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Kedah House

1652 SE Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC V5P2R6
Tel: (604) 325-9771
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Good n' Cheap!
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

The gang went for dinner tonight at KH and had a big feed. We all left happy. I had the $13 dinner buffet. The buffet consisted of a couple of kinds of rice, some curries, noodles, deep fried fish and chicken, some kind of tofu with peanuts and salted fish, deep fried mackeral with sambal sauce, along with soup and a few other items, plus a dessert section and all the roti you want.

My friends had some of the best satay I have seen, a really superior mee goreng, two kinds of curry, and teriyaki chicken. The manager didn't object to buffet and a la carte at the same table, which was very nice.

I didn't find the same problems as the previous reviewer, which is probably due to a change in location. The new KH is really big inside, the glasses were on top of the plates beside the cutlery and napkin, and I didn't smell antiseptic or soap, despite the obvious cleanliness of the whole establishment.

I found the server could have used a bit of help though. The manager was busy up front, so she had to serve all the tables alone. She was very efficient and knowledgeable.

I found the restaurant to be a clean well-lighted place, but it was not very fancy. The food was way better than I expected given the decor, and I can say it was superior to places like Hawker's Delight. If this place had the same ambience as Tropika it would be fantastic. As it is, the food is great and the prices are cheap. What more could you ask?

Recommended!

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Fair portions. Fair pricing.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

It doesn't call me back for revisits though I really wanted to try it a few more times before commenting, but I don't see myself going back. It's not that anything was particularly bad about the experience or the restaurant--except for the mee goreng that tasted and smelled heavily of the preservative/soapy detergent variety, though I understand, not every little place is able to make their own fresh noodles to serve. The roti is very doughy in taste and density. I suppose you don't go for the decor, so it must be the food that brings ppl back. I doubt it's the cleaning detergent the place smelled heavily of as the spray bottle of cleaning solution and towel she uses is kept within reach on an empty table that was just cleaned off and immediately afterwards, empty cups for water was placed lip downwards onto the detergent-filled surface. But I suppose it's not so bad as it has yet to kill anyone for ingesting any of it along with their glass of water. Just reminds me of some of the hole-in-the-wall wonton noodle places of old, and perhaps, some good old fashioned diners. All in all, this is probably a good stop to make if you are craving for someone else's homecooked meal when you don't want to cook for yourself.

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horrible!
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

I've been here before and it wasn't bad, it wasn't great but it wasn't bad, the last time i went it was just horrible. I ordered the roti canai, which I always order at mayalsian restaurants and it wasn't even cooked through, it was raw and chewy. I also ordered the chicken bryanni, that was ok. The lamb curry was the worst, (I ordered takeout), it was just a container of grease, I didn't even eat it, I put it in the fridge and the next day when the fat solidified it was 3/4 of the container, the rest sauce and a little bit of lamb. Never again!

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Defnitely Not Worth It
By jaeqoo of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 5:14am [Dine in]

If poor customer service and contaminated salad bars are your thing, then you've come to the right place. When we walked into the restaurant, we met up with an employee who pointed to a table that was already occupied by another customer's belongings. I have no idea why he made such a bone headed move because that happened to be the only seat in the house that was taken. This absent minded employee was the same guy who, midway through our dinner, took out a broom and dustpan to sweep the floor. I honestly don't know about you but watching people sweep in front of me makes me lose my appetite rather rapidly.

It's not that big of an issue for me because the food wasn't any good to begin with. Having said that I still wish they had labelled the dishes at the buffet table so I know what I am actually consuming. I can tell you this much though...labeling their food wouldn't have been very labor intensive at all because you can literally count the number of dishes available on your fingers. What disgusted me even more than the poor customer service was their salad bar. How would you like to munch on cucumber slices and leaves of lettuce that have been vegged on by fruit flies? I didn't think so, not even if the bill came out to be $10.50.

