sea bass,
  • Grill,
  • Wonton soup,
  • Curry,
  • Chow mein,

Features

  • Restaurant with terrace,
  • Restaurant with bar,

Atmosphere

  • Family,
  • Casual,
  • Upscale,

Products and Services

  • Daily special,

Meet the owner

"You just need to come and try Malaysian food once," says Rahi Rahman, manager of the Matahari Bar & Grill. "Just once, and you'll be back for sure." Rahi has reason to be definite about the appeal of Malaysian food in general and the Matahari Bar & Grill's food in particular. Numerous diners have taken the time to give the curries and noodle dishes served up by owner and chef, Jey Sinnathurai, glowing reviews online.

But what exactly is Malaysian food? "It's a mix of all things good about Asian food," explains Rahi. "It's a blend of Malay, Indian and Chinese spices. People love our curries. They are the best curries you'll find in the city because there's a little bit of everything. Never boring, always exciting the taste buds."

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  • Atmosphere: 3.9/5
  • Food: 4.1/5
  • Service: 2.8/5
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Jerowe R
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Take your date here

Great atmosphere for dates!

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Restaurantica12
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Not Malaysian!

Food was bland, the servers didn't even know what watercress or Kang kong was, or even the belachan sauce. There was more vegetables in the mee goreng than noodles. They were nice though. But its not authentic Malaysian food, it was more white-washed than anything.

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Restaurantica12
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This restaurant serves mediocre food with VERY sloooww service! They need to hire more waiters or find new ones who are more attentive to customers. Had to wait almost 10 minutes before being seated when clearly the restaurant was not even packed. Appetizers (shrimp satay & clam satay) took awhile to arrive, I would say about 20 minutes which tasted okay, not bad. The main dish I ordered was the Malaysian Chicken Curry with their crispy roti and coconut rice. I thought the curry was a bit on the salty side but maybe some people like that, I was able to side sweep the saltiness by eating the curry together with my rice and drinking alot of water! ( a little spicy). I Ended the night with desserts which were the highlight of my night. Though it almost took another 20 minutes to arrive, I really enjoyed the Penang Crepe and Durian Ice Cream. Yum! But when asked for the bill it took forever to receive! I just think this kind of service is unacceptable no matter how good the food is. this really ruined my night. I would say that, only come to this restaurant if you have a lot of time on your hands.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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Will never go back

Although the food was good, the service was very very very unpleasant. We waited 20 minutes to be served, 45 minutes for our food to arrive at the table, a whole 1 hour for our desert for it to NOT turn up on our table. Yea, you read right... they did not serve us the desert we ordered. We got fed up and decided to leave without the desert (taken off the bill) Then it took a whole 20 minutes to pass us the bill... really, this is unacceptable regardless of the food quality. All around our table people got really agitated and some of them left in a huff after one hour of waiting for their food and nothing came. Although, I have to say, I saw some crazy people stand waiting at the door for the whole time that we were there for a table.. so that's about 2 hours + .... me and my bf just shook our heads to that. I will never wait that long for a table for such horrible service. How can this restaurant garner so many good reviews when the experience I had was so bad. I will never go back there and will never recommend this place.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 1/5
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Restaurantica12
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One of the few Malaysian restaurants in the city

I've been to this restaurant quite a few times and it's always packed at lunch. The service is all right considering how busy they always are, but I notice that I ALWAYS get placed at the worst table (right by the door, so it's freezing in winter) and I'm pretty sure this has something to do with the fact that I'm clearly a student. Most of the patrons at lunch come from the offices in the area. The food is about as authentic as I've had in Toronto (this isn't saying much though). It does the job when I start missing Malaysian food and I'd definitely recommend it.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Tucked away on Baldwin St., just north of the Art...

Tucked away on Baldwin St., just north of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Nice simple and fresh restaurant, with some interesting quotes on the walls. The food is simply superb. The Satay is especially good and an excellent way to start your evening. The main dishes are excellent as well but I have to give special recognition for the dessert. Their Banana Matahari, a sliced banana with whipped cream, and divine caramel rum (?) sauce is alone worth a visit. My only criticism would be the service at times when the owner is not there, it is always friendly but can be slow and less attentive than it should be. Overall an outstanding dining experience that I would highly recommend.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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This is the hidden jewel of Baldwin Street. A...

This is the hidden jewel of Baldwin Street. A great place to take a date away from the mainstream. The Lemongrass Martini is like having your soul massaged! The shrimp-tamarind soup devine! The coconut crepe- is beyond words!!! All the maindishes are great for vegetarians or for those shy of spicey.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Its silly this place isn't reviewed on this list...

