Reviews for Mamak Malaysian Restaurant
by Tim Gomez
We used to come to Mamak a lot for great Malaysian food, but over the last several months we've just seen the quality of food and service drop from its usual high standard. We've gone back several times thinking it was just a one off and that they would return to cooking great food, unfortunately it continued to disappoint.
They used to be the only place in Auckland that would do an authentic Teh Ais and Ice lemon tea but the drinks we had were less than flavoursome. Their Laksa is watery, tofu overcooked, the softshelled crab has lost the crispiness, and how can an Asian restaurant serve unsavoury rice (gelatinous and watery) and then laugh when told about it?
Yes, you do get a lot for your money, but the quality isn't the same since the change in ownership.We miss you Jeffrey!
by Yumna Ghazali
4 days ago
How disappointing!!! Made a booking for 8 people. Normally they don't make bookings but for more then 6 people they do. Confirmed twice. Got to the restaurant. My family got there before me and told them that they are too busy and they can ither wait or go somewhere else. The waitress was so incredibly rude! When asked how long we needed to wait she said 'I don't know' despite making a booking and confirming twice! The service was so rude. This is not the first time I've had to deal with this same rude waitress. How embarrassing! Never going to step foot here nore Ewell there be any recommendations to come here
by Bruce Lindsay
8 days ago
We went based on Metro's Cheap Eats - been to about 10 listed so far. Have enjoyed them all except this one. The food looked nice and at first taste was enjoyable BUT at that very moment the chef (standing about 3 metres away) sniffed up a huge amount of snot and spat it into a rubbish bin beside him. We simply couldn't eat the food after that. I paid the $41.50, told them why we were leaving without eating, they shrugged and we left.
Unsanitary and disgusting!
by Laura Hunt
one month ago
I've been here twice now and I absolutely love it! The food is seriously delicious and you get so much for your money.
I came here for dinner and we managed to get the last seat in the place! Tonight we had the curry puffs, satay chicken and mee goreng. All the dishes were really good and had the perfect amount of spice that didn't ruin the flavour.
I'm keen to go back and try more dishes, everything that came out of the kitchen looked amazing.
by Johann Lazarus
2 months ago
If you're a huge fan of Malay food, then Mamak is an excellent place to get your fix. While it's set up for patrons to get a quick meal and get out it's still quite a pleasant resto tucked away in the corner of Chancery Square. Excellent food and great service. (Just one thing to note though and that is that there are no high chairs or kid meal options).
Rating out of 5 (5 being the highest):
Food – 4
Ambience – 4
Presentation – 4
Service – 4
Environment – 4
2 months ago
Popped in for dinner with my partner the other night and we shared a wonderful meal with the best chicken and best squid! Cute atmosphere, lovely staff! Will definitely be returning!
by Moira McFarland
2 months ago
A real favourite and at very reasonable prices. This is a real gem in chancery court. It is always busy so be prepared to wait a few minutes for a seat especially if you are in a group. The wait is quite worth it for the pleasure of Malaysian goodness. They took away the heaters outside with only one at the front. Need those heaters back please on a cool evening otherwise inside would simply be too small.
2 months ago
My go-to restaurant whenever I'm in town. Quick, cheap and most of all, delicious. I'm a fiend for the Roti Curry Chicken, but my other favourite is the Beef Rendang. This place is always busy for a reason! You may have to wait for a table if you're in a big group, but I usually get a table for 2 straight away.
2 months ago
This was excellent. A cold spring evening pre-Vector gig, a seat inside at Mamak, umami-laden salt and pepper squid (sweet chilli sauce a little to sweet), a sambal chicken with a lot of real fresh flavour and some very satisfying Mamak mee goreng. Hard to fault overall. A little less sugar perhaps but pretty darn good.
Update: 2nd visit was a non-starter. Too cold and windy to sit outside. I reckon if you have more seating outside your restaurant than inside, you need to have heaters. In the 10 mins we shivered fruitlessly waiting for our order to be taken, two other outside tables got up and left. Better customer care needed, even at these prices.
Update #3. Back again this time of rendang beef. Excellent flavour, huge portion, great price.
by Nikita Patel
3 months ago
I think the food here is absolutely delicious, the nasi lemak is my favourite and i always find a big crowd at lunch time!
I have also tried the chicken curry with roti about 3 months ago, which was also very delicious!
3 months ago
Very authentic food even to the orange plates! The Laksa is perfect, slightly spicy which I like. The roti is perfect crunchy and soft on the inside. The drinks are very flavourful.
by Arpita Mandal
3 months ago
Is well placed in the heart of the city.
Quite popular amongst students and tourists. Food is relatively good however very limited choices.
