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"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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Ratings & Reviews - Matahari Bar and Grill

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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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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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June 6, 2018

My Laksa was in a bowl of thick curry sauce, no coconut milk in it and was obviously prepared quite a while ago. The chicken was tough and not fresh, the same with the tofu. I requested to add prawn which the kitchen missed but just as well. My companion ordered the curry mutton and also was obviously been prepared quite a while ago, simply re-heated. Quite disappointed. Service was okay. The restaurant is quite tired and could do with some renovation.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

June 5, 2018

Waitress was friendly. Lunches for 8 came up pretty quick and were all delicious.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 31, 2018

Always a great dining experience at Matahari - our team comes here regularly for the delicious food and friendly staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 22, 2018

Great Service, amazing Food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2018

Been going there for 18 years plus, food is consistently exceptional

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 27, 2018

Food was fabulous Service was friendly and attentive. Thanks!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 19, 2018

Always the tastiest food in town.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 28, 2018

Each of our 3 dishes were delicious. My only complaint is that my curry was spicier than the mild that was promised. I'd still go back again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2018

Food was delicious, as usual, and the service was warm and attentive.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 10, 2018

the server was good, we all wanted to order the fish for lunch, only 1 fish lunch was available, so others had to pick something else. ?

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

December 23, 2017

Been coming here for years. Atmosphere and food is second to none. Some of the best food in the city.... lots of flavour, unique spices. Don't even want to consider finding another Malaysian restaurant. Keep it up!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2017

Place was very dimly lit. I have been there for lunch a few times but not really for dinner. The food was good as per my usual experience. As it is not so busy during the dinner time, they didn't have enough staff to serve the three tables that were occupied. We found ourselves constantly waiting for the server.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

December 18, 2017

Great food and service. Pleasant ambience. The curry lamb was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Must return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 30, 2017

the food was delicious. our waiter could have been a bit more attentive

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

November 9, 2017

Nice as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 29, 2017

Love this place. High quality food and good portions plus courteous service. Not a noisy place which is a relief for a downtown restaurant.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2017

Great food. Service was poor. It was not overly busy and it took 2 h from the time we sat until the time we paid. We only ordered a single lunch dish off the menu. Spent long period of time waiting for our server to bring the bill (>20 min after asking). Same with taking our order and bringing food. Was not clear why service was so poor.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

August 24, 2017

First the pros: Enjoyed the food very much. Good portions and great flavours. Lots of cons: Terrible service. One waiter for a whole restaurant? He was extremely slow and overworked. This is the owner/manager's fault. One waiter is not enough. Many tables were full of dishes, everyone was looking for the waiter for food or water refill or to place their order. Unacceptable! I've been visiting Matahari for over 20 years and have never experienced this type of bad service. Again this is owner/manager's fault, not waiter's. Second- the restaurant is dirty and tired and needs to be renovated, painted etc. Floors, stairs, washrooms, walls all need fresh paint and repairs. - again unaccceptable. The owner should take note and make some changes or he/she will lose many long time customers. Thank you

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

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 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 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 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

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Looking for something more exotic? Matahari Grill's Malayasian fare includes tempting dishes like Sambal Udang (grilled tamarind scented prawns in sweet, sour and spicy tamarind shallots sambal) and Sayur Lodeh (vegetable curry with eggplant, tofu, green beans, cabbage and tomatoes in an exotic curry broth). The bonus? All those spices will make you feel warm.

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