213-215 Blackburn Road
Glen Waverley VIC 3150
+61 3 9803 9668
I would have posted this entry up sooner but all the excitement at work yesterday (in the form of my awesome boyfriend, Marty, sending me a pretty bouquet of roses as a ‘Happy Four Month Anniversary’ present to my work) meant that I was not able to utilise my working hours to write this entry. Not that I blog during work hours anyway. Cough. This is yet another blog entry about a meal that occurred a long, long time ago. Yes, in a galaxy far away, too (well, okay, Glen Waverley). Adam was keen for a post-church Indian feed while I was hankering for something more oriental. Neither of us were willing to compromise, however, so what was the solution? Palms Food Court.
Palms is a somewhat unique concept in that it’s not a conventional restaurant. Rather, it’s a food court setting with little kiosks scattered in the periphery. Those of you who have lived in Melbourne long enough might recall Ong’s restaurant, located in the basement of the Mercure Welcome hotel – it’s pretty much like that, but without a dessert stand that serves an amazing ice kacang. While Ong’s focuses on all things Asian, the variety at Palms is slightly greater. Along with Chinese and South-East Asian dishes (well, Malaysian and Singaporean with a bit of Indonesian thrown in), you also get a range of Indian dishes, too. Here, Adam was able to have his curry and I was able to have my noodles. It’s a win-win situation.
Adam chose a serving of madras chicken ($12.50) to sate his curry craving. The tender pieces of chicken were cooked in a lovely coconut-based curry that was enriched by the enticing combination of South Indian spices and tomatoes. To mop up the sauce, crispy slices of hot keema naan ($3.80), a tandoori-flavoured naan filled with spicy lamb mince, were on hand.
I ordered the mee goreng ($9.50). In hindsight, I probably should have gone for an Indian dish because I don’t think the Asian dishes were fantastic (judging by what I ate and glances at surrounding tables). My egg noodles were drenched in a sauce that was probably 90% tomato sauce (WTF?!) and the rest, a combination of oyster and curry. Not a great start. Shredded chicken, various vegetables and shredded fried egg completed the package that was tarnished by that ghastly sauce. I’ve definitely had better.
Not to worry, though. Hot glasses of teh tarik (pulled tea, $3) were on hand to wash the taste away. Although not the best teh tarik I’ve had (it lacked the lovely starchy texture, the ‘pull’), I liked that it was an even ratio of white tea and condensed milk whereas other places go heavy on the milk thus rendering it too sweet.
Palms Food Court is a great concept and definitely a great place for a meal if you are with indecisive company. Although I didn’t like my noodles, I would still come back as I believed I just ordered incorrectly. On Thursday nights, they have an international buffet dinner offer ($15.90 per head = bargain!) while Tuesday nights, the buffet table is purely Northern Indian. Worth sussing out.