Monday, 5 March 2012

Review - Petaling Street

* July 2012  Petaling Street has closed down @ 162 Swanston St, Melbourne. Straits of Malacca has taken over this venue.

*April 2012  A Petaling Street restaurant took over the Straits of Malacca venue @ 188 Little Bourke St, Melbourne.

10 February 2012

Petaling Street
162 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Cuisine: Malaysian, Asian

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I have been to Petaling Street in Glen Waverley and also to the one in Box Hill. I thought it was time to go to Petaling Street in the Melbourne CBD. I might as well make it a trifecta!

We went at lunchtime without a booking. The downstairs area was very busy. Luckily, we didn't have to wait for a table. We were shown a table upstairs, which was also busy. If you have ever wanted to eat your lunch in a bank vault, this would be the place. It was a small windowless room which would have been a depressing experience but fortunately I had great lunch companions to chat with.

We came here specifically for the whole fish dishes. So we ordered Steamed Fish with Asam Sauce and Deep Fried Fish with Sambal Sauce. We asked the waitress what type of fish they were serving that day and the answer sounded like Tilapia from Taiwan. So if anyone is interested, here is a Wiki link for this fish. I would have preferred baramundi which is the fish they had on the whole fish menu at the Glen Waverley Petaling Street but hey, that's the way it goes. We also ordered Fried Koay Teow. We must have been hungry as we ordered a 4th dish - Murtabak which is roti chanai with a mince filling (we choose beef mince). All dishes were shared so we could each taste every dish.

The Asam Sauce fish turned out to be the more tasty of the two fish dishes. The asam sauce was nicer than the sambal sauce. The sambal sauce did not have much of a belachan taste and it was more sweet than savoury. The asam sauce had a nice slightly sour and savoury taste which went well with the fish. If you want a healthier dish, the steamed fish would be better than the fried fish. Each fish dish came with a small bowl of rice. The Fried Koay Teow came with the usual amount of prawns, fish cake and bean sprouts. The taste was okay, not terrific but not bad either. The Murtabak tasted good. It had a fine savoury beef mince, with the roti slightly oily on the outside as expected. It came with a small bowl of curry sauce.

Overall, this is a place for standard Malaysian hawker food. We will come back for lunch, just not that soon as there are so many other places vying for our attention.

Taste Rating: 7/10   Value Rating: 6.5/10

The whole fish Menu

 Deep Fried Fish with Sambal Sauce
Steamed Fish with Asam Sauce

Fried Koay Teow

Murtabak - Roti Chanai with minced beef stuffing


Murtabak with Curry Sauce

Petaling Street, Melbourne

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