Gami Chicken & Beer, Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre, Point Cook. Phone: 7379 7288
Among the feedback we received following those two stories was a robust suggestion we check out the fried chicken served by the Gami chain.
OK, we’re up for that – even if we are always going to have a natural affinity for smaller and/or family businesses.
So off we toddle to Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre and the newish Gami outlet there.
This is not a neighbourhood into which we stray often – but today we’re happy for the change.
The Gami outlet is not in the centre proper – instead it is perched alongside Point Cook Road.
Inside, it has many of the hallmarks and vibes of a fast food eatery – and even looks a little like the tarted up interior of a shipping container.
But this is a real-deal restaurant, with good table service during a medium busy lunch rush.
We choose from the separate lunch list (see below) and its tighter, slightly cheaper roll call of dishes from the main menu.
On the menu proper there are plenty pf options – salad, stews and so on – that do not involve deep-fried poultry.
After ordering, we are presented with two small, complementary dishes to keep us busy.
Sweetish pickled radish and … does anyone know what these stubby Korean versions grissini are called?
In any case, they’re a nice time filler.
A small side of chips ($4.50) are hot, good and just a little on the chewy side.
And, yep, that’s regular tomato sauce.
Bennie is happy with his Gami chicken burger and chips ($15.50).
It has good, crisp chicken and a heap of crunchy cabbage.
But I suspect he envies my half boneless chicken ($18, dinner price $19.50) and its mix of thigh and chicken pieces.
And so he should – this is fabulous fried chook, every bit as good as that provided by the two Korean restaurants cited at the start of this story.
Some of the breast pieces are tending towards dry, but not unforgivably so, and this is also a generous serve, bigger than it appears at first glance.
Alongside is a very fine and spicy dipping sauce.
There’s also more of that fresh and crunchy cabbage, anointed with a mix of mayo and, yes, that’s regular tomato sauce.
I’m pleasantly surprised at how well this lubricating duo works.