(The Glen Shopping Centre, Corner of High Street Road & Springvale Road, Glen Waverley)
Bonjouk was once a cafe in the middle of a gift shop at The Glen Shopping Centre. Despite the unusual mix, it was always difficult to get a table so they must have been doing something right. In recent months, it has transformed solely into a cafe/restaurant and expanded to include an area outside the shop in front of Thomas Dux and Harris Scarfe Home.
Many come for coffee and cake or a glass of wine but a range of hot meals is also served. Before embarking on a Friday night shopping trip, we decided to give these a try. The menu isn’t huge but there are several entrees, mains and side dishes to choose from. Cakes (including several flavours of macarons), can be selected from the cafe section outside.
I ordered the Fish and Chips -
J ordered the Gnocchi in a Tomato Sauce with Basil Pesto -
The waiter asked if we would like salt & pepper when our meals arrived and we said no, assuming that the meals had already been seasoned. Unfortunately we were wrong as both dishes were lacking in flavour.
The fish and chips were better than expected with nice crisp batter, good chips, a well-dressed salad and ample mayonnaise. Unfortunately the fish was a bit tasteless and just needed a bit more seasoning.
J felt the gnocchi was nice and light and almost melted in your mouth, however the sauce was too bland and needed more basil flavour. After trying some I would have to agree.
Service was friendly and efficient. A small number of giftware items remain on shelves around the walls which made for an interesting view.
I would have preferred the dishes to have some seasoning when leaving the kitchen, or at least had access to some salt and pepper shakers. They may get stolen occasionally but I like to be able to season my own meals without having to ask.
WILL WE RETURN
I’d definitely return for coffee and cake or a macaron or two, which I have thoroughly enjoyed here on several occasions. I’d give the hot meals another go but maybe try something else next time...or remember to say yes when offered salt and pepper!