There's this uni student hangout in the recently renovated Village Green shopping centre in Karawara, at the corner of Manning Road and Kent Street, just across the road from Curtin University.
It's called O'Mama. Not sure how the Irish influence got into the naming of the restaurant.
I ordered a beef rendang with nasi lemak (which really just means coconut rice). I had to wait at the counter for a good 5 or 6 minutes while the boss lady chatted on the phone to someone who was apparently trying to sell her something.
The sign at the counter set the tone that this was well and truly a discount uni student joint - it warned that if you wanted extra servings of condiments, like sambal, ikan bilis (dried and fried anchovies - really yummy) or peanuts, you had to be prepared to pay for it, as refusal can be unpleasant!
All the food comes from trays sitting in a bain marie. But it's a nice touch to get it in a rustic looking basket lined with waxed paper.
The lady serving me asked me whether I wanted extra vegies. This appeared to cost $2 more. As you can see, it's a paltry serve.