Everybody likes a dinner out of home every once in a while and usually something you wouldn't necessarily make at home either! That's where small, family owned and run businesses like 'Little Chilli Padi', a Malaysian kitchen restaurant become popular. 'Little Chilli Padi', which is at Shop 3, 645 Marion Road, Ascot Park, is a small restaurant with a handful of tables and chairs in a newly renovated part of a shopping complex. Nestled between a big Foodland, fish and chip shop and a chemist it's in a prime location for the local suburbs. Offering both dine-in and take-away food, there's always going to be something you want at 'Little Chilli Padi'.
The atmosphere in 'Little Chilli Padi' is relaxed and comfortable there's no air of panic or rushing about like some places that offer take-away food as well as dine-in. The air smells of spices and rice and the tables and decorations in the seating area are arranged for maximum patrons with minimum congestion. The staff is friendly and welcoming and eager to make sure you are served promptly. It also wouldn't be uncommon if your waiter is a small boy with a big smile on his face. He's still wearing his school uniform, but he's keen to take your order and run off out the back to make sure his family gets it he's learning the ropes of this business and lending a hand when he can.
The take-away menu states, Chilli Padi is "a family business in a suburb of Adelaide, Ascot Park brings true Malaysian flavours to Adelaide, including the famed nasi lemak (known as the national dish of Malaysia), char kuey teow, laksa, har mee to tender beef rendang and delicious grilled chicken and beef satays. A welcome reminder of home for Malaysians and an intriguing step towards a sophisticated palate for many Australians. Come and try out the rich culinary heritage and diverse ethnic influences of Malaysian at Little Chilli Padi."
The menu is extensive offering everything from entr้e to mains followed by a range of exotic sounding desserts. With some exceptions, most of this can be made in a take-away order and they also have lunch time specials from 11:30am until 2:30pm. Little Chilli Padi' is open from Monday through to Saturday for lunch and also for dinner from 5:00pm until 9:00pm and is closed Sundays. Their menus can be found online a www.littlechillipadi.com.au and bookings can also be made by calling 83740371. Make sure you visit 'Little Chilli Padi' and try some of their food you never know, you might find your next favourite dish!