Chillipadi – India – Melbourne Central

Chillipadi – India in Melbourne Central and right next door you have Chilli-India, express indian food. I’ve been to Chillipadi Mamak Kopitiam and enjoyed the hawker style Malaysian food there and I’ve been to Chillipadi Watergardens where the food and service was okay but what I really liked was the decor of the restaurant and the massive round table for banquets and functions (gotta revisit the place, forgot my camera last time). So I was pretty excited and had mixed feelings about Chillipadi at Melbourne Central.

I was happy to be invited on Food Pamering Yourself’s 2nd Food Trail on a Wednesday night at Chillipadi-India so it was a relaxed setup and was able to share it with a good handful of other great food bloggers. We also got to meet Robert and Li (pictured) from Chillipadi who were wonderful hosts and Li explained and prepared the dishes for us and even gave us a good history lesson on Malaysian food and Malaysian heritage. Can’t thank Robert and Li enough for the wonderful feast they prepared for us with dishes from both Chillipadi-India and Chilli-India.

I’ve been past many times but in case you can’t find it there’s 2 entrances to Chillipadi-India. One is through Melbourne Central right next to Max Brenner Chocolate and the other is on the corner of Lt Lonsdale St and Elizabeth St. You can’t miss it.
Now on to the food gawking! We started with some red wine and some of us ordered our own drinks.Here we have the Milo Dinosaur, I tried this at the Mamak Kopitiam restaurant and thought it looked cooler in the jar they served it in but it probably tasted the same.I ordered the Bandung which is apparently a popular Malaysian drink which consists of milk, rose syrup and basil seeds. I really liked it, it was nice and refreshing and helped me with the spicy food. Behind the bandung was the Ribena & Lychees drink which also looked nice and refreshing.

Chicken Lobak, this was a great dish to start the night. Nice and soft with it’s chicken stuffing and bean curd skin.My picture doesn’t do the dish justice but this is a Duck Salad. The salad had slices of duck, walnuts, cherry tomatoes and some dressing.Pad Thai (Seafood) was cooked just the way I like it. Yumm! Update 15/06/11 7:25pm: This is actually Penang Fried Keuy Teow (thanks Ashely from Food Pampering for correcting me) Followed by some Fried soft tofu.Above is the Indonesian Beef Rendang which was a little spicy for me but I actually enjoyed it even thought got me a little flustered. I guess that’s why they’re called Chillipadi.Now I can’t remember what this was but it looked like layered roti with some filling. I should paid more attention. But I like anything with roti or roti like. Update 15/06/11 11:10am: This dish is Roti reuben, stuffed with chicken curry, mayo and sweet chilli sauce (from Ashley – I’m So Hungreeeee)Here we have prawns covered in flaky oats. Got the opportunity to get my hands dirty by peeling the skin or if you’re lazy or you like you can opt to eat the skin. I liked the prawns but the flaky bits didn’t do it for me.The Fish Curry was my favourite. Good amount of spice and the flavours all blended nicely and went well with the rice. From memory it had some vegetables and eggplant in it too. Will come back for this dish.To finish off our feast we had a calamari/seafood salad, at this point we were all pretty satisfied and couldn’t ask for me. But then we were introduced to one of the chefs at Chilli-India!We also got invited to watch him demonstrate some roti making.
Went back upstairs to find out, we were going to taste some more food from next door’s Chilli-India. Should of seen our faces, we were almost at the point of “time to release a button full” but our eyes still gleamed with excitement.I don’t know what it’s called but a long roti tissue dish came out with three types of dips. I think there was a coconut dip and a curry style dip and not sure what the other one was. The roti broke off easily and the dipping sauces were great. Good dish to have for a casual meetup or to start a feast off. Update 15/06/11 11:13am: This is called Dosai, made with rice flour.(from Ashley – I’m So Hungreeeee)Then we were served some Tandoori Chicken and some flavoured Basmati Rice. The chicken was good as you enjoyed the tandoori marinate and was nice and juicy.Followed by some super creamy Butter Chicken and roti chanai, my favourite. I could just eat roti and butter chicken all day long. Definitely come past for some of this.This was the final dish to arrive. Roti Tissue with chocolate syrup, condense milk and nuts to dress. We couldn’t keep our hands off it. Soft roti just breaks off and if the syrup and milk wasn’t enough you could take a dip at the pool of chocolate, milk and nuts at the bottom of the plate.To top off the wonderful feast we had, we were served some Green Tea infused with Rosemary. I’m not really into the infused flavours with green tea but this I liked! Where can I get some?We spent most of our time upstairs which had a beautiful array of wine bottles and Liquor for decor.There’s also a small balcony area upstairs with a good view of the alley or you can hire it out for private functions and also hire the upstairs area for functions (seats 60). Giving me ideas!
Good location, a favourite for the after clubbing scene being opened til 5:00am from Thursday to Saturday and a good range of food and prices according to your preference. I enjoyed the food, the company and Robert and Li were great. I would like to go back and have the full dining experience and try my favourites and more. Definitely recommend giving this place a go for a mix of Malaysian, Thai, Indian, Chinese and a bit of Japanese cuisine.

