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Matahari Bar & Grill
Matahari Bar & Grill

Matahari Bar & Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mataharigrill.com
  • Phone: (416) 596-2832
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 3.00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Malaysian, Southeast Asian
  • Executive Chef: SUTHAN
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call Zenn at 416 596 2832 for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Matahari is available for private function. The restaurant can accommodate up to 55 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Rahi (416) 596-2832

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beverley and McCaul
  • Public Transit: Nearest Subway Station - St. Patrick Station. Street Car at Dundas and Beverley
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Green P parking available at McCaul Street, just north of Baldwin Street.
    Street Metered Parking nearby.
A word from Matahari Bar & Grill
Matahari is passionate about the food...
Tantalizing aromas of the far east, rich in its variety. Matahari is an exotic blend of Malay, Chinese, Peranakan (nyonya) and Indian cuisines set in a contemporary design that embodies exotic hardwood floors, bright green ultra-suede banquets and predominantly black, white and stainless steel accents by award winning designer Sasha Josipovizc of Pyramid Design. Awakening our customers' taste sensations since 1995.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "There was only one waiter serving entire restaurant on our visit (Wednesday), but he was efficient. It was the kitchen that was slow. We waited at least 30 mins between appetizer and mains. The nyonya chicken curry was a winner. The beef rendang was also very good. The vegetable curry did not taste like curry, although the ingredients were cooked just right i.e. crunchy. The peanut sauce accompanying the satay could be spicier. Good sharing dishes. No Ontario wines on their wine list."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We there during Summerlicious - apparently many new staff that had not yet been trained. Very poor/disorganized service. Had lost our reservation. Waited 50 minutes for our first lunch course. The food was their saving grace: interesting asian/indian fusion."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This is one of those restaurants in a quaint neighbourhood (Baldwin Street) that one would not normally go to, except during Summerlicious. The food is an eclectic mix of Indian and South-east Asian. The Prawn Curry was spicy hot; the Short Ribs - although cooked well - were bland. The Mango Salad was ordinary but the dessert choices were exotic and delicous. Not a hot spot on Baldwin, but definitely worth a try if you are feeling adventurous."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "4 of us had dinner on the patio, it took them forever to serve us. Took about 15 mins to ask us for drinks, took longer for them to come back again to ask us what we wanted to eat. No follow up of any kind, had to really try to get their attention for service of any kind, even then it didn't really happen. Hopefully the dining room was better service for people."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I was really impressed with the mains, not so much with the appetizers or dessert, which was the banana dish. The flavors were distinct It's overpriced on many dishes but still a good experience of Indonesian food in Toronto."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I use to love this restaurant. But the food was tasteless and the chicken was rubbery. I'll never return. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This place has fantastic Malaysian food. Just thinking of the excellent meal we had there is making my mouth water!! We both had the Nasi Lemak, with fantastic fluffy Roti and a delicious Chicken churry. The coconut rice that comes with the Nasi Lemak was super delicious, as were the Achar (pickled vegetables). I can't wait to go back and try the beef rendang - the table next door to us ordered this, and they loved it. This restaurant is a great find and we can't wait to go back!! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The server told me the best way to enjoy my meal and it was great"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was very tasty, as always. Love the Rendang Beef! The gentleman who served us helped us with ordering, making appropriate suggestions. He was very attentive."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Dear Open Table, We had a most unfortunate experience at lunch. We ordered at 12 10 pm. One hour later, we did not have our meals. My guest is 6 months pregnant - she asked for something to nibble on - but no service even with this request. We finally told them at 115pm, that we would need take out. At that point, the entrees arrived. They were obviously short staffed that day and I think the owner who took the order forgot to put it in... There was no apology or anything. I do like the food there, but given the embarrassment will not go back for a very long time. I have also let my U of T colleagues know that they must avoid this place at lunch."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I have been eating here a couple of times a year for a few years now and have never once had a bad experience. The staff is attentive, but do not hover around the table. The lighting is soft and the decor is interesting, but it all stays in the background letting you focus on the meal. I don't drink, so I can't comment on the wine list, but the menu has a wide selection for different palates and dietary obligations. Malaysian food is savoury and you can select your "hottness" level if you want spicy. The prices are reasonable for sure and it's easy to have a nice meal for two with appetizers and a bottle of sparkling water for about $50."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I was hoping for Indonesian food dinner. However it was a unique and mixed taste between Indonesian, Malay and Thai food. Overall I had a good experience there."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We keep returning to this great neighbourhood favourite because we love the food and the staff are so welcoming. Every dish we've tried is excellent, seafood curry, nasi and mee goreng, cashew chicken, mango salads are fresh and tangy. Always have to include the delicious rotis! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My friends and I picked to eat here during Winterlicious this year specifically because none of us had ever tried Malaysian food. The menu itself was mouth-watering with a variety of choices made with an interesting fusion of ingredients. We ordered 3 out of the 4 choices for the apps, entrees and dessert. We were a table of 3 so we figured doing this would allow us to try almost everything. The entire selection was amazing! My only disappointment was how tiny the servings were for their appetizers (specifically the spring rolls-- it was only 2 small pieces). The beef ribs were to die for, they were tender and the coconut milk addition was fantastic. That was our favourite among the entrees and for dessert, the pandan crepe was unreal!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I found the Char Kway Teow was too salty and missing some ingredient in it to make it Malaysian Char Kway Teow. The Achar-Achar and chicken satay were not bad but again, very different than the real Malaysian ones. I really like the pandan crepe, which I think was done very well and close enough to those back home."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Very good food, freshly prepared, intense yet tasty flavours. Efforts to deliver good meals, from apetizers to deserts (fried banana & coconut filled crepes were excellent!). Considering that it's not local food, it would require more intro & explanation from the waiting staff, and make it much richer experience! Good food & nice place to eat!