I've decided I need to eat more Reubens. A Reuben is a sandwich consisting of corned beef, swiss cheese, thousand island dressing and sauerkraut on rye bread. There is a place in Elsternwick I need to get to, but we read about a place galled Gramercy Bistro in the paper over the weekend and decided it warranted a try.
Upon walking in we can see that there is their own dry-ageing area where they hang their meat. This is a good sign. I order a Reuben and the old man orders a cheeseburger (I think he should have gone the hero sandwich, but whatever) and we share. The Reuben looks like this:
Inclusion of a pickle was welcome. Sandwich was pretty good, but then again, I freely admit I am an inexperienced Reuben eater - something I am remedying. The top bread was more toasted than the bottom bread, perhaps because it was sitting under the heat lights for a bit. Not quite the flavour explosion I was after, but everything went together well. Also, they had ample Cholula hot sauce in the kitchen, not that I had any, but its a good sign.
They did upsell me some fries that I didn't really want - didn't seem necessary and they weren't super fantastic either. Additionally, the Wagyu cheeseburger was a bit ordinary - wouldn't order that again. Definitely worth a visit if you are after a good sandwich though.
Cost: Around $1.50 per serve. Around $15 per meal.
Around the corner from the main drag of Kingsway is Crazy Wing. An unassuming shop facing Springvale Rd. I believe that these sort of places, away from the main bulk of the foot traffic, need to rely on their food a little more to get people to make the journey. Luckily, Crazy Wing did not disappoint.
Upon sitting down, you are presented with an ordering sheet. Just put a number next to whatever you want to signify how many you want. For chicken wings, a serve is two. Since it was our first time, and we were informed that every wing on the menu (with the exclusion of the crazy wing) was half price, we elected to go on what we refer to as a 'Chicken Wing Journey'. That is, a serve of each. In addition to this, we decided to double up on the crazy wing, a move which (pleasingly) the waiter advised us against. 'It's too hot' she said. 'Are you sure??' - of course we were sure.
From memory the wings are:
Original - A good all-round wing
Honey - The honey glaze caramelized somewhat making this one of the stand-out wings
Pepper - Some pepper powder on the wing - not really my favourite
Curry - Curry powder on the wing
Garlic - Minced garlic - hells yeah
Lobster - Couldn't really notice much of a taste on this
Hot Spicy - Little bit of chilli powder
Spicy Chilli - Considerably more chilli powder, or some chilli powder blend
Crazy Wing - A crazy amount of hot.
Skimmed wing - no idea what this was. I think it's main use is to cool down the crazy from the preceding wing.
So as you may expect, we struggled through our crazy wings. They were very hot. Don't think going the double was wise, but at least now I feel like I have achieved something. Out of the four people at our table, two of us finished our Crazy's, one had only one serve, and one refused to touch them. These hot wings are worth the trip out for novelty value alone.
By the end of our Chicken Wing Journey, I had consumed no less than 24 wings. I've never had a meal consisting of just chicken wings before, and after this, I probably won't again. It's not because they were bad or anything - on the contrary, they were nice. It's just too much greasy chicken...
My only criticism of Crazy Wing would be that the seasoning is added after the wings are cooked (with the possible exception of the honey wing). This makes most of the wings quite similar in flavour, once you get past the flavoursome exterior.
I have since been back for a Crazy Wing with some other friends. On their own, Crazy Wings make a great snack. They just aren't meal-worthy. There are other items on the menu which we didn't delve into, though, so this could be quite a viable option for future lunch or dinners. It certainly seems packed around dinner time.
If you are looking for a good chilli challenge - hit the Crazy Wings.
Looking somewhat more dilapidated than their original street-view photo, Taipei Delight still serves up some fantastic food. Directly opposite Dan Murphys, this restaurant is well away from the main Kingsway drag, and therefore, I'd assume, gets less custom. That still didn't stop the place from filling up on a Thursday lunchtime.
Hot Spicy Special Fried Noodles
Of the five page menu, two of which are taken up by bubble tea, and another three quarters of a page was for takeaway, leaving our options a little limited. I had the hot spicy fried noodles (above) which were quite delightful. There was even a noticeable amount of chilli in it, so bonus points there.
Spicy Beef with Rice
While I didn't actually try any, the spicy beef with rice looked slightly less awesome, although this was made up by the inclusion of a fried egg. Fried eggs make anything better. The beef was a bit 'stew'ey which for me is a little bit of a turn off.
The dumplings came in sixes, and were accompanied by red vinegar, which was a good touch. Overall they seemed a little more delicate than the standard bulk-buy dumplings you can get elsewhere.
We also had a potato dish thingo that was on special, although for the life of me, I can't remember what it was called. It started with a K. These were ok, and the mayo on top of them were nice, but nothing stand-out.
Overall, Taipei Delight is a great place to eat, and I would have no hesitation revisiting.