A and I haven’t been dining out as much as we did in Perth, mainly because Canberra has amazing food markets and high-quality food produce is easily available so we’ve been cooking at home a lot more. Last week, A and I began searching on Urbanspoon for somewhere new to go to, as we’ve mostly been revisiting our favourites. A found Malaysian Chapter on Urbanspoon and after reading all of the positive reviews on Urbanspoon, we decided to try it.
Malaysian Chapter is run by a Malaysian family, who are very passionate about their food. On their website, they say that the reason why they quit their corporate jobs and opened a restaurant was because they missed the authenticity of Malaysian food and also wanted to do what they did best – cook authentic Malaysian dishes.
The restaurant is simply decorated, but we found it relaxed and cosy, with a lamp situated near the window that added to the ambience of the restaurant. On one side of the restaurant hung the special’s board, which regularly changes. Once we were seated, our waiter told us the specials and explained the dishes to us.
Viewing the menu, you will find lots of Malaysian favourites including Nasi Lemak, Mamak Mee Goreng, Roti Canai and Curry Laksa. Due to our high expectations after reading numerous reviews found on TripAdvisor and Urbanspoon, A and I decided to order a main each but also a plate of their Char Kway Teow, as there was a common thread on the online reviews that revealed the Char Kway Teow was not to be missed.
For our entrées, we ordered two pieces of Roti Canai ($3.50ea), an Indian-influenced Malaysian favourite of flatbread served with lentil curry. The roti was freshly made and was soft and delicate. The accompanying lentil curry was perfectly balanced. It was a delicious entrée and next time I’ll be ordering two pieces, as one is definitely not enough.
For my main, I ordered the Nasi Lemak with Malaysian Beef Curry ($14.50). I love Nasi Lemak, which is easily said to be the National Dish of Malaysia, and was interested to try my first Malaysian curry. The Malaysian curry was full of tender meat, with a mild-medium level of spice. The fragrant coconut rice, anchovy sambal, sliced cucumber, egg and roasted peanuts were all of excellent quality, with the end result an excellent rendition of Nasi Lemak.
A ordered the Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang ($16.80). A said that she really enjoyed her dish, especially the chicken rendang which was made in the traditional dry style.
Our combination Char Kway Teow ($19.50) came out a little after our Nasi Lemak’s and it was delicious. Char Kway Teow is a Malaysian hawker dish that is made with stir-fried flat rice noodles, bean sprouts, eggs, fish cakes and Chinese chives. This dish was moreish and made for the perfect late breakfast the next day!
I loved Malaysian Chapter – the food, service and ambience were all excellent. The waiters were friendly and happy to explain dishes and even noticed that we were new customers. An added bonus is that Malaysian Chapter caters for gluten intolerances, vegans, vegetarians (with vegetarians having a separate menu to choose from) and serves halal meat.
A and I can’t wait to return again soon.