b Eatery 21 Anderson St, Yarraville. Phone: 362 080
So Yarraville’s long-time burger place has gone.
No surprise, really.
Perhaps it was nudged out of the picture by the arrival of a Grill’d outlet just up the street.
Or perhaps it had simply done its dash.
Whatever the case, a new business is in residence – one we believe has proprietorial links with the previous establishment.
The place has been done out a treat – the ambience speaks of laid-back cool without trying too hard.
The upstairs area remains, but we hunker down in a nice back room.
We suspect, appraising the menu and generally taking in the operation, that while the success of this business is no doubt the paramount aim, such success may lead to other eateries of the same ilk opening up elsewhere.
The staff, we find, do a fine, on-the-ball job for us.
The two-sided menu (see below) covers the breakfast-and-more territory, including some very unusual items.
Sesame-seared ahi tuna nachos, prawn and crab “bang bang” cakes or Italian soda fountain drinks, anyone?
In the interests of blog diversity, Bennie has been banned from ordering the burger.
So he does the next best thing by nominating the steak sandwich (pictured at top).
It does good for him, with the nice slab of meat, good rocket and garlic-lemon aioli dressing all disappearing very quickly.
The chips are unlisted but we’re glad to observe their presence, as it makes the $15.50 steak sanger price tag a good one.
The chips are good though could be hotter.
We share one of the smaller items – a duck rice paper roll ($5).
It’s OK but the quack quotient is on the tardy side, meaning the roll’s filling is mostly vermicelli.
Presentation has trumped eating practicality – the hoisin sauce is prettily drizzled on the roll, the eating of which is thus a very messy business indeed.
For the second time in a week, I go the healthy route with my chicken salad ($16).
It’s a nice thing, beautifully presented and super fresh, especially the finely grated apple, which mixes well with grapes of both kinds, celery and chicken.
It’s like a waldorf salad with bells on – but without the waldorfs.
The chook is a bit tasteless and I generally think of my lunch as being on the bland side.
I resist the temptation of requesting salt and/or pepper dispensing implements, but wonder if the rest of the menu evinces such rampant moderation in the seasoning department.
Given the spread of the menu, b Eatery we feel is likely to be a hit with families.
It appears to have been set up with some ingenuity, finding a niche in jam-packed Yarraville by doing what many others are without mirroring the competition in any precise way.