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Roti House lunch box. $10 lunch review

By johnboy - 18 October 2011 17

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Joining the long line of businesses investing their hopes and dreams into the windblown sterility of Civic West is the imaginatively named “Roti House“.

Like almost all of these restaurants it is tastefully appointed to the point of being forbidding and filled with large numbers of staff surprised by the appearance of a customer.

But they have a little blackboard out the front offering a $8.50 lunch box and so fell within the scope of our reviews.

The box is heavy on rice. Really the meal is a big pile of rice with some bits, and two chicken wings.

The chicken wings at first glance could belong in a KFC, but upon closer inspection were curried, and really quite good.

And then the rice. This rice is great!

Coconut milk has been heavily involved in its production, and the bits of cucumber, dried fish, peanuts and curry paste combine with it quite dazzlingly.

It’s something a bit different from other fare on offer at lunchtime in Civic and I enjoyed thoroughly.

(For more $10 lunches in Civic check the tag)


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17 Responses to
Roti House lunch box. $10 lunch review
tallpoppy 6:50 pm 19 Oct 11

do they have a non peanut option?

johnboy 11:05 am 19 Oct 11
john87_no1 11:04 am 19 Oct 11

Johnboy, have you been to check out the Indian place on Childers Street called Dehli6? They do a lunch option for $9. Not bad really.

johnboy 10:54 am 19 Oct 11

silvernitrate said :

i prefer the ramen place next door

Have they got a sub $10 lunch option?

silvernitrate 10:47 am 19 Oct 11

i prefer the ramen place next door

mareva 8:56 pm 18 Oct 11

City west sterile? Why I take great offence. I have spent many a windblown lunch hour in that most bustling hub of non-activity.

Endrey 5:49 pm 18 Oct 11

Great place, not much joy for vegos. Delicious roti with three vego curries – all the same dahl.

Douglas_L 3:57 pm 18 Oct 11

? love the takeaway lunch box, only one selection but nasi lemak with the fried chick wings were delicious! Very good value at $8.50, am a happy returning customer. Also think the restaurant has only started this lunch deal very recently so they don’t usually pack a lot of boxes in the warmer to ensure that the food is fresh.

poetix 3:37 pm 18 Oct 11

jsm2090 said :

This place is great, and is the closest us Canberrans will get to ‘Mamak’ in Sydney. The roti canai here is also great.

Roti canai doesn’t involve a great big dog does it?

FioBla 3:25 pm 18 Oct 11

johnboy said :

I’m reviewing what it says on the menu, but thanks for the info!

The comment about bacteria growth is apt. Bacillus cereus growth on rice is known, but more care is required with nasi lemak. The added coconut milk (santan) makes unrefrigerated rice go bad even faster.
Doesn’t make it a hazardous dish to eat (this is a common dish in the tropics), just need to be aware during preparation or before selling. Especially as summer approaches.

johnboy 2:55 pm 18 Oct 11

I’m reviewing what it says on the menu, but thanks for the info!

FioBla 2:51 pm 18 Oct 11

The dish is (one of the variants of) nasi lemak.

“Lemak” refers to oily/fat (as in fat for cooking), referring to the coconut milk. Nasi is rice.

Just a thought, since you are essentially reviewing nasi lemak without the name.

Trunking symbols 2:30 pm 18 Oct 11

First it was Riot Arts and Crafts Woden Plaza, now Roti House. JB I think you should take a trip to the patents office.

Cantoangel 1:42 pm 18 Oct 11

jsm2090 said :

This place is great, and is the closest us Canberrans will get to ‘Mamak’ in Sydney. The roti canai here is also great.

+1

Also “Like almost all of these restaurants it is tastefully appointed to the point of being forbidding and filled with large numbers of staff surprised by the appearance of a customer.”

Maybe for lunch, but for dinner it’s really packed.

jsm2090 1:19 pm 18 Oct 11

This place is great, and is the closest us Canberrans will get to ‘Mamak’ in Sydney. The roti canai here is also great.

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