Baba Sus, Glen Iris

12/23/2015 , , 0 Comments

Baba Sus is an Asian fusion cafe in Glen Iris, close to Burwood Station. It's quite a hidden cafe in an area that's all suburban houses, but a very nice area nonetheless. The cafe brings a modern take on brunch with asian inspired flavours.

The decorations at Baba Sus are simple and minimalistic, only on one wall near the kitchen is there rows of shelves with items. The chatter from customers and sounds from the open kitchen make for a lively atmosphere, though service could really be improved. We went on a Sunday around 1230 and had to wait about half an hour for a table, even though we were told it'll only be about twenty minutes. After we were finally seated, it was about another half an hour after our orders before our main dishes actually arrived.

Apart from an array of breakfast and lunch dishes, there also a special of the day, again inspired by asian flavours. Between two of us, we decided to get the soba noodles ($16.50), the Hong Kong egg waffles ($14), as well as beer battered chips ($8) to share. I also got the orange juice (my go to drink at cafes, if you've noticed!), and my friend a skinny latte. The latte was average, and the juice was fresh with a good orange flavour and pulp, though it could be a little sweeter.

The beer battered chips were served with kaffir lime salt and sriracha aioli, and came out really quickly, though as mentioned above the main dishes took quite long to be served. The chips were light and crunchy with great seasoning, and I felt that it was flavoured enough without even the aioli.

The soba noodles were served with tempura king prawn, enoki, pumpkin, as well as a tea egg, nori, daikon and a soy dipping sauce. The portion of this dish was really generous and filling, and refreshing to eat. The soba had good elasticity and with the soy dipping sauce was very flavoursome. The tempura king prawn had a light crispy batter and good elasticity, and was quite fresh as you could really taste the natural flavours of the prawn coming through. The tea egg was cooked perfectly, with a runny yolk and subtle tea flavour coming through. Though daikon doesn't usually have much flavour, in this instance it brought about a lightness to the dish when mixed in with the soba that had been dipped in the sauce, and made it really enjoyable.

The egg waffles were served with a vanilla custard, green tea ice cream, berry compote and a pistachio praline. It's different to any dessert dish I've had in Melbourne, and was an interesting and delicious dish. The waffles themselves were light and fluffy but slightly sweeter than usual waffles, and the green tea ice cream had great flavour. Even though the ice cream melted really quickly on top of the hot waffle, it acted really well as a green tea sauce to balance out the egg waffle sweetness. The berry compote also added another flavour with acidity and sourness, and the pistachio praline added a crunch to the dish.

Despite the long wait for a table and food, the quality of the food was pretty good and the interesting menu dishes means I'd like to come back again, perhaps not on a weekend or when it's so busy though.

Ambience: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Price: $$

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