Address: Shop P9, 1-5 Railway Street, Chatswood
Opening hours: Open seven days, Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm, dinner 5:30pm – 9:30pm (open until 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Mamak is one of the most popular Malaysian restaurants in Sydney CBD, with frequent lines spilling onto the street on busy weekend nights. Mamak also has another branch in Chatswood, which was the designated choice for dinner one Thursday evening. We arrived at the restaurant shortly after it opened, so we had no trouble in getting a table. Two copies of the menu were brought to our table, and we ordered shortly after. The waiter that served us was polite and efficient, although it had been a little difficult in waving down service.
Our drinks arrived almost immediately after we had placed our orders. The Teh Ais ($4.00) was a simple iced milk tea. It was cold and refreshing, and due to its sweetness, I assume it was loaded with sugar. I wasn’t complaining though.
One of the things I love about Asian restaurants is the speediness of the food. The Kari Ayam ($16) arrived at our table minutes after we had ordered. The aroma was fragrant and enough to tantalise our already hungry taste buds. I tried the Kari Ayam to be a little surprised by its thin consistency. My boyfriend had told me that Malaysian curry was different to Indian curry because they didn’t include yoghurt. I’m a novice when it comes to Malaysian food, and had never eaten a Malaysian curry before this. Although I wasn’t used to the consistency of the Kari Ayam, it had a nice flavour that was mildly spicy and well-cooked chicken with meat that almost fell off the bone. The chicken was tender and infused with the flavour of the curry, while the potatoes were soft.
Whenever I do decide to eat Malaysian, Mee Goreng is a dish I simply can’t go past. Mamak’s Mee Goreng ($12) was a mixture of egg noodles cooked in spices with pieces of bok choy, eggs, prawns, fish cake slices and bean sprouts. In terms of spiciness, I’d rate it as medium. It was a nice way to warm up on a cool night. Every element of this dish was executed well, with juicy prawns and soft fish cakes accentuating the noodles.
Although the Roti Canai ($5.50) was an entree, we ordered it after our mains so my boyfriend could dip some bread into his curry. Again, it was served within minutes of ordering, and was perfectly fluffy and light. The two dipping sauces included a spicy sauce and a milder sauce, both of which had tangy, distinct flavours and tasted delicious when eaten with the roti. Both of us were very full after we had finished eating this and agreed we had just eaten a perfectly satisfying meal.
The bill came to $43.50 for two mains, a single serving of rice, an entree, and two drinks. The ambience was pretty standard for a popular Asian restaurant. As we began eating, the restaurant had slowly filled up, and due to the close proximity of other diners, it wasn’t what I would call intimate or quiet. However, the decent pricing and great quality of traditional Malaysian cuisine, it was a worthwhile dinner.