Review: Lazat Malaysian Restaurant, Hamilton
A taste of… Lazat Malaysian Restaurant, 803 Victoria St, Hamilton
We'd heard… Nothing. I was walking past on a rainy day and there it was shimmering in the lunchtime light at the unfashionable end of Hamilton's main drag.
We ordered…Pandan chicken to start with and roti and curry sauce. The chicken was devine, moist and tender. It was skewered between tangy pandan leaves and accompanied with slices of cucumber, lemon and a chilli dipping sauce. The roti was crisp and moorish and ripe for plunging into the spicy sauce. There was plenty of it which is crucial for big eaters... like me.
The mains did not disappoint. I had a fish curry. I always ask what type of fish is in it. God forbid it might be basa, which is catfish from Mekong Delta. It's cheap and nasty and appears just below "Basal Cell Carcinoma" in a Google search which ought to tell you everything. Lazat deployed monk fish and I rejoiced because monk is perfect for fish curry with its chunky velvet flesh.
But the religious fish is not cheap proving that Lazat cares a lot about hero ingredients. My lunch mate ordered the beef rendang which she failed to finish. I soon hoovered that up too and I can report that it was as good as its stablemate up the road at Madam Woo's and cheaper to boot. Soft chunky beef, shards of coconut and a dark, dry curry is a bargain at $16.
The service…Friendly and efficient. We were the only ones dining so the food arrived swiftly and in the right order.
The vibe… Was calm and clean. I liked the gold cutlery and the macrocarpa table tops. The decor is fresh but a little confused with one of those old red pub push button phones on display. Not sure what that's about. Twinkly lights outside and a pair of handsome leafy plants add to the ambience and lend a street food vendor authentic touch to an otherwise dreary end of town.
If you go… Bring an appetite because this place is totally worth a visit and crazy cheap for what you get.
Rating out of 5: 5