There once was a quiet strip of shops next to Burwood Station... Then, two brilliant cafés opened up at either end and thus this once quiet strip of shops is now bustling with people. We were undecided which one to go to that day but when we arrived, Baba Sus had queues out the door so our decision was relatively easy. From the people behind Little Ox, Golden Child has an Italian-Chinese fusion menu. The interior is a mixture of white walls, exposed brick and pale timber with eye-catching bottles of native foliage on each table.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
· Black pudding and crumbed egg, spinach, artichoke, red wine jelly with sourdough ($19.00)
· Mushroom arancini with Bononcini, confit garlic aioli, sumac and truffle oil, served with a rocket salad ($19.00)
· Grilled barramundi with Thai green curry, bamboo shoots, lychees, fried shallots and rice noodles ($22.00)
· Baby beetroot salad with grilled baby leeks, candy walnuts, vegan cream cheese and fresh spinach ($18.00)
WHAT WE ATE...
I thought I would go for a sweet option and picked the ‘Pumpkin bread with Shiraz pear, ginger crumb, cinnamon meringue and vanilla Anglaise mousse ($12.00)’. I was expecting a petite serve as it was only $12. However, an elaborate work of art appeared before me. How can a dish that is so gorgeous be so inexpensive? As for the flavour, that was outstanding too. The pear was cooked perfectly with just the right amount of give as I slid my spoon through its blushing flesh. The ginger crumb, walnuts, cinnamon meringue and clouds of mousse added a delight to the golden pumpkin bread. Golden Child definitely has a talented chef...
My dining companion chose the ‘Chicken roti wrap with Rice-bubble batter, Asian slaw, chilli, spring onions, avocado puree ($16.00)’. Again, this was a wonderful dish. From the first glance the wrap appears quite simple... Don’t be fooled by its deceptiveness. Inside is an explosion of complex flavours and textures. I had a taste and I was seriously impressed.
The highly desired fifth taste of umami flooded my tastebuds...
|Chicken Roti Wrap|
WHAT WE DRANK...
You can have a ‘Golden Child Fresh Tea – fresh ginger, lemon, honey and mint ($5.00)’ or perhaps a Cherry Ripe or Salted Caramel Milkshake ($5.00 small, $8.00 large). My latte ($3.80) was fabulous! Fantastic food and coffee? I think I have found Nirvana!
Yes, the service was great too!
Address: 1-3 Bardolph Street, Glen Iris, VIC
Phone: 03 9889 6969
Mon – Fri: 7.00am – 4.00pm