Happiness is - indulging in traditional food that satisfies your taste buds and brings back memories; and that’s exactly what our chef is aiming at - delighting you with delicious classic Malaysian favourites, reinvented with a twist. Prepared with fresh ingredients and served to you straight from the kitchen right into your hearts, these dishes are infused with unique blends of sweet, sour, spicy and tangy flavours which Malaysian food is known for.


About Us

kanama kopi kadai

Kanama Kopi Kadai was first opened in Kuala Lumpur by my mother in 1984. Kanama is her name while 'kopi' in the Malay language means coffee and 'kadai' is a Tamil word which means shop. It was a family run coffee stall which was a favourite place for the people near and far to come for breakfast and lunch, and hang out.

Serving delicious authentic Malaysian favourites for 35 years, the stall was frequented by the young and the old from all walks of life.

This restaurant is now opened by me and my wife to continue the family legacy here to serve the Wellingtonians with classic Malaysian food with a twist for everyone to enjoy.

- Muthuvelu Supramaniam -

Taste of Malaysia!

We put our hearts and souls into every dish we cook as we want you to feel the vibes of Malaysia, and transport you to the north, south, east and west of the country. Choose any dish from the menu and experience the real taste of Malaysia, reinvented by our chef, with a twist.

kanama kopi kadai

Our Chef

Muthuvelu Supramaniam, who also owns the business, is looking forward to sharing his passion for Malaysian cooking and reinventing special dishes for Wellingtonians. He began having interest in cooking since young upon seeing his Amma’s (mother’s) excellent cooking skills. Growing up helping her cook mee goreng , and make roti canai and teh tarik for her little stall near their home, he decided to make cooking his profession.

He has more than 20 years of experience in cheffing, including 12 years in New Zealand working in established restaurants (Mango in Nelson, The Grill at Amora Hotel, Chow, Mojo and The Roxy) serving people to their hearts’ content. He is an expert in the production, preparation and presentation of his food. It has always been his desire to open his own restaurant and here we are! We are proud to serve good sumptuous food with healthy ingredients. The dishes are classic Malaysian food with a tinge of twist, giving you a taste of home, for sure. Jom makan!

Our Dishes

Our Mission &Values

  1. High Quality

    We serve the highest quality of meals at a great value with local produce and free-range and halal certified meat. We follow and maintain utmost standards of presentable appearance, cleanliness and hygiene to maximize your experience.

  2. Friendly Staff

    Our staff are not only friendly but also skilled at what they do and will always be there to serve you and your loved ones for a pleasant and memorable experience in a home-like and friendly environment.

  3. Our Passion for Delicious Food

    We want to share our passion for excellent food and great service. We do not compromise on the quality of food, which means we do not use any artificial flavours or enhancers, and all our dishes are
    MSG-free. Malaysians believe in simplicity and the use of traditional elements for good food. Our dishes comprise of local and international ingredients which are carefully selected and served at their prime. And here the chef adds his magical touch to give you a unique experience.

kanama kopi kadai

A twist on the Classic

Opening Hours


Tue – Thur
11.30am - 2.00pm
4.30 - 8.00pm

Fri & Sat
11.30am - 2.00pm
4.30 - 9.00pm
11.00am - 2.00pm



1 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie ,
Wellington 6022, New Zealand
04 213 8367