Kingsway in Glen Waverley is an Asian food mecca in Melbourne. The strip is filled with some of Melbourne’s best pho, Korean, Chinese and yum cha restaurants – not a likely place to find a bowl of spaghetti bolognese. Low and behold, there is a Chinese restaurant called Star East Cafe which on top of it’s extensive Chinese food menu also have a full Western menu catering all cuisines imaginable. I heard the Chinese food here was very good, but their spag bol? Well, I had to give it a go.
First course started out with my favourite Chinese entrees and then the much anticipated bowl of spaghetti bolognese arrived. Check it out:
I’m not going to beat around the bush here, it looked like a disaster and resembled the frozen spaghetti bolognese I ate last year. The sauce took on a funky light brown creamy colour, while chunks of carrot and tomato floated throughout the pasta. The melted cheese topped the cake for me.
Having said that, I was taught to never judge a book by it’s cover and set aside all reservations when I took my first bite. Unfortunately, it tasted as good as it looked. The sauce wasn’t very pleasant – oregano dominated the bolognese and there was barely a trace of tomato flavour. The meat confused me here – it was very fine and when I took a bite, it was flavoursome but not of the bolognese kind. It tasted like the meat was cooked separately in a wok and then added at the end. The sauce didn’t tie together well at all – there was segregation between the meat and liquid.
Texturally, it was not good either. The sauce was slimy and the pasta was soggy, as it was far overcooked. The melted cheese added to the gooeyness of the dish. The positives? Um..well…I guess it was well sized, not that I ate much of it. Bottom line: stick to what you’re good at – there is no need for a Chinese restaurant to attempt Italian food.