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NAAN Bread Rules!
By HointheWall of Main St. (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 9:09am [Dine in]

One would hardly describe Vancouver as a hot and sultry city. Now Paris, that's musty sexy. But Vancouver? Nah...more like grandma's wet knickers. However the first time I came to Kedah House, it was mid summer and the place was packed. Everyone was having naan bread, bowls of curry and heaps of noodles and rice. cheap spicy food that you can find in the streets of sultry cities. we were all sweating together. Oh and the price! I was still smarting from my experience at Vij's (highly overrated in my books). So to pay $3 for naan bread - Dinng pleasure exponentially went up.
However when was i just there recently, it was a rainy midweek, and the place was empty. the charm of this hole in the wall went down drastically without the peeps. Our server took our orders with a petulant look out the window and then flitted out the door never to be seen. We sat there awkwardly looking at multiple reflections of ourselves in the mirror. however the food is good for the price, the curry is robust, and the noodles are a healthy greasy portion.

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Worst Malaysian Place ever!
By milou of East Van (46 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 19, 2006 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

This is probably the worst Malaysian place ever in NORTH AMERICA. We just came back from that place for dinner.

We dined around 7 pm and this is weekend, the place was not even crowded...hmm bad sign. I ordered the buffet and my wife ordered char kwe teoy or Ipoh fried rice noodle. The noodle was very tasteless and greasy, then we asked them to put more salt...it came back almost the same taste, so we asked for a table salt for quick fix. My wife didn't even finish her noodle because she just lost her appetite and ordered ice cendol...which was pretty good.

The buffet, not many selection, Gado Gado is pretty good, mutton soup is ok, curry chicken..is ok (you can't mess up curry, most of them use ready made mix anyway). The mee goreng is tasteless, not sweet or salty and it's overcooked, the beehon is tasteless either. Sambal kacang and anchovy..so so. Well for a buffet food you can't really judge a restaurant but hey the a la carte char kwe teoy is one of the most popular Malaysian signature dish...you can't afford to mess this up. The portion is also a bit small.

This is the worst Malaysian place by far. The service is ok and the ambiance is bland and what do you expect for an asian restaurant? I thought if the food is good then this can be my regular...since it's only 5 min drive from my place. I saw this place before but thought it was pricey until I found out about the buffet and decided to give it a shot. Well I'm dissapointed and my wife is downright mad and now as I'm typing she's eating a left over chinese food from lunch.

For Malaysian or Singaporean, my best bet for quality and price is ELLIE on CAMBIE and SEXSMITH in Richmond, ck my review. I've been a regular and never dissapointed. Tropika is also not bad but quite pricey, unless you have those Entertainment book coupon.

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Good Food, Poor Customer Service.
By marilyn of east vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

We have been to this restaurant a couple of times and while, the food is passable, the service leaves much to be desired. The owner tends to greet and welcome only those she recognizes as Malays while totally ignoring the other nationalities.
During one of the Saturdays that we went, they also had a note pinned up by the buffet saying "Customers who leave food on their plates" would be charged extra. Have never heard of anything like this before especially since we spend $10.00 per person for the simple buffet anyway. The young girl who works there is very nice but, it is the owner who shows her prejudice by ignoring the other nationalities. Would like to see her treat all the customers alike with a smile as we all pay to eat there. She isn't granting us free food.
The buffet is amazingly simple for $10.00 with the watery cabbage and same old chicken and beef dishes. Will not recommend this place, unfortunately.

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Best food and people ever
By washungry of richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 12:12am [Dine in]

Went in for dinner not expecting much but was blown away by the flavor and quality of food, the overall cleanliness of the restaurant and the staff were all great.
Great value everybody left full and still had lots on money left over for our next trip back to Kedah House.
Great job keep up the good work

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Kedah house has gone to GUTTER !!!
By dharsee of Mission (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 8, 2006 - 10:23am [Dine in]

I WAS a regular customer at Kedah House on Fraser and used to drive 1 hour for ethnic Malaysian food. However, this is last visit to new Kedah location.

