MiHUB Cafe, 12 Synnot St, Werribee. Phone: 9731 7877
The Consider The Sauce men are on a mission.
We’ve been told by our “eyes and ears” in the area about a cool little Sri Lankan joint in suburban Werribee.
But we get waylaid by other plans as we’re tooling through the Werribee CBD.
As we’re passing it, I say to Bennie: “That’s MiHUB Cafe over there …”
His immediate response is: “That’s where I’d like to go!”
But, but, but … his dad has the scent of the unknown and possibly delicious in his nostrils and is in a hunting mood.
But then again, OK, let’s do it your way, Mr Five Bowls.
Whatever the imperatives of new places and blog posts, I know fully well enough by now to relax and chill when appropriate, to let Bennie have his way – sometimes he evinces wisdom far superior to that of his father in such matters.
And the Sri Lankan place will still be standing by the time we get there.
Since first writing about this marvellous Sundays-only migrant-based operation, I have returned to MiHUB Cafe just for the sheer pleasure of it, but this is Bennie’s first visit.
He ends up enjoying it just as much as I do.
Bennie takes my adamant advice and goes for the gado gado ($5).
He loves it a lot.
And it’s as I recall – a lively mix of vegetables, tofu and hard-boiled egg topped with superbly rich, dark and spicy peanut sauce unlike any found on your typical restaurant gado gado around Melbourne.
My own plate of mixed curries with rice ($10) is less all-round successful, with the two vegetable dishes being somewhat forgettable.
The beef rendang is a winner, though.
And the highlight is a beautiful chicken curry, light on the spiciness but ultra-fragrant with lemongrass.
One problem with eating outside on such a chilly day – everyone present is pretty much rugged-up – is the food tends to go cold quickly.
But really, food is just part of the story here – the smiles and the friendliness are weather-proof.
While we’re lunching, any number of people wave hello with big smiles or come up and chat to us about, say, a Malaysian village planned for Broadmeadows or a planned venue move for the MiHUB Cafe operation itself.
We’ll keep you posted about both.