Chennai opened a few weeks ago up the Northern end of King Street. We walk past here almost every night on our way to Chinatown and always see a decent crowd, including plenty of Malaysian folks from all three main ethnicities (we're pretty sure we heard the dude say it's halal to a diner in a hijab, but you may wish to double check).
The guys running Chenai are wonderful folks. The dude running the floor on our visits is a very pleasant fellow, he makes us want to come back again and again. As nice as they are it seems they've had some teething problems, for example they've been closed for lunch a couple of times when we've dropped by. Hopefully everything will iron out, we get the feeling it will. Chennai is a very welcome addition to our neighbourhood and we wish them all the best.
While Chennai pulls a good crowd at night, it's the much cheaper lunch menu that lured us in...
Teh Ais & Teh O Ais Lemu - ice milk tea and ice lemon tea - $3.50 or $2 with any meal.
Mee goreng mamak - $7 (lunchtime special). Not too oily, yum! The thin yellow noodles had good slurpability, a couple of little prawns (hey, it's only $7!) and a ton of crunchy fried shallots on top.
Roti Chennai - $5.50. Great roti and dipping sauces. The chilli sambal was quite sweet, like it was mixed with tomato sauce and sugar. Could be how the chef likes it, a little too sweet for us.
Nasi Lemak - $7 (lunchtime special). Same sweet sambal, a sweet ikan bilis mix, and the same curry sauce as the roti this time with chicken leg included.
Chicken laska - $7 (lunchtime special).
Nasi goreng - $7 (lunchtime special).
Chennai Malaysian Restaurant is at 22/24 King St, Newtown - www.tastechennai.com.au. We'll be back for more...
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