Selina Hot Bread, 5/304-310 Hampshire Rd.
After some routine hanging out, goofing off and frisbee, it’s time for lunch in Sunshine.
We head under the Sunshine station underpass for Dragon Express, only to be disappointed to find it’s not open for Saturday lunch.
No matter – there are choices aplenty.
We settle on banh mi.
Selina Hot Bread is a Hampshire Rd fixture.
It may not have quite the same renown as Footscray’s Nhu Lan or the franchise-style signage recognition factor of Fresh Chilli Deli, but it’s busy and going by the customers coming and going it has its share of devoted regulars.
Roast pork for Bennie and Daniel, BBQ chicken for me – all at $3.50.
Our lunches are very, very good.
The rolls are super fresh and wonderfully crusty.
All the bits and pieces – including caramelised onions, pickled vegies, chilli rings, spring onion, coriander – are present in suitable quantities and quality.
When ordering and tossed the standard inquiry – “you want chilli?” – I’d replied, “Yes – lot of it!”
It seems my server took me seriously, however!
I love the extra kick and the tingling lips at the finish.
But the chilli levels are a bit over the top for Bennie and even Daniel, so I relent and buy two cans of that Coca Cola stuff.
It’s still a cheap and wonderful lunch.
In the process of writing this post I find a glowing review for the Selina banh mi – and a brand new blog seriously concerned with western suburbs food.
Welcome to Lady Rice!
Banh mi – such a familiar part of our scenery it’s sometimes easy to take it for granted.
But I know there’ll be a bunch of folks who will read this post and immediately say: “Damn – want one NOW!”