One Plus Piece is Quirky, with a capital Q, but not just for fans of manga – their burger and shake game is strong!
Food: Duck Benedict, Hawaiian Burger, Gear 3 Burger, One Piece Chips, Wedges, Strawberry Milkshake
For fans of Manga this place is heaven – from the funky decor to the comic inspired menus, the theme of this cafe is fab. On the flip side of this – if you’ve never seen a Japanese cartoon in your life – don’t judge this place by its cover. While it’s definitely big on quirk, it’s not an excuse to serve average food, as these guys will also provide you with a great feed.
The cafe is a little small inside, but still seats about 30 customers, with wooden tables and metal stools, it’s a casual vibe, but a spotlessly clean and interesting space. To the back there’s a large covered seating area, so you shouldn’t struggle for a seat at this cafe.
Foodwise, they offer burgers and shakes, and an interesting brunch menu. What we really loved is the attention to detail on both menus. So often burger cafes have a customary brunch menu, or vice versa, because they “have to” but it usually lacks a little attention. We felt the variety on both menus here was great, choosing two burgers and a dish from the brunch menu.
Presentation again on all dishes held its own. The portions are generous, and we were particularly impressed with the size of the duck benedict – which was HUGE!! We really enjoyed this. The duck was tender, with lots of flavour and we loved how it came served on a soft waffle – which was lighter than we excepted. A little pricey at $22, but still a good meal.
We thought the burgers were excellent value. The GEAR 3 is absolutely loaded with toppings. Despite sounding unusual, the Japanese mayo and BBQ sauce worked perfectly. The sticky pulled pork added a nice hint of spice to the burger – interesting and enjoyable. The hawaiian burger was a little similar, but still a good combo of flavours. The chicken was moist, and the salad fresh – we had this burger without any sauce, so there was no hiding the other elements, and they were done really well.
We enjoyed the loaded fries and the monster shake. The fries were a bit much on top of the large mains, and we probably over ordered, getting two portions to share. They did well not to make these soggy, given the large number of toppings, and they had a nice crispiness. The milkshake was really ice-creamy and rich. We liked how they kept the flavour of the monster shake itself simple and classic, and then jazzed it up with the lollies, fairy floss and general craziness. It balanced well, and while being a good size, wasn’t too overwhelming. Good job One Plus Piece, we like what you’re doing!
Address: 266 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
Mon 8am to 5pm
Tue 8am to 5pm
Wed 8am to 5pm
Thu 8am to 5pm
Fri 8am to 5pm
Sat 8am to 5pm
Sun 8am to 5pm
Parking: There’s parking behind the venue and plenty of other nearby street parking.
Getting here on PT: The 109 tram runs right past the door, and is definitely your best PT option.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of One Plus Piece. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a restaurant won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting