Omah’s Malaysian Cuisine
338-342 Burwood Rd Hawthorn, VIC 3122
K and I rarely have Malaysian cuisine, so when asked to pick a restaurant for a catch-up with a big group of friends, we decided to try out this local restaurant. Located just a few doors down from Axil Coffee Roasters, Omah’s boasts a big menu filled with a huge variety of traditional, and not-so-traditional, Malaysian food. It was hard to decide on just one dish (we were ordering individually) but the table ended up with a nice mix of different food.
The Singapore Noodles were my order and I really enjoyed it. There was a generous amount of prawns and the vermicelli was well-cooked. My main complaint is that there should’ve been more spiciness to the dish – it lacked that extra dimension.
This is often K’s go-to at Asian restaurants and he loves to compare each one. The rice noodles had a great bite to them and the wok breath was fantastic – however, similar to my Singapore noodles, he felt it lacked a chilli kick.
K and I shared the Mixed Entree Platter and found it a bit hit and miss. The curry puff was great but the chicken satay stick was very dry and overcooked.
When K and I were scouring the menu, we saw the Malaysian chilli crab, which looked absolutely amazing, so we decided to return a few weeks later to try that out.
Loved the tenderness of the calamari, which was well-seasoned and delicious, but felt perhaps this was a little steep for how little of it there was.
I love Asian-style crab – it’s what I always want to eat on special occasions. Malaysia chilli crab was certainly a little out of my comfort zone but I actually really enjoyed it. The crab was cooked perfectly, the meat tender and fresh. I did find the sauce a little too sweet for my liking, but I think this is simply the style of the dish.
This was actually my favourite dish of the night – the sago still had a lovely bite to them and were distinctly pandan flavoured. The coconut milk was rich and not too overwhelming – a little of the syrup from the bottom of the serving dish added just the right amount of sweetness.
I enjoyed both of my experiences dining at Omah’s Malaysian Cuisine and am very glad to have tried their chilli crab, which I’ve heard is one of Melbourne’s best. I do think the price of each dish was a little too much – most of the mains were around $20, as was the calamari entrée, none of which were particularly generous in size. Similarly, the Malaysian crab was certainly more expensive than a similarly-sized ginger and shallot crab from most Chinese restaurants, but I was more than happy to pay for the experience. Despite the price, the food was all cooked very well and no one left dissatisfied with their meal. Overall, a great restaurant to try, but I doubt I’ll be a regular customer.