Nasi Lemak House
113 Grattan Street, Carlton VIC
No listed phone number
Price: Around the $10 mark
Parking: Paid street parking along Grattan St and Cardigan St
Visited: March 2009
I worked around the Carlton area for about a month a few years ago and on my last day for lunch, colleagues brought me to Nasi Lemak House. I really enjoyed the food so I was thinking d’oh, I should have discovered this place earlier!
I never got the chance to go again because it’s not that close to home and parking around that part of Carlton is a pain in the arse! Hubby said he had a craving for nasi lemak so I suggested Nasi Lemak House.
Nasi Lemak House is just opposite the old site of Royal Women’s Hospital. Due to its cheap prices and close proximity to Melbourne Uni, it is often full of Uni students. The place is small so it gets crowded easily but again this is a place that people eat and leave so there won’t be too long a wait for a table.
There are pictures of the food next to the menu on the wall and you order and pay upfront at the front counter. You have to help yourself to the cutlery and collect your meal once it’s ready. We happened to go there on the day of their 5 year anniversary so all day the traditional nasi lemak was only $6.90! Who’s ever heard of $6.90 nasi lemak (or another rice dish for that matter) in 2009??!! The normal price on other days is $8.90 which is still great value. Hubby ordered the traditional nasi lemak.
The nasi lemak is a generous serving of fragrant coconut rice, one large fried chicken drumstick, dried anchovies, peanuts, fried egg, two pappadums and of course the sambal sauce. A warning in advance – their sambal sauce is so freakin spicy! Hubby really enjoyed the meal and the coconut rice was one of the best he has had.
I decided to be different and I ordered the nasi lemak Langkawi. It is basically the same rice, fried egg, sambal, dried anchovies and peanuts, but instead of the fried chicken, it came with deep fried calamari and a chilli tomato dipping sauce.
I found there was a bit too much batter on the calamari and it had a really oily taste like the oil had been used a few too many times. I really liked the chilli tomato dipping sauce though and it helped make the calamari edible!
I also ordered a teh tahrik, which is a Malaysian style hot milk tea. It tastes different to your normal Lipton tea so if you have never tried it, you should give it a go! I forgot to take a picture, but they served it in a foam cup… maybe so you could take it away if you didn’t finish it.
I would go back again but would try something different from the nasi lemak Langkawi. Hubby would happily have the traditional nasi lemak again.
Over & Out, Rilsta xx