The interior of 3Lives is clean and funky, with metal stools and exposed light bulbs. Given the good weather, however, we opted to sit outside.
I ordered the Teriyaki Tofu salad, and it was brought out to me in less than 10 minutes. It was also $8, which is one of the cheapest cafe meals I've ever eaten. And it was damn good. The tofu was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, with a sticky sauce that was fantastic. The salad was just your standard greens, but it had a sesame dressing that made it fantastic.
Seek this place out - cheap, tasty and cool, definitely worth the 5 minute walk from Swan Street.
- 2K run
- 8K bike ride
- yoga class
- watch 3 episodes of QI
- make donuts
so at least if I fail my degree I'll be a flexible genius with a face covered in cinnamon sugar
Anyway, what is a colour run???
However, this place proved me wrong. We were quickly shown to our reserved table, and given a copy of the extensive menu. Although the service was a little abrupt, we were well looked after and we didn't wait long for our food at all. The bruschetta was delicious, with a thick, sweet balsamic vinegar. The potato wedges came with avocado and a REAL sweet chilli sauce, which was just perfect. I also sampled my sister's gnocchi with avocado and chicken sauce, which was really tasty.
This place was quiet and intimate, and service was attentive but somewhat abrupt. The only thing I found a bit off-putting was the fact that the owner's son kept walking in and out of the kitchen wearing sports clothes. It just seemed odd considering the ambience of the rest of the restaurant. I would definitely come here again.
Also, this is where 2 weeks of solid study gets me. Watching videos on YouTube.
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Having said that, the food is pretty good. The portions are small for what you pay ($19 for 2 pancakes is a bit much) but they always taste darn good. The Alice in Wonderland theme of the place is fun, and for the most part the place is clean and neat.
Although we had to inform someone that we were ready to order, our waitress was quite helpful and even offered to split the bill prior to our meal. Although there was one issue once the food came out, the manager came over to apologise and did everything in her power to correct the situation.
I had the 'IT', 2 pancakes with banana and walnuts. The pancakes were great and fluffy and the banana was sweet and fresh. The maple syrup they provide on the tables is good - not just that saccharine sweet artificial stuff you get in bulk. We also shared the cottage chips, which were chunky but a bit too oily for my taste. I still finished half of them though!
Ultimately, the food is good but expensive. For kids and celebrations it's a great option, especially with the part room area, but for a casual meal there's probably better places to eat.
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