MELBOURNE | Food Factory @ UWS is a Cantonese eatery from the team behind contemporary Cantonese stalwart Crystal Jade, that I recently visited for What’s On Melbourne. Food Factory takes are more casual approach to things, both with the space, and on the menu. It’s inspired by the classic cafe and street food dishes of Hong Kong, serving up no-nonsense versions of these dishes.
Look towards the window separating the kitchen from the dining space, and you’ll see assorted roast meats hanging from hooks, the fat glistening against the light. As you’d expect, these meats can be ordered solo or in a variety of dishes. Roast duck and crispy pork with rice and greens, char sui, and BBQ pork ribs are all on the menu.
There’s favourites like deep fried pork chop and rice, braised beef tendon and brisket on rice, and hearty soy mixed offal (brisket, tripes, lungs, bladder and tendons), with rice. It’s traditional, comforting, and delicious.
If rice isn’t what you’re feeling, there’s things like dry and soup prawn dumpling noodles; house made fish ball noodle soup; and chicken hot pot, served with soy marinated pieces of chicken, youtiao (Chinese doughnuts), greens and chilli.
For dessert, or even as a breakfast/brunch option, there’s a lot to choose from too. Gooey lava French toast; Hong Kong egg waffles; and pineapple buns with butter or ham, egg, and tomato.
To round things off, the drinks list is filled with more classic options. Hong Kong style milk tea, traditional and with assorted flavours like durian and chrysanthemum are on offer, along with things like Milo Dinosaur, cheesy jasmine tea, and Hong Kong style coffee.
Food Factory @ UWS
409-411/33 Rose Lane
Telephone: (03) 9133 5717
Mon, Wed – Fri: 11:00am to 3:00pm; 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Sat – Sun: 12:00pm to 9:30pm