210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9654 2682
Website: Old Town Kopitiam Mamak
Old Town Kopitiam Mamak is a Malaysian hawker style cafe in the QV square. The cafe actually sells mamak style food, which I love.
The menu is very varied and has rice dishes, noodle dishes, roti and satays. A Mee Rebus comes with beautiful prawns sitting alongside a boiled egg, fish cakes, tofu, greens on top of noodles in a thick sauce.
The Maggie Goreng was a glorious dish with stir fried prawns and fish cakes amongst thin egg noodles. Fresh cucumber and fried shallots add not only garnish but some crunch and flavour. The Mee Goreng was very similar to the Maggie Goreng, but with different noodles and a more liquid sauce. I preferred the Maggie Goreng with it's drier noodles. Both dishes had some nice kick with a good amount of chilli.
Roti is served in various styles, with the Roti Telur Bawang (egg and onions) being a bit too sweet actually. Even dipping into the curry sauce didn't mask the sweetness enough. The Roti Canai with Curry Chicken was much nicer, although the chicken pieces were really small and I could have eaten twice as much. The sambal is hot hot hot and brilliant if you can handle it or used sparingly if you can't. Rice dishes can be ordered with a variety of different pairing options. A Jasmine Rice with Curry Chicken and Sambal Egg makes for a good pairing, although again the serving of chicken is quite small. All the food can be washed down with a hot or cold teh tarik, which is served in an attractive teacup for the hot version or a big robust and interesting square cup for the cold version.
The cafe is very big and can handle large crowds. The area is nice and bright and service is efficient. The room has a nice buzz in terms of noise levels without being so loud that you can't hear your dining companions. The large tables help separate you from other diners, but also are just a bit too big that you feel slightly separated from your friends. However, it's a small quibble as I'd rather have a larger table than a tiny one where you can't fit everything onto it. I would recommend this restaurant for a quick casual meal with friends.