Pokie venues are not a natural habitat for Consider The Sauce.
In fact, if memory serves, this is only the second such story in CTS history.
Sunshine RSL is very much part of the Sunshine central area with which we are so familiar.
- Address: 99 Dickson Street, Sunshine
- Phone: 9311 6372
But it’s kinda tucked away in a back street, so is easy to overlook.
Yet, despite its nearness to the hustle and bustle of Hampshire and Devonshire roads, this is like another world.
And never, or almost never, the twain shall meet.
But I feel immediately comfortable and at home – once I pass the obligatory sign-in procedures.
I tune out the electronic gambling, and the garish lighting, and take in the scene – I’m pretty sure I’m the only non-regular here.
I’m pleased to see that, aside from a few regulation-style pasta dishes on the specials list, the food is straight-up pub tucker.
Why bother with a try at curries or wok food when there is so much of them to be had nearby for so little money?
The prices seem fair, kept down perhaps by the fact there’s no table service – meals are ordered, delivered and picked up from the kitchen servery, which I actually like as it lends a cheerful participatory air to proceedings.
Like me, it seems, about half the customers are here for the Sunday roast special.
And for $10, I have only the most modest expectations.
So I am knocked and otherwise delighted by the meal I proceed to consume.
The serve is big … always a good sign, and the pork – there’s beef also available – is tender.
There’s plenty of good gravy too.
The broccoli aside, all the vegetables are roasted – this is most excellent, as we know of another place that does $10 Sunday roasts and all the veg except for spuds are steamed in order to keeps costs down.
I wish, just a little, I had asked for pumpkin to be excluded – there’s a stack of it – and had more of other vegie choices on offer.
But overall, I could hardly be happier.
Kenny Weir is the founder of Consider the Sauce, the definitive guide to eating in Melbourne’s western suburbs – www.considerthesauce.net