Thai and Vietnamese street food may get all of the attention, but the Malaysian or hawker market food served up at Sugar Prawn is worthy of some spotlight all of its own. Located on Smith Street over in Collingwood and painted in a kitschy prawn coloured pink, this is a restaurant with a lot of charm. Alongside the best street food from Malaysia at Melbourne’s Sugar Prawn you’ll find obscure cocktail concoctions, and a quirky decoration or two.
We loved the food which had fantastic flavour combinations from an net resting menu. The staff were very friendly and helpful, particularly the barman, but service was a little erratic. We would go back again for the rod.
Lovely food ! Mixup with the booking but quickly resolved and then proceeded to eat way too much ! Would definitely go back again and maybe try dessert this time
Food and service was great but it felt more like a lunch cafe rather than a restaurant. Other than that everything was awesome. Funky place and yummy food
In the kitchen at Sugar Prawn, Travis Tong the Sugar Daddy, whips up his favourite recipes from his childhood in Malaysia. A cross between a hip Melbourne hangout and a hectic hawker market, at Sugar Prawn diners sit on garden chairs at vinyl topped tables. With an in house radio station and on some evenings DJ’s spinning records, at Collingwood’s Sugar Prawn you can expect to munch on your meal to a top notch soundtrack.
Sip on a big bowl of Laksa or tuck into some small plates like the char sui BBQ pork with pickled cucumber or lobak sausage with with bean curd and water chestnut. Other delicious options include half-fried duck with tamarind curry and grilled stingray served with fresh salsa. Describing themselves as a booze orientated food hall at Sugar Prawn you can wash it all down with a cocktail, or two or three. Options include the sweet lips (sake, sweet vermouth, prosecco and orange blossom water) and magic milk (lychee liqueur, Makgeolli and honey). For a memorable Asian feast in Melbourne’s Collingwood, book a table at Sugar Prawn on Smith Street.