Laksa Bar’s offering is as sublimely minimal as the restaurant itself, with a core menu of Asian noodle soups dominated by everyone’s favourite Peranakan delicacy in varieties that change with the seasons. A smattering of other Southeast Asian and Indonesian dishes prop up the selection at this popular CBD spot down Little Lonsdale Street but in the end it’s the famous and eponymous coconutty goodness that gets Melbourne diners through the door. Always busy at peak times in the city centre, it’s advisable to book ahead – or venture out to its sister restaurant in Prahran.
How many species of laksa can you name? It’s safe to say that Laksa Bar has the taxonomy of the ethnic Peranakan classic far more down than even the most erudite of Melbourne foodies. Go simple at Laksa Bar’s CBD shrine to the Asian coconut noodle soup and opt for the house curry laksa or the non-spicy white laksa, tend Thai-wards with the tom yum laksa, northeast Indian with the Assam laksa, back to the Straits of Malacca with the traditional nyonya laksa, regional with the eastern Malaysian-style laksa, over the ditch from Singapore with the Johor laksa, or ill-advisedly go on a diet with the skinny kampong laksa – a skim version for the coconut shy.
Already a veritable encyclopedia of at least one specific sector of Asian cuisine, Laksa Bar offers central business district diners the opportunity to stretch their limbs with a few more perfectly prepared Peranakan, Malaysian, and Indonesian dishes. Choose from two kinds of sambal chilli paste and order up a plate of nasi lemak with either chicken, fried fish, beef rendang vegetarian or seafood. Alternatively, go for a wok special – char kuay teow, char mee, mee goreng mamak, laksa mee goreng and the nasi lemak goreng Pattaya. Bewildered by this wealth of culinary vocab? Head to Little Lonsdale Street’s Laksa Bar and get yourself an education.
Great location and awesome food! It was a great little place for us to eat before we went to the show. Will definitely come again. Thank you :)
Great food, nice ambience. Loved the soft shell crab laksa. Will definitely be back for more!! Wonderful service too. Will come back to try other food next time.
Soft shell crabs laksa, Nasi Kampung, Net-spring rolls and Teh Tarik met expectations. Pattaya nasi goreng was tasty but would score better if less oily. We will revisit to try their Laksa Mee Goreng & Nasi Ayam Merah, Dined at 7+ pm on Wed. Constant patrons in-flow and UberEat pickups, another sign of good food (?)