Han’s Cafe is a successful Asian restaurant franchise that started in 1995 and seemed to have multiplied quite numerously over the years (I think there are about 14 Han’s Cafes nowadays). I’d been to about half a dozen or so throughout the years which included the ones in Northbridge, Perth, Belmont, Claremont, Mandurah and Willetton. For this review, we ate at the restaurant in Cannington (inside the Carousel shopping centre) whilst waiting to watch Transformer later on the night. (Ironically though, we didn’t end up watching the movie that night as the tickets sold out by the time we finished dinner! Boo!!)
The decor at all Han’s Cafes is quite similar, bamboo floorboards, wooden tables and chairs, tall bamboo sticks and brass statues adorning the centre, giving it an almost asian countryside atmosphere. They are quite popular as there always seem to be a crowd. For us, we chose this place as the food normally comes out fast which is a plus when you are in a hurry. I noticed at this restaurant that they have installed touchscreen monitors for the tables alongside the wall and NO! it’s not for internet but for self-service order. How hi-tech!
The menu consists of a diverse range of cuisine and boasts about 125 different dishes. You can order either individual dishes (rice or noodle) or various entrees, meat or vegetable dishes to share which is typically an asian style of eating.
We ordered the following:
- Entree – Han’s Spring Rolls ($4.95) and Han’s Satay Stick ($5.95)
- Individual dinner dishes – Han’s Red Beef Curry Rice ($10.95), Han’s Roast Duck Egg Noodle Soup ($9.95) and Han’s Broken Rice ($10.95)
The entrees came and tasted so so only although they did satisfy our hunger while we waited for the mains. There were four per serving of Spring Rolls served with Han’s special sauce – as written (the sauce tasted like ordinary thai sweet chilli sauce to me though). With the Satay Sticks, you get a choice of beef or chicken served with Han’s satay sauce. Okay, by this time, I had realised that they tag the word ‘Han’ in front of every single dishes and the word does not really signify a specialty dish, so the expectation went down from there.
I had the Red Curry Beef Rice which is cooked Malaysian style and served with a bowl of steamed rice. The curry tasted nice to me and I like how they put a variety of vegetables in there! It helped with my count of 5 serves of veggies a day! haha
Two of my friends had the Roast Duck Egg Noodle - one thought it was delicious while the other thought it was only so so! That goes to show how one dish can be nice for one and not for the other, all depending on the palate! One of my friend commented that the vegetables in the noodle soup tasted sweet which made him want to eat more of them which is rare for him. o_O I have never heard that before – kinda weird.
Lastly, the Broken Rice got rave review. Broken Rice is a traditional Vietnamese dish and is basically cooked rice from fractured rice grains. It’s Vietnamese name is ‘Com Tam’. It is served with grilled pork, cucumber, pickled vegetables, fried egg and ‘Bi’, thinly shredded pork mix, poured over with a special sweet sauce, and a small bowl of soup broth to wash everything down. It is actually a great dish as it contains everything!
Service was fast although the waiters/waitresses seemed very rushed when they were taking our order and didn’t seem too happy. Maybe there were too many people there that night. I think Han’s Cafe somehow gives me a ‘fast food joint’ vibe but they do have some nice dishes. It is especially great for those in a rush. :)
Rating by: N.L.
Telephone: 089358 0848
Address: Carousel Shopping Centre, 1382 Albany Highway, Cannington