Cafe Carpenter

Friday, November 06, 2015 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Cafe Carpenter is a small Japanese and Korean restaurant. The interior is cosy, homey, decorated with Japanese night markets characters - light wood, open kitchen, colourful pillows. They served breakfast as well as dinner and lunch with various drinks such as coffee, tea, sake, soju etc.

Takoyaki - grilled battered balls, marinate octopus, cheese, spring onion with house made spicy bbq sauce, Japanese mayo and bonito flakes on top ($5/4pcs, $10/10). They taste pretty good, crispy on the outside and soft inside.

Same goes with their Okonomiyaki - Japanese savoury pancake, special bbq sauce with Japanese mayo and shaved bonito ($14). They taste not bad at all.

Chicken tebasaki - fried chicken wings with original sweet soy sauce (5pcs/$9). It was really sweet, well cooked and crispy.

Bibim bap - rice bowl with variety vegetables and soft cooked fried egg with Korean beef chilli paste and sesame oil ($15). It comes in a large bowl and all the ingredients works well with each other.

Tonkatsu - pork schnitzel, cabbage, fresh ground sesame house made sauce and Japanese mustard ($22). Sadly, this dish is a disappointment. The crumb was soggy and the pork is quite dry even though the sesame sauce and Japanese mustard was quite tasty. 

L.A Galbi - marinated bbq beef tender ribs, cos lettuce and ssamjung ($24). This the winner of the day. The ribs was juicy, tender, very well marinated. The sauce was super delicious.

Unfortunately, their coffee was pretty thin and bitter. They need to improved on their coffee quality especially this is Melbourne.

Their Green tea latte ($5) is featured on Zomato "A Matcha Made in Heaven" collections but it was quite thin, bitter and needed more green tea to make the flavour shine.

If you are after something different for brunch on Saturday/Sunday morning or dinner after shopping at Chadstone then Cafe Carpenter is worth a try. The owners are very friendly and attentive.

Cafe Carpenter Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 9.30am-11pm
Friday-Saturday: 9.30am-12pm
Sunday: 9.30am-3pm

Cafe Carpenter
742 Waverly Rd
Malvern East, VIC 3145