Serai

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
128 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Malaysian

Top Tags:

Casual
Good Vegetarian Options
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.
What 128 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

C
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and helpful staff! Highly recommend!

JP
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Laksa since I left Singapore!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, food, and atmosphere.

BS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

M
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the outdoor space

MP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Malaysia food in town

f
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

OT
Chicago
370 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

p
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Authentic

RC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

LT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good traditional food!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommed Hainanese Chicken and Roti Pratha!

L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very slow service. Food is good, but portions are small.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!I love the coconut pudding and that fried chicken leg with fried rice! The curry here was soooo great! Strongly recommended

SY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been to Serai numerous times. The food is great and service is typically always great.
This time however we did not get good service. It was a Sunday afternoon, with the Restaurant half empty...not sure if they were understaffed, but it took forever for them to take our order and then food took a long time to come as well. They forgot to bring us some appetizers we ordered as well. I am not sure what went wrong that day!
But overall the food is great and we will keep going there no matter what.
Cheers!

FS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My coworker and I were so excited to try fusion food. Enjoyed parata with chicken, nasi goreng, 3 chilli chicken and kankun. The food was delicious.
The only downside that spoilt our meal was the rude hostess. We were given a small table, so without thinking much of it, we joined the table next to us. She spoke to us in a loud condescending manner about asking permission before moving the table, and that the restaurant gets more customers on Friday; not to do this again. It was 5.30p and we left at 6.30 p.m. There were two other customers. We did not like her attitude and rude behavior.

RR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to experience another dining culture

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food

KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Serai! A great neighborhood spot, excellent food & flavors!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Great food! Authentic! Try the laksa soup!

j
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I can’t give them a “Wow” rating because it wasn’t. Seemed like most of the dishes are like of other cuisines. Nothing really out of the ordinary but not bad.

1
2
3
4

Tweets by Serai