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.
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!
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.
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.