Roti Road, Highpoint. Phone: 9317 4293
When Consider The Sauce and friends hit Roti Road in Footscray – see story here – we enjoyed a good feed.
However, subsequent visits failed to back up that good impression.
One such visit involved myself and Bennie and also involved, IIRC, nasi lemak and Hainan chicken rice – both dishes being of the very average variety.
Another visit involved myself alone and was prompted by the restaurant’s claim on FB that it had listened to its customers and lifted its laksa game. I found that not to be the case, or not according to my laksa tastes anyway.
Since then, we have – as you’d expect – avoided the place, save for a very occasional visit for the reliable, cheap roti canai.
And that’s why Roti Road is pretty much the last of the eateries at the new Highpoint dining area to be checked out by us.
Bowling up solo just before Christmas, I wasn’t exactly feeling trepidatious but I certainly had no high hopes.
So I am surprised and delighted to find that my lunch – Hainanese chicken rice ($12.90) – is in every way wonderful.
Soup – hot and not too salty.
Condiments – chilli sauce and ginger mash just right.
Chicken – a big serve of beautifully tender and expertly boned meat luxuriating in cooking juices mixed with soy sauce.
Rice – stock-cooked and fine for the job at hand.
Really – one of the best versions of this famous dish I’ve enjoyed in recent years.
A more recent visit with two lads in tow fails to reach such heights but makes for a good lunch nevertheless.
Six chicken satay sticks are the real deal, coolly priced at $9.90 and served with a sticky and flavoursome peanutty sauce on the side..
I am irked that I must share them with two teens.
Mee goreng ($11.90) is a fine version of another staple dish – we like it a lot.
Vegetable curry with rice ($11.90) tries hard but doesn’t really get where it should be going.
We like that there’s myriad green vegetables such as beans and broccoli involved.
Bbut the eggplant is cooked down to mush and the whole impresses as steamed vegetables with curry gravy added rather than as a from-scratch curry.
Still, it’s not a bad way to ensure vegetables are had in a setting where it’s easy to give them miss.