V Cafe: Small range, good taste
I visited V Cafe just before they closed after lunch, so it was empty. I don't think that's a reflection on the food, though. V Cafe serves a smaller range of Asian vegetarian food than most veggie places in Melaka, but they do have a bigger range of western food. It's an alright place to spend time, with slightly sparse decor and the usual plastic chairs, but nice Buddhist music and friendly and helpful staff. I enjoyed my food and I will return to try some of the other dishes in future, especially as the bill came to less than RM10.
Favorite Dish: I had the Indonesian 'Chicken' curry which was very lemongrass-y and spicy. My honey and sour plum drink was good too.Related to:
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Persatuan Penganut Agama Buddha Bodhi Melaka: Another great veggie Chinese
PPABBM loosely translated means Buddhist Association of Melaka, and from 7am until around 2pm or so, they serve a nasi campur range, along with freshly cooked options depending on which members of 'staff' are in. We've had won ton mee (fried slightly spicy noodles with parcels of 'meat', pau char siew (bread buns, steamed, with a mock barbecue pork filling) and bean and chestnut dumplings on various days. The selection of food can have cooled down if you get there later in the day, but Malaysia's a hot country so that doesn't bother me!
The guys who run this do it as volunteers, and they're very friendly; while the eating area isn't the most attractive, it's fine; and the price is phenomenal - less than RM15 for three people including drinks.
Favorite Dish: Won Ton Mee - good sauce, freshly cooked and laced with vegetarian protein. When they have them, I recommend the bean and chestnut dumplings: banana leaf encases the dumplings for steaming, and inside this there is a sticky rice pyramid which contains white beans, chestnuts and mock meat in a rich sauce. Great for breakfast on the go.Related to:
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Batu Berendam Coconut Shake: Great coconut drink
Batu Berendam Coconut Shake does coconut water milkshakes for RM3.20. They have a small shop and a large marquee. The place itself isn't inspiring, but the shakes are delicious and probably my favourite example of this (Melaka has a few places which specialise in coconut shakes). If you want to have some food, BBCS will let you order from one of the nearby restaurants, too. One last nice touch is that they provide free refills of coconut water.
Favorite Dish: Coconut shake, of course - rich, sweet and delicious.Related to:
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Little Nyonya Tea Room: Vegetarian local food
Little Nyonya tea room has traditionally served tea in a spectacular setting, but since Christmas 2014 it has started selling vegetarian food as well. These are mainly vegetarian versions of local dishes, from the nyonya (peranakan) style which blends Indian and Chinese cooking. It's not the food which is the biggest draw, though it's good, it's the building itself. It's a fantastic place, and includes many interesting rooms around a central courtyard.
It also has a museum of Peranakan life, which was closed when I was there, though the owner did show me around a bit of it free of charge (a favour down to my skin colour, according to my Chinese-Malay companion).
When I get my camera working, rather than just my phone, I'll add the photos of the interior - now done.
Favorite Dish: I was recommended the Nyonya risotto with cili padi, which was an OK fried rice dish. Nicer was my companion's mock fish asam which was rich and sour, if not as spicy.Add to your Trip Planner
Pak Putra: Best cheese naan
Pak Putra is a tandoori chicken restaurant which also specialises in naan breads. I'm told the chicken is really good, and PP serves dozens of them each night, but it's the naans I go for. Their triple cheese naan is brilliantly cheesy, but light and fluffy too. It's served with dhal and chicken curry, but I'd recommend having another curry from the menu. Their palak paneer doesn't seem to have any cheese, but is a nice, spicy, buttery spinach dip which goes well with the naan, while the jeera potato is subtle if you have the dry version and a bit punchier if you have the wet. It's a very busy place, with about 50 tables in the street, and quite long waits, but it's definitely worth it for the naans. The staff can be hard to get the attention of as it is so busy, but they're OK. The prices are a little bit above normal mamak prices, but the quality is high
I'll try to get better photos on my next visit.
