Laksa King, Flemington
Just off from the Newmarket Train Station is a buzzy hive of Malaysian eating and Laksa King generally has the most bustling crowd of them all. The first few times I’ve tried to dine, there’s been insurmountable queues and the second time we weren’t quite in the mood for charitable table sharing. Service is always a bit funky, the waitress was hesitant to give me a table until I reassured her my fellow guests weren’t far away. Only a mild lie.
The food came out quick, and possibly a bit too quick as nothing was particularly hot (temperature-wise) when it came out which was disappointing. We didn’t order the laksa but went with three sharing meals. The first to arrive, the Beef Rendang, was a pleasant dry curry, though my fellow diners felt the one next door was just a tad better with a hint if sweetness in that flavour.
I was craving some vegetables having recently undergone and non-intentional vegetable fast, so the second dish was the stir fried mixed veges with tofu and garlic. It looked pleasant enough, but there was a lack of flavour in the dish. We did enjoy the tofu, although there was only four squares of it. The final dish was the chef’s special stewed pork belly. We really enjoyed this dish with a pleasant mix of spices and the meat was oh-so melt in your mouth and easily dealt with using only chopsticks.
So overall we enjoyed the dishes at Laksa King, perhaps for me I had higher expectations from all the people who raved about the place. Chef Lagenda next door (related owners) is a much better option.