The Usual Joint, 32 Furlong Road, Sunshine North.
Consider The Sauce has a liking for short menus.
Compact, succinct, brief.
The Usual Joint, however, takes tight to new heights.
Sure, at this friendly, spacious, new Sunshine North cafe you can get a range of sangers and there’s a display cabinet of rolls and even lasagna.
And there’s marvellous sweets – more on those later.
But they appear to have settled into a groove of offering just a single lunch-time made-to-order meal – and even then only at weekends.
That’s cool – we can roll with that.
I’m told these meals have and will run to the likes of pho and curries.
But at the first of two visits, CTS enjoys …
… a lovely serve of won ton noodles for $12.
It’s a simple and soulful, and packed with fine ingredients: A single, plump dumpling, a wafer, a fat prawn, pork both sliced and minced – and good, hot broth.
At our subsequent visit, we enjoy the wagyu sliders ($15).
Now, we be no great fans of sliders – they often seem too fussy to us.
But these wow with panache.
A big part of the winningness is down to the accessories – cornichons, shoestring fries and a tub of super rich and fabulously yummy Japanese-style potato salad.
But the sliders themselves are no slouches, either.
The rolls are stuffed with well-cooked beef, mushies, beetroot, tomato, lettuce and bacon.
They eat bigger than they look.
And the ingredients, particularly the beetroot, convey a likeness to a regular Aussie burger – only better.
But there is much more going on at The Usual Joint than the single-offering savoury roster.
The place has quickly become a community focal point, with a happy crowd hitting the place to eat, meet and sup on a range of specialty teas and coffees.
The punters are mostly of the young and Asian variety.
I’m tempted to call them young, Asian and hip – but that might give them big heads and stuff.
As well, there is a very sexy range of sweets.
The highlights in that regard are the crepe cakes.
Oh boy, these are so good – multiple layers of tender crepes soaked through with your flavour of choice.
Keenly priced at $8, they’re quite filling and superbly inhabit our favourite dessert niche – that of decadence without being sickly sweet.
We love the pandan (above) most of all, but also enjoy …
… the Thai milk tea and …
… the matcha.
Our crepe cake slices are matched with excellent cafe lattes.
Best bet is to “like” The Usual Joint on Facebook so you’ll know what’s cooking in terms of those hot meals.