New Favorite, 306 Main Road east, St Albans. Phone: 8395 5315
Consider The Sauce has been at 306 Main Road East before.
But that was the best part of six years ago when it was travelling under the name Hong Kong Noodle Bar.
Way more recently, the location has been embraced by new management and launched under a new name, New Favorite.
For this mid-week lunch, I have the distinct pleasure of being joined by Brimbank councillors Duyen Anh Pham and Virginia Tachos and their equally community-spirited colleague, Dinh Trang.
Our fun time gets rolling with one of the all-time fave CTS things – complementary soup.
In this case, that means a deeply brown broth of the beef variety – much more mildly flavoured than its intense appearance would suggest.
New Favorite covers a broad range of mixed Chinese, Vietnamese and “other” dishes, making it an attractive proposition in terms of an alternative to the tight focus on Vietnamese food hereabouts.
The food is cheap and excellent.
And I suspect the same giant roasting ovens are still in play, making this the only – AFAIK – option in the neighbourhood for super Chinese roast meats while Phi Phi, around the corner on Alfrieda Street, is undergoing renovations.
My combo of soy chicken and roast duck on rice ($11.80) is fine, with even the chunkier chook breast meat beinge juicy.
As good, the duck is much less chewy and gnarly than is frequently the case.
My friends enjoy their selections, too.
They include char kwai teow ($10.80) …
… mapo tofu on rice ($10.80) and …
… combination fried noodles ($13.80).
Thanks for the company and conversation!