At the back of Allambie shops is a fairly new café called Mr Grigor’s. I’ve visited on a few occasions for lunch.
The off-the-menu Cajun chicken burger with chips was a special on the day. The juicy chicken breast had a spicy and crunchy crumb, and was sandwiched between a buttery milk bun and accompanied by lettuce and cheese.
The calamari with chips was also delicious, with a crunchy crumb and tender pull-apart calamari.
The Sunrise pasta with chicken, mushroom, semi-dried tomato and shallots in a creamy, tangy sauce was a vibrant looking dish, though taste-wise a little forgettable. On the plus side, the pasta was well-cooked.
The chicken parmi was a huge plate of chips and crumbed chicken poured over with cheese and napoletana sauce. It was a generous portion of chicken which was great. Unfortunately it was soggy, as the crumb had lost all its crunch under the abundance of topping.
The smoked salmon sandwich was unfortunately a miss too. There was a scarce amount of the filling of smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and red onion despite its price tag of $14.
Locals frequent Mr Grigor’s for their hot drinks, which are quite good. The little café also offers a range of baked goods at the front counter, so taking away a little treat and coffee is a popular option.