I’ve been to Admiral Cheng-Ho three times since it opened early this year. I’d really looked forward to it arriving as as the northern sibling of Monk Bodhi Dharma.
I actually made it there on the first day they opened, went back again for coffee, and then dropped in again on Thursday for lunch on my way to volunteering at Fareshare. For some reason I’ve neglected to write a blog post about it. I’m not sure why, so I’ve decided I need to rectify that.
I grabbed a window seat, soaked up Melbourne’s unlikely 11th day of 20+ degree temperatures and studied the menu while I had a much needed coffee.
They take their coffee very seriously here, just like at Monk. But while the coffee is great (really great!), it doesn’t mean that the food has been at all neglected. Anyone who has been to Monk will recognise some of the great flavours. There are plenty of vegan choices, or easily veganisable veg options and a number of gluten free options as well.
After much dithering, I chose the zucchini fritters. This came as three generous patties with some stir-fried kale, green beans and carrot, along with a fantastic basil cashew cream and an equally delicious beetroot relish and some sunflower seeds for crunch. I really enjoyed the combination of textures and flavours. If I hadn’t been so full, I might have tried something sweet. There’s always next time.
I’m sure I’ll be back.
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