Roundhouse Roti, a little Gertrude St Malaysian roti channai house

It was time for a mop chop at Dr Follicle’s again this week (actually it was well and truly time last week, but it just didn’t happen) and on the way I popped my head into Roundhouse Roti (don’t you think it’s amazing that no Melbourne Malaysian restaurant has called itself Koala Lumpur yet?), finally open, Rose Chong’s gift to her son of part of her emporium turned into an innovative eatery, a place that specialises in roti channai, a Malaysian specialty of really good roti and chicken curry, where you break the roti into pieces and into the curry and eat the combination. A girl was swinging around from the stove when I explained that “I’ve just popped in to check you out”. I realised at the same moment, as she swung into view, that she was a gorgeous vamp with beautifully defined eyebrows, and a nanosecond later that she was almost certainly Rose’s daughter in law (or daughter outlaw, depending on the marital status of the union which produced the child harnessed to her bosom). I quickly added in the direction of he whom I deduced to be Rose’s son “Well, not you personally”. I immediately liked the place. I want to go there now and eat roti channai, but it’s closed. Can’t tell you any more than that, but when you go, please leave a comment for all our benefit. Lee, son of Rose, is going to add roti pisang to the small little menu just as soon as banana comes down in price. That will be the day, ooff yeah. Maybe, in time, we will see durian cendol added as the ultimate in authenticity, and God! give me some nasi lemak.

One Reply to “Roundhouse Roti, a little Gertrude St Malaysian roti channai house”

  1. Wow, this post brought back some memories and made my mouth water. In high school my Indonesian class went to Malaysia for a study tour – we couldn’t go to Indonesia due to political tension. Our Chinese/Malay teacher woke me up early one morning and brought me to an eating house for roti channai for the Malaysian breakfast of champions.

    Unfortunately for me the opening hours of the Roundhouse mean I won’t be able to eat there for a couple of months!

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