Last Sunday our little family ventured out to Chatswood for dinner as part of my involvement with Malaysian Kitchen Australia. I’d read a lot of great reviews about Mamak in Chatswood (also in Sydney CBD) and it didn’t disappoint.
I also took the opportunity to spoil my very talented web designers Liz & Jarod, I think they deserve it don’t you! The menu was quite limited compared to other Malaysian restaurants I’d visited but that meant it didn’t take long to figure out what to order and because of the selected dishes, they were prepared really quickly. No wait time at all really.
We all love eating out but we rarely do it, it always seems simpler to cook and eat at home but Aidan was really well behaved considering multiple factors like no high chair (may be an issue for those with smaller kids), meeting strangers, sharing food, two hour drive each way… we were proud.
I started the meal by ordering a delicious “Limau Ais”, fresh lime with syrup on ice. I liked it so much I ordered another later on. Liz tried the “Milo Ais” but I didn’t get a chance to take a photo, apparently it was extremely sweet.
As usual I had the job of placing the order so I picked several dishes but I didn’t realise they would all come out at once, it ended up being a real banquet. The best part was that we got to try so many dishes and there were no left overs.
The Roti dishes were so good that Aidan ended up eating most of it. For those who haven’t had it it’s thinner than a pancake and thicker than a crepe. The sauces were sweet, tangy and spicy.
I honestly could have eaten the entire Nasi Goreng myself, although it was spicier than I’ve had before. I’d read lots of reviews online and they all said to try the Fried Chicken as it was to die for… and they were right, beats KFC any day.
The chicken curry was nice but that’s about it, nothing really to rave about, it was pretty bland and it seemed there were more bones than meat in it. I’ve had better.
I’m all for meat that melts and pulls away gently with a fork. The lamb was so tender, fragrant and juicy. This was my firm favourite out of the two curries.
Ahh satays, how I love thee. I ordered a mixed plate of beef and chicken and it came with cucumber, spanish onion and yummy yummy satay sauce. They’re a lot smaller than the Australian version of satays, basically the length of your finger. I’d order these every time, most likely the chicken ones.
Just when we thought we couldn’t take one more bite our dessert order arrived. Two delicious roti’s, the one closest to Liz is the Banana Roti and the other is coconut both served with ice cream. Liz and Jarod would hardly contain themselves as I made them patiently wait so I could take a photo. The four of us dived into it and polished it off within minutes.
This one was by far my favourite… the photo is too.
To feed all five of us at Mamak, including drinks it came to about $120 and I couldn’t believe it. Compared to most restaurants we’ve gone to, for that many people it’s almost always $200 or more. If you’re working to a budget, Mamak has it’s menu and prices listed on the website which I thought was brilliant. We received big portions, swift friendly service and for the most part it was a healthy meal. It was so lovely to get out and have dinner with friends, try some new meals and do it together as a family. We still have two more restaurants to try and I’m really enjoying being pushed out of our boundaries and forced to explore.
Where do you like to go out for dinner?
Please Note: We dined on behalf of The Malaysia Kitchen project and I was not paid to write this post. The words and opinions written are my own.