Restaurant review: Secret Recipe

Secret Recipe
03 9801 3335

Corner Stud Rd & Burwood Hwy
Wantirna South, VIC 3152
Secret Recipe Online

I don’t normally like going to restaurants that are ‘asian inspired’. Call me a snob, but I try to avoid them as they generally disappoint. But a dear friend, Siera, insisted on paying Secret Recipe a visit, and who am I to say no? After all, her obsession with Secret Recipe was my fault as well.

I think sometimes, the best way to go to a restaurant is to go without any sort of expectations. Because that’s what I did. I went without any expectations of grandeur, instead I thought I was going to be horribly disappointed but instead I found myself loving the food!

I will admit, the Char Kuey Teow wasn’t authentic. But authenticity is a slippery slope and the more I go through the mind-boggling number of malaysian/singaporean cuisine restaurants, the less inclined I am to talk about authenticity. So let’s skip right past that. Because despite the lack of wok hei, it was incredibly tasty. We were sharing two mains between three of us to have room for cakes so it took an absurd amount of willpower not to just finished the lot. Save to say, I wish we had more. Ah damn.

Looks can be deceiving. When this appeared on the table, I shook my head and thought “here comes the disaster”. It does look quite unappetizing, doesn’t it? What is this dish? It’s pumpkin and almond agnolotti with sage and shallot cream sauce. And of course, I had to eat my words just as much as I had to stop myself from licking the plate. Was this just a fluke or was Secret Recipe actually dishing out decent meals?

The mains were made really quick work of, especially between the three of us. We eagerly pushed the plates away and started contemplating dessert. After all, Secret Recipe is known for their cakes. That’s their hero product.

Here are the cakes we got:

I wouldn’t say that this is where the meal went downhill, but I will say that it’s funny how things worked out. I didn’t expect anything good from the mains and I was greeted with incredibly tasty dishes. I was expecting the cakes to be amazing, and they were so-so. Full of fatty, fatty cream and not much else. Ew.

I won’t even bother naming the cakes because I don’t think any of it was memorable. But that’s alright, because I’d still go back to Secret Recipe. Those mains!

Here’s another reason why I will go back. I left my brand new camera there, on the table. I went three days without realising it was gone. When I did, I couldn’t even begin to think where I had left it. In a fit of desperation I called up Secret Recipe and what do you know, my camera was there. Untouched, safe, and perfectly taken care of. I went to retrieve it immediately but I was so incredibly impressed by the service for having taken care of the camera and keeping it safe. Thank you.

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  1. Hmm, I think I’m happy that we only had the mains at the Knox branch. The roast chicken was a little dry, but I actually quite liked the herb rice.
    Sefie recently posted..Friday 4 – Meat

    • Yeah the cakes were bleah. I don’t know if I’d go out of my way to go back to Secret Recipe, but it was pretty good while it lasted.

  2. Oh wow I can’t believe it was good! I live so near to the one at Melbourne Central but I’ve been wary about trying it because it’s always empty and to be honest, the ones in Malaysia and Singapore from which Secret Recipe originates don’t impress either! Perhaps the offshoots have surpassed the original? ;)
    Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne recently posted..Giveaway: Heston Blumenthal! Also I’m Back For Good (or Evil)

    • It’s quite possible. Or it’s possible that the one in Knox just has a good chef. I wouldn’t recommend (or advise against) the one at Melbourne Central since it really could be that the chef at Knox is good. I still don’t like these random wannabes!! Haha

  3. I can still remember when Secret Recipe first opened its chain in Malaysia… every birthday would be a Banana Chocolate cake.. so good, but soooooooo dangerous to the hips :)
    msihua recently posted..“Let’s Get Naked!!!” – Naked For Satan @ Fitzroy, Melbourne

  4. Benny DeLiko says:

    Those recipes looks good.

    How were the prices?
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