Simply KL's Launch at The New Inn, Bath

The New Inn is a recently refurbished pub on Monmouth Place that has a great selection of cask ales and craft beers. More recently, they have launched "Simply KL", a new menu featuring an array of Malaysian Hawker Centre (street food) style dishes.

We were lucky enough to get invited along to their soft launch to try out some their menu. Having lived in Singapore for eight years, a country with strong Malay influence, I was curious to see what The New Inn's version of Malay food tasted like. 

Dish 1: Traditional Chicken Satay 

This was really good - the chicken was juicy and succulent and the peanut sauce was yummy. The sauce had more of a depth of flavour compared to some others that I had previously tried (which literally tasted like just coconut and peanut butter) and it had just the right amount of heat to it. 

Dish 2: Roti Canai 

This is actually hands-down my all-time favourite Malay dish and something that I have found hard to locate in Europe... so naturally my expectations were pretty high. Out of all of the dishes we got to try on the evening, this was definitely my favourite and one that urges me to go back just to have it again. 

It's kind of like a savoury pancake that's been lightly fried and it's traditionally served with a curry sauce. This roti was soft and doughy and the dhal that it was served with was creamy and mild. It was an excellent combination and different from the usual curry that is served with the roti. To be honest, I'm not sure which I prefer. Both are great! 

For their usual menu, you can order the roti canai with chicken, lamb or fish curry as well as the vegetarian dhal curry that we tried.

Dish 3: "Simply KL Kari Laksa" Noodles in a Curry Laksa Broth

I also really enjoyed this course and thought that it was a nice touch to serve it in a take-away style box. Once again, the balance of flavour was just right, the laksa wasn't overwhelmingly coconutty (if that's a word), nor was it so spicy to overpower the other flavours in the dish.

Dish 4: "Nasi Lemak" Fragrant Coconut Rice 

This final dish was not really what I was expecting and perhaps my least favourite of the dishes - but I think that this may have been my fault as I decided to mix everything together and the sambal kind of killed all of the other flavours. It was still tasty as I like sambal, but it was harder to pick up the other flavours from the coconut rice and the anchovies which was quite surprising because I was expecting the saltiness from them to come through. Nevertheless, the dried anchovies and peanuts added a nice crunch to the dish.

The drink that you can see in the shot glasses was called Kopi. It was a little too sweet for me as it was black tea with condensed milk, but it was definitely a nice, authentic touch to the meal - this drink is consumed a lot in Malaysia and Singapore. It is an acquired taste though and definitely a love/hate thing.

If you're looking for something a little bit different, definitely try out Simply KL at The New Inn - get the roti canai.

For more information, feel free to visit their instagram page @NewInnBath. Thanks for inviting us, we had a great time!

Disclaimer: Bath Eats was invited to a complimentary meal at The New Inn in return for an honest review to be posted on our social media channels. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company, and/or its affiliates in any way.