We recently went Mummaluka for CY’s birthday dinner. Our original plan was to go to The Drunken Admiral, but unfortunately it was fully booked. Krys’s been here with her pharmacy friends, whereas it was a first for the rest of us. We weren’t exactly sure what type of cuisine they serve. I thought African perhaps since the name sounds African..haha!
The atmosphere in the restaurant was ok, nothing very special. The most interesting thing was the pepper stand on our table. It was some sorta statue in the shape of a woman carrying something above her head, and in that “basket” piled ground black pepper. It was the first time any of us had seen something like that so it was pretty amusing. Other than that, I personally felt the place was a bit too crammed. Maybe because we were seated near the entrance and not inside. Oh well…
They’ve got quite a wide selection of food here. It was only after the meal, when we were leaving, did we realise it was because the place specialises in cuisine from all over the world! No wonder there’s pasta, tom yum, stew, mexican etc on the menu! The set dinner offered is definitely value for money. You get an entree, a main and a dessert for $34 on Saturdays and $29 from Tuesdays to Fridays. Alan and CY went for it while the rest of us opted for mains. Everyone but Alan and I had the BBQ Ribs. I decided on the Braised Lamb Shanks, whereas Alan went for the Seafood Tom Yum. We all go a shock when our meals arrived – the portions were huge. Mine was the biggest stunner of all – it was a huge, deep platter simmering with lotsa sauce, vegetables and 2 gigantic chunks of lamb shanks! You should’ve seen my face…everyone was laughing as they all knew what a small eater I am!
My first couple of bites of the stew was really good. It was obvious the amount of time and effort that went into preparing the braised lamb shanks was long. The meat was tender and juicy, and the sweetness of the vegetables were assimilated with it. Maybe it’s just me, but after the initial 5-8 mouthfuls, I felt a bit nauseated. Like beef, lamb has a very strong and overpowering taste. The smell eventually got to me and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Alan’s tom yum was your typical Caucasian style Asian dish – too much coconut milk and not spicy and sour enough. The pork ribs were definitely the best and everyone cleaned their plates out. As for dessert, CY had the Cadbury’s Top Deck Chocolate Pot and Alan the Pistachio Ice Cream. The choc pot was really very sweet whereas the ice cream wasn’t. So if you take one mouth from the choc pot followed by one mouth of the ice cream, that would be perfect!
All in all, the food in my opinion was just mediocre. Let’s just say I’ve had better. But feel free to visit their website (http://www.mummaluka.com.au/) to get an idea of what is served. Then go try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.