Williams Mamak @ Taman Mayang

mamak

Williams Mamak is a rodent infested roadside stall with seating arrangements precariously set in a hazardous manner beside, nay, on the roadside. It’s also pretty expensive even for restaurant standards. Why do people still throng to this place like flies to…er, butter?

williams mamak

Well, Williams claim to fame is its unique concept of Italian food in a mamak stall. Nowhere else can you find a mamak serving Italian food – it’s exotic. It’s also located near the old LimKokWing building and you just can’t beat the ambience of having cute little rats scurrying about while you eat.

ribena lychee

The penultimate drink in William’s Mamak is undisputedly the Ribena Lychee (RM 6). It’s a huge concoction of purple goodness that you can see on almost every table. Patrons are indulging in this 1 liter monstrosity with a fervor previously unseen to my eyes. It also sets a precedence for the rest of Williams meals – the portions of the dishes are huge!

tuna rice

It should be noted that Williams is a firm believer in The First Baptist Church of No Menu but the waiters possess the admirable ability to rattle off the dishes they serve in a very well rehearsed spiel. I can only hear bits and pieces – risotto, spaghetti etc. I asked for a recommendation and was given the Tuna Rice.

fried rice tuna

The Tuna Rice came in a huge portion with a hidden gem which I nearly missed due to the poor lighting conditions. Williams is also a member of the Dim Lighting Appreciation Society. The tuna fried rice is served with tuna pieces swimming in gravy on the side. I was complaining about the canned tuna to my dining companion…until I saw a HUGE fillet of grilled tuna underneath all the gravy. Delicious! The waiter overheard me and told me that’s the best part.

chicken pasta

Huei Juin went for the Pasta with Chicken. It was repeated as “Pasta Ayam” by the waiter – I just love the fusion of our national language with Italian food. It sounds so wrong, yet so right. Heh!

pasta ayam

It’s quite good though, it’s made with Bolognese sauce instead of Carbonara, which I usually prefer. Williams is generous with the chicken pieces and the entire dish was practically drowned in the sauce, which I’m told is how it’s done over here. I ended up eating more of this than my own. The portions were huge though and we didn’t manage to finish either one of the orders.

williams us

The bill came up to about RM 64 for two – not exactly cheap for a mamak. This is my second visit – the first time was with Yee Hou and I went again last night with Huei Juin.

huei juin

The litmus test: Would I go again? Definitely! Despite of the dodgy hygiene standards, I am intrigued by the constantly updated menu items and the concept of an Italian mamak in Malaysia. There are a lot of interesting dishes I have yet to try and I can’t wait to go again.

Jom, mamak!

Williams Mamak is located at Jalan SS 26/9, Taman Mayang.

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88 thoughts on “Williams Mamak @ Taman Mayang”

  1. Still one of my favourite places to eat in KL!
    Must tries:
    Seafood Spaghetti (3 choices of sauce)
    Meatball Pasta
    Lambchops
    Chicken Cordon Bleu
    Tom Yam Soft Shell Crab Fried Rice
    Mushroom Soup

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  2. the food may be good, but it’s definitely not worth the price of a restaurant IMHO, given the hygiene standards (and yes, I do go to mamaks where there are rats scurrying around)

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  3. pricey yes… but yummy! must have the mango with lychee/longan too! i love the indomie with pandan chicken, and mee raja with chicken and/or beef, and the ham + cheese naan ๐Ÿ™‚ and William makes some kickass sambal concoction.

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  4. I wonder if Murni SS2 has the same price tag on its menu. The food is quite similar.
    And one more thing. A mamak restaurant is either own, run, operated by a mamak fella.
    William is a mamak? Definetly not,

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  5. nice tattoos!
    btw, i have stayed in tmn mayang for almost 2 years and have only been to williams 3x, simply becoz they have too much of food varieties there till i could not decide what to go for. but the last time i had their mee raja, and it was awesome with the fried chicken and all. and, i think there is no dishes that the kitchen cnt make.

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  6. the tuna dish looks like sardine from the can, pasta chicken looks like the ol mee goreng mamak…..64 bucks is pretty expensive. especially when our financials are not up to par. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Eric, the person who commented is the same person who I went out with last night e.g. the same person in the photo. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks though, cheers mate!
    Reply comments later. Gotta get some groceries.

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  8. I’ll admit to the first one. I do have psychological issues…but not to the latter two. I’m not a “playboy” and I don’t have “deep pockets”. :p
    All comments later ya, going AGAIN to Williams now. If you see me, say hello. I’ll be the one playing with my new HTC.

