8bit, 8 Droop Street, Footscray. Phone: 9687 8838
There’s no doubting the incredible buzz 8 Bit has created.
We’ve heard about queues, long waiting times and even the running out of food.
So we’re a little unsure what sort of situation will greet us, even early on a Tuesday night.
No probs …
Yes, there’s a 30-minute wait time, but we can deal with that – and not too long after placing our orders, we three snag stools overlooking the kitchen/prep area.
And that’s ace, as we get to see the whole 8 Bit team in action.
There and generally the operation has a fast-food feel, though there’s undoubted buzz, spirit and vibe that elevates the experience.
As we wait, taking in the whole scene, we snatch a few moments of passing conversation with on-duty manager Kasey, who has been going since 10am and is still smiling!
And in answer to a FB query about 8 Bit gluten-free, we even see her packing a “hamburger without a bun” for a takeaway order.
In the interests of having a look at the broader menu, I steer away from the burger and go hot dog instead.
My “1942” consists of “grilled bratwurst, pickle relish, curry ketchup, slaw, mustard mayo” and costs $7.50.
It’s a messy, sloppy delight.
The sausage is quite plain but good. But it’s the soft roll, slaw and the distinctive curry ketchup flavour combining with the other condiments that make this a winner.
The chilli cheese fries ($7.50) of “beer battered fries, chilli beef, cheese sauce, jalapeños, spring onions” impress less, I suspect, not because they’re not good but because they’re maybe not my thing.
But I do like the spice tingle from the peppers.
My companions got the burger-and-sides route an seem happy with their choices – small fries ($3), small onion rings ($3), 8Bit with cheese (beef, tomato, lettuce, red onion, pickles, mustard, cheese, 8Bit sauce, $8.50) and the splendidly named Altered Beast (beef, bacon, cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, 8Bit sauce, BBQ sauce, $9.50).
I snag an onion ring and find it to be very good.
It’s been a blast to share in the widespread delight the arrival of this snazzy establishment has brought to Footscray.
One simple warning, though – the seating capacity is rather limited.
We may do a follow-up CTS story on the occasion of Bennie getting his hands around one of them burgers – oh boy, is he ever going to love this joint!
Check out the full menu at the 8 Bit website here.