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This place is a real find. Don’t be put off by its small size or the plastic menus. The food is excellent and quite generous. Soft shelled crab is the standout for me.
We came here for dinner a few days ago and both ended up ordering the chicken curry with roti. (I had dhal as well).
The service was quick.
The atmosphere was buzzing and for a second it felt like, I was probably in Malaysia.
The food was delicious and the flavour of the spices was outstanding.
In the past, I have had, what I consider to be among one of the best Laksa’s in Auckland here as well.
This was definitely a four star experience.
omg fantastic food!!! I have found the owner is actually quite nice and it gets soo busy. I had to wait for 10mins for table but the food is worth to wait. I have tried seafood goreng and laksa soup and two other dishes so far. I’d highly recommend to all especially great place for quick meal before movie on fri night
food is excellent! price is extremely affordable!
Visited this place 4 times. Consistently good, ingredients are fresh, and the servings are good-sized. Quite an extensive menu, the laksa is spicy without being too hot. The prices of the drinks are reasonable and there is an interesting array to choose from (Volcano Milo being one). Service is efficient; more perfunctory than friendly. On a warm, sunny day; most pleasant to be seated outside. 4.5 Stars
If you searching for an authentic Malaysian restaurant that serves tasty Malaysian Indo-Chinese-Malay food, then Mamak is by far the best that we can recommend. They make real “Roti Chanais”. This is a big difference unlike other Malaysian restaurants that we have frequented that just heat up the Kawan Roti Parathas and serve along with the curry.
We tried their Roti Telur as well as Nasi Lemak. Highly recommended and it falls under the cheap to moderate places to eat. They are usually busy and we have consistently encountered unfriendly service.
The second time that we visited we tried their Murtabak with beef filling. The accompanying curry was soaked in oil and the replacement chicken curry was equally soaked in oil. The cabbage dish as well as lentil dish were cold (and seemed like straight out of the refrigerator).
Since the restaurant was closing at 2:30 PM and we (along with others) were still being served – they insisted that they will not take any further orders and were hurrying up to wrap up the afternoon session. Felt uncomfortable as it clearly indicated their business attitude ahead of customer service.
If you would like to try Malaysian food but can bear unfriendly service, you can try this place. I will not be going again.
Big servings and really good value for your money. I can say that the quality will be average, but definitely a place to be whenever you wanted to have a quick meal. Convenient parking at the basement as well. Just hope the the refurbishment works in the area will be finished soon.
I’ve been to Mamak 3 times now and absolutely love the food here. Mamak was recommended to me by a Malaysian friend who claims the food is very authentic. Love the beef murtabak and the sambal chicken. Have introduced my other friends to this place and they rate it very highly too. The only downside is that they don’t take bookings over the phone which is understandable as they’re always busy. Only means that we sometimes have to wait for a table but it’s totally worth the trouble! Though it’s not on the menu, I always order the tissue roti with condensed milk for dessert. It’s the only Malaysian place I am aware of that makes it! Overall, highly recommended for a hearty and inexpensive delicious meal in the city.
Great place, is always busy on any day and patronage is always a good sign. The curry laksa and char kuay teow is great My parents are Malaysian and love it. Have been frequenting this place since it has opened. Reason for 4 stars is that it is crammed inside, can be cold outside as the heaters are not always on (but maybe I am just a girl) and often there’s a bit of a wait since it’s always so busy. Would be great if there was more indoor seating. Some dishes could be improved slightly but not complaining as the majority of dishes are pretty awesome and it’s great having such a place to go to in downtown Auckland!!
I’m a huge Mamak fan, usually end up there once every week or two. I was born and brought up in Malaysia, return there regularly for holidays and the food in Mamak is much better than any meal I had when I was last there. The sambal is fantastic and the roti canai the only roti I’ve had in Auckland that isn’t sickly sweet. I’m a bit addicted to the Nasi Lemak but my partner has had just about everything on the menu from laksa to satay to beef rendang and he loved it all.
Re the owner. I think he’s a great guy, if you get speaking to him he’s lovely. People maybe expect too much. This is a CHEAP place to eat in the city centre, the only way he can sustain that is by having a busy restaurant and a speedy turnover. I’m not saying rudeness is ever acceptable – I’ve never found him rude – but you can’t expect restaurant service when you’re paying $12 for a main course. Really it’s an amazing quality fast food outlet. Eat, enjoy and make way for the next customers.
Came here for dinner with a friend last night, not planned (just happened to be passing by) but very glad we did!
There was one mix up of dishes at the beginning (we ordered a range of tapas-styled plates to share and the owner brought out one we didn’t order), but the owner was very apologetic and the problem was rectified quickly. All our food was brought promptly and was piping hot and freshly made.
The highlight for me was a dish of meat-substitute morsels (the name escapes me now),wrapped in pandan leaves and fried. The seasoning on this was excellent, and the texture was almost believable as a real minced meat product. I would also highly recommend the salt and pepper squid. The crispy batter enclosed pieces of soft (not rubbery, yay!) squid and was very moreish.
Would definitely come here again. So, so good.