Generous meals size and is pocket friendly too.
by Chloe Yan Chen
3 months ago
I'm a big fan of Mamak, would just crave for it every now and then. Went there today with my sisters for lunch and realized they had a changed of ownership. Ordered our favorite dishes and Teh tarik but was VERY disappointed. It just tastes different and no longer authentic like it used to be. Food were very salty and greasy, we ordered HOT Teh tarik and it came out warm-ish. Service was very disappointing as well, the background music and the noise of staff chatting amongst each other behind the counter was too overwhelming. We were wanting to leave in the middle of it because it wasn't a nice atmosphere to be in. Very upset tummies today
by Hiral Patel
3 months ago
I went to dine there today, there were no seating available, which was a bummer. My Co-worker and I decided we will get takeaways, food just doesn't taste the same when it isn't on the plate in the restaurant. Still nice, but it would of been better if we dined in :)
by Cecilia Paredes
3 months ago
I personally don't see the amount of hype around this place, although situated in a nice place, Mamak itself is incredibly crowded in its table placement and a little bit too disorganised for a pleasant meal. I know they might have tried making the place an 'authentic' Malaysian eating experience by doing it this way, but the experience we had in general wasn't too impressive.
Mamak doesn't take reservations for small groups, so if you're planning to make it for lunch, be there at 11:30-11:45 or be prepared to miss out on a seat before waiting an hour or two. I enjoyed the The Tarik (literally translated as 'pulled tea') and Ice Milo (iced hot chocolate) before the mains arrived.
My partner and I ordered one Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang and one Roti Canai, while two other friends ordered one Char Kuey Teow and Nasi Goreng (of which I tasted a spoonful).
The Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang in general was alright, but my main criticism is with the Rendang, which was too sweet, dry and chewy. the Roti of the Roti Canai was alright, but the dahls that accompanied it were too lacking in flavour. Of the small amount of Char Kuey Teow that I tasted, it definitely was bland and not authentic.
I would have rated Mamak more highly if it wasn't the feeling of a stomach ache right after having the meal (potentially even slight food poisoning?) that three people of our party of four experienced for the remainder of the day. Not sure if this place was having a bad day due to the hoards of people, as the servers also looked quite stressed, rushed and were uninformative.
All in all, I probably won't be back until I hear at least a handful of comments from my friends that this place has made their list of favourites. I don't recommend coming here if you're looking for authentic food - take it from a Malaysian and Indonesian.
3 months ago
Authentic Malaysian place! Good food and can get very busy! Limited space and wish they would expand premises. Good takeaway option and eat at nearby plaza/ garden
by Simone Cooper
4 months ago
Cheap and delicious. The laksa is huge and very flavoursome.
4 months ago
Great food and authenticity is present. Nice friendly staff and will have a chat with you if they're free. Their tea that is the authentic Malaysian tea is just to die for.
Vegetarian options available upon request.
by Miso Peckish
4 months ago
What is the hype around this place? I certainly did not think there was much to rave on about. Food was average, you get better at other places. The roti wasn't as chiffron as people say. The laksa was watery and noodles over cooked. Mee Goreng was dry and noodles slightly rubbery. Were they just having a bad day?
by Bettina Tran
4 months ago
Another one of my go to Malaysian place. Love their chicken curry, beef redang, laksa and pulled tea. It's so good but slightly pricey but understandable given the location
by Eat Pray Love
5 months ago
Mamak was the go to place for asian cuisine when I used to work in Chancery.
Not too crazy about the space and set up for dining in so I prefer taking meal away as I found the tables to be dirty and sticky which is never pleasant.
But their food is on point! Personal favourites are the salt and pepper squid and the Mamak me goreng. They can opt out the prawns in this for chicken as well. The me goreng is packed with flavour and the prawns are always cooked perfectly. The salt and pepper squid is the yummiest entree option in my opinion, as the squid is crumbly on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.
In addition to the awesome food is the awesome drink ICE MILO. You just have to order this. It's basically just cold Milo. If you ask for dinosaur they'll heap up the top with powdered Milo. So good and really takes you back to your childhood if you were a milo powder fiend like me lol.
What's not so great about Mamak is that food portions are big therefore I would recommend sharing but oddly enough they don't allow that and every person has to order something of the menu. Weird I know but they don't really explain why this is so!
All in all good Malaysian food at a really good price! Check it out next time you're around the area:)
5 months ago
Nice food and drinks. Great selections on the menu, ordered nasi lemak with sambal telur and Neslo (typical Malaysian meal), perhaps the best nasi lemak in Auckland.
by Lisa Vuong
6 months ago
A lot of people recommended Mamak as a place to go so I finally decided to try it. It was a bit of a disappointment, I didn't think the food was that great and it wasn't very authentic either. The beef rendang was quite sweet and my roti was a bit hard and dry not soft and fluffy. The prices were average but then so was the food. Not sure if my expectations were higher because so many people told me it was good... I've only been here once so I might have to try it again to see if it is as good as people have been saying. At the moment though it wouldn't be a place I would recommend
by Zuber Mohammed
7 months ago
I haven't been here for a while, but i thought i'd post my rating today because the last time i had gone there i was blown away by the food and service.
Went there with 4 of my cousins and we tried 4-5 different dishes, they were all very nice.
Highly recommend their Soft Shell Crab. Try it, you won't regret it!
7 months ago
Went for a lunch today with my girls and it's not the usual that we go for malaysian resto. Our food was delicious and I liked the medium taste of spice on it. The place is not that huge and attractive though. I'll definitely come back for their milo dinosaur.
