Cafe Keyif is a random cafe attached to the bottom of a hotel so you half expect it to be a bit of a rip-off and not very good quality. Having said that, I should now say that I was completely wrong. The menu is relatively extensive, though the range of salads was dismally small, but at $10 for most dishes you can’t really go wrong.
The first thing you notice about the place though is the incredibly friendly service. There were two ever-smiling waitresses, with one perhaps being a little too eager to serve us (she asked us whether everything was alright at least three times) but that adds to the appeal of the place.
As for the food, it’s decent. I ordered Lamb Kofte Skewers: char grilled lamb skewers served with jasmine rice
& petite garden salad.
Lamb Kofte Skewers
I’ve had better lamb skewers before at other restaurants (Stalactites being the first one that comes to mind), but I was quite satisfied after the meal. There was nothing particularly special about the salad, but the rice was done quite well. I have a suspicion there was butter added, but that just made it tastier, if a touch unhealthy.
My friend ordered the Keyif Burger: lean minced beef, tasty cheese, fresh tomatoes, spring salad, sautéed onions, chefs secret sauce.
The burger looked juicy and tasty, though the chips and salad were unremarkable, and he seemed quite happy with his meal. It should be noted that having chips and salad costs extra, which neither of us realised.
If you’re after decent lunch, without spending too much, and don’t expect it to come out instantly, then Cafe Keyif is worth a visit. I wasn’t quite ready to try their coffee though, so if anyone does, please let me know.
8/550 Flinders St, Melbourne
Mon-Fri 7am-1030pm, Sat-Sun 8am-1030pm