If you’re on The Great Ocean Road and you say ‘chips and gravy’ your cool beach mates will undoubtedly respond with one word, ‘Jums?’. If you’re slightly antiquated like myself and not familiar with this term then I encourage you to read on.
At number 77 The Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, exists Victoria’s most beloved BBQ chicken shop. Jum’s BBQ Chickens or ‘Jums’ have been pouring gravy over fries for decades, and people are prepared to queue up on hot summer days and public holidays as the small canteen style shop gets busted by hungry beach folk.
However, it is not the regular chicken shop fries that are bringing all the customers to the yard, a special gravy made from an unpublished recipe ushers in the crowds and keeps them returning.
Don’t ask me what the bbq chicken tastes like as I don’t eat the stuff, but I can say the chips are divine after a lengthy day swimming AKA being dunked by mediocre waves and losing your contacts at the Torquay back beach.
Forget about soggy paper and oily cardboard, Jum’s chips & gravy are served in handy aluminium containers so you can walk and eat with your mates or just your iPhone. Just make sure don’t drop your iPhone, because if it falls on a specific angle I heard it can crack the screen and you will not only look like a bogan, but you won’t be able to read my next post.
The couple of other times I’ve been to Kensington fish and chips were memorable, but not for the right reasons. However On Friday night I was so keen on getting fish and chips and watching the footy, I decided to give it a ready hot go again and boy did I get lucky this time!
I ordered the fish and chip pack over the phone and drove straight past the gym to pick it up, where I should’ve been going to sweat it out instead.
My order was ready in fifteen minutes. It was clear the team behind the counter of this tiny tuck shop were working hard. They also coordinated well to get the orders out, and with a metre high pile of frozen chips ready to be deep fried on demand, it was looking like it was going to be a hectic Friday night.
Bad memories of soggy fish and chips from Kensington were wiped from my mind when I got home and looked down into the polystyrene container. I finally had my own evidence as to why this fish and chip shop is so well loved in the neighbourhood. It’s all about the $8.95 fish and chip pack. Classic fried fish and chips with a wedge of lemon were served with a side of subway style crunchy lettuce, sliced tomato and onion with a balsamic dressing. The addition of a potato cake provided me with extra glee. This time, I was happy. Simple but perfectly fried fish in a light batter and chips kept crisp in the container, as opposed to the other times where I’ve received a soggy mess wrapped up in butcher paper. If the salad was tossed together rather than assembled in the container, I would rave on about this even more.
I recommend the $8.95 deal to anyone (who doesn’t have high cholesterol) as a lazy Friday night slob treat.
Whilst walking along Swanston Street, you may see a big yellow sign with some Chinese words and underneath ‘Vegetarian Cuisine’ in green writing. This is your queue to keep on walking. If you end up travelling up to Level 3 in Noodle Kingdom’s elevator, then unfortunately you have missed the queue and you will be welcomed by Gong Din Lin’s sterile surroundings.
In fact, the list of dishes is so astounding that I can’t even advise you what the name of the dish I ordered was. I can confirm that it was a soup, with bok choy, and Chinese mushrooms with hokkien noodles in vegetable stock. The ingredient that is really throwing me here is the golden coloured puffs of funghi or dumpling.
I’m going to lay it on the line here, I didn’t like the soup, nor the venue that brought to mind a hospital. There was an odd scent in the air and the general feeling of being in that restaurant was bleak. I sat close to the window, spilling my noodle soup on the butcher’s paper, anxious to leave. In one’s view, I will not be returning here. However, those that are interested in vegetarian and vegan cuisine should pay Gong De Lin a visit as there are copious amounts of other dishes to try.
You will often find me at the markets in Footscray purchasing avocados for 99 cents per kilo, at the medical centre getting health checks or dining at one of the many superb Vietnamese restaurants.
You won’t normally find me (or anyone in Footscray) at a burger joint. Until now.
This trendy diner has just recently opened at 8 Droop St, Footscray, and is attracting quite the crowd. I went on a Sunday night and just missed a line of 10-15 people that were waiting to order. Everyone in the diner were munching down on what appeared to be delicious juicy burgers that stand upright in small cardboard containers. The concept is genius, as I assume the juices will be caught by the cardboard box and not run down your top. I love the skilful way the owner has chosen to locate 8 Bit, in an area where western style eateries are scarce.
After witnessing how good the burgers appeared I attempted to order the crumbed portabello mushroom burger. Prior to this I overheard the cashier inform my friend that they were out of onion rings. As I pondered getting the burger, he told me they were out of mushrooms.
Disappointed by this information, I ordered some potato gems covered in hot cheese sauce and onions.
The topping was delicious, even though the potato gems were clearly a McCains frozen product.
I want to say I was satisfied, but I wasn’t. I was after a drink but the line at front of house was too long. I felt sorry for the one cashier. I was in awe that they ran out of onions and mushrooms as 8bit is located about 5 metres from Saigon fresh fruit and vegetable market. For goodness sake if the stock was running low during the day this could have been easily rectified.
I hope to return and try the mushroom burger soon. For now I leave you with some photos of potato gems.
After ordering a Beef Peri Peri pizza and Margarita with gluten free base, we waited 15 mins for the pizza. Unfortunately there was an error with the online tracker, causing us to assume the online tracker was broken.
When I arrived at the pizza shop, I was informed they had run out of garlic bread and had tried to call. I was not impressed, but they gave me a 1.25L coke instead.
The margarita pizza had a very thin and hard gluten-free crust, the tomato sauce tasted like ketchup, there was no sign of the extra mozzarella as in the description. Luckily it was cheaper 2-days, a promotional period on Monday’s and Tuesday’s when dominos has cheaper pizzas and combos.
Apparently the Peri Peri pizza was one of the better pizzas my friend has had from Dominos. I recommend only ordering form here if it’s a Monday or Tuesday and you only had $4.95 until pay day.
Who is Jimmy Grant? Probably a man that moved to Melbourne in 1901 and sold Souvlaki’s in a fish and chip shop. In 2013 Australian Masterchef Judge George Calombaris’ and co opened this fancy eat in and take away souvlaki joint, Jimmy Grants. Perhaps he named it after his great uncle.
Anyway, why pay $9 at a kebab van for a felafel when you can go here and get your hit of potent garlic sauce, hummus, felafel and slaw wrapped in homemade souvlaki bread for $7? The sauce will still drip and you won’t look any better eating this drunk, but if you’re sober enough you will taste the difference. If you can get a seat inside try the $5 Greek Lager and have a side of fries crumbled with spices and feta.
Then if you feel like something sweet you can pick up a homemade Wagon Wheel here at the counter.
George, you have fulfilled the stomachs of many hungry hipster foodies after a night on the piss in Fitzroy.
Vegetarian Supreme pizza – If you want to pay $20 a pizza and wait an hour for them to deliver then Crust Pizza is for you.
Saying this, the pesto mayo squezed strategically over the topping in a zig zag pattern (and flavours) of the vegetarian pizza are brilliant. The gluten free base option is great.
I recommend Crust Pizza to those that want something a notch above Dominoes.
Remolacha – I had the Remolacha which was a sandwich with beetroot purée, spiced Gouda cheese and avocado. Very simple but fresh and delicious.
The wait time for take away was a bit excessive, especially when there is no where to sit and wait. However there were all round good vibes and I have recommended this place to friends who love good food.