New York, NY 10003
Village Voice's Description
This well-regarded Malaysian restaurant just outside Union Square is Michelin-starred, with a decor to match. Pushing customers' preconceived ideas about authenticity, price, and decor in "ethnic" restaurants, Laut is dimly lit--all small wooden tables, exposed brick,and metal latticework, undercut by thumping club music, but the Malay flavors--coconut, lemongrass, and belchan (fermented shrimp paste) are strongest and best, despite the restaurantâs official billing as pan-Asian. In addition to a variety of lunch-special curries (penang sate and massaman being the most familiar, but by no means the only ones to try), Laut offers laksa, a traditional spicy noodle soup in both curry and asam styles, water spinach heavy with chile and shrimp paste, sotong goreng (fried squid with chile), and crisp roti canai, a fried flatbread. There are plenty of skippable items--sake bombs, shumai, buffalo wings--but as long as the friendly staff leads you to the Malaysian section of the menu, youâre likely to have a tasty meal. --Diana Clarke
Tips from foursquare
beef rendang, kang kung belacan, roti canai, chow kway teow, hainanese chicken rice... just a few favorites :)
One Michelin star.
Ginger candy is best eaten in pieces.
Service is really good and there's a huge selection for lunch specials :) filling and pretty flavorful
The roti canai is as good as everyone says! $7 is steep for it but it's still worth it.
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