The food is great, esp the freshly made roti is awesome, but the owner can be rather rude. I think that he thinks he’s being funny, but unfortunately, he’s wrong.
Absolutley love Mamak!! Favorite restaurant in all of Auckland. We have eaten here almost every week for the last year. Food is always fresh, delicious, the owner Geoffry always knows exactly what we are going to order.
Its BYOW as well which is a bonus.
Try the salt n pepper squids and the Roti Chicken Curry- excellent home made roti.
We always bring our guests here as its a guaranteed excellent feed.
Fast Friendly. Exceptional value for price! Highly recommend Mamak
So good! Been twice the past week with family, shared a range of dishes including roti canai, chicken rice, seafood laksa, char kway teow, nasi lemak, vege murtabak and I must say all was delicious! Best malaysian food in Auckland and totally worth the money
Been there few times. Food was okay and specially that’s the only place in akl making fresh ROTI. When the first opening boss was really friendly and welcoming. But been there today, was trying to order ROTI BOM which is a dessert roti cost nzd8.50 , nasi goreng n a teh ais which make up total bil of nzd27.50. But boss was rude which i dunno what happen to him today as maybe i’m not as regular customer or their restaurant is busy enuff for not necessary to hav us to be the customer as he told me if i’m trying to order dessert roti which is a low price item during lunch hour they wouldn’t really wan to do it as although mamak in msia is a place which can order a drink to sit there for chit chatting or … but not with their shop since this kind of customer expenses can’t even cover the minimum salary …blah blah blah.. was got a bit shock since i don’t think it’s pleasant to said this to customer. We still sit there to finish our meal but overall it’s really not a pleasant dining experience cause i believe service should remain although business has been expanded especially being a boss. This is just my personal experience. Thanks.
My friend and I went there as we thought of finding a place that taste similar to what we have back home in Malaysia. Char Kway Teow is pretty good unfortunately not the tom yam fried rice. Initially we thought of ordering the freshly made roti, but we both agreed is bit overprice. There is fresh roti around that charge at lower price.
I am not Malaysian but have lived in KL and this is exactly how I remembered the food. Right-down to the plastic side plates. The owner is very keen to give you are run through of the menu so that those not familiar with the selections understand the options and taste.
Start with the soft shell crab and try their freshly made Roti’s.
Well worth a trip into the CBD for.
Mamak is a small eatery in the heart of the chancery.
Here you can buy authentic malay style meals for under $15.00.
The service is fast and friendly and the owner and operator remembers your face and has a good sense of humour.
If you like Malaysian it’s a winner
3 words YUM YUM YUM
Hi. I came to Auckland for a conference and found this restaurant via the website just few days before I left my country. They served amazing Malaysian foods which were almost similar in tastes and presentations like the one in Malaysia. I had the mee goreng mamak, teh tarik and popiah. Awesome. Nice ambiance. Clean and cozy. The Malay words that they printed on the wall were very entertaining. Very creative. Friendly owners. Great job Jeffrey and wife!
Highly recommend to all Malaysians who plans to visit Auckland someday!!
Ziera was here from 21st November till 26th, 2011
I love coming here! Their menu is simple but covers all the malaysian favourites. I really enjoy the curry chicken roti and although it does not look like much when it comes out, there is plenty of chicken and the flaky roti is endless
Great place to grab a quick yum feed without feeling bad about parting with your money
Great authentic food and well priced. They’re busy for good reason, so best to make a reservation if you can. Good friendly service
I been to this place many times now and I am not disappointed with the food at all!
Food: It is really delicious. A must try -The dessert prata and the seafood laksa..everything seems to taste authentic…great that is how the end product should be.
Price: Reasonable and they do give you a large portion. Great for sharing.
Location: Suitable for a group of 6 max. Good place for both Lunch and Dinner.
If you like the price of going to the food-court…why not go to a more fancier environment at the chancery square.
Best and most authentic seafood laksa I have ever had – fresh and plenty of seafood in it, AMAZING rotis. Might need to bring my own chilli however as theirs doesnt quite pack the punch I’m looking for. I’m on a wedding diet which allows me one free day a week and I intend to spend every one of those here. Devine.
Had two great meals here in the last few days. Situated in a nice quiet spot in the city, Mamak has smaller affordable dishes so that you can enjoy more flavours at a reasonable price. I had lamb curry, Sambal prawns, Roti and Soft Shell Crab. All the flavours were fabulous, the ingredients fresh and authentic and the service great. Good price for these outstanding dishes makes this a great place in the city.
I’ve been here many times, even bringing friends along. Love the food. It’s authentic, tasty and reasonably-priced. Service was impeccable too.
Highly recommended. The laksa is good, mamak mee goreng is yum and roti tisue is just heavenly..
i agree the roti was too crispy but the fish gravy was good, not so much the dhal
My workmates and I have been having lunch here every week for at least a month now. Although quiet and empty when we first started (the restaurant is relatively new) it soon got to the point where we were being turned away because there were simply not enough tables! Lots of vegetarian choices ensures everyone in the group can be happy. Particularly recommend the mee goreng. The freshly made roti were tasty but almost too crispy.
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