The Greeks are coming!
Not long after CTS published an unflattering profile of Buckley Street, Footscray, in October, 2014, we were told that street’s Orthodox Greek bookshop was destined to become a Greek eatery of some sort.
It’s taken a while but it IS happening.
An opening appears to be some way off, however, as the gas was being connected when I dropped around for a look-see this morning.
The Brother Hood Yiros & Grill is actually located on Admiral Street, at the rear of, but as part of, the same property as the bookshop.
Much excitement has already been occasioned by the soon-come arrival of the Meat The Greek Souvlaki Bar on Victoria Street, Seddon.
Meanwhile, major works continue on the comprehensive makeover of the property next to Andrew’s of Yarraville in Anderson Street that will eventually become another Greek establishment, Eleni’s Kitchen + Bar.
When, for a few years, Bennie attended Footscray City Primary, we often enjoyed the quirky window displays of the old shop on the corner of Parker and Hyde street.
And we always considered the place would make a fine cafe.
And now it will!
Tom and Steve tell me Parker & Hyde will be a breakfast/lunch place with a focus on great coffee and, given the place’s relatively small footprint, quality takeaway options for workers and residents from the surrounding neighbourhood.
That neighbourhood has not, until now, been serviced in such a way so their location would seem to be a winner.
And the trade from happy school pupil parents should be significant, too.
Expect an opening in late August or early September.
When Dinh Son Quan was part of the now sadly destroyed Little Saigon Market, it had two faces – a regular Vietnamese a la carte eatery on the street and a lengthy bain marie of vastly interesting dishes from within the market itself.
Now Dinh Son Quan is back – at 102 Hopkins Street.
For space reasons, the bain marie offerings aren’t as extensive but the food is still good.
This mix of two of my favourite Vietnamese dishes – bo kho with wonderful fall-apart beef and divinely luscious chicken curry – cost me $9.
And it was most excellent.
On Leeds Street, what was once the long-standing Chinese joint called Golden Harvest is undergoing a massive makeover.
According the notice in the window, it would seem the restaurant that will replace Golden Harvest will be under the same management.
It will be interesting to see just what “modern Australian cuisine” means!
Across the road in Footscray Market, the supermarket at the city market’s city end is undergoing an overhaul.
On Nicholson Street, work continues on the Cafe D’Afrique.
A few weeks before this new boarding was put up, CTS got a peek of what was happening inside and can report that the property has been well and truly gutted.
On Barkly Street in West Footscray, what was once Jellybread will soon become that strip’s first Sri Lankan eatery.
We are excited about trying it!
In Tarneit, and just adjacent to Wyndham Village shopping centre, the short-lived Malaysian place Ya’Salam has been replaced by the Indonesian flavours of Aroma Spices Kitchen.
As with Dinh Son Quan, here’s a place the proves bain maries can be A Good Thing.
The menu is tight and the prices right.
This $13 combo was a knockout.
Fine beef rendang, a spicy-dry potato jumble and superbly silky eggplant cooked with tomato.
I loved every mouthful.