Nearly every suburb (or second) has their own little local shopping villages. I have to say these places are generally overlooked because they aren’t the one stop shop place for you to buy all your groceries/everyday needs and usually only have a handful of independent shops. One of my local villages has a tuck shop that has been established since 2010 run by a local family (they went to my high school). It’s definitely a hidden gem that only those in the community know or have heard about it. Good hearty food at decent prices has won the hearts of the locals.
Potato Scollop $0.70 each
Crisp batter covers a slice of well cooked, fluffy potato seasoned with chicken salt. You can hear the crunch for every bite. Absolute bliss!
Potato scollops are a childhood favourite for the Boy. It’s no wonder we always order some every time we make a visit. It is a must. Even I love it!
Crumbed Fish with Creamy Garlic Prawns with a drink $12
A golden crisp crumb coats a fresh fillet of fish served on a bed of crunchy crinkle cut fries (win), a side salad and topped with creamy garlic prawns. I sure didn’t expect all this for $12 and for it to taste so delicious. I somehow managed to lick the plate clean. That creamy garlic sauce was fantastic! It was a cross between an aioli, bearnaise and chipotle sauce (from subway). It’s love right there.
Sirloin Steak Special with a drink $17
Grilled prime cut sirloin steak is topped with battered prawns, onion rings and a tarragon mayo sauce served with chips and salad. The steak was cooked to medium rare, just as requested and it was quite tender. It paired so well with the tarragon mayo, which I’ve not had before. It was a beast of a meal and of course, the boy smashes it down. The fried calamari and battered prawns were an odd addition but hey, how can you go wrong with tuck shop food like that on your plate?
Pork Riblet Roll $5
On my first ever visit (and every other time I’ve wanted a quick fix) I’ve ordered the pork riblet roll. A fresh toasty baguette is lined up with a pork rib pattie (boneless), with grilled onions and bbq sauce. It sounds simple, but it is more than that – it is amazing. It always makes my taste buds dance and never, has it ever disappointed me. It’s definitely a great way to spend a measley $5, if not one of the best ways.
On other visits friends and I have had the Fatman Burger (which has the whole shebang and is one massive dirty burger), the cheesy chips, steak sandwiches, lamb shanks and ribs. I apologise for no photos, but clearly I didn’t even get a chance before we dug in. Nothing has let us down thus far, yet this explains why we keep on going back to this place. I am so glad it’s within arms reach for me ;)
Offering really good food made to order with decent sized portions and at affordable prices you will always leave Fatmans rubbing your belly and left in that moment of happiness, or food coma as some might say.