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it is not the regular chicken shop fries that are bringing all the customers to the yard, a special gravy made from an unpublished recipe ushers in the crowds and keeps them returning.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.
Mac & Cheese Eggplant Parma – Don’t get me wrong I love the Victorian beer here but the last time I went I ordered the eggplant with mac and cheese topping without the ham and I was expecting it to be just as great as the parmas I have had here previously.
When it arrived it looked like someone had spewed on my plate. Usually the flavours are spot on here, but you don’t put oregano on top of mac and cheese. The cheese and the béchamel flsvours were inseparable. It would be great if there was a separate mac and cheese option, and even better if this was included on the gluten free menu.
In regards to service the meal came on time and the waiter with the orange hair was the happiest and friendliest person I have ever met in hospitality.
For the mac & cheese topping, Mrs Parma needs to go back to Spice School and learn what to put on béchamel (hint: nutmeg, thyme).