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MELBOURNE | The other day I was at a bar in Fitzroy and, despite having already eaten a light dinner, was craving Laksa. My mind immediately turned to The Old Raffles Place. It’s a Singaporean restaurant in Collingwood that I’ve passed countless times and wondered “is it any good?” without ever popping in. Finally, it was time.

The Old Raffles Place was opened by Alan and Carol Han in 2000, as a little retirement project, and they never thought they’d still be running the place 20 years down the line. The food is pretty authentic, and draws upon the Singaporean couple’s experience in hospitality in Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Australia.

The laksa is one the things that the restaurant is know for, but while en route, my craving morphed into one for Char Kway Teow. This craving only solidified when I walked past the kitchen to the dining area, and saw chef David Chin on the woks.

There’s two versions of CKT here, a Penang version, and the signature “Racecourse” version (many of the items are named after Singapore roads and landmarks). I opted for the signature version – assorted noodles fried in a dark sweet sauce with eggs, prawns, squid, Chinese sausage, and bean sprouts. It hit all the right notes and totally satisfied my craving. All of the flavours and textures that I was looking for were there, including authentically wonderful little fried cubes of pork fat.

I also went for the Kallang roti beef murtabak. A fluffy, crispy roti wrapped around curried minced beef, onions, and peas, with a fragrant curry dipping sauce. The dish, which was created by Indian Muslim immigrants in South-east Asia, can vary a bit depending on where it’s from. The version here is quite dense, and almost toasted sandwich-like. Not quite what I was looking for but still tasty.⁣

It might have taken me years to finally visit The Old Raffles Place, but I reckon I’ll return, perhaps to finally try that laksa.

The Old Raffles Place

68-70 Johnston Street
Collingwood
Victoria 3066
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9417 4450
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Wed – Fri: 12:00pm to 2:30pm; 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Sat: 12:00pm to 4:00pm; 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Sun: 12:00pm to 4:00pm; 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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