Last month, Trellis moved up to my list of favorite restaurants in the area. Reluctantly, I’m now removing one restaurant from that same list. Malay Satay Hut, one of my top picks since I moved to Seattle in 1999, has been increasingly disappointing of late. The curry lamb, pictured, was the most interesting dish during my last visit – and that wasn’t saying much. The roti canai was overcooked, the belachan string beans were pale and rather flavorless, and the Malaysian Chinese pork chops were sinewy and missing the much-needed cilantro. Overall, the food was flat. (Decent, to be sure, but not nearly as special as it once was.) This has been the trend, along with increased prices and diminished portion sizes. Most frustrating, the much-beloved baby squids have been AWOL recently, replaced with inferior squid steaks that the owner told me “are easier to cook.” Gone, also, are the long lines that I happily endured years ago.
I’ll be appending this report to my previous posting (from happier times), with hope that Malay Satay Hut can somehow rebound and return to its glory days.