Fo0die dined as a guest of Neon Tiger and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Conveniently located with tram routes all around, we drove and parked on the street which is normally a tow away zone, Monday through to Friday. Named after a song by The Killers, the owners have continued to add to their portfolio of cafes named after songs by The Killers (they also own Mr Brightside).
Located at the corner, there’s seating available on Glenview Avenue side of the venue equipped with blankets, black umbrellas and gas heaters to ensure a comfortable experience.
On entry, the coffee/counter is straight ahead with seating areas on either side of the counter. The interior of the venue has a nice combination of pastel colours; pink walls, blue tables, while circular ceiling pieces paired with black tiles on the counter and black chairs (all very pleasing to the eye).
We were seated in the dining area to the left of the entry with lovely natural light thanks to the corner position.
The A4 sized menu has an all day breakfast menu on one side with a small section titled “Something More” for those after lunch style dishes. On the other side is a small menu for kids and the drinks the venue offers; from alcoholic beverages through to hot drinks to cold drinks. On a separate clipboard are the specials and the house baked sweet treats.
One of Mr J’s favourite matcha lattes is ones made with Matcha Maiden and when its combined with honey. Neon Tiger’s matcha latte came out piping hot; our guess is so that it can melt the honey. Cinnamon is served separately in a shaker which Mr J appreciated as he isn’t a fan of having cinnamon in his matcha lattes. My usual order of mocha (not pictured), was well balanced with a slightly stronger coffee flavour which is my personal preference.
Mr J had the tacos from the “Something More” section of the menu. These were tangy (a little too tangy for Mr J) and slightly spicy, giving it a little kick. We don’t normally enjoy pomegranate in our dishes as the texture sometimes stands out a little too much in contrast to the rest of the dish but in this dish, it made sense with the crunchy red cabbage slaw.
I had the croquette special which arrived with two croquettes on a bed of creamy polenta. The croquettes were creamy with pieces of mushrooms inside and golden crispy on the outside and paired nicely with the sauteed mushrooms with truffle oil and herb polenta (it was also filling thanks to the polenta).
To finish off, we tried one of the venue’s house baked goodies. Not too overly sweet, we surprisingly enjoyed the combination of hazelnut, chocolate and pear.
Wanting to be known as a cafe that offers solid food and beverage that is value for money (inclusive of the quality produce and food plated up), we think they have showcased this to us on this visit.
Dishes that make up this review
- Barramundi corn tacos; red cabbage slaw, carrots, spring onions, charred corn, herbs and lime labna ($16.50)
- Mushroom croquettes, saute mushroom with truffle oil, herb polenta, croutons and poached eggs ($20)
- Hazelnut, chocolate and pear cake ($6.50)
- Matcha maiden latte served with honey and cinnamon ($5)
- Mocha ($4)