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I rarely eat out North of the bridge. I went to Sambal Malaysian Restaurant in North Ryde because it was a midway compromise amongst our group of friends. It was also rated pretty decently in Zomato.

Chicken Satay – 6 Skewers – $14.80 – Skewers of marinated chicken, grilled and served with spicy peanut sauce and cucumber pieces

There were only four little cuts of cucumber for the six skewers of chicken. The peanut sauce was also not spicy at all.

Chicken Satay - 6 Skewers - $14.80

Hainan Chicken Rice – $22.80 – Boneless chicken steamed to perfection served with rice cooked in aromatic chicken stock

The Hainanese chicken rice was actually pretty decent in terms of both quality and quantity.

Hainan Chicken Rice - $22.80

Beef Rendang – $21.80 – Bite size pieced of beef cooked in curry spices till dry and topped with fried shredded coconut

The beef rending pieces were slightly bigger than just a ‘bite size’. It was also still quite soupy.

Beef Rendang from Sambal Malaysian Restaurant, North Ryde

Belachan Kangkong – $15.80 – Fresh water kangkong stir-fried with chilli shrimp paste

It was the only vegetable dish of the day and the portion was rather small.

Belachan Kangkong - $15.80

Assam Prawns – $29.80 – Prawns sautéed in a rich tamarind sauce

It was supposed to be the most expensive dish of the night. However, there was no ‘wow factor’ on the dish and I enjoyed the Hainan chicken rice more than this.

Assam Prawns - $29.80

Sago Pudding – $7.50 – Sago pearls served in coconut milk and covered with gula Melaka syrup

I quite liked my sago pudding. It reminded me of the sago I used to have when I was little.

Sago Pudding - $7.50

One of my friends was not as lucky; His dessert never came. There was also a dish that I was very keen to try but it was sold out that night. It was Ikan Panggang (or grilled fish). Not just a regular fish, but a skate fish (or stingray).

The final verdict for Sambal

Sambal is a decent Malaysian restaurant if you happened to live around the area. It commanded a slightly more premium price.

Did you know?

Sambal is a Malaysian/Indonesian word for chilli. However, none of the dishes we ordered that night was particularly spicy.

Rating for Sambal:

6.5 / 10

Taste: 6.5 / 10

Price: $15 – $29 for main dish

Place: 7.0 / 10



285 – 297 Lane Cove Road, North Ryde NSW 2113

02 9889 7977


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