Petaling Street is a Malaysian hawker food restaurant on the Kingsway in Glen Waverley. There are also outlets in Hawthorn and Box Hill.
KB1 and KB2 continued our exploration of Melbourne’s restaurants here one night early in the new year.
The space is light and bright with a mirror along one wall and a mural of Petaling street in Malaysian along the other.
It is a busy place, and quickly filled up, and I would advise getting there before 7pm
BYO is $1.50 per person and KB1 provided a bottle of riesling.
Tea was promptly poured and filled up throughout the meal.
If, like me, you are not a fan of long menus, then Petaling Street is not for you. There are over 100 dishes on offer. Too many choices!
KB2 quite liked the utensil holder but we debated the hygiene of said utensils. On one hand, how often is the bottom of the container cleaned? But if you have the eating end sticking up, people tend to play with the utensils therefore making them dirty…
Mind you, none of this put us off using the chopsticks and forks :-).
The waiter who took our order was really good, he knew his stuff and was happy for KB1 to order slightly off menu for her main.
We started with two entrees.
The first was roti chanai with curry sauce.
The roti was nice, and the sauce had good flavour but was quite oily.
The second entree was vegetable spring rolls.
We agreed the spring rolls looked to be a good size, and the pastry was crunchy and flaky, but there was a lot of air in-between the pastry and the filling so they weren’t as big as they seemed. The filling was fresh though.
KB2 went for a curry laksa for main.
It was huge and was quite oily and there wasn’t much chicken. KB2 also opted for extra bean shoots but they didn’t seem to be evident even though she was charged for them.
I had the Hainannese chicken rice.
Another decent serve, the chicken was a little fatty and the soup oily (a common theme) but I really liked the rice. It had a lot of flavour so I suspect it was cooked in stock but I am happy to be corrected on that point.
KB1 stated she was ordering off menu. She wanted the Fried Koay Teow, but without the seafood. As noted before this was no issue and the waiter confirmed that egg was OK.
I had a bite of this and it was quite tasty!
The total bill was under $15 each so we were happy with that.
Petaling Street is a pretty good basic Malaysian place, good for a grab-a-quick-cheap-bite-to-eat and get out kind of place.
None of would rush back to especially go there, but if we were in the area and felt like Malaysian food we would give it another go and try something different off the extensive menu.