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Mamak, Haymarket

Roti Canai

Roti Canai

Mamak’s roti canai is amazing. Two curry dipping sauces and a dollop of sambal with a light, fluffy roti to rip apart with your fingers and dunk. There was a hint of spice to the curries and the roti was sweet and perfect for soaking up the flavours. This is a roti not to miss, even though I’m usually against ordering entrees!

Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik

Like last week, I had to have milk tea. It’s so comforting and sugary. It’s great to have something to calm the fires if a curry happens to be too spicy, as well!

Kari Ayam and Nasi Lemak

Kari Ayam and Nasi Lemak

We ordered nasi lemak with a side of curry fish. That was a great idea, although the bones were something to keep an eye on (same for the kari ayam!) I loved the crunchy fishies and the coconut rice. The chicken curry was fantastic, with cardamom pods and star anise floating around, a salty, tasty curry. These mains were great.

Pandan coconut roti

Pandan coconut roti

We waited a while before managing to capture the wait staff’s attention. This place is busy! We ordered the pandan and coconut roti, although there were plenty of desserts that looked tempting! This was soft, tasty and a perfect way to end the meal.

I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening feeling sluggish and full, but very content. I’m glad I got to visit Mamak! They have great food, reasonable prices and a very loyal following. Get there early, it’s usually busy around lunchtime. It opens at 11:30!

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Caysorn

Milk tea, Chrysanthemum tea

Milk tea, Chrysanthemum tea

After reading UTSFoodguide’s farewell posts, I decided to visit a few of the top destinations listed. To begin, I ordered a milk tea set (comes with awesome pandan custard and bread at the end for an extra $2 – worth it!), while my food buddy went for chrysanthemum tea. The milk tea was deliciously sweet. I was hoping it’d line my stomach for what was to come.

Kao klook kapi and massaman curry

Kao klook kapi and massaman curry

We started off with a yummy rice salad featuring pork belly, and massaman curry. It was a great mix of flavours. The massaman was beautifully rich and satisfying with tender beef. We ate most of it but left some for when we finished our next dish…

Kanoom Jeen - Gang gai

Kanoom Jeen – Gang gai

Gang gai, our spicy pick, a red with chicken. I also put a plate of crunchy veggies together to take the heat off. We ordered it not too spicy, as I am not hugely into spice but enjoy a little heat. It was the sort of heat that starts of slow and builds the entire time you’re eating. When I finished, I ate some more massaman and felt really satisfied!

Toast and pandan custard

Toast and pandan custard

We finished our meal with toast and pandan custard. It was a great way to end, although I could have eaten more pandan custard!

Caysorn is great. It’s a classy looking establishment serving quality food with some really exciting options that I’d like to go back and try. Try it out.

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Raining on the parade – Rose Garden Thai

I’m a big fan of Thai food. I’ve visited Thailand and enjoyed some of the local dishes. I love the powerful interplay of sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Some of my favourite dishes were larp, tom yum and curry in all its colours. I have to admit to being a bit of a wimp when it comes to chilli – I require a strong counteraction such as lime to dampen the fiery heat.

Last night I visited Rose Garden Thai, located at 125 Churchill Road, Prospect. I’ve heard good things about it through Urbanspoon so I thought it was worth trying out. I’ve visited Star of Siam and Danny’s Thai Bistro here, both a little more expensive but good quality. I’ve visited @Thai and I am Thai, which are probably more on a price par with Rose Garden. I had high hopes of Rose Garden Thai.

Beef Massaman, Special Garden Fish

Beef Massaman, Special Garden Fish

Glasses of water with wedges of lemon places on our table on arrival without any request was encouraging. Good service. Polite waiters. Then the food came out. Pictured here is the Beef Massaman and the Special Garden Fish (barramundi with capsicum and chicken stir fried topping). The beef was tender but not overly tasty. The potatoes kept their shape but weren’t soft. The curry sauce was more a soup lacking all the elements of Thai that I love – the flavour and the balances of those flavours. The Garden Fish was not juicy. We also had the Squid and Prawn Yum salad with lemon preserved garlic. The sauce had an ok flavour but no chilli, and the batter on both items tasted of raw flour. As far as salads, go, there was some spanish onion slices on top a few straggly pieces of lettuce lying in the sauce. I was disappointed with the food quality.

Yum Salad

Yum Salad

The argument may be made that the price justifies a drop in quality. I would point you in the direction of @Thai which is quite nice. But then I would push you towards I am Thai. I think out of the three cheaper Thai options listed here, they would be my favourite. Their shop is small and catered towards takeaway but their food is fresh, flavoursome and best of all, reasonably priced.

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