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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at:
Published July 9th 2014
Unchained fast food
I often meet people in catering and hospitality with absolutely no background in the trade. But I seldom meet anyone like Duane, who has practically grown up in the business.

He has nearly twenty-seven years working and cooking in delis with his family and it shows.

Mt Helena Deli, Fast Food, Duane Jackson
Mt Helena Deli (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)

He and his family, the Jacksons, owned Mt Helena Deli twenty-six years ago, when Duane was still a teenager and the deli was still called 'Sanga Jack's'.

Mt Helena Deli, Fast Food, Duane Jackson
Mt Helena Deli (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)

It was then in what might charitably be called a 'rustic' building. The Jacksons then tore it down and purpose-built the rather handsome building it now occupies.

After a short hiatus while others ran the deli and Duane ran an entirely other deli Duane is back where he should be - running the best fast-food deli I know of.

A working day in the Hills is made pleasant by knowing that at about lunchtime we can drop in and have a bite at the Mt Helena Deli.

Mt Helena Deli, Fast Food, Duane Jackson
Baked goods at Mt Helena Deli (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)

Usually a pie, home-made with the most delicious flaky pastry and rich meaty interior, or perhaps one of Duane's, made on the premises, jumbo sausage rolls, or a chicken tender or maybe a chicken schnitzel, but always, always, a serve of chips and delicious gravy.

Mt Helena Deli, Fast Food, Duane Jackson
Mt Helena Deli's famous chips and gravy (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)

Those chips and gravy just hit the spot - and why wouldn't they? Freshly made and deliciously crisp on the outside with snowy, tender, interiors and lashings of rich gravy - enough to brighten the dullest day.

Mt Helena Deli, Fast Food, Duane Jackson
Home-made jumbo sausage roll (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)

As well as the usual sausage rolls, sausages, cheese sausages, smoky dogs (hot dog sausages wrapped in pastry) Mt Helena Deli offers a range of quiches, an excellent fish and chips, seafood baskets, the traditional deli luncheon fare of Chick rolls, Cornjacks, crabsticks, potato scallops, prawn cutlets, spring rolls and chicken - mostly the Rosies range, but not always.

In addition they make pizzas in all the usual styles, with fresh choose-yourself ingredients all on view, much like a Subway, who can say I'll have that, and that, and, oh yes, some of that as well.

Mt Helena Deli, Fast Food, Duane Jackson
Fresh fish and chips (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)

And if that wasn't enough they do a range of burgers (steak, vegie, ham, fish and hills) - Hills burgers have a 100% beef patty, onions, sauce, tomato, cheese, bacon, egg, pineapple lettuce and mayo. The lettuce is there so that people like me can say 'oh yes, I had my five a day today'.

Beef and chicken kebabs round off a range that really must suit every possible taste for a quick luncheon. Of course, it has a vast range of sodas, flavoured milks, sweets of all kinds and, wonder of wonder a Ben and Jerry's ice cream cabinet with a range of their tempting goodies.

You can eat inside or out under spreading trees at benches or take-away to eat elsewhere.

Open from 6:30am in the morning, I'd avoid it just after Eastern Hills High School next door gets out, but at any other time, I highly recommend Mt Helena Deli.
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Why? Great fast food
When: Sun to Thurs 6:30am to 8:30pm; Fri & Sat 6:30am to 9:00pm
Phone: 9572 1164
Where: 1825 Keane Street East, Mt Helena, West Australia
Cost: $5 to $15
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