Favorite Dish: On my last visit I had the Jasin naan - crammed with cheese, potato, garlic, chilli and parsley, it's my new favourite naan worldwide! Order with a big mango lassi, which is a great example of how to do this drink, and you'll be pleased.Add to your Trip Planner
Neela's Chettinad: Ok Roti
Neela's Chettinad is a banana leaf, curry and roti place in Bukit Beruang. Neela is very friendly, some of her staff a bit less so! I've only had the roti, which is ok, with a choice of curries including a nice dhal, but remember if you want a savoury cheese roti you have to make sure they don't add condensed milk and sugar. Seriously, I've done that twice now.
Favorite Dish: Roti canai with dhal for me. I hear the chicken curry is pretty good too.Related to:
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LC Vegetarian: Another good Chinese veggie
LC Vegetarian does good vegetarian Chinese food at a low price. There's a friendly, family atmosphere, though like in many of the Bukit Beruang restaurants it's helpful to have someone who speaks Chinese. There's a wide choice of dishes.
Favorite Dish: Vegetarian mixed rice and asam fish. Also the first place I had butter abalone mushroom; not the absolute best of its type but pretty good.Add to your Trip Planner
Ichi Zen: Good Japanese
Ichi Zen is a Japanese restaurant just outside town. It has the typical features - minimalist decor, chefs on view, staff who shout when you enter - but I was very pleasantly surprised by the menu. Usually it's very hard to get vegetarian food in Japanese restaurants, but IZ had a reasonable range including some sushi, rice and noodle dishes. Staff were helpful in finding some of these for me.
Favorite Dish: Green tea ice cream was a first for me - subtle and tasty.Add to your Trip Planner
Backlane Cafe: Cosy haven
Backlane Cafe is just off the crazy night market that is Jonker Walk. Escape from the madness for a while at this modern but calming cafe. The interior is quite in contrast to the slightly gaudy sign, with old maps and memorabilia on all the surfaces. The coffee is pretty good too, and the staff are very nice. As you'd expect, they do a selection of cakes as well as hot and cold drinks.
Favorite Dish: The owl iced cafe latte - the coffee comes frozen in little owl shaped blocks which you melt in the milk. See the pic. Quirky and tastes great.Add to your Trip Planner
Old Farmosa: Possibly best vegetarian restaurant I've been to
Old Farmosa (spelling as they do) is a vegetarian restaurant. It serves asian food, and has a very varied menu. Most dishes are made with mock meat/fish, but some are just vegetables. The staff are just as attentive as you need, and the decor is quite good. There is a shop which sells a selection of vegetarian ingredients too.
On to the food - it is excellent. I've had eleven different dishes on repeated visits, and they've all been delicious. There are still about another hundred for me to try. Put simply, I don't recall a better vegetarian restaurant. It's a little out of town, but definitely worth a visit.
Favorite Dish: The mock mutton curry is the best I've had, from a long list. I also really like the mock swan. And the yam ring.Add to your Trip Planner
Jit Seng Vegetarian: Vegetarian Chinese food
Jit Seng is a very small place on the outside of a large mall in Melaka. It does a 'Nasi Campur' style range of food, which means you help yourself to a plate of rice or noodles and then add what you like to the top. There are many different choices of mock meat or fish in different sauces, then the owner tots up the cost.
You sit outside the shop, under the walkway for the mall's upper floor.
A full plate with 4 different 'meat' options and a glass of iced soy milk cost me RM6.
Favorite Dish: The mock beef curry was delicious. I also had mock mutton (complete with mushroom 'gristle'!) and potatoes in mild curry, mock chicken in soy, and mock prawn sweet and sour. All good.Add to your Trip Planner
Hard Rock Cafe Melaka: Famous American Rock & Cafe Chain
although this is not a local Malaysian Institution, we love hard rock cafe and since this branch is just at the start of Jonkers Walk and the bridge to Melaka River, we need to go inside and besides buying shirts and souvenirs at the rock shop, to have dessert (we had a heavy buffetr breakfast before going to Melaka).
