Omah's in Hawthorn transports you to the heart of Southeast Asia; in spirit at least. The sparse room, made up of simple teak furnishings and dim opium-age birdcage lights may remind you of markets in Malaysia and Thailand, but it's on Burwood Road in Hawthorn.
The menu at Omah's encompasses the multiculturalism of Malaysian cuisine, mixing the Indian flavours of Vindaloo with the lighter spice of chilli and sweetness of Thai cooking. Crab is highly sought after here, with favourites including salted egg crab and soft shell crab. If you’re longing to recreate a trip to Southeast Asia, the traditional chilli crab will take you back to market hawker stalls.
For those not wanting to branch out too far, the Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng are traditional dishes that still offer that Malaysian inflection. They may be stock-standard offerings, but they are a fine base to any Malaysian dining experience.
Groups and big appetites will certainly relish the indulgent banquet menus (there are four), which allow diners to sample the fusion of Asian flavours that is true to traditional Malaysian cuisine.