It was late when we arrived, about 6:30 pm. Nothing special. Service was slow, food is expensive, and portions are smaller. The waiter told us we can't order from Menu because Kitchen was closed and was forcing us to eat BUFFET. We saw Buffet food quality was inconsistent (it was confirmed by couple of other clients who refused to eat from Buffet). I called the owner and she make exception to order from menu.

In my opinion, buffet system works during lunch hours and during dinner time. I ordered roti chenai, chicken biryani, mixed vegetable curry, peppercorn prawns and terik tea. Roti chenai and terik tea never arrived. Furthermore, Mixed vegetable curry appeared was taken from buffet. Other two dishes lacked ethnic taste. We found them plain BLAH !!!!!

It was a saturday night and very few patrons, that was unexpected. Pathetic service, expensive and tasteless food even though they had many empty tables. I strongly recommend not to stay away from Kedah Restaurant.

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Value For $, Good Food
By FOOD-DISCERNER of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

When you pay $10 for an all-you-can-eat, authentic Indonesian food, don't whine about poor service.

First, my 3-stars here mean " Solid" (food rating); 2-Decent (service), 4-Outstanding (value rating). This is the first place where I tasted good Indonesian food. Coming in from a chilly 4 degree late morning, my friend and I tucked in to comforting tom yam soup seasoned just nice, after we sat down and undressed.

I loved the refreshing and fresh Gado-Gado (Indonesian salad of fresh crunchy cucumber sticks, sweet juicy turnip sticks, hard-boiled eggs and assortment of crunchies dressed with sweet, warm fragrant peanut gravy). The sambal eggs had a nice aroma which tantalized my tastebuds as I brought a spoonful of it near my sharp nose. I like the mee goreng (who thought vegetarian mee goreng would be sooooooo good ?), even the brocooli stir fry was good ! I'm not much of a meat eater though my friend said the beef rendang and ayam (chicken) were good...he went for seconds and relished the steamed basamati rice that soaked up the rich flavors.

That the food was good got validated as more and more people (of asian/ south-east asian origin) trickled in. We also spotted a few caucasians eagerly heading to the buffet table and relished each single bite of the yummies they brought back, with smiles and happy faces. Really, they have just visited Indonesia with this gastronomic experience!

I'm not sure why the other reviewers whined about the poor service. We found the 1 male server friendly and obliging, though not an excellent server. Given that this restaurant runs on a cost concept, they have pared down the staff to '1' to reduce the cost and give its customers value for money. As long as you are not a "high-maintenance" customer (like us hee hee) , you will leave happy and satisfied, and ready to come back again for another satisfying meal. (PS I'll be bring my hubby and his brother and family next time for sure.)

oh...another thing, my standards of hygiene are quite high and am glad that the restaurant and its cooks look clean. :)

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Great value for rare cuisine
By KenWard of Richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 2:42am [Dine in]

Don't bank on the cool fine decore. It's basic and that's all you get. What matters most is you get what you paid for!

Date and I spent under 30$ for a good taste of Malaysia.

Again nothing fancy from the environment to the silverware bu the food was excellent.

Had the gado gado, nasi goreng and sate.

Good portions and no entree is over 10$ really.

Overall great home made malaysian cuisine in the middle of nowhere.

We'll be back.

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well developed flavors
By diningguy of East Van, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 11:46am [Dine in]

Was there last night - was really hungry and my visiting parents has sushi the night before. Was reccommended by the Mayaysian Tourism office to go there. I got more than I paid for I figure. $10 for the buffet. 12 different items, Nice staff, it is a hole in the wall, but it was tasty, fresh, and I thought well developed flavors. Maybe not as good as before as some have said, but I liked it. My parents liked it too. Yes Im sure if you have been to malaysia it might not be the best rendang or noodles, but I loved it.

