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)
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.
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.
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.
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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