Take two at Lankan Tucker marks the first day of FY19. Its crazy fast how this year has passed and as much as stressfulness has it, most of the past couple of months have been quite smooth. Thank GOODness my exams are all over; the results are out – not the best but passed everything. I do appreciate the busy life and being involved. Not bad for a semester 1 masters but definitely a lot of learnings.
Part of the Sunday routine is brunch and trying to eat through my Google Maps marked places. We found Lankan Tucker as a bit of a surprise two weeks ago when I intended to go to Lolo and Wren right next door. Having been told about all the of wonders of ‘hoppers’ I saw this ‘all you can eat hoppers’ sign on a door and was immediately intrigued and drawn to the door (typical me). Previewing the menu left us too excited and the rest, well, it’s now the designated hopper place.
Their signature dishes I would say are the Hip Hopper and Roti Riser. Both being very authentically flavoured, cooked with quality Australian produce and presented in an instagrammable brunch style. The string hoppers that came with the dish were made out of red rice, which is quite rare to see in Melbourne. For my first hopper, I really loved the freshness from the coconut sambal and curry that you wouldn’t normally expect from a curry dish. I also ordered a tumeric latte (quite strong and thick the way I liked it) which went super well with the curries.
Coming back for round two we got the vegetarian Kotthu Roti and the Chicken Biriyani. Again very fusion and quoting Mr A’s comments on the biriyani: distinctly Sri Lankan flavoured separating the dish from its Indian cousin. We both got coffees this time, which are from St Ali roasters. Not sure if it’s my favourite coffee in Melbourne? I think I might stick to the juices and lattes.
For me I feel the portion sizes were a bit too much for one serve but sharing two dishes definitely well fed us both. It’s a pretty unique place that does west/east fusion that preserves the authenticity of the spice flavour palettes from Sri Lanka. Marked with a ‘heart’ on Google Maps, we’ll be back again for the regular curry and hopper dose.