Euro Cafe & Grill, Shop 26, 1-3 Princess Street, St Albans. Phone 9364 0451
Euro Cafe & Grill is about a block from the Vietnamese-heavy joy of Alfrieda Street.
We’ve been here before – many years ago, for an early CTS post, when similar food was being served under another name.
After that, the place closed.
A new name and new management were put in place a while ago and when we venture in we find it’s being run by Bosinian Steve and his wife, who were customers at the former set-up.
We like their style.
The food is similar to that you’ll find at, say, the Croatian club.
There’s stuffed cabbage, for instance.
But mostly there are grills of many kinds.
There are no chips – unusual for this kind of food.
But we’re not at all put out – if anything, this makes our Sunday lunch more enjoyable and more guilt-free.
Moreover, the food here is not only very fine but also superbly affordable.
Look, it may be a case of comparing apples and oranges … and this may be a low-overhead mom-and-pop operation.
But still – grills and accessories for $14 to $18 certainly shed an interesting comparison light on the many burger and barbecue places that have shot up all over Melbourne in the past couple of years.
Our meal commences with lovely bread – not made in-house but sourced from Jenny Bakery just up the road.
It’s nothing flash but just right for the job and the food at hand.
Chevapi ($14, top photo) are superb.
There’s 10 of them and every one is a chewy, meaty cigar of delicious.
Pleskavica – big patties – come in beef and chicken versions, with or without stuffed with cheese.
Our plain beef number ($14) is just as yummy as the chevapi.
Bennie and I split the meat contents of our two plates and struggle to finish, so generous are the portions.
Served with our meals are diced onion, a simple cuke-and-tomato salad and finely chopped white cabbage.
The latter is austere – we are used to having a little salt, pepper, vinegar and perhaps oil with such cabbage. But there is vinegar at our table and we should’ve made happy with it.
As well, small bowls of capsicum relish are brought to our table – they add dash and color very nicely.
During busier times – dinner at the end of the week, for instance – dishes such as goulash, tripe soup or lamb on the spit may or may not be available.
Just depends; it’s that kind of place.
But Steve is adamant we really, really should return for his ribs.
Count on it!