Glen Waverley VIC
Ph: (03) 9561 1388
After reading the review on Tummy Rumbles, I just had to visit Petaling Street. I love Malaysian Hawker food and was able to taste some of the authentic stuff on the actual Petaling Street in Malaysia. I wondered how this restaurant's food would stack up.
Petaling Street is located in the extremely busy Kingsway stretch of restaurants. It's got the typical look of most Asian style cafe, with a long room divided up by booth seating on the sides and tables in the centre. Large mirrors dominate one side of the room, reflecting back a massive orange mural on the other wall of Petaling Street as it was back in the 1920s or some early era.
I've been to Petaling Street quite a few times and can say that the food is quite good. It's not as good as the hawker food on Petaling Street but it's not bad compared to other mild affair in Melbourne.
On one particular occasion, I shared dishes of Pork Belly with Taro, Fish Ball with Noodles and Beef Rendang with friends. The Pork Belly was as you would expect, soft, smooth and unctuous. It's extremely fatty so don't order it if you want something lite, but I love the gelatinous fattiness combined with the soft taro.
The Home Made Fish Balls with Noodles were ok. The fish balls were better than average and is a soothing dish.
The Beef Rendang with Roti is full on fire. They don't hold back on the chilli and it hits you right in the face. I liked the rendang but did find it a touch oily and also the beef a bit tough.
At other visits, I've tried the Char Kway Teow and Won Ton Noodle soup. The Char Kway Teow also packs a punch in terms of the chilli component but that's the way I like it. It definitely has a good "wok breathe" to it.
Service is acceptable, with the waiters going about their job routinely. The atmosphere is good, with a buzz in the room. I would recommend a visit to Petaling Street as the food is good honest food at very good prices.