Sunday, June 14, 2009


74-76 Kingsway
Glen Waverley 3150
Ph: (03) 9561 9888

Shine is one of those cafe/restaurant that do every type of cuisine imaginable....badly. I've been to it quite a few times (not of my choosing) and never has it been good. The menu reads well but the reality is overprice badly done food.

As an example, here's some dishes we had at our last visit.

Steak and Mash, how can you go wrong right. Well, you go wrong by cooking a medium steak until it's well done and so chewy that it's barely eatable. And who needs that big a pile of mash?

Seafood Linguini is a gluggy and used a lot of frozen seafood. And who needs a massive ring of oil around the plate?

Moroccan Lamb is drier than sand.

Chicken Parma has this huge bubbly mess of cheese on the top. Again, too much.

Chicken and Avocado on bread sounded safe. Wrong. Chicken pieces are a bit dry but still edible. Avocado, well, it's just avocado, who can you ruin that. Bread is ok too. So what went wrong. well, they stick it all together and pour this disgusting sweet chilli sauce thing over it. Where on the menu does it say there is a sweet chilli sauce.

My opinion is stay away from this place if possible. Service is flaky at best, food is not good and overpriced.

Overall Rating: 9/20, If you really can't find anywhere else, eat here as the food is just edible.

Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20:Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.

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