Residents in the north part of Hangzhou are getting luckier with the addition of Mona Vale, an Aussie style café serving all day brunch, weekend roasts, expertly brewed coffees, burgers, sandwiches, salads and pastas.
Mona Vale began as a meal delivery service started by Louis and Luke to provide a healthy and tasty diet to customers. After 3 years, their meal service has become very popular with 30,000 members and the pair decided to open a bricks and mortar restaurant. Brought in to lead the kitchen and expand their menu is the former head-chef of Shanghai’s Green and Safe, an organic grocery and deli café.
As Luke is a native of Mona Vale, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, the partners wanted to re-create a part of that dining culture here with a laid back, casual restaurant that has delicious, healthy food, made simply with organic ingredients. And thus Mona Vale restaurant was born.
Starting from Friday night through Saturday and Sunday, the roast menu of French-Style Roasted Chicken (98RMB), New York BBQ Pork Ribs (98RMB) and Australian Roast Beef (128RMB) is available. We really enjoyed the roasted chicken, it was much fatter and meatier than what we normally see in China and the skin was roasted to a lovely crisp. All roasts are accompanied by roasted vegetables with a small amount of new potatoes, making for a low-carb meal. To make your weekend even more special, there’s happy hour from 2-5pm for buy-1 get-1-free on all beers and wines. Check out the ad below for more weekend deals.
The all-day brunch menu is offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Of course the Classic Australian Breakfast (58RMB) is a solid choice - a huge plate of bacon, sausage, freshly baked bread and organic eggs from Japan which you’ll notice for their bright orange-coloured yolks. These eggs were raised in the strictest Japanese standards so they’re completely safe to eat runny and you can dig in without fear.
There are 3 types of eggs benedicts, ranging in price from 65-68RMB. I first gravitated to the Avocado & Salmon Benedict (68RMB) but since we often have that combination we instead chose the Mushroom & Bacon Benedict (65RMB) with finely sliced and sautéed mushrooms over a thick slice of bacon. This was a more savoury benedict and was a nice change. Aside from their weekend roasts and brunch items, Mona Vale’s regular menu features some excellent burgers, sandwiches, pastas and salads.
The Beef Burger (48RMB) is one of the best we’ve had in recent memory, well-constructed with layers of pickles, sautéed mushrooms and crispy lettuce. There are both fresh sliced tomatoes and oven-roasted tomatoes that pack a wonderfully concentrated sweetness. The beef patty is juicy and flavourful, resembling a slice of meat-loaf. All this goodness is held together in a sturdy bun, slathered with their house special sauce.
Pulled Pork Bagel (39RMB) was also a treat highlighted by the pile of tart, sweet and creamy coleslaw over the tender, pulled pork.
Wild Mushroom and Carrot Salad (35RMB) will delight vegans, vegetarians and health-conscious eaters alike. Mushrooms and edamame beans are tossed in a light vinegary dressing, then mixed with sweet, roasted carrots over a bed of quinoa and barley. The vibrant mix of colours is a feast for the eyes while the nutritious ingredients energize the body.
For drinks, be sure to try Mona Vale’s hand poured coffees and espresso drinks made on their La Marzocco machine, such as the Dirty Coffee (25RMB), a creation with espresso, milk and cocoa powder.
Besides coffee drinks, there’s also Red Tea Latte (28RMB), Matcha Latte (28RMB), fresh juices (18RMB for a kids cup), wine (42RMB) and beer (25-40RMB).