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The Palms Foodcourt

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by Cora Hodges (subscribe)
Freelance Law student in Melbourne.
Published August 18th 2011
The Palms Food Court, located in Syndal, is the perfect location for that casual gathering for a lunch or dinner, when each diner wants a different cuisine. Unlike normal food courts which are attached or inside shopping centres, the Palms is a stand-alone food court, not related to any particular shopping precinct.

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Inside the venue, approximately five different vendors are dotted around the wall of the centre, with seating located in the middle. The cuisines on offer are North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, and there is also a cafe where you can order drinks. The menus for each of these vendors are both extensive and cheap. The food is cooked on the spot when it is ordered, ensuring freshness. The food is pretty basic, but it is great value for the very cheap price.

The dining system is rather unique. After being seated and provided with a table number and menu, patrons go up to which ever vendor they want to buy from, order and pay for their meals, and then wait for it to be brought out to them. Alternatively, takeaway is always an option.

While the service may often be sub-par, the surrounds are definitely basic, and the noise level is amplified by the lack of any sound saturation in the room, all this can be ignored when paying the bill. Prices are so low, that it is possible at times to order an entire meal including drink, for under $10. Furthermore, it is possible to order many dishes from all the stalls, and share them, and still keep within a reasonable price range.

Thus, overall, while experience is often of mixed results, the prices generally sooth any ill-feeling. While definitely not the location for an important celebration, it is perfect for that quick bite with friends, or the spontaneous dinner out with the family.
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Why? When you can't decide what you want
When: Lunch and Dinner
Where: Blackburn Road, Mt Waverley
Cost: Cheap
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