8bit, 8 Droop Street, Footscray. Phone: 9687 8838
We have a few loose ends to take care of at the venue of our great party of a few nights ago.
I’d be happy to chow down right here and now.
But Bennie has other ideas: “We’ve already had African this week!”
Says Kokeb’s Helen: “I don’t blame you!”
She’s plainly envious as we troop off to 8bit.
Since the initial CTS story on Footscray’s new burger hot-spot, we’ve heard and read a lot … many happy raves, some “meh” and quite a lot of talk about protracted wait times.
I’m very interested to see what Bennie, the undoubted burger expert of the family, thinks.
We’re told the wait time will about 20 minutes.
It ends up seeming like more, but no worries … Bennie soon finds something to keep him happily occupied.
After snagging a pair of stool right there at the shake station, I’m happy, too – watching kitchen action such as this is very much the CTS equivalent of taking in some performance art.
Item 1: Cheese and bacon fries ($7).
These are almost certainly the unhealthiest things we’ve eaten this year – and that’s saying a LOT.
They’re gone in under three minutes.
Item 2: After Burner ($9.50) with beef, tomato, red onion, lettuce, cheese, chilli sauce, calapeños, chipotle mayo.
“It’s just a burger,” says Bennie. “Grill’d is better …”
Based on my good-sized sample, I reckon he’s making a pretty harsh call. I really like the bite and freshness of the multi-layered lettuce and the spicy tingle of the mayo.
Item 3: Golden Axe ($9.50) with crispy fried chicken, cheese, Sriracha mayo, slaw.
Bennie rather wishes he’d had this instead.
It’s darn good and the chook really is delightfully crunchy.
The only fault I find is a lack of your actual real chicken flavour.
Some readers, both here and on the CTS FB page, have made unflattering comparisons between 8bit and a certain Latin-American joint in Sunshine.
Now, as much as we love that Sunshine emporium – and we really, really do – I’m not sure such comparisons are really valid.
They’re wholly different propositions, with different aims, staffing levels and – no doubt – rent to pay.
8bit is cool … and despite his lukewarm response, Bennie is keen to return for an outing with the “double beef, double cheese, double bacon, pickles, mustard, lettuce, 8bit sauce” Double Dragon.
See the 8bit website here.