Flying Elephants and B&K Sarajevski Style Chevapi, Rubble & Riches Market, 8-18 Leakes Rd, Laverton
Mexican food at Lavo Market?
With a name like Flying Elephants?
I’m fully expecting a neo-hippie or utterly whitebread take on … someone’s idea of Mexican food.
What I find is quite different – a smallish operation staffed by a friendly crew of three, each and everyone of them boasting Thai ancestry.
How wonderfully westie is that?
In fact, Lavo Market is pretty much that way all round.
Anyone feeling gloomy about the prospects of the west being strangled by yuppifying gentrification should visit this weekend wonder – in its hardcore, unrepentant untrendiness, it will surely give your spirits a lift.
The Flying Elephants sell a compact range of burritos, flautas and tacos.
My chicken taco ($5) is a real nice surprise.
For starters, there’s two of them – bargain!
On to commercial but OK tortillas are piled good chicken, two kinds of cheese, some simple salsa and lettuce. There’s a variety of hot sauces to round things out.
This may not be up to the sort of standard set by La Tortilleria – but I’m not complaining.
I haven’t been to this market since first writing about it, so I’m delighted to find the Flying Elephants are just one several new food enterprises up and running.
One of them will not be getting my custom or my money.
People with cameras are potential customers, too.
Stallholders not wishing photographs to be taken should erect signs saying just that.
Or simply saying something like, “Please don’t take photographs – but you’re very welcome to try our food” would do nicely.
Death stares and verbal abuse? No thanks.
I fare much better at another newie – the bright red B&K Sarajevski Style Chevapi.
As with the Flying Elephants, the B&K team have gone that extra mile by providing some tables and chairs – something that can’t be said of many of the market’s food outlets.
They’re selling chevapi and souvlaki in a range of configurations both plated and stuffed in bread of one kind or another.
My plate of five chevapi, two salads and a bread roll is $6.50 – another bargain!
This a Croatian food, so – knowing the Croatian skill with spuds and cabbage – it’s the potato and cabbage salads I am most interested in.
I’m not disappointed.
While the salads have something rather monotone about them, they are both fresh, zingy and delicious.
The chevapi themselves are OK but need more seasoning.