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We went for the Chinese, but stayed for the Malayasian

During our typical ‘where will we go for dinner?’ debate the other night, my hankering for Chinese won out over C’s desire for a burger. We decided to go to Kensai in Camden, as we had eaten there before and they had a 2 for 1 happy hour. Hmm 2 for 1! We were given a specials menu, which had any main course for £6.95, but at first glance it was all curries and complicated ingredients. I really just wanted a bog standard Chinese, so I consulted the main menu. All Malaysian… eh what? The entire menu was two pages of just Malyasian food, all long, complicated, curry based stuff. I’ve no problem with Malaysian food, but it was really not what I was in the mood for. Plus I didn’t really want a whole mess of lemongrassy type ingredients, it just wasn’t that kind of night.
The waitress kept coming over to see if we were ready to order, but I was a little confused with having to interpret a whole new genre of food.  I was just amazed at how they changed the entire menu, when it was working fine to begin with. Anyway, as we were having our 2 for 1 drinks, we decided we might as well stay. As we both don’t eat spicy food, there wasn’t a lot to choose from. In the end we just got starters.


Prawn Fritter, with peanut sauce.

As you can see from the pictures, the food wasn’t anything outstanding. The spring rolls and squid were fairly standard, but the Prawn dumplings were good and the fritters were very tasty, filled with some kind of pumpkin mush and accompanied by a peanut dressing. Very nice.

Szechaun Salt and Pepper Squid.


 Vegetable Spring Rolls.

The damage was about £25 for four starters and drinks, which was fine, I guess. But I left feeling unsatisfied, obviously because I hadn’t gotten my Chinese – also because it was yet another restaurant where I had to ‘make do’ with something on the menu. This really annoys me when restaurants change their menu or dishes unexpectedly, I know that variety is the spice of life and all that hoo ha, but still, I have a right to be grumpy and cantankerous.

Steamed Prawn Dumplings.