Dapur Malaysia, the family-run business in the heart of Chapel Allerton in Leeds, is launching its brand-new terrace area to customers from Friday 16th April. The outdoor area will cater for up to 30 customers who will all be able to enjoy traditional Malaysian cuisine, whilst surrounded by stunning planters full of flowers.
Starting out originally as a pop-up, juggling being mum to a young family, alongside building up her business, Valerie fine-tuned her own mum’s recipes, adapting them over time until they reflected the food she loved so much as a child, but with a twist. Having lost both parents within just six months of each other in 2011 and 2012, Valerie sought solace in cooking, using it as a platform to build on her business model and she opened the Dapur Malaysia premises in Chapel Allerton in 2019, just seven months before the first lockdown forced them to close.
Despite this set-back, Valerie put her entrepreneurial nature into action, offering customers a paired back takeaway menu, as well as launching a ready meal service with nationwide delivery. With food being so important to Malaysian people, Valerie wanted to continue cooking the recipes she is passionate about, so customers could share the joy of authentic South-East Asian food, despite lockdown. Her ready meals help customers enjoy great tasting, healthy food that is quick to prepare and can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.
Speaking about the terrace opening, owner Valerie Kolat, said: “It’s been a pretty topsy turvy year and a bit. We’ve had to adapt so much to the changing landscape and it has been tough, especially as we’re so new to the restaurant space. However, we have managed to keep Malaysian food on people’s radar with our takeaway and ready meal services, which have both been a hit.
“The terrace will enable us to welcome old and new customers alike to Dapur Malaysia, providing delicious food in our lovely outdoor space. We’ve made lots of alterations to the terrace, making it a really great area for customers to have a full, and enjoyable, experience whilst dining with us. We’ve also created a BBQ area which will help us to add to our menu offering, and appeal to a wider range of customers, especially over the warmer, summer months.”
A new pergola has been set up down the middle of the terrace up to the entrance, with outdoor heating and sail shades on either side to offer customers full protection from the ever changing British weather. There will be fairy lights hanging around the outdoor space, providing excellent mood lighting for evening diners, and blankets on each chair will allow customers to wrap up if they feel chilly.
The restaurant menu provides a great insight into Malaysian cooking, which is a fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours. Customers can get stuck into firm favourites such as South Indian pork curry, Meat or veggie Rendang and noodle dishes. The team at Dapur Malaysia will also be bringing back their Saturday brunch menu that includes any starter and main, or main and dessert, alongside bottomless drinks for 90 minutes.
Bookings are now being taken via the website, on a first come, first serve basis. The terrace will be open every Thursday and Friday from 5pm, as well as Saturdays from 12noon.