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Cafe Sambal

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DouFuChi Hutong, JiuGulou DaJie, Beijing, China
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+86 10 6400 4875
11:00 - 00:00
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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62 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this place for lunch right after visiting Drum Tower which is just 300m away. The interior decor is simple but nice with private dining rooms. The ambiance however is a more contemporary approach that doesn't really reflect the styles of the typical M'sian restaurant. Who cares anyway.. It serves authentic Malay cuisine, but the recipes are slightly... More 

2 Thank Kakamal
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Many things are united here. Good food (a fusion of Malaysian and Chinese cuisine with an international touch), a place to feel good and love for details. Recommended is the creation with chicken in a fantastic sauce. Friendly service at one of the tables in beautifully furnished séparées and interesting conversation partners at the bar. Everything in the typical Hutong... More 

2 Thank Stefan H
Beijing, China
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149 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Although not luxurious, the restaurant is nicely decorated with furniture, vases, old tables and the like. The food is nothing innovative but still good and nicely prepared and presented. Friendly and proactive service.

1 Thank Marc_from_China
London, United Kingdom
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336 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

The first time we went here in our first week in Beijing we had a lovely meal and great bottle of wine. I let my friend order the food as she has family history in Malaysia so knew what she was ordering. All of the dishes that we tried were very flavoursome and the dishes were good size. The second... More 

1 Thank Craig1976
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116 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

I travel a lot and write many reviews. I always read review on trip advisor before I book a hotel and go to a restaurant. I have always been pleased with the choices I make sometimes more sometimes less. The place is a disaster. I was the only one in the restaurant, which was strange as it was 6:30pm. The... More 

Thank bobasheville
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Cafe Sambal is a malaysian restaurant on Gulou Dajie to the west of the bell tower. It is a hutong courtyard with a bar, three dining rooms and the kitchen set around a central courtyard. The rooms are really nicely decorated and the place is full of old wooden furniture. We have been to it several times and it is... More 

1 Thank smudge41
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

I'm Malaysian. . Found this Restaurant in the shopping mall call Parkson. .the food that they serve are superb delicious. . It make me surprise with the taste. Very recommended to all expecially those who looking for Halal food in Beijing. .

1 Thank Zack_Muhammad
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

Came here with 4 other friends because it looked like a quiet enjoyable restaurant. We ordered the set menu for 4 and got a round of drinks. The drinks were underwhelming and overpriced but that's ok. The food was average Malaysian fare, but it wasn't until a cockroach landed on my food and then started to repeatedly climb up a... More 

1 Thank Erik C
Beijing, China
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015

We went on a Saturday night and ate some really tasty food, We had the taster menu for 298 RMB and we were not disappointed. The food was very well made and had a variety of flavours. Even the dessert was amazing and I don't normally like desserts. It's in a nice area and it's a much more genuine hutong... More 

1 Thank Gar-jing
New York
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2015

Food- decent malaysian food. Ambience- nice cozy hutong space. Service- Horrible. The only reason i will not be going there again is because of the bad service. They couldn't care any less.

Thank travelflooo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Asian, Malaysian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: DouFuChi Hutong, JiuGulou DaJie, Beijing, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighbourhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: +86 10 6400 4875

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?