Chillipadi and Chef Lagenda being covered, Cam and I decided that Laksa King had to be next. On the day we went to the Royal Melbourne Show, we decided to stop off and have lunch at Laksa King instead of buying underwhelming food at ridiculous prices at the show.
Cute decor – light globes attached to ‘noodles’!
Not to our surprise, it was extremely busy when we visited. The empty table in the photo was the only free seat in the house, and that was filled within one minute of it being cleared! I had read some mixed reviews about the service at Laksa King , however, we were either very lucky, or some other bloggers have been very unlucky, as we experienced really good service. Two waitresses attended to us for the time we were there, both were very friendly and knowledgeable about the food.
To start off with, Cam ordered an iced coffee. The coffee beans on top of the whipped cream was a nice touch, and overall Cam said it tasted really good (about as good as an iced coffee can get at a Malaysian restaurant?).
Soy Bean Drink.
Of course I had a soy drink.. What else would I get?
Cam chose the Ipoh noodles with seafood for lunch. Despite not looking particularly appetising when it came out, Cam tells me it was good, however he also said that the Wat Tan Hor (same dish) at Chillipadi in Melbourne Central was much better.
Chicken Curry Laksa.
I had the laksa… Obviously because I love laksa, but also because we were at Laksa KING! I have to say it was slightly meh in my opinion. It was tasty and had all the qualities of a good laksa, but it was nothing special. It was creamy and had a nice layer of chilli oil, but it lacked ‘oomph’. The eggplant was an interesting addition and whilst I did enjoy it, I probably wouldn’t choose to put it in instead of other ingredients. The chopped mint was not particularly appreciated though, as I quite dislike mint, and being chopped it was harder to avoid it than just picking out a leaf or two. Even if I did like mint, I honestly don’t think it added anything to the dish anyway.
Please excuse the lack of prices, our visit to laksa king was a few months ago now so I can’t remember how much everything was. Prices were however reasonable, and comparable to the other Malaysian restaurants in the area. We enjoyed our lunch at Laksa King, and I would go back, however given there are two other Malaysian restaurants which are less crowded and offer better value for money (and better food in my opinion), we will be going to back to Chef Lagenda and Chillipadi first.
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