Pete’s Charcoal Stop, 562 Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale. Phone: 9375 1169
Charcoal chicken shops = coleslaw and chips.
That’s the pretty much hard-and-fast rule for at least one half of the Consider The Sauce team.
So what am I doing breaking with such entrenched tradition?
I’d been alerted to the merits of this chicken shop several months previously by someone who knows about such important matters.
I’d stuck my nose in at the weekend for a look-see … and discovered that this particular business has a distinct Mediterranean flavour.
There’s dolmades and dips and more.
The takeaway menu lists mousaka, pastistio and spanakopita.
So I go with the flow …
And order some of scrumptious-seeming potato segments residing in tasty- juices instead of chips to go with my half-chook.
And Greek salad instead of ‘slaw.
The spuds are beautifully cooked, but I confess to expecting more by way of lemon/oregano zing. Still, a nice change.
The salad is good, the vegetables are fresh and there’s quite a lot of dressing but not much seasoning.
The bird itself is tender through and through – something that can’t often be said of such places, especially when it comes to the often-dry breast meat.
My chicken is a good roast half-bird – that is, it’s minus the crinkly, crunchy, blackened and pungent/salty skin.
My meal – including a can of soft drink – clocks in at a fine $14.
I suspect next time here I’ll revert to chips/coleslaw type.
I know that if I lived nearby, this would be a far-too-regular haunt.
It has the vibe that tells me it’s run by people who know exactly what they’re about when it comes to charcoal chicken, kebabs and burgers.