Unlike in most Hard Rock Cafes in the world, the Hard Rock Cafe here serves no pork dishes are this is a Halal Certified Restaurant like smoked pulled lamb instead of smoked pulled pork or lamb chops instead of pork chops.
11:30AM - 1:00 AM
Fri, Sat & Eve of Public Holiday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
(Kitchen Closes at 10:30 PM
Favorite Dish: since we were not hungry, we just ordered dessert and had ais chendol ans ais kacang (Malaysian Ice Shaved Concoctions) at RM 18 for an order.
the price of the average Hard Rock famous burgers is about RM 40.Related to:
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Nadeje Cafe @ Melaka: Chez Nadeje Cafe shop
It was our first day in Melaka and my friend and I were looking for a decent place to have dinner, it was hard to decide where to go 'cause we know nothing about the place, so while walking we spot that cafe it looks nice from outside and there were lots of customers most of them young couples. so we decided to give it a shot! there were no place indoor so we had so sit outside there's no air condition and it was hot so brought a fan! most of the menu is mainly drinks and cakes...The dinner items are very limited! I wasn't looking for cake, I wanted to have a full meal so I ordered the only food in the menu pasta , fries trio and milk shake. the order took forever to be served and after finally getting it we were a little shocked from the pasta it had a funky taste ! but we were very hungry so we had to eat it. the fries was good, I enjoyed the milk shake and i was hoping to try the cake but I've been informed it's not halal it's rum cake so I passed ...
In the end we both regretted going there after we found lots of nice places at Jonker street.
So if you want to have a cake and shake/coffee go but real food go somewhere else.
Favorite Dish: Nadeje is located at Plaza Mahkota (GPS Coordinates: N2 11.Add to your Trip Planner
Chung Wah is famous Hainan Chicken Rice balls shop located at the start of Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat) in Melaka town. Chung Wah usually sells out before 3 to 4pm so its best to visit this place during breakfast or lunch time
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San Pedro Restaurant: Tasty Portuguese food
I read from a blog that San Pedro serves authentic Portuguese food. It was said that the resturant closed at about 7.30pm. Why does the restaurant close so early? Don't they cater to dinner crowds? There are many more foodies that raved about how good the food is; so we decided to give it a try.
We reached there around 6.30pm and the shop looked old and quite spartan. We wondered if we went to the correct place or if they were open for business. We really had second thoughts if we should trust what the blogs had said. Even though we went inside and was given a menu; regret began to set in. Are their food that fantastic because we don't see any crowd? Other than us, there were only a few customers seated at another table.
We placed an order for Devil's curry(curry debal) (RM12), portuguese sauce prawn (RM25), baked fish (RM25), rice(RM2) and 2 glasses of lime juice(RM2.50 ea). This is the first time we tried portugese food. The curry's gravy looked red and seemed spicy. Luckily the spiciness of the curry was acceptable and it was quite sourish. It could be due to tomato or vinegar. The taste is quite unique unlike the indian, malay or nonya curries that I had tried. The chicken pieces were tender and I loved the firm chunks of potatoes.
Their signature dish, baked fish, was served with sambal, raw onions and lime on the side. The fish was very fresh and it was baked to perfection - tender and juicy. The sambal was not overpowering and it got spicier with every bite. Thumbs up.
We were expecting the portuguese sauce prawn to be prawn in some kind of rich creamy sauce. Imagine our surprise when we saw the prawns. It was fried with a black sauce which turned out to be dark soy sauce. The style of cooking is exactly like the chinese style of stir fried prawn with onions. Even though the prawns were really big and tastewise it was good, I was actually expecting more. We were really filled to the brim with the food that we ordered, it was a bit too much for the two of us. It was definitely worth travelling some distance for the food.Add to your Trip Planner
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