August of 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of Consider The Sauce.
There will be a party.
The outlines of what I have planned are, at this stage, very hazy.
I am open to suggestions about a venue or any other ideas.
Likewise, I remain open to suggestions for employment – paid or not.
For the time being, Consider The Sauce IS my job – and that’s a pretty cool place to be.
As for 2019, for the Consider The Sauce family it has been a momentous year, one filled with loss and several varieties of pain, but also one full of wonderful life, love and surprises.
Thanks as always to our readers, the many friends who lent us their eating and the small business people of the western suburbs, without whom etc etc!
The following wrap-up by no means covers all the fine food we enjoyed this year – if I were to bash this out tomorrow, the outcome would quite likely be different!
This Avondale Heights treasure has become a firm favourite – not just for sweets, but also for pasta and other lunchy delights.
On The Bone
Nat and I finally made it to One The Bone in Maidstone and had an incredibly super time of it.
We lucked into the very first of their Sunday lunch deals.
The advice is simple and adamant – once the Sunday lunches resume in the new year, just go.
Away from the western suburbs, we loved our visits to Kites in Clayton South for top-notch Sri Lankan tucker.
Just before Christmas, Bennie and I struck out in search of Lebanese food in Hopper Crossing.
The place, our destination, was boarded up.
And definitely not serving lunch.
So we headed for an old fave – Fusion Ceylon in Werribee.
He had one of their fabulous fried rice dishes.
I opted for the $9 “curry in a hurry” bain marie deal – and it was a lot more glamourous and sexy than that sounds.
“I’d forgotten how good this place is,” Bennie enthused.
Yes indeed – absolutely a star of the west.
We welcomed Chi Bao to Yarraville – and loved its dumplings and more.
We first made the acquaintance of Danilo Majmunovic at Balkan Grill when it was set up in an Ardeer soccer club.
After he moved to a more orthodox eatery premises in St Albans, we adored his brilliant take on burgers.
Welcome, too, to two new additions to the West Footscray Indian scene.
We had happy times at both Biryani King and Bawarchi.
For a different take on curry, we very much enjoy having the banana leaf meals and more from Panjali in Sunshine and Shri Annapoorna in Braybrook as part of our regular fare.
Doug The Barber
In the course of food-related research, I discovered Doug, formerly of Williamstown Road and Francis Street, had set up shop in Brooklyn.
Getting a haircut from Doug is always a pleasure.
No story about Tanoor this year, yet this Hopper Crossing purveyor of Lebanese tucker remains one of our leading regulars – both for eat-in dips and accessories AND for takeaway pies and pizzas.
Our troubled relationship with Filipino food was given an affirming filip thanks to the arrival of Mama Lor in Werribee.
Love that crackling and roast pork!
The best Japanese food we had this year was provided by Kingyo Izayaka in Moonee Ponds.
And it was very, very good.
Oh, yes, we were right amongst that, too.
Mun Kitchen at Williams Landing and Mumchan in Laverton both served us great fried chicken and more.
We were excited and delighted to welcome Faisel Pkesy and his Cafe a’Afrique back – here be the heart of Footscray.
And excellent food, too.
“Making Aussie pizzas better” is the motto of Cheezy Pizza in Yarraville.
And that’s precisely what they do.
Make ours a large American plus whatever.
Laksa King Kitchen
For several reasons, we do not favour the main Laksa King on Pin Oak Crescent in Flemington.
Yet we are returning regularly to the new branch office on Racecourse Road – particularly for the various chicken rice options.
Olive Oil & Butter
We are looking forward to the forthcoming provision of evening meals at Olive Oil & Butter in Yarraville.
In the meantime, it has become another much-loved CTS regular.
Hand-made noodles, cumin lamb and many other spicy delights – there is nothing not to love about Karlaylisi on Gordon Street in Footscray.
Second Ave Grocer
It’s gone from Altona Fresh to Second Ave Grocer – but we continue to love this place, which has become a big part of our weekly routines.
We enjoyed a number of swish meals this year – none better than that served to us at Ragusa in Williamstown.
Croatian joy on many plates!