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Respond to Review of Madame K's Vegetarian Cafe
by vegan mikal

Review: Madame K's' menu items are all very enticing so we thought we would try two entrees ('small plates' on the menu) to begin with, just to share. We were shocked with the items we were served. The peking duck dish consisted of two tiny pancakes with a minuscule amount of filling. It tasted as it should have, but for $11.90 (the price of a main at many other Australian veg restaurants), it was simply risible. The other entree was miso glazed eggplant. Having had this dish elsewhere, including in Japan, I knew what to expect. However, the four small circles of eggplant were undercooked and the miso flavour was very light. Again, ridiculous at $8.90. The biggest laughs, however, came with our orders of 'large plate' (this is the menu category) dishes: the plates themselves were large, but the food on those plates was thoroughly insubstantial. Worst of all, Madame K's seems to provide the cheapest veggies possible in miserly amounts. I guess it matches well with the tiny amounts of the mock-meat protein on each plate. We did better with the prawn salad, however. Our crispy prawn salad was a decent portion size, with freshly deep-fried mock prawns and a nice pile of greens and cherry tomatoes. Unfortunately, after having consumed what should have been the perfect quantity of food, we were so hungry that we ordered another main meal. And we were all so glad we did! The soba salad turned out to be the best dish of the day. Crispy chunks of mock chicken served on a mountain of soba noodles with a very nicely flavoured dressing. A truly winning combination which was more than enough to share between five still-hungry diners. Madame K's is worth a visit, but perhaps it's best to have a look at what the diners next to you are getting and learn from their orders. The 'large plate' meals are definitely over-priced. We were also concerned with the melamine plates we were eating off, as well as the chipped enamel dish on which our pancakes were served; where's the china? This sort of presentation does not match the prices on the menu, nor the upmarket atmosphere of the place. When Madame K's is full, it is very hard to hear yourself think. Oh, and you must love red onion if you come here: every dish that appeared at our table had a good dose of uncooked red onion on it!! Updated from previous review on Friday January 31, 2014

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