Serai

4.6
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$30 and under
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Malaysian
Serai – Malay for lemongrass – is a hardy plant that can grow in harsh environments, full of herbal properties, and ubiquitous in South East Asian cuisine.
It's a unifying ingredient that connects all countries across the region, and adds that extra little kick to make a dish truly authentic. Also, it is the answer to your call for genuine South East Asian, Malaysian, cooking.
Currently being cultivated in Logan Square, the delightful restaurant aims to bring to you the best of traditional regional food, with a focus on Malaysian fare – specialities like Char Koay Teow, Curry Laksa and Hainanese Chicken – at the hands of a passionate chef who lives to enhance his craft.
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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hainanese Chicken was so good but the coconut pudding was the best in my memory!

JO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Hainanese Chicken is stunning and every dish we ordered is awesome, except for the Tom Yum Soup, a little bit plain compared to others. However, my friends and I didn't quite like the atmosphere there. It's too dark to even read the menu. It might be good for dating, but definitely not for hanging out with friends. As a restaurant with so many good dishes, it should use more lights to let customers take a good look at the great food.

SF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, good value. Cocktails were sub par, but I didn’t expect them to be good. Would go again.

t
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great service, delicious food, lots of options.

LB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Gluten Free options! Food was excellent! Can't wait to return!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

so was our first time having food here the experience was great plus I call it Our waitress was Teressa she was wonderful and kind would love to go back

e
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chicken curry sauce we ever had... just like my grandmother's. The nasi goreng had a lot of good shrimp and was quite a large serving. Love this place! Definitely will go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love this place, everything is great but definitely try the roti paratha, three pepper chicken and fish (amazing)

RM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!
The cross section of so many wonderful cultures and their cuisine is what Malaysian food is. It is the delicate blend of thai, indian, and east asian that creates magic. The roti is the best in Chicago.
I love this place.
Rito

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Good drinks. Nice waitress. Pleasant date night

C
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and helpful staff! Highly recommend!

JP
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing and flavorful food. Came out super fast. Service was slightly slow but will definitely return to try more options

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My husband and I tried so I after watching a local food recommendation show. We were absolutely delighted with drinks and cuisine. Our waitress was very helpful in making recommendations as we had never tried Malaysian cuisine. All of her recommendations were excellent. The music was a little loud and intrusive, which annoyed us. We also didn’t enjoy drinking water from jars. We would absolutely recommend this restaurant and will be returning or ordering in.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Laksa since I left Singapore!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food, and atmosphere.

BS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great! We'll definitely be coming back.

DG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly service. My first time trying Malaysian food. The flavors blew me away.

j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a neighborhood gem - I am sad we didn't find it sooner but better late than never :)

LO
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We came and the restaurant closed even when we have made the reservation.

M
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor space

MP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love the patio! On a nice summer night it is very pleasant. My only regret is that they don't carry the prosecco any longer. The portions are large and the service is great.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was good but the atmosphere didn't sound like Malaysia. In the complex is fine. The kitchen close at 10 pm, so I suggest to go not later than 9.

J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

I am glad I have found a good Southeast Asian restaurant in Chicago. Fried roti with chicken curry sauce was delicious. The Tofu stir fry was crisp on the outside, smooth and juicy inside. The wonton soup didn’t taste like the typical MSG broth I encounter elsewhere. I can’t wait to go back and try other items.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Malaysian cuisine is one of my favorites. Having visited Malaysia and Singapore several times, I must say the sambal and roti prata were excellent. The spice level could increase a bit for the rendang but the beef was very tender. The coconut pudding was phenomenal and just get right amount of sweetness. I would say the dessert was good for 3-4 people. Overall a great experience.

C
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu seemed to have a lot of Americanized Asian dishes so I was skeptical but pleasantly surprised by the nasi lemak nyonya curry chicken. The sauce was delicious and pretty authentic. The side veggies and other accompaniments were just average but we were focused on the main course. It wasn't very busy but service was surprisingly fast for both food and drinks. Note: the lemongrass for the cocktails is a lemongrass syrup so if you don't like sweet drinks, don't get their martini.

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Malaysia food in town

f
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

OT
Chicago
372 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Not noticeable by signage and a little confusing when you go in... not very warm seems a bit unfinished. Hot n sour soup was a large portion and the peanut noddle dish was good with veggies only, but I didn’t think it was as good as other reviewers.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and the service was very warm and welcoming. Will dine here again.

p
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Authentic

RC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was wonderful; our server was attentive and friendly. Low key environment. Enjoyed the whole experience.

D
London
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Serai was very good overall, the wonton soup my wife got was pretty bland but the Roti is fantastic. Service was great and the food came very fast.

DK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nothing fancy but delicious food. Be sure to try one of the rendang dishes.

LT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most memorable experience in dining -- our expectation 'at best' was a pan-asian fare, but were pleasantly surprised -- we came to Serai to sample specifically Malaysian cuisine and that we did, thanks to our knowledgeable and exuberant server -- one in our party had an egg allergy and the chef was able to modify his dish without compromising on taste -- our food was beautifully presented, with just the right amount of heat and flavor - heavenly... we will surely be back for more...

M
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place to have a conversation. The food was good but not what we expected. Our waiter was nice and knowledgeable about the food

OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Friends visiting from Malaysia and craving comfort food. The Chinese style lemak was almost inedible . The decor badly need updating. The decor looked like an old bar dive converted to a restaurant. Head over to Bingo tea on Argyle street for much cheaper and better Malaysia food or drive way north to Penang fir real authentic Malaysian food. Very disappointed .

BN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered 5 plates and all large portions and delicious. Very tasty

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food! If you call, you may be able to get a time not available on OpenTable.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good traditional food!

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