Hunky Dory, 28 Pratt Street, Moonee Ponds. Phone: 9326 0350
CTS had been wanting to try the new Moonee Valley branch of the Hunky Dory chain right from day one, but has been thwarted by its popularity and a lack of communal seating.
The latter, in particular, seems foolish in a high-turnover swish fast-food place.
But, finally and during a very busy Friday lunch hour, I grab one of the small for-two tables and settle in.
The plates – platters is more accurate – I see whizzing about me are massive and laden with way more than simple fish and chips.
Indeed, F&C seems a minority – mostly it appears to be all about salads, grilled seafood and heaps of molluscs.
So how do I go with my CTS benchmark order of F&C, chips, coleslaw?
Not so good …
Chips – excellent; I eat each and every one.
Fish of the day (blue grenadier) – the batter is not crisp, it is leathery. The fish itself, however, is beautiful, moist yet firm, delicious.
Coleslaw – oh dear.
I ordered this with profound misgivings as all I saw in the display cabinet was a pile of chopped cabbage. Assured that what would be on my plate would be dressed, I took the plunge – so to speak.
And, yes, it is dressed – with quite a tasty mayo concoction.
But it’s a dribble that in no way dresses or is adequate for the masses of veg on my plate.
Often F&C places, and chicken shops, serve coleslaw that has so much mayo that it’s more like a broth with some cabbage in it.
This one goes in precisely the other direction.
Chopped cabbage and coleslaw are not interchangeable terms or concepts.
Mind you, the price for my lunch – $13.50 under the guise of the Hunky Dory “grilled fish pack” – is ace and significantly below what would be the combined prices of the three components.
It’s just one meal and I’m happy to believe/hope that I simply had a bad day.
Meanwhile, this Fairfax story has what seems to be the latest update on Hunky Dory, its fish-labelling practices and state of fish imports in general.