Straits Cafe

328 Flinders St Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Opening hours Mon 5–10pm ; Tue-Fri 6–11am, 5–10pm ; Sat 6:30–11am, 5–10pm ; Sun 6:30–11am, 5–11pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Breakfast-brunch, Accepts bookings, Views, Licensed, Private dining, Wheelchair access, Gluten-free options, Bar, Romance-first date, Events
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Seats 80
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone (03) 9250 1888

A paper menu tacked to the window is a sure sign you’re in for a budget feed but what it doesn’t guarantee is the quality. Thankfully, this Malaysian hawker-style eatery delivers, making up in flavour what it lacks in aesthetics. Freshly wokked char kwai teow masterfully combines flat noodles with prawn, squid and sweet reddish-brown Chinese sausage; vibrant coriander makes a welcome contrast. An appetiser of piping hot spring rolls might arrive after the mains but they are perfect for dunking in a spicy Malaysian curry. No frills, no fuss, just fast, fine Malaysian fare in the heart of Doncaster. Also in Wantirna.