Cattle Cafe (Kingsway)

On a recent errand run, Brian and I were in the Joyce/Kingsway neighbourhood. Being a chilly, rainy day, I was craving soup and remembered that a Cattle Cafe existed nearby.

We started off the Bubble Waffles – it’s almost a necessity whenever we come here now thanks to my good friend Gary who introduced me to them. These are crispy on the surface but soft in the middle (much like a waffle) and the taste is similar to a waffle cone.

Brian and I both decided to get a Noodle Combo which is a gigantic bowl of soup that’s fully customizable that comes with a drink for just $8.50. You can also add on to the meal, cold drinks, speciality drinks, side dishes for a couple dollars extra.

I am a creature of habit so I stuck with my Laksa soup, you can then choose two items to put into your soup, I went with Fried Fish cakes and chicken balls. Then you choose your noodles, I usually get rice noodles or udon, today I got the rice noodles. I find vermicelli soak up too much of the broth so I’m not a fan.

And because I tend to over-order when I’m hungry, I added a deep fried pork chop on the side ($1.75).

My drink was iced lemon coke – which is my go-to when I have heavy or fried Chinese food. My parents brought me up to believe that if you have a big meal or a greasy meal that pop would help with digestion. Pretty sure that logic is somewhat flawed, but it hasn’t failed me yet!

While my Laksa soup is nowhere close to a delicious bowl of real Laksa, it sufficed and curbed my laksa craving. There is SO much soup going on here, I had to take half of it home. Oh and another thing to note that the laksa at Cattle is not spicy, so if you’re not a fan of heat but want to enjoy a big bowl of laksa – try it here.

My deep fried pork chop was good – crunchy on the outside and not too bad on the inside. I think this should be served with some sort of dipping sauce though as it can get quite dry. I dipped it mostly into my soup.

Brian ordered a Satay soup with beef brisket and fried fish cakes. He ordered Curry fish balls ($1.75) on the side. They looked kind of silly on a big dish, but I guess it is what it is here!

Not entirely sure whether they weren’t so busy because it was late in the afternoon, but I can see this location getting pretty busy too. The restaurant probably seats 50 max as it’s a small space. I’d recommend coming here for lunch or even dinner – these noodle combos are fairly priced and even though this area on Kingsway is littered with many Chinese cafes, this one is a lot better than the others.

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Check out their website and menu here.

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About Dee

Inspired by her father’s cooking savvy and impeccable taste and her love of trying out new places, Dee decided to pursue her love of food. Although she much prefers eating at a local restaurant, she has also taken up cooking as a novice who has lots to learn and many recipes to try. Join her quest to rise from cooking mediocrity and fine tune her palate at different restaurants!