The Outer-West just scored itself a cool new evening eatery and Eat West couldn’t be more pleased – we love Cheeky Chewies!
Cheeky Chewies has been a hugely successful venture since opening it’s doors in January. The menu brings something new and interesting to the area with it’s eclectic mix of Asian dishes and traditional Aussie favourites, but what has really made Cheeky Chewies stand out for us is the community spirit and huge investment in engaging with their customers that the team has made.
We caught up with Erica, one-half of the team that established Cheeky Chewies, back in January during their opening week. Born in Japan, she grew up in Thailand, and her husband is from Malaysia – so their menu really is a fusion of their favourite dishes growing up, and the Aussie classics they enjoy now.
On our first visit, we were encouraged to try Japanese Pancake ($16.90); cabbage, carrot, bacon and spring onion – it almost reminded me of bubble and squeak, one of my favourite British old school treats, but with a huge upgrade – it’s absolutely delicious and the presentation and delivery of the dish was flawless. If you want to try something different, then I would definitely recommend giving this a try.
I’m a huge savoury fan, so the breakfast menu featuring traditional Nasi Lemak, on the menu labelled as I’m a Mamma Freak ($14.90), is a huge win for me and is excellent value as either a brunch or lunch dish. The authentic chicken Rendang is full of flavour and, if you want to add a kick, you can opt for some extra home-made sambal.
Oh the dumplings! Perfect little parcels of spicy goodness – they are sublime. Sweet and tangy, they will definitely give your mouth a little tingle! Filled with minced pork and drizzled in a vinegar chilli sauce, they are $10 for five and a great starter, share plate or sneaky afternoon snack.
So, as our the title suggests the next stage of Outer-West cafe domination for Cheeky’s is – opening in the evenings!
With it’s cute play area this will be a God send for parents with nocturnal kiddies, or that don’t have the luxury of parents or a babysitter to help them duck out and get some grown-up time.
This area needed some new options for casual evening dining and the menu already lends itself well to late-night eats. I’m certainly be looking forward to a soul-warming Beef Massaman Curry ($15.90) later this week!
Cheeky Chewies Cafe
18 Aviation Road