General Food Co, 117 Nelson Place, Williamstown. Phone: 9397 8239
General Food Co is on Nelson Place but not really of it.
It’s down towards the shipyard area of Williamstown and separated from Nelson Place’s hit-and-mostly-miss range of eateries by Thompson Street with its Greek restaurant on the corner.
This is a good thing!
Instead of having a Willy food hub vibe about it, General Food Co has a friendly, we-love-locals thing going on.
The interior is small but cosy; there’s an outside area that must be simply great on nice days and there’s more tables on the footpath.
The service is fine, kids are greeted on a first-name basis and the coffee is outstanding.
The two dishes CTS tries – one smaller, one larger – are lovely to eat and behold, and are cooked and presented with skill.
But they are of modest proportions.
They’re perfectly fine for a light lunch but we advise against bringing a rampant appetite here – or perhaps, if that is the case, heading towards the breakfast list, several selections of which I spy as being more generous.
I’m told the “dakos” in my smashed beetroot dakos ($12.50) is a kind of Greek rusk.
Atop the pleasantly chewy bases is a cool, luscious and tangy mix of beetroot and fetta.
The balsamic reduction seems a little out place and is too sticky.
Lamb keftethes ($19) are three plump, generously sized lamb meatballs, deliciously chewy and well-seasoned, with a fine tzatsiki, pita bread that is both crisp and chewy and good salad components.
Some more yogurt/cucumber and a few more slices of pita would’ve been appreciated.
It is genuine regret that I have included some critical comments in this story – General Food Co is a lovely place and, as already stated, the coffee is fab.