We always enjoy a bit of fusion on the menu and Cafe Kentaro has plenty of it on offer at their casual space on Bourke Street, with an experimental flair leading to some interesting creations. To start off we tucked into their addictive Karaage Sambo, which showcased crispy fried chicken, covered with mayo and tempered with a lightly flavoured kimchi, for a subtle kick between the bread bun.
Karaage Sambo, $15
We were brought back to our memories of Japan with their comforting Kentaro Style Omurice (a.k.a. omelette rice), which hit the spot with a creamy egg omelette and a delicious dark miso mushroom gravy (full of umami) smothered over tomato fried rice. This was a generous serving and will leave both your tastebuds and your stomach feeling very satisfied, especially if you add a side of Japanese corned beef like we did.
Kentaro Style Omurice, $19, side of Japanese Corned Beef $6
For dessert, we indulged in their glorious Matcha French Toast, which showcased the Japanese green tea powder in the super soft slices of matcha toast and a delectable matcha mousse which was not too sweet, topped off with sprinkles of matcha coconut.
Matcha French Toast, $16
Aside from their great coffee, we also enjoyed their Hojicha Latte with the lovely roasted tea flavour really shining through, for something slightly different from the usual Matcha Latte that you generally see on the menu.
Hojicha Latte, $4.20 and Cappuccino, $4.50
We loved each of the tasty dishes at this hidden gem of a cafe – the friendly service and intriguing flavour combinations at Cafe Kentaro will keep us coming back for more as they continue experimenting with new Japanese fusion menu items, like an espresso jelly drink which will be a hit in summer.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Cafe Kentaro