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Matahari Grill

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Location: 39 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON
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(416) 596-2832
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Website: http://www.mataharigrill.com/
Cuisine: Malaysian  

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reviewed by Exasperated,   visited on 2007-10-13 ,  overall
Cost Per Person $35   Tags: Guys, this is a MALAYSIAN restaurant, not INDIAN
I got really exasperated reading most of the reviews below. I'm originally from Malaysia, and in my humble opinion, Matahari Grill serves up some pretty respectable Malaysian dishes compared to most other similar restaurants in the GTA (granted, there aren't that many).

Toronto folks are not very familiar with Malaysian cuisine compared with people in Vancouver, as there are way more Malaysian restaurants in Vancouver. I shouldn't have found it surprising that most of the reviewers on here were basically looking for INDIAN or THAI food as opposed to genuine Malaysian dishes... there were hardly any Malaysian dishes ordered nor mentioned in any of the reviews!

One word of advice, if you do decide to return, this time try ordering MALAYSIAN dishes instead. That's what this restaurant claims to specialize in. Not Thai. Not Indian. Malaysian dishes would include things such as Char Kuay Teow, Hokkien Mee, Curry Laksa, Green Bean Sambal with Prawn, Sambal Udang (prawns), Rendang Beef, etc. Expand your horizons a little, don't just pounce on the menu items that look familiar to you from your many trips to Indian or Thai restaurants.

It's like you guys ordered French cuisine at a burger joint and then got all disappointed when it's not up to par. Sheesh....


reviewed by brian,   visited on 2006-12-08 ,  overall
The service is very slow, but the food is quite competent. I prefer the Thai dishes to the Indian but would go to Salad King for better Thai or Trimurti for better Indian (both within walking distance - OK Trimurti is a bit of a hike).
But I still like the place. It's relaxing and I can escape the bustle of the area and have a reasonably priced lunch that's still way better than the fast-food, greasy spoon, and chain places along Dundas and at Eaton Centre.

reviewed by Island Girl,   visited on 2006-11-29 ,  overall
we went for dinner and I have to agree with the general feeling of all others who posted. The service was friendly and we really didn't have long waits for either appetizers or main course dishes, in fact everything arrived at the same time for our main course. Mind you there were only three tables seated the entire time we were there. Our favourite dishes were: the grilled paneer appetizer...think mozzarella sticks but grilled with Indian spices, saag paneer and eggplant bharta. The butter chicken was just average and the sauce was reminiscent of Heinz tomato soup. We didn't have a terrible meal but we won't be rushing back.

reviewed by hungryabbey,   visited on 2006-08-21 ,  overall
Mata Hari is excellent. Great menu, something for everyone, not bad prices either.

reviewed by Apple,   visited on 2006-08-18 ,  overall
Mata Hari on Baldwin is fantastic. It is pretty authentic and always delicious. I highly recommend it.

reviewed by Fwagra,   visited on 2006-08-12 ,  overall
I won't be back.

We ordered: fish pakoras, butter chicken, chana masala, eggplant (bharta), shrimp vindaloo, garlic naan, and parantha.

All foods were underspiced, but not entirely without merit.

Fish pakoras were decent, somewhat overcooked pieces of mild white fish in a bland batter; they desperately needed the tasty green chutney which accompanied them. The chana peas were close to mushy, lacking any toothsome or "al dente" quality. The butter chicken was good; as good as the next one. The eggplant lacked smokiness and flavour.

The naan and parantha were disastrous. Hard, not fresh, not made in a tandoor. They tasted old, having been barely revived by a half-hearted and vain attempt to grill them back to life.

$100 for two, with 3 Kingfishers. For that money, I can eat MUCH better Indian food at Cuisine of India, the Host, or almost any Indian resto in town. Or, for much less money, I can eat much better food at King Palace or Maroli.

In fairness, I should add that service was very warm and friendly. But, that almost doesn't matter if the food is overpriced and underspiced.


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