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Malacca Straits – Ultimo, Malaysian Restaurant Review

Hainanese Chicken Rice

In the words of Natalie Tran… Hi! I know it’s been a while since I last posted a review, but in my defence, I was away on holidays for a month. So I thought why not get back on track by posting a quick short review of a restaurant I’ve visited a number of times, but never took the time to review.

Malacca Straits, located just off Parramatta Road in Broadway (or Ultimo if you wish) isn’t by any means a favourite of mine. It is, however, conveniently positioned and offers some decent food for the price you pay.

On this particular occasion I ordered the Hainanese Chicken Rice for $9.50 (pictured above) which I feel is one of their better dishes. The chicken was beautifully tender and succulent, and mixed with the fragrant rice and chilli sauce, was simply a joy to eat! A word of warning though, the abundance of chicken skin might put off the more health-conscious foodie out there, but you could maybe justify it by telling yourself that you’re eating steamed chicken :D

Now having said all that, I do admit that this particular dish can be a bit of a hit and miss depending on the day. The reason I say that is because the chicken has been served cold to me on a number of occasions.  And when I say cold, I don’t mean frozen, but just not warm. Now my friend assures me that this how it’s traditionally served, but I don’t care, I don’t like eating cold chicken, unless it’s in a salad :)

Apart from the Hainanese Chicken Rice, Malacca Straits also do really good laksa! Especially their chicken laksa, which is absolutely delicious! The flavours are beautifully balanced with just the right amount of spiciness. Definitely a dish to savour over the coming months of cooler temperatures.

Update: I visited the restaurant again so here are a couple more photos :)

 Restaurant interior overlooking the Quadrant courtyard.

 Ayam Bakar Chef Tan ($14.80) – Delicious!

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  • Food 6/10
  • Ambience 5/10
  • Service 6/10
  • Value 7/10

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