Mabrown is a Chinese/Malaysian/Thai restaurant on Belmore Road, famous for the quails they serve up. When you call to book a table, they will probably ask you how many quails you intend to order. These quails certainly live up to the hype, (at $7 per quail) it can be a pricey entrée if you eat a few, but it’s definitely worth it, if you look around you’ll probably see them on every table.
The quails are a little crispy, super juicy and flavoursome since they are covered with Mabrown’s special chili sauce, topped with onions and chili – A must order if you come to Mabrown.
The Mixed Vegetables with Prawns ($24.80) was good, the prawns were big and fresh, snow peas was nice and crunchy but the canned corn let the dish down, the Lamb Claypot ($24.90) with carrots, leak, mushroom, fried tofu and garlic was ordinary.
The Pi-pa Duck ($22.80 for half) was also a winner, the skin was crispy and the meat was juicy and tender, and it was all finished off quickly.
Mabrown isn’t known for its service and if you know the menu well, you’ll want to order ahead or they can be quite slow. We went on a Sunday night and the restaurant was packed, service was pretty slow, they took a while to get the tea refilled so be prepared to wait a while if you intend to eat at Mabrown.
Thai Samrod Fillet ($21.80) crispy fried fish fillet with crunchy onions, capsicum, carrots, lettuce and carrots, drizzled over with sweet and sour sauce, garnished with corriander looked and tasted good but was a little too oily and the King Spare Ribs ($19.80) with cooked tomato, carrots and green capsicum was full of flavour and everyone wanted a piece as soon as it came to the table.
The service might need some improvements, but the food at Mabrown is of good standard and the mouthwatering quails will always keep us coming back for more.
(03) 9816 3755
190 Belmore Rd
Balwyn VIC 3103
Thu-Sat: 1pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm
Price Range: $20-30
Service: depends how busy the place is, the boss doesn’t really smile.