One of the problems that I have, is that my eyes are often bigger than my stomach. Most of the time it's a problem but at Dr DAX Kitchen, the presentation, the serving sizes, plus the pricing quickly satisfied and tamed the hunger.
It has something for everyone. Its neighbours are the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Melbourne University and it's located in the heart of the Melbourne Brain Centre. Such a great atmosphere to have lunch in. Such an eclectic bunch of people to meet and greet and eat together with. Well to eat next to anyway.
Memories of my own student days came flooding back, and I was reminded of the great cafe culture that Melbourne has. The cafe was filled with groups of people, taking up a number of tables being pushed together to make one big long table. With the odd slice of cake or toasted panini amidst the valley of coffee cups and water cups. Laptops mixed with giant text books speckled with funky phone covers to top it all off.
The decor is fresh and continues with the theme of being in a Doctor's kitchen. Behind the counter on top of a shelf, is a line of beakers, mixed with multi coloured fluids, with coloured stethoscopes to add to the atmosphere that you are dining at a doctor's place at the 'Brain Centre'. Even the table menu is in the form of a brain.
I arrived at around 12.30pm and had to literally fight off people to get to a table. The lunch feeding session was well under way and it was very very busy. And rightly so!
The cabinets were filled with salads, sandwiches, wraps, paninis, pies and pastries as well as some hot food items.
The special of the day was the Malaysian Beef Curry on rice. Judging by the way it looked it was the most obvious choice. And I am glad that I went with it. The portion was very generous and it was reasonably priced at $10 - definitely catering to the student life on campus.
The curry was a favorite. It went from a full pan to an empty pan all while I was lined up waiting to pay. The rice was perfect and the curry had a beautiful mix of spices, although I would have preferred it a little bit spicier.
I can't wait to try the breakfast. I think that'll be my ultimate decider. Especially with an item called the Bombay Spiced Scrambled eggs! Or the Veggie Risotto stuffed Capsicum.
What I was impressed with, is that at Dr DAX Kitchen, you can tell the regulars, because they all come in with their own mugs to be filled by the Barista, a big tick for being environmentally friendly - and to be honest, coffee served in a BYO mug is a great idea and should be implemented in every cafe.
So If you're into hanging at a place where you're surrounded by musicians, doctors and a whole lot of other university disciplines and cares for our environment then Dr. DAX Kitchen is the place to be.
I warn you lunchtime is guaranteed to be packed, so get in early for a good seat!