Ultra, mega low restaurant prices, we all know, inevitably mean someone is being ripped off.
But when those prices are seemingly offered only for a special, brief time in a bid to signal some new offering or opening hours tweak – well, we are happy to respond.
Especially when it’s one of our two favourite western suburbs Indian eateries that is doing the seducing!
(You’ll have to read our 2018 wrap in a month or so to find out the name of the other!)
With the arrival of warmer weather and daylight saving, Sankranti Australia (250 Barkly Street, Footscray) is throwing open its doors on Mondays.
And to get the word out, it’s offering three dishes at very, very low prices.
My understanding is that this low-cost trio will be available for at least one more Monday – beyond that, you’ll need to check with the restaurant.
Mysore bonda ($5.95, top photograph) are described to us as dumplings.
But they seem more to us like savoury doughhnuts – and is there anything better than deep-fried dough?
They are fresh, unoily, pliant to the point of sponginess, yummy and served with the same condiments that accompany dosas.
Andra kodi vepudu ($6.95) is simple dish of pan-fried on-the-bone chicken pieces in a bright red, tangy sauce.
Our chicken biryani ($6.95) lacks the standard hard-boiled egg half.
But at these prices, we’re hardly going to complain!
And with two chicken chunks immersed in the rice and good gravy and runny, onion-laced thin raita on the side, it’s just fine.
Beaut meal for two; $20.