Dinner with Strangers & biryani!

IMG_4757[1]IMG_4753[1]It doesn’t look like we all just met in this photo – a meal is best when shared with others 🙂

Vanakkam India, 359 Barkly St, Footscray

As much as I like to plan and be organised, I equally love randomness and spontaneity so when I read that Consider The Sauce was organising another dinner feast (CTS Feast number 1 was last month, click here to visit Kenny’s blog), I quickly emailed in to reserve a couple of spots! – A random dinner feast with a table full of strangers, count me in!

Having never really ventured down the Barkly street eateries for a meal, I couldn’t wait to try the biryani that Kenny so highly speaks of!  The CBD has been a more central option for me catching up with friends living in different areas of Melbourne and I’m so excited to observe that recent times have seen more and more catch ups on this side of town! – seems like everyone is slowly but surely catching on to the boundless choice of amazing places to dine in Melbourne’s west that so often get sadly overlooked by so-called restaurant guides and lists.

Thanks to Kenny and Vanakka India, three tasty appetizers, one huge chicken biryani main, plenty of drinks and many a story were shared amongst ten strangers all sharing a love for good food, friendly conversation and the CTS blog! 🙂 The following dishes were brought out to us by the hospitable staff:

Gobi 65 – florets of cauliflower marinated in spices and deep fried (if you don’t like cauliflower then this is a must. Bursting with flavour, you’ll be converted.)
Onion bajji – round sliced onion coated in chickpea batter and deep fried (Onion ring goodness!)
Chicken 65 – boneless cubes of chicken marinated in spices and deep fried (these tenderly moist chicken pieces went down a treat)
Chicken biryani (the most fragrant dish I’ve I had all year. As soon as our serving spoons dug into the rice a tantalizing aroma filled the air. Thankfully the generous serving allowed me to take some home for later!)
Mango lassi (a perfectly smooth and creamy end to our meal)

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The red sauce is quite chilli! – I was a bit too generous with lashings of it all over my rice so I balanced it out with the raita!

IMG_4744[1]Vanakkam door

A nice quote above the door as you exit.

MAngo lassi

Breakfast with truffles in Footscray, oh my!


Guerilla Espresso, Shop 228, 81 Hopkins st, Footscray

What better way to enjoy the morning sunshine than brekkie with the hubby, the bubby and one of these bad boys – the infamous truffle toastie found at Guerilla Espresso. After reading about this exquisite sounding concoction  on my Twitter feed the night before, I knew exactly want I wanted for brunch the next day! Found amongst some fresh green grocers in the Footscray market, this cafe is occupies a small space but boasts smooth coffee, a delicious menu and lovely service. The layers of fresh crusty bread, shaved truffle, mozarella, gruyere, watercress and shaved pecorino, with a touch of lemon and olive oil was a beautiful bite of luxury taking me away from the sleepless nights I’ve had of late (the little one has been sick but more of that on another post). This well put together sandwich is already calling me back as I post this blog entry. Make sure you ask for the truffle toastie when you visit Guerilla as it is not up on the menu. Enjoy!



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