169 Union Road, Ascot Vale
Are these Melbourne's best chips? Crispy, beer battered golden fat chips! I was once addicted to the chips at Flipps, they were exactly the same, fat, crispy golden and coated in a tasty batter. Not exactly sure as to what type of batter they had at Flipps, when Flipps closed I almost cried. Where was I supposed to get such delicious chips now?
We've been to cafeLOMAH a few times, the atmosphere, good food and friendly service just keeps luring us back, not to mention the crystal meth chips. We tend to drop by on a weekend for a relaxed lunch. They are also opened for dinner Wednesday to Saturday, I hear they do a great curry night on Thursday, where each dish is $10. Its a great bargain too!
CafeLOMAH even has a small sitting area with nice comfy couches and a fire place for those clod wintry days. I'm 99% sure the the fireplace is currently not being used considering we're going through a premature summer!
So onto the food. Daz ordered a chocolate milkshake, sometimes I wonder how old he really is!
Since we both love the chips here so much we made sure that our dishes included them as a side. You can purchase a bowl on their own, but I probably would have eaten the whole bowl to myself. I know when not to play with danger.
Daz ordered a steak sandwich. I've had this before myself and its pretty darn good. Some places really overcook their steak and you end up with a dry rubbery piece of shoe leather, but not at Lomah. Its cooked perfectly and the steak remains juicy. They also don't try to be too fancy and stack the sandwich with too much filling. That always makes it very difficult to eat. They also use sourdough bread, the champion of the bread world!
I opted for the fish and chips. Beer battered perch fillets with fat chips and home made aioli! YUM! I asked Daz if he wanted to try my aioli and he ended up eating the whole lot! Note to self, do not share if it tastes really good! The fish was moist and not fishy at all. I suspect that the fish was fresh and not frozen, which is refreshing to see.
Each of the dishes came with a green salad. You need something to counter act all that chip goodness and a little leafy-ness if just the trick. Except there's one little problem......Daz seems to be allergic to anything green. Anytime he sees it he gets itchy and his mouth start to swell shut, even before he puts it in his mouth. I don't think its so much an allergy, but just a dislike for green vegetables, or vegetables all together. He once tried to convince a doctor that he didn't need to eat vegetables because he ate cow. The way he sees it is that cattle only eat grass or hay, and if he eats beef he can absorb all the grassy goodness from the meat, effectively cutting out the middle man. His doctor stared at him for a little while and just said "It doesn't quite work like that". Its actually a pretty good theory if you ignored reality!
Left over salad for a hungry cow.
So tell us dear reader, what is your recommendation for Melbourne's/Australia's best chips?