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Ayam Chef

Southbank · Asian, Malaysian · $$$$
Excellent
5.4/6
28 Reviews

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.

Go to Ayam Chef Page

Address

Ayam Chef
67 Coventry Street, Southbank
Melbourne 3006

Opening Times

Closed today
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
Friday
11:30 am - 2:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Chef's Choice

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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

28 Ayam Chef Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Kyoko M.a month 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.3 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
wolfe s.3 months ago · 2 reviews

Excellent food and service. Most reasonable prices. Consistently good and one of my local favourites. Can recommend to anyone. Easy parking a bonus. Very good!!

"Excellent"6/6
Lisa W.8 months ago · 1 review

Great food and service at this local gem. The chicken ribs were a real hit, amazing coating and very addictive! Can't wait to go back for another cheap and cheerful dinner

"Excellent"6/6
Joyce K.9 months 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!!

"Excellent"6/6
Daniel C.a year 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.5 months 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.a year 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.a year 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.

"Excellent"6/6
Winnie T.a year ago · 4 reviews

Brought my friends there when they came to visit.Beautiful food, especially the homemade tofu. My friends love the food there and they say they will come back again to try other dishes

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