Wednesday, February 13, 2013


366 Lonsdale Street
Vic 3011

Just up the hill from Elizabeth street on Lonsdale, Mamak is situated away from the cities other Malaysian eateries. It has gained a bit of a reputation and we'd been looking forward to trying it out.

The open kitchen is the first thing you notice, right at the front of the restaurant.

The roti dough was being flung around and stretched out super thin!

On a Sunday around 6:30 it was busy, but we didn't have to queue for a seat. The feel is modern with wooden tables, stools and bench seats.

We shared the roti canai, which we were going to have as an entree, but arrived with our mains. It was served with two curry dips, one dahl like and a spicy sambal sauce. The roti was crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, super light and not fatty or greasy.

A couple of the chicken dishes weren't available, so the better half ordered the nasi lemak with curry chicken. The coconut rice was mildly flavoured and accompanied by sambal, peanuts, crispy anchovies, cucumber and half a hard-boiled egg. The couple of pieces of chicken disappeared quickly.

I had the kari ikan, a fish curry cooked with fresh tomatoes, okra and eggplant. The fish was some of the boniest I've ever eaten, and strongly flavoured, the eggplant and curry sauce were the highlights of the dish!

The service was pretty efficient although it was frustrating when one the dishes we originally ordered turned out to no longer be available. The bill was just over $30. I'd be interested in trying a few of the other dishes on the menu, especially the veggie curry and maybe even a sweat roti...

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