After so many attempts to come here, I finally chose a day... must be a lucky day. When I got there, the restaurant was open. Everytime I have time to drive down Marine Drive and Crave for Malaysian... this place is closed.
Ahhh!!! Food is authentic. I can vouch for that. People in back are Malaysian. Hostess/Front Person is Thai but Raised in Malaysia and speaks both Thai and Bahasa Melayu.
Food is good... but could be better. Price is really good though for all you can eat buffet. I ordered cendol. Good too... I love authentic food...
Never tried A la Carte yet... but maybe I will try some other time when I happen to pass-by Marine Drive and kedah is open for service. Rather eat here than Banana Leaf.
Bigger is NOT always better. Although the new location is newer and bigger, everything ie. the food and the service has gone DOWNHILL except the price!!! The food quality has deteriorated, the taste is sub-standard(compared to the old Kedah House) and the portions are also smaller. They also have an over-priced buffet selection where the variety is not only limited but also stale. But all that could be overlooked. What is most appalling is the service, or the lack of. The service is EXTREMELY slow and the staff are inefficient, quite clueless and also rather rude.
Sadly, the appeal of Kedah House is no longer there. The old Kedah House on Fraser and 41st was most charming because of the very reasonable prices, authentic taste and friendly service(although they can also be quite slow at that time). All these were reasons why people chose to go to Kedah House instead of the many other Malaysian restaurants in the Lower Mainland.
There is absolutely no more reason to go back to this new establishment unless you crave for over-priced, lousy food and non-existent customer service, and if you don't mind waiting one hour for your food.
Missing the old Kedah House.........
Don't let the negative comments disuade you from visiting this down to earth, clean and pleasant restaurant. Yes they have had a few hiccups but most of the negatives have been ironed out.
It's like eating in a Malay home. The staff is friendly and polite. The owner has a heart of gold.
Not all dishes are spectacular, but what they do well they do very well. I recommend the Satay, Mersing noodles (Kedah style fried rice vermicelli), and gadoh-gadoh if ordering a-la-carte. The all you can eat Buffet (served Friday night, Sat and Sunday, lunch and dinner) is great value. They also sell great curry puffs (take home a few) and Malay deserts (which are very labour intensive to create).