910-912 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East ph : (03) 9078 4590
Good-bye Urban Retreat, Hello MK! Malaysian Kitchen opened just outside of Jackson Court replacing Urban Retreat last year. Totally different style of food as UR served pizza and pasta and MK is typical Malaysian food. Typical is probably a good word for this place as the food is nowhere near exceptional, but not awful either.
The Hainanese Chicken Rice and the Crispy Skin Chicken Rice are essentially the same meal with a different plate of chook.
The Roti can be variable. We've had lovely crispy fresh roti here, but at other times have been served chewy, slightly cold roti here as well.
The Nasi Lemak is a good measure of how good a Malaysian Restaurant is. The one here, like the restaurant itself, is fairly average.
The Salt and Pepper White Bait is probably the best dish I've had here. It's fesh, crispy, with just the right amount of chilli. And yep, probably one of the least healthy dishes ;)
The Wanton and Roast Pork Noodle is one of the few dishes with the least amount of spice and soy sauce that the kids can eat. It is usually quite pleasant. Unfortunately on this occasion we found that the wantons had gone off. Not very impressed I must say, and fortunately the kids didn't get sick as they ate the noodles before we discovered the off wantons.
The Teh Terik is quite good. And they serve REAL bottled coke as opposed to a generic cola, as many Asian places tend to do.
The staff there are quiet, not entirely enthusiastic but will bring extra cutlery and bowls as requested. If you have a pram you might have to ring and try to book early to get a table in the inner room.
Eat.Play.Shop. Recommends : The Salt and Pepper White Bait. Very very more-ish!
Give it a miss : if you're looking for a more authentic and flavourful Malaysian food experience. Try Rasa Malaya up the road, or Okra in Hawthorn.