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Published December 15th 2011
Welcome to the Humble Chef
Although tucked away in the small, coastal town of Drysdale, the Humble Chef can attract quite a lunchtime crowd with its unpretentious atmosphere and comfortingly ordinary food. On their menu, you'll find soup, caesar salad, sandwiches, crumbed calamari, wedges, and nachos, instead of the type of food that wants to challenge you with strong, foreign flavours.
That's not to say that the selection doesn't include some delights. There's focaccia with 'chicken, spinach, avocado, tomato, cranberry and camembert', or a 'smoked salmon, salad and mayonnaise' version. For dessert there's lemon meringue with tall stacked peaks of white and everyone's favourite - chocolate cake.
The tiny lunch spot comes alive on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with its ten-dollar meal specials. There's a choice of beer battered or grilled fish, quiche, parmigiana, and beef lasagna or for a real treat, the 'macadamia chicken salad with avocado, brie and honey-mustard dressing'. The serving sizes for the lunch specials have not been made miserly to match the low prices.
A tall wine rack decorates the Humble Chef's dining room. It houses a selection of drops, mostly available by the glass and the list includes the local Leura Park Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Tallboy Shiraz, as well as the Portarlington Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, among many other Victorian wines.
There are plenty of non-alcoholic options as well including milkshakes, iced-chocolates, soft-drinks (including the imported, Italian types) and bottled juice.
The Humble Chef accommodates children, with $7.50 meals for them and a 'two-scoops of ice-cream with topping' treat for when they've eaten all their food. Then, they can busy themselves playing with the large puzzles boards attached to the walls.
The Humble Chef refers to itself as a place of 'coffee, food and friends' and truly does play host to a clientele of mums, bubs, people picking up groceries nearby and groups of life-loving oldies.
Melody Clifford, I don't know who you are but would love to meet you face to face and thank you for such a warm, honest and humbling appraisal of our restaurant. David and I are moving on to new ventures and this was a heartwarming review to take us out. Thanks,
Dianne Hutchinson ☺