One of these days, we’ll take Kensington Food Hall and its regular menu for a spin.
We were actually very close to doing so a few months back, but we were waylaid by a very different – and fine experience – at food truck just up Macaulay Road.
And we like the look of the vegan feasts KFH is running.
But tonight we’re here for the $10 Monday paella special.
Kensington Food Hall (520 Macaulay Road, Kensington. Phone:9078 5248) has taken over the premises formerly inhabited by Korean joint Frying Colours.
It’s been so long since we were in that eating house, that we can’t surmise about how different the new fit-out is.
It is, however, very gloomy (we arrange our own mobile lighting) – though it’s also a cheerful place, with the wall-to-wall ’70s/’80s hits struggling to penetrate the happy hubbub.
Now, when it comes to variations on the universal rice dish, we have our prejudices.
Biryani – oh yes!
No so much.
Well, in the past that way has provided us with mostly disappointment.
So we are keeping our expectations well in check.
Happily, wonderfully, that turns out to be entirely unnecessary.
The Kensington Food Hall paella is a smashing winner.
Our serve-for-two is mildly, deftly seasoned with – I surmise – just the right hint of saffron.
It is brimming with seafood – shellfish and calamari – along with chicken and smoked sausage.
Wow – what a score for $10!
We are having such a fine time, we hesitate not about ordering churros ($12).
Served with two scoops of vanilla ice-cream and choc sauce, they are fresh, fat and fabulous.
We arrived soon after the start time of 5.30pm; when we leave about an hour later, the joint is rocking and very busy – the Monday night paella project is an obvious success.
So we suggest arriving early, as we did, or late.