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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.