Third Wave Location: 30 Cato St, Prahran, VIC Contact: 03 9510 2991 Capitalising on hearty American fare and high quality coffee, Third Wave is a brand spanking new cafe located in the heart of Prahan. The cafe has a wonderfully bright and open feel, and boasts renowned chef Ryo Kitahara, a protégé of Iron Chef Sakai from the popular Japanese television series. TFS was kindly invited to the cafe to try out their brunch offering, which extensively covers both American and Russian style dishes.
Chai latte ($4.5)
Mocha ($4.2)Both the mocha and chai latte came out with the cutest little meringue drops, which may either be eaten separately or melted into the drink for added sweetness. The mocha was very milky, but was the perfect temperature and had been sweetened with milk chocolate shavings. Be sure to mix these in before the coffee cools down; otherwise you’ll be facing a mound of chocolate at the bottom. The chai latté, like the mocha, was not overly sweet, and the spice within was not overpowering at all.
Pulled pork slider ($15.90)But gosh, that pulled pork slider was so rich in flavour, truly embodying American style burgers. It had a lovely smokey, flavour-intense meat, and had been coupled with a tangy coleslaw, pickled cucumber and mustard on top a buttery brioche bun. It may look small, but looks can be deceiving – the juiciness and tenderness of that pork, combined with the brioche meant that M was full after devouring just half of the burger.
Reuben Sandwich ($16.90)Third Wave has taken a bit of a different step with the traditional reuben sandwich; in place of the usual corned beef the sandwich contained slow-smoked beef brisket, and coleslaw instead of sauerkraut. Definitely worth dipping those chips in the bbq sauce first; it’s deliciously smokey with the perfect amount of tang, sweetness and consistency. Though that smokiness on its own doesn’t compare to the beef brisket. While we found the brisket meat itself to be a tad dry and the bread to be a little on the thick side, the sandwich itself contains three types of sauces which work together to soften the meat when eaten in conjunction. Each of the sauces balanced each other in flavour, making it possible to pick each out with none of them dominating the others. This also meant that the swiss cheese could still be tasted, despite the combination of flavours.
Reuben Sandwich ($16.90)Both dishes came presented with a side of crunchy chips and pickles, which were also quickly devoured. It’s easy to see why Third Wave has gained such momentum so rapidly; the dishes are reasonably priced and are sure to gain a soft spot for those who love American fare. We’re keen on returning to try their blintzes; a Russian crepe filled with various ingredients.
The Food Society dined as a guest of Third Wave Cafe.
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