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B: Temasek has been on my list for quite some time and finally Belle, D-Lam and I got out of our way to try it. I’ve had many friends and family recommend this place. And not to mention, it’s one of Parramatta’s top few restaurants. Tucked away in the tiny Roxy Arcade, lies this Singaporean/Malaysian gem.

We arrived during Friday lunch and boy was this place busy! They eventually squeezed three of us on a table equipped for two. We literally had 10cm from the table next to us. It was hard for us to get the attention of the staff, I remember we were waving our hands around like lunatics. But once we ordered, the food came out fast. Not all together at the same time, but fast.

We started off with the lunch special Beef Rendang and Rice ($11). This dish was flawless. The beef was extremely tender with an amazing flavour and the rice was light and fluffy. I couldn’t wait for the roti to come out so I could dip it in the sauce.

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Lunch special Chicken Laksa ($10.8). It was nice that this dish came out very hot. I must say, this is probably one of the best chicken laksa I’ve ever had. It had a perfect balance of spice and coconut and I will definitely come back for this, especially on a cold Winter’s day.

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Lunch special Hainanese Chicken and rice ($11). Now this is suppose to be their famous dish, however I was disappointed. It lacked some flavour. I couldn’t get my finger on it, but it seemed like it was missing something.

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Roti Canai, traditional Indian bread ($2.2ea, minimum of 2). This came out late and was the last dish out of the mains, but I couldn’t stay mad because these roti were amazing! They had a nice thin crisp on the outside and soft, buttery layers on the inside.

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Chendol drink ($5) Chendol (green jelly) mixed with red beans, palm sugar and coconut milk served with crushed ice in a glass. I love finishing off a heavy asian meal with this drink. It just a nice sweet and refreshing touch.

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We found it odd that a Singaporean/Malaysian restaurant would serve gelato, so we ordered it because it challenged our perspective. I’ve seen this particular gelato brand being served at other Italian restaurants, but this is definitely the first I’ve seen in an Asian restaurant.

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71 George St Parramatta NSW 2150

(02) 9633 9926

Operating hours: Closed on Mondays. Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm, Dinner 5.30pm – 10pm.

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