Charles and Gamon, 2 Gamon Street, Seddon. Phone: 9689 0203
When Bennie was a just-born, I made my first property foray to the west with a view to finding somewhere for us to live, as the CBD studio bachelor pad simply wasn’t cutting it any longer.
House-scouting required, of course, a coffee break.
And I distinctly recall there wasn’t a lot of choice.
In fact, I doubt there’s any more than handful of businesses in the Gamon/Charles/Victoria neighbourhood that are now as they were then.
The chicken shop?
But the area has certainly changed – a LOT.
Our coffee stop that day – I may even have had a burger – was made at a joint called the Bowser Cafe, which was housed in a rather ugly brown building that did little to hide its service station heritage.
The Bowser eventually became Sabroso – and I reckon the premises may have at some point before then housed another eatery of some sort.
I trust readers with more reliable memories than mine will tell me if that is the case.
In any case, Sabroso passed us by, our sole visit being a coffee/hot choc stop while out enjoying a late-night amble.
And now Sabroso is gone, replaced by a rebranding exercise called Charles and Gamon.
From what I gather, the same proprietors are still in place with the name change at least partially driven by a desire to distance themselves from the Spanish food that previously was in place.
Now C&G is doing a nice line-up of bistro-style food, including what look like really splendid mid-week meals of comfort food for a very fine $17.
Check out the full menu at the C&G website here.
Not much appears to have changed apart from the name, though there is some vintage wood panelling about the place.
Based on our outstanding Sunday roast lunches, C&G is doing good things.
At $20, they’re a little more pricey than what is available elsewhere but they erase any doubt about getting what we pay for from our first bites.
We consider our lunches a bargain.
Both the roast chicken and …
… the slow-roasted lamb shoulder are abbreviated versions of dishes available at greater length and prices on the C&G menu’s “for the table” section.
The chook is a slightly unappealing yellow-khaki but is a cracker to eat – moist, juicy, delicious, with good gravy and a nice touch of rosemary.
The lamb is gorgeous – crusty, tender and, like the chicken, of good size.
It’s the kind of lamb that wouldn’t be out of place in a really fine Greek eatery or even a barbecue place.
Our spuds are simply wonderful.
No shortchanging in evidence here, with both our plates having plenty of crisp roasted spud chunks that fall into the “moans ‘n’ groans of pleasure” bag.
With Sunday roasts?
Hey, it may not be traditional – and it may even be done as a cost-conscious measure.
But our fresh slaw works incredibly well with the meats and potato.
These have been killer Sunday roast meals.