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Fantastic food and great service. I would go back there again hands down. Thank you to the staff and chefs who made the experience great."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Staff was attentive. They were busy, but they seated us quickly and soon had water and menus for us. The winterlicious menu was pointed out. After we ordered our meals came quickly and were very tasty. I would definitely go back and would like to try it for supper."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My friend and I went during winterlicious time, and it was excellent! The short rib was amazing, portions were big. Our server was great. I really enjoyed the food. Would def come back!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We visited during the winterlicious 2014 and took the Prix Fixe Program menu. That menu had a good selection for a carnivore or a a vegetarian. They waiter made sure to give his full attention and walk us through the menu. Was impressed with the food. Had a look at the regular menu, it was very limited didn't have some dishes i am used to seeing in other places. Still looked good. We will go there again for dinner again without a doubt."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We dined at Matahari during Winterlicious 2014. The food was very good and the service excellent. We will definitely return to sample their regular menu."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Small, but nice interior and layout. Food was outstanding, as I partook in the Winterlicious prix fixe. Would recommend this to others."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Matahari Grill food is delicious and the staff are great."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The service was great! We were a group for lunch during the busy holiday season and everyone enjoyed their meal. It was easy to see why the Nasi Lemak dish is a popular streetfare food..the flavours were interesting and good."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "I recommend ordering several appetizers and main courses for sharing which is why the bigger your group, the better. Everything was delicious and very fresh. Nothing was too spicy and they will cater it to your tastes. Definitely get the roti to go with the sauces of the curries. You will want every last drop! Portions are generous and we ordered 4 main courses for 4 people. We probably would have been fine with 3 courses as we had leftovers for a doggy bag. But of course we were happy we got to try 4 dishes. Service was very quick but they didn't rush us out, despite one person being a half hour late. They let us sit for a long time and brought the bill when asked. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "This place has excellent food. I go there often. Prices are from. 13 - 17 dollars per plate. Service slows down considerably when the restaurant gets busier as there are only two waiters. It took 25 minutes to get dessert once. Would I go back? Yes. The food is excellent."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Amazing entrees. Go for the curries. Skip the appetizers though, not worth the price."
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "Great tasty food.Romantic patio views and would recomend this place to friends and family"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Everything about Matahari is wonderful. My family recommends it to all who love good food, good value, and a very pleasant time."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "If you are truly looking for authentic Malayasian food then you have found it at Matahari. Good food good service very accommodating to special requests."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "This was one of our favorite spots years ago and we went with high expectations. These were satisfied the food was as good or better than expected and although not once a week fare it was very good for a special occasion. The glass of wine was no less expensive than anywhere else, but the prices were very reasonable. We went early on a week day and shared the pleasant person who served us with only two other tables, service was prompt we are sure for busy nights they would have more than one person. A very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "The service is always very slow. It took forever to get our orders in and get our food. I asked for the bill 3 times before I got it. They finally brought our food and then right after brought our ice cream desserts which melted by the time we got to it."
    Dined on 7/10/2013
  • "I love coming here for a quick lunch or come here for dinner with my hubby and friends. Staff are warm and friendly and some them have been there for as long as I have been coming for almost 13 years. The food is amazing especially beef rendang is melt in your mouth to die for dish. There ain't another restaurant in town that serve rendang as goid as Matahari. Only thing is, dish is served only at dinnertime, so for lunch you have pre-order it but the chef is more than happy to oblige. Green beans sambal is another excellent dish that goes well with rendang and a bowl of steam rice. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys exotic food"
    Dined on 7/8/2013
  • "Love eating here! Great service, owner will come and recommend items and even customize to your needs. Always great food and a good place to go back to!"
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "Well-designed restaurant. Interesting and different menu - but as a first timer I had no clue as to where to start. Our waiter was excellent in first learning what types of foods we liked; and then took over making super suggestions. Everything was well thought-out, food and service were great, and good-different. Will go back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2013
  • "I had brought my family, including 2 grandmother's for mother's day and everyone loved the ambiance of the restaurant and our attentive server (she was really great and gave good tips on the food). The food was very good and fresh. Would recommend and visit again."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "I eat at the here regularly and usually order the Casbah Cashew Chicken as it is delicious. I ordered the said dish but I was brought the special of the day (Mahi Mahi served in green curry and rice). While it was pleasant enough, and the server offered to return it for what I ordered, it was a disappointment. Returning it was not an option because we we on a tight schedule, and the fact that I did not eat what I went to the Matahar for, left me wanting. I still do highly recommend this restaurant and I will return myself. I will just be certain to be clearer when I place my order. This restaurant is very conveniently located near all of the University hospitals and the staff are always very friendly."
    Dined on 5/7/2013
  • "I've been to Matahari Bar & Grill several times. I highly recommend their fish curry special (when it is offered). Definitely a good place to go for a quiet meal with work colleagues or friends. They've made a mistake with my order one time, but overall, their services and food have been consistently good."
    Dined on 4/28/2013
  • "Our favourite restaurant in Toronto. Anytime we have the opportunity to get into the city, this is our first stop! Amazing Malaysian flavours and great service in a very cool neighbourhood."
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "always a pleasure to dine here - location - great fare and attenitive staff combine as my go to place for friends and business lunches"
    Dined on 4/15/2013