Heading out to Tuckshop Take Away was on my agenda for the very next day after I read on my Facebook feed that Matt Preston had just been there. As he put it, he was back on the search for the perfect burger and called Tuckshop Take Away's Tower of Power, 'a cracker'. I needed no convincing and thought it worth a visit.
Located at the corner or Hawthorn Rd & Glen Eira Rd; diagonally across from the Glen Eira Townhall
Clinton and Karina have renovated the place and added little retro touches and have been operating their corner takeaway for the last 10 months. They already have an 84% rating on Urbanspoon so far, and word has certainly spread judging from the crowd that was milling at lunch time. It's no surprise when one learns that Karina was the pastry chef working at Heston Blumenthals Fat Duck at Bray in the UK for a year and a half.
Clinton also worked for Heston at his Gastro Pub, The Hinds Head also in Bray for 14 months, a Michelin Star pub, no less. He then went on to work at Attica and Vue de Monde. All this occurred while they were travelling around the world for three years from 2005 to 2008. They have also been all around Australia.
Everything fresh, nothing frozen, chips hand cut with bread the only thing brought into the shop.
The menu is kept simple with not as many choices as one might be used to, but it works well as the concentration is more on quality and not quantity, applying high standards to simple tuckshop food. It also makes ordering simple and speedy and I would conclude that's quite a good business ploy to keep things moving efficiently. The sweets are not always the same, so it keeps the customers on their toes, anticipating what delight they are going to find on their next visit.
I thoroughly enjoyed my Veggie Wedgie which was moist and deliciously made from beetroot, brown rice and lentils with salad, American cheese and Tuckshops own sauce. It comes in a junior size as well, though my decision was clear which size I was going to have. Dare I confess I adored their chocolate 'chip' cookie, the emphasis being on the 'chip' as it is made with actual chips or crisps if you want to differentiate between hot chip and packet crisps. It was exactly my cup of tea. Moist, with a touch of salted caramel taste in my mouth and oh so delicious. Shhhh...don't tell anyone about the salted Fantale shake that I consumed as well. Utterly decadent!
Open Tuesday to Thursday 11 am to 8 pm and Fri and Saturday 11 am to 9 pm.
It is meant to be a corner takeaway, so don't expect to find too many seats in the shop, but if you're lucky enough to get one, hang on tight and enjoy the culinary ride of everything fresh and hand made (except for the bread). They don't have a website but they do have a Facebook presence. With prices on average under $10 and sweets for around $3.50 each, it's affordable food with flair.