|Roti action in the open kitchen at the front of Mamak|
Mamak is a bit of an eating barn with bare wooden canteen style tables and the only decoration large black and white photographs on the wall capturing the frenetic action of Mamak in Sydney. But there’s plenty of activity with the open kitchen, wait staff darting around and big groups catching up over roti and tea.
Mamak is famous for its rotis and deservedly so. You can have your roti any which way you want – sweet, spicy or stuffed. MTV and I went for the roti canai ($5.50) and I think the Mamak roti may be the best I’ve ever had – tissue paper light and crispy while still soft. The roti is served with lentil curry, a rich gravy and a dollop of spicy sambal made in house.
|More roti making action|
We also tried the spicy lamb curry known as kari kambing ($16) the lamb could have been a bit more tender but the curry had a good depth of flavour to the sauce and was just the right side of spicy.
|Curry Mamak style|
Mamak has a great buzz to it thanks to its cheap and delicious hawker style food. It’s perfect for a catch up with friends or a quick meal when you are in a hurry. I also loved it because you can BYO booze at $2 a head although (there’s a bottle shop right across the street) although most people don’t and instead sip on the teh tarik tea. Welcome to Melbourne Mamak we are very glad to have you here.
Details: Mamak, 366 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (Ph 03 9670 3137) Open 11.30-2.30 and 5.30-10pm.
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve.