Chef Lagenda Location: 16 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington, VIC 3031 Contact: 03 9376 2668 The little Malaysian joint is located mere metres away from the laksa giant, Laksa King, although it is just as much as local favourite as its neighbour.
Jazz Ria Location: 228 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, VIC 3103 Contact: 03 9888 4843 Jazz Ria is a spicy little sliver of Malaysia tucked away in Balwyn. Upon stepping into the restaurant, you’ll be instantly met by a frenzy of fresh and full-flavoured dishes, with express-like service to match.
Malaymas in North Fitzroy is the kind of place that is able to transport you right to the heart of Southeast Asia, in spirit at least. The informal dining room is full of simple wooden furnishings and oriental ornaments that may remind you of markets in Malaysia and Thailand, but its locale is just off the main drag of Brunswick Road.
Vegie Mum is far from being your typical vegetarian restaurant. The small Asian family restaurant, nestled amongst a short strip of eateries in Doncaster, boasts an extensive menu, but with an added twist – faux meat.
With a string of five outlets peppered across Melbourne, the PappaRich line is a chain that originated in Malaysia in 2005, and which has expanded across Singapore, Indonesia, China, and Australia.
We’re a little bit in love with Laksa King. Though it seems we’ve been a tad late to jump onto the bandwagon.
Madam Kwong’s may be located away from the main fare in Box Hill, but the kitchen is surprisingly popular. With an army of bright red plastic stools, tables so close that you could comfortably eavesdrop on your neighbouring diners, and fridges packed full of canned drinks and frozen dimsum, Kwong’s isn’t exactly what you’d call glamorous.
Known for its perfect roti and solid following in Sydney, Mamak opened its doors in Melbourne in 2012 to a large crowd and a long wait time. Since then, Mamak is still popular as ever and continues to serve up decent Malaysian food (and, in particular, buttery, soft roti).