When you come to Glen Waverly for food, you either come for Asian food mainly Malaysian or Chinese or you come for the very few but widely popular classically set up restaurant cafes such a Coco Lounge. These restaurant cafes open early for breakfast goers and the brunching masses alike and doesn’t close until late for those who need some place nice for dinner after work. Coco Lounge caters to it’s customers during these long hours with separate menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a team of staff who are polite, attentive and quite accommodating to any dietary needs.
Or to be more precise, they were accommodating to my needs at the time. It was a Thursday night and the place was starting to fill up quite quickly. After being informed that their vegetable rotolo had run out for the evening, I decided try and modify an existing menu option to my liking but we’ll get to that in a moment.
Soft shell crab sliders, wasabi mayo and fresh horseradish on brioche $13.90
My friend and I started off the evening with some appetizers with some soft shell crab sliders. The soft shell crab although a little too salty were very soft and crisp. One bite into the buttery sweet brioche bun lead all the trapped juice inside the soft shell crab to drip from the sides of our mouths.
Pulled pork tacos with homemade BBQ sauce and slaw $11.50
There was a lot of pulled pork in these tacos, in fact the taco in general seemed to be generously filled. We did find that the salad was a little bitter in contrast to the savoury pork and were not sure how we felt about the tacos in general.
Gnocchi with pan fried broccoli, peas, asparagus (sans goats curd and walnuts) in balsamic reduction and extra spinach $22.90
Now back to how they were kind enough to let me modify an existing menu option. After vegetable rotolo was ruled out from the menu, I had my eye on the gnocchi dish. However I did not want any goats cheese or walnuts but instead some extra vegetables (in this case spinach). To my pleasant surprise the our waitress went about it very kindly in an understanding and helpful manner, making suggestions herself to what possibilities could be done with the gnocchi.
And how did it all taste? I was very satisfied with the dish. The gnocchi were smaller than I expected (but that’s not a bad thing) but were soft and had a nice bite to it without being overly chewy.
Coco’s Signature Wagyu Beef Burger with aged cheddar cheese, tomato and dark ale relish, crispy onion and chard leaves with a side of chips and aioli $24.90
Served with a side of some thick fat crispy chips, Coco’s signature wagyu beef burger was certainly a popular choice on the menu. An enjoyable burger overall, my friend did note a slight lack of seasoning in the burger itself but commented that the burger bun was very nice.
For those who commonly frequent the other cafe restaurants like Mocha Jo’s or Piatella Cafe Bar and want a change of scenery, definitely drop by Coco Lounge sometime for a meal. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, it matters not because they are open 7 days a week from 7:30am on weekdays or 8:00am on weekends until late.