6-12 Pin Oak Cres, Flemington VIC 3031
Laksa King is notoriously famous for its amazing, huge serves of glorious laksa, which is always hard to pass up to try other menu items. But here we go… we had the nasi goreng fried rice (fried rice with curry powder), kung pao prawns and salt and pepper chicken ribs.
I realised kung pao prawns are a Sichuan dish and should be spicy-sweet, but I kinda felt this dish was a little too sweet, however the prawns were succulent and vegetables were well cooked. Nasi goreng was good. The chicken ribs were well seasoned and very crispy and quite satisfactory, but perhaps a tad over-fried, as some bits of the chicken were a bit dry.
Over all not bad, though I would definitely recommend the laksa as the number one go to dish at Laksa King (then second perhaps their fried noodle dishes). Laksa King serves one of the best laksas in Melbourne.
Value for money: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 30/40
122 Hopkins St, Footscray VIC 3011
To’s Bakery and Cafe is located at the corner traffic lights across the road from the Footscray markets. Great place to pick up a Vietnamese roll. Tasty and cheap ($4.50 a roll).
The bread is always fresh, light and crispy on the outside. The meats are tender and marinated well. The bbq pork and bbq chicken are always sweet/salt, tender and juicy. Vegetables are always fresh and crunchy. I always love the fresh coriander hit.
Highly recommend this for a ‘grab and go’ snack or lunch if your in the area.
Value for money:9.5/10
Overall Score: 31/40
189-193 Barkly Street
Footscray VIC 3011
Roti Road, appears to be a franchise. It always seems decently frequented by diners. We decided to have the Sambal prawns and Salt and pepper tofu, with steamed rice. Both were very well cooked. The Sambal prawns, obviously had a little heat and kick to the dish, but still very enjoyable. Beans were tender.
Salt and pepper tofu, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, with the right amount of seasoning.
Probably not my automatic ‘go to’ Malaysian restaurant, I would say Laksa King and Chef Lagenda would be first up, but definitely not a bad runner up.
No alcohol is served, however BYO is allowed.
All in all, I would come back and try other dishes again if I was in the area.
Value for money:7.5/10
Overall Score: 29.5/40
16 Pin Oak Cres, Flemington VIC 3031
Tel:(03) 9376 2668
Chef Lagenda is the rival to Laksa King, literally two doors down.
The word on the street is that one of the chefs broke away and started their own restaurant, perhaps deciding to taunt Laksa King with the notion that they could run an equally excellent Malaysian restaurant in the same neighbourhood; and that they did. (They also have a second restaurant in Deer Park)
I have to say I actually prefer their non laksa dishes and range of dishes to Laksa King’s choices. They have a much wider and more interesting selection. This time around we had the Nonya Seafood Combination (19.80) and the salt and pepper calamari (19.20). Loved the okra in the seafood dish, the seafood (prawns, fish, squid & scallops) was all fresh and succulent, and the lemongrass and tamarind sauce was great. The salt and pepper calamari was perfectly cooked. All in all a great meal. Highly recommend Chef Lagenda.
Value for money: 8/10
Overall Score: 31.5/40