Garazi, 107 Gamon St, Yarraville. Phone: 9689 2677
It’s been more than a year since we’ve set foot in Garazi – back then, soon after it opened, it was once for a write-up and then on another closely following occasion.
Maybe it’s because, situated as it is on Gamon Street, our minds are already on foodie pastures further afield when we pass it.
So it is today.
Bennie’s copped a full-on meat-free, dairy-free vegan dinner on Friday and a healthy Lebanese lunch with pals on Saturday, so I’m very happy to let him have his way with Sunday lunch.
“Burger, masala dosa, fish and chips, roast lunch, laksa, Mexican …”
I tick off this list as we motor up Gamon and turn into Charles Street, without any noticeable enthusiasm being forthcoming from my CTS Partner.
By this time I begin to realise he simply may not be hungry.
Weird! Well, weird for a 13-year-old …
So I do a U-turn and head for home, happy to call it quits.
But as we pass Garazi he becomes more animated – so in we go.
It’s a treat!
The seating area has been expanded into the real-deal garage of classic cars, among which it’s a hoot to sit with late-breafasters and friendly pooches.
The service is grand and it dawns upon us that we should treat Garazi with more mindfulness for coffees and quick bites. (We don’t do breakfast, not while out and about anyway …)
For all his lack of interest to this point, Bennie makes short work of his burger with the lot ($18) from the specials board.
It’s a good, hearty cafe-style burger and the pattie tastes good and meaty to me.
It’s a good thing his meal comes with stacks of OK shoestring fries, as my reuben sanger ($13) is completely unadorned and even looks a little on the mean side in terms of size versus price.
But in its simplicity, it’s a ripper.
The bread is just right – not too light, not too heavy, toasted and buttered to perfection.
The thick-sliced corned beef is tasty, as is the Swiss cheese, while the plentiful pickles provide plenty of salty, piquant tang.