On the day A and I arrived in Melbourne during our long weekend visit, we had no set plans for our day and spent it walking around the Melbourne CBD. During our travels, we stumbled upon the Melbourne outlet of Mamak, one of my favourite Sydney eateries. I saw this as an excellent sign of good luck, as we had yet to have lunch and there was no line outside – a rare sight for the Haymarket eatery in Sydney which we love to frequent.
The Melbourne outlet is a larger space than the Haymarket outlet however when we arrived all the tables were occupied. Luckily, we were seated within a short five minute wait. A and I briefly looked over the menu as we decided to go for our usual favourites. One of the best aspects of Mamak is that you don’t have to wait long for your food to arrive.
The first dish to arrive was the Roti canal ($5.50) which is the original and plain roti. This roti is served with two curry dips and spicy sambal sauce, which were all full of flavour. The main highlight however was the freshly made, flaky roti that was incredibly moreish. Mamak is still my favourite place for roti.
For our main meals, we both decided to order Nasi Lemak ($9), which features fragrant coconut rice with sambal, peanuts, crispy anchovies, cucumber and a hard-boiled egg. I also choose the option to add Ayam Goreng (fried chicken) for an extra $3 whereas A added curry chicken ($3).
Apart from the excellently fried chicken, my favourite aspect of nasi lemak are the little fried anchovies which are light and very crispy. If you enjoy nasi lemak, I definitely recommend trying Mamak’s version.
A and I both thought that the Melbourne outlet of Mamak definitely lived up to its reputation. Mamak not only serves amazing Malaysian food but is also reasonably priced, with our meal totalling a measly $33.50. Oh, and an important note – Mamak is BYO.
Now if only Mamak would open an outlet in Canberra…