I’m not a fan of queuing. In fact, I consider it to be a cardinal sin, given the copious number of restaurants available. I did break my own rule then, but reasoned that as there was entertainment supplied, I could weather the 5 minute wait. The entertainment was provided by the staff in the open plan kitchen who were churning out the roti and pulled teas quicker than you could say ‘street hawker’. What an art! The dough is stretched and spun until it is paper thin, then folded in on itself. A short turn on the hot grill plate sees it browned and puffed. My favourite part is when the roti are flipped off the grill and ‘boxed’ by the chef in a pushing/scrunching motion that plumps the roti.
We were quickly seated and given the short menu that still proved difficult to choose from. We chose a classic Roti Canai from the roti section and the equally classic Nasi Lemakwith a Lamb Curry side from the rice & noodle section. I would have preferred a pulled coffee but it wasn’t on offer so a Teh Tarik or Malaysian Pulled Tea sealed the deal. All three items arrived within minutes of ordering. Oh my goodness – that Roti Canai was good! Hot, fluffy and slightly crispy with accompanying sauces, I could have had a dozen. The Nasi Lemak also hit the spot with tender lamb, coconut rice and the traditional accompaniments of ikan bilis with peanuts, sambal and cucumber. I could have sworn I took a photo of it.
We topped the meal with Roti Kaya, a roti filled with a pandan & coconut spread. Like a sweet filled pancake, it was also hot and crispy and barely touched the sides. We both agreed that it would make a great afternoon tea with the Teh Tarik. And that was that. Queuing, ordering, eating and paying took under 40 minutes. By the time we left and stood outside, watching through the window as the chefs turned out roti after roti, the queue had started to snake out the door. I can see why.
15 Goulburn St
Visited: Saturday 3rd March 2012 – Lunch Service