Time Out Melbourne

Midnight roti!

Doubtless you’ve heard that Melbourne has inherited its own branch of Mamak – Sydney’s famed house of Malaysian roti breads, curries and epic queues.

In which case you’ll know this is where you need to come at lunch for a frosty iced tea and a nasi lemak – a blank canvas of coconut rice to which you adhere whole toasted peanuts, chilli-seed ridden sambal, cucumber, boiled egg and ikan bilis (tiny dried anchovies) till you’re adequately amused. But did you also know this easy-to-wipe-down, high-turnover cafeteria does late night supper?

Praise the heavens drinking fans, because Mamak offers the stuff beer dreams are made of.

Roti, if you’re not familiar, is a pan-fried flatbread with layers like sheets of translucent, buttery, tissue paper. They serve it here in all its forms – savoury, with pools of fragrant and fluid curry sauce, and an equally giving lentil mix for running the soft bread through; sweet, as a delicate towering sugar-coated cone with fresh banana slices and a melting blob of ice cream, or stuffed to the seams with minced pork, cabbage and egg (murtabak).

Use the plain flatbread as a pincer for plucking tender hunks of lamb from a kari kambing where it bobs about with thick cinnamon quills in its spicy liquor, or ditch the carbs and go for the chicken satay – a drinker's best friend being sweet, charred and smoky and served on a stick for easy application to ones face via piquant peanut sauce.

Add a mug of half-coffee, half-tea cham (crazy, but it works) and consider yourself sober.

Sign up to our monthly Food & Drink newsletter

Updated on 25 Nov 2014.

Mamak details

366 Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9670 3137

Open Sun-Thu 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30-11pm; Fri-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-2am

Mamak website

Mamak map

Report a problem with this page

Restaurants and bars nearby

Slice Girls

35m - When it comes to choosing your pizza at Slice Girls, firstly decide on your...

Phở Nom

51m - Chef Jerry Mai is rolling out an authentic Vietnamese street food restaurant...

1000 Pound Bend

84m - Part of the ever-expanding St Jerome empire is a combined café, exhibition...

More restaurants and bars nearby

Other venues nearby

Good Games

47m - If you’re into board or card gaming, then you need to know about Good...

More venues nearby
Win a weekend getaway in Ballarat

Win a weekend getaway in Ballarat

See the Archibald Prize and much more with a weekender in Ballarat - here's how to win a culture-packed getaway (and stay in a castle!)



Forget everything you think you know about classical music

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus

Get the Time Out weekend planner. Straight to your inbox, every Thursday.
Read more