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“Surprised with the lack of exposure on Tripadvisor.”
Review of Mamak

Mamak
Ranked #97 of 4,151 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Reviewed February 5, 2013

BEST MALAYSIAN RESTAURANT vie ever been to (In Australia)

Im surprised to see a lack of exposure Mamak has on Tripadvisor. This restaurant was packed when I got here. I had to wait outside 15 minutes before getting a table.

The food is super fresh, delicious and very authentic. I ordered, Two roti canai, one nasi lemak, cold teh and roti tissu.

The roti was amazing, flaky, soft, perfect texture - dipping it in the curry was just delicious. You will just want to lick the plate. The nasi lemak was just like the one I had on my trips to Malaysia. The main part is the sambal- chilli paste/sauce the spices hit the nail and tasted just like the one i had in Kuala Lumpur. If you have room, you must try the roti tissu - it can be shared with a maximum of 4-6 people. Its a very thin crispy pastry shaped into a very large cone. Served with ice-cream. Your hands will be sticky after this, but its worth it. Expect to pay below $40. Which is very cost effective. You will get value for money here.

Dont expect silver service here, however service is good. Its all about the food and company. Im looking forward to my next trip to Melbourne and Mamak. This is where you can find authentic Malaysian food without going there.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Melbourne is arguably a mecca for Malaysian cuisine and the growing number of Malaysian hawker food restuarants is a good testament to this. If you like your food spicy and "lemark" (ie the rich flavour of coconute) then Mamak will not disappoint. While the menu is limited unlike most malaysian hawker food restaurants, the satay and stay sauce; roti, friend rice etc hit the "close to home" taste.....definitely worth the short queue time. The service is fast and polite.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

we are so happy to have mamak finally land in melbourne. this is the place to go for hearty malay food and roti that are like tissue. it is a treat itself watching the roti makers spin the dough over their heads in the front window.
the food arrives just about 2 seconds after you order, but bear in mind, if you want the delicious satays, they will not be entrees, but more a chaser. you need to give about 15-20 minutes for them to land on your table, but worth the wait!
if you are not prepared to wait in the long queues, go just before the lunch rush at 1.30pm or the dinner rush at 7.30.
be prepared for the noise level, eat fast and leave smacking your lips!

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Having been introduced to the Sydney version in November, we thought we should try the Melbourne one. We weren't disappointed. The restaurant is spacious (although it stills gets packed out), the roti is delicious and the nasi lemak hits the mark. This place is great value, good for families, has authentic malaysia cuisine and in nice surroundings.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Mamak, amongst all other Malaysian restaurants in Melbourne, has the most authentic malaysian satay. Their menu, however, is very limited.

The last time we were there was on 18 Dec 12 and the following were what we ordered and our review of each of the dish:

- Roti Tisu: About 1/3 the height of an authentic Roti Tisu in Malaysia, it is nonetheless very tasty and highly recommended.

- 1/2 Dozen beef satay: As mentioned previously, malaysian satays in Melbourne can't get better than this.

- Nasi Lemak plus Kari Kambing: My partner prefers the Nasi Lemak from Madam Kay's, followed by Papa Rich, and Mamak's probably rated third of all.

- Limau Ais: Considering it's impossible to get asian lime in Melbourne, this drink is a pretty good compromise.

- Kopi Ais: Ok.

We paid total of $37.00 for the above which is not too bad.

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Thank LC888
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