Cafe Lakoza, G08/1 Foundry Road, Sunshine West. Phone: 0404 499 031
On the way to Cafe Lakoza, I attempt to get Bennie enthused about our impending lunch by indicating he will be free to order a halal snack pack.
If he so desires.
“I’m all done with halal snack packs,” he says.
Hmmm – it seems another teen fixation has fallen by the wayside.
I can’t say I’m upset.
So if an HSP isn’t the go, I suggest we may want to get stuck into the Turkish breakfast feast on offer.
It’s the kind of thing – replete with all sorts of sweet and savoury offerings – we’ve had before in more northern suburbs, but never in the west.
As it turns out, we arrive after the noon deadline for the brekky line-up, so settle for more orthodox Turkish feeds.
The place is pretty darn busy for Cup Day; there’s a big family occasion – birthday party? – taking up most of the room.
But we are seen to with smiles and in good time, both in having our order taken and in having our food served.
Visually, there’s not a lot of difference between Bennie’s selection of mixed kebab platter, with chicken and lamb, and …
… my own choice of lamb alone.
Both cost $18 and are wonderful value for money.
There’s a lot of food here and neither of us go close to finishing our plates.
All is fine and fresh.
Good dips and salad and rice.
Heaps of meat.
Best of all are the chips – they are excellent.
A rarely noted phenomena: Oft times the best chips you’ll find anywhere in Melbourne are those served in joints of the Middle Eastern and/or Mediterranean persuasion.
The bread we are served, after a short delay on a busy day, is not the fresh-baked Turkish flatbread we are expecting.
It’s more of a bun thing – like a cross between Turkish bread and a regular dinner roll.
It still does the job.
We finish happy chappies – but not before noting that the halal snack packs being served to another table do look fabulous.
It’s a fine thing to have a good Turkish eatery in Sunshine – and it seems it’s already become a popular fixture.
And the location is good, with parking no problem.
A full menu – and there are some less usual items in there – can be found on the Cafe Lakoza Facebook page.