Enelssie Cafe & Grill, 102 Tenterfield Drive, Burnside Heights. Phone: 0449 775 107
On a heatwave mid-week day, we’ve enjoyed the drive.
But despite having a firm destination in mind, it seems somehow surprising to apparently stumble across Enelssie.
This is most definitely the first CTS review harking from Burnside Heights.
It’s quiet, but we know from numerous Facebook posts that this a popular spot, particularly with the cycling fraternity.
According to Anthony, the owner: “It came from the root words New Life Cycles NLC – New Life in Aussie = Enelssie. Also As my personal belief that It’s originally New Life In Christ!”
It’s ostensibly a Filipino restaurant, without being too ardent about it.
There’s no bain marie for starters – everything is cooked fresh.
We enjoy two good meals.
Bennie goes the more orthodox Filipino route with his tapa ($15.50, top photo).
It’s beaut and he loves the plentiful supply of marinated beef cubes.
Alongside are good garlic rice, tomato salad and a small bowl of broth.
And a fried egg – giving further impetus (maybe) to us one day doing a story about all the various dishes we enjoy across the west that involved fried or hardboilded eggs.
My own fried chicken ($16) is less Filipino in substance – but it has the spirit.
And it’s very, very fine.
The price may seem a little out of whack for (just) two pieces – but these are large. No problem from us about the cost.
Even better, we agree this is the best fried chicken we’ve enjoyed for a long while.
The coating sticks to the meat, which is wonderfully juicy and flavoursome.
There’s something sort-of wonderfully tangy and almost piquant about the coating.
We’re told it includes a proverbial mix of “herbs and spices”.
Maybe it’s the onion powder?
No matter – this is prime fried chook.
Plain rice accompanies the chicken, as does a simple leaf salad and some really fine chicken gravy.
We’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s available at Enselssie – check out its FB page for further enlightenment.