KL Bunga Raya

34 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Phone: 9329 1762

Always on the search for good places for lunch, my colleagues and I wandered up to Errol St, North Melbourne. Unsure of exactly where to go, but with the idea that Asian food was the order of the day, we stopped at KL Bunga Raya, an unassuming little Malaysian restaurant. Having been to Nasi Lemak House the day before, I wasn’t super enthusiastic, but the smells upon walking in soon changed my mind.


I ordered the Curry Laksa, a pretty safe bet – laksa is like pizza and sex: bad laksa is still laksa – and also a good benchmarking dish for any Malaysian Restaurant, I think. This laksa delivered flavour in spades, with loads of curry flavour, as well as the sweetness and richness that indicates a heft amount of coconut milk and palm sugar. It lacked something in the way of heat, I felt, but then I do like my Malaysian food reasonably spicy. The amount of chicken and seafood was generous, but for me the standout ingredient was the eggplant; soft and richly smoky, melding with the laksa soup so beautifully. The overall size of the dish was also quite generous, and I would have been happy to have this for dinner, let alone lunch.

Mr R also had the laksa, but he opted for the Seafood Curry Laksa, which has no chicken, but calamari and mussels.

Ms S had the Char Kway Teow, which looked and smelled good – not too dark or oily, and with a decent amount of char and wok hei (wok air/breath – a certain smokiness which is one of the intangibles of good stir-fry cooking).

I liked KL Bunga Raya. It’s simple, classic Malaysian food, at the expected cheap prices (most rice or noodle dishes are under $10).

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03. June 2010 by cloudcontrol
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Comments (4)

  1. Ooh, good find! Malaysian places are sadly few and far between in the north/west – the only other I know of is Laksa King.

  2. I liked it, but let's not get ahead of ourselves here – it's no Laksa King!

  3. I'd kind of given up on KL Bunga Raya after a couple of disappointing meals (which, given that they are just around the corner, was a pretty big call), but last night we were lazy and needed something warm and easy. We had their lamb curry (okay) and the claypot eggplant with pork. I'd definitely go back for the eggplant.

    As you say, the heat was a bit lacking – seems a common theme with local Malaysian places. The new Gurney Drive on Vic Street packs a bit more heat into their laksa, though.

  4. Gurney Drive, you say? Interesting… ;)