5 Districts NY, Unit 5/2 Thomsons Road, Keilor Park. Phone: 9193 6616
A black and rather brutal-looking building in a brand new industrial estate in Keilor Park may not seem like a place for some choice eating.
Bennie certainly thinks that’s the case.
So he is surprised – truth be known, I am, too – that 5 Districts is actually doing quite brisk trade during a Monday lunch session, humming along straight after AFL grand final weekend.
That Monday lunch business and a close watch on this new establishment’s social media in the past few weeks would seem to vindicate management’s commitment to this location – it’s a winner in a broader neighbourhood obviously crying out for just such a venue.
There’s a lot of room inside, including a variety of eating spaces, communal tables, stools and chairs.
The upstairs/outdoors area is already a hit at the wind-down end of the week with locals and employees of the many nearby businesses.
Based on an early menu seen by CTS while getting up a preview story a couple of months ago, we have been expecting a much more lavish menu including dude food heavyweights such as ribs and fried chicken.
Instead, we discover the menu (see below) has been pared back for the settling-in period.
That’s fine by us – burgers it is.
Bennie’s Piggy Smalls ($17) – with heaps of excellent shredded pork and equally generous quantities of apple slaw – is a doozy and goes down right fine.
In some ways, my selection of the place’s basic burger – the County Classic ($14) – is even more impressive.
With beef, cheese, bacon, leaves, tomato and “Districts special sauce”, this is your regulation burger done very well.
The fine cow patty, excellent, is surrounded by be equally good ingredients.
Nothing flash – just sturdy, tasty simplicity.
We find sides of fries with our burgers ($4) are good rather than great – it is very early in the week and the day, so we refrain from being too judgmental.
We do enjoy dunking our fries in the various hot sauces available – and find a tub of the mildly-spiced, house-made concoction as good as any of them.
5 Districts NY gets the thumbs up from us!