Madam Curry, 71 Berkshire Road, Sunshine North.
Ah well, that’s the end of an era in western suburbs food history.
Marco and Maria from Latin Food and Wines (frequently referred to as La Morenita in the many stories we have run about them) have moved from their long-time North Sunshine redoubt for a great new home in Deer Park.
There’ll be more about them and that right here at CTS in due course …
It seems the sleepy Berkshire Road shopping strip that has been such a big part of our lives for so many years will become even more somnolent.
But food things there are still ticking over.
The newest arrival is the roti-producing outfit called Madam Curry, which has moved from Sunshine Plaza into the premises formerly occupied by a failed South American eatery.
My understanding is that for the Madam Curry operation, serving walk-up customers curries, rotis and the like is strictly a second-string affair to the contracts they have to supply rotis across the city.
Thus as I arrive at their new digs for lunch I am wondering who will actually be stepping up for a lunch-time feed in the back streets of North Sunshine.
So I am happily surprised that as I am lunching, two different groups of local workers/businessmen come and go.
Madam Curry’s stock in trade may be supplying rotis to the Melbourne hospitality industry but it seems catering to the lunch trade in a neighbourhood where there is not much food to be had is a smart move.
The eat-in/takeaway menu (see below) covers a tight range of reasonably priced starters, roti canai dishes, wraps and noodles.
Prawn dumplings ($5.50) are nice – plump and flavoursome – without having the oomph to be expected from a top-line yum cha joint.
The prominent appearance of curry leaves is a good sign of home-cooking in my chicken curry with roti cani ($9.90).
The curry IS good, made so far as I can tell from thigh meat and featuring a goodly number of spud bits in a tasty, mild curry sauce.
The roti is OK but does have something of a mass-produced taste/feel to it.