It’s strange how lethargic I’ve felt in the last few days. Yuye and I packed on Sunday, all ready to take a flight to China last Monday night but plans changed yet again and we’re now scheduled to head to the airport in less than 3 hours. When I found out I couldn’t leave Monday night, it was as though my mind and soul just wasn’t with me anymore. It had floated to a freezing distant land where I could have been and it had stayed there until now. So I apologise for my lack of posting in the last few days, my brain just didn’t want to function.
This would be the last post I write before I head off so I apologise in advance for not being able to post comments on my dear readers’ blogs. As I mentioned in previous posts, Blogger AND WordPress are blocked behind the great firewall of China. I believe self hosted blogs are still accessible so my access would be limited to those. Thankfully I had moved my blog over. Very thankful indeed.
The one thing I’m really going to miss is my coffees and poached eggs. I wouldn’t dare to try uncooked eggs in China for obvious hygiene reasons and coffees there are so expensive you’d think they added gold to it or something, not to mention they don’t taste great either. Whenever I go to China, I’m reminded just how lucky I am and we all are for being in a land where great coffees are in abundance.
A few weeks ago, I met up with my best friend Winnie for dinner in Glen Waverley. As it was a boiling hot day and we both had late lunches, our appetites just weren’t the best. Instead of our usual big meals, we opted for a healthier and lighter choice at Coco Lounge. Unfortunately the only thing available that matched our criteria was a special of the day entree – sesame seed & cracked pepper crusted tuna served on a cucumber & tomato salad finished with an elderberry dressing for $12.90. This meant that I could only take photos of one dish.
I can tell you though that it was quite an eventful dish, not in terms of ingredients but rather, the dust on the plate. I didn’t even notice the thick layer of dust surrounding both our tuna dishes until Winnie pointed it out. When we called the waitress over, she was shocked and embarrassed and immediately served us new dishes each. It was nice and fast service which really made it all ok. Although I do wonder how the dust came about. It looked like the plates haven’t been used for a long time.
The tuna was tasty and well cooked. Still slightly pink in the middle, the flesh was tender and not dry which tend to happen with cooked tuna, or any fish really. The sauce was sweet and went well with the tuna and salad, although I preferred to put on a lot of lemon juice to give it more acidity which I thought was needed.
The salad was fresh and vibrant. I liked how they gave us a lot of cherry tomatoes, they’re my favourite.
If you look closely at the bottom right corner of the plate, you can actually see the dust particles there. I forgot to take a photo of the ‘clean’ plate when it came up.
I was going to order a coffee but due to the heat, I thought a cold drink would have gone down better so I went with an iced chocolate instead. It was a very beautiful and creamy iced chocolate with just the right amount of chocolate sauce to make it sweet. I’m glad I made that choice. Please excuse the big trickle of melted ice cream down the side of the glass, I was taking too long with the photos and the weather wasn’t on my side.
Winnie ordered a watermelon juice which she said was just as expected. It was not a mocktail so had no other ingredients except fresh watermelon juice. I would have preferred it with mint to give it a slight twist and summery feel.
Time really slips away from us when we’re enjoying good company. We went through quite a few glasses of water and Winnie then ordered another latte to make sitting there a bit more legitimate. I didn’t try her coffee so I can’t comment on the taste but I didn’t think it was the prettiest coffee ever.
This review is probably not that comprehensive since we only ordered 1 thing from the menu but I know I will definitely return here because of the close proximity to home and well, the service and food wasn’t at all bad. It’s a nice little cafe to hang out and catch up with friends.
I’m going to have to say goodbye to Twitter and Facebook so no more updating about new posts there! Please come back and read my blog every now and then because I will have updates here. Also follow my Instagram, my username is ichigoshortcake as I will be updating Instagram with interesting and delicious things during the trip. 🙂
Question time: Have you ever been not happy with an element of your meal but the service was so good that it made you forget all about it?
Phone: (03) 9560 9705
93 Kingsway, Glen Waverley VIC 3150