Author: Chic Eater
Watching the long queue in front of Mamak malaysian roti and satay for several times within the past few days got me curious and led me to a decision to give it a try and find out about the buzz myself. This malaysian cuisine restaurant is located at Haymarket in the heart of Chinatown area of Sydney. I arrived quite early for its evening opening at 4 pm and to my surprise the tables inside the outlet were almost fully occupied by people. The server quickly showed us to the table. We were quite lucky, since I noticed that by the time we finished ordering the food, the line outside the restaurant had already started growing in numbers.
After a quick browse of the menu since there are not that many to choose from, we ordered:
Nasi Lemak (AUD 8.5) – fragrant coconut rice accompanied by an ensemble of sambal, peanus, crispy anchovies, cucumber and hard boiled egg, without the additional side dishes such as chicken/fish/lamb curry, sambal prawn/cuttlefish or fried chicken for an additional AUD 3-4. The rice was cooked beautifully with a good balance of the coconut milk giving it a slight fragrant smell and a light coconut taste on the rice. The condiments were also great especially the anchovies, complementing the dish even more.
Kari Ayam (AUD 16) – classic chicken curry cooked with fresh ground spices and chunky potatoes. It was a good chicken curry with perfectly cooked chicken meat.
Beef Satay – half dozen (AUD 9). The satay was also nicely grilled. The mixture of peanut and ketchup for the condiments gave the flavour combination it needed.
As for the drinks, we tried Teh Tarik (AUD 3.5) and Cham (AUD 3.5). Teh Tarik is a classic Malaysian sweetened tea, with a frothy topping. The taste was a bit too sweet for me but is still good overall. The Cham is actually the mixture of half coffee and half tea. The combination of coffee’s bitterness and tea’s flavour gave quite a nice blend for this drink. It was nice.
Experiencing it first hand gave me the answer I was craving for. It has most of the elements for a good working cafe, a pretty nice ambience, a convenient location near CBD, good food and drinks menu, and at least an average service from the team. If you have a keen liking on this particular cuisine, I would urge you to give it a try.
15 Goulburn Street,
Haymarket, Sydney, Australia
T: (02) 9211 1668
lunch 11:30 – 2:30
dinner 5:30 – 10:00
supper til 2am (fri & sat)