Monday, 16 May 2016

Espresso and Matcha's Foodie Odyessy - Melbourne Day 10 Dinner : HeyDay Hong Kong Cafe

By the end of day 10 it is given without saying that we were feeling pretty homesick. Missing my own bed and blankets we could do very little but to seek out some homey comfort food on the eve of our return. Having heard that there was an authentic Hong Kong Style Cha Chaan Teng at the end of Celestial Lane, that's where we headed for our last meal in Melbourne.

 Heyday Hong Kong Cafe gives off quite a retro 90s feel to it, and the storefront (which we didn't take a picture of), was very small. With the menu already on the wall, we were able to make our selection quickly.

Tea was provided complimentary, and was similar to what we have at Coffee Square.

Even though we enjoyed the tea, our choice of set meals meant that we had complimentary hot drinks. My companion opted for the Hong Kong Style Milk Tea, and I had the Hong Kong Style White Coffee. Both were very strong, and made with evaporated milk rather than fresh milk to balance out the flavours. 

My companion had the satay beef with instant noodle combination, which is quite a traditional favourite in Hong Kong. It was served with sides of buttered toast and sausage omelette. The satay beef was quite tender and tasty, with a strong peanuty taste to the sauce. The noodles were a little harder than my companion's preference, but not by much. The toast was only slightly done, but my companion prefers his toast a bit more coloured. He really enjoyed the omelette though, which had bits of sausage mixed into it, because of the nice crunchy edges.

Even though it was dinner, I opted for a more breakfast like meal. Comprising of sausages soup macaroni, toast, and a fried egg with ham, it really reminded me of home. Again the macaroni could have been softer, but the portion size and nourishing soup made up for it. The sausage was pan fried before being put on top, so the outer layers were nicely caramelised. The ham and egg was also pan fried so that it also had a nice crispy edge to it. For our last meal of our trip, Heyday was efficient, homey and exactly what we needed to round off a wonderful holiday to Melbourne.

Price Range: $10 - $20pp

Taste: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: 7/10

Heyday Hong Kong Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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