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During the June long weekend (11-14 June), I was away in Melbourne with 3 other girlfriends for our annual holidays. Yes, we go away once a year for some girlie time. Our previous trips have been to Mudgee and the Blue Mountains in country NSW. This time, we decided we want to stay in a city and do some shopping and check out some good foodie places. Melbourne is a great place for all that.
When Joyce and I were out shopping one afternoon, we came across this Malaysian restaurant at QV Square on Lonsdale St, Old Town Kopitiam Mamak, which serves Mamak style food. Mamak is a term used in Malaysia to refer to Indian Tamil Muslims. We checked out the menu and decided that we shall return the next day for lunch. There is another Old Town Kopitiam outlet on Little Bourke St in Melbourne's Chinatown as well, which is a smaller venue. 'Kopitiam' is the Hokkien word for coffeeshop, a common and often favourite eating place in Malaysia where there are many individual stallholders who sell different types of Malaysia food such as har mee (prawn mee), curry laksa, char koay teow, chee cheong fun, rojak, koay teow th'ng, popiah,
At lunch, the next day, it was a challenge to decide what to eat and drink. Finally, we decided to order a few varieties to share - nasi kandar, mamak mee goreng, roti telur and pan mee soup. Cindy's honey lemon drink was served in an old style kopitiam cup and saucer. This brought back memories when my grandfather would take me to the local kopitiam in Bukit Mertajam for breakfast.
The food was delicious. I liked every dish except for the mamak mee goreng which I found slightly sweet. The taste of the dishes were authentic and close to what we would get back in Malaysia. I liked the curry and sambal which accompanied the roti telur. The roti was made by a Mamak guy.
I am definitely adding this restaurant to my list of places to eat in Melbourne.
Old Town Kopitiam Mamak
QV Square (near Melbourne Central)
210 Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9654 2682