Trei Cafe, Glen Waverley

5/08/2016 , , 0 Comments

Trei Cafe is located in Glen Waverley, in a little shopping strip just before Syndal Station on the Glen Waverley line, or a five minute drive from The Glen Shopping district. It's a pretty popular cafe in the area with a good range of both breakfast and lunch dishes, that have a twist on your typical brunch flavours and dishes.

The cafe isn't very large, with pastel coloured decor and the use of white chairs and wooden tables. Cushioned seating lines one wall of the cafe, and overall the atmosphere of the cafe is comfortable and lively, though at times you did have to raise your voice a little as it was so busy. We went on a weekend and were told there was going to be a half an hour wait for a table, but luckily got one in about 20 minutes. Staff were friendly and attentive, and there wasn't too long of a wait for our food.

There's a good range of sweet and savoury dishes for both breakfast and lunch, which doesn't begin service until 11:30. We wanted to order from the lunch menu a couple of minutes before then, and were told the chefs were quite adamant about not starting lunch options until then. The dishes we ordered were the acai smoothie bowl ($15), the korean fried chicken tacos ($18.50 for 3) and the cheeseburger bao ($18). We also ordered sweet potato fries to share ($8.50).

The sweet potato fries came with an avocado salsa and lime, which actually made the fries quite sour. All of us thought it wasn't really needed in the dish; sweet potato has flavour by itself already and both the avo salsa and lime didn't really add to the dish in any way. The chips themselves were average, nothing great or terrible about it, but we all agreed we'd had better ones before.

 The smoothie bowl came with granola, coconut, peanut butter, coyo (coconut milk vegan yoghurt) and seasonal fruit. The acai flavour really came through well, and was a good contrast to the salty peanut butter and the sweetness from the coyo. However there was a bit too much peanut butter and the dish did feel a bit heavy; more granola would've been good to balance out the flavours more and provide more of the crunchy texture. The portion of the dish was very generous though, and presentation was good.

The fried chicken tacos were served with pickled cabbage, sesame mayo, salted peanuts and lime. The portion of the dish was very generous, and the individual flavours of the dish all came through really well. The lime was a nice touch to compliment the heavier flavours of the dish with its acidity, and the chicken was cooked perfectly. The tortilla was nice and thin but not to the point where it wasn't sturdy enough to hold the taco together, and there was plenty of slaw and mayo to ensure the dish wasn't too try. However, the menu did say there was peanuts in the dish, and it wasn't actually in it at all.

The cheeseburger bao was made up of pulled beef brisket, chilli mayo, pickles, grilled cheese and relish. It was essentially a cheeseburger, except the burger buns were replaced with the asian style bao. I had never really had pulled beef before, which was an interesting experience; I felt that it was a little dry, and there was too much of it in comparison to everything else in the dish, so wasn't balanced out quite as nicely as I would've liked. More relish or mayo would've made the dish better, though the softness from the bao did make for a good contrast to the other textures from the dish.

As there is so much to choose from here at Trei Cafe, I'd definitely come back to try some other dishes. However, I'd probably recommend going earlier if you don't want to wait too long for a table, as it is quite popular and gets busy very quickly.

Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 7.5/10
Price: $$

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