This popular Malaysian eatery, known for its top-notch roti, has recently opened up shop in Melbourne. However, as I was in town I figured I may as well visit the original which has become something of a Sydney institution.
Roti Canai ($5.50)
The roti, served with curry sauce, lived up to my expectations. The outside was perfectly flaky and crisp while the inside remained soft and doughy. I could easily have just eaten this all night.
Ayam Goreng ($14 for 4 pieces)
The spiced fried chicken was crisp, tender, flavoursome and not too greasy. The pieces were quite large though and in hindsight four was a bit much for just the two of us.
Kari Ikan ($17)
The fish curry consisted of meaty cutlets of mackerel served in a tomato-based sauce with eggplant and okra. The heat level was moderate and the balance of spices was great. However, the fish was dry and the eggplant was raw in the middle. This compounded with the fact that the fish was in large chunks, complete with bones, meant that overall it wasn’t particularly enjoyable to eat.
The roti and chicken were fantastic, but the fish curry was a bit of a let down. I thought that the food was a little bit expensive for what it was and I’m not sure that it really lived up to the hype. We had gotten a table straight away as we got there at 5.45, but by 6 there was a reasonable queue forming. By 7.30 there was a line up the street.
It’s worth going just for the roti, but I would recommend turning up early. I can definitely say that I wouldn’t want to line up for too long.Mamak 15 Goulburn Street,