Chadz Chickenhaus, 475 Ballarat Rd, Sunshine.
It seems I may have hit Chadz Chickenhaus at a not particularly auspicious time.
There’s quite a few people milling about the front counter/bain-marie, waiting for various takeaway orders. Progress seems to be slow even though staff members are rushing here and there.
Despite having a somewhat rocky relationship with Filipino food, to me the bain-marie contents look pretty good.
But I stick with Plan A – I’ve come here to try their butterflied chicken and chips.
A little under half the tables are occupied, but all of them are littered with debris from previous meals and previous patrons.
Plates, bowls, cutlery, cans, straws, chicken bones and all sorts of food are all over the place – including on the floor.
After I place my order – half chicken chips with a can of soft drink ($10) – things look up as a young man starts to slowly clear the mess away. Slowly but methodically.
He gives it away, though, after clearing every table except mine. The floor stays the same.
I am summoned to the front counter to pick up my meal.
The serviette dispenser is empty.
The chips are poor and not hot enough, and the sweet, sticky sauce from the chicken has about half of them sodden.
I eat most of them anyway, on account of being hungry.
The chicken is just OK – far short of the sensation for which I am hoping. A bit tired and scrappy, lacking zing.
It’s tender enough, though, and the sauce is quite nice.
Average is the word.
As I leave, the scraps of my lunch join those of the table’s previous tenants.
Loving the sort of food we do at Consider The Sauce, and the kind of places that produce it, we learn to not be too fussy, to go with the flow and happily accept and even expect and joyfully embrace ups and down of various kinds with good humour and optimism.
We don’t like, want or expect fine dining or the service levels that go with it.
But … maybe just a bad day, eh?
For a different perspective on Chadz Chickenhaus, check out the review at Footscray Food Blog.