Friday, a typical cold Wellington winter day minus the chilling wind. In search of lunch close by a friend and I decided on Satay Palace to hopefully get a cheap filling meal, and that we did.
Satay Palace is one of a number of small Malaysian eateries scattered around Wellington where flavoursome food makes up for dull decor. In saying that a noticeable feature of this place are the automatic sliding doors at the entrance. A small, but nice touch and not something you find at small eateries around Wellington especially not on hipster laden Cuba St.
We were given menus and left to choose our seats. Soon after a jug of water and glasses were brought to the table and our order taken. Good service, most places like this you’d have to stand around scanning the menu and order at the counter getting in the way of others. I ordered Chicken Pad Thai, a traditional Thai dish minus the prawns as they spark an allergic reaction.
The food came out in good time, 10-15 minutes. First thing I looked for was some crushed nuts and there was a generous portion sitting on the side, accompanied with a lemon to squeeze out for added taste. The plate was large and stacked with noodles and adequate portions of chicken. For $10.50 my lunchtime hunger was satisfied and then some, very good value. Overall a satisfying, quick lunchtime meal.
If you’re a fan of Malaysian food and want to duck out for a quick cheap meal or takeaways to take back to your desk then Satay Palace is a good bet. Upon leaving our table was quickly snapped up as the place was full, that has to be a good sign.
Overall rating: 7/10
- Location: 6
- Value: 8
- Service: 8
- Quality: 8
- Environment: 6
- X-Factor: 5
Satay Palace, 165 Cuba Street, Te Aro