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HOT – Old Town Kitchen – Shop 221, McWhirters Centre, Brunswick St Mall, Fortitude Valley

Back on the streets to see how Brisbane fares with regards to its Malaysian cuisine scene, pharmacy Old Town Kitchen in the Brunswick St mall was our latest find and it’s bold, viagra buy but safe, unhealthy to say that this place might be a nose in front of the rest we’ve seen so far. 

No frills seems to be a common theme with our Malaysian venues and Old Town Kitchen is no different – upon entry you’re greeted by the bright and rather scary lights of the take-away section of the restaurant, but continue up a small stair case and you enter the more pleasantly lit and bustling dine in area.  There’s still not much in the way of frills, but the staff are friendly and eager to serve and were more than happy to make some recommendations.

We didn’t want to go overboard with entrees, so started things with the chicken satay sticks which were standard as far as the meat goes, but we really enjoyed the satay sauce – spicier than most satay sauces but still a really nice peanut flavour too.


Wanting to sample about 10 different dishes from the seriously extensive menu, we settled for three, upon recommendations from our waiter with regards to traditional Malaysian dishes.

To begin with, the chef’s special of salt and pepper fish – which was infact a whole flounder!  This was exceptional.  The crispy skin was coated in a fine crust of salt and pepper and as you cracked open that outer shell, it gave way to the soft, fresh and perfectly cooked flesh of our fishy friend.  Garnished with some finely diced onion, chillies, capsicum and greens, this dish is definitely one to return for.


Next up, the sambal prawns.  We’d both really enjoyed this dish at Ipoh Laksa, so thought we should see how it compared at Old Town Kitchen.  To be honest, it lacked that delicious, smoky and subtle chilli flavour from Ipoh Laksa – instead, the chilli was overpowering and the sweetness of the prawns was lost.


Thankfully, the Malaysian chicken curry with roti made up for any disappointment with the sambal prawns.  This roti was without doubt the best I’ve tried on this Malaysian quest.  Without question it was made fresh and not pulled from the freezer.  The delicate little chicken drumsticks were resting in a pool of mild but ever so flavoursome curry sauce and the meat fell away from the bone with ease.  The roti in all its doughy glory was impossibly hard to put down.

The total bill was only a touch over $60 for both of us to indulge in a Malaysian feast of epic proportions.  The whole flounder was still mostly intact, we still had left over prawns and a touch of chicken left as well – as usual, we over catered for ourselves but enjoyed almost every single bite.

Old Town Kitchen is great value for money; their enthusiastic and friendly staff make for a pleasant experience and the food is fresh, authentic and well worth returning for.

  • Old Town Kitchen – Shop 221, McWhirters Centre, Brunswick St Mall, Fortitude Valley

Thanks to Malaysia Kitchen Australia, I’ve been given the opportunity to check out what Malaysian cuisine Brisbane has to offer – good bad or otherwise.  If you’ve got any tips or suggestions, leave a comment or send an email to cazm@bnehotornot.com

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  1. brisbane looks great – great food and cafe culture too

    Posted by boxes brisbane | March 21, 2012, 8:00 am

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