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.
The 45 minute wait for my chimichanga was worth it.
The generous servings and variety of gluten free, meat, vegetarian and vegan options on the menu attract a wide range of people.
My two daughters came with me to this run down bar in Footscray and were very pleased with the busy young crowd, and their meals. The pulled pork made from jackfruit, with apple sauce and almonds pleased my youngest daughter, and the eldest enjoyed the vegan quesadillas immensely. However she thought the bar’s slim selection of hot sauces could be improved.
Footscray does it again with fresh, affordable vegetarian food. I recommend this to anyone looking for decent bar food in inner west Melbourne.
It was a Sunday, and I went to Hao Phong for lunch after visiting Saigon market. I originally had planned on going to a different Vietnamese restaurant on Hopkins St however the queue to this restaurant didn’t seem to progress quickly, so we decided to try out this one. This turned out to be an excellent unintended choice.
I had the vegetarian rice paper rolls as an appetiser. Impressed by the generous servings of dipping sauces and the overall freshness of the rice paper rolls, I insisted my meat eating friend try one. He absolutely loved it and commented on how healthy and fresh the rolls were.
I shared the bean-curd and vegetable clay pot with blackbean sauce with a friend, costing $10. It tasted great, even though the rice was a little hard. Our friend Raphael received the beef clay pot with an orange Chinese sauce. Raphael also noticed the rice wasn’t cooked properly.
My 25 year old girl friend ordered the deep fried vegetarian spring rolls. Although they look like they had been deep fried 4 times, in terms of flavour they were honestly the best spring rolls I’ve ever tasted. Inside the crispy pastry was tofu and shredded veggies as expected, but the spices used made them so impressive. They were so delicious that I ate half my friends dish. Pardon me!
The food came out within 10 minutes of ordering, and everything was incredibly fresh. The rice could have been cooked more carefully, but overall it was a delightful experience.
I recommend to people that think Footscray is a dump.
Because it’s not.
I love Footscray