8 months ago
Although I think of myself as a leader rather than a follower; I'd noticed the great reviews this place has had and had to see for myself. Pushing through the tumbleweeds of a stormy day at the Chancery yesterday we saw an oasis of happy lunchers at Mamak. Although the surrounding establishments were devoid of custom, Mamak was heaving. We were squeezed in and the fun began. I was with a previous employer, for whom I waited in the '80s when she owned Rick's Blue Falcon - most of you won't remember, I know! But, she knows her way around a menu. We shared char kway teow, roti canai (chicken) and S&P squid; which was plenty. The laksa bowls delivered to other tables looked enormous and were mainly devoured by people on their phones. How dexterous to use a spoon, choppies and a phone at once - brilliant! Once we'd surveyed the other diners' meals ours arrived and we were away. The squid was tender and peanut free as requested - thanks! The noodles were thin noodles, not flat rice sticks and frankly, Sri Pinang still does the best in town with a 'wok ha' that is unparalleled. The revelation was the roti - UNBELIEVABLE! How did I not get here sooner? Awesome is a very overused word in this motu but these were totes brilliant. Just superb! On a sunny day this must be one of the best places in Auckland for a swift and satisfying (in every sense) lunch.
8 months ago
Came at 1pm for lunch and it felt like lunch hour had only just started- there was a full house of people and the food smells amazing when you walk in. The Seafood Laksa was huge, full of spice and flavour, definitely big enough for 2 people and had a good variety of tofu, squid, crab nuggets and bean sprouts. There's a roti add on for $4 with the laksa and this is a must try. Their roti has beautifully crisp bits outside, with soft and flaky inside and so good already on its own. Definitely one of the best roti I've had so far. Make sure you get there early as you'll likely have to wait for a table, but it's not too long. There is surprisingly good service too considering how full on it seems to be and asian joints usually have a reputation for focussing on food, not service.
by Mrs. Passionfruit
9 months ago
Mamak is definitely the go to place for Malaysian fix in the heart of town! The owner, Jeffrey, is so friendly that you will feel like he is your own uncle visiting from Asia wanting to feed you food--lots of them. Jeffrey and his wife operate this tiny but always busy eatery (expect to wait for tables on lunch or dinner times); being regulars we were told that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best days to go, to avoid the wait.
They make their own roti, which is fresh and fluffy (I recommend roti with the curry chicken). Jeffrey pulls the teh tarik (Malaysian hot milk tea) himself, something that is interesting to watch for those who haven't been to Malaysia for local teh tarik yet. The fried noodles has a hint of curry and very tangy--refreshing and filling at the same time. Nasi goreng is also great, huge portion, and I recommend asking for extra chili! Their appetizer range is great; my favorite is the sambal (chili) squid balls and soft shell crab. I also have occasional cravings for their KTM soup (best for chilly days, or just simply a hangover day). For those who are not familiar with the cuisine their menu has mouth watering pictures attached for every dish sold.
Jan 29, 2014
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.
Dec 13, 2013
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.
by One2one Andrew
Dec 07, 2013
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!
by Danny Garg
Nov 24, 2013
I really enjoy the diversity of Malaysian food - the interesting fusion of Indian, Chinese and Malay. At Mamak, you can enjoy this delicious cuisine for under $15.
Service is quick, portion sizes are generous and the food is spicy and full of flavour. The fact that this place is busy every night is testament to its greatness.
I'd highly recommend the Roti Canai and the chicken curry.
by Rebecca Smith
Nov 04, 2013
I have been to Mamak a few times and I would say it is one of the best Malaysian restaurants in Auckland. The laksa is enormous (I have never finished it) and all the other meals I have tried are also generous in size. They make their own roti fresh everyday and it is fantastic. I recently branched out from my usual laksa and tried the beef rendang and chicken murtabak. Both were good but not amazing.
Oct 26, 2013
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
Oct 20, 2013
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.
by Lito Banal
Sep 13, 2013
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.
Jul 18, 2013
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.
by Keith Beh
May 15, 2013
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!!
by Bella Donna
Mar 01, 2013
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.
by EeLaine Yeoh
Feb 08, 2013
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.
by Karen Fernandez
Nov 12, 2012
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.
Oct 05, 2012
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 :)
Oct 04, 2012
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
Mar 30, 2012
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.
by Lee San Cheong
Mar 28, 2012
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.
by David Boshier
Jan 15, 2012
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.
Jan 09, 2012
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 :)
by Deborah Gallop
Jan 07, 2012
3 words YUM YUM YUM
Dec 24, 2011
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
Oct 21, 2011
Great authentic food and well priced. They're busy for good reason, so best to make a reservation if you can. Good friendly service
by Yusoff Kamal
Oct 17, 2011
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.
Aug 22, 2011
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.
by Grant Harper
Aug 07, 2011
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.
Jul 09, 2011
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..
May 07, 2011
i agree the roti was too crispy but the fish gravy was good, not so much the dhal
Apr 16, 2011
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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