Owing to the success of the Oldtown White Coffee franchise in Malaysia, several operators have decided to capitalise on this fact and open their own stores overseas, and there's certainly no lack of them from the looks of it. I'm tempted to call it blatant 'plagiarism', but I guess name coincidences are bound to create conflicts, such as the famous McCurry vs Mc Donalds case over the prefix 'Mc'.
Over here in Melbourne, its called Old Town Kopitiam, and they've recently opened another franchise in QV : Old Town Kopitiam Mamak. Whether its the "most authentic Malaysian restaurant" is certainly debatable, so we decided to put it's claim to the test last Sunday during lunch hour. There was certainly a whole lot of customers, mostly asian (specifically Malaysian / Singaporean), so we had to wait a while to be seated.
We also tried the roti canai (not photographed). The roti was a bit thin, and I reckon the two sauces (curry and sweet belachan) were not really up to scratch.
Singapore Chom Chom up Bourke st.
Overall a nice establishment to visit if you'd like Malaysian food in a convenient location in the CBD (corner Swanston and Lonsdale st), though its slightly expensive price doesn't really reflect the quality of food over there. Nonetheless, I'm sure they'll continue to make a killing.
Despite the craze for mamak food in West Malaysia (or Melbourne for that matter) I'm not a huge fan, really. Sorry la, 1Malaysia. For me, an RM 2.50 / AUD 0.80 bowl of kolo mee from Kuching will always be my first choice, anytime.