Modern Malaysian and more on Ponsonby Road from the family of KK Malaysian. Jacky Lam, son of Aunty KK, has created a modern Malaysian and Asian food experience aimed at the trendy foodie in Ponsonby.
This pint-sized restaurant has a simple, modern decor with not an Asian decor item in sight. Well, almost – there is the cat statue for good luck.
Jacky has also taken a fresh approach to the menu. The mains include the such favourites as laksa and satay beef or chicken, but instead of beef rendang you will find beef kandar ($15), similar to rendang but with more liquid. All mains come with rice and a daily salad.
The roti wraps are perfect as a light meal. Think of popular Malaysian curries, only in a wrap. The chicken satay wrap sounded perfect (small $7.80/large $11).
Who doesn’t like dumplings? I couldn’t resist an order of the pork and shrimp dumplings (12/$11.50), even after finding out that they were handmade but not house-made.
Malay Parlour also caters for those who would prefer a more traditional Kiwi main salad or sides rather than Malaysian food. For those beautiful people who want less rice and more salad, Malay Parlour can do that, too.
I ordered this feast to take home for dinner later that day. Nice to know that all the packaging is recyclable.
We shared tastes of all the food. The chicken satay in a wrap was a perfect start and would be a great portable Malaysian light meal or lunch. The chicken was tender and the peanut sauce certainly tasted homemade.
I love the rich, flavourful spices and fall-apart tenderness of beef rendang, so was interested in trying the beef kandar. The beef is slowly cooked with Malay Parlour’s own special blend of spices and herbs. Just as delicious as rendang, but slightly less rich – not a bad thing.
My favourite dish was the pork and shrimp dumplings. Twelve large dumplings with generous flavourful fillings wrapped in tender pastry dumpling with a chili sauce. I could have eaten the entire container, except that I also wanted to eat the beef kandar. Such a dilemma!
Malay Parlour is licensed and even has an espresso machine, and you can enjoy your meal at one of their tables or take it home. Keep an eye on their website for information on home delivery. Malay Parlour will be just a call away.