Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Laksa King

I can't believe that it's taken me this long to finally get around to blogging about Laksa King, but better late than never right? I'd visited once before when they were still at their old, cramped location further down Racecourse Rd, but hadn't started blogging yet. These days, my haunting grounds are nowhere near Flemington, and indeed, last time I was in the area I tried out the very similar Chef Lagenda. I had good time and a good meal at the restaurant run by the ex-Laksa King chef, but would I enjoy laksa from the 'original'?

Turns out the questions didn't even need to be answered - their laksa deserves the rave reviews. The atmosphere is pretty interesting too - the popularity of the restaurant and style of food served means the service is hectic and busy. It's still efficient however, with waiters clearing tables seating customers promptly and knowing which tables to deliver dishes too (due to a clever pegging system).

Laksa King
(The ATM is useful as the restaurant is cash-only). We got there just after Laksa King opened for dinner service but there was already a sizeable crowd. Thankfully, there wasn't a line yet, so we were seated to the indoor plant feature.

Laksa King
All restaurants should have these. They make everything seem so much better.

The miserable Melbourne weather meant that laksa was the obvious choice, but we wanted to try something else too. A variety of Malaysian rice and noodle dishes are on the menu, but we settled for Chicken Roti Rolls as an entrée.

Chicken Roti Rolls
These were a great starter; the flaky roti was stuffed full of peanut-y satay sauce goodness and sizeable chunks of tender chicken.

Chicken Roti Roll
It even looked appetising half-eaten. There were some vegetables too, so it wasn't completely unhealthy.

The star of the night of course were the laksa dishes; coconut-based curries with thick rice noodles,  tofu and eggplant. We were all craving something different, so a Duck Laksa, a Combination Laksa and a Seafood Laksa were ordered.

Duck Laksa
Combination Laksa
Seafood Laksa
They don't look much different, and indeed the stock would be exactly the same. It's the stock that makes the laksa so good, being full of coconut flavour. The rest of the dish is piled high with fresh ingredients, so Laksa King makes a mean laksa that's hard to beat. I probably enjoyed this more than Chef Lagenda's version.

It's unsurprising that Laksa King is so popular; its name is Laksa King and it serves an amazing laksa. The Chicken Roti Rolls that we tried were also delicious, and the efficient service meant that we were happily settled with our food in record time. The prices are reasonable, and there's even a 10% discount if you've finished your meal and paid by 630pm. You may have to fight the queues to get in, but if you're flexible enough to avoid peak service time, the wait isn't too bad. Definitely worth a try, especially if you have a craving for something warm and very, very satisfying.  

Laksa King
6 - 12 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington
Daily 1130am–3pm, Sun-Th 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-1030pm

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