A post-festive season catch-up with CTS pal Justin?
Sure, and why not at Karlaylisi Restaurant on Gordon Street in Footscray?
Even if the postal/correct address is 4/203 Ballarat Road?
Yes, we’ve been covered this place before – and not so long ago at that.
But we figure a follow-up “meal of the week” story is fully warranted because …
1. Its Uyghur cuisine is really good.
2. We’ve had good feedback from readers.
3. Nevertheless, we reckon more people should be hip to this place.
I persuade Juz to deviate out from our plan of a plateful skewers bearing cubed chunks of lamb.
Instead, we go for the lamb ribs (top photo, three ribs for $6) – and have no regrets about it.
They’re doused in the same cumin/salt rub as the regular skewers, but are a much more hands-on feed of gnaw galore – fatty, chewy and glorious.
And, as anyone who has ordered lamb ribs at other venues will know, these are an incredible bargain.
Not only do we get super noodles, we enjoy a soundtrack of robust thumping coming from the kitchen denoting yet more house-made, hands-on goodness.
Aqqik gorush chopi kormisi $14.50) are those marvellously long noodles tossed with lamb, onion, bird’s eye chilli and celery.
The dish is marked by a three-chilli warning on the menu – and it IS very, very hot.
I enjoy the spice glow provided by the chillis while eating as few of them as possible.
Excellent eating, though!
As a delightful contrast to the fattiness and explosive spice levels elsewhere in our meal, we love this simple dish of flash-fried green beans with onion and capsicum.
Purqak kormisi ($14) is on the salty side, but is a crunchy treasure.