Merah brings big Malaysian flavours to the inner north

Saucy spread at Merah. Photo: supplied

Saucy spread at Merah. Photo: supplied

My first thought when I walk into Merah is that I’m in the wrong place. Opened by the Nasi Lemak House duo in October, it looks more like a secret Gorman headquarters than a Malaysian restaurant – salmon archways, organic wooden tables and a colour-blocked banquette.

My second thought is how “inner north” it is. Organic and biodynamic wines sit alongside traditional teh tarik and vegans are welcome, if not encouraged. Translucent tapioca parcels in chilli soy are stretched with mushroom, cabbage and bamboo stuffing and spoon-worthy plum sauce accompanies buttery curry puffs.

Get it here. Our coveted fried chicken has been getting rave reviews all around town and we could not be prouder 😊 Served with kelantan mayo as a dipping sauce for a slightly sweet and sour twist, you need to get your hands on this, stat!

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My third thought is FOMO Thai. I miss out on jackfruit curry (unavailable) and spicy crab (pre-order only), but seafood is a stellar substitute: pipis pungent with shrimp and kaffir lime and a lightly fried barramundi fillet soaking up tamarind sauce. Nasi lemak, thick roti canai and beef rendang are there for traditionalists.

My final thought at Merah is that I’m ready for dessert. But, there isn’t any. Will anyone judge me for ordering the fried chicken with sambal mayo instead.

Best for: Eating out with vegetarian mates and not compromising on big flavours.

Every day can be a celebration of meals, whether it’s with friends, family or on your own. Merah is proud to welcome you all to share the exciting flavours of Malaysian street food in a fresh and contemporary setting.

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