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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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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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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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