A hipster Malaysian restaurant has a soft opening in early March to great turnout. Operated by the same folks who runs the Sweet Hut Bakery franchise — this is an addition to their repertoire of introducing Malaysian food to metro Atlanta diners. Food Terminal is located at the front of the City Market Supermarket on Buford Highway. The interior is build up with modern contemporary design and layout — designed to appeal to the millennial generation. Due to large amount of exposed concrete surfaces, the place can get loud when the restaurant is filled to capacity.
Expect a long line (average wait time of 1 hour) if you plan to dine in the weekend. Your phone will be prompted by a phone app when your wait turn is up.
This place is still on “soft opening” mode and there are many kinks to iron out prior to their official grand opening.
Here are some dishes to try when you visit Food Terminal:
Carrot Milk ($3.50)
Freshly blended carrot juice served with evaporated milk. Served without sugar — however, you may asked to have added sugar in your order. A refreshing drink to pair with spicy dishes.
Curry Chicken Roti ($5.95)
Essentially it is “Roti Canai” with a side of curry chicken. This dish has small side serving of chicken curry. The bread is flaky and tasted good when you dip the roti into the chicken curry. This dish portion is good enough for two people.
Kari Chicken Noodle Soup ($9.95)
The dish comes with a combination of rice and yellow egg noodles. The broth of the dish is the same curry chicken that was served with Curry Chicken Roti. The broth is blend of spicy curry sauce and coconut milk — served with a few slices of fish cakes and boiled egg. The taste is average — it doesn’t have any wow factor.
Hainanese Chicken Rice ($9.25)
A good effort on making Hainanese chicken rice — the chicken is cooked well and tasted smooth. However, the rice is tasty and is not fragrant enough. It has a tinged of yellow — which I suspected was added yellow food coloring to emulate the classic chicken rice. The soy sauce and sesame oil combo sauce on the chicken lacks punch and tasted bland.
Grandma Wonton BBQ Pork Noodle ($9.50)
Basically, this dish is yellow noodle served up with special marinated sauce. Meaning this dish is not your typical soup based noodle. Served with fried wonton, three large slices of bok choy veggie, and several slices of BBQ pork — which I find the BBQ pork a tad dry and tasteless. Overall, this dish turns out to be a signature dish at Food Terminal.
Penang Prawn Mee ($11.95)
Served with spicy shrimp-based broth and a combo of rice noodles & egg noodles — not your original recipe as they would serve it in Penang, Malaysia. Highly recommend to eat this dish with yellow noodles version. Key ingredients of the dish are shrimp, spinach, bean spouts, spring onion, fried shallots, and hard-boiled egg.
Service: 3 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars
Ambiance: 5 out of 5 stars
5000 Buford Highway NE
Chamblee, GA 30341
Closed on Sunday