Its silly this place isn't reviewed on this list. the food is great, awesome location, always packed on weekends, food is authentic enough, very good wine list to boot.. good place for dinner with friends or for a date... fail safe choice.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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March 22, 2017

The food was fabulous! This restaurant is a best kept secret!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

March 18, 2017

A great meal made even better by wonderful service. Relatively quiet which made catching up with old friends easy.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 7, 2017

The food is amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2017

The food and serviced is the very best. It is always excellent! Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2017

Value for our money. Good service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 4, 2017

We've been going there for as long as they've been opened & we always fall in love over & over with their Beef Rendang w/ steak rice & Green Bean Sambal w/shrimp. The best of the best and it will remain so🙏🙏🙏. The same staff for as long as I've known the restaurant & they are awesome.🙏🙏🙏

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2017

Amazing hidden gem Delicious food friendly staff

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 28, 2017

The food at Matahari was delicious. My friends and I went for dinner during winterlicious. The mango salad was very good and we shared for different entrées. All were very tasty but the short ribs were my favorite. Unfortunately our experience was ruined due to the actions of the waiter. He did not give us time to look over the menu and brought each course without giving us time to finish the one previous. After paying we sat around for a few minutes talking,at which point he came up to us and told us that the restaurant was closing and asked us if we needed to use the washroom. He then followed us to the door and immediately locked it behind us. Our reservation was at 8 o'clock and this was at approximately 920pm. I did not feel that this was appropriate, especially on a Friday night. His rude, rushed attitude was really unfortunate.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

January 29, 2017

First time customer...everything was winterlicious! Nice atmosphere, great service and terrific food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 28, 2017

The restaurant was excellent. I was impressed with the cleanliness and decor. The service was great. The food was delicious. I would certainly come back again. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 24, 2017

Very positive experience, great food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 8, 2017

Excellent service and the food is unbelievable.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 2, 2017

Very good menu choices and food quality. Service was excellent. Will go again and recommend to friends and family. Overall it was an excellent experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2016

You were busy with the holiday crowd however you were friendly, service kept up, and the food was great.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 16, 2016

Been dining there for years and they always measure up to their reputation!!! :) Nancy

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2016

Excellent restaurant. I keep returning to it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2016

Service was great very rapid service considering how packed the place was. The food is very tasty but my cashew prawns could have been hotter, I don't mean spicier, but heat hotter. I have been here many times of the years and the food is always consistently good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2016

This was my first visit to Matahari, I dined with my husband and parents. Our waiter was very attentive, ensuring our water glasses were always full (didn't ask if we wanted anything else to drink, which was fine for us) and checking in on how we were enjoying the food. One of our dishes and our second order of Roti took some time to come out, but otherwise the service was fabulous. The food was delishous! There is lots of variety and everything we ordered was very enjoyable. We will certainly return in future.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2016

Incredible flavours. There was a party in my mouth....and everyone was invited. The Ren Dang beef is an absolute must. And the Naan. It's why we have gone there for 13yrs.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 14, 2016

Been going for years. The food and service is great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2016

Excellent as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2016

Excellnt helpful waiter and delicious food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2016

This is an excellent place to dine with family, friends and business associates. Will certainly go back there and recommend to all.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 25, 2016

Consistently excellent food over many years! The satay appetizers are especially tasty.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 14, 2016

Love the food and cheery service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 4, 2016

I first discover this restaurant many many years ago when I use to live in Toronto. I have sinced moved away 15+ years but whenever I visit Toronto, I almost always go back to see how things are. I am extremely happy to say, the place is still fantastic and the food remains one of the most tastiest and flavour full meals. Even after all this time. I travel a lot and I grew up in the restaurant industry. I do expect a lot and Mata Hari has never disappointed me.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2016

Great service from Rahi. I will be back with my friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2016

Took a cab there only to find out they're closing early because it's a "slow" night. They didn't even bother calling us in advance

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

September 2, 2016

We had a reservation for eight - combination of family and friends. Pleasant atmosphere, great service, the menu varied and each dish ordered was excellent, with plenty of flavour, spice and ingredients. We will go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 22, 2016

DISAPPOINT! GRILLED SEAFOOD WAS NOT GRILLED AND WAS VERY POOR QUALITY - RUBBER HOSE CALAMARI AND SCALLOPS SO SMALL THEY COULDN'T BE TASTED. SAUCE WAS VERY GOOD. OUR FRIEND HAD NOODLES WITH SOME KIND OF TOPPING WHICH WAS SPARSE AND TASTED JUST OKAY. HIGHLIGHT WAS THE GRILLED EGGPLANT. WE WILL NOT BE BACK.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

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Matahari might look unassuming from the outside, but they happen to offer one of the most unique combinations of cuisines in the city: Malay, Chinese, Peranakan (Nyonya) and Indian food. A wicked blend of sweet, sour, salty, crunchy, and spicy dishes delight the palate and offers a welcome change from typical Asian selections. And lucky you, now you can check "Try Peranakan food" off your list.

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Winterlicious 2017: Let's get you seated

Winterlicious 2017: Let's get you seated

$18 Lunch | $28 Dinner Asian, Indonesian, Malaysian

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