After being awakened to the fact that there are lots of popular malaysian eateries in Flemington/Kensington, I knew I would have to try the three most popular ones out. Chillipadi Mamak Kopitiam was first on my list, then Chef Lagenda (in no particular order, mind you). I knew the popular Laksa King would have to be tried as well, but I had heard some better things about Chef Lagenda so I decided to go there first.
Interesting walls and lighting inside Chef Lagenda.
We were seated along the wall in the centre of the restaurant which was perfect as I could have a good look around the entire restaurant and take photos .
Complimentary tea and customised napkins.
We were given a pot of complimentary tea (which is always appreciated as I drink lots of liquid whenever I eat out).
Coffee (large) and milo (regular) ice blended bubble teas with pearls, $4.80/$3.80.
As soon as I opened the menu I was very excited to see that they offered bubble teas! I adore bubble teas and hadn’t had one in a while so there was no questioning what I was going to have to drink. Cam also decided to have a bubble tea. He had a large coffee ice blended bubble tea with pearls, and I had a regular milo ice blended bubble tea with pearls. Both were good, just your standard bubble tea, folks!
I was craving a curry laksa (as usual) and was instinctively going to order a chicken laksa when I realised they had a ‘Lagenda Meal Deal’ option in which you pick your choice of meat (steamed chicken, roast chicken, B.B.Q pork, or soya duck), noodle/rice (flat rice noodle, hokkien noodle, vermicelli, egg noodle, or chicken rice), and soup (clear chicken soup, laksa soup, tom yum soup, or soya sauce[dry]). I decided to to have a duck laksa with hokkien noodles (for only an extra .30c for duck over boring poached chicken, why wouldn’t you!?). Initially when they brought out the plate of duck we thought it must have been for another table, until they came back with a bowl of curry laksa. Seriously, all of that duck for one laksa, and for only $9.50..? Amazing. The duck was moist and tender with a lovely crispy skin and no oiliness.
The laksa broth itself was divine. I honestly think this is close to the perfect laksa (although of course I am still on a hunt), if not the best I have tried in Melbourne so far. The creaminess was spot on, there was a lovely thick layer of chilli oil, and the spices were perfect.
Soya Duck Laksa Soup with Hokkien Noodles, $9.50.
I added in about half of the duck I had been presented with (don’t worry, I ate the rest ) and boy oh boy, it was SO good! The only thing I can fault with this was that there were no vermicelli noodles in it as well, but obviously that is because of the option I chose – I’m sure their normal curry laksa’s from the noodle soup section of the menu have all of normal ingredients. Something else that surprised me is that I didn’t even miss my tofu puffs! :O I’m a very big tofu lover, and when I make curry laksa at home I add in a ridiculous amount of tofu puffs to soak up the tasty goodness of the soup.
Spicy Chilli Crispy Duck on Rice, $9.90.
Cam opted for the spicy chilli crispy duck on rice which was also really good. The tender duck was coated in a good layer of crispy batter with a very morish chilli sauce. The chilli sauce wasn’t really spicy, but it was damn good! Mind you, it was not like a sweet chilli sauce either. Cam was quite happy with his choice .
Overall we will definitely be returning to Chef Lagenda. When we had finished our meals, Thomas (the chef) came and had a chat to us and was extremely friendly and welcoming. We left with smiles on our faces and two very full bellies!
16 Pin Oak Crescent
(03) 9376 2668