Although hardly a secret anymore, Regent Place, one of Sydney’s more vibrant culinary alleyways, is hidden between the Town Hall KFC and the George Street Cinemas. I really love how they have transformed this place over the years – each eatery looks so visually appealing, each bringing a little slice of Asia and a bit of the outdoor night markets feel to this residential high-rise complex.
This place looks amazing. Every tiny detail in its design has been carefully thought out and meticulously planned to replicate the look and feel of an outdoor hawker stall in Malaysia. Roles of light bulbs hang across the room, as rustic as the signs dangling above their dessert and drinks display counter. Edgey Banksy-esque graffiti art on the wall adds to the outsdoor atmosphere, while the clever use of mirrors that create the illusion of extra space. The choice of stools instead of chairs and the awesome nostalgic mugs that holds their beverages… it truly feels like being transported to somewhere in Malaysia.
Evidently I’m not the only one attracted by this place. Outside, expect there to be a queue, unless you arrive early. Inside, expect to sit shoulder to shoulder with your fellow diners (don’t forget to suck in when you move in between tables).
The menu boasts some typical Malaysia fare, like nasi goreng, char kuey teow, curry this, sambal that. It also has some curiously named dishes like, coffee ribs and gwei ribs (translated from Chinese, it means strange ribs). I have yet to have the opportunity of being able to order these dishes on the two occasions I’ve eaten here. Next time!
Sedap also makes a tempting range of rice cakes (kwei). The coconut flavoured one was not too sweet and refreshing. Contrastingly, the mung bean one looks sexy and seductive with its coral coloured casing, but was quite heavy once you ate all the mung bean paste filling.
In all honesty Sedap looks more promising than what it actually delivers, but it produces quite a decent food and what I like to call a sanitised hawker experience. I will definitely be back for those coffee ribs and strange ribs.