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GJ's Grill

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by M D Kelley (subscribe)
A freelance writer, amateur photographer, foodie, and former ex-pat now living in Melbourne. Always on the look out for the fun, unusual, and affordable. Contact me on Instagram/Twitter: @mdkelleywriter or visit
Published December 6th 2015
Fun times and great food at GJ's Grill
Located near the Queen Victoria Market on Franklin Street, is the cosy and friendly establishment of GJ's Grill. The restaurant is situated down a little alleyway just off Franklin so, if you don't see it at first, don't despair - you are in the right spot.

Filipino, restaurant, cheap, Melbourne city, Fun Things to Do
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Having a hankering for pork crackling, as you do on a Monday afternoon, I headed down to GJ's Grill in the hopes that their lechon (crispy skin pork) on rice would deliver.

Filipino, restaurant, cheap, Melbourne city, Fun Things to Do
GJ's is located in a little alleyway off Franklin Street

The service is quick and friendly and the staff are more than happy to offer suggestions if you are unsure about what to order. Next time, I think I will try the pork or chicken skewers on rice or even the whole boneless bangus (milkfish) if I'm feeling adventurous.

The lechon on rice includes side orders of sweet, tangy lechon sauce (made from liver pate, bread crumbs, vinegar, sugar, and spices) and atchara (sweet, pickled papaya or paw paw).

Filipino, restaurant, cheap, Melbourne city, Fun Things to Do
Lechon (crispy skin pork) on rice - you will be in pork heaven!

Filipino, restaurant, cheap, Melbourne city, Fun Things to Do
Side items with your order - right: atchara (sweet pickled papaya/pawpaw), left: lechon sauce (traditional sweet tangy condiment)

The serving of pork is generous, pleasantly moist, and comes with plenty of crackling to enjoy and pairs well with the sides and steamed jasmine rice. You also have the option of a garlic fried rice instead of the steamed rice but I opted not to torture my co-workers this early in the work week.

The only unhappy person after a GJ's Grill experience would be my dentist who is adamantly against eating pork crackling of any kind or any tasty food for that matter. So head down to GJ's - it will make your Mondays much better, with or without the approval of your dentist.

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Why? For some tasty and inexpensive Filipino food
Phone: (03) 9328 8242
Where: 2/243 Franklin Street Melbourne Victoria
Cost: Sides ($2.50-$3.50), mains ($9.50 and up)
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