Time To Eat, 123 Nicholson Street, Footscray. Phone: 0405 526 729
For as long as I can remember, 123 Nicholson Street has been occupied by a chicken shop.
Has it ever been anything else?
In any case, these days it is something to behold.
Time To eat is run by husband-and-wife team Harera and Lageal Amea.
He boasts Lebanese heritage; she, Indian background.
Backgrounds of their staff members range through Lebanese, Nepalese and Fijiian.
On my visits here I have noted an equally diverse customers base that mirrors many of the eateries in the area, including those of the three ostensibly Turkish kebab houses.
The UN ain’t got nuthin’ on us!
The Time To Eat salad display features the expected gloopy coleslaw and seafood extender offering (familiar from chicken shops everywhere) – but also tabouli and a Greek salad.
Another cabinet boasts a handsome range of Lebanese-style pizzas and pies.
I take a spicy potato and a lamb pie home with me; they’re excellent.
At the front of the shop are Lebanese sweets.
The chicken here come in varieties such as lemon and herb and tandoori.
My half chook, tabouli and chips costs a top-notch $16 with a can of soft drink.
In truth, there is only the faintest whiff of tandoori flavour about my chicken, but it’s still pretty good – as is the tabouli.
I see my chips being doused with some sort of chicken salt variant, missing by a millisecond the opportunity to get them with plain salt.
But even that doesn’t phase, such a nice time am I having.
Otherwise the chips are hot and crisp.