Kingsway in Glen Waverley isn’t just famous for their Asian influenced cuisines like I mentioned in Straits of Malacca, but also for its cafes. Amongst many good coffee joints and great breakfasts, there is Mocha Jo’s, Coco Lounge and Zest 89.
I actually visited Zest 89 some time ago late at night and we had wanted a coffee and dessert. The coffee was burnt, no coffee art was existent and the cake I got tasted like it was left out for a long time. I didn’t return again to Zest 89 until a few weeks ago. This time it was a lot more impressive.
The coffee was a lot better – it was fragrant, creamy and strong. This cappuccino hit all the right spots that day as I was in dire need of a good caffeine hit. Although still not exactly strong on the coffee art side, it was more than enough to keep me happy.
Yuye was being strange and decided to order a sweet dish (I know right?) for lunch. He ordered the berry waffles ($14.50) which came with vanilla ice cream, berry compote and waffles. It arrived so majestic I thought someone was going to give me a crown. It stood so high and mighty that I didn’t know where to start digging in. I think I did well choosing the berry version instead of the chocolate.
The waffles were average by themselves, a little hard and obviously cold (being stacked under a whole lot of ice cream and cold fruits doesn’t help) but together with the berries and ice cream, it was heavenly. It wasn’t overly sweet as the acidity from the berries contrasted very nicely with the sweet ice cream and waffles but was sweet enough to satisfy our (or mine rather) sweet cravings. I’ve always liked pancakes more than waffles for obvious reasons – pancakes are fluffy and warm – but waffles are not bad every now and then.
After much agonising over what to order myself, I settled for the Flatout ($16.90) which consisted of a H.U.G.E omelette with a equally HUGE piece of bread. It was filled with so much mushrooms, red capsicum, ham and cheese that we were really flat out after the meal, literally.
It looked rather like a big pizza when I unfolded it. The bread was soft and tasty. I wonder which bakery they bought this from…I can do with a loaf of this instead of the usual white bread.
We literally left a third of the dish unfinished which was such a shame. We lost to the eggs. I wonder how many eggs really went into that omelette…the waitress told us that take away is not available for health reasons and so we had to sadly leave the eggs (and heart attacks) behind.
I would have rather liked an option for a smaller omelette at a slightly cheaper price, because I hate wasting food which means the size of this dish deters me from ordering it again, or if I do order it again, I’ll have to order it to share.
Of course there are better cafes around Melbourne, but it’s a nice place to chill and relax on a sunny afternoon if you’re in the neighbourhood.
Question time: Would the size of the dish (being too big) deter you from ordering it, if prices isn’t an issue?
Phone: (03) 9561 8918
89 Kingsway, Glen Waverley VIC 3150