Naked Egg, 32A Ballarat Street, Yarraville. Phone: 9396 0309
Panjali Banana Leaf Malaysian Restaurant, 3/10 Sun Crescent, Sunshine. Phone: 9193 1740
We’ve been hearing the talk – that Yarraville cafe Naked Egg has been doing fab takeaway meals.
So we check them out.
And the outcome is outstanding.
Some takeaway meals don’t suit us as we don’t have a microwave oven.
So I get two serves of chicken cacciatore at $18 each.
Actually, with its sausage and beans involvement, it’s more a cassoulet.
But let’s not split hairs, eh?
Bennie has somehow become the tightwad of the family, so gets a bit sniffy about the asking price of $18 a serve.
I beg to differ.
Our “stew” is gloriously rich and delicious, with seeming multitudes of chicken bits, sausage and vegetables, all in a rich, thick sauce of profound delectableness.
Expert cooking going on here, methinks.
In a restaurant setting – oh, those were the days and hopefully will be again – I’d expect to pay in the mid-$20s or even more.
So this strikes me as very good pricing. I expect any decrease in price would inevitably mean a drop in quality.
The side serve of spuds and sauerkraurt is OK, but no match for the main event stew.
In a word: Fabulous!
For another take-home meal, we venture a bit up the road – to Panjali in Sunshine.
This time, I’ve phoned in our order beforehand and the whole procedure is sweet and swish, our food (mostly) awaiting when I turn up.
We get two murtabaks – one lamb ($12.90) and one chicken ($11.90).
It may be thought in some quarters that anything involving flatbreads purchased for later heating up is a recipe for ugh.
But we know from previous experience that is not the case with murtabaks.
Panjali murtabaks, anyway.
Our Saturday night meal is, well, orgasmic.
Perhaps we’ve been missing a certain level of spice and oil and funkiness?
Anyone else in that bag?
In any case, our Panjali meal of murtabak has us both ooh-ing and ahh-ing an sporting happy grins.
Not only do the murtabaks re-heat very well, but the accompanying gravies – one beef curry and one dal and vegetables – are wonderful.