Cafe 99 is located on the popular Melbourne Street cafe precinct in North Adelaide. It’s been on my “to eat” list for quite some time and it’s only now that I’ve had a chance to check it out. The cafe itself is small and the place itself looks a bit dated.
The menu is a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai cuisine. There are your standard cold rolls, bread rolls and salad bowls. With the soups, there are a selection of beef noodle soups or laksa with your various proteins. Similar with the stir fries where you can choose from Pad Thai or a Chinese stir fry.
For lunch, I ordered the Rare Beef Noodle Soup. The dish was ready after a 15 minute wait and came with all the trimmings. While the presentation was nice, the dish was served in a square bowl and the serving size looked smaller than anticipated.
The broth is the key to a good Beef Noodle Soup. While fat globules were present on the top surface of the broth, I thought the soup was a bit plain and lacked depth. It was missing the beefiness from a slow cooked broth and may have been watered down. The noodles were fresh and the beef slices were lean and tender.
The staff were friendly and the service was good. The atmosphere was relaxed, although with it being Grand Final day and the weather being quite hot, I felt this did play a part. The cost of the Beef Noodle Soup was $11.90 which is higher than what you would pay in the western suburbs, however, they are in the North Adelaide postcode.
If I’m having lunch, I like to walk away feeling satisfied. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that with the Beef Noodle Soup.
WHERE: 99 Melbourne St, North Adelaide