366 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Date visited: 1st November 2012
Mamak hasn't been open long in Melbourne and already it's hit Number 3 on the Talk of the Town Urbanspoon list. That has gotta say something about it's popularity.
MerlinFan and I headed down for lunch today, and despite it being almost 1.30pm, the place was packed. There was ample space though, and we were seated immediately.
The atmosphere was roomy and comfortable, with wooden stools and long cushioned benches. It was deafeningly loud, reminiscent of a school canteen despite being seated at the very corner of the room.
Mamak, as it's name suggests, offers all kinds of Malaysian hawker or street food including rotis (bread), satay, rice and noodle dishes. It was pretty busy, and it took a little while for the waitress to come and take our orders. It was another long while more before our food arrived, and when it did, my food arrived before our drinks.
I had the Roti Canai, which was their original roti, served with two curry dips (one with dhal) and a spicy sambal sauce.
The roti canai was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a satisfying chew and slight sweetness. The curry dips were delicious with different heat intensities.
|Roti Canai $5.50|
|Kopi tarik $3.50, Teh ais $3.50|
I had the Kopi Tarik, which is "pulled coffee." The name is derived from "pulling" the drink by pouring it back and forth repeatedly from a height to give it that frothy top. As you can see, my kopi tarik had a nice frothy top, however weirdly enough my kopi tarik was very dark and initially I thought they brought me the wrong drink, for it tasted like coffee mixed with milo @_@
MerlinFan's Murtabak came next. You can choose to have it with chicken or lamb - MerlinFan chose lamb. For the murtabak you have to allow 15 minutes of preparation time.
|Lamb murtabak $11.50|
|Cross section of its filling =)|
Our desserts didn't take too long. We had one of my favourite Malaysian desserts, the Ais Kacang, which was basically red beans, corn, grass jelly and rose syrup and sweetened milk over shaved ice.
|Ais kacang $6|
|Close up so you can see the grass jelly and red beans inside|
|Roti kaya $7.50|
Mamak delivered simple yet delicious Malaysian hawker food, however service is a bit slow (though not unfriendly) during peak hours. Would I return? I would love to try the Roti pisang and Roti bom - and hell, that Roti kaya sure was a treasure.
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