Uncle Man’s

Having just come back from a media famil in KL where I ate myself stupid, I was desperate for some Nasi Lemak and had heard of a newish place called Uncle Man’s on K-Road. How can you resist a place with that name? After a quick cheeky drink at the newly opened Apero across the road we ventured in.

Decor was fairly nothing really. Some odd ‘art’ on the wall, harsh fluorescent lighting – standard Cheap Eats ambience really. But it was clean and we didn’t care, we were there for the food. And it was pretty good.

I was a bit concerned when I saw the coconut rice in the Nasi Lemak (worried it might be dry) but it was lovely and moist, and coconutty – funnily enough. The sambal was generous and spicy and when combined with the rice, boiled egg, peanuts, cucumber and ikan bilis it was great mix of spice, salt, freshness, creamy coconut, crunch and general deliciousness. Craving satisfied.

The Roti Canai was good too and it was fun to chat to the chef as he flung and stretched it round his head before cooking – can’t ask for fresher than that! It came as two decent pieces with a warming, thickish dahl for dipping. This was full of flavour and the perfect amount of spice (I’m not keen on super spicy dahl). Very home-style comforting.

The Char Kway Teow looked generous and tasty but we were pretty full. We’re keen to come back and try this and some of the other dishes on Uncle Man’s menu (I just wanted to write it again, what a name!)


Location: 277 Karangahape Road, Auckland
Phone: 529-5200
Hours:  9:00am-9:30pm Sunday – Thursday; 9:00am-10.00pm Sat – Sun
Prices: Malaysian main dishes $8 – $12.50
Credit Cards: No
Licensed: No
Suitable for Vegetarians: A few dishes
Takeaways: Yes
Bathrooms: Passable
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
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2 Responses

  1. William Chen says:

    Uncle Man is a tribute to owner Najib Othman’s father who is the inspiration for the menu at the restaurant, having run a wareong in Muar, Johore. Malaysians defer to their elders as uncle & aunty (pakcik & makcik in Malay), hence Uncle (Oth)Man. The kitchen crew comprises 2 younger brothers and Najib’s 3 children.

  2. Jane says:

    Uncle Manns is delicious. Having enjoyed the food in Kuala Lumpar many times it is such a treat to find great Malaysian in Auck that is also incredibly reasonable. Rendang is divine, chicken laksa just right and the satay is honest better than any I have had before. Restaurant is sparkling clean.

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