Sunshine Charcoal Chicken, 3 Alfrieda St, St Albans. Phone: 9364 5310
Now look here, I’d be rather cross if you folks started believing there’s some sort of group-think going on with food bloggers.
Well, believing there is more of it than is found in all sorts of endeavours involving the inter-action of human beings.
Reading other blogs is supposedly part of blogging itself.
Truth is, though, I love checking out what other people are up to.
Sometimes – when I’ve nothing to gasbag about myself – I spend a whole evening reading other blogs, leaving a few comments along the way.
One thing that has struck in becoming familiar with this wonderful new world is the rampant individuality and the personality that blogs generate.
This seems especially so of the 20 or so Mellbourne food blogs I admire most and follow the most religiously.
More specifically, I’m quite amazed about how little overlap there is between Consider The Sauce and the blog and blogger with whom we have most in common – Footscray Food Blog and its boss, Ms Baklover, whose work we adore.
Considering myriad mutual interests, including but not restricted to geography, this seems rather miraculous.
The number of places both blogs have covered would be well into double figures but equally well short of three figures.
I reckon that says a lot about the foodie riches of Melbourne’s western suburbs, don’t you?
But sometimes the obviousness and rightness of something cannot be denied.
The very day Footscray Food Blog writes about the Sunshine branch of an outfit called Sunshine Charcoal Chicken happens to be a day off for yours truly.
Lunch is not only on, it’s mandatory – and preferably one I can bang on about.
The St Albans’ outlet of the same outfit has long been on the CTS wishlist.
And I need to harvest some photos for Snap West …
So … a meandering drive to St Albans and back is just the ticket!
And thus, for the first time ever, CTS and FBB write on the same organisation on the same day, albeit about different shops.
(Editor’s note: As Ms Baklava herself point out below, this was actually the second time … but still. For such sloppy attention to detail, the author has been docked a week’s pay!)
I really like this Alfrieda St chook emporium – it has a lovely lived-in feel and four tables.
During my lunch visit, the place is pretty damn busy with chicken-loving regulars and locals.
They sell two kinds of chicken – regular Aussie-style charcoal chook and what they refer to as Spanish chicken, which means Filipino style.
The latter are butterflied and marinated, and a whole flock of them have just entered the in-house tanning salon as I arrive.
A quarter bird of either will cost you $4 and a half, $6.
I go Filipino-style, of course, that being the whole purpose of my visit.
Bonus points to this joint for providing real cutlery and crockery, which according to Ms Baklover is not the case at the Sunshine food court outlet.
The chips are fresh out of the frier but a little disappointing – I’m not quite sure what the problem is, as they’re hot and nicely salted. Maybe the problem is all mine.
The breast meat is too dry, but not disastrously so.
The meat around the various bones is much, much better – top class, in fact.
The flavour is rather mild. There’s an expected sweetness and my tastebuds tell me there’s a significant garlic component as well.
The coleslaw is heavy on the gloop factor but the cabbage and carrot ingredients are fresh and crunchy.
It’s a really good chicken lunch I enjoy, so this place is likely to be the subject of return visits by father and son.
I’m partial to regular charcoal chicken, but it’s cool that there’s this tasty alternative in St Albans AND Sunshine.
And on the way back home, doing the CTS Westie Prowl, I discover an Argentine bakery in Derrimut! It’s closed but I’ll be there the next day for sure.