6-12 Pin Oak Cres Flemington, Melbourne 3031
Laksa King has a reputation that truly precedes it. Widely known throughout Melbourne to serve the city’s best laksa, it’s certainly no wonder that the restaurant is always packed out whenever I visit. If, like me, you never have the foresight to book ahead, be prepared to wait for your meal. Otherwise, you can expect to be seated promptly, squeezed in tight amongst the other diners.
The seating capacity and décor of the space is actually quite impressive, especially for a relatively affordable Asian restaurant. The menu boasts a wide selection of Malaysian dishes, but walking past all the tables, it’s clear that laksa accounts for the large majority of the orders placed, and for good reason.
Every time I see the combination laksa, I’m amazed by what great value it is. For less than $11, you receive a bit steaming bowl filled with great quality ingredients. The shrimp are a particularly happy surprise – the word itself conjures up an image of small sad prawns, but in fact, you receive a number of impressively-sized prawns in the dish, all perfectly cooked. On top of that, the egg noodles have a lovely bite to them, the tofu is legit (none of that plastic-y stuff) and the eggplant is melt-in-the-mouth. A classic but a winner each time.
This time around, I decided to try something a little different (but still laksa!) and ordered the fish head version. It was great at first, but I found myself getting a bit sick of the fish head as there was so much of it, and it was quite fiddly to eat. While the laksa itself was still delicious, I think the fish head detracted from everything else.
Duck laksa is K’s favourite, and it never ceases to amaze. The price tag is a little steeper than the other options, but you’re rewarded with a substantial serving of shredded duck, which soaks up that amazingly rich and flavourful soup.
Usually, I try to have a variety of dishes from the restaurants that I review, but I feel in this case laksa really is the main event. The broth is phenomenal, and the quality of the noodles and side ingredients far outclasses any other that I’ve experienced. As it’s the only dish I’ve ever eaten at Laksa King, I can’t really comment on the quality of the rest of the menu, but I’d recommend a visit just for their specialty. Perhaps I’ll finally take the plunge and try something different next time (I hear their tom yum is a great alternative!).