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  9. Dude, try Nasi Goreng Ketam man, beats any dish there FLAT! And for the drinks try Ribena Special or Ribena Longan, Ribena Lychee IMO not as nice as Longan.
    And I’ll never go back to Murni anymore, its packed all the time and food quality has dropped over the years.
    Oh and do try their Roti Naan Mozarella Cheese with Turkey Ham. And if you’re not so hungry, try Triple H(no, not the wrestler!) daging.

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  10. hey, don’t let william hear you say his place is mamak coz last time my friend said mamak, then he so proud to said, ‘sini bukan mamak, depan sana itu mamak’. Then, we just smile smile and entertain him.
    I also curious, if is not mamak, why got roti canai? lol…

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  11. I just went again with Rachel just now. Two person – damage: RM 52. Williams is not exactly a cheap place to dine. ๐Ÿ™‚
    All comments tomorrow. Zzz…

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  12. RM64 is too expensive for mamak. Especially with a complete ensemble of rats, roaches and night bugs… But with the right company, anywhere is great I guess. Loved the tattoos… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. i wouldn’t mind once in a while to try food that is soooo customisable like that haha.
    but not too much. not made of gold, u see? ๐Ÿ˜›
    HB you might wanna think about having subcriptions to comments, even for anonymous commenters who leave their e-mails, would be great ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  14. HB Dude Man,
    Food look not bad but RATS!! I am Baptist and attend the church in San Francisco Chinatown where lot ABC guys and gals also. If it that bad someone should report to health dept of business.

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  15. ugh william’s. the place is kinda nasty actually. the rats is the least of your worries. i went there with a group of friends one night and out of 12 people dining, i think 3 of us was admitted into sjmc for food poisoning. one girl even stayed for a week. thank god i have a stomach lined with lead.
    don’t ever go there man. and yes, the prices are exorbitant.

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  16. yerp..they r expensive but the taste soooo damn good!
    my frenz go to william every day n their meal bout rm40-rm50. y people still go to william?
    coz d owner mr.william serve his customer personally and he can suggest a very good meal. i also can’t remember every meal..however the seafood platter sooo delicious!
    and we can eat his nasi goreng kampung with ayam pandan/daging share with 2-3peoples.
    also air kedondong, the taste marvelous!
    for me, yerp..william is expensive for his mamak stall type..but, coz of the taste i will go there to try his other meals. but yeah.. maybe once in 2 months. huhuhu…and yeah..u can try mee bandung william..and request to change the yellow mee to spaghetti.. then, spaghetti bandung! =)

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  17. I’m always going there at midnight, having food such as mee raja seafood, nasi goreng ketam, and antipesto ayam. Their food are mouth watering, but the cleanliness of the stall, somewhat disappoint me.
    William is popular among students, who is rarely going to Chillies or TGI friday for an itallian food. The price is reasonable for me, the most expensive is only Rm15/plate. Basicaly, the price is depending on which of food you ordered.
    By the way, Willian is not a mamak. I can’t see any mamak at their stall, in fact when one of my chinese friends scream out ‘Mamak’ word at William, he denied.
    And, most people loves William, simply because he is so funny, and respect their customers. He knows to suggest food to the newcomers.
    One of his funny sentences that I remembered, “Jangan main belakang”. (Don’t do anal sex. haha).

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  18. I concur with Pixeldoll. Msians tend to use the word “mamak” to describe practically all road side stalls. Mamak stalls/shops are shops that are owned/operated by mamaks, i.e. Indian Muslim folks.
    Also, many people use the word “mamak” loosely to describe Indian makan shops that are NOT Indian Muslim, case in point, Kanna Curry House, Raju’s, Sri Paandi’s. Those are NOT mamaks. Those are Indian makan shops. There, I’ve said it ๐Ÿ˜›

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  19. William’s owner is the brother (or related) to SS2 Murni, if I am not mistaken. The food is good, big portion but hygiene standards a bit off. Well, we don’t fear thing we don’t know or don’t see hehe!
    ps: William is not mamak eh.

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  20. i suggest u dun go asking them for recommendations, if not they will pawn u kau kau, the best thing to do is look at other ppl’s table before getting a seat and seeing what catches ur eye, believe me u will see alot of things u never new existed there lol… normally food is priced between 15-20, i suggest u try their carbonara spaghetti, spaghetti with lai liu ha, triple h, and absolutely must have, mozarella cheese naan!

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  21. pj fella: Haha! Every minute there’s a sucker born. They don’t serve bad food per se, it’s just expensive for the ambience. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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