The criteria for my impromtu celebratory lunch the day I got certified was that it was;
1. close to work;
2. could accommodate 8 people without stress;
3. had a variety of foods that we’d all eat;
4. table service, and;
There are a number of places that fit the bill in and around the top of Bourke Street, because there are plenty of Chinatown haunts and alleyway hideouts, which are slowly and insidiously being dominated by the ‘no-booking-we’re-too-cool-and-expensive’ restaurants that are forcing you out on the street in search of food every Friday night…
Sorry, got a bit carried away there.
Little Malaysia is a winner in my eyes. Not only is the service passable and the waiters obliging of our many calls for more chilli, but the food is good for what it is. For my $25 I shared a dish of vegetables and api beef (which comes in a spectacular show of flames on a hot plate), a glass of wine and a share of spring rolls. Not to mention coconut rice, which is a not-so-secret favourite of mine.
Don’t you hate it when you get a dish of vegetables and they’re oily and covered in sauce? Not so here. Not sure that they don’t use MSG (I’d check with them beforehand if you’re allergic) but I didn’t feel overly thirsty afterwards (my main indicator). The sauce on the api beef was absolutely delicious though and despite going a little overboard on the onions, I thought it was a winning pick.
Busy of a lunchtime, I’m not sure what this place is like for dinner, but I think it’s a good choice if you’re up this end of town and don’t have the will to get yourself down into the hustle of Chinatown.
Value for money: 8/10
Score (food is weighted double): 72%