Ayam Chef

SouthbankAsian, Malaysian
Excellent
5.1/6
41 Reviews
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About Ayam Chef

There’s Malaysian food, and then there’s Malaysian food – Ayam Chef specialises in the latter. Seriously though, this chic eatery in Southbank is different from the majority of Melbourne Malaysian joints not only for its funky decor and cool vibe. The real difference is in the freshness, crispness and crunchiness of their vegetables, the rich complex flavours of their laksa broth and their exquisite presentation that makes you think you’re eating something really special (which you are). Classic Hainanese chicken rice is really the signature dish here on Coventry Street, but once you taste it you’re unlikely ever to order something else so we suggest having a hop around the rest of their menu first, like their moreish chilli lime prawns, creative chendol and of course lap-worthy laksa. You’re not limited by choice with Malaysian restaurants in Melbourne these days, but for an affordable but delicious one around the arts precinct and Southbank, you’d struggle to beat Ayam Chef.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 5:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:45 pm
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:45 pm
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:45 pm
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:45 pm
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:45 pm
5:00 pm - 9:45 pm

Address

Ayam Chef
67 Coventry Street, Southbank
Melbourne 3006

Menu Highlights

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Starters

Curry Puff

Potatoes, carrot, onion with curry spices in golden brown pastry
A$4.00

Crunchy School Prawn & Chives Pancake

With homemade chilli lime sauce
A$5.00

Lobak

Minced pork, carrot, and spices wrapped in a fine jacket of bean curd
A$8.00
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Lunch

Fried Tumeric Chicken with Coconut Rice

A$12.00

Malaysian Curry Beef (Rendang)

A$13.00

Malaysian Curry Chicken (Ayam)

A$13.00
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Specials

Achar

Pickled vegetables with roasted peanut
A$6.00

Hainanese or Roast Chicken Rice

A traditional and tasty hainanese dish. The rice is cooked in chicken broth served with steamed free range chicken/roast chicken and homemade ginger chilli sauce (Limited)
A$11.00

Steam Half Chicken or Roast Chicken

A$20.00

41 Ayam Chef Reviews

Excellent
5.1/6
41 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Food:Outstanding
Noise levels:Pleasant
Atmosphere:Pleasant
Service:Excellent
Value for money:Great value
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"Excellent"6/6
Melissa W.3 months ago · 5 reviews

Customer service was on point. Food was authentic and delicious. Washrooms were very clean (: We enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back to try other dishes!

"Excellent"6/6
David M.5 months ago · 1 review

Great food, lovely staff and a diverse menu. Always a good meal at Ayam Chef. Not a quiet place, but that’s because it gets quite busy,which is a good indicator of customer satisfaction.

"Excellent"6/6
Kyoko M.8 months ago · 1 review

I organised a big group but they looked after us very well. I ordered rice noodle and it was very tasty. I would like try other dishes but I tend to order this every time.

"Excellent"6/6
Leanne P.10 months ago · 1 review

We were initially 1 of 2 tables (we had an early booking) but staff were lovely, attentive throughout and the food was delicious and speedily delivered.

"Excellent"6/6
Joyce K.a year ago · 2 reviews

Delicious authentic Malaysian fare. The service was also worth a mention as the team there at Ayam Chef are warm & attentive. Do try their Fried Bee Hoon (Vermicelli), Hainanese Chicken Rice, Combination Hor Fun. For sharing- their Cereal Prawn is delicious, the Sotong, house made Tofu... There's something for everyone! Thumbs UP!!

"Great"5/6
Jenny L.2 months ago · 1 review

We had a good experience at Ayam Chef. The laksa broth was good but the ingredients were very little - just filled with fu chok - could have a few more pieces of shredded chicken.

"Excellent"6/6
Daniel C.2 years ago · 1 review

Ayam Chef offers delicious meals at an affordable price, especially when ordering from the Hawker's Delights menu. Service is friendly and fast. Will definitely be returning.

"Great"5/6
Celina U.a year ago · 2 reviews

The food and service was lovely, although on the sweet side, especially the Cantonese beef. A surprise favourite was the steamed lettuce in oyster sauce and the fresh chilli had great flavour. I didn't choose to eat any dessert but the others did and said they were a real let down so that's the only real negative.

"Excellent"6/6
Ben O.2 years ago · 2 reviews

Ordered a Nasi Goreng Indonesian Style and Nasi Lemak Chicken. Both were very tasty and generous portion. The waitresses were very attentive. We ended up take away the Nasi Goreng as the portion was big for me. Will definitely visit again :)

"Great"5/6
Eric S.2 years ago · 1 review

Great food, nice ambience with lots of space which is perfect for families with children. Only comment was the Lor Bak sauce was different to what I expected. It could be Lor Bak from a different region hence having the sour sauce instead of the thick salty brown sauce.

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