The Brotherhood Yiros + Grill, 99 Buckley Street, Seddon. Phone: 9689 6318
It’s the same conversation every Saturday – very enjoyable it is, too.
Finish kung fu in Carlton, head in a vaguely in a westerly direction and discuss what to have for lunch.
This week, Bennie is pumping for Somalian in Flemington.
I’m not much in the mood for detours, let alone review material; home is calling.
So we settle on somewhere around Seddon, with parking to be the deciding factor.
As a fall-back option, Bennie suggests – as I know he would – Brotherhood.
I’m fine with that – I love their food.
Two yiros for us two.
Chips on the side seem both excessive and essential – but we always order them anyway.
And two cans of fizz.
All that stacks up at about $40.
That’s fine for such good food.
But this is not a restaurant – so we end up eating on the footpath.
I don’t mind that – but it does sometimes make the $40 admission fee seem a bit steep.
But as we approach the famed yiros outlet, Bennie points out a sign that changes everything – our lunch, our day and quite likely future Saturday lunch arrangements.
In an investment in drumming up some brisker lunch business, Brotherhood management has introduced a special deal – one yiros, side of chips and a can of drink for $15.
Our kind of deal.
The various posters say the deal will be around until the end of October, but we receive a strong hint it may be of longer duration.
Even better, we’re told a permit has been gained for some tables on Buckley Street, so a higher level of dining comfort is imminent.
As it turns out, this Saturday feed is the best we’ve had here yet.
The chips are so good, crunchy and hot that we’re grinning and eating simultaneously.
Even the chicken salt fails to dampen by glee.
When it comes to the yiros wraps, happiness turns to outright giggling on both our parts.
Maybe it’s because we’re among the day’s earliest customers, but our yiros are stuffed with the most wonderful lamb – much of it crunchy, crisp and salty.
Oh my – so very, very fine.
Obviously, in the CTS family we talk and think a lot about food.
But in this case, our constant celebratory post-meal chatter lasts all the way along Victoria, Charles, Gamon and Fehon streets and until we’re home.
According to their FB page, the Brotherhood crew serve lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.