Saturday, October 28, 2017

Chef Lagenda, Hawthorn by Obelix

J suggested Chef Lagenda in Hawthorn for a nostalgic night of reminiscing with the girls.  Like all the other Chef Lagendas dotted across Melbourne (see our reviews for Chef Lagenda at Flemington and Deer Park), it was jammed packed and dealt with rapid fire through put.  We went to get filled up before a more relaxing catch up over cocktails down Glenferrie Road.  

We perched on little stools at a communal table and tried to keep our chatter from disturbing others.  The service was rapid and the menu straight forward.  Chef Lagenda was geared towards serving Malaysian hawker style noodles/rice dishes.  We shared our dishes between us.  

Chef Lagenda, Hawthorn, vegetarian curry laksa
P's pick was the vegetarian curry laksa.  A huge serve.  It was fragrant like all good curry laksa should be.  It was the pick of the bunch.   

Chef Lagenda, Hawthorn, combination hor fun
My selection was a bit of a let down.  It was a combination hor fun.  Thick rice noodles with a slop of gravy and meat/veg on top.  The gravy was too much for me.  It smothered the noodles and glooped all over the topping.  It was a bit off putting.  

Chef Lagenda, Hawthorn, nasi lemak
J stuck with the tried and true Nasi Lemak with chicken curry.  It was okay.  I've had better nasi lemak elsewhere (e.g., Pappa Rich, Straits of Malacca).  The curry lacked the aromatics of a fragrant curry.  The accoutrements such as the anchovies and achar were a bit lacking.  

Chef Lagenda, Hawthorn, kang kung
The kang kung was piquant and delicious.  Shrimpy and spicy.  That would be the runner up pick of the bunch.  

Verdict

We liked it
We liked it.
Mid value
Mid value.

Overall

Chef Lagenda serves familiar Malaysian hawker stall food.  It was a bit of a hit and miss with our selections.  Overall I would return for the curry laksa and kang kung but the rest was a bit meh.  

Although they obliged with taking a booking, we didn't really end up with a reserved table and was squeezed into available space.  So I would define this as a no booking restaurant.  

Find it at

Chef Lagenda
724 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn Vic 3122
Phone: 9819 2888

Chef Lagenda Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

6 comments:

Nean said...

Disappointing that it wasn't that great, hor fun does look gloopy. Kangkong looks delish!

EatAndBeMerry ForTomorrowWeDiet said...

Agree Nean. ‘‘Twas a bit of a bummer. Could have been so good...

Anonymous said...

still on my malaysian fascination, any recommendations appreciated by you and the crew
nean

Anonymous said...

Nean, if you are looking for some Malaysian food recommendations some I've liked are Jade Kingdom, Aunty Franklee (particularly the Bak Kut Teh, of which they have the dry version you don't see often) and for that real authentic touch Malaysian Kampung Restaurant (neighborhood mamak style food - great roti).

Anon-e-Fil

EatAndBeMerry ForTomorrowWeDiet said...

Thanks for the suggestions, Fil!

Anonymous said...

Thanks all, trust your judgements!

Nean

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