I was having a little R and R in Melaka recently and found myself scouting round for a place to have dinner, somewhere not too expensive but where the food would be better than average. I often look on Trip Advisor for suggestions, and when I saw that Pak Putra was the number one choice out of 142 eating-places reviewed, I decided to give it a try. This restaurant is a bit outside my usual stomping ground, but I felt it might be worth a little extra effort. I searched for it on Google Maps, worked out my route and found it quite easily, about 15 minutes walk from Jonkers Street. Tables spilled out into the road, and they were mostly full, a good sign for sure.
Pak Putra is especially famous for it’s Tandoori Chicken, so that’s what I ordered. This dish can be dry, but Pak Putra’s version was delightfully moist and not a bit pink, in fact it was cooked to perfection. The accompanying mint chutney was not too spicy so I dipped away in great contentment.
When the Naan arrived, I’d already made a good start on the chicken and I dove right into it before remembering to take a photo. Sorry about that. Note how I artfully disguised the fact by offsetting the image! The naan had plenty of dark brown spots, just the way I like it, and it was fluffy and light, a true taste treat. The Daal was perfectly spiced and complemented the bread beautifully.
I had a Mango Lassi, which was rather on the sweet side, so I would ask for less sugar another time.
Someone on Trip Advisor recommended the Roti Tissue, and I couldn’t resist. I went into the back kitchen to see how this crispy cone was created. The roti was bashed until it was paper thin, spread out on the griddle like a Tosai, then given a thin layer of ghee and sprinkled with sugar. It looked spectacular when it arrived at table, and it tasted even better than it looked. I kept saying to myself, “Just one more bite,” then taking another and yet another; it was almost impossible to stop. It reminded me of a French Palmier, both in taste and texture. It was probably loaded with calories, but I wasn’t counting that evening. (I always hope this makes them nonexistent!) I highly recommend this restaurant. I’m just glad I don’t live anywhere nearby, because I’d certainly be returning on a regular basis.
Reason to visit: All of the food mentioned above, plus a chance to try some of the other dishes on the menu.
Pak Putra Tandoori and Naan,
Jalan Laksmana 4,