Restoran Pak Putra is located on the outskirt of Melaka old Town and is just a stone throw away. It opens at 5:30pm and offers another option for dinner or supper when most eating places in the old town are closed for the day.
Pak Putra's specialties are their naan (baked leavened bread) and tandoori chicken — said to be from Pakistani cuisine. The tandoori chicken is a must-try. Other dishes, especially vegetarian delicacies, are also available.
Ordering their signature tandoori chicken (RM13) with any style of naan is usual fares for all first-time visitors to the restaurant. The recommended beverage will be one of the fruity lassi series (traditional yogurt-based drinks). The mango lassi is RM7.
The yogurt-marinated chicken is roasted in a cylindrical oven known as tandoor. The meat is not dry at all and still retains its tenderness and juiciness. Squeeze a little lime juice on the chicken and it adds on a limey aroma. Their special green sauce is lightly spicy with a mild-minty taste.
I had been to Pak Putra 3 times and should have tried other dishes, but I missed the so-tender tandoori chicken so much that I ordered it with different types of naan every time I went back to the restaurant. In fact, ever since I tried Pak Putra's tandoori chicken, I have not tasted a better tandoori chicken elsewhere.
Pak Putra Restaurant
56 & 58, Jalan 4, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
5:30pm ~ 1am | Closed on alternate Monday