Golden Child, Glen Iris

11/01/2015 , , 0 Comments

Golden Child is a small cafe in Glen Iris, on the same street as another place I've blogged about, Baba Sus. The cafe is right next to Burwood train station on the Alamein line, and seems to be quite a popular cafe for those who want to skip the long queues of Baba Sus!

There was a slight wait for a table when we went around 12pm on a Sunday, about fifteen to twenty minutes or so. The service was really great, with very friendly and attentive staff who let us move to a larger table when it was available - we were originally three people at a two seater table and were lucky enough to move to a table for four - and the staff even took our drinks and cutlery for us when moving. The decor at Golden Child is quite simple; the walls are painted white, with small jars of plants hanging along the side, and each table comes with a vase of flowers. The tables and chairs are all the same light wooden colour, giving the whole cafe a comfortable feel.

The menu at Golden Child is quite simple, but has a good enough range of breakfast and lunch dishes. We went with the Baked Eggs ($18), the Mushroom Arancini ($19) and the Lamb Burger ($16). Drinks wise, my friend got a capp ($3.80) and I got a small cookies and cream milkshake ($5). The milkshake was really delicious with lots of oreo bits in it, and the capp was good as well.

The baked eggs came with grilled eggplant, smoked cherry tomatoes, a five bean mix, sugo and fresh basil. The smokey flavour really came through for a flavoursome dish, and the egg was still runny when cut into. The whole dish was very warm and hearty, with the perfect texture for dipping your bread into, but at the same time not being too soupy or thick either.

The mushroom arancini came with bononcini cheese, confit garlic oil, sumac & truffle oil, served on a rocket salad. The arancini was really flavoursome and had a good contrast of texture with the crispy outer and the soft inner. However, I couldn't really taste any mushroom flavour, and the dressing on the salad was quite sour, which didn't balance very well with the savoury arancini. It would've been good to have something a bit more neutral to make this a more enjoyable dish, but it was still tasty nonetheless.

The lamb burger consisted of slow cooked tikka spiced pulled lamb, served on a brioche bun with feta, spinach and chermoula yoghurt. It also came with sweet potato chips on the side, which were nice and crunchy, though a little oily. The burger itself was good; the lamb was soft with a slight lamb flavour, and not too spicy, and this was balanced nicely with the slightly sour yoghurt. The brioche bun was soft and slightly sweet, and didn't become soggy with all the elements of the burger. Overall there was a good combination of textures and flavours, and each element was perfectly proportioned.

It was a good brunch experience here at Golden Child, worth trying if you're in the area and not wanting to wait too long for some food.

Ambience: 8/10 
Service: 8.5/10
Food: 8/10
Price: $$


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