After hearing much yak about Mamak, I finally decided to give the popular restaurant a try today. Mamak originates in Sydney (majority of places seem to originate in Sydney, but let's be honest... Melbourne is the better city) and graced our city streets in September of this year. The business merely started off to as a Friday night hobby amongst three friends, selling Malaysian goodness at a Chinatown market stall in Sydney. What a tremendous turnout this has led to! The menu is not comparable to Pappa Rich, which has pages and pages of Malaysian food. Mamak has a short and simple red menu, but as quoted by the Broadsheet website, "What Mamak’s menu lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality".
As soon as we walked into this unknown territory, I was immediately greeted by young waitresses that led me to my table. The restaurant has wooden stools along the wall for patrons who come in two. They are extremely uncomfortable, but I guess it is all a part of their "street food" style. You will have nothing to worry about if you have good posture... something I do not possess. The playlist was loud, but I could still hear my own conversation which was pleasant. As I walked in, Two Door Cinema Club was playing, followed by Kimbra, then La Roux, and had Gym Class Heroes as we walked out. Talk about hipstterrrr music! The waiters were congenial, which is rare in Asian restaurants. The service was fast and the interior was extremely neat and clean.
|^ ROTI Canai !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
This beauty is priced at a mere $5.50!!! Let me tell you with delight that the roti (pictured above) was light, fluffy and extremely delectable! I don't know what each of the three sauces are... but the one in the top right corner is extremely spicy! Hoooo boy! Pappa Rich also does roti, but it is flat and served cold. Mamak's roti was more like pull apart bread, feels warm and begs you for more.
|^ Teh Tarik, Hot beverage.|
This is a well known Malaysian drink. Small, sweet and soul soothing. When I went to the Malaysian Festival at the Queen Victoria Market, Chili Padi actually sold teh terik in BAGS! Very authentic and creative. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking out of a bag that I wore around my wrist. More information about that day here.
|^Rojak - Malaysian Style Salad|
|An open image of the salad tower... unappealing, I KNOW.|
|SKEWERS! Chicken and Beef because we wanted to try both.|
Judging from the picture, you can see that the meat content on the skewers is extremely small. When I went to the Malaysian Festival, they were a bit more generous with the portions. We couldn't really decide on chicken or beef so we asked for a dozen of the mixed, seeing as though 6 would not be enough for our hungry stomachs. I really liked the beef skewers, but Giraffe preferred the chicken. It was a win win situation for the both of us. The bowl of dipping sauce was ample enough to drown our skewers in, but there was too much of it. They could definitely reduce the size of the bowl and consequently, have less waste. Despite these criticisms, they were DELICIOUS and you NEED to order them if you ever go to Mamak.
Sippin on some teh.
P.S. Do you guys like the new layout? I know I am constantly changing and changing it, but I am rather content with this one. I'm in the midst of swotvac right now, my first exam being tomorrow, so when they conclude I will put more TLC into this blog. Any suggestions of where I should dine after exams as a post shitxam celebration? I finish on Nov 16th, and that night will be the best day of my life. Until next time,
Address: 366 Londsdale Street Melbourne
Elizabeth Street side of CBD
Contact: 9670 3137
Hours: Everyday 11:30 - 2:30pm, and 5:30pm - 10pm
Price Range: $$$