Location: Shop E07 Menzies Alley Melbourne Central, Crn Lt Lonsdale & Elizabeth, Melbourne.
Phone: 03 9663 5688
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday (10am til late), Thursday to Saturday (10am-5am)

Chillipadi Mamak Kopitiam – Malaysian Hawker Style Food

ChilliPadi Mamak Kopitam sign
Chillipadi Mamak Kopitiam is a great array of hawker style Malaysian food you would find along the streets and food stalls of Malayasia but on the outskirts of Melbourne in Flemmington. I’m a great fan of the Chillipadi restaurants in Melbourne and have enjoyed the popular Mamak restuarant in Sydney’s Chinatown. So I expected good things from this combination.

The seating area surrounds the round middle kitchen/bar and although they provide cutlery and chopsticks, they do encourage you to use your hands for a number of their dishes.

For lunch we decided to share a few dishes which in my opinion is the best way to eat Malaysian food. We tried the combination seafood noodles which was wonderful and slimey (just the way I like it)Combination Seafood Noodles
To try out different flavours we opted for the choose two or three curries. The curries were butter chicken, lamb, beef and crab. Attached to that was some naan bread, choices of rice, we chose plain and coconut rice and looking at the pictures there was this chickpea soup.

Mamak in Sydney is famous for it’s roti bread as the cooks display their technique in front for all to see as people line up outside the restaurant waiting for a seat (yup it’s that popular). But here at Chillipadi Mamak Kopitiam we don’t have that display although I’d expect a similar quality and flavour. So we ordered some egg roti and it wasn’t a surprise that it was absolutely delightful and fit perfectly with our curries and I was ready to order more to just eat on its own.
Roti Bread
Curries for me, means hot food but Chillipadi are kind enough to let you know which curries or dishes are mild, hot or very hot by a chilli indicator on the menu.Chillipadi Menu
To alleviate the chilli (I’m very weak with chilli) we ordered some milky drinks which greatly helps to soothe your mouth. I ordered the Milo Dinosaur because it sounded cool and when it came out it was twice as large as the other drinks so it suited me well. They have a number of these milky con-cautions so choice is plentiful.Milo Monster Drink
I will definitely return to Chillipadi Mamak Kopitiam and will try them out during dinner. Great food selection, prices are reasonable and the service is fair but I will definitely go back for that roti and wouldn’t mind trying some of the desserts. Flemmington has a number of eateries down Racecourse Road so if you’re looking for some casual dining down that area, give Chillipadi Mamak Kopitiam a go.

Location: 295 Raceourse Road, Kensington, 3031, (03) 9376 0228
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