We decided to eat roti canai at 3 leading locations during the same lunch time so that we could comprehensively compare each offering.
Being the self professed experts on Malaysian food (...perhaps self professed experts on all food...), here's what we thought.
One lunch time. 3 stores.
Only roti canai is ordered, possibly a drink.
Roti is eaten with hands. It's Indian and it's the only way to get the sauce/roti mix right. Eating roti with cutlery is for plebs.
Location: 1/1 Dixon St Sydney (upstairs)
Phone: 9283 7022
Service: Pass (best of the three on this day, although we had been shunned previously so depends who's working)
Score: 6/10 (roti only)
Iced Ovaltine (don't know why no Milo Ais)
Allowed the challenger the advantage of being first.
Plus is you get two for $7 instead of one for $5 like the other places.
Roti is nice but so buttery that at times we thought we were eating croissant and not made with technique. You can tell by comparing the three photos.
Curry sauce was decent but no sambal or dahl.
Overall decent but not necessarily correct.
Also note all credit card types attract a surcharge.
Location: 15 Goulburn St
Phone: 9211 1668
Service: Pass (no free water?)
Score: 6/10 (roti only)
Surprised us on this sitting.
Roti by itself was probably the most authentic tasting out of the three. Reminiscent of when Mamak first opened.
However it lost its excitement as we progressed, almost gave up eating, thought we were full.
Dahl was good but became gelatinous when it cooled. Sambal and curry sauce tasted like failure left in the sun to go off...they've tasted like that on previous visits too. Deductions incurred.
Location: 1 Dixon St (downstairs)
Phone: 9264 4780
Service: Pass (not as polished)
Score: 7/10 (roti only nb: upgraded from original post's 6.5/10)
Iced Teh Tarik
Purposely disadvantaged our favourite by leaving it to last (so we had eaten 3 pieces of roti canai within an hour at this stage...onto the fourth)
By itself, Malay Village's roti is more authentic than Nonya but less flavoursome than Mamak.
With the curries it's a whole other Gestalt story and made us forget we thought were full.
Dahl and curries more similar to Malaysia. These complete the dish and enhance the flavour of the roti.
This is why Malay Village is still the favourite.
Sambal not as bad as Mamak but not great.
NB: Hot Teh Tarik is better than iced teh tarik and maybe only order when a dude with a Malaysian hat is behind the bar because they "pull" the tea properly.