Matahari Bar and Grill

3.8/5
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Cuisine type

  • Indian,
  • Thai,

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,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
39 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L1
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

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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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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July 16, 2019

The curry laksa tasted too much like indian curry, not like the nyonya curry laksa. No laksa leaf or daun kesum. The satay was also tasting more "indiany" than malay, missing lemongrass and lime leaf. The beef rendang was missing dessicated coconut. All dishes tasted like Indian dishes instead of malaysian dishes. I should know as I am a native Malaysian. Sorry, the experience was disappointing....

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 15, 2019

The food was really delicious.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2019

Been going there for years & they never fail to impress with their door & service. Thoroughly enjoyed our family dinner there as always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 30, 2019

Excellent food and excellent service as always. The Curry Laksa is amazing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2019

Best Beef Rendang in town.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2019

Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. The food was delicious as always. Lovely inviting, peaceful atmosphere with calming Cat Stevens music playing. A wonderful break from the hectic pace of work.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2019

I visited this restaurant alone. The food was delicious. The service was extremely normal.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

February 7, 2019

After all these years, after all the visits, the food and service has never failed me. Keep up the great work Mata Hari Grill.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 1, 2019

Food was amazing! Can't wait to go again! The only thing missing was a traditional chai but otherwise 5 star!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2018

The food was delicious and authentic with incredible flavors. Looking forward to returning.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2018

It was our first time and will definitely return - absolutely delicious!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2018

Great food, sitting close to the door is drafty when people come in. One of my favourite restaurants in TO.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 28, 2018

We really enjoyed dinner! Server was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was delicious – everything we ordered, including a number of appetizers and main dishes, was awesome. Sadly, too full for dessert. Prices were very reasonable, considering the quality of food. We will most definitely return soon.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 27, 2018

As usual the food was outstanding. That is why I am a repeat customer these many years each time I visit Toronto. The restaurant was not very busy that night with a single server. At times, it was a little difficult to get service but in the end, we got everything we orderred.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

October 24, 2018

consistently delicious and our server was very sweet and attentive

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2018

Amazing food! Will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 29, 2018

Great food and at decent prices! The restaurant accommodated our needs as we were celebrating a friend's birthday.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2018

Food was excellent, service was slow and 18% automatically suggested as tip.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

July 24, 2018

Waiter was very helpful with food suggestions and quantities to order. Food was delicious. We all had a wonderful experience. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2018

Main dish portions are way too big but tasty. I thought it was a bit of a waste of food since we couldn’t finish the whole plate.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

July 19, 2018

The food were great. We tried the summerlicious menu. The waiters were nice and keen to help us. We enjoyed our meal there.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2018

Service was slow.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

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

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