Run by three enthusiastic friends who share a love of Malaysian street food, Mamak initially started in Sydney and expanded into Melbourne. Reminiscent of a hawker joint with bright lights and a loud atmosphere, Mamak is a bustling casual eatery with a no-bookings policy. Breezy service means that diners swiftly move in and out, so you shouldn't have to wait too long for a table.
The menu is authentic Malay cuisine, with plenty of roti and satay dishes. Kari kambing is an absolutely delicious lamb curry that has been slow cooked until the meat is tender enough to fall off the bone. The bold spices in the rich sauce are breathtaking but not overpowering. For some healthy greens, you can’t go past kangkung belacan. This plateful of stir-fried water spinach has hints of chilli and a slight seafood taste thanks to shrimp paste.
PSST! Save some room for one of the traditional Malaysian desserts, such as ais kacang or cendol.