DeGrill, Sunshine Marketplace, Sunshine. Phone: 0402 189 860
A small, single-frame cartoon in the Sunday Age a few years back always makes me chuckle when I think of it.
Two blokes are surveying the Sunshine Marketplace shopping centre.
One says to the other: “Wow – this really is the United Nations of bogans!”
I like it because it’s bloody funny.
But I also like it because I like it that Sunshine Marketplace is like that.
We may live in Yarraville, hit the new fried chicken place in WeFo as soon doing so is viable and even frequent hipster places in Footscray proper … but we love all the west and its people and food.
Which is why CTS loves venturing to not only Sunshine, but also Werribee, Deer Park and beyond – and will continue to eat and review and tell stories from well beyond the ribbon that is the inner west.
So we applaud the opening of DeGrill at Sunshine Marketplace.
It’s a bold and adventurous move – it is situated, after all, right opposite Maccas and right next door to the cinemas.
I could say that DeGrill is aiming for the same sort of focus as Grill’d or Nando’s – but that would be doing DeGrill a disservice.
Because the menu is significantly more broad than such a comparison might imply.
I suspect the menu may have to be tweaked over time to find out what really works in this particular setting.
But over two visits, CTS and friends enjoy some good food and good service at (mostly) good prices.
The style is classy fast food and proper cutlery and crockery are in use, as are fine salt and pepper grinders.
There are three hot dog options on the menu, two featuring kransky or chorizo.
But the classic ($7.50) is constructed using a standard frankfurter.
So all is regulation here, but its recipient is pleased enough.
“Crispy” chicken ($9.50) has the wow factor aplenty.
The serve consists of three superbly cooked wings anointed with a tangy sauce.
Especially when served with …
… a side of mash and gravy ($6).
This a rarity is Melbourne in general, let alone in a Sunshine shopping centre.
It’s OK, we all like it – but it’s not spectacular.
The menu’s “between the buns” section lists nothing that could be described as a beef burger, but based on our table’s orders of the cheese steak ($9, above) and …
… the only marginally different philly cheese ($9.50), this may be the way to go here.
Both are keenly priced and boast good ingredients and dressings.
The steak is thicker than routinely found in steak sandwiches and, best of all, is so well cooked that biting through for a mouthful is done with ease and without the whole sandwich falling apart.
Big thumbs up for that!
Under the heading “from the grill”, DeGrill offers dishes such as a flat iron steak ($17 and $26) and chicken ($16 for half, $29 for full).
These and others may fulfill the implied promise of more hefty meals.
Sadly, the beef short ribs ($16) do not.
It’s common knowledge ribs are expensive to secure and are inevitably at the upper end price-wise wherever they appear.
It’s common knowledge, too, the beef ribs can be fatty.
But these are very fatty indeed, and the three segments amount to not much more than a brief meal of not many more mouthfuls.
As well, as per the eatery’s name, these rib bits are grilled and not smoked, as you’d generally find at the numerous barbecue-style places across the city.
The coleslaw ($4.50) lacks crunch – maybe because its main component is savoy cabbage?
It’s under-done in the seasoning/flavour department, too, though some quick work with the salt and pepper grinders soon fixes that up.
CTS is over the mega shake thing – too often they seem to involve poor quality ingredients and unjustifiably high prices.
This DeGrill brownie shake ($9) defies both factors – good price, nice shake.
We wish DeGrill well.
Maye its arrival will inspire others to hang out their shingle in the same locale.
Thanks to Annie and Ali for helping us with this story!
Check out the DeGrill website – including full menu – here.