An impressive name and reasonably good food to go with it at this small restaurant in Newcastle Street that has changed from Chinese influenced cuisine to that of Malaysia. Friendly staff greeted us when we dropped by for lunch during the week – and we looked over the menu while wine glasses were brought to the table – they are unlicensed but BYO is fine.
Spying the inclusion of Laksa among the offerings we both opted for it – we are always on the lookout for a good Laksa and haven’t come across one recently, but before that we ordered a dish of fried, spicy squid tentacles to get the taste buds moving.
A mound of fried squid arrived – crisped skin, pleasantly chewy, but not tough, squid, all boosted by a good allocation of salt and pepper, chilli and spring onion. A satisfying start.
Our laksa was next – a large bowl of soup, slightly paler than expected, but with a sheen from the oil adding a lustre – a mix of thin and egg noodles, bean sprouts, half a boiled egg, a few prawns, squid, and fried tofu topped with chopped spring onions – not particularly spicy but with at least some chilli bite – we asked for extra chopped chilli on the side and that added a little more zing– pleasant enough, but a bit more zip would have helped.
The menu has a number of other dishes that appear worth a return visit, so that is on the cards. But from what we experienced, reasonable food, good prices, worth a visit if you are looking for sound, although not particularly innovative, Malay style food.