Monday, 16 January 2012

Review - Laksa Bar

13th Jan 2012

Laksa Bar  
108 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Cuisine: Asian, Malaysian

Laksa Bar on Urbanspoon

Laksa Bar opened about one and half months ago. Tucked away in a side street, it appears quiet on the outside but is bustling on the inside at lunch times. Arrive early - we walked in just after 12.15pm and managed to get a table; by 12.30pm, it was much harder for those who arrived.

The menu consists of several simple printed pages on a clipboard. You order and pay at the counter; one big downside is the long order queue which snakes across the room while other customers and staff carrying meals weave around you.

We ordered House Curry Laksa with chicken, Char Kway Teow and Nasi Lemak with beef rendang. It then took about 15 minutes for the food to arrive at the table. The House Curry Laksa soup was more like a very thick gravy - personally I prefer a thinner laksa soup. The menu does give an indication of the "soupiness" of the 3 types of laksas so choose accordingly. The boneless chicken pieces in the laksa were nicely crispy and meaty except for a couple of pieces that were slightly hard. Meals can be ordered mild, spicy or extra spicy. We opted for spicy for all 3 dishes. Surprisingly, the Char Kway Teow turned out to be the most chilli hot of the 3 dishes; the taste was good enough for us to order it again next time. The presentation of the Nasi Lemak with beef rendang looked very ordinary but the taste was good; our yardstick was the beef rendang which passed our taste test, as well as being tender. The accompanying chilli condiment was slightly bitter and lacked taste.

We won't rush back but this will definitely be on our list of places worth coming back to.

Taste Rating: 7/10   Value Rating: 7/10

Menu on a Clipboard
Simple and Functional

House Curry Laksa with chicken

Rice and Noodle Options
Nasi Lemak with beef rendang
Char Kway Teow

Laksa Bar

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