For the past 5 months, I have unknowingly been driving right by what would become a place that I would come to rave about to my friends and family. So you don’t make the same mistake as I did, allow me to introduce you to Mamak Asian Street Food. If you live in Central Florida, it is quite easy to 1. miss it on your drive down the always-busy Colonial Drive and 2. not think much of it as its street appearance is quite unassuming. Being the adventure eater that I am, after the 1,000th time of passing by wondering what on earth was going on inside, I did a bit of research, liked what I saw, and decided to call up a friend to try the place out with me. One bite in, and I knew that Mamak would be a place that I would come to again and again.
Before jumping into the food, let’s talk about the restaurant layout. There was such a juxtaposition (side note: after learning this word during my freshman year of college, it took me additional 5 years to really understand what this word meant) between the inside of the restaurant and its surroundings. The moment that I stepped into Mamak, I felt like I had stepped into a trendy, new restaurant somewhere in New York City. Down the center was a long, high-top table that could sit at least 20 ultra-trendy diners. On each side of this table, there was regular seating which included four-person tables and wall-long booth areas. The restaurant’s lighting hung trendily from the ceiling. I felt at home (I’m an NYC girl in my heart). Plus, the yellow and earth-tone colors really cemented its trendy, NYC vibe. Now, let’s talk food.
When it comes to the food at Mamak, tapas are the best way to go! Yes, they have much more including salads, noodle soups, rice dishes, and other regular-sized dishes. I wanted to experience more than one dish, so I went with a number of their smaller dishes. Here’s what I ordered: Lychee Drink, Roti Canai, Asian Gwa Bao, and Mamak Fries. Now, I don’t usually mention what I had to drink but I can not write about my visit to Mamak without mentioning the amazing Lychee Drink that I had. But of course, you’re going to have to scroll through the pictures for a more detailed description of my eats.
By the way, Mamak also serves meat dishes, so be sure to bring your carnivorous friends and family along for the ride!