A1 Bakery, 2/70 Watton Street, Werribee. Phone: 8714 1592
What good news this is – a branch of A1 Bakery in Werribee, a sister joint for the Lebanese shops in Sydney Road and Dandenong.
They’ve been open a week when I arrive, hungry, for lunch.
I’m expecting the big space and in-depth grocery range of the Brunswick establishment.
So I’m surprised to find instead a smallish but cheerful cafe, with only a minimal range of groceries.
There is a heap to eat, though.
There’s a range of 15 super-cheap pies and piazzas.
Plain zaatar goes for $2, zaatar with vegetables is $4 and a spinach and cheese parcel will cost you $4.50.
There’s wraps and salads.
And, best of all, there’s a range of platters – falafel, tawouk (chicken), labne, kibbe, “kafta” and the like.
They range in price from $6 up to $10 and all come with a varied line-up of pickles, yogurt, salad, chips, salad and pita.
As listed, my $8 kofta deal is served without pickles, so I get them added for an extra $1. I’m pretty sure the cheerful and obliging staff will allow customers to customise their platter choices in terms of accompaniments.
My lunch is terrific.
The three kofta sausages, in particular, are wonderful – fat, juicy, mildly seasoned and pinkish in the middle.
The pies and pizzas I see being consumed around me look very much the goods, too!