Hayashi Japanese Restaurant located on Ogilvie Road in Applecross has been around for ages! I remembered having a joint birthday dinner there a fair number of years back. Memories of the dinner were great company, good food but stark ambiance. The lack of warmth in the restaurant had always been the main factor in preventing me from heading back whenever family and friends have suggested dinner there. When I received an invitation to check out the restaurant, I was initially reluctant to attend but then thought to give it another go, maybe things have changed! Rightly so, as we were informed by the friendly manager, Jason that Hayashi is now under new management, taken over by a couple of the existing kitchen staff when the owner sold the place. They have also appointed a new Head Chef. I was excited to check out the new Hayashi!
Ipoh Garden Restaurant is located along the busy Canning Highway in Applecross, very near the Raffles Hotel and the Canning River Bridge. There is no parking outside or behind the restaurant – you have to either park on the street before – Ogilvie Road if you are coming from the city, or at a small carpark further up the road near the Thai restaurant.
Ipoh Garden is a simple restaurant, not much in terms of decor but is quite spacious, with an area expanding into the back, enabling it to fit big groups of people if required. It is popular for their Ipoh Hor Fun (white flat rice noodles) which is a specialty in Ipoh, one of the city in Perak, Malaysia. The version I like is the soup type, served with clear chicken and prawn broth with chicken shreds, prawns and spring onions. A must try!
We had a simple meal this time round and it turned out everybody wanted the Ipoh Hor Fun Noodle Soup! I ordered something different just so I can take a photo of something else and chose the Sliced Fish Noodle Soup which was in the restaurant’s recommended list too.
The Ipoh Hor Fun Noodle Soup came out piping hot and was as good as ever according to my friends. It looked good as well with steam coming out from the soup – too bad I couldn’t taste it that night. My Sliced Fish Noodle Soup came and I thought it was humongous! It is similar to the Fish Head Noodle Soup with the ‘kiam chai’ (pickled/salted vegetable, very popular in Malaysia) in the soup but with the addition of milk in this case to produce the thicker and milky consistency. It tasted quite nice and was very filling. (The best of this dish I had tasted so far is in a restaurant in Malaysia called Ka-So – apparently they don’t add milk to the soup but boil the fish for 10 hours+ to produce the flavour and thickness in the broth. It is very yummy!)
Service is quite basic but is adequate to get your orders taken and the food on the table. I had tried their other dishes here before for lunch and dinner and they are nice and reasonably priced. They even have sticky date pudding in their dessert menu and it wasn’t bad either, I remembered they gave lots of sauce! Good place to try some Malaysian cuisine!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Ipoh Garden Restaurant
Telephone: 08 9364 1688
Address: 903 Canning Highway, Applecross