C&R Café-Restaurant, Chinatown

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Laksa and more
A recommended Malaysian-leaning Chinatown hideaway that serves Malaysian, Chinese and Malay-Indian dishes, with a special mention to the signature (and swampy/filling) laksa noodle soup dish. Started in 1999 and tucked away in an alley between Wardour St and Rupert St, just by the Pizza Express, C&R offers very good food at budget prices, with decor that registers as slightly more tasteful and knowing than your typical Chinatown establishment. Since 2005 noodle-and-rice Malaysian breakfasts have been served in a small space just opposite (4 Rupert Ct), open from 8am until noon. For a more conventional C&R dining experience, there's a second outlet in Bayswater at 52 Westbourne Grove W2 5SH. The name C&R refers to the manager's uncle (Chung) and aunt (Rosa), who started the restaurant.