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Kedah House is Great!
By SharonLeila of Vancouver B.C (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

Chicken Curry is DELICIOUS!! as well as the other delightful dishes. I've never had Malaysian food until I met my boyfriend who is Malaysian, once he brought me here I could'nt stop coming back for more! Thanks to Kedah House Malaysian food is my absolute favorite, nothing is better than a family owned restaurant home cooked food. The buffet on weekends is only $10, weekday prices are as cheap. Service is excellent! Kedah House is my favorite!

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Food was good, service was ok
By muhammad of UBC, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

I went to Kedah House on one weekday evening with 3 other friends. We ordered rice, sambal prawn, rendang, cashewnut chicken and vege cooked with coconut milk. As a Malaysian I think the food was authentic and good. Service was OK. Decorations around the restaurant makes it feel like back home.

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worst rendang ever!!!
By TTJM of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 12:04am [Dine in]

I am a malaysian and this is probably not one of my favourite restaurant to eat authentic Malaysian food.
This place started off on Fraser and 41st. The food was good bad then. once moved to marine drive, it was entirely different.
I've never ate a beef rendang dish that bad in my life. I can even cook it better then the restaurant.
Service was bad.. We were a group of 9 people. All the food came in but no rice.. Made repeated attempts to order rice and they kept forgetting to bring it out. Finally, the rice came. But, only 2 bowls of rice for 9 people? We asked for one bowl of rice for each person and all we get is 2 bowls..

Bad experience for me and my friends. We won't go there ever again

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worst malaysian place
By metrochix of downtown, vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

I went there a month ago with my family, tried their buffet for 10 dollars and it wasn't worth it. The beef rendang, (which I expected to taste like the real rendang Padang, which is originally came from there, West Sumatera, Indonesia) was actually tasted like nothing but watery beef with a touch of coconut milk, and been put outside for hours, coz it was cold and u can feel a lot of msg in their fried rice and stir fry veggies, and chiken curry. Unfortunately when I was having my lunch, they forgot to close their kitchen door and I saw when they cook their veggies they just cut out the bad part and put it into the wok without washing them first!!! Eeeewwww!!! Not forget to mention that the color of the restaurant is too bright , too shiny, gives me headache. The service was ok, they don't refill the water, we had to get the chinese tea from the cart and pour ourselves! But still I gave 10 % tips for the server, just because atleast they gave us smile.

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Authentic Food!
By foodfav of Burnaby,BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

The food here is really tasty, even though it is a little bit oily. The curry chicken, satay, lontong, Ipoh noodles and sambal prawns are to die for! The buffet, although quite limited, is a good bargain for $10.

Ambience is lacking, but it's a family run business, and in exchange, you get a familiar and friendly face every time you walk through the door. The staff is eager to please, and very welcoming.

I'm not crazy about the dessert section of the buffet, it needs a little more variety. I've noticed that they have added healthier items to the buffet, which I appreciate. It's a great take-out place, and the take-out is quite consistenty good.

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no tea?
By zcat of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

ever notice they forget to make the tea and ask if you still want it? ...everytime?
ever notice they indicate they are open a certain day or time that they decide to close leaving you to regret not calling before you took that trip no where near your house? strange bunch running this show.
however the nasi kambing was good. i think the food was enjoyable. but not always consistent. ah well.

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Awful food
By bearpaw of West End, Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

I can't compare this "new" restaurant to the old one that people talk about. All I can say is that the food was quite horrid. I ordered a chicken and cashew dish. The onions in the dish still had the outer skin on them! Totally inedible! I have never had anyone try to serve me this tough outer skin before, let alone a restaurant. Also, the chicken was overcooked. The cashews were also burned so the taste was ruined. It was one of the worst prepared foods I have eaten.

Horrible, horrible restaurant. I will never return. They did seem like nice people and the decor was pretty, but the restaurant is about the food.

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Good food friendly owner
By Wk of surrey bc (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

This place is small but the food is the best Malaysian food excellent taste ,price is great cheap $10 buffet,I drive from surrey here twice a a month for good food.the owner is such a nice guy very friendly and Cheerful men..try it out there will be no